Fedora 16

2012-01-09 23:32:00 +0100

Fedora 16 has been released for quite a while but I just now decided to make use of my old Acer Aspire 5572 notebook again and install the latest Fedora release. As always, Fedora is more or less equipped with “bleeding edge” software releases - which I appreciate a lot. (By the time of writing: once installed and completely updated you will be running kernel 3.1.7.) I’ve downloaded the default Gnome Live desktop installation media. Once burnt to CD and booted you’ll be a running a Fedora Live system with Gnome desktop. Yes, I like the new Gome 3 desktop!

 

Debian Squeeze & bluetooth audio

2011-08-19 20:14:00 +0200

As I just got my hands on a new bluetooth headset - a Sennheiser MM100 - I wanted to make it work with Debian Squeeze (worked like charm with my Android phone out of the box). My notebook Samsung R780 does not come with bluetooth equipped so I use my old Belkin mini bluetooth adapter F8T016 to connect and I guess it should work with any more or less current bluetooth adapter (of course it has to support A2DP).

 

Conky with Debian Squeeze & Samsung R780

2011-08-15 17:06:00 +0200

I wasn’t aware of this nice little tool called “Conky” until I stumbled upon the Pinguy OS website and saw the screenshot of it’s default desktop. To make Conky (and the sensor readings) work with Debian Squeeze on my Samsung R780 notebook there was some work to do. Once done, it’ll look like this:

 

VMware with kernel 2.6.38 [updated for kernel 2.6.39]

2011-08-07 16:43:00 +0200

Running Debian Squeeze with the latest kernel 2.6.38 from Debian Backports I had some trouble getting VMware Player to work. Once started it complained about not being able to compile the “vmnet” kernel module. I found the solution here and this is how you can make it work.

 

Debian is back...

2011-02-13 18:01:00 +0100

Updated Nvidia installation howto on May, 22nd 2012

…on my computer! What is (in my opinion) the greatest of all operating systems is back: Debian 6.0 aka “squeeze” was released last weekend. Of course as always with new Debian releases - compared to other recently released Linux distributions - the software which comes with squeeze is rather “old”, i.e.: Linux kernel 2.6.32, Gnome 2.30, KDE 4.5, OpenOffice 2.3. That’s the price you have to pay for a very stable operating system. For the first time the default installation media has no “non-free” software on board. This might be tricky for those who depend on non-free firmware to get W-LAN running! (In this case see the Debian documentation here.)