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Linux desktop usage is up by 61 percent

This is great news for those linux users out there. According to the W3Counter DOT com, linux usage has increased by 61.6 percent in market shares in the last nine months. That means that the amount of Linux desktops has increased from 1.25 percent in may of 2007 to 2.02 percent in march of 08.

More information can be found here: http://www.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9910263-16.html


Freebsd mascot to be changed

For us FreeBSD users, im afraid that the publishers are going to change the FreeBSD mascot. As quoted on slashdot (http://bsd.slashdot.org/bsd/05/02/09/1955251.shtml?tid=152&tid=7), the person who comes up with the most appealing logo will win 500 dollars (in usd).

I havent seen any new mascots just yet, but i will update you when i find some

For those who do not know what FreeBSD is, FreeBSD is a Unix based distro ( Unix is a much better alternative to windows ). Some have said that this distro rocks (infact alot of my friends state that FreeBSD is awsome), but others say that it just plain sucks. I have never used FreeBSD or any unix based distro, But they say that the newer versions of FreeBSD are very easy to use and an excellent choice for those who are tired of windows.

my experience with hippiepay

It may seem like a scam, but its true…you can make money (both in SL and in RL). The object is simple. Just fill out a few surveys, or hit 7 pages on one website, and you get paid. The amount varies, they will usually tell you about how much to expect.

One way to really gain lots of money is to become an affiliate. When you do that, they will give you an atm which you rez on your parcel and people use that to go to their website. When someone makes money off of your atm, both you and them get paid. So what you do is become an affiliate, click on your atm, fill out some surveys and get paid almost double the amount they estimate.

Its not a gimic, its true. infact i made 571 lindens a few days ago (march 11th to be exact).

i think they have a shell out limit though, they stopped paying me after making 571 lindens :*(

Why Linux is better

For those who are considering switching from windows to linux, here are a few reasons why:


Ubuntu/Mint Tweaks

For those who are wondering, this post has nothing to do with breaking into other systems. Rather, it just talks about tweaking linux.


Making live CD data persistent

This little tweak makes it so that ubuntu/mint will save the changes made in Persistent mode.

Lets use a usb thumb drive in this example

to begin, you will need to figure out the mount point of your usb drive.

  1. Plug in your flash drive
  2. type df -h

the output will look something similar to this (output will vary based on the drives mounted):

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hdc3 27G 3.4G 23G 14% /
varrun 442M 92K 442M 1% /var/run
varlock 442M 0 442M 0% /var/lock
udev 442M 100K 442M 1% /dev
devshm 442M 512K 441M 1% /dev/shm
lrm 442M 34M 408M 8% /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/volatile
/dev/hdc1 56G 13G 41G 24% /media/hdc1
/dev/hdc4 22G 3.4G 18G 17% /media/hdc4
/dev/hdd1 13G 160M 12G 2% /media/hdd1
fusesmb 27G 3.4G 23G 14% /home/debian/Network
/dev/sda1 956M 388M 569M 41% /media/Lexar

On this machine, the thumbdrive is /dev/sda1.

Now before moving on to the next step, it is recommended that you back up all the files on the drive. Once that is done, proceed to the next step

Now, you will need to create a new file system on your thumbdrive. To do that, type:

$ sudo mkfs.ext3 -b 4096 -L casper-cow /dev/sda1

This will just create a ext3 journaling file system, which is good for regular usage. You dont have to use ext3 if you dont want to though, you can use any file system that is supported by ubuntu.

Now, reboot the computer with the live cd in the drive. When you get to the boot menu, press F4. After you press F4, you will see a list of arguements that are executed on boot time. Just add a space and type persistent, then press enter.

Thats all! If you want to test the persistence, change something like your wallpaper and reboot. If the change is not applied, then run through all the steps again. If it still fails, leave a comment and i will get back to you ASAP


Turning off that annoying system beep (known to work on ubuntu/mint)


You know that annoying system beep that comes up when, for example, you are searching for something in Firefox and you type in something that is not on the page?

Heres how you turn it off:

rmmod pcspkr

And to turn it back on:

modprobe pcspkr


Getting rid of the “Daryna” (works on Mint)

You know that little “Daryna” at the bottom left of your screen? Kinda boring huh? Well, theres a way to change that.

Right click on Daryna -> Preferences

Then look for applet_text and double click it

Change the value to what ever you wish. Click the close botton at the top right of the window, then either move the bar to a corner of the screen and back or type “killall gnome-panel” to refresh.

Note that right clicking and hitting reload plugins doesnt work.

ubuntu is slow, use Mint

On my machine, Linux mint just rockets. Ubuntu creaps..terribly. My machine is kinda gutless, Celeron D 3.12 ghz, 1 gig ram, 120 gig hdd, so i need something that is a bit light on the resources. Ubuntu is supposed to be light weight, but even on my more powerful machines (my p4 3.2 with 1 gig ram), ubuntu runs slow.

Another thing i hate about ubuntu is that ubuntu takes up so much ram (it caches most of it). On my machine, it usually takes up around 800 mb ram after booting. Even with alot of the daemons and processes i will probably never use in my lifetime, ubuntu still takes up around 500 to 800 mb ram.

To aide in reducing the amount of ram being accumulated, i installed XFCE. It reduced the amount of ram being used from 800 mb to around 200 mb. Plus, i noticed that my applications crashed less with XFCE then with gnome or KDE

Another thing that just bugged the crapola out of me was the alsa drivers. Ubuntus alsa drivers are very very glitchy on my machines. All the machines ive used ubuntu on (and quite a few machines actually) have had this problem where the sound is extremely crackly. On previous versions of ubuntu, the way to fix that was to compile and install the latest alsa drivers, but with the latest ubuntu, i downloaded, compiled and installed the latest alsa (which ubuntu 7.1 already has those drivers, there just glitchy), but instead of fixing the problem, it just made it even more worse. When i installed the new drivers, i lost my sound completely. I ended up reloading my ubuntu to fix that problem, but it didnt fix the crackly audio. There have been multiple posts on the ubuntu forum and the ubuntu emailing list about this and no one has responded with an answer. No one has bothered to fix this error either.

Not all applications come in crackly though, some come in ok, but most games (ex, Second Life, Unreal Tournament GOTY (linux version)) are so crackly that i end up having to disable the sound within the game

Ive also heard of a few more complications that ubuntu has. Such as ubuntu not working too well with dual monitors for example.

Linux mint has fixed alot of the glitches that the ubuntu developers have neglected. The sound is not crackly at all, it takes up WAY less ram then what ubuntu does (around 200 mb on my system WITH gnome running) and i also hear that Mint does dual monitors much better then what ubuntu does (my machine doesnt support dual monitors, so i dont know for sure if it actually works better or not)

Also, a lot of the applications that i used on ubuntu, worked much better on Mint as they crashed less often

Please comment and point out any fixes/glitches that you have found in Mint or ubuntu or express your opinion on Mint/ubuntu