So your to afraid to try Paludis. Which is totally ridiculous but possible. Instead you want to play it safe and stick with Portage. After all the Gentoo devs only want the best for the user like you, right? So how do you setup Portage then to be as close to Paludis as possible in terms of speed and safety? Here is a few simple step you can take to help Portage do a better, safer, and faster job:
Add these lines to your make.conf file
FEATURES=”test parallel-fetch sandbox usersandbox userfetch”
I am open to further suggestions as well if anyone has them.
Now, if someone could tell me how to turn off this new annoying feature Portage has of listing all the messages outputted during an install I would very grateful. Who’s idea was that anyway??
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I ran into some kernel panic issues this week after not paying any attention when witting my grub.conf file so after running across this on accident I hope someone else may benefit from it as much as I plan too
If your too lazy to click the link, you can add
kernel.panic = 10
to your /etc/sysctrl.conf file. Or just tag your kernel line in your grub.conf file with
panic = 10
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Every now and then I post off topic because even Linux geeks get tired of me ranting about how vim is better than emacs, paludis is better than portage, and Gentoo is better than Arch. So today I’m going to give my thoughts on F1 Racing.
I’m American. I live the US of A and am very proud of it. But I’m also weird because while I have my favorite drivers, I don’t really like NASCAR. Its just not my style. I do give the drivers there a lot of credit though because going around oval tracks is not as easy people think. I’ve seen many drivers attempt it and fail. Juan Pablo Montoya is a pretty good example of that actually. He’s only really done great in about three races. His only victory was at a road course. So yeah, it takes skill. I digress though…
F1 has withdrawn their only American Grand Prix. This really saddens me because now that I have a job I was actually planning on attending next year. They complain that no one in America likes F1 and that race attendance is poor. Well I have several thoughts as to why that is, but one big one is summed up really well by Bernie Ecclestone:
Q: Are you sad, that we lost the United States Grand Prix?
BE: America is a continent as big as Europe. In order to have the same impact as in Europe we ought to have eight races over there. To have just one Grand Prix in the States does not make Formula One popular.
I agree. Do they really expect everyone in the US to go all the way to Indie just for one race? I don’t think so. And I think a lot of it has to do with the people who run F1. In the US we joke a lot of times because people from Europe who come here many times don’t realize just how big this place is. Driving across England (East to West or vice versa) takes at most, what, a couple of hours if your slow? And a lot of the other countries are the same way. America isn’t like though… not at all.
And where is Alonso going to be next year? A lot of teams have already announced their picks, it looks to me like the only place he’s really got left is Renault.
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After this weekend I can understand why people get excited about distributions like Sabayon. Don’t get me wrong, I by no means recommend it, but the mere fact you don’t have to manually install Gentoo can definitely be a God send.
I got off to a good start this weekend. I got all the way up to the chroot, chrooted in, and decided to that portage needed to go. So, FEATURES=”test” and emerge paludis and I was off to the races. Well, emake failed. Emake failed, in my opinion, is the most dreaded of all Gentoo errors. Its means next to nothing. All you can really devise from that message is your program won’t compile in your computer’s current state. And failed compilation messages are more often than not cryptic or so or beyond the reach of your scroll back, if you have any at all, since many times during an install you don’t.
So I decieded that if the new alpha4 version of paludis wouldn’t go, I’d just go with 0.24.6 since I was confident it would compile for me. As luck would have it, it did. So with paludis now up and and running I decided maybe it was somehow portage’s fault that paludis wouldn’t compile. So, you might ask yourself at this point two questions:
- How can portage be the reason “emake failed?”
- Why did you want/need paludis to begin with?
Well the answer to both lies simply by trying to install paludis with both package managers. Portage required me to only install paludis. Sounds nice, quick, and with relatively few chances for errors. Or one would assume anyway. Paludis in turn required me to do around 12 updates total including the new version of paludis.
Needless to say at this point those 10 (no, thats not a math error) other updates portage didn’t want to pull in was most likely the cause of my compilation failure. Sadly though the world will never know. My computer froze at the end of the compilation of glibc and I was forced to turn it off this morning through a hard shutdown. I just hope my XFS file system doesn’t crash now! I guess I’ll find out this evening when I get home.
