Sunday, June 29, 2008

Fedora 9 & Acer Aspire 5572 ZWXMi with encrypted file systems

This HOWTO is listed at
TuxMobil - Linux on Laptops, Notebooks, PDAs and Mobile Phones

A year has passed since installing Ubuntu Feisty on my Acer Aspire 5572 notebook and it was about time to try something new. With recent Linux distributions a lot of manual configuration tasks are not necessary anymore and things became even easier. There is no big difference between installing Ubuntu Feisty or a current Hardy on this laptop, except with Hardy almost everything works out of the box. But I wanted to try something different and I wanted encrypted file systems which are easy to set up. Fedora 9 has those features so I gave it a try. (Of course this would be possible, too with Ubuntu, but Fedora comes with an installer which handles file system encryption very nicely.) So here's my HOWTO on installing Fedora 9 with encrypted file systems on an Acer Aspire 5572 ZWXMi notebook.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

sidux 2008.02 "erebos" released!

Since yesterday the new sidux release "erebos" is available! As sidux follows a rolling release cycle you can always update your running sidux to the latest release via regular dist-upgrades. erebos comes with kernel 2.6.25.9 and KDE 3.5.9, all software is up to date as of Debian sid on June 25th. You can read the full release notes here.
If you want to use "smxi", the sidux maintenance script, you have to install it manually because it is not part of "sidux-scripts" anymore. Read this post on sidux forum for more info. To install smxi follow h2's advise and run as root:
cd /usr/local/bin; wget techpatterns.com/smxi.zip; unzip smxi.zip
rm /usr/local/bin/smxi.zip