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Switch! The Linux Blog Dog

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:57 am on Friday, June 20, 2008

So, after a long time with no posts I think I figured out why I haven’t been writing as much. You see, I recently got a dog, she is a 7 month old border collie – whippet mix. Her name is switch and she currently demands a lot of attention or she gets into mischief, but after a long walk she does a really wicked FireFox impression which makes up for it.

I’ll be writing as much as I can, but again if any one would like to write on this blog or is interested in guest blogging just let me know.

Below are some pictures of Switch! The Linux Blog Dog

Linux Blog Dog
Linux Blog Dog

The Linux Blog – More May Updates

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:30 am on Monday, May 26, 2008

If you read my last Linux Blog update post you will have noticed that I added links to the man pages that have examples of how to use that command. This blog post is to tell you that I have implemented that feature but the reverse. In other words, when ever you view a Linux Blog post that I have written you will see links to the man pages of the commands used in that post and from there you can navigate to other examples of how to use that command. I hope that this feature is a useful one for The Linux Blog readers, if it is let me know and if it isn’t tell me you like it any way. I’m going to be adding more man pages soon since I have found that not all man pages that I have are on The Linux Blog. I will also be adding more man page sections for the ones I missed out.

Now that I have implemented that function the only thing I really have to do is have the ability to add, update and manage man pages on the fly.

More news
I have also been corresponding with the guys over at Wakoopa about working on a client to their web application for Linux. I will let you know more information as it becomes available. I am very interested in writing a client for their service and would love for Linux users to be able to join in on the fun!

Thats all for now,

– Owen

New versions of popular Linux distributions

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:34 pm on Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Its not often that I cover big news in the Linux community but I think these two Linux distributions are noteworthy.

Firstly Fedora 9 has been released. I was lucky enough to get the DVD ISO but have not yet had a chance to install it. I am however going to get to update a number of Fedora 8 boxes to Fedora 9 when I have deemed Fedora 9 stable for production. The feature list looks nice and hopefully the upgrades will go smoothly. It has been a while since I have looked at Fedora and I have to say I am very impressed with 8. It found most of my hardware (sound excused) and even has modern features that have come to lack in my next topic.

Slackware 12.1 was also released this month. This update to Slackware came quicker than previous versions and has a nice list of features that make me want to upgrade my slack box. As pat mentions better RAID, LVM support are among the list. Hal has been added so the properly configuring Slackware 12.1 should make Slackware a little more user friendly and stream the mounting of devices. I will confirm if the Slackware HAL fix is still applicable but from reading the Slackware release announcement it seems like it still needs to be done. I’ll document this pretty soon so stay tuned!

The Linux Blog – May Site Updates

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 7:02 pm on Monday, May 5, 2008

I did a little programming before I left for my excursion and one of the things I partially completed I have just put online. If you check out the Linux Man Pages section of the website you will now notice that the articles are cross referenced with the man pages. That being said I still have a bit of work to do to get the man pages to show up on the posts but the majority of the work is done.

So, now if you browse The Linux Blogs man pages you can get additional information on how to use the Linux tools. I may add links to other peoples articles in these man pages at some time, if you have a Linux Blog or website with some decent tutorials let me know if you are interested!

I have a few more things that I would like to do, such as a search and a better way to process the man pages but after that I will consider that section done. Let me know if there are any features that you would like to see in the man pages section and also let me know if you like this feature! Comments on The Linux Blog are always welcomed!

– Owen.

Owen, Is Back!

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:13 pm on Friday, May 2, 2008

Hey there,

just a quick note today to let everyone know that I have been gone for about two weeks. Just so happens that I got married, went on a honeymoon and moved.

While I was gone I had asked Kaleb to fill in for me and I would like to take this time to thank him for doing so. Also, I’d like to thank all of my readers and those who’ve helped make The Linux Blog what it is today. I always appreciate your input and hope that you continue to read and participate.

I have some rather cool (at least I think so) updates that I would like to apply to the site pretty soon. I also have some blogging to do about my new Nikon digital camera. Maybe I’ll post some pictures too.

Man Page Not Found

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:58 pm on Sunday, March 16, 2008

I’ve added this post because the Linux Man Pages that I have added to this site need to be directed some where when a man page is not found. I stumbled upon the problem after I saw Google trying to index pages that did not exist. My guess is that there are links within the man pages section that are bad.

I will be monitoring this page to see where the hits to this page are coming from but if you followed a link here from the Linux man pages section then I would really appreciate a comment with which page you ended up here from and I will fix the problem.

Thanks in advance,

-Owen.

Linux Man Pages Added

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:35 pm on Saturday, March 15, 2008

I’ve just added a section to this site that I have been working on for a while.

Basically I’ve been wanting a place to store the man pages online. So, I wrote a little script that would let me do it. All I have to do now is write a search for it and then some small little tweaks.

Let me know if you find the man page section useful. It can be found under the pages section on the right hand column of this site or you can access it directly by going to http://www.thelinuxblog.com/linux-man-pages/

The Linux Blog Givaway #1 – Dave & Busters Game Card

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 8:35 pm on Monday, March 10, 2008

Hey Everyone!

I’ve just made sure that the register feature for The Linux Blog works. This means you can sign up for The Linux Blog and contribute! I’m giving away a Dave & Busters Power Card to the first writer to sign up and make two blog posts. I’ll mail it off to you after the the articles have been posted for free! All you have to do is sign up and write here.

I got this card from an Intel Retail Edge Event so I don’t know how much money is on it but my guess is either $5 or $10. If you think about it that is either $2.50 or $5.00 for each blog post!

I know its not much but its a start. I have some other things that I can give away in the future for writers with the most posts. These items may vary in value from nothing to who knows what, probably other gift certificates or computer hardware. I’m even considering purchasing small hardware items to ship to people for them to review and keep (if they have enough posts.)

