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openSUSE 11.0 → openSUSE 11.1 + KDE 4.2

When I get bored, I do things I might not do otherwise. Like I said in a previous post, my daughter’s enthusiasm about her new PC made me want to make my PC look a little more up to date. I really hadn’t intended to upgrade to KDE 4.x until openSUSE 11.2 came out, I decided to create a little excitement and some new challenges for myself and did it yesterday.

The move wasn’t bad, but it was not as easy as I had hoped for. The first thing I did was to back up all files to my external drive. Even in the best upgrades, problems occur and if you don’t do backups, then you may lose some important data.

I decided to stay with the 32-bit version of openSUSE. While my processor can handle 64-bit operations, the 32-bit version tends to offer better comparability with all applications. Since I am only running 2 gig of memory, I don’t think 64-bit would give me much improvement anyway.

The openSUSE 11.1 distribution only moves KDE to 4.1+, so the 4.2 upgrade had to be a second step. I was able to do the upgrade from 11.0 to 11.1 with little problem. If I had stopped there, then I would have most likely been able to claim a complete success. It was the move to KDE 4.2 that caused me the problem. Continue reading openSUSE 11.0 → openSUSE 11.1 + KDE 4.2

It’s All My Daughter’s Fault

If you are wondering why the lull in posts, there are several reasons. However, the most notable is my because my daughter got a new PC and she was bragging on it’s speed and all the glitz.

That made me take a look at my main system and it pushed me into migrating to the current openSUSE 11.1 Linux upgrade. Then not being satisfied with that, I went ahead and installed KDE 4.2.

I am sure that won’t mean beans to many, but 4.2 is the latest version of the KDE desktop and the first version 4 version that is considered stable.

I will write more related to that migration as soon as I work out all of the glitches that I have. Just wanted you to know, I am buried in technical poop and hope to be fully recovered in a couple of days.

Until then, take a walk. Smell some roses. Hug your sweetie. Do all the things you have been postponing.

A Word To The Wise

I am currently trying to retrieve photos for an individual off of a dieing laptop. It was a Windows XP system and will not boot even in the “Safe Mode”.

My assumption is that the OS has become corrupted. Reinstalling Microsoft would require loosing all data on the hard drive.

I tried removing the hard drive and putting it into an external case and reading it via the USB port, but that would not work.

I reinstalled the hard drive in the laptop and booted up UBUNBTU on the CD drive. I have been able to copy some files before the system hangs. I have a long way to go, but given time maybe I will get the majority of the needed files recovered.

The point of this post is to remind everyone that PCs break. Hard drives fail. If you only have your photos or important documents stored on a PC and not backed up to another medium, you are at risk.

That reminds me, I need to back up my primary PC again. 🙂

UPDATE: I completed the process and recovered all of the files that were important. A couple photos would not copy. I would say that I copied 99% of all photos. I declare the exercise a success. Had I taken it to a computer repair place here, I am sure they would just have reformatted the hard drive.

openSUSE 11.1 is out

I am in the process of downloading the latest release of openSUSE. I have been running release 11.0 for some time and openSUSE 11.1 is now out.

I am using the torrent method to get both the 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs. Both are over 4 gigabytes in size and transferring that much data is subject to errors in transmission. I have never had a problem if I have used torrents.

Unfortunately, I may not get the download completed before I leave for Panama City for the holidays, but I will have a new project to start of 2009.

UBUNTU and The Man Behind It

It has been a while since I have written anything related to Linux. Today, I stumbled on this interview with Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind UBUNTU. I have been using nothing but Linux for a few years now. Probably the most important person to the rabip growth of Linux users is Mark Shuttleworth. When he created UBUNTU, and its family of Linux distributions, Linux finally started to become a feasible desktop platform.

All of the Linux distributors have had to look at their distributions and make them more user friendly to compete with UBUNTU. In the past, Linux could only be used by tech savvy people. UBUNTU is changing that.

If you watch this short interview, you will learn a little about the man who is causing Linux to be a force to be reckoned with by Microsoft and Apple.

Apple Upgrade

I recently upgraded the software in my Apple Mac Mini. I didn’t need to change the system. I just did it because I found a cheap copy of Leopard on Ebay. I purchased Leopard for $68.00, including shipping to my Florida mail forwarding address. Then it cost $9.50 to get it to Airbox Express in David. Since the software costs $129 plus tax from Apple, I saved a fair amount of money.

The Apple OS is a good system. The only problem with Apple, in my opinion, is its overpriced hardware. The arrogance of Apple, coupled with poor quality of Microsoft’s systems continue to make me impressed with the Linux alternatives.

To Linux or Not To Linux – That Is The Question

I had friend ask what it would take, for him to move to Linux. He was having some problems with his Windows XP system and was tired of the aggravation. I decided to go take a look at his setup and see if he was a good candidate.

The first thing I did was ask why he wanted to change from XP. He said that with all of the recent electrical storms he was disconnecting his PC to protect it. When he reconnected it, it had forgotten the date and time and his security package was no longer working.

Ok, first things first. The loss of memory had nothing to do with Windows XP, but indicated that the CMOS battery on the motherboard was dead. That needed to be replaced, no matter what we decided about Linux.

Most people are afraid to open up a PC case. Fixing the battery problem can be done by just about anyone. You just have to know that the battery is going to be located some where on the motherboard and all motherboards, that I know of, use the same battery. It is a flat battery that is a little smaller than a nickel. The battery cost me $2.00.

Replacing the battery took care of the memory loss problem. Don’t you wish we humans could just go get a new battery and our memory would be refreshed? Ah, if human maintenance were so simple. Continue reading To Linux or Not To Linux – That Is The Question

Linux On Display At INFOX


I had mentioned that I was helping a local store put together a PC running Linux. The store, INFOX, is now ready and the PC is in place. It is running openSUSE 11.0 KDE and has sign-ons in both English and Spanish.

I removed the Gnome capability for now, as I felt it created too complicated a configuration. It is pretty well loaded with applications that most people should need. It has Open Office, which is the Microsoft Office counterpart. It has Kontact, which is the Microsoft Outlook counterpart. It is connected to the Internet with a USB wireless connector, so you can try the Internet with any of three browsers. It has Kmoney, which can replace Quicken or Microsoft Money. It has a large compliment of games and there are many more programs that are available all for $0.

If there is enough interest, I would be happy to stop by INFOX and answer any questions. Alex is very PC savvy and in a couple of weeks I am sure he will know more about Linux than I do. Drop into INFOX and take a look at Linux. If the application function on the demo PC were running Windows, you would be looking at several hundred dollars of software. And then you would need to add firewall, and anti-virus software.

Tell Alex, in the photo above, that you heard about the Linux display on Chiriquí Chatter. You can find INFOX on Ave. Obaldia just a block or so past Rodelag on the same side of the street.