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Thursday, January 15th, 2004

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9:00a
Disk dump, LVM and HP-UX
I'm working with a HP-UX ssytem at work: it has one drive, which is partitioned with LVM. We want to mirror this drive to second drive, so we can swap the drives when we lend the machine out (recently we lent the machine to a contractor who tried to upgrade it, and wiped out the drive in the process..) :) Would the dd command be all I need to copy the contents of the first drive to the second drive, or is it more complicated with LVM disks?

Current Mood: working
6:32p
Weird video problem
I have a powerbook 12", just upgraded to a 2.6 kernel. Everything is working fine, and it has fixed a few of my problems, but....

X won't start. And it seems like this is why:

#cat /var/log/boot/current | grep vid
Kernel command line: root=/dev/hda11 ro video=ofonly

This wasn't happening with 2.4, and I haven't touched my yaboot.conf. Also, under platform options in menuconfig I have disabled "Default bootloader kernel arguments".

Anyone have any ideas on where my kernel is getting the "video=ofonly" idea? It seems like that's what is causing X not to start.

Current Mood: hmm
7:09p
SuSE
First off, the icon is for RedHat. Okay, not completely, but they still annoy me. ;)

Okay, second. At work my primary file/application/mail server is running Novell NetWare. Not my choice by far, but I've grown to really like NetWare (yes, that's ready for a flame - but NetWare in conjunction with ZENworks makes adminning a pleasure). Our other primary server, the core of our business is an IBM iSeries minicomputer (aka "mainframe" - but not really a mainframe). The part that I built, our web servers, are two x86 boxes running Redhat 9.

I run Redhat because it's what I've ran since RH 5 was released, I know it like the back of my hand - or something.

Now, I'm faced with either going to Fedora, RHEL, or finding a different distro. After spending two weeks playing with Fedora, I really like it for a desktop but do not think it's ready for a server. That's just my opinon, don't try to refute it because I've already decided :).

I haven't used SuSE since 7.2. Back then I liked it - alot - but kept Redhat because that's what I ran on everything. Since then I haven't used SuSE.

Now, with all of the facts above, plus the fact that Novell just bought SuSE and IBM just pumped money into Novell - I'm going to give SuSE a whirl. Plus I was poking around their site tonite, and I really like the packages included with SuSE.

My question just is - what is your experience with SuSE? Mainly I'm concerned about updates, I simply don't have the time anymore to compile all packages that I need when updates are released. I love up2date because I can exclude packages I compile on my own (OpenSSH, the kernel, APache, TOmcat, Ant, etc) but everything else is just "click click click". I sound like a freakin' Windows user. I know SuSE has YaST, but how is it? How are they about keeping updates current?

And no, don't even suggest Debian. I like the idea, and personally will probably migrate my personal Linux servers to Debian, but not my work machines. :)

TIA :)
9:26p
linux laptop install problem
Installed Debian 3.0r2 on my Compaq Presario 2190US laptop today, but I'm having some problems still:

The machine (or, I suppose more accurately, X) refuses to recognise the video card, so X refuses to start, and I have about 2" of unused LCD the whole way round the display. According to the specifications at http://compaq.com (somewhere...), the card is an "ATI Mobility Radeon 4X AGP", with a "IGP 340M" chip; in WindowsXP it used a "ATI RS200M" driver. Does anyone know what the proper driver for this in Linux is? I've tried using both the ATI and Radeon drivers, including specifying the PCI Bus address for the card, and i still get "Fatal error: no screens found".
9:36p
linux chat on irc - saw this on slashdot today, thought it was funny
From bash.org #106579
Topic in #os: hey guyz, stop pickin on irix.
[SCO] w00t! i bought unix! im gonna b so rich!
[novell] /msg atnt haha. idiot.
[novell] whoops. was that out loud?
[atnt] rotfl
[ibm] lol
[SCO] why r u laffin at me?
[novell] dude, unix is so 10 years ago. linux is in now.
[SCO] wtf?
[SCO] hey guyz, i bought caldera, I have linux now.
[red_hat] haha, your linux sucks.
[novell] lol
[atnt] lol
[ibm] lol
[SCO] no wayz, i will sell more linux than u!
[ibm] your linux sucks, you should look at SuSE
[SuSE] Ja. Wir bilden gutes Linux fur IBM.

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