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I saw today where Amazon released a new eBook reader named the Kindle. At first I was really impressed, it has a nice line of features. Its compeltely wirless and requires no computer what so ever to run. You download eBooks wirelessly using a similar technology to mobile phones. To beat it all you don’t even have to pay service or connection fees for the wireless service. All of that is paid for by Amazon, you just pay for the books. Its lightweight, lighter than your average paperback, and the new screen type is supposedly easy on the eyes. While I’ve never seen one in person I’m curious to exactly how easy it is. Especially after say 2 or 3 hours of constant viewing.
Then there’s the bad half… because there is always a downside in this life. Its biggest detractor, other than being ugly and sold only in white, is the fact that your locked into proprietary eBooks sold for $10 on Amazon.com. Since its completely computer free there is no chance of uploading your own eBooks. There is no sharing of eBooks. You can’t read PDFs and you can’t listen to MP3s. And, last, but probably first on your list of priorities, its $400.
While on Amazon.com looking at this I went down to read the customer reviews, well no one who owns one has commented yet, but some other people have commented just to be prics I guess. One person mentioned that Sony has a similar device. Well yippie kye yay! So naturally I went to Sony’s website to check it out.
Aptly titled, Reader Digital Book, its much prettier looking than Amazon’s Kindle and comes in Silver and Black. This one is supports PDFs and allows you to upload your own content from your computer. It supports the playback of MP3 and has memory expansion for SD and MemoryStick cards. It also has a similar eInk screen just like the Kindle. The final hoorah for the Sony Reader is that it does come in a $300. Which is much more friendly.
Naturally though, we have to drill the Sony for its short comings. The lack luster title (someone obvious didn’t give a s**t when they named it) doesn’t really do the device justice. The Reader also only works with computers running Windows (XP or Vista). So no Mac or Linux users need apply. Sony also really really wants to lock you into using their proprietary eBooks so that you can’t share. While it appears you can use the device with non-Sony eBooks it also looks like they prefer you don’t. Its just one of those feelings you get. So, being a Linux and future Mac user, the Sony is off the list.
Well, like all good things in capitalism, there has to be competition, so I went searching for more. The next one I found was, at first, the most promising. Named the iLiad and made by iRex Technologies its definitely a fan favorite. This one gets major props for being Open Source and also including a web browser, PDF support, and a touch screen. The downside to all of this is the outrageous price! Coming in at a whopping $700 this thing is out of reach of most people. Not to mention for that price I could just buy a laptop. After noticing that I didn’t even really care to look at it. And unlike OpenMoko it has nothing I want or need that I can’t get somewhere else for cheaper (open source or not).
I mention OpenMoko, an open source cell phone under development, at this point for two reasons. Its open source like the iLiad but also like the iLiad its freaking expensive. But unlike the iLiad once a stable more consumer oriented version of the OpenMoko comes out (hopefully with a price drop) I have every intention of getting one.
Finally that leads me to my final eBook reader that I’ve stumbled upon today. Made by Bookeen (another company I’ve never heard of) its entitled the Cybook. Personally this is my favorite device thus far. Coming in at $350 dollars its not the cheapest but its feature list is the most compatible with I, and what I assume, most open source people would be looking for. It supports a wide range of file formats. It does not support DRM (which the Sony prefers) though it does support encryption. Meaning you can password protect files if you want. It also supports MP3 playback and has plenty of room for expansion through flash memory slots. It naturally has the eInk screen like the others and from the looks of it appears to be just as easy and comfortable to use as the other ones I’ve seen thus far. The device is Linux and Mac friendly, though the mobibook software is Windows only. I’m not real sure about this mobibook stuff. Its a special type of eBook that I haven’t fully investigated. Either way even without the mobibook software you can still download the mobibooks and just put them on your Cybook through a manual file transfer. On Linux and Mac the Cybook just appears as flash storage drive which makes things convenient.
If I had to pick right now I’d buy the Cybook. It appears to be the best for money and doesn’t try to overdo it with features it doesn’t need, like a full web browser. If I wanted a full web browser I would buy a laptop. While there are some features the Cybook could use, I’d like to see a touch screen similar to the iPhone’s (especially for flipping pages), it is pretty much feature complete for a reasonable price. Hell, I might even buy one.
