Talk about Longevity!

January 14, 2016


I’ve recently been getting more and more familiar with FreeBSD and I’m enjoying it quite a bit, especially coming from years of using Linux.  I’ve already set up a few FreeBSD systems at work and they have been running well for little things here and there (I had one joined to the Active Directory domain at my work for some time now and it was a fun learning experience).  I’ve also got a laptop set up with FreeBSD, though I personally think that Linux is still far ahead in that area.  So far, all of these FreeBSD systems have been running quite well and I look forward to testing out other BSD flavors like DragonFlyBSD.

That said, I can only wish my FreeBSD setups would last as long as this one!  The Register has a story about a FreeBSD server that has quite the uptime…18 years and 10 months, to be exact!  The server is a homebrew 200 MHz Pentium PC with 32 MB of RAM running FreeBSD 2.2.1 and was recently retired.  If anything, I’d say that’s a testament to how robust the OS is (or how technically experienced the person is who set this box up!).  You can read more about this at the link below.


Happy 2016!

January 12, 2016

Happy New Year to one and all!  Hope everyone’s 2016 is a great one.

So, thanks to a Hackaday article on the smallest MIDI synthesizer, I was reminded about my own personal blog here.  Yeah, I know it hasn’t gotten much love, but with my personal life taking priority over everything else, this and other things tend to fall in the backburner for a while until I remember them (darned old age 🙂 ).

Back to the Hackaday article, it’s about the smallest MIDI synthesizer (or so it’s claimed) by Mitxela.  I can’t help but be impressed!  A synth inside a MIDI DIN connector!  Combine this with one of those mini keyboard controllers from Monoprice and a decent netbook running an audio-centric Linux distribution and you’ve got a nice portable music setup IMO!

It looks as though Fedora may be getting a new partition manager.  Now, you might be thinking that this new partition manager will replace the much-unliked partition manager in Fedora’s Anaconda installer, and from the looks of it, you might be right.  However, it seems that blivet-gui will be a replacement for the venerable Gparted tool that Linux users are familiar with.  The reason?  Gparted (along with some other well-known partition managers) doesn’t support a lot of the newer storage technologies available.  While I’m sure that Gparted may eventually support it (if it is still under active development), blivet-gui looks to function similarly to Gparted to provide a level of familiarity to users.

Personally, I love Gparted and I also use CLI tools like cfdisk and parted when necessary.  Also, these tools are available in practically every distribution out there as well as the BSD flavors (AFAIK).  If blivet-gui does a good job at maintaining the intuitiveness that Gparted provides, then I believe it would be a major improvement compared to the current partitioning utility that’s used in Fedora’s installer and I welcome it with open arms.  That said, I hope that some of these improvements will also go back to the Gparted team if they haven’t already taken the task to support those storage techonologies that blivet-gui aims to support.

If you’re running Fedora 20, you can install blivet-gui and give it a test run by following the instructions on the developer’s blog.  You can also find some more screenshots there, too.

A very happy birthday to the Linux kernel which turns 23 today!  You’ve come a long way, baby!

Here’s an article from The Mukt about it.


Yes, the Rich Corinthian Leather has returned in Episode 72 of Linux Basement! We discuss Fedora 18, Microsoft hate, Steam+Ubuntu love, Intel’s departure from desktop mobos, and even celebrate MIDI’s 30th birthday! We also plug Jonathan Nadeau’s Sonar Project. Check it out at the following link or subcribe via iTunes or the RSS feed.

Sonar Project

January 28, 2013

Please support a friend of mine and friend of the free/open source community, Jonathan Nadeau, with the Sonar Project. This is a project to bring a fully accessible operating system based on GNU+Linux that is both free-as-in-cost and free-as-in-freedom (meaning you can legally share, modify, and install as you wish).

This project is not just for blind and low vision people, but for people who struggle with dyslexia and learning disabilities as well as accessibility for people with low motor skills and quadriplegics. Please take the time to watch the video and support this project however you can.

Sonar Project Indiegogo Page:
Sonar Project Website:
Sonar Project Blog: