sidux - the "easier" sid

2007-09-24 22:57:00 +0200

I was playing a little distro-hopping lately and - having a big favor for Debian - came across “sidux”. This distro is released by former “Kanotix” developers and is based on Debian sid. Sid being the “unstable” branch of Debian is a bit of a risk when used as main OS. Though it may be more stable than some other released distro you’re still having chances it’ll break after one update or the other - and if you don’t know how to fix it you may run into trouble. This is where sidux comes in. sidux includes a script called “smxi” which handles most of the system’s maintenance. Agreed, you’ll have to use the command line, but it has never been easier! This script get’s you through system updates, installs proprietary Nvidia/Ati drivers and other third party software if desired. If some very new software releases come to sid repositories and are causing major trouble, smxi puts this software “on hold” which means that it’s not going to be installed. For example: Xorg 7.3 just hit Debian unstable and users are having a lot of problems with it. When updating sidux via smxi, you’ll receive a warning and Xorg will not be updated. You should not do a “usual” Debian dist-upgrade, because then you won’t benefit of the advanced features of sidux’ smxi script.

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BIOS "F8" for GA-M55S-S3 :-(

2007-09-19 21:51:00 +0200

Gigabyte released a new BIOS for their GA-M55S3 motherboard and I couldn’t resist updating. To make it short: if you’re running Linux, don’t… After updating Linux will boot only with “noapic” as kernel option - again. I guess only BIOS version “F6” doesn’t have this error (see this post). I skipped version “F7” so I can’t say anything about this version, but all versions prior to “F6” had the same issue. If you don’t have any real needs for updating your BIOS you shouldn’t consider an update anyway.

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Installing Nvidia driver in Debian Lenny

2007-09-11 22:29:00 +0200

If you’re running Debian testing (aka “Lenny”) which brings no Nvidia driver packages - only the legacy ones - or like to install the latest drivers by Nvidia for Etch, you’ll be running into a problem: the Nvdia installer won’t find everything necessary for compiling the kernel module. So, here’s a small HOWTO:

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Beryl with Feisty & Nvidia

2007-07-27 21:47:00 +0200

I’d like to start by pointing out that there’s no logical reason to use Beryl as your default window manager - except for fun and eye candy! As Ubuntu Feisty makes the task of installing Beryl very easy, I’d wanted to give it a try. So, what do we need to do?

The following is intended for Nvidia based graphic boards with GeForce XXXX chip. If you have a different graphic chip you need to install the specific drivers for your video device. It is important that those drivers support 3D acceleration.

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Pidgin for Ubuntu Feisty

2007-07-08 17:04:00 +0200

Ubuntu Feisty comes with a beta of Gaim 2 and I as tried to compile “MusicTracker” plugin for Pidgin (formerly Gaim) I ran into errors complaining that Pidgin was not installed. I don’t know if there would have been a way of forcing the plugin to compile with Gaim sources, so I went for installing Pidgin.

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