The ramblings of a Linux geek

Sep 2, 2009 - 7 minute read - Comments - Linux

Karmic Koala (2.6.31 kernel) and ATI Catalyst 9.7

Welcome Back!

This is no longer required. ATI has released 9.10 for Karmic Koala users!

I recently decided I wanted to try to upgrade to Karmic Koala to test the “alpha” release that Ubuntu has out there and realized that the ATI drivers don’t support the 2.6.31 kernel.  When you google, you will invariably be sent to this bug report which does in fact explain the problem but doesn’t really give you a step by step on how to fix it.  I missed it at first (even though it is perfectly logical), and ended up reloading Jaunty in frustration.  After a few days I tried to give it another go and this time I figured it out.

Aug 27, 2009 - 4 minute read - Comments - Linux

Quick Update – New System

Hello there!

I know you guys were hoping for a full nice fancy review of my new system this week, but unfortunately it’s taking me a little longer than I expected to buy me the new games :).  I have my hands on Fallout 3 and Crysis, will hopefully get myself soon Crysis: Warhead and Left 4 Dead.  However, as of now I have been entirely unsuccessful at getting Crysis to run in Cedega (7.0), CXGames, or Wine properly.  I am still looking at the “how-to’s” on the web of people that have gotten this to work but I am extremely un-hopeful with that one.

Aug 17, 2009 - 5 minute read - Comments - Linux

New Computer, On the way!

Welcome Back

So for a few weeks now I have been trying to get the wife to let me get a new gaming desktop :).  When I first started looking at them newegg had an awesome motherboard/cpu combo that ended up with essentially a free motherboard.  Unfortunately, by the time I was able to purchase my new computer that combo deal was gone so I ended up paying more than I had hoped.. but I still think I did good for the computer I will be getting.

Jul 10, 2009 - 11 minute read - Comments - Firewalls Linux

Do you have an old PC you don’t use?

** I have now reviewed the pfSense firewall here.

Hello again!  Up until a few days ago I secured my home DSL broadband network with the IPCOP 1.4 firewall.  I do like IPCOP and it was fun and easy to use.. especially when you add all the addons (which are of course unsupported) that you may want.  Keep in mind that, while Linux based, everything is managed through a web interface, just like any Netgear/Linksys router.  Now, I do believe in the KISS principal on security.  A server/box should be what it is and nothing more.  A firewal should be a firewall, proxy a proxy, mail server a mail server, etc.  The more you combine into one machine the more chance multiple applications/systems can become compromised.

Jun 14, 2009 - 5 minute read - Comments - Linux

Android! (NITDroid)

Hello to All!!

So, recently I decided I wanted to get an android phone.  With the release of the Palm Pre and it’s WebOS it sparked me into considering a touch-screen smart phone again.  The last time I looked at these the iPhone was the only real contender, and considering I *despise* Apple and several of it’s business strategies (for example: here), I never really cared to look at it.

May 31, 2009 - 4 minute read - Comments - Linux


Recently I’ve been going through some of the free Linux games to see what ones I liked. Two of them I have come across are “Battle for Wesnoth” and “Savage 2”.