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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Mandriva and Lycoris Join Forces

According to Distrowatch, Mandriva acquires Lycoris, a Linux distribution based on Redmond, Washington. Although not as massive as Mandriva, Lycoris have some innovations under its belt. Seems that Mandriva's acquisition of Lycoris is based on technical and strategic reasons. Personally, I don't care. I have grown weary of bloated Linux distributions. Mandriva and the other linux distros out there should concentrate on making the offerings to be more streamlined. What's the use of a distro that is easy to use but oh so slow to boot, unresponsive and is a system hog? That's no fun at all. I would love to see Slackware rule the world :D Just joking :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Birth of OpenSolaris

Today marks a milestone for Sun Microsystems. the open-source version of its venerable Unix offering, OpenSolaris, is now available for the curious computing public to behold. Whether OpenSolaris will overtake Linux due to this move remains to be seen, but it is a welcome one. It gives more choice to the computing public, and that is what it is all about. Personally, I believe Linux is here to stay, and it will continue to grow for it has a considerable headstart and a mature community. I would love to try OpenSolaris, if I'm able to have a second hard drive and OpenSolaris ISOs are released. But I will not remove my Slackware installtion, I'm pretty happy with it.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Wakizaki: Now on Slackware

A pleasant Independence Day to all! It's been awhile since my last entry. Two major development on my part has happened. First, I'm now Four-Eyed Wakizaki (yes, I now wear prescription glasses). Second, and the most important, I think, I'm now Slackware User Wakizaki. I finally took the plunge to Pat Vonkerding's famous distribution. And I may say, I'm very, very happy :) Why the switch? Well, I just got bored with Ubuntu Linux 5.04 (after Mandriva 2005, because of its bloatness and Yoper 2.1, because of aging packages), which I got last month from ShipIt. Also, I heard great things about Slackware. The road to a good install was not an easy one for me, though. I had about 3-4 "unsatisfactory" installs before I finally got the install I want. But I think it's worth it. The only thing that kind of got in the way was the kernel upgrade. The default kernel is 2.4.29. I want a 2.6 kernel so I decided to recompile using 2.6.11.9 kernel sources. Sadly, when I boot up to the new kernel, I just got a black screen. A day or so after that, I decided to take the path of less resistance: get a prebuilt 2.6.11.9 kernel and kernel modules from the net, generate a new modprobe.conf and make an initrd. After a needed lilo change, I booted to the new kernel, Yes! it worked! After that I installed the kernel source for 2.6.11.9 and installed the Nvidia drivers, edited my xorg.conf and removed the old kernel stuff and did a lilo change again. Now I'm running Slackware with KDE 3.4. I added amaroK, Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Reader 7, OpenOffice 1.9.100, NeroLINUX (I know, I should be using K3b, but i was having headaches with K3b and cdrecord, maybe some days to come...) Dia and Drivel . For package management, I installed swaret and slapt-get, including frontends Kswaret, QTswaret and GSlapt. Slackware is such a great distro, I never experienced the freedom, flexibility and speed from the distros I tried. I definitely recommended Slackware for those who are sick of the bloated and restrictive nature of others out there. What can I say... Slackware Rules!!!