Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I just thought about the latest developments in hardware and realised that the x86 arch is dying, not due to lack of support, but one of these days it will be impossible to by a 32-bit CPU, everyone and their uncles are moving over to 64-bit.

Now here's the problem.
We know that there has been great strides on the x86_64 terain the pst couple of years, but this post got me a bit worried.


Currently, it is nearly impossible to have a pure stable system with Gentoo/AMD64. I think everybody who has ACCEPT_KEYWORDS=amd64 in his make.conf also has a rather large list of packages in /etc/portage/packages.keywords. To adress this issue, we need either a massive improvement in amount of menpower or a list of packages we can to focus on. If you run a stable system and you're interested in helping...


Currently, it is nearly impossible to have a pure stable system with Gentoo/AMD64.

The reason I bring this up is because I wanted to try amd64 again after quite a while (I last tried it over a year ago) but this has totally put me off. I want a system that works, I need mulitimedia apps (recording and editing video and audio) to be stable and 100% functional and I think for this reason I'm staying with x86 for the time being.

Now, are the Linux devs missing the boat here? Shouldn't they be scrambling to get the x86_64 as stable as soon as possible? Intel and AMD are never going back to 32-bit and you don't get 32-bit CPU's for AMD anymore at all (I think the Sempron is also a 64-bit CPU not so?) and it would seem a waste to spend all your manpower on projects that are going to be obsolete in about a years time.

I guess all I'm saying is that I'm a bit worried that they are focusing their efforts on the wrong projects atm.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Lin Libertine Fonts

Oh wow, seems like the Linux world is abuzz all of a sudden! Must be the change in seasons!

Here is a great new site to go check out, Lin Libertine.

The reason they developed this was because of the pesky restrictions on TTF from Microsoft, e.g. they are not open source.

Philipp H. Poll started the Linux Libertine Open Fonts project in September 2003 because of his dissatisfaction with the fonts shipped with GNU/Linux distributions. "In SUSE 9.x," he recalls, "you had to use a script to download the Microsoft core fonts if you wanted to have good TrueType fonts." To improve the situation, Poll chose to start with the basics with Linux Libertine, an alternative to Time Roman and Times New Roman, the most commonly used typefaces in computing, and to develop it using free software methodologies and tools under the GNU General Public License.

There you go!

Recovering lost files

This is an excellent article covering how to get those lost files back.

It happened with me when I upgraded my hard drives and one of the older ones using ReiserFS just lost all the data that was on it while I was copying it to the new drive. Not deleted, no hard drive failure, it just vanished! (I heard some other people having the same experience with ReiserFS so I moved on over to Ext3...)

This would have helped allot getting the 100+ Gb of data back, so have a read here and bookmark this site, you will need it sooner or later!

How to recover lost files after you accidentally wipe your hard drive

Blog update

Well, just switched to the new beta blog and decided to change the template a bit also. Great new features and much more user-friendly than the first one.

Will be posting some interresting stuff soon, but this is all for now!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Frank's Corner, Running Windows applications and games on Linux using Wine

Found this deilightful "little" site and though to share it with the world (as if "the world" read this, heh).
Head on over to Frank's corner and have a look at the application you want to get working and follow the how-to!

Could not be any easier!

Maybe even I could finally get wine to do great things for me?!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Is Gentoo treuly the King of Linux?

I have tried almost all of them:
SuSE, Mandriva, RedHat and Fedora, Slackware, PCLinuxOS, Linspire, Vector Linux and some few other and it never fealt like it was totally up to par with Gentoo.

I have been using Gentoo since 2002 (after I tried Mandrake, RH, SuSE and Slackware) and it stuck!

Since then I tested said distros on a regular basis but never again did it feel "right". The power was lacking, and sometimes the GUI interfaces messed up the distro beyond repair.

The latest versions I'm testing is SuSE 10.1 and the latest Mandriva. My one friend swears only to Mandriva, funny though, he constantly reinstalls everything, about every 2 months or so.

The beauty of Gentoo is that this machine has not known a reinstall since late 2004 and it is more up to date than the latest binary/rpm distro availble. This is through hardware upgrades and hard drive upgrades (even the root hard drive) and I only reinstalled to see what the fuss was with the latest LiveCD installer.

The history of this machine:
It began as a Athlon XP +1700 socket A on an Asus motheboard with 40Gb Maxtor harddrive.
Then it became a Athlon +2500 Barton Socket A on a Gigabyte and Chaintech motherboard with over 600Gb of harddrive space.
It then went from a +3200 socket 754 on a MSI motherboard to a +3200 socket 939 MSI Diamond and it now finally sits as a +3800 x2 on the same motherboard.

Final specs:
AMD +3800 x2 939 CPU
MSI K8N Diamond motherboard
2Gb KingMax performance RAM
Nvidia 7800 GTX 256Mb GFX card
2x SATA Harddrives (200Gb Western Digital + 200Gb Seagate)
1x SATA Samsung DVD+R/Rw
450W Antech Smart Power

Not sluggish at all, and everything works 100%!

To sum it all up, I have no desire to work on another distro, but I love trying them out. I love to see the new inovations and to tease the shortcommings of some, but I will always (so it seems) remain a Gentoo addict!