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Review of Fedora 8!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

UPDATE(November15th2007): in this article I am not saying that yum is out of date only the gui for the package manager.

Here is a review of Fedora 8 code named ‘Werewolf ‘!

I downloaded the DVD version of Fedora 8. In this guide I will give tips about the installation, customization, and for you that have nvidia graphics cards you will get to know how the installation went for that.

The installation went well, though it did take 45 minutes to install all of the development, regular and some other packages. In total there were 1089 packages to download and to install. It all went fine and was almost as fast as the 35 minute CentOS which had less packages to install. Since it only takes 45 minutes I was able to work on some non computer work.
Customization, hmmm, the customization is ok while you work, though its gets worse over time. The so called “changing background” that changes according to the time of the day, well lets just say this, it didn’t change at all. I went through a bunch of customizations. I changed the window themes, the color of the themes, and the folder themes also. Overall the themes were just not as appealing as I thought they should have been. I have been using the new Fedora 8 for more then 5 days. Fedora 8 was also on my laptop which was powered on for 48 hours while I was updating it, changing how it looked, and writing this review also.

So far I believe that I can say that it is an OK distro to try again if you have already tried it, though there is not as much innovation going on as in Ubuntu. If I was working on the Fedora team I would try to put a better package manager since it looks way out of date.

If there was any new innovation it should be seen within the next few releases of Fedora and Redhat.

Well now we’re on to the Nvidia graphics card driver installation. The Nvidia graphics driver is really just like CentOS, I just need to figure out how to stop the xserver. So far I would say that with other Distros like Ubuntu, I could just with a click of a button install the graphics driver with the restricted manager. Though I am not that experienced with Fedora, or CentOS, or even OpenSuSE, I can say that I would probably figure it out over time.

Overall I would give this release of Fedora a 3/5 smilies 😀 😀 😀 which is good enough to use for people who are not wanting to use a variety of Linux distributions and just wanted to stay with something less difficult to use.

Pros: Easy to use, works like a charm,

Cons: out of date package manager, does not let you use ‘sudo’ without using ‘su’ first.

I will review Fedora 9 when it comes out though I do hope it has some more innovations that come along with it, especially a better package manager, and a restricted manager.

CentOS 5.0 Review:

Friday, November 9th, 2007

CentOS 5.0 Review

First off, this review isn’t the easiest to do since I have tried so many other distributions before this one: Vector, Xubuntu 6.06 – 6.06.1, Ubuntu 6.06 – 7.10, Fedora 7, OpenSuSE 10.1 – 10.3, and now CentOS. Which if you count all of them up they add up to eleven!

Though I have used so many distributions I have been able to see the good and the bad in all of them. (good, bad)

CentOS was an easy install (1,0). However, I needed to add some kernel options (like noapic, pci=routeirq) to get the system to boot on my laptop (1,1). There were a few nice things that I noticed in this Linux distribution, including: ease of use (2,1), good graphics (3,1), and very good themes (4,1).

One weak point in CentOS is installing Nvidia drivers. I did the manual install from Nvidia and it took a while to find out how to stop (4,2). Booting CentOS is a very slow process without the extra kernel options for my particular computer (4,3).

So far the score is 4 good and 3 bad.

Next on my list of things to talk about is the interface. The interface of CentOS is not unlike any other GNOME desktop. It is always customizable (5,3), easy to look at(6,3), and easy to use(7,3). I mean easy to look at since it doesn’t look boring at all (8,3). Customizable is always a good thing (9,3) and since it’s easy to use, it will be able to bring you the preferred feeling that you have customized it (10,3). The only thing is that the interface if you have used it for a long time without configuring it so that you like can become a little bit boring, (10,4) though if you look at it for a little while you can see that its really almost like the Ubuntu panels (11,4).

Now the score is 11 for good 4 for not so good. I will now rate the ease of use, customizability, and ease to look at: overall a 5/5 on ease of use, 5/5 on customizability, and **3/5** for how the desktop is on the eyes.

Over all the final score on the CentOS is a 24/30. This is exactly 80%.

** Please leave a comment if you wish to comment on the ease of use to look at it. I only gave it a 3/5 because I have used this structure before and I am going to have to change it. **

Timeline for the next few weeks:

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Hello everyone! I have decided to review a lot of Linux distributions over the next few weeks. The first Linux Distro that I am going to review is CentOS 5.0. I have already installed CentOS and the review should come out in the next few days or so, when I have played with it enough.

A few of the Others that I will try are:

  • Mandriva 2008
  • PCLinuxOS (which ever is the stable release at the time)
  • More to come! :)

2007/09/24 2nd Post: Micro camcorder dubbed the ‘world’s smallest’

Monday, September 24th, 2007

From Engadget.

