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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Slackware 10.2 Ponderings

Here's a couple things I've noticed about Slackware 10.2 already.

  1. The supplied 2.6 kernel works great. I just wish they'd add an option to the installer so that the kernel modules, 2.6.x ALSA, and kernel source would automatically be installed if you choose that kernel. I know it's technically only a "test" kernel, but still. Nevertheless, it's nice not to have to compile a new kernel immediately.
  2. Pat moved the permissions for udev from the permissions.d directory and made them a part of the udev.rules file. No biggie, but I had to look at the old changelog to see what had happened. The only reason I need to edit permissions is so that I can sync my PDA without being root.
  3. This isn't Slackware-specific, but it bears mentioning. Before you dust your box, make sure you have a recent backup of /etc. You'll thank me later. It's also a good idea to back up anything critical in your /home directory in case you accidentally rm -rf something important. I did that once about a year ago. The only thing that would've made me feel worse is if I hadn't just made a backup.


I've spent the last week working on a custom application server based on UNIX and Windows socket processing. For the record: socket programming SUCKS in interoperating environments. I can't even imagine how much BS game developers have to go through to make this stuff work in multiplatform.

Thank goodness I'm almost done with this project. My head hurts.

Firefox 1.0.7 Released

The Mozilla team has released Firefox 1.0.7. This new version fixes the international domain name link buffer overflow vulnerability and the Linux command line URL parsing flaw. All Firefox users should upgrade as soon as possible. I know I have.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Pondering the Imponderable

Ya know, when you're just coming home from a brief (and expensive) vacation, few people would say, "I'd love to dust my box and install the new Slackware." I'm one of those people. No, I am not sane. The good news is that I've finally gotten everything back to normal. I downloaded, compiled, and installed the latest versions of digiKam (digital camera software), amaroK (audio player), and Kaffeine (xine multimedia player front end). All three have some very slick features. I'm going to have to whip up reviews for them all. For now, I'll just say this: check them out.

I also discovered that Slackware ISOs download VERY quickly at a full 2 Mbps. And yes, I giggled like a schoolgirl.

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December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
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