.bashrc generator

Today I was just browsing on the web (slow Sunday thing). Just discovered this .bashrc autogenerator :), which is super cool for those who do not have spare time to dig through man pages.

I have also using some custom scripting to automatically get current git branch, among other things …

Linux Inside Site is Alive

Like the phoenix, from the ashes of Linux Format (Greek version) the brand-new Linux Inside was born. The first volume will be available at 27/1 (Greece only).

Linux Inside is a 100% Greek magazine that is written by the Linux community for the Linux community. It is hosted in http://www.linuxinside.gr/ (in Greek).

Feel free to visit it, tell us your opinion and freely participate in the forums.

Angels & Daemons

Looking around in wikipedia … saw that and found it very amusing.

In the general sense, daemon is an older form of the word demon. In the Unix System Administration Handbook, Evi Nemeth states the following about daemons:

Many people equate the word “daemon” with the word “demon”, implying some kind of satanic connection between UNIX and the underworld. This is an egregious misunderstanding. “Daemon” is actually a much older form of “demon”; daemons have no particular bias towards good or evil, but rather serve to help define a person’s character or personality. The ancient Greeks’ concept of a “personal daemon” was similar to the modern concept of a “guardian angel” — eudaemonia is the state of being helped or protected by a kindly spirit. As a rule, UNIX systems seem to be infested with both daemons and demons. (p.403)

ATI HD3850 and Linux

I had a dream, that i can keep my old AMD64 a little longer with minor upgrades. My latest upgrade included 2GB of extra memory and a brand new ATI HD 3850 (AGP 8x).

This graphics card was really my only choice, since the AGP extension slot has been replaced by the PCI Express. I felt that my 100 euros was a fair amount of money for a replacement card for my nvidia 7800GS.

My new card shipped with tons of new features, including HDMI etc. I was really happy and excited about it.

I installed the card, and the drivers to Windows first. Everything worked ok. Superb. Then it was linux turn.

Recently i installed an ubuntu 8.04, which is rather ok distribution. When the boot process finished, linux informed me that a new graphics card was found (exceeded my expectations), and requested guidance to install the new driver.

Ubuntu found that it was an ATI card, and offered to me to install 3rd party drivers. I checked OK, then i restarted the system. Then … black screen of death (by the way there is a workaround if you google it).

OK, i said, time to see that OpenSUSE 11.0 with KDE 4.0. I installed it but i was not very happy, since KDE 4.0 needs lots of work. In addition, the SUSE driver i installed from the OpenSUSE repositories did not load properly.

Then it came to me, i will switch to my good old debian. Install by hand the ATI drivers, and get done with it.

I installed debian (Stable), along with the latest drivers i could find. They worked perfectly. I am happy, with one slight problem. I LOST THE MOUSE CURSOR. There was activity of the mouse, but no cursor.

Ok, i googled it a little, and found that some ATI cards have a problem with hardware mouse cursor, so the solutions is to just add to my xorg.conf the ‘Option “SWCursor”‘ command.

Did it, but then i noticed that the performance of the X server’s was really sloppy. I actually saw the refresh of each window in slow motion when i moved them around :).

And here i am writing this post, wasting my time on X11 configuration files. Someone once told me, “never do another person’s problem, your own”. I just did.