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Writing easy How-to's

While preparing my Programming for Linux presentation I had to install the sun-java packages. I am using Kubuntu Lucid but couldn't find the packages.

I Googled and got here:

http://www.tolaris.com/2010/06/10/installing-sun-java-on-ubuntu-lucid

Besides learning how to install Java, I got a lesson in writing a "How-to".

From now on, if you see me doing it differently, just remind me of that how-to.

(My) Home Network Speed Test Results: wired vs 802.11n 5GHz 300Mbps wi-fi - copper wins, hands down.

So, having acquired a new laptop, an ASUS Eee PC 1201N (Pros: dual core, bluetooth, hdmi out, 802.11n; Cons: not gigabit, not 5GHz 802.11n, takes 2x4GB memory but will only use 4GB of it, very poor battery life, $60 additional power adapters!), it seemed time to upgrade my wi-fi infrastructure too. Something gigabit with 802.11n and USB.

byobu or Checking your update manager package descriptions

I use Mint, an Ubuntu derivative, and every time I get a notification that there are updates available, I go check the list of updates.

I do this with several purposes in mind:

  • First and foremost, I want to know what gets updated in case something stops working.
  • Second, I want to see how many there are and how large to evaluate how long it's going to slow down my (old) computer
  • and third, to learn a bit about the packages I have installed

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx printer troubleshooting wizard was quite helpful

In my previous post I explained how to install the Lexmark printer drivers in Ubuntu/Mint.

What I left out was how was I able to very easily identify what was the problem when all was finally installed and things weren't working.

It really came down to the Printer troubleshooting wizard included in Ubuntu/Mint.

Installing a Lexmark x1155 using the z600 driver

Summary:
I've created a small script that does most of the work for me. I've used it successfully on varios versions of Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint and Puppy Linux, so I am certain that it should work in most distributions.

Here are the step by step instructions:

  1. Ensure that the following commands are installed, if not, install them using your distribution regular mechanism: rpm2cpio, cpio, ldconfig. e.g. sudo aptitude install rpm2cpio

Finding Samba shares mounted by Nautilus

Every now and then I have the need to access a folder shared in a remote computer at home. I normally mount it by hand in the command line using the standard commands:

mount -t cifs -o <username>,<password> //<serveraddress>/<sharename> <mountpoint>
or
smbmount //<serveraddress>/<sharename> <mountpoint>

but this time I wanted to mount it using Nautilus so I entered the URI in the location bar

smb://<serveraddress>

Inspirational Projects

Over the years that the FLOSS Fund has been running, I have been surprised that people have such a hard time finding projects to nominate. I run into neat projects frequently.

I feel kind of squicky giving you a list (I am NOT suggesting that y'all nominate these projects), but maybe you can use this list to inspire yourself:

What is kwlug? [Extracted from a proposal.]

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What is kwlug?

From the front page of the kwlug web site :

KWLUG - The Kitchener-Waterloo Linux User Group is a monthly meeting of GNU/Linux, Free Software, Open Source and technology enthusiasts. We meet in Kitchener, Ontario, usually on the first (non-holiday) Monday of the month. (Directions) Our meetings are free and open to those with an interest in Linux. Find out more about our meetings. Join our mailing lists.

kwlug meetings - location facilities criteria.

The following appears to have been well received by kwlug as an accurate description of what kwlug looks for in meeting location facilities.

Comments for refinement are most welcome - please post them to kwlug-disc.
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Wherever we go, we're going to need to manage and meet the expectations of whomever our hosts are, particularly if the space is free - show that we are relevant to the K-W community within which that free space sits.

We also need to know what sort of meeting space we'd like to see.

Some thoughts to seed the discussion:
- cost of entry must be absolutely free.

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