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Another step in the history of sidux. Third release in relatively short history of this splendid Linux distro. What can I say?

I think that sidux is simply brilliant piece of engineer work. I am running it on both my computers after a relatively long period of looking for a right for me Linux flavor.

It looks good and works even better. Community is also strong point of sidux – people gathered there are not only helpful but most of all knowledgeable. One can find an answer to most of ones Linux connected questions by simply searching on Forum or taking a look into fantastic Manual or last but not least – on sidux-Wiki (check the links!).

You can also find direct help very often  from sidux developers or other high-skilled sidux-fans here – on sidux-IRC..

One way or another – if you not only want to “run Linux”…. (he he – it seems it’s more and more “in”…or “cool”, isn’t it? 😉  ) – but also LEARN Linux and how your computer actually works – try sidux – you will not only get fully functioning, modern Debian based Linux – but also help from real professionals.

It’s not easy to convince me to be a fan of anything – sidux managed to make it.

Try it – you will find out that I do not exaggerate.

Best wishes to all – and one more time – Big Thank You to sidux-folk from,

tami 🙂

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Yesterday the first preview of an upcoming 3rd release of sidux 2007-03 “Γαῖα” have been released. Forums are busy – and it seems that the full-featured release of sidux “Γαῖα” will be as worth of trying as the previous ones 🙂

IMHO sidux is not only worth trying but also worth maintaining. The reasons for it are simple:

1. It is Debian Sid

2. It is made by professionals

3 It’s relatively easy to maintain – you do not need to reinstall every 6th month (under two conditions though – that you will keep the fast pace of upgrading distro every day 😉 – the script by h2 – called now smxi – will be your best friend and that you will read warnings on sidux forum – where you can also find the best help available around.)

4. It’s fast, stable (yes – this flavor of Sid is stable), fresh and…hmmm… as friendly as Γαῖα should be…

The best recommendation I could give is that it is installed as THE ONLY operating system on both of my machines for soon 1/2 year now. Even my PCLinuxOS addicted husband had to admit lately that the best rescue LiveCD is… sidux…he he…

Handy links for newcomers:

sidux forum

sidux manual

download link 1 (http) and download link 2 (ftp) – (if you are new to Linux – wait for the stable release – which is to come in 2-3 weeks!)

and last but not least – splendid help-tool => smxi script by h2 (besides – his back-up script – rd-h2.sh – is as brilliant as smxi… Big thanks! )

All of the best and have fun with sidux,

tami

“Obligatory” screenshot – this is how sidux can also look – here with fvwm-crystal window manager.

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The best news of the day! 🙂 The new release of sidux – Debian Sid based distro is out today.

I am using it on my desktop since first release – it’s running smooth, without any glitches. It’s the first distro I do not have problems with my old ATI Rage graphic card, my “ancient” DVD drive and CDROM. I could also connect and use! my Lexmark 3 in 1 printer here. Connecting camera (Cannon PS 2 IS) is a breeze, the same with external hard drive.The best of all is possibility to maintain distro up-to-date through regular upgrades without necessity to reinstall it with each new release. The script by h2 is making it safe and easy – under the condition that you check regularly upgrade warnings 😉 and do not upgrade if apt-get wants to remove something.

This flavor of Linux is also looking very well – the developers provide lite version of KDE (easy to expand through apt-get). Not being a fan of neither KDE nor Gnome, I have to admit that the version of KDE provided by sidux is nice and I am using it!

A s mentioned earlier you do not have to reinstall to keep the distro up-to-date. My desktop is “Τάρταρος” now :). But, as I promised before – I plan to install it also on my laptop. I will keep you inform of the results soon.

Anyway – once again – if you plan to “move” to Linux, you are not afraid of learning or you are tired of constant re-installations 😉 – and you want to have fast, reliable OS and newest software – try “hot and spicy” sidux. It’s worth it!

tami

sidux with urxvt

Wallpaper – the newest sidux Chilli wallpaper by Cathbard, KDE – simple, clean – a bit surrealistic – look 😉

What about “one-liners” at the beginning…?I think they are great wink …small “programs” making your life so much easier…

My real “adventure” with Linux has started from little program called: conky (available from repositories of all main Linux distributions!)

conky has very easy to edit configuration file…

You can change it’s behaviour instantly – and it can show you nearly everythig you want to know about your computer (& not only…) just right in front of you – on your desktop.

It can also show you the weather forcast, time, titles of the song played currently by your computer and even – predict your future…LOL – displaying fortune cookies. Isn’t it great…?cool

…but seriously – “tweaking” conky is a very good exercise to learn that you can (with the tme…) change the behaviour of your computer – adjusting it to your needs…

Here’s my configuration file (.conkyrc which you simply can save in /home/<yourusername>/.conkyrc ).

conkyrc

Important: in my file I am using mpd (music daemon), fortune and cowthink (fortune cookies program…and funny drawings in command linetongue_out), and pymetar(python program displaying weather) and pom (from BSD games) – those programs are usualy available (under those or similiar names) from repositories – currently I am running Debian but I checked that the set up is possible under Zenwalk and various derivatives of Ubuntu.

Here’s how it looks:conky

Enjoy!

tami 🙂

I was looking for the right way to find the PID of zombie process for quite a long time. Unfortunately most of the good advices found on the net (mostly on different distro’s forums) were not working.

So – I was really glad to come across this article:

Peanut Linux

yesterday. There is a lot more tips there than just finding “zombie”. Take a look!

But for folk in a hurry, here is the quote from the article:

“If you have any ‘zombie’ processes, do this to remove them.

~# ps x
koo

~# pstree -p
foo(346)-+-boo(350)—koo(357)

~# kill -9 350

You don’t have to go all the way back unless you want to,
just kill the parent of the zombie process, not the parent
of the parent.”

Now – few tips from tami (for the beginners like me ;):

-the lines after [~#] you are to type in the terminal/console

– the output of the first command (ps -x) will give you the pid of “zombie”

– the output of the second command will show you “the tree” of processes where you can find “the parent” of your “zombie” – the clue is to kill the parent…Sounds awful, doesn’t it? ;)…LOL But this is the true! “The parent” is the process which is higher in the tree…

Now to something really important – if you do not know exactly what “parent” is responsible for… or as it was in my case – the parent was window manager…lol – the best way is to logout or – even to reboot…instead of killing process…at least according to my little knowledge 🙂

Anyway – afterwards you can take a closer look at “the parent” – usually something is wrong with the process, fi. it can be a mistake in configuration file…

Happy hunting,

tami 😀

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