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So you have taken the time to creatively come up with a clever domain name for your site.  Next step you take the time to register your domain name or names.  After you register them you have to remember when the expire and when to renew so those evil domain squatters don’t steal you hard fought domain name.  Well The Linux Gazette has a great article on how to prevent domain squatters from taking your domain and how to track when your domain registration expires including the domain-check Perl script to do the tracking for you.  Well worth the read to keep your domain name.

I downloaded the live dvd of Sabayon Linux version 3.2, x86_64 flavor, a close variation of Gentoo Linux, and giving it a go. When you boot from the DVD you have a choice installing from the DVD or you can run it as a live DVD. I ran it first as a live DVD and it looked interesting although the choice of applications is extremely limited and I was disappointed by this shortcoming. So I decided to do an install.

The installation was relatively painless with few choices to make so you pretty much let it do what it is going to do. You do get to choose between at least four desktops to install, Gnome, KDE, Fluxbox, XFCE and Enlightenment. I choose KDE. I did, however, change the grub installation since I have many distributions on my computer so it would not overwrite my grub file. This came back to haunt me. For some reason it chose to overwrite my grub file any way and I lost access to my other distributions. Unhappy Christmas for me. Not really a big deal for I just put my Fedora Core 6 DVD in and set it to Linux rescue and reinstalled grub, but something I really think should not have happened in the first place.

I have not been playing with it for long but it is missing a few or my prime use tools and programs. Like Firefox and Thunderbird and no xine or mplayer. Although you have to remember that it is based on Gentoo so you have to emerge everything you want and the takes sometime.

The default desktop is clean and attractive. However the beryl desktop manager does not seem to work properly even though there was a choice to enable desktop acceleration on installation but this seems to have failed an I will have to look into the problem in more depth. The menu set up is quite different from other distributions and will take some getting use to.

So that it was I am doing now. Hopefully I will post some more impressions on this distribution when I have time.

Fare and Fair

Posted: November 30, 2006 in fun stuff, Linux How Toś

In an earlier post I was rereading the post and came across the word fair. Now I was not sure if I should use fair or fair. Well it turned out that fare was the word I was looking for but for such small words they have huge definitions. According to Dictionary.com fair has a gaggle of meanings:

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1)Cite This Source fair1/fɛər/ Pronunciation KeyShow Spelled Pronunciation[fair] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation adjective, -er, -est, adverb, -er, -est, noun, verb

–adjective

1. free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
2. legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight.
3. moderately large; ample: a fair income.
4. neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health.
5. marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising: in a fair way to succeed.
6. Meteorology.

a. (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy.
b. (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
7. Nautical. (of a wind or tide) tending to aid the progress of a vessel.
8. unobstructed; not blocked up: The way was fair for our advance.
9. without irregularity or unevenness: a fair surface.
10. free from blemish, imperfection, or anything that impairs the appearance, quality, or character: Her fair reputation was ruined by gossip.
11. easy to read; clear: fair handwriting.
12. of a light hue; not dark: fair skin.
13. pleasing in appearance; attractive: a fair young maiden.
14. seemingly good or sincere but not really so: The suitor beguiled his mistress with fair speeches.
15. courteous; civil: fair words.
16. Medicine/Medical. (of a patient’s condition) having stable and normal vital signs and other favorable indicators, as appetite and mobility, but being in some discomfort and having the possibility of a worsening state.
17. Dialect. scarcely; barely: It was just fair daylight when we started working.

–adverb

18. in a fair manner: He doesn’t play fair.
19. straight; directly, as in aiming or hitting: He threw the ball fair to the goal.
20. favorably; auspiciously.
21. British, Australian. entirely; completely; quite: It happened so quickly that it fair took my breath away.

–noun

22. Archaic. something that is fair.
23. Archaic.

a. a woman.
b. a beloved woman.

–verb (used with object)

24. to make the connection or junction of (surfaces) smooth and even.
25. Shipbuilding.

a. to draw and adjust (the lines of a hull being designed) to produce regular surfaces of the correct form.
b. to adjust the form of (a frame or templet) in accordance with a design, or cause it to conform to the general form of a hull.
c. to restore (a bent plate or structural member) to its original form.
d. to align (the frames of a vessel under construction) in proper position.
26. to bring (rivet holes in connecting structural members) into perfect alignment.
27. Obsolete. to make fair.

28. fair off or up, South Midland and Southern U.S.. (of the weather) to clear: It’s supposed to fair off toward evening.

29. fair to middling, Informal. only tolerably good; so-so.
30. bid fair, to seem likely: This entry bids fair to win first prize.
31. fair and square,

a. honestly; justly; straightforwardly: He won the race fair and square.
b. honest; just; straightforward: He was admired for being fair and square in all his dealings.

[Origin: bef. 900; ME; OE fæger; c. OS, OHG fagar, ON fagr, Goth fagrs]

 

and it continues. Of course that is the wrong fair. I wanted this fare:

fare/fɛər/ Pronunciation KeyShow Spelled Pronunciation[fair] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation noun, verb, fared, far‧ing.

–noun

1. the price of conveyance or passage in a bus, train, airplane, or other vehicle.
2. a person or persons who pay to be conveyed in a vehicle; paying passenger.
3. a person who hires a public vehicle and its driver.
4. food; diet: hearty fare.
5. something offered to the public, for entertainment, enjoyment, consumption, etc.: literary fare.
6. Archaic. state of things.

–verb (used without object)

7. to experience good or bad fortune, treatment, etc.; get on: He fared well in his profession.
8. to go; turn out; happen (used impersonally): It fared ill with him.
9. to go; travel.
10. to eat and drink: They fared sumptuously.

[Origin: bef. 1000; ME faren, OE faran; c. G fahren, ON fara, Goth faran; akin to emporium, port5, pram2]

and that definition continues.

What I do like is this little statement at the end:

Regional Note: American folk speech puts Standard English to shame in its wealth of words for describing weather conditions. When the weather goes from fair to cloudy, New Englanders say that it’s “breedin’ up a storm” (Maine informant in the Linguistic Atlas of New England). If the weather is clear, however, a New Englander might call it open. Southern fair off and fair up, meaning “to become clear,” were originally Northeastern terms and were brought to the South as settlement expanded southward and westward. They are now “regionalized to the South,” according to Craig M. Carver, author of American Regional Dialects. These phrases may have prompted the coining of milding and milding down, noted respectively in Texas and Virginia by the Dictionary of American Regional English.

Leave it up to us to mess with the English language.

I have been asked many times why I run Linux and how to go about installing and using it. Well the why will have to wait, but, for the how, I can give you some good resources to get you going. There is Linux from Scratch which is a really in depth resource for using Linux. Then there is Linux Basics which is very good site that is beginner friendly. They are even offering a free Linux course an Introduction to Linux basics that will be starting October 19.

There is also The Linux Tutorial which has lots of tutorials of course and a large knowledge base of information. Linux Questions is a large forum of users and experts that are always there to help regardless of what distribution that you chose. Another site for help and tutorials is Linux Survival. This site is java based so you need a java capable browser such as Firefox.
If you need help deciding which distribution to use the best resource is Distrowatch. Oh, and let us not forget Google, it is a great resource for linux. Go get your self a distribution and give it a whirl. When you get your distribution have a look at this site for all the software that you will want when you are beginning your odyssey into Linux.

You will not regret the power, convenience, and ease of use in the distributions of today. You will also not have to deal with the evil DRM (digital rights management) that is so invasive in the newest offerings from Microsoft and Apple, but that is another story.

Have fun.