Install GNOME 3.0 on Arch Linux

Hello World! GNOME 3.0 was just released to the public and already it’s available in Arch Linux. Granted it’s in the testing and unstable repository (at the time of this writing), but it’s very much available and very much usable. In this article I will outline how to fresh-install GNOME 3.0 on your Arch Linux… Read More »

Impressions of OpenSUSE 11.3: Dell Latitude D630

Last evening I got the urge (read: I was bored) to install openSUSE 11.3 on my Dell Latitude D630. The specs are as follows: Core 2 Duo 2.40GHz 2G RAM 120G HDD Intel 3945 Wireless nVidia Quadro NVS 135M Video The installation was simple enough, and I didn’t have any initial hardware problems–wired and wireless… Read More »

Open and View .chm Files on Linux (Ubuntu / Debian /Fedora)

The .chm file type is a “Microsoft Compressed HTML Help” file in a proprietary format for online help files. Linux and UNIX generally don’t come with native .chm support, but the functionality can easily be added. There are a number of solutions available, which I’ll outline below: chm conversion One option is to simply convert… Read More »

Check the Status of ‘dd’ Command

The other day I was copying the entire contents of one USB drive to another. To use this I used the dd command, as I needed the images to be identical. Once the copy started I started wondering about its progress, and was reminded that dd does not have any kind of progress bar or… Read More »

How to Install VirtualBox Guest Additions in Fedora Guests

Installing VirtualBox guest additions seems to vary between distributions. The other day I saw an article outlining how to install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu, but those same steps did not apply to my Fedora 13 Virtual Machine. In this article I’ll outline the packages and steps required to install VirtualBox Guest Additions on a… Read More »

Install GNOME-Shell in Arch Linux

I was getting curious about the progress of the new GNOME-Shell (which will be part of GNOME 3.x), so I went to find how to install it in Arch Linux. It is, just like a number of things, available in the Arch User Repository (AUR), but I also found that there is an official package… Read More »

[SECURITY] [DSA-1971-1] New libthai packages fix arbitrary code execution

Package : libthai Vulnerability : integer overflow Problem type : local (remote) Debian-specific : no CVE Id : CVE-2009-4012 Tim Starling discovered that libthai, a set of Thai language support routines, is vulnerable of integer/heap overflow. This vulnerability could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code by sending a very long string. For the oldstable distribution (etch), this… Read More »

Disable Thunderbird 3 Bloat!

I have been using Thunderbird 3 since its final release, and overall I have enjoyed it. I never quite liked version 2, but version 3 appeals to me a bit more. I’ve got multiple accounts configured, and it has been working very well. The one issue that I recently discovered is the HUGE amount of… Read More »

Install Required Fonts on Arch Linux

I was reinstalling Arch Linux just the other day and I noticed that, while my Desktop looked natural enough, my web browser fonts did not. I did some quick reading and found some of the fonts that seem to clear up the issue. If your fonts look a bit fuzzy, you’ll likely want to keep… Read More »

Finding Files and Binaries on Linux and UNIX

I manage a number of different types of systems. I have an Arch Linux laptop, a Macbook installed with OS X, CentOS and RHEL machines at work, as well as Debian servers both at work and home. As if that weren’t enough I also maintain a few FreeBSD servers. Between all of these different Operating… Read More »