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Friday, August 13th, 2004

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3:06a
Can someone explain to me what the difference between normal Linux kernels (Redhat, Gentoo, Suse, Mandrake, etc) and FreeBSD? and which one is harder to get to understand? I have pretty good Linux understanding.

And also, does anyone know any good documentation to read to get better understanding of both?
7:08a
samba question
We have samba running on debian and most everything is working except the printing. When you add a printer the drivers get loaded from the server automatically to winxp/2000 boxes. Great. But when we try to script the adding of printers using VBS it dies with a RPC error.
This is the vbs
Set WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
PrinterPath = "\\coasmb01\hplj4000"
WshNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection PrinterPath

Then windows script host complains with error "The remote procedure call failed" code 800706BE.

Any ideas how to workaround?
9:27a
[Semi-OT] New Printer.
I've decided to get a new printer.

Unfortunately, while I consider myself to be very experienced and knowledgeable about most areas of IT, printers have long been the bane of my existence. They don't like me, and I don't like them. Thus, we've
always done best by ignoring and avoiding each other.

I've reached the limit of my patience with my current inkjet printer, though, and I've long wished for a simple B&W laser printer. 95%+ of what I print is B&W, and if I'm printing something color (usually an
image from my digital camera), I'd usually rather go to somewhere like Kinkos, where I can have them print it on their ultra-high quality color laser printers, on heavyweight glossy photo-style paper.

So, after having done some research, I've decided that now is the time. My new printer will be a laser printer.

There are basically three models that I'm currently deciding between:
  1. Samsung ML-2550
  2. Samsung ML-2152W
  3. Samsung ML-2151N

I've selected these because they appear to have the features I'm looking for at a price I'm willing to pay, and are available immediately, new.

If anyone has any comments, suggestions, opinions, or experiences with any of these, I'd love to hear it. Particularly if you've had good or bad experiences with any of them, or their (Linux) support.

I've included some of the details of my investigation on them below, along with some explanations for what I'm looking for in a printer, and why I'm looking at these.

Thanks for any comments anyone has. ;-)

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The ML-2550 seems to be a slightly "higher end" printer (better CPU, more RAM, PostScript standard), but is the "base" model, without the extras (no NIC, no WiFi).

Right now, I'm very strongly leaning towards the first one, the ML-2550. I was looking more towards the ML-2152W, but then I found that amazing price on the ML-2550. When it was a difference of $20, it was a close call. When it's a difference of $100. . . not so close. ;-)

I wouldn't mind having built in network capabilities on the printer, but it's not a necessity. It's not that hard to hook it up to my linux server and share it via Samba. And I'm actually kind of mixed on the WiFi. . . while it'd be a rather nifty feature, I can't help but wondering at how difficult it'd be to "lock it down", so I wasn't getting random drive-by printings.

For obvious reasons (Linux compatibility, and overall quality) I'm very interested in making sure the printer supports PostScript.

I'm probably going to order the ML-2550 in a few days, unless I find some good reason that I shouldn't.

Thanks for your help. ;-)

Current Mood: geeky
11:38a
Bad CVS import!
So I accidentally imported the wrong directory into my CVS. Say my cvs root is /foo/cvsroot, and I imported the package BAR. I want to totally wipe the package BAR from the CVS (ie, the directory /foo/cvsroot/BAR.) Can I just delete BAR using the command
rm -rf /foo/cvsroot/BAR
?

(I realize this might be a really bad idea - I'm throwing this solution out there as a straw man...)
11:44a
Just wondering if you guys saw this:

"California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has recently posted the California Performance Review Report, a 2,500 page plan to overhaul state government and save $32 billion over the next five years. Part of the proposal: Open Source alternatives. Imagine that..."

http://www.report.cpr.ca.gov/cprrpt/issrec/stops/it/so10.htm

I saw it on slashdot and thought it was pretty interesting.
3:38p
Shout out to you other n00bs
I've just found a solution to a problem, from my fruitless Googling it appears to be a quite common one, so here's the solution I found (just in case anyone else is having this trouble)

I've been trying to get Uplink to run under Linux. After patching to the latest version, I kept getting this error:
error while loading shared libraries libstdc++-libc6.2-2.so.3: Cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


So I went back to my installation discs, thinking a RPM got missed. But it's not on there. So I went to Google, only to find a buttload of "I got this error, how do I fix it?" posts on various forums (most of them followed by even more "I got that error too, if you fix it tell me how" posts). And then I found this article, it's about Open Office but it seems to apply to what I'm trying to do as well.

Specifically, this part:

Notice that it's actually a symbolic link pointing to another file -- libstdc++-3-libc6.2-2-2.10.0.so -- that must be the file that really does the heavy lifting. So, based on the evidence I see here, I should be able to fix my OpenOffice problem by doing the following as root:

ln -s /usr/lib/libstdc++-3-libc6.2-2-2.10.0.so /usr/lib/libstdc++-libc6.1-2.so.3

In other words, I created a symbolic link named libstdc++-libc6.1-2.so.3, which is what the error indicated OpenOffice was looking for but could not find, and pointed it to the correct file: libstdc++-3-libc6.2-2-2.10.0.so.


(x-posted to linuxnewbies, linux and my own journal)
3:48p
Just as a follow up to a previous discussion:

I received an email saying that the Novell Technical Resource Kit will ship Monday, August 16th at the latest via USPS. So it should be arriving in mailboxes in the next week or so.
8:56p
I just had to...
Feel free to complain/comment below......


Poll #335637 Unscientific Linux Poll

What is your preferred Linux distribution?

Redhat/Fedora
30(17.5%)
SuSE
14(8.2%)
Mandrake
19(11.1%)
Gentoo
36(21.1%)
Slackware
23(13.5%)
Yellowdog
0(0.0%)
Debian
37(21.6%)
other
12(7.0%)

Where do you CURRENTLY use Linux?

At home
62(35.8%)
At work
5(2.9%)
At school
0(0.0%)
Every once in a while when I get in front of a Linux box
3(1.7%)
I don't
2(1.2%)
other
0(0.0%)

What other OSes do you use at home?

Mac OS X
13(7.6%)
Windows XP
34(19.9%)
Windows 2000 (Pro. or Server)
12(7.0%)
BeOS
0(0.0%)
another Windows version (98, Me, etc)
8(4.7%)
Lindows/Linaire
0(0.0%)
another Macintosh/Apple OS
0(0.0%)
other
4(2.3%)
none (Linux is all I have)
34(19.9%)

What's your biggest pet-peeve with Linux? (please be honest!)

How long have you been using Linux?

less than one year
14(8.2%)
1-3 years
63(36.8%)
4-6 years
58(33.9%)
7-10 years
30(17.5%)
10 years or more
6(3.5%)

Which one do you use the most?

KDE
51(29.7%)
Gnome
47(27.3%)
another GUI
55(32.0%)
no Gui at all
19(11.0%)

What option most accurately describes your relationship with your local/regional LUG (Linux User Group)

I am an active member of my local LUG
13(7.6%)
I am a member of a LUG but not I wouldn't consider myself 'active'
28(16.3%)
I'm not a member but I would like to join soon
26(15.1%)
I am not a member of a LUG because there isn't one by me
18(10.5%)
I'm not a member of a LUG because I either don't like my local one or don't see a need to join one
33(19.2%)
I am not a member of a LUG because I never even thought about it
42(24.4%)
other
12(7.0%)


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