Friday, August 24, 2007

The Bingham Cup 2008

The Bingham Cup 2008

The Emerald Warriors of Dublin have won the right to host the 2008 Bingham Cup, taking out tough opposition from Paris and Sydney, this bi-annual ever is the worlds premier gay rugby tournament.

Endorsed by the IRFU, the competition will take place at the DCU Sports Complex, Dublin from 13-15 June 2008.

The competition includes women’s and men’s rugby. Philip Browne, Chief Executive of the IRFU said: “The Irish Rugby Football Union extends its best wishes and message of support to the Emerald Warriors rugby team and its participation in the Bingham Cup rugby tournament.”

desktop linux users doubled

"Some great news from! They recently revealed the desktop survey results. The facts are there, the number of desktop linux users has doubled the last year!"

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Dilbert & Linux

Friday, August 3, 2007

Ubuntu: an install MUST

Creating a "/home" partition saved me too much greef to keep to myself. Let me explain.

I set up my ubuntu installation with using the manual partition method. By doing this, I was able to make a separate partition on the Hard drive that holds data from all my users.

This data includes:

  • Firefox extensions
  • Thunderbird Settings
  • Pidgin settigs
  • AWN setup
  • Compiz setting tweaks.
  • Wallpaper
  • File manager bookmarks.
  • Podcasts
  • MP3s - Thank you, LORD!

There have been a couple of times, when using experimental software like Beryl or Compiz that the crash leaves me without access to my GUI (graphical user interface).

The reinstallation was done without formatting my /home partition. the Kernel was loaded onto the root partition. I kept my user name and password the same because I wanted to be sure I could log into the system after the install was complete.

ALL MY DATA was saved ! It was wonderful. spending a little bit of time partitioning your hardrive will save you headaches no mater what Operating system you use.
when I rebooted Ubuntu, all my extra programs needed to be installed again. but they all looked to the same hidden folders within my home directory for settings. I opened up firefox, after a clean reinstall, all my plugins, bookmarks, themes, and saved passwords were intact.

Then one flaw was with Automatix. After the reinstall, it had assumed that all the programs and drivers I installed were still on the system. To get passed this, I marked all programs for uninstall. Then, after the uninstall was complete, I could execute another install.

By creating a /home partition, I ensured that I wouldn't loose data in the event of a crippling crash caused by Compiz.
To be fair, in safe mode, in the user prompt, there is a way to revert back to old xorg.conf (graphics driver file). But, for the new Linux user, messing with xorg.conf becomes more of a pain then reinstalling the operating system. Linux Reality provides good beginner support for graphics drivers.

Linux Reality podcast episode on partitioning.

My harddrive
300 gigabyte harddrive. 512 mb of RAM


30 gigs


174 gigs

/swap 1gig

/Ext3 (music/sharefolder)

75 gigs