open source

Chalk, Cheese

Two sides to the same story: Linspire are releasing a freely-available, freely-distributable, community-led, Debian-based Linux distribution (sound familiar?) to be called Freespire. Linspire’s edge is that they will distribute non-free drivers, such as for nVidia or ATi graphics cards, as part of the core distribution, and not from optional repositories a la Ubuntu. Jono Bacon, […]

Planet OpenVAS

Planet OpenVAS is open for business!

New Location for Clan #lugradio Maps

The Clan #lugradio Maps site has been updated with new download locations for the maps, and a shell script to assist Linux users (and Windows users running Cygwin I suppose) in keeping their clan maps up-to-date. The script defaults to downloading to ~/.etwolf/etmain, so if you’ve changed that from the default, make sure that is […]

Google Pack

At last, someone at Google has realised something that I and others have known about for ages: it takes ages to install applications on Windows because everything is disparate and has its own installer. On Ubuntu, I can fire up a simple Add Applications applet which allows me to browse a selection of apps of […]

LUGRadio Mirror

I’ve finally resurrected my domain by re-registering it with Why didn’t I use, my regular registrar of over five years? Because godaddy also have some insanely cheap hosting — US$37/yr for 5GB of storage and 250GB of transfer a month. That’s riduculously cheap. So what am I going to do with all […]

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Crap. I love blogging, but sometimes I just zone out and forget all about it. So it’s time for another CramBlogEntryDuNeuro™ … november > new car > dj’ed (!) at john and sabrina‘s wedding > videoisland died > december > firefox 1.0 > rediscovered celestia > blagged myself a free iPod mini (a gold one, […]

Here, There, and Back Again

Quick entry before I head off to work. Yeah, to work, I’m no longer working from home. Most people who know me know this already, but I left SmoothWall Ltd. last month to work in sysadmin at Lumison, formerly edNET, an Edinburgh-based ISP. As my post to the SmoothWall community says, it was just a […]

Full of Sound and Fury

Macbeth, Act V, Scene III: “It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing.” DaimlerChrysler Corporation’s Reply Brief in Support of its Motion for Summary Disposition: “At bottom, SCO’s arguments, though full of sound and fury, serve only to demonstrate that summary disposition should be granted.” The […]


I haven’t been blogging much lately, so I haven’t tapped out some of the stuff I’ve been up to. One of those things was to sit two (cheap) Linux Professional Institute exams in the middle of last month. Net Resources through in Edinburgh were getting themselves organised to be the first LPI certification exam provider […]

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