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BIOS Flash update under linux.

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Linux

I figured it was time to do a BIOS update on one of my main Linux boxes. The MSI NF 980-G65 AMD motherboard came with an AMI BIOS dated September 2009. This MSI motherboard is based on the NVidia NForce 980a chipset, and has built-in NVidia Geforce 8300 video (which I do not use).

Powering up this system has always been a little flaky, requiring a couple of reset-button presses before it would boot into Linux (it would hang at the BIOS splash screen). After boot-up, the system always ran great.

Alright, so on to the BIOS update. MSI has the live update online program which requires, of course, Microsoft Windows, and the Internet Explorer browser. Well, I don't have these on this system, and don't want to put them on it.

In the AMI BIOS setup program, I see the M-Flash option. I try this, but can't get it to work. Some research on the Internet indicates that it's very likely you'll wreck your BIOS using M-Flash anyway, so that's out.

PCLinuxOS 2011 - Preview Graphics

PCLinuxOS 2011 - Preview Graphics - http://goo.gl/il3CG

Thanks to the community members who contributed their ideas, time and talent to produce new artwork for the PCLinuxOS distribution.

Linux Libraries

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Linux

I wish Linux developers who build libraries for Linux would make their new versions backward compatible with the old version. Also wish they would stop changing their library majors. It is a big pain in the ass to have to rebuild source rpm/deb packages simply to relink a package because of a change with the library major. Every time a developer changes their library major, God kills a kitten.

first ticket

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Just talk

I just got my first traffic ticket in years and years. It's been so long that I can't even remember.

Angry Birds for Chrome Browser

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Linux

Just noticed that Angry Birds is now online at http://chrome.angrybirds.com

What next?

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Just talk

Linux was an exciting journey till now. I used Ubuntu Hardy from its inception till the start of New year 2011. The "learning" part was not so great, as i later understood it, and assumed that it was meant for closing the windows and opening the door towards Linux-ification of the world. After pursuit of (slightly) bigger adventures, now I am high and dry.

A Fishy Tale

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Just talk

Not to be taken too seriously/technically, this post tries to make a common man understand what the names resemble.

Mac is like a big aquarium. It is a kind of show-off and sure enuf, increases your charisma in....

Windows is like a bucket half filled with water. The bucket is some micro-particles-containing soft material. Initially, you are sorta content...

Linux is like an ocean. Water keeps coming from the rivers, and there are a lot of rivers around. There is much to see if you want to, while...

storming

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Site News

A bad thunderstorm is rolling in. Anyone wanna bet me how long before the lights go out?

Yep, there go the tornado warning sirens...

Downtime

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Site News

Hey, some may have noticed that we've been offline for a bit. We experienced some rather bad storms the other night and many lost electrical service. That includes me and tuxmachines. It's back on now and hopefully the predicted storms tonight won't knock us offline again.

Gnome3 is a YES

I wanted to check out Gnome3 on my own, in spite of the wide range of reviews [or because of them!]

Found: faster boot, running with fewer resources, smooth operation...

Mageia 1 Alpha2 -- A Status Report

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Linux

On September 18, 2010, in response to Mandriva's liquidation of its “Edge-IT” subsidiary and the attendant layoff of a substantial share of its developers, a group consisting of former Mandriva developers and Mandriva community contributers announced their intention to form a non-profit organization and release a fork of Mandriva Linux called Mageia Linux.

How is the Mageia 1 release shaping up? This status report takes a look at Mageia Linux 1 Alpha 2 release (updated daily), from a KDE-user perspective.

Looking for help to bring a new app to the world

Aloha folks,

For those programmers, packagers, etc... who might be looking to help on a new project, maybe you will find this interesting.

motherboard

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Site News

Sorry for the delay in getting started today. I got up this morning and my work machine was not going to work no more. I'm back up now and will update the site as soon as I can.

More Hardware troubles

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Just talk

Well, it's not been my month for hardware. Or rather, had I fixed it right the first time...

PCLinuxOS on the BBC

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Linux

I was happy to see PCLinuxOS get promoted on the BBC. Below is a link to the video posted on their website. I was told it also appeared on TV so yaaa!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9394434.stm

Mandriva Linux 2011TP (Tech Preview) - Quick Look

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Reviews

After laying-off a significant portion of its employees, is Mandriva going to remain a viable distribution? While many distros, including Mandriva, are furiously working on their Spring 2011 releases, Mandriva announced a two-week slip from their previously announced release dates. As a compensation, Mandriva gathered up its packages from its 2011 development repositories (called "Cooker"), and released a pre-alpha 2011 TP (Technology Preview) iso. The coming Alpha version is due to be released February 14 with Alpha2 slated to be released February 28. So, here's a quick report on the Technology Preview release, and how things are shaping up.

gave it up

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Just talk

Well, folks, she died on me. That failing hard drive finally gave up the ghost, so things will be a bit slow around Tuxmachines today.

Best Hard Drives?

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Linux

I think my hard drive is going out. It's been a while since I bought one. I used to really like Maxtor, but I think they were bought out. By who? I bought a Western Digital a couple years ago and it didn't last too long. So, what are your opinions of the best, as in sturdy, dependable, and long lasting, hard drives today?

Damn you Kubuntu

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Linux

I've been chugging along happily using Sabayon for about six months or so, but once again, the urge to update to the latest and greatest bit me on my asterisks.

Pandora FMS 3.2 has been released.

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News

After several months of developing and testing and two release canditates (RC1 and RC2) Pandora FMS 3.2 has been published.

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