Slow Posts Again!

31 08 2007

Sry guys so the slow posts, I’m almost done with the first version of and its only me working on it. I will return soon.



Installing software the easy way

21 08 2007

I just discovered webpin, a web based search engine for repositories. Webpin will automatically register new repositories and use libzypp for dependency resolution, leaving you with very little to do, while the packages are downloaded and installed quickly and transparently.

Screenshot of the search engine:

Screenshot of search results:

Pretty Cool!

BTW: as you can see Compiz Fusion is now available from the official repository:

Skype Outage!

21 08 2007

Well, While at work I noticed that Skype was not working. So as a good little IT Manager I sent a email you all the employees letting them know sent our help desk tickets were growing with complaints about Skype not working. At least this gives me a excuse to implement a Jabber Server a

Ways of Updating to SLED or SLES SP1

9 08 2007

There are many great new features in the SP1 release SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and Server. The purpose of this article is to outline the methods available to upgrade from the FCS release of SUSE Linux Enterprise to SP1Update From DVD or CD

This method is very easy and straightforward. Download the media from here:



Burn the ISO(s) to a DVD or CD and boot from it. After selecting your language etc. choose the “update” option rather than “New Installation”. Follow the prompts to complete your upgrade.

Upgrading from the Novell Customer Center

If you already have FCS installed and have registered for updates with the Novell Customer Center you can use the ZMD applet or rug to upgrade to SP1.

Update by using zen-updater

  • Start zen-updater from the system tray.
  • Select the “move-to-sles10-sp1? patch. Do not select any other patch at the same time.
  • Press the “Update” button.
  • Wait for success message.
  • A small popup will appear informing about changing the update server to
  • Later, a popup asking to provide root password will appear.
  • After installing maintenance stack update, a window with patch selection will appear.
  • Select/unselect the required patches and press ‘Accept’.
  • After the update has finished: reboot the system.

Update using rug

  • Open a root shell
  • Run ‘rug in -y -t patch switch-update-server’. Do not select any other patch at the same time.
  • Run ‘/usr/bin/switch-update-server’
  • Check that your update server is now (call rug sl to find out)
  • Run ‘rug sub SLES10-Updates’
  • Run ‘rug in -y -t patch move-to-sles10-sp1? (or ‘rug in -y -t patch move-to-sled10-sp1? accordingly)
  • Run ‘rug refresh’
  • Run ‘rug sub SLES10-SP1-Online’ (or rug sub SLED10-SP1-Online accordingly)
  • Run ‘rug in -y -t patch slesp1o-liby2util-devel’ (or ‘rug in -y -t patch sledp1o-liby2util-devel’ accordingly)
  • Run ‘rczmd restart’
  • Run ‘rug up’ followed by
  • Run ‘rug in -y -t patch product-sles10-sp1? (or ‘rug in -y -t patch product-sled10-sp1? accordingly) to install the update stack patch
  • Reboot

Installation Server/Source

Many customers maintain their own YUP servers to mirror or If you are doing this you cannot use the move-to-sled10-sp1 script to update to SP1. The reason why is that the script expects to be your update source, not your local YUP server. In order to update to SP1 from a non Novell corporate server you have to set up another installation source.

Setting up a HTTP installation server (Sever Side)

  • Open up the “installation Server” yast module
  • Choose the appropriate protocol (in this case http)
  • Select a directory where you want to keep your installation source.
  • Choose an alias for your directory
  • Click Finish
  • Copy over the contents of SLED or SLES iso to the directory you just specified.
  • Check and make sure you can browse to your source through firefox

Setting up an http installation source (Client Side)

  • Open up the “Installation Source” YaST module
  • Click the “Add” button
  • Choose the appropriate protocol (in this case http)
  • Enter the server name or ip address
  • Enter the directory where the installation source resides
  • If you get an error check that you can browse to the installation source from firefox


Now that you have added the installation source you will notice that you have a ton of updates. (DO NOT install the “move-to-sles10-sp1? patch). After you install the selected updates reboot your machine and you will have SP1!

More information about updating can be found here



Lenovo to Sell, Support Linux on ThinkPads

7 08 2007

“Lenovo has announced that they will begin selling T-series ThinkPads with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 pre-installed beginning sometime during the fourth quarter. In addition to supplying the hardware support, Lenovo will also handle OS support for ThinkPad customers, with Novell providing software updates. ‘Unlike Dell, which has targeted its Linux offering primarily at the enthusiast community, Lenovo’s SLED laptops are targeted at the enterprise. Whether they are running Ubuntu, SLED, or some other distribution, the availability of Linux pre-installation from mainstream vendors increases the visibility of the operating system and gives component makers an incentive to provide better Linux drivers and hardware support. If Lenovo is willing to collaborate with the Linux development community to improve the Linux laptop user experience, it will be a big win for all Linux users, not just the ones who buy laptops from Lenovo.'”

Source: Slashdot – Free SVN & Trac Account

2 08 2007

I’ve been learning Ruby and Python, well we use Python at work but I like Ruby better. As I started write code and then I to thinking about getting a SVN account to store my code. We’ll after a while I found a site called and they offer free SVN & Trac Hosting. They provide you with a “Name” subdomain.