Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Opensuse tumbleweed

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I decided to give Opensuse a try again and not let Mr. Linus deter me from giving it a fair chance. Why I decided to use this particular distro? Simply a fear of failed upgrades. In the pass two weeks I have had to nurse two systems after having convinced people to try Ubuntu. The upgrade process between versions of Ubuntu have left me in pain before, and it was unfortunate that I couldn't save them. I realize a couple days too late that the 12.04 release had come, mainly because I was not looking out for it. By the time I realized this it was too late to save my friends.
After whatever telephone support I could have given to get them back up and running again (fortunately not critical data loss due to separate home partitioning) I decided to look into a rolling release distro.
The most popular rolling release it would seem was Arch Linux. The concept of build our own Linux was very appealing, but after looking at a few YouTube videos I thought to myself, this is complicated for me far more a new Linux baby. The most popular derivative of Arch was probably Chakra. It is a bit more restricted but apparently more stable and comes with and remains with the Kde desktop. This was a downside to me since I had bad experiences with it in the past. On the other hand ,"what is Linux without options"?
My second look was a Sabayon.  It was high in the distrowatch board and based on Gentoo, another true rolling release distro. I will say that the unfortunate thing about Sabayon is that it did not work in my virtual machine, and I didn't have a system to install it on. My problem here was that I couldn't recommend it if I did not use it.

This brought me to Opensuse. This distro I have used before and found  to be stable. There is a variety of desktops and lots of applications. Getting the basic replacement desktop according to the HowToForge guide was not that hard and is easy enough to confidently recommend to a new user. Well, since Opensuse usability is good we now have the issue of upgrades.
Opensuse release cycle is every 8 months and upgrades are usually done by running the DVD. The DVD upgrade is smooth and painless but  still leaves me with the responsibility of knowing that my friends can boot from the DVD drive. On the other hand I could set up the tumbleweed repositories for them and just let them do all there updates themselves. The only time i might get a call is when they need to know what alternate they need to install for what they had on windows.
I also found a great site for the opensuse beginner here that should be all that anyone that has basic needs for there pc.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

My android

Just got my self an android. Hope to restart blogging soon

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clementine Music Player

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I recently found Clementine music player in my search for a player to replace Rhythmbox which, in one way or another, crashed almost every time i used it. On the other hand Banshee which is the default player had no support to recognize my mp4 player. I ran across an article in my search for some prefered application to install on a fresh install of ubuntu and i ran across Clementine, the only player you may need.

It has the basics of a music player covered.It doesn't make a mess of my library and makes my music look very organised. It has good support for radio stations with the ability to add via url.
My only complaint with Clementine is that it has no podcast feature.I think if they implemented this it would help cut down my application count.
I suggest to all that you give Clementine a try and let me know what you think!
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Why I Switched To Fedora

A Screen Shot of Fedora 13Image via WikipediaIt all started when I tried to upgrade Ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10, i already had a relatively slow Internet connection and it took me about 12 hours to get  the full update and then it came to the point of restarting my PC and simply logging back in to experience all the new unity desktop goodness. However during to booting process there were several essential processes that could not start and I believed one or two could not even be found. After several failed attempts at trying to reboot I decided to do a disk upgrade, but I did not have the latest Ubuntu disk so I had to go with what I had.

My choices were Xubuntu 11.04, OpenSuse 11.4 (which i later realized was a bad copy) and Fedora14. At that point in time I was not crazy about the idea of going with Xubuntu, mainly because my dilemma was caused by his brother distro. OpenSuse was my next choice but for reasons stated above I just couldn't. The reason for OpenSuse being my next choice was that I was interested in the Yast2 configuration for a server setup. It was an easy way for me to set up a development server for some databases.

My last resort was Fedora14. At the time Fedora16 was a couple weeks away and 14 was still running Gnome 2. I dreaded the thought of another upgrade but reluctantly I installed it. I only had the live CD but that was OK for a first install as it prevents me from installing too many unnecessary applications. The main benefit I got form the installment is that Fedora has a  nice default partitioning scheme using logical volume manager and separating home from the root. This allows me to at least get back my data if I crash again. As soon as I logged in and went to the fedora site and got the F15 DVD the upgrade went as smooth as ever and I was satisfied with Gnome 3, which I have grown to like. Although on my Asus EEE some applications can be a pain because of the screen size so I later installed the LXDE desktop to remedy this problem.
So far my fedora experience has been great. I used the howtoforge tutorial to get me up and running to a windows comparable state. I also got the added benefit of Fedora having more updated packages for Postgresql and MySQL.

Well F16 is 4 days away and I cant wait to see whats new. I hear Gnome 3.2 is nice and I hope to get enough practice using Fedora so that I will have what to takes to write the Red Hat Exams. Wish me luck :)
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Introduction to Sun Enterprise Service Bus

NetBeans IDE 6.0Image via WikipediaI welcome you to view this video - Introduction to Sun Enterprise Service Bus. It really turned my head with regards to Enterprise platforms and using Java to get the job done. The unfortunate thing however is the NetBeans has no support for the BPEL engine after version 5.5 and there has been no implementation for the GlassFish Server 3. I wish to see these things be worked upon, i see them as a force to be reckoned with in enterprise solutions
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Scheduling Jobs in SQL Server Express

I came across this article and decided that i should share it with you guys

Scheduling Jobs in SQL Server Express - SQLTeam.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Data partitioning in SQL Server 2005/2008- Part V — DatabaseJournal.com

I found the article on partitioning and found it very useful. The book i'm using to prepare for the MCTS Sql Server exam didn't have the recipe for partitioning existing tables. I learnt that the 'clustered index' is basically the table and its is used to move the data around to another filegroup also.

Data partitioning in SQL Server 2005 - Part V — DatabaseJournal.com