Which Linux distribution to Choose?

  • What makes a Linux distribution to be what it is?
  • What does “Enterprise Linux” mean?
  • How to choose “the best distribution” for you? What to consider?
  • RHEL vs. SLES, openSUSE vs. Fedora Core…
  • Why you should use 2 (two) main distros, not one, and not three!
  • Special guest star: CentOS.

All this and much more, in a presentation by the Brazilian IBM consultant Avi Alkalay: The Best Linux Distribution.

Firefox: Practice Safe Browsing

Go and get firefox

OpenSUSE 10.2: Documentations

OpenSUSE 10.2 from Novell provides everything today’s Linux user needs for home computing and computing-on-the-go. Created by the openSUSE.org project, the product includes a stablized, secure and reliable Linux operating system plus a complete set of desktop applications – office suite, Web browser, instant messaging client, multimedia viewers, and graphical software. It also offers the latest open source applications for developing applications, setting up a home network, running a Web server, and more. Available for free download at opensuse.org or in a convienient packaged retail edition. openSUSE delivers desktop reliability and security at an affordable price.

Getting Started:

User Guides:


openSUSE 10.3 Boot Screen : Mockups

IM Clients for Linux

If you use Linux, there are a lot of Instant Messaging clients for you to choose from. And this is not an easy choice at all. There is the features vs stability problem all the time. In order to simplify your choice, I’ve decided to come up with the most know.

  • Gaim
    • Gaim is the number one client in the open source community. It is being widely developed, and it’s awesome due to it’s stability and supported protocol diversity. The version in SVN already supports web cam and a lot more.
  • Kopete
    • Kopete, I would say, is to Gaim, as KDE is to Gnome. It has some extra feature, but complete useless. While the main window is simple, the chat window has way too much garbage.
  • Emenese
    • Emenese is still in it’s early development, but is already being talked. It is being written in python, which gives it a promising future, with lots of extensions and a fast development, common for everything that comes the python language.
  • Mercury
    • Mercury messenger is for all of those who are used to Windows Messenger. Supporting almost everything that the Microsoft client supports, it’s only disadvantage is that it is written in java, and it consumes a lot of memory!
  • Amsn
    • Amsn is just ugly. It was an attempt to copy Windows Messenger, but, in my opinion, it went completely wrong and I just can’t like it!
  • Kmess
    • Despite I haven’t ever tried Kmess out, it seems to be a real simples messenger client for KDE, with all the basic needs and really usable.

What’s So Ultimate in Vista Ultimate?

What’s so Open about Linux and Open Source = Free”dom” (free and do anything you like with it)

Mount Samba share using fstab

Install VMware on OpenSuse

Note: You need the following packages from YaST installed:
All these are available on the CD/DVD that you used to install your SUSE from

Change to root and then install the downloaded RPM:
$ su
# rpm -ivh VMware-workstation-5.5.0-16958.i386.rpm

Preparing… ########################################### [100%]
VMwareWorkstation ###################################### [100%]

Done. Now we will follow few extra steps, just to make sure that all is good (it might not be necessary)

Run these commands to make kernel source files usable so vmware-config.pl can compile the kernel modules.

# cd /usr/src/linux

# make mrproper
# make cloneconfig
# make modules_prepare

Configuring VMware
Now we run the following command to configure the VMware.
# vmware-config.pl

Answer all the question ask by the configuration tool.

Starting VMware services:
Virtual machine monitor done
Virtual ethernet done
Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 done
Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background) done
Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background) done
NAT service on /dev/vmnet8 done

The configuration of VMware Workstation 5.5.0 build-16958 for Linux for this
running kernel completed successfully.

You can now run VMware Workstation by invoking the following command:

–the VMware team

That’s it. Now you will find VMware icon in your KDE/Gnome menu, or you can run it via CLI, as user, not root. Don’t forget to install the vmware-tools for your guest OS.

Mount and Access NTFS partition from Linux

There is a Linux-NTFS project. The goals of the project are to develop reliable and full feature access to NTFS by the Linux kernel driver, and by a user space filesystem (ntfsmount), and to provide a wide collection of NTFS utilities (ntfsprogs) and a developer’s library (libntfs) for other GPLed programs.

You can download Linux-NTFS drivers and utilities here
You can download RedHat or Fedora specific binary here

1) Select your Fedora Core Linux version and then download appropriate driver according to your kernel version. To find out your kernel version use following command: uname -a
2) Once downloaded driver use rpm command to install it: rpm -ihv kernel-ntfs*
3) Use fdisk -l command to find out name of NTFS partion: fdisk -l
4) Now to mount NTFS windows XP system partition use following command:
Note : Replace hdXY with you actual device
mkdir -p /mnt/c
mount -t ntfs /dev/hdXY /mnt/c
mount -t ntfs /dev/hdXY /mnt

Verify tape backup

Type the command to backup /home to /dev/st0 and to verify the archive after writing it /dev/st0.

# tar -cvpWlf /dev/st0 /home

c : create a new archive of /home
v : Verbose output
p : preserve permissions on files
W : attempt to verify the archive after writing it
l : stay in local file system when creating an archive
f : Specify /dev/st0 as tape device (file)
/dev/st0: Tape device name.
/home : Directory to backup


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