Linux Mauritius

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

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Spacewalk gets a modern look

Tilting at windmills

Spacewalk is SUSE Manager upstream project. We base our product on Spacewalk’s codebase and contribute features and fixes back.

Screenshot from 2013-10-30 09:42:09

There are lot of advantages of working in a mature codebase. At the same time, you get to work everyday with legacy code.

We want SUSE Manager to look great and behave like a modern web application. We want it to survive a rapidly changing environment that gives you new challenges like mobile. Our main goals were:

  • Better mobile responsiveness
  • A standard and documented CSS framework as a base
  • Easier customization of the CSS (e.g. LESS)
  • Deprecate the Prototype library and use JQuery
  • Nicer icons

The topic was first discussed as “what could we do” in order to keep everything current and relevant. Then we presented a quick prototype migrating the user interface to something based on Twitter Bootstrap. This is what the prototype looked like:

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The idea…

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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.

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-7.1.1.1888-0.x86_64 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 @ http://sourceforge.net/projects/snowbird/files/new_dawn/RPM/

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 ask.fedoraproject.org. 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)

Updates

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

System

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

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