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Monday, May 17th, 2004

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fedora core 2 (and reading windows drives/partitions)
i'm currently running mandrake 10.0 community, with gnome 2.4 on my athlon xp 1800+ system. i want to check out fedora core 2, because mandrake 10 has a few issues that i was going to reinstall to fix anyway, so i want to try something new while i'm at it.

i used to run fedora 1, for about a month until i couldn't stand it f**king up all the time... also, i couldn't read my windows partition with fedora, but with mandrake, ever since version 8, i can...

the biggest reasons for wanting to try fedora are:
>gentoo takes too long - and last time i tried it i just couldn't get it to go
>a lot of decent programs come in rpms for redhat/fedora, and they're a lot easier to install
>i really want to check out gnome 2.6 and some of the new apps that only fedora has with it currently
>i don't really have time to tinker with gentoo, slackware, or debian, although i wish i ran one of those instead...

basically, i want to know if there are any reasons why i should keep away from fedora 2, and also, if i do end up giving her a go, is there a way to read my windows partition in fedora? basically, i have tons of mp3's on my windows drive, and i don't want to have to copy them over...

thanks a ton,
gnome 2.6 - shadowed windows, transparent windows & menus, etc.
how does one pull this off with gnome 2.6? are the shadows and transparent window/menus native, or is this a plugin?

i'm going to download fedora 2, because it has gnome 2.6, and a few other things i want to try out, so i want to know if i can do this without too much trouble...

i've got my big computer to play with, hense my wiping of mandrake and giving fedora 2 a chance (fedora 1 sucked)...

my main computer nowadays is my Mac iBookG4, which is a big reason why i want shadowed windows and such, because i've grown used to it with osx, and i just love the way it looks... they pop out at you, it's just sweet.

thanks in advance,
web activity blocking
I have a client whose office includes three computers on a small "Windows Workgroup" network. One is a Linux fileserver running Samba, and the other two are Windows XP Professional workstations. One of these XP machines sits on the client's desk, and the other is on his assistant's desk. He has enquired about a means of preventing access to any websites other than a specific business-related list of sites from his assistant's computer, but he still wants full access from his own machine. The Internet access is provided by cable broadband, and the network is serviced by a small off-the-shelf router/firewall that will allow blocking of predetermined URLs (a site-ban list), but will not allow across-the-board blocking with an exception list.

I'm more than willing to learn what I need to for configuring and installing a simple server that will provide the needed functionality, and the client is willing to pay for such a server's installation. Advice . . . ?
What's a good app for Linux which will let me switch quickly and easily between different networking configs on my laptop?

I want to use DHCP in one place and a static IP someplace else, and I want to be able to switch between them without having to edit config files and restart processes. I'd like to have something like Mac OS X's "Locations".
Between the time I boot up this laptop (SuSE 9.0, kernel 2.6.6) and the time it finishes logging me in and starting up KDE (3.2.2), the following message is written to /var/log/messages exactly 328 times (with different process numbers given each time):

/sbin/hotplug[4314]: no runnable /etc/hotplug/vc.agent is installed

I also get fourteen of these (also with different process numbers):

/sbin/hotplug[4566]: no runnable /etc/hotplug/sound.agent is installed

From what I gather (mainly through 'man hotplug'), the 2.6 kernel has a new way of handling hotplug devices such as PCMCIA adapters. But I don't know what 'vc' is or what should be in the 'vc.agent' file, or why it needs a 'sound.agent' file, seeing as how the audio chip is soldered onto the motherboard. A google search turns up nothing useful. Can someone please help shed light on this?

Addendum: I'm going to try to update the hotplug files. SuSE 9.0 comes with hotplug-2002_08_26-89, which is almost two years old and is much older than the 2.6 kernel. I got the rpm of the latest version, but it won't install because it'll overwrite the previous version:

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Network bottlenecks...
Dunno why I'm posting this here but I am. Ran some benchmarks between machines on my home network to see what kind of throughput I'm getting with the new switch and turns out it's right on the money, good throughput, no crosstalk, nobody's cramming the door to the internet, everyones very happy. Pretty slick and I've learned a bunch. But in the process I did some speed benchmarks between machines in my network by SCP'ing a folder full of mp3's (500MB worth) from the file server to the nodes. The results were... interesting.

To the iBook (on wireless connection) - got about 650 KB/s (not too bad considering it's airport wireless)
To my desktop (Cat5E) - 2.5 MB/s to 3.5 MB/s with spikes as high as 4 or 5.
To my laptop (Cat5E) - 2.5 MB/s to 3.5 MB/s with spikes as high as 4

To my media terminal (Cat5E) - 1.3 MB/s no waver at all. WTF?

I've swapped switch ports, router ports, I've swapped Cat5 cables, PCI slots, I've even pulled the NIC from the desktop and slapped it in the media terminal (which i've been working on getting up and running so is sitting right next to it) and its still the same. All the machines are using NIC's with the same chipset (realtek 8139 - 8139too module), everythings running at 100BaseTx-FD (Full Duplex) and yet I have what is quite obviously a bottleneck here. Not that 1.3MB/s is bad precisely, but it's obvious the network and the other machines will do more and this.... well its bloody annoying is what it is. The only thing I can think of is that this motherboard may be old enough that its not able to handle more than 1.3MB/s from the PCI slot NIC. What do you think?
Book attempts to shed doubt on Linux authorship.
Popular but controversial "open source" computer software, generally contributed on a volunteer basis, is often taken or adapted from material owned by other companies and individuals, a study by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution finds.

The same maroon writing this book attempts to shed doubt on Linus' creation of the first Linux kernel.
I don't know...maybe I shouldn't waste your time with this crap. I'm getting tired of these morons trying to FUD us, too...
The challenge...
This may be a dumb post, please forgive me.

running Fedora.

I want to keep my linux system and Apache web server up and running for 100 days.
I'm allowed to logout though to refresh "X", once and a while but I can't reboot.

What other advice can you give me to insure I succeed.

uptime 21:20:16 up 1 day, 15:01, 7 users, load average: 0.41, 0.09, 0.08

Thank-You :)

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