Saturday, June 25, 2005

puppy linux multi session

I just tried the puppy linux multi-session feature whereby you save your state on cd. It worked fairly well. To create a multi-session cd you need to burn a cd of the pupply linux iso with multi-session turned on. My Windows software (Roxio 6.0) could not do this (after all it is Windows software) so I had to use Linux software (on puppy linux) to burn the image which I had created on Windows with Roxio. It all worked well.

Monday, June 20, 2005

fedora core 4

Yesterday I upgraded my Fedora core 3 system to fedora core 4 and it went very smoothly. It took about 5 hours to complete the upgrade since my ssytem has nearly 1000 programs on it. About all I had to do was to feed the cd's in as I was prompted for them. Once the upgrade was complete, the sysem booted with out problems and all my settings were still in place.

I tried the database (base) in OpenOffice 2.0 bata that comes with fc4. It worked without a hitch. It looks a lot like MS Acess.

I use KDE and the new KDE 3.4 worked without problems. The system seems faster than fc4.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Linux too big?

I read a recent comment that Linux (kernel and Desktop) have become too big. the writer was complaining that the memory foot print of mainline distributions such as Mandrake, Fedora, and Susse have become too large and now are suitable onloy for large, 'modern' systems and leaving legacy systems out in the cold. There is some truth in this, but the author did not state that there are alternatives readily available. There are distibutions that take much smaller footprints such as DSL, Puppy Linux, Feather Linux, and Knoppix that run on legacy systems. While these are all live cd's they each have an install option also, thus one can try them on their system and if they work, then install them. Systems such as Gentoo, which are compiled from source give the user a lot of control over the size of the resultant system. There are also, a lot of distributions available that will install in small environments without any problems.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

live cd

I have noticed that there is an increasing number od live linux cds that let you store your home directories on disk, usb, or floppies. This gives one the potential for making a protable sysem where you carry the operating system on cd and your home directory and personal programs on a usb drive or other portable storage. Some live cd's such as puppy linux let you use a cd-rw which is a neat way of acieving protablility.