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The Virtual Playground

The April issue of Linux Format (#117) has an excellent tutorial on Qemu. It demonstrates how to use Qemu to run various operating systems in a virtual environment. This is quite nice but as emulators go, Qemu is rather slow. If you use it, I would strongly recommend using the companion program kqemu. This will ...

My Linux Netbook Expectations 1

I have taken the plunge and pre-ordered a TouchBook from AlwaysInnovating. Those of you following my articles will ask “Why?” Didn’t you say that these gadgets were overpriced? Yes, I did and yes, it is. If I wait a year it will be cheaper, improved and the software will no longer be “beta.” So why? ...

LiveCD vs LiveUSB vs USB Install

In a previous article I mentioned that a livecd image booted from a USB flash drive is not the same as a Linux distribution installed to a flash drive. This article will explore that idea in a a little more detail. There is a website, pendrivedrivelinux.com, that contains numerous tutorials on how to create a ...

Easy ISO Handling

ISO 9660 The ISO 9660 standard was developed over 20 years ago. It is the official standard for CD-ROM. A physical CD conforming to the standard can be read by any CD-ROM drive in any OS and if it happens to be a music CD, it will play in any CD player.  The file extension ...

The Amazing Puppy

Lightweight Distributions A lightweight distribution is one that requires minimal memory and fewer system resources. Some popular examples are Damn Small Linux, Knoppix, and Puppy. There are several reasons that you might want to have one or more of these handy. A previous article discussed using Knoppix as a rescue disk. Let’s consider a few ...

A Quick Look at KDE 4

A controversial (see all the comments)  article on tuxmachines.org caught my interest. It was another salvo in the never ending GNOME vs. KDE war. In the past I have tried out KDE and decided that, for me, it was okay but I preferred the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) philosophy behind the GNOME desktop. The ...

Knoppix to the rescue

Knoppix has released version 6 of their “small” distribution. You can find a download link here. As you know, Knoppix was either the first or amongst the first to be available as a livecd. It was soon apparent that the livecd could be used as a rescue disk. With the proper programs installed the livecd ...

Book Review – Ubuntu Pocket Guide

Keir Thomas is a computer book author. Most of his books center on Ubuntu about which he exhibits considerable expertise. He has done something a little unusual. He has written a small (around 150 pages) handbook for Ubuntu. The unusual thing is that he is giving away the pdf ebook version for FREE! The idea ...