Here is the story of the smallest camcorder in the world. I would think that a price tag of over $200
would not be so great for such a small video camera. As I have heard, the camcorder can hold about 33 hours of video, plus the resolution is one of those low to lower resolution cameras. I have also heard that One (1) charge can hold up to 2 hours of video. The smallest Camcorder can be charged in a usb outlet and is small enough to fit into a pack of juicy fruit gum wrapper. So from what I have heard, I would give it a 2/5 on the technology and a 3/5 on the style. Posted below is the picture of the Camcorder with Juicy Fruit wrapper right beside it.

Micro camcorder dubbed the ‘world’s smallest’

There’s no shortage of “world’s smallest camcorders,” but Spy Gadget’s Micro Camcorder is definitely one of the most diminutive that we’ve seen. Designed to actually slip inside an empty pack of gum, this device features a “one touch record button,” captures video at a less-than-stellar 15fps, holds footage on a microSD card, and can be recharged via USB. Reportedly, users can capture up to 33-hours of low-res video on a 1GB card, and two hours of that can be captured on a single charge. ‘Course, whether or not this all is worth the stiff $295 asking price is certainly debatable.

[Via The Raw Feed]

2007/07/18 How to install Synaptic Package Manager with Yum

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Here is how to install Synaptic Package Manger in yum

1) You need a linux distro that has yum

2) You need to have a window manager

3) open terminal

4) type su (superuser)

5) Type your password

6) Type yum install synaptic

7) wait for the packages to be installed

8) Type the command ‘clear’

9) type into the terminal ‘synaptic’

10) if there are any broken packages then go to  Edit>Fix Broken Packages

Now you have Synaptic Package Manager installed by you in CLi (Command Line) with yum.

2007/06/26 Interview with Tom Dryer on virtualization.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Here is an interview with Tom Dryer who uses an unnamed iming source:

RO: So Tom how do you think that Virtualization is the way of the future?
TD: Virtualization provides many benefits such as security, and intel and amd virtualization tech provide high performance.

RO: How do think that Virtualization could improve?
TD: Virtualization could improve with more memory for virtual machines, kernel level virtualization in linux (KVM), and more processing cores.

RO: Do you like Virtualization as it is now?
TD: I think virtualization is new a fairly new technology that will just get better all the time, although it is very useful now it will get much better.

RO: Anything else you want to say about virtualization?
TD: Everyone should use virtualbox instead of vmware. it is open source plus it is better than the free vmware player that you can download from

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2007/06/11 Virtual Box Problems:

Monday, June 11th, 2007

When I said that the Virtual box was perfect I was only meaning that the Edgy Eft (6.10) was perfect in it…. though when I was putting in the newest Alpha of 7.10 it did not work… if anyone has any solutions, please tell me.

Ryan Orser.

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2007/06/10 Alas an OS

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Too bad that OS is Windows XP Professional I was really hoping for the Ubuntu to come back. :( Anyways, Now that I have My Computer back up and running I have been downloading free and opensource programs such as Pidgin, ClamWin AntiVirus Software for Windows, and Virtual Box (a Virtual Machine Player almost like the VMware.)

Here are the Results of my Reviews that I have done:

Pidgin: Very Nice sleek interface for almost any Client of Instant Messaging. 5/5

Clamwin: Very fast open source windows anti-virus program. it also says that it could find spyware. 5/5

Virtual Box: though I have just started using Virtual Box it seems to be working well. I have installed Ubuntu 6.10 into the Virtual Box Machine and it works perfectly. I give it 5/5!

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2007/05/31 Infrarecorder v.43 Review:

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Well here is another review. This time its on a CD/DVD Recorder and Burner.


  • Nice Sleek Interface.
  • Detects if you can burn DVD Media.
  • lots of Choices.
  • Burns Gparted-.3.4-6.iso in less then 1 M:30 S.


  • None whatsoever.

I would give the Infrarecorder v.43 a big: 5 out of 5 for its well done.
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2007/05/28 TypeFaster-v.0.4.2.exe Review:

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Well here is a review that I have started typing with a progam that is under the GPL v2 of 1991 and so far I have got a range of very useful typing accuracies such as between 92% and 98%. Here are the pro and cons of TypeFaster v0.4.2:


  • Simple user interface.
  • make your own typing lessons.


  • interface gets boring after the first few lessons.

this is a picture from the program:TypeFaster-v0.4.2- program picture

thats all for now.


I would give this typing program a 3/5 since there was almost as much cons as pros.
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