Archive for October 2008

If you run a full Linux distribution on your desktop or laptop, you might have wished for a faster, lighter system when you did not need all the functionality. SliTaz might be the solution. I’ve been able to perform a frugal setup of this tiny distro with Ubuntu, without a dedicated partition.

Normally, I’d recommend Damn Small Linux. I recently discovered SliTaz and found it to be

  1. lighter (28mb instead of 50mb)
  2. more modern (runs Linux kernel 2.6 instead of 2.4)
  3. easier to set up (just two files to copy)

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Normally, CrossOver costs $40-$70. For one day only on October 28th, CodeWeavers will be giving away their software for free, complete with technical support.

In July, CodeWeavers launched the Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge to encourage President Bush to make the most of his remaining days in office by accomplishing a major economic or political goal by January 20, 2009. Due to an unexpected success on the part of Mr. Bush, every American (no, anyone) can now have CrossOver software for free.

To get the software, just visit the CoveWeavers website tomorrow for a promotion code. CrossOver is a commercial Wine-based distribution that lets Mac OS X and Linux users run Windows programs.

On Broadway and 116th Street…

Woman A: Hey where d’ya get your ears pierced? I’d like to get mine pierced.
Woman B: There might be a place nearby… but are you sure?
Woman A: Yeah, I found these adorable earrings online and…
[B removes her earring, grabs A by the earlobe, and punches the blunt needle through in one fluid stroke.]
Woman A: … hey, wait, what?
Woman B: It’s done. Now turn around.
Woman A: … ow! Whoa, thanks.

AMD just released a version of its proprietary video driver fglrx that works with the new Xorg 7.4. This is just in time for the release of Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), so AMD video users should not have any trouble upgrading to or installing Ubuntu 8.10. In general, those who had been plagued by problems involving fglrx should find this release useful.

[bug entry at Launchpad] [via Ubuntu Forums]