The Haus

Sunday, June 1, 2003

More Fun with Linux

Tonight I got my Slackware installation setup so I can print to LPD on my main box from my kids' box. Right now, it only works in Linux, since I don't feel like messing with Samba for the moment. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but there is something inherently cool about networking (especially printing or sending files across it securely). I know from a computing standpoint, it's pretty small beans. Still, I find it to be cool. In the last analysis, that's all that really matters.

I also got the Crossover plugin working properly. I had to install it as a regular user (instead of root) to get Windows Media Player to work properly. I hate having to use that, but it's the only way I can listen to ESPN Radio or the NHL broadcasts during the season. Crossover plugin installed much more easily and runs far more snappily (if that's a word) under Slackware 9 than Mandrake 9.1.

SoU Linux Installer

Bioware's Derek French confirmed that there will be a Linux installer on the CD for Shadows of Undrentide, the expansion for Neverwinter Nights. Here's the word, short and sweet:

Here is another key point. There is a Linux installer (in both Loki and shell script formats) right on the Shadows for Undrentide CD.

More on SCO

Computerworld has two articles on their site about SCO's lawsuit against IBM. Neither one is a big surprise. In the first, Darl McBride says that an IBM takeover would be OK. In the other, they say that SCO is having a hard time getting analysts to review the code in question because of the rather restrictive NDA. Thanks Slashdot.

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Adventures in Slackware

Well, I've been in Slackware 9.0 for almost a week now (earlier post). I'm pretty happy with the way everything is going. I've got a better grip on Slack's BSD-style init. I've been fiddling around with firewall scripts and have been amazed at how powerful iptables really are.

I've always looked at Slackware as the "hardcore" Linux user's distro. To an extent, I suppose that's true. It assumes that you know what you are doing. There is no dependency checking in its packaging tool--you need to take care of that yourself. The nice thing is that since I do basically know what I'm doing, it doesn't get in my way. It'll take some time to determine how stable it will be. So far it's been rock-solid.

Right before I upgraded, I found Linux Think of it as an RPMfind for the Slackware set. That meant I didn't have to try too hard to get my DVDs working again. Hurray!

Past Two Days' News

Recent Headlines

January 5, 2015: It Returns!
August 10, 2007: SCO SUCKS IT DOWN!
July 5, 2007: Slackware 12.0 Released
May 20, 2007: PhpBB 3.0 RC 1 Released
February 2, 2007: DOOM3 1.31 Patch

January 27, 2007: Join the World Community Grid
January 17, 2007: Flash Player 9 for Linux
December 30, 2006: Darkness over Daggerford 1.2
December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
December 9, 2006: WRT54G 1.01.1 Firmware OK with Linux/Mac

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