NeoWin.net has released Shift (Neowin Linux) alpha build 01!
Hello Linux Junkies,
NeoWin has finally done the unthinkable. They have released their very own Linux distribution tailored towards the needs of all NeoWin members. I must say, I am impressed. So impressed that I have decided to help host this bad boy and run it as my secondary OS for a few weeks.
However, because of a few major issues, a second build is going to be released this Saturday! I’ll be sure and update this post as soon as that happens.
Several Staff and Members of Neowin have joined together to produce a Neowin version of Linux called â€œShiftâ€. This was conceived as a means to not only learn new skills in producing a viable distribution in the world of Linux, but to help draw members of the community together in a shared goal.
Shift Linux is in its infancy. Currently we are working to get the initial Alpha version (Shift 0.1) out. The expected release will be in a couple of days. It is based on Morphix Linux and will be a live CD that is installable (but not recommended at this time). We plan to start with a simple, uncomplicated version, then add packages and desired utilities until it is a more robust distribution. We plan to add scripts for downloading drivers, auto packaging, RSS feeds, and a variety of other desirable features. We will start with a lightweight desktop manager (ICEWM) and later integrate Gnome and KDE4 when it is available.
The project is indeed ambitious. We have many folks who have volunteered to help and contribute in any way that they can. Our associated sites and sign-up areas are:
* Shift Blog
* Shift Wiki
* Shift Member Sign-Up
* Shift Launchpad
We are particularly looking for programmers and developers to help create new packages and fix bugs. At some point in the future, we will probably build our distro from scratch, but we want to get this concept distro out the door to show everyone that we can do it!
News Source: NeoWin.net
Please come join NeoWin members in discussion of Shift Linux!
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Will’s Technology Blog » Fix for Metadata file does not match checksum in Yum
I’ve installed Fedora Core 4 as my secondary OS.
The very first issue I ran into is that yum fails to update my system because of an invalid checksum of its metadata file.
Luckily there is a simply fix:
I also ran into a second issue in which yum would fail to install packages due to missing Dependencies:
Error: Package libnotify needs libdbus-glib-1.so.1, this is not available.
Again I was luckily enough to find an easy solution.
- Open /etc/yum.conf with your favorite text editor
- Change “gpgcheck=1” to “gpgcheck=0”
- Save the file and run yum update as root in console (su root then yum update)
Also, here is an excellent guide on how to upgrade to the latest version of GNOME:
Upgrade Your FC4 Box To The Latest GNOME 2.12 Desktop
PS: I’ll be posting more FC4 tips when I find them. :D
I Love Xandros Desktop OS 3.0 Deluxe!
Well Windows XP was really starting to ignore me so I thought I’d give Linux a shot for really the first time ever! I have never really given it a fair shot. I just installed it once or twice in the past, a few years ago and was pretty disappointed before Linux was even installed. So I really never tested it in any respect. Well today that has all changed.
This morning I started browsing around the popular Linux web sites and blogs and I come across Xandros Desktop OS 3.0 Deluxe.
I must say, so far I am loving it. All of my hardware was detected perfectly, including my Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum sound car. Surprisingly, even 5.1 worked perfectly out of box, even with my DVD.
To my amazement even Firefox 1.04 and Thunderbird are included and are the default browser and e-mail client. :)
The first thing I noticed after installing was an update window, Xandros Networks, letting me know that a system update was ready.
At first I thought I was going crazy as it was saying that I need to install SP2. lol Well it turns out they had just released a service pack which fixed many bugs and provides the newest, greatest applications all for free, including applications such as open office.
At first I was hesitant as I know what happened last time I installed a service pack in Windows XP; it was a disaster. Well I figured what the heck, if it screws up I will simply reinstall. Well needless to say, it installed perfectly. :)
To be continued…
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