It was back in the mid-nineties, when I first received a Slackware 3 install CD. I somewhat recall the install process, the terror of wiping out the other OS from the single disk I had. Since then I tried many releases of RedHat and Fedora Core, until recently I turned to Xubuntu for old PCs.
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One of my complains about Linux has always been the biblical boot time – endless disk churning, endless listing of obscure lines on the video. With the latest distros this aspect of the system has been improved, but still Linux lags behind Windows. This work, with an impressive 5 seconds for the whole system up
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Having a bit of spare time at work, I decided it was time to upgrade my Linux box to the latest version of my favorite distro: Fedora Core 9. KDE4 in FC9 holds a very slick and professional look whereas KDE3 on FC8 looked quite hobbyist.Rather than going the old proved way, I decided to
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Fedora Core is supposed to be “bleeding edge” technology. What you may not expect is that it puts the edge while you provide the bleeding. Suppose you want to write an audio application, something simple, gathering audio from a microphone and feeding audio to a speaker. How could it be a nightmare? Quite easily it
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I had great days on the Alpe di Siusi (Alp of Siusi) or SeiserAlm as those who live there call their home. It is a lovely and smooth plateau at around 1800m, braced by imposing Dolomite pikes. Sasso Piatto (“Flat Stone” a sort of understatement) bounds the East side, while Denti di Terra Rossa (“Red
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Life is hard. Especially in the working hours. The more hard the more you have to do your job on linux for linux. If you think about it, that’s odd. Back in the Days, Unix was the result of a young team that sought a programming (and hacking) environment. At times they had very programmers-unfriendly
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It is alway a good surprise when a task you thought being rather hard turns out to be quite easy when you actually do it. Using select for I/O multiplexing and stuff like this is one of those pleasant surprise. The man page could be quite intimidating, therefore I start with an example. Suppose you
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So you are at the office and you badly need Linux as badly as Windows. Linux hosts the cross compiler and the tool chain for your project, while Windows keeps you in synch with the rest of the company.Dual boot is, of course, the way NOT to go. From my experience you end by using
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It is now somewhat more than a month that I’m using Linux Fedora Core 5 all day long. I have never used Linux so extensively at workplace (maybe with the exception of some periods when I worked at ABB, but then it was RedHat 4.2). How the system is doing when compared with, let’s say,
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If you have a C background you may find correct and appropriate that filenames are case sensitive. After all ‘a’ is different from ‘A’ as much as 65 is different from 97. If you have a BASIC background you may equally find correct and appropriate that filenames are case insensitive. It doesn’t matter how you
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