Archive for February, 2009

Finnix 92.1 Review

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Hello Everyone! Today is the day I review Finnix 92.1. As with all the reviews I have written since June 1st 2008 I  put standard specs for testing out distros in virtual machines for everyone that I use:

  1. 512mb of RAM
  2. 8 GB hard drive
  3. 8 MB of video memory

This time how ever I will not be installing it as I have never been able to figure out how to get the distro with the commands that I have found to format the drive and be able to install.

I guess with the stats that I have listed about the 8 MB of video memory are not really needed and I may take them off later.

So here is what I could gather:

  1. Since it is all CLI and I usually use a bit of both I found it a bit more difficult to use then I would normally would have. I had this ISO for a couple of weeks since I was going to try it anyways.
  2. Commands: the commands that I have tried to install it with are fdisk which was working just fine except when I put in the command to rewrite the partitions after deleting them it did not seem to work. I also tried to use the install and the install-mbr command. Neither seemed to work for me.
  3. With all the work load I have from my Post Secondary studies I really have no time to work on this at the moment… but I have spring break later in March so maybe I will have time then.

Since you have heard what I couldn’t do this is what I can do:

  1. Booted the cd.
  2. Tried commands that were to my best efforts were completely useless to me.

That is all I can say. I know it is not much of a review but it is better then nothing.

I would have to rate this at 1.5/5 (On a day which I would be feeling a little more generous then usual.)

I plan to stick with Ubuntu for the time being as I have everything I need.

Ryan Orser.

Elive Gem (1.0) Distribution Review

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Hello Everyone! Today is the day I review Elive 1.0 codenamed GEM. As with all the reviews I have written so far since June 1st 2008 I have put these standard specs for testing out distros in virtual machines:

  1. 512mb of RAM
  2. 8 GB hard drive
  3. 8 MB of video memory

and very little else. This time how ever I will not be installing it as I have very little space and time is limited since I am in Post-Secondary now.

Background on Elive

Elive is based off of Debian Linux with the E-17 and E-16 Desktop Environments. E stands for Enlightenment-#

When I first wanted to try ELIVE 1.0 I had to go jump through hoops to get it. It was either use an unstable or donate. I finally decided to buy a CD from a vendor in France.  I got it about a month later. Two days after I had probably put it down or given it to my friend Tom Dryer. So I decided that I was going to download it again… I finally gave up with looking for the unstable versions download as I find the site confusing. I finally “donated” $5 CAD so that I could use this software. It was either that or 5 USD, 5 EUROs or something like that. I really do not have that much money so I decided to go with the $5 CAD plus hey I live in Canada.

So I downloaded the ISO image a couple of days later when the payment went through and I just decided I wanted to test it out rather then install it.

For the Web browser ELIVE 1.0 has IceWeasel. It is very nice and has the graphite firefox theme. Yes I know IceWeasel is somewhat based off of Firefox. There are a lot of applications but most of which I would never use anyway.

This is a distribution that has Enlightenment 17 but also comes with Enlightenment 16 which I have tried both.

For the login I have to login with a username and password. If I wanted to have a password on a Live CD I would just install it and get the password for my own account.

I sometimes spend a bit of time in the CLI. Unfortunately not many of the commands are the same. For example: ifconfig which usually is the command to which you can see your IP Address is no longer ifconfig. So I tried ipconfig seeing that it may have switched to the MS Windows command. That was not it either. So I just started typing ip and accidently pressed enter. That was the command to see the ip address. Talk about crazy! I spent almost 10 minutes looking for the command.

Overall I really like the Desktop Environment, ease of use and some of the applications but on the downside I really do not like how the commands are changed and how much time I have to work on figuring them out.

Rating 3/5 (On a generous day… which is today.)

Ryan Orser.

GPG Errors Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid)

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Today I found a lot of errors when I was updating. So I went through the process of getting them fixed.

Here are the GPG Numbers:

  1. 4874D3686E80C6B7
  2. 6AF0E1940624A220
  3. 60D11217247D1CFF

To fix these problems you need to check a couple of things:

  1. When you update you use the terminal using the command: sudo apt-get update
  2. If you see errors with GPG Keys just follow this advice


gpg --keyserver --recv [GPGKEY]
gpg –export –armor [GPGKEY] | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update

Use the source  listed above and use the keys that are BADSIG or NO_PUBKEY

This should work for Ubuntu 8.10 as it did work for me.


Ryan Orser

Posts Coming this Weekend:

Monday, February 16th, 2009

These are the posts that are coming this weekend (Saturday and Sunday):

Elive Gem (1.0) is coming on Saturday. Preview coming later today.

Finnix 92.1 is coming this Sunday. Preview coming later this week.

The posting schedule that I had put out for myself before was not at all great so I had to take a week off so that I could work on School.

But do not fret there will be a couple of posts coming this weekend and a couple more coming the weekend after.

By the way the GOS 3.0 Space has now become GOS 3.1 Gadgets so I will be reviewing that instead.

Ryan Orser.

Poll Finals

Monday, February 9th, 2009

GOS 3.0 has 14 Votes
Mint has 13 Votes
Elive 1.0 has 12 Votes
Finnix has 11 Votes

The Distros above are the ones I will review.

Another thing I should tell you is that I will only be posting on Week-ends now as I have usually a lot of work during the week.

Ryan Orser.

Last Week For Distribution Review Poll

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I am going to take down the Distribution Review Poll in 4 Days as I have to get some reviews out.

Here is what you need to do to get the review that you want on the site:

  1. I will pick the Top 4 Distros.
  2. The Distros that I will review have to have 8+ votes to qualify to be in the review.
  3. So that means each of the Top 4 Distros have to have 8 or more votes to be considered… if there is a tie I will review 5.
  4. 1 Vote per IP.
  5. By the time of publishing there are 3 Distros that Qualify for the Review. 1 is 1 vote out of being qualified. Another 2 are 2 Votes out of being Qualifying.
  6. You can choose up to 3 Distros per vote.

Here is the poll:

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