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Archive for September 2013

The latest release of Gnome is awesome but I’m still irritated with some of the basic work-flows.  Let’s take the case of a user trying to connect to a server using SSHFS.

1) The user fires up Files (Nautilus)

Open Files in Gnome 3.10

Open Files in Gnome 3.10

2) Connects to a Server

Connect to Server

Connect to Server

3) Connected to the Server

Connected to the Server

Connected to the Server

At his point you are connected to the server but you can’t change directories as there is no toolbar with the “UP” arrow nor can you edit the location!!

Enter the location manually

Enter the location manually

Unless you’re an experienced user or you have an IQ equal to Gnome developers you’re left alone to figure out that you have to use the application menu (not even the main menus nor the preferences) to enter the location manually.


10 years and 19 releases

10 years – 19 releases !

A big Thank You to the Fedora community.

It’s been a few days since I released the first update to SnowBird Linux (19.1) but unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to package/test Google Earth. If you’ve tried to install Google Earth in Fedora for the past 2 releases you must have noted that an ugly message “file /usr/bin from install of google-earth-stable- conflicts with file from package filesystem-3.1-2.fc18.x86_64” blocks the installation.  To my disbelief Google has been wrongly packaging Google Earth (RPM) for some time now, as the available package wrongly owns the /usr/bin directory causing the installation to conflict with the package filesystem.  A rebuilt RPM fixing this issue is available @

Google Earth in SnowBird Linux 19

Google Earth in SnowBird Linux 19

If you run SnowBird Linux or Fedora you can pick up the package and install it in your preferred way. If you haven’t downloaded SnowBird Linux yet 🙂 , the nightly folder contains the latest build with Google Earth installed along with Alacarte menu editor which also didn’t make it on time for the update.

I had planned the release of SnowBird Linux 19.1 for today but I’ve been bothered with the number of complaints around the fast release of kernels on It seems that kmods and certain drivers are not able to keep the pace resulting in quite a lot of broken systems. As of today the latest kernel release is  3.10.11-200.fc19 , I certainly don’t see it as a drawback as Fedora has always been ahead of the pack when it comes to new technology so it’s a matter of assembling the components that work. I’ve moved the release to Monday to retest certain components and I’ve added Ex-Fat support which I’ve missed for some time. The major highlights (visible to the end user) of this minor release are as follows:

SnowBird 19 Update 1

SnowBird 19 Update 1

Dropped Packages

  •    Banshee (Music Player)
  •    Opera (Official)

New Packages

  •    Clementine (Music player)
  •    Opera (Browser from Russian Fedora Repository)
  •    gtk-recordmydesktop (Desktop session recorder)
  •    BleachBit (System cleaner)
  •    FlareGet (Browser download manager)
  •    Calibre (Ebook management)


  •    All released Fedora updates
  •    Updated Libre Office
  •    Updated Google products


  •    Live user renamed to SnowBird Labs
  •    Removed duplicate menu entries
  •    Fixed Calibre menu entry
  •    Exfat support

Posted on: 04/09/2013

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