Archive for July, 2009

OpenSuSE 11.2 M4 released.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

OpenSuSE 11.2 M4 was released to the public on Monday (July 27th) morning. This is the forth milestone of 8 milestones, 2 Release Candidates and the Final Release.

  • Thu, Apr 23 openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 1 release
  • Thu, May 28 openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 2 release
  • Tue, Jun 30 openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 3 release
  • Fri, Jul 24 openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 4 release
  • Thu, Aug 06 openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 5 Release
  • Thu, Aug 20 openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 Release
  • Thu, Sep 10 openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7 Release
  • Thu, Oct 01 openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 Release
  • Thu, Oct 15 openSUSE 11.2 RC1 Release
  • Thu, Oct 29 openSUSE 11.2 RC2 Release
  • Thu, Nov 12 openSUSE 11.2 Release

That was taken off the Official OpenSuSE 11.2 Roadmap.

That is all for now. Until next time,

Ryan Orser.

Review: Linux Mint 7

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Linux Mint 7 is a distribution based off of Ubuntu. For those people who do not know where Linux Mint has been developed in Ireland.

Mint is a w0nderful distribution to use. Mint is very easy to use and I had no problem using it.Mints signature color is green… like mint leaves. The 7th release of Mints code name is Gloria. All of Mints releases are named after females which is better then some of the crazy code names I have seen before. (None of which I can remember.)

So far I like the color (“Mint Green”), the ease of use (“really easy to use.”)

I find the easier it is to use the more people will use it. I have not usually said anything about security but really with Linux you are more secure then with any other OS.

I believe that this version is based off of Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope.”

Over all I would give it a 5/5 as it is a very nice distribution and of its ease of use.

Ryan Orser.

45K+ Visitors

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Sometime between 3 – 4 AM the 45000th visitor came. Thanks for you continuation of reading Ryan Orser’s Blog.

Ryan Orser

Coming in the next few days:

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

In the next few days there will be a couple of posts: Review of Linux Mint 7 and something else sometime later this week also.

Ryan Orser.

Review: Ubuntu 8.04.3

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I have installed Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS in a virtual machine. The specs of the virtual machine are the same as they always are:

  • 512 mb of RAM
  • 8 GB Hard Drive

When I installed the OS it was a no brainer as it was so easy. I tend to forget how easy it is to install Ubuntu or its’ derivatives since I do not install Linux distributions all that much.  Since the install was no problem I had nothing but the easiest thing to do… wait. It only was installing for 5 minutes and then it was done.

After the install came the restarting and booting up of the VM. All I had to do was login and then I installed the updates. There were no problems and everything worked.

Thanks Canonical for having the last LTS to work so well and not give any problems like the 2 that came after it (8.10 and 9.04.) Those have had many problems and I have Ubuntu for a server to run these websites. I have had no problems with 8.04 at all.

Ryan Orser.

Ubuntu 8.04.3

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Today Canonical Released Ubuntu 8.04.3 (The 3rd update for Ubuntu Hardy Heron Long Term Support released in April of 2008.)

In the release announcement Canonical released 80 updates to the OS:

  • Bugs in the Installation of Ubuntu (Now Fixed)
  • Security Fixes with the means of continuing stability and compatibility.

For the full list of security bugs fixed go to

For all Post-Release Updates go to

That is all for now.
Ryan Orser.

The Witless Wireless

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The wireless adapter I have is a Belkin F5D8053 wireless adapter that when used on MS Windows takes a lot of time to find the driver and then another few minutes of getting it working after a lengthy installation. I had put this adapter in the computer a long time ago (at least a month to be sure) and I decided to install Ubuntu 9.04 as a well it is summer and my parents will not be needing the computer (it is mine by the way.)

I just looked over my shoulder at the wireless adapter and it is flashing. I was “What is going on?” and this was after I installed Ubuntu. I have had tonnes of problems with wireless adapter drivers and Linux. Let me tell you this was a shock. The wifi adapter driver was actually built-in to the OS. I just went on thinking that this was impossible to actually do before Ubuntu 9.04 as I was using it with Ubuntu 8.10 and it did not work at all. All I had to do was install 9.04 and yah it works… I only figured that out today and I had installed in about 2 days ago.

Thanks to the wifi adapter I can take this desktop downstairs and play games on the LCD tv that I have as well.

Ryan Orser.

The Rebuild Test.

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Karmic Koala is getting a rebuild test today since the Debian Import was last week. When I was running Koala it was definitely buggy as it was a prebeta OS. That said Jaunty was just about the same way for when I used it.

Here are the things that did not work in either 9.04 and 9.10 (prebeta at the time):

  • Flash Sound
  • PulseAudio
  • Speed for loading applications

The last great Ubuntu OS that I have used was Hardy Heron. Everything worked without a hitch. After that it just seems like something was just going to happen. Even with Ibex (8.10) there were some things that were buggy with the sound with my computer and some of my friends.

Hopefully things go better then before.
Ryan Orser.

MONO not leaving Ubuntu.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

In an announcement in the Ubuntu devel announce digest Mono will not leave Ubuntu. Mono has patent issues with the  original developer. ( Not sure why or what will come with it.) Ubuntu has put Mono developed applications in their OS before.

The Ubuntu Technical Board has written this statement:

The Ubuntu Technical Board has been asked for a position statement on
the use of C#, specifically the Mono implementation, by applications in

These applications, as well as the Mono stack, were proposed for
inclusion like any other application and underwent the same review
process that all new applications and platforms undergo before being
accepted into the archive.

With specific regard to the default installed application set,
applications have been reviewed and compared against each other on merit
and features.  These often take place during the Ubuntu Developer
Summits, most recently over the default media player.

A common concern cited about Mono is the patent position, largely it
seems due to the originator of the C# language and associated ECMA

The Ubuntu Project takes patent issues seriously, and the Ubuntu
Technical Board is the governance body that handles allegations of
patent infringement.  The Ubuntu Technical Board strives to engage with
rights holder openly in terms of the code that we ship.  If a rights
holder claims a patent infringement applies to said code, the Technical
Board will commit to a review of the claim.

The Ubuntu Technical Board has received no claims of infringement
against the Mono stack, and is not aware of any such claims having been
received by other similar projects.

It is common practice in the software industry to register patents as
protection against litigation, rather than as an intent to litigate.
Thus mere existence of a patent, without a claim of infringement, is not
sufficient reason to warrant exclusion from the Ubuntu Project.

(While the Ubuntu project wishes to be responsive to patent infringement
claims, we cannot commit to the assessment and review of claims made by
anyone other than the registered rights holder.)

Given the above, the Ubuntu Technical Board sees no reason to exclude
Mono or applications based upon it from the archive, or from the default
installation set.

Since the Mono stack is already a dependency of the default installation
set for many remixes of Ubuntu, including the Desktop Edition, there is
no reason to consider a dependency on Mono as an issue when suggesting
applications for the default set.

(Other remixes may obviously consider the CD Size implications if an
application would introduce the Mono platform to the set.)

on behalf of the Ubuntu Technical Board

Scott James Remnant

Thats all for now,
Ryan Orser.