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Almost nothing exciting is going on right now. A new version of Paludis was released (Aplha4) but its still Alpha. Threading seems to have taken a higher priority with the developers though. Thats nice. I don’t know if its been implemented yet or not (I’ve been a little lazy) but if not its close. As it was explained to me you can’t thread compilation but you can thread most of the other parts so there should be a noticeable difference in build times. In short they be should be a lot shorter. Especially for you spoiled users lucky enough to have dual or quad core machines. My lonely hyper threading AMD just looks pitiful nowadays.
I’m up to 3% genius after solving three problems in like 30 minutes. I want to say I’m getting smarter, but I think the problems are just starting to get easier.
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Notice anything wrong with my title. No? Then you should retake English grammar.
Entropy, aka pkgcore – Sabayon Edition, has introduced something they call Smart Packages. At first I was impressed by this, now…. not so much. If your curious the man came up with a way to install an application and its dependencies without the internet. Well not completely without. What you do is tell Entropy to create a smart package for a program like vim. It will then package up vim and all of its needed dependencies so that you can take that new package and use it to install vim on as many Sabayon computers as you like. Sounds impressive but all it really does is create a giant tarball of all the needed packages. This also seems to have a major issue. In his example he uses the program K3b. What if I use this smart package to install K3b on a desktop using Gnome. What about the 300 other KDE dependencies I’ll need. That would be one massive smart package. He doesn’t really pose an answer for this, but he claims to be working on a “filter.” I’m skeptical but there is still the possibility he’s devised something more clever than his first announcement has shown.
Personally I’d be more impressed if he devised better binary package support than Portage currently has. I’d also be more impressed if threaded Entropy.
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The title of this post is worn out and maybe a tad misleading. But it still fits. Linux isn’t the future in that all PCs will one day run Linux, Linux is the future in that what people predict Windows and OS X will one day be, we already have. The prediction:
In a world in which Google can roll out new features daily to every user on the planet, the pace of OS development feels increasingly glacial. I’m convinced that both OS X and Windows will soon morph into products that are part software and part Web service, with enhancements delivered on an ongoing basis via the Internet rather than once every few years in a shrink-wrapped box. — Slate.com
So how is that Linux now? Well, with Windows you upgrade apps like Office everytime year or so for $150. You upgrade apps like Solitare, IE, and Notepad roughly every other new release of Windows. Not being a real Mac enthusiast I only can assume it runs on a similar system. But Linux will update every program on your computer, including the kernel, incrementally, from the web, as its updated by the people who make it. And thats exactly what that guy is predicting isn’t he?
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I’ve been pondering the relation between the two philosophies for a long time. This is something that has occurred to me even before reading that Balmer at MS had made a similar comparison. The question for me then is, is it true?
As a history major (which I was actually good at in college) I was exposed to various philosophies during my studies. Communism was probably one of the least interesting to me. It doesn’t work. The USSR demonstrated that to us very well, and now the Chinese are quickly learning and slowly showing that they agree. Communism, as the name implies, is all about equality and sharing. On paper anyway. Those two words should sound familiar to any open source guru though.
When discussing Open Source the most frequently used word is without a doubt “Freedom.” Many times though I feel many people use this word out of context. The rather lame example give generally give to demonstrate the meaning of “Freedom” is “Free as in beer” or “Free as in Freedom.” The circular definition of the second one is enough to halt discussion of it right there. The first analogy is, in my mind, on the same level as associating things with Nazism. I personally have never found this mythical free beer. If you know where it exists please inform me. Those two out of the way how do you define software freedom? The Free Software Foundation describes fairly well. It all boils down to your ability to use the software how you see fit. This use then in turn requires you have access to the source code not just the binaries. Where beer fits into that no one has yet to be able to explain to me.
This can all lead to very involved discussion, one I won’t go into, about Freedom doesn’t exist at all. Ask you neighborhood PhD in Philosophy if you really want to get into that one because I won’t. Freedom though is not something you generally associate with communism. Its the sharing. But its this idea of sharing from which we derive our idea of freedom, is it not? So what separates the open sourcers from the communists?
While I don’t have an answer to all of this, sorry to disappoint you, this reminds me of a thoughful conversation I had one time with a colleague. I explained to him how the U.S. was a bit of a contradiction in that the US’s capitalist economy doesn’t share the same values with the country’s predominate religion, Christianity. He argued I was wrong. He said, “But all of the people whom I feel best uphold the Christian life all tend to be well off.”
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