So, stay tuned!

Writing Loops

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 2:34 pm on Friday, March 7, 2008

The act of a loop is doing something over and over until a condition. Like in bash scripts I get stuck in loops while trying to write posts for The Linux Blog. The problem is that when I get stuck in a loop I can write a lot of posts about one topic (for example SSH.) But I don’t want to have all of my front page covered in posts about SSH. This is where my readers (You) come in.

I made a promise last month that I would not ask for any more writers. Since this is a new month I can start over again. Basically any one willing to write short articles or how to’s is welcome to submit an article to me. I will be making sure that the WordPress login script works over this weekend that way if you would like to help me out and gain some exposure you can do so very easily. By writing for me it will help out with the content of this site by not making it all similar topics. Other than that news I’m working on getting some new features for this site worked out. When I do it should be interesting for all of us.

Have a great Friday!

– Owen.

What Linux Topics Should I Blog About?

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:13 am on Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I just have a few quick questions for everybody so I’ll try to keep this short.
I’ve been blogging (sort of) for almost a year on this blog now and would like to know what keeps you coming back?

I’ve tried to keep the topics related to what I would want to read about. With Linux its hard to not blog about something that isn’t written some where else (which is part of the beauty of Linux) but what does everybody want to read about?

I could post articles that I’ve found explaining how to do certain things, link to other peoples articles / videos or I could continue to do what I’ve been doing.

One thing I would like to see is more participation from my readers. If you have a blog, feel free to comment and link back to your blog posts or give examples. Call me out when something doesn’t work or I’m wrong, I won’t be offended. Comments are moderated to prevent spam, but once you’ve commented once, you are pretty much pre-approved.

One last time (at least for this month) I’m looking for people to write for The Linux Blog. I’m looking for all levels of Linux users from the novice to the quote un-quote “Linux Expert”. Basically I’m looking for more reader participation. I put quite a bit of thought and hard work into maintaining this blog and don’t think its too unreasonable to ask for this. Especially since the advertising doesn’t seem to be working out.

Oh, BTW I’m still working on an OpenSource Bomgar solution :)

Until next time, be safe!

Become independent of the system tray using conky.

Filed under: General Linux,The Linux Blog News — Kaleb at 9:19 pm on Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hello everybody it is I Kaleb from over at http://kpstuff.servebeer.com again come to talk today about an app that I have been using for a while but just recently decided to make it fix my dependence of the system tray all together.

If you read my blog regularly you would know that I am not a fan of GUI applications, I use as few of them as possible. I prefer to use command line programs instead for many reasons: one they are faster, two they are easier and quicker to use/access the features that I want from them, and three I just like the way they look.

For a long time I have used the Fluxbox window manager because it is small lightweight and over all pretty. But no matter what window manager I use: Gnome, KDE, Xfce, FluxBox or OpenBox I have always had some dependence on the system tray, which annoyed me a lot.

Some of them things that I liked a system tray for were a static clock that was always in the same spot and I could always look down and see it, also it had a few nice little icons over there for me to use at my will, like for instance, Gmail-Notify which is a little systray applet that will tell you if you have gmail or not and give you a little pop-up if you get new mail. Also this was for a while how i was telling if I had a new message in pidgin.

Then I started thinking to myself,

“All of these things could be done with Conky and I could use Conky for even more.”

So began the transformation.

If you don’t know already what Conky is, it is a little application that will put text in any format and of almost any type of data you want, weather it be the weather report for the day or the week, or your battery status, the day of the week, or your wireless link quality. It blends into your desktop very well and will give you that sweet geekish look that everybody looks for in a desktop.

First we need to install it.

Gentoo:

emerge -av conky

Make sure that you check out the use flags in Gentoo for things like “wifi” and others

Arch Linux:

pacman -S conky

Ubuntu:

apt-get install conky

Now that you have Conky installed it is time for you to figure out where on your screen you want to put it and also how you want it to look. I wont get into to much detail about how to set it up because those things can be figured out by the most green of Linux users. Also there should be an example config file for Conky that came with the install for Gentoo it is /etc/conky/conky.conf. You need to copy this file to ~/.conkyrc and then edit it at your leisure.

It is quite simple to figure out first you decided the main variables for the program then after the word TEXT you decide how your Conky will look on your desktop. What “text” you would like to see and in what fashion. It is here where you will replace your systray.The first thing I wanted my replacement system tray to display was my gmail messages, weather I had emails or not and how many. So I put together a little script that you can obtain from http://kpstuff.servebeer.com/~admin/check_gmail.sh in order to use this script you need to download it. I suggest to put it into a folder such as ~/scripts/ also make it executable with either “chmod 755 check_gmail.sh” or “chmod +x check_gmail.sh” and remember to edit check_gmail.sh for your username and password. Then you need to edit your ~/.conkyrc file under the TEXT area to resemble this

${texeci 60 ~/scripts/check_gmail.sh}

After this I wanted a clock obviously. Now the time variable has almost a million different options for the format that it gives so I will give you an example of how to set it up but you should run “man strftime” to see a full list of formatting options.

${time %I:%M%p}

This will put a time format on your Conky that resembles “02:19PM”

Yes that is right it is that easy and you can almost print anything you want on Conky even RSS feeds, I suggest you try it out at least once, but not just a little install it and run it and it doesn’t work try.

There are literally hundreds of variables that can be used in Conky and those that are not variables can be created using shell/perl/php/and ruby scripts.

For a list of variables go to http://conky.sourceforge.net/config_settings.html and http://conky.sourceforge.net/variables.html

Thank you once more for your time and remember to leave comments for any of the writers for the Linux blog because each of us would sure appreciate feedback on our writings, whether it be good or bad.

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