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The SnowBird Linux Project has been rebooted. It’s been two and half years since I last released a version as I had taken a new challenge but with the sad state of repositories which enhance the standard release of Fedora, I’m at it again. The latest release is based on Fedora 24 with all the goodies [applications, desktop tweaks, multimedia and hardware support] without relying on RPMFusion thanks to the awesome work of Slaanesh. This guy rocks and I have to put it on record. The release is well tested and I’m using it for daily activities but there are a few quirks which do not in any way affect the stability/usability [cosmetics & Anaconda] which I plan to fix in due course. Fedora 24 is releasing tomorrow and I may well push out a release candidate for the community to test before releasing a Gold image.

If you’re interested in helping with the review, download the ISO from SourceForge @ https://sourceforge.net/projects/snowbird/files/nightly/24/

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SnowBird Linux 20 (Misha)

SnowBird Labs is pleased to announce the release of SnowBird Linux 20 (“Misha”) based on Fedora 20 (“Heisenbug”). This release coincides with the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Fedora Project, Xmas and first anniversary of SnowBird Labs, so it calls for a triple celebration.

SnowBird Linux 20 is built on top of the Linux 3.11 kernel, sports the Gnome 3.10 desktop and an improved Network Manager. Gnome 3.10 brings quite a few new features, applications and a significant visual refreshing change to the desktop. The first noticeable change is the new look of the windows. Gnome 3.10 features a new “Header Bar”, which collapses a window’s title bar and toolbar into a single element, saving a bit of vertical screen space and giving Gnome windows a slightly less cluttered look.

These visual refreshes are felt throughout Gnome 3.10, but nowhere as noticeable as in the file browser, Nautilus which looks slick and clutter free. Perhaps the best visual tweak in Gnome 3.10 is the new system menu that, like so much of the Gnome interface, is designed to be clean and simple, staying out of the way until needed. Most of the Gnome Shell indicators and applets like Wi-Fi, Blue-tooth, Volume, Battery, Brightness have been condensed into a single drop-down menu that’s hidden away until you click the system menu icon in the upper right corner.

SnowBird Linux 20 features the tweaks and customization you would expect to find in a modern desktop. We have bundled a new theme along with the much loved Faenza icon set, true type fonts, the increasingly popular LibreOffice suite, audio and video codecs, full burning support, telephone and social applications, the most popular browsers including Firefox and it’s add-ons, productivity and graphics software, development tools and the small utilities that simplify our life, enhanced hardware support along with the latest and greatest repositories pre-configured.

It will take a while before all the mirrors are in sync for downloads, so have a merry Xmas while looking forward to lay your hands on this awesome release.

Thu Dec 12 20:42:14 UTC 2013

At the Fedora 20 Final Go/No-Go Meeting that just occurred, it was agreed to Go with the Fedora 20 by Fedora QA and Fedora Development. Fedora Release Engineering to be notified.

“#agreed Fedora QA and Fedora Development are both Go; Fedora Release Engineering to be notified (with possibility to revisit Go decision in case of unexpected issues from releng side)”

Fedora 20 will be publicly available on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. I’d like to use this opportunity to say big “thank you” to everyone involved in the release of the Heisenbug and for catching all heisenbugs we hit during Fedora 20 cycle!

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I decided to upgrade my Zabbix instance to 2.2 as the upgrade process is supposed to be easier since the database upgrade is performed by the server. Grabbed and installed the latest zabbix-release rpm, fired up yum update and to my surprise no updates 😦 .. It had to be done manually, so I did a rpm -qa | grep zabbix and downloaded the matching updates. This time it worked when running yum localinstall *.rpm , so that had to be it. Pointed my browser to the Zabbix url and that’s when disaster struck ” Database error: The frontend does not match the Zabbix database” A quick look at the server log revealed that the database upgrade failed since it’s trying to drop an inexistent column (lastvalue) from the items table.  Let’s make the database upgrade script happy by creating the missing column (as it will drop it in any case) and restart the server.

mysql -u root -p

use zabbix;

ALTER TABLE items ADD lastvalue VARCHAR(60);

Restart the Zabbix server using service zabbix-server restart and watch the Zabbix server log, the database upgrade process will be shown and once complete you can login again to your instance. Hope this saves someone some frustration.

I always start with a minimal install when provisioning new systems which are usually deployed through Spacewalk but there are some instances where I have no deployment server, so after a DVD install I have a broken XForwarding which is quite easy to fix.

yum install xorg-x11-xauth xorg-x11-fonts*

It’s quite handy when scripted within a kickstart file, which is why I don’t always remember it 🙂 so documenting it on the blog keeps it accessible. You don’t need to plug in all the fonts but if you work with legacy applications or Oracle, you’ll want to have them on the system.

If you’ve played a lot with putty and need a remote session management tool, have a look at PAC Manager @ techmint.com

SnowBird Linux Update 2

SnowBird Linux Update 2

I’m pleased to announce the second update (19.2) to SnowBird Linux 19 (New Dawn).

Following closely on the heels of the first update (19.1) released on the 16th of September, we have incorporated further updates/bug fixes from Fedora, Gnome, LibreOffice and Google.

This update brings enhanced support for printers, scanners, burning Dual Layer and Blu-Ray discs, new audio and video codecs along with the latest version of Flash.

Some new applications like Google Earth, Acrobat Reader, Gnome Activity, Gnome Phone Manager and Gnome Schedule have made their way into our application library.

This release also sports a new desktop/icon theme which may be the default in SnowBird Linux 20. We have switched the font configuration to Infinality to offer smooth crispy rendering which should not pass unnoticed.

We have also fixed minor issues that cropped into previous releases and added a SnowBird Linux repository for pushing updates in a more timely and convenient way.

As always, if you have SnowBird Linux 19 installed you don’t need to re-install your system but if you’re planning new deployments then you should grab the latest update.

We are working on a long term release (LTS) which will appear sometime next year to ease the number of upgrades required with cutting edge distributions like Fedora and SnowBird Linux.

SnowBird Linux 20 (Misha) is currently in an Alpha state, so stay tuned as there is plenty to come before Christmas.

SourceForge mirrors are currently syncing so it may be a while before the fastest mirrors are updated for you to grab the update.

The change-log can be found @ http://sourceforge.net/projects/snowbird/files/new_dawn/respin/19-2/readme.md

Have fun,

Amit Caleechurn

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.


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