Multimedia Support in Fedora

Install Multimedia Codecs

yum -y install gstreamer-plugins*
yum -y install lameyum -y install ffmpeg
yum -y install mjpegtools
yum --enablerepo=atrpms install w32codec

mp3 codex for XMMS

yum -y install xmms xmms-mp3 xmms-faad2 gstreamer-plugins-ugly 
libmad libid3tag

DVD playback capability

wget -c http://download.videolan.org/pub/libdvdcss/1.2.9/rpm/libdvdcss2-1.2.9-1.i386.rpm
rpm -i libdvdcss2-1.2.9-1.i386.rpm

Un-killable Processes : Red Hat Enterprise Linux

By Johnathan Kupferer, Red Hat Certified Engineer

Before Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, there really wasn’t a good way to handle processes that had entered an
uninterruptible sleep waiting on an unresponsive NFS server. This was particularly frustrating because the
umount man page promises that “-f” will “Force unmount.” This allows an NFS-mounted filesystem to be
unmounted if the NFS server is “unreachable.” That was how it was supposed to work, with the caveat that
the filesystem must have originally been mounted with “soft” or “intr” options.Well, no more. Though the
man page doesn’t say so, umount -f now comes to the rescue and will unmount hard and uninterruptible
mounts.

USB when the Drivers Aren’t Available

By Dominic Duval, Red Hat Certfied Engineer

As a way to save a few valuable pennies on newer PCs, manufacturers are increasingly getting rid of the good old PS/2 keyboard and mouse interfaces. As a result, some recent systems only ship with USB ports to which we need to connect a USB keyboard and mouse.
USB is all well and good, but what if the driver for your USB controller is not loaded? In practice, this is not a problem, as Red Hat loads the ehci- hcd and uhci-hcd drivers automatically at boot time.
There are situations, namely in emergency mode, where the USB drivers won’t be available. So you won’t even be able to enter a command. This is due to the fact that in emergency mode all drivers need to be provided in the initrd file under /boot, and USB is not there by default. The trick is to add those drivers, so that they will be available earlier. The ‘mkinitrd’ command can do precisely that with the ‘–with’ argument (this only works under RHEL4):
mkinitrd –with=ehci-hcd –with=uhci-hcd /boot/newinitrd-`uname -r`.img `uname -r`

Add a new entry in your grub.conf file (always do backups!) that points to this new initrd image, and you’re done! Your USB keyboard now works in emergency mode.

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Free CDs available at shipit

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn is finally available at Ubuntu Shipit, so you can ask for your Feisty Fawn Free CDs

Install Livna repository FC6

Installing the Livna repository for Fedora

rpm -Uhv http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-6.rpm

(This will download the rpm for you from the web and install it.)

Getting and installing the GPG key so the packages could be verified with its signature.

rpm –import http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY

That is all, now you can start using the packages from the Livna repository with yum or yumex.

Wi-Fi Bug Found in Linux

A bug has been found in a major Linux Wi-Fi driver that can allow an attacker to take control of a laptop — even when it is not on a Wi-Fi network.

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Ubuntu 7.04 Review

A mature Linux desktop…

Feisty boots in 40 seconds on my laptop, while Vista needs about 50 (with McAfee turned off). Additionally, Ubuntu now seems to be more usable than before with 256 MBs of RAM (with CUPS services turned off) and 512 MBs seem to be more than enough — a number that’s the minimum for Vista.

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