Monday, June 14, 2010

Setting up a new kernel for meego

Meego has changed a bit from moblin, moblin used to use grub; meego has gone with extlinux, some sort of syslinux. Te configuration items are all in /boot/extlinux and can be easily configured from there.

This is what the default file upon install has:

$ sudo cat /boot/extlinux/extlinux.conf

# extlinux.conf generated by anaconda

prompt 0
timeout 1

default vesamenu.c32
menu autoboot Starting MeeGo...
menu hidden

menu resolution 800 600
menu background splash.jpg
menu title Welcome to MeeGo!
menu color border 0 #ffffffff #00000000
menu color sel 7 #ffffffff #ff000000
menu color title 0 #ffffffff #00000000
menu color tabmsg 0 #ffffffff #00000000
menu color unsel 0 #ffffffff #00000000
menu color hotsel 0 #ff000000 #ffffffff
menu color hotkey 7 #ffffffff #ff000000
menu color timeout_msg 0 #ffffffff #00000000
menu color timeout 0 #ffffffff #00000000
menu color cmdline 0 #ffffffff #00000000
label meego
menu label MeeGo (
kernel vmlinuz-
append ro root=/dev/sda2 vga=normal
menu default

So it was my intention to add a custom kernel by setting up a new label with
label meego-nfs
menu label MeeGo-NFS (
kernel vmlinuz-
append ro root=/dev/sda2 vga=normal

And since we are making changes, I'm changing the timeout value to something larger and removing the menu hidden menu attribute.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Obtaining the file system id on Linux

I keep forgetting how to get this... must be that I cannot grasp any new knowledge anymore :-P
Whatever the problem is, it is best to document it.

The visual way would be to run:
$ ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/

The command way:
$ sudo blkid

And here's a: reference

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't.

Just saw 500 Days Of Summer, a very interesting and fun movie.

The way life goes in romance and all that stuff is interestingly displayed along the movie. The story telling makes this flick rather interesting and enjoyable.

The cast was neatly fit, I must admit I kind of like Zooey Deschanel and it was nice to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt, best known to me from 3rd Rock from the Sun. The music accompanying the film was very well meshed and the tunes chosen of my liking.

It's just one of those movies that, in my case, can't stop thinking about after seeing.

Case in point, I liked it :-)

Window manager themes that I liked for xfce4

So I was going over them, and decided to post them have them listed somewhere instead of going over them all over again in the future:

  • Elberg

  • Gelly

  • Moheli

  • Stoneage

  • Symphony

  • Therapy

I've currently chose Therapy now, not that I need any :-P

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Installing freebsd on a Samsung N140

I had this notebook lying around given as a gift by my employer due to all the hard work we did getting the Intel App Up thing going for CES; as I already had a netbook working quite well with Opensolaris I didn't pay to much attention to this one until recently.

Opensolaris has been lacking some updates and breakage lately, so I decided to pull out this netbook and get FreeBSD working on it. I did this some time ago and my intention was to document it as I am very forgetful of what I have done and what I have not.

The install was pretty straight forward, I grabbed the freebsd-8.0 RELEASE, you can find it

Post install, everything basically boots up fine. Wired networking works, so at least I have some form of networking, wireless does not though and that is when I find out that installing or upgrading to freebsd-8.0 STABLE would be a good idea as there were commits there that would allow the atheros wireles card to work.

More to come...