Monday, April 30, 2007

Fedora Core 7 Test 4

A smooth install, and I see they finally fixed the X server to adjust the screen resolution right after the resolution is changed. This is more like Windows has been, and Ubuntu 6.10 and 7.04 was when I had them installed.

I have not found many new features to talk about on this one. I did find, other than the X server resolution change, that the System Menu, Preferences and Administrator menu are now broken down into more sub menus. Way to go for better organization. In Fedora Core 7 they upgraded the OpenOffice to 2.2 skipping the 2.1 release, and are now running Firefox 2.0.3, which was not available in the Core 6 version unless you installed it manually. I am currently running FC7 in a virtual machine. This version is also sporting the new 2.6.21 kernel. Ubuntu 7.04 is running the 2.6.20 kernel. The default log on screen now look more like Windows does with the press on the username, and type in that user's password. You can still type in the user's name and password if you really want to (I do). Once logged in you will see your Name on the panel which allows for user switching between users on your computer.

Gaim's name is changed to Pidgin, since AOL didn't like it being so close to the AIM trademark. If you are looking for the Terminal it got moved to System Tools.

You will also notice that there are also Documents, Download, Music, Pictures, Public, Templates, and Videos folders the are now default in your Home directory. I think this will help the basic user be able to use Fedora as a Linux alternative to Windows.

Ubuntu seems to have a very user friendly interface and install. I will have to test the Live CD for Fedora next. So far for a Test version I think it is ready to go live from what I have seen so far. Test 4 is a far better improvement than Test 1 and 2 were when they were released. Keep up the good work Fedora Developers.

Stand up and fight the stupid

This kind of article makes you kind of wonder where the personal life of a person stands and where their professional career begins. MySpace Photo Costs a Student a Teaching Certificate I have heard many teachers in my day talk about worse things than this picture, and to their class as well.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Folding @ Home

Folding @ Home

Some computer projects that I have taken part in have had no way to help the world. This is the one time a project I am taking part in is helping the world. This little project takes all of the unused processing power of your computer and puts it to the use of folding proteins. In doing so your computer may help find a cure for the Alzheimer's, Cancer, Huntington's, pr Parkinson's Disease. Go to Folding@Home and download a simple program. Join the DL.TV team 57391 with the download and help find a cure.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Ununtu 7.04 and Debian 4.0

and Fedora Core have been my linux distro of choice for a long time, and I figured I would take some time to check out the other versions.

I love the install of Ubuntu over Debian. The basic computer user will be able to use Ubuntu with ease. I like the encrypted partition of Debian, which is missing from Ubuntu, maybe it will be added later. I also noticed that Ubuntu is using the 2.6.20 kernel, and Debian is still using 2.6.18.

More information will be rolling in again now that my life is slowing down with all of the other projects I have been working with.

Maybe a weekly blog from here on out.