Archive for August, 2009

Vector Linux 6.0 “Light Live” Released.

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

I would normally only report about Ubuntu or other distributions that I would normally work with, but Vector Linux was the first Linux Distro that I had ever used.

Today, Vector Linux 6.0 Light Live was released. It has a KDE Desktop and Pidgin, but you cannot install with it. The Live Install Cd should come soon. This is just a see how it looks and maybe you will want to install it when the install CD comes out.

Here is an excerpt from the release announcement: (Excerpt comes from

Robert Lange has announced the release of VectorLinux 6.0 “Light Live” edition: “The VectorLinux team is happy to announce VectorLinux 6.0 ‘Light Live’. This edition is intended as a preview of the traditional installable release. It closely mirrors the original VectorLinux ‘Light’, but some packages have been added or upgraded, including the kernel. This is a great way to test VectorLinux before committing to a hard drive install. For us who already use it, our favorite operating system is now portable. Another practical use is as a live toolbox for troubleshooting and/or repair. There is a boot option for using it as a rescue disc for a previously installed system. Re-mastering VectorLinux ‘Live’ has been made easy for those who want their very own, personalized edition.

To download Vector Linux 6.0 Light Live click Here.

Thanks for reading,

Ryan Orser.

Happy Birthday!

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Happy 15th birthday Emily. Hope you have a great one.

Ryan Orser.

How to install Civilization 4.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Here is how to install Civilization 4 in Ubuntu.

What you need:

  1. Ubuntu 9.04
  2. Wine 1.1.28
  3. Civilizations 4.

First you need to have Ubuntu 9.04 installed. Then you need to install Wine 1.1.28. Then we can start with the steps to install Civilizations 4.

  1. Put in the Civilizations 4 CD 1 to start the install.
  2. When the file manager windows opens right click on autorun.exe and click on wine programs loader.
  3. When the installer is ready click install.
  4. The next dialog box is the Install DirectX 9 so all you have to do is click Cancel
  5. Next the Install Dialog box opens. Click Next.
  6. Click next again.
  7. Click Install.
  8. When it asks for CD 2 put the 2nd disc in the drive and click OK.
  9. After it finishes click Finish.

Your done. Now you can set things up the way you want.

Ryan Orser.

How to install Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 (VirtualBox)

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Things you need for this to work:

  1. Virtualbox
  2. Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4

Before using this read the disclaimer:

  1. Install Virtualbox. If you have it installed then go to the next step.
  2. After your iso image of  Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 has been downloaded, you will need to set up a virtual machine.
  3. To do this open Virtualbox.
  4. Click new.
  5. A dialog box will open.
  6. Click next.
  7. The second dialog box will come up saying you need to name it.
  8. Type the name you want into the textbox.
  9. Now change the OS type to Linux.
  10. The Version will automatically be Ubuntu.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Now the dialog box asks how much memory you want to allocate to this virtual machine.
  13. I would not recommend going below 256 mb which is the recommended amount of RAM.
  14. Click next.
  15. You will want to create a new hard disk.
  16. Click next.
  17. You now are in the create hard disk mode.
  18. Click next.
  19. If you have limited hard disk space click fixed sized hard drive and that will take you to an advanced menu… but for purposes of keeping this as easy as possible click next.
  20. Now it asks you to name the new hard drive and leave the size as it is at 8 GB (it is not going to be that size as I have checked a number of virtual machines that I have used.)
  21. Click Finish.

Now you will have to get the image to load on the virtual machine:

  1. Single click the Virtual Machine you have made in Virtualbox.
  2. Now click settings.
  3. Click CD/DVDROM.
  4. Click the square box saying you want to mount CD/DVD Drive.
  5. Click on ISO Image File
  6. Click the folder beside the text box.
  7. Click Add.
  8. Now you have to go to where you have downloaded the iso file.
  9. After you have clicked the file click open.
  10. Select the iso image by clicking it.
  11. Click select.
  12. Click OK.

You are now done the setting up of the Virtual machine. You are now going to install Ubuntu

  1. Double click the Virtual machine you created.
  2. Click the language that you are going to use to install. If you do not in 30 seconds it will choose English automatically.
  3. Hit Enter on Install Ubuntu.
  4. It will load the Ubuntu Installer called Ubiquity.
  5. When Ubiquity has loaded some legal will come up: This is a pre-release of the Ubuntu live CD installer. It is not a final release; that will come with the final release  of Ubuntu 9.10 in October 2009.
  6. Click Forward.
  7. Choose you language. Then Click forward.
  8. Choose you Region and then your time zone.
  9. Ubiquity will suggest a keyboard layout.
  10. After you have chosen click Forward.
  11. Ubiquity now starts the partitioner. For simplicity just click forward but bewarned it will erase the virtualbox hard drive.
  12. It will ask you for your name, name you will want to login as, password, the password repeated, name of the computer and if you want to login automatically or require a password on login. After this is done click Forward.
  13. Ubiquity may say that the password is weak. You can continue or you can return to change your password.
  14. After this you can click install.
  15. At the end of the install it will ask you to restart. Just click the button.
  16. It will begin to shutdown. at the end it will ask you to take the cd out of the tray (if any) and then click enter.

You have finished the installation. Have fun using it.

Ryan Orser.

Posts Coming Soon:

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 Review and a Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 How to Install. All coming this week.

Ryan Orser.

Windows Live 2009 is Crap!

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

I have a Windows 7 and a Windows XP computer. I have installed the latest Windows Live Messenger and I have trouble logging in. This started with it “Could not find my contacts” now it cannot find “My internet connection.”

I and a lot of people do not want to have to troubleshoot a product that is windows based on a windows machine.

Solution: Use pidgin. Download at: It is Open Source and works great. It may not have all the features that Windows Live has but I have used it a lot and I love it. So if you are having trouble with your Windows Live Messenger use Pidgin.

How to (try to) install SAM Linux 2009 (Live CD)

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

SAM Linux is a PCLinuxOS based Distro with the XFCE Desktop Environment.

You have to log in to use the live cd. First you see Guest Account. To log in to Guest you can use Username Guest and Password guest.

  1. Before you start to install you have to be using Root.
  2. So in the login screen use Username root, password root to login.
  3. For me it has taken me to the PCLinuxOS desktop branding.
  4. So I went to XFCE button on the bottom desktop.
  5. Next you want to go to the system menu.
  6. Click on the GTK Live install.
  7. I have this running in a virtual machine so that if anything happens it will not affect my computer.
  8. After going through the dialog boxes click close on the Dialog Box saying something about the poor mans installation.
  9. After that I went to create partitions.
  10. In the partitions  dialog box I clicked on the the EXT3 box (I believe it is in Red) and put all the amount of hard disk in the root partition: /.
  11. After you need to click OK and it will format that drive after you press ok again.
  12. After the install will start copying files.
  13. After the copying of files are done click done it will ask you if you want to save the /etc/fstab modifications.
  14. Click NO if you are using a USB flash drive.
  15. Now that it is done take out the CD.

It probably will not work as it did not for me but if you can figure it out tell me so I can update the post.

Ryan Orser.

Happy Birthday MOM!

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Happy Birthday. Another year  older, but not only that another year wiser. Welcome back from Paris, France!

Happy Birthday!

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Happy Birthday Barb! Congratulations on another year older.

Happy Anniversary

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Happy 1st Anniversary to Eric and Dawna Youngstrom. Many happy returns.

Ryan Orser