I have just listed: ‘Fedora 13 Desktop Edition 32bit’, for £1.99

I have just listed: ‘Fedora 13 Desktop Edition 32bit‘, for £1.99 on Amazon and it was really easy, again, just sayin’


Ubuntu 12 & Fedora 16 Unity at last

I’ve been trying both of these new distributions and i’m not sure if I like the new Unity desktop/window manager i’m not sure I haven’t done enough research yet but short term use suggests it’s more aimed at an average desktop user rather than an Administrator I certainly struggled to find certain admin tools.
I’ll keep you informed, what are your opinions ?

We want to be FREE, FREE to do what we want to do – Read Linux Magazine

I was reading up on Fedora Remixes and Respins and came across this article at Linux Magazine and was able to empathise with the writer regarding helping people switch to a new operating system.
Nip across and read the full article if you often find yourself having similar discussions with users new to Linux and FREE software. I know I do and I thought it might be worth referring them to this post;
Omega: Fedora For The Rest of Us | Linux Magazine

There are many opposing camps in the Linux world. There are those who believe that all proprietary drivers and non-free software should be welcomed and that users’ data should be accessible in any format, even if closed source and patent encumbered. The other side of the fence believe in the use of only free codecs, file formats and free software, to prevent vendor lock-in and ensure the user remains in control of their information.

This sort of issue illustrates a major difference between many of the popular distros today. While Fedora focuses on the best free software available, ensuring your data is free and accessible, others want to ensure everything works at the cost of continued reliance on non-free codecs. The former perspective has helped to make some extremely successful, especially for users new to Linux, but where does it leave us in the long run?

The problem is that many new users don’t have a firm grasp on the concept of free culture. As such, they come from a world where proprietary data formats and closed source applications is the norm. For these users, a majority of their data will be inaccessible by default should they switch to a free-software only focused Linux distribution. So what to do?

I’m certainly on the fence on this one, I really do believe that the “FREE as in FREEDOM” is what makes Linux such a superb operating system but I would need to re-encode all my music and video to FREE formats for instance and that’s quite a daunting challenge, perhaps someone could advise on a way to do that in Bulk.

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FAIL – IPv6 support – Fedora, Ubuntu et al

OK just switched from Ubuntu to Fedora and as has happened many times before Web browsing has ground to a halt. Now i’m pretty sure its anIPv6 problem but most people will deny it, there is no bug they say, turning off IPv6 won’t help, etc. etc.
Well LET ME TELL YOU LOT – There is a problem – To get to the google homepage and load it so that it reads done in the status bar took one minute and, oh, wait it still hasn’t finished.
So in Ubuntu web browsing fast – In Fedora web browsing slow. Now don’t get me wrong I believe I had to disable IPv6 in Firefox for Ubuntu but as my settings have not changed ( I copied my .mozilla settings from my HOME folder) why would it not work in Fedora.
So what advice do we get;
Well i’m still waiting, i,ve got 4 tabs open and none have resolved yet, oh, yes, here we go, no, my mistake still going 1 minute later.
“A common mistake is an incorrect MTU setting in your DSL router, PPPoE or PPP settings” – No don’t be daft
“Other common mistakes are a bad DNS server configuration and a broken local network configuration” – No don’t be daft
“which DNS servers are you using ?” – Same as before don’t be daft
“it might be fedora 10 use of ipv6 as default . that your isp is having trouble with it
or just your isp’s dns have you looked into “openDNS” http://www.opendns.com

Ah, “it might be fedora 10 use of ipv6 as default” yes aint that the truth but the “openDNS”, nah, don’t be daft, my DNS servers are same as they were. Next….

“The “ideal” way to disable IPv6 in a Fedora system is apparently to place
this line in /etc/sysconfig/network:

Yes tried that one, FAIL !
So I went to Fedorasolved

su -c 'echo "install ipv6 /bin/true
blacklist ipv6" > /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-ipv6.conf'


su -c 'service ip6tables stop && chkconfig ip6tables off'

  1. After making these changes a system reboot will be required.
  2. If you find that anything is actually fixed by disabling IPv6, then you have found a bug. Make sure you report it at http://bugzilla.redhat.com. What ! are you kidding ! disabling IPv6 makes things work !

So I headed over to How To Disable IPv6 on Fedora / Linux & Why

Rest of pages have timed out or blank… OK, I’m gonna swing for the next person who says there is not a problem with IPv6 support. Does ANYBODY at all have any idea what the problem is really ?

The further adventures of “r00t 0wn5 me” or the “Permissions could not be determined”

I was doing some more research into the permissions problem in Ubuntu and was coming to the decision that I don’t like the UID naming convention at all and i’m thinking that a change to my drives UID‘s has caused all these problems. What might have changed this I don’t know yet. So I checked out the always useful Ubuntu forums and discovered i’m not the only one who isn’t to keen on this strange way of addressing a drive. It benefits removable media which is fine but ALL my hard drives are listed under removable drives. I tried installing good old “disk-manager” (sudo apt-get install disk-manager) hoping this would restore my permissions but to no avail.
When in doubt, how about, we put Fedora on and try that out 🙂
Imagine my shock and horror to discover Fedora 10 uses Logical Volumes and UID‘s arghhhhh, can’t I just have normal human readable names in fstab and Grub ? well i’m sure I can and I hope one of you happy readers might just enlighen me on this, in the meantime i’m going to try a real FREE operating system and give GNEWSENSE a whirl, if it doesn’t use UID’s I might be in luck.

“Permissions of this drive could not be determined”