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My Linux Desktop Machine

Filed under: Linux Hardware — TheLinuxBlog.com at 8:39 am on Saturday, November 24, 2007

Maybe its just me but I find it interesting to look at other peoples computer stuff so I’m going to take the time to write some blog posts about my hardware.

First in my lineup is my Desktop. This is by no means a new computer but runs very well.
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2500+
Motherboard: MSI KT400
Memory: 512MB DDR 333
Hard Drive: 160GB Maxtor
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX5200
Ethernet: ADMtek NC100 Network Everywhere 10/100
Media Devices: CD-RW, Floppy, ATA133 Hard Drive Bay
Monitor: LG 19″ Flat Panel. DVI, VGA, 1280×1024. 4ms 1400:1
Keyboard/Mouse: Generic Staples $10 special and a unknown brand painted laser mouse.

Every device is supported by the 2.6 kernel and Linux runs very well on it. The motherboard uses a VIA chip set and a C-Media audio device. The CPU is
actually 1875.733 MHz with a 512KB cache. According to cat /proc/cpuinfo it has a bogomips rating of 3754.8

Now comes the sensitive part, my distro of choice. For some this is a sour topic but I’ll just say that it doesn’t really matter to me. I run windows on it before and most Linux distributions out perform it out of the box (after installing video drivers.) I choose to run Slackware 12 on it because of the simplicity. It took a little while to configure it how I like but it turned out pretty well. I use slackpkg to keep it current.

I’ll be sure to post some pictures of the setup some time.

Thats about all I have to say about my desktop, if you have any questions or would like any additional information just give me an e-mail at: owen @ thelinuxblog.com

New Hardware Category Added

Filed under: Linux Hardware,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:45 pm on Friday, November 23, 2007

I’ve added a new category to The Linux Blog. It is called: “Linux hardware” Any posts I make that include a specific device or device setup will be found in this category. It will also be used to post news about upcoming devices, devices I wish I had and anything else related to hardware.
Now I have to do a pitch: If any readers have questions, cool new hardware, hardware to review or would like a showcase in The Linux Blog about their hardware please send an e-mail to me: owen @ thelinuxblog.com

Thats all for now folks!

The Linux Blog Introduces a new Writer!

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 5:21 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween is a fun night, but did you know that 13 Years ago on this night Red Hat was released? Halloween now happens to have a special meaning for me.

We have a new writer for The Linux Blog and what this evening has to do with this is that it is our new writers favorite day of the year!

Aaron currently blogs about technology on http://www.systemlag.com. After reading one of his blog posts (below) I asked him if he would be interested in helping me out by writing for The Linux Blog. He was skeptical at first as he did not know what he would blog about. As an aspiring Linux User I thought it would be good if The Linux Blog has a newbie column and asked if he would be interested in writing for it. He agreed.

You should notice blog posts coming from Aaron within the next couple of days.

Here’s the blog post that caught my attention:
Ok guys, here’s the deal. I have this crazy urge to learn Linux. Yeah, yeah, I know some of you fan boys out there are going to go nuts with the
“Oh my GAWD, he doesn’t know what to do when it comes to LINUX!?”
The short answer to that would be, um, no, I really don’t. I’ve grown up windows, kiddies (unless you count our good pal Commodore) and never really felt the need to take a closer look at Linux before now. So here’s where YOU come in: Suggestions. Right now, I’m thinking of picking up a used box from my local thrift store and, after cleaning all the porn out of it (and I’m hoping that’s all I would find), installing Linux and just giving it a go. What sort of specs should I be looking for as far as hardware goes (I’m not guessing I’ll need much), and which Linux app would be best suited for someone like me who’s just dipping his toe into the shark infested water?

It’s hard to find good bloggers these days. If any one else is interested in writing for us (either as a guest, one time posts or a full time blogger), please shoot me an e-mail owen -at- thelinuxblog.com

Linux on Household Appliances

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:52 am on Monday, September 3, 2007

Linux is a versatile enough operating system that it could virtually run on anything. Me and some friends have joked about installing Gentoo on toasters but in reality how far away are we from this? For example lets take the Smart Fridge. Its basically a fridge that keeps track of what you have in it. Its packed with lots of features my favorite is its ability to tell you what recipes you can currently make with the ingredients that are in it. The smart fridge could easily be developed with Linux as its plat from.

Next lets look at other house hold items that we take for granted such as washers and dryers. Almost every house hold that owns a computer will have a washer and dryer. I would like to be able to have my washer and dryer notify me via e-mail, on screen display or other means when the cycle is finished. This would be easy to implement with an embedded OS such as Linux. There would be no extra electronics on the appliance because all of the required electronics are already in place. A simple serial or parallel interface would have enough bandwidth to give a detailed information on the current cycle or status.

What else is there? Ovens, Microwaves, Dishwashers or any other house hold appliance. Even simple tasks such as turning them on and off remotely would make sense. For the hardware hacker these features are easy to implement.

I don’t think that we are far from having these features. Take the VCR for example, once the record feature was mainstream some one came up with the idea to schedule recording on the units. A while later we got the Tivo DVR which has even better options for scheduling.

Is Linux going to be running on mainstream appliances? I believe it could be in time. Its already running on so many networking applications. Linksys run a modified version of it on their routers and on network attached storage devices. So I think it will only be a matter of time before it works its way into other mainstream devices. All that is needed is for a company to implement these features and a good marketing campaign. I know I would buy an intelligent household appliance if it would make my daily tasks easier.

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