Friday, September 30, 2005

Inconsistency

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This is the story.

Few days ago one of my friends wanted to use a case-insensitive file system under GNU/Linux. Neither he nor I felt like Samba at that time. So he asked me to produce a FAT32 (because things were easy) by resizing his Swap.

I just did a swapoff, used parted to resize the partition and created a new one, changed the ID to FAT32. Then I did a mkswap and a swapon on the Swap to activate swapping back. After that I used mkfs.vfat –F 32 to create a FAT32. I also edited fstab to set uid=xxx,gid=xxx,umask=xxx, and fat=32,owner as mount options. Issued mount –a. Everything was done.

To test I created a file called “test” by touch. Did a ls –hal. Things were fine. Then I used vi TeST, entered some gibberish and saved it. Did another ls –hal. Oops! I got problems. The file was now named TeST.

So I thought maybe I should create the file system using DOS. I grabbed my UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD v 3.3), booted from FreeDOS, did a formatting. Got back to Linux and followed the testing a few times with a different file names, like sss. Yes! I got it this time. So I handed the system back to my friend and thought he would live happily ever after.

Few hours passed seamlessly. Then I found my friend looking at me startled. When I got back to his system I did a test again. No way! The file qqq turned into QqQ. Same things (working fine – not working – working fine – not working) kept happening for several times until we called it a finish.

That’s it. Anyway my friend found things up to the mark. So things got sorted out. But one thing I dislike is when software act inconsistently like that. Maybe afterall it was because VFAT was case-preserving even when it was case-insensitive. But, then why it worked fine sometimes. I’ll look in to it later.

As for me I’m living happily ever after in real world and in cyber world. Well, that was until my friend started bugging me regarding Samba sometime later.
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My Light in Hard Times

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Another wonderful morning (yesterday) with Nadee. I really don't know how to tell how much she means to me. Her caring and love keeps me up and working.

Do I sound like I'm through a hard time? Well then, I'm not. I'm busy these days. Yes, I mean it. But I'm really smiling and working. I feel very alive, not worn-out. These are the greatest days in my life. All because of the Happiness you bring to me, Nadee.

Nadee, I just can't express how much you mean to me. All I can say is ....,

I love you.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Taprobane GNU/Linux - A Linux Distribution from Sri Lanka

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Few days ago DistroWatch Announced the release of Taprobane GNU/Linux. This is a live CD distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux created by developers of LKLUG (Lanka Linux User Group). Now it has it's own profile page at DistroWatch.

Its really good to see a good Linux distribution from Sri Lanka. The featured release 0.4.1 has several interesting features. According to the DistroWatch announcement it has "X.Org 6.8.2; official NVIDIA driver support out of the box; KDE 3.4.1; OpenOffice.org 2; Linux 2.6.12.4; SquashFS and Unionfs; Apache, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Zope, started and stopped from the K-menu; excellent hotplug support; saving data to persistent media; educational software such as Stellarium and Octave."

Here are some other links related to Taprobane GNU/Linux
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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Longing to Read

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For your information, I bought copies of "Fellowship of the Ring", "Two Towers" and "Return of the King" paperback new reset edition from Harper-Collins at the Colombo International Book Fair(CIBF) last week. Since then I tried to read them. I am glad to announce that I finally managed to reach page 40 day before yesterday.

Wondering I'm a real spoiler? Not really. I think I can start properly reading tonight. Last few days were eventful. Few days for ripping packages of a Debian box and fiddling with Netfilter/IPTables (Yeah, I'm thankful about apt-get and debfoster) and a nice weekend with Nadee. Then again IPTables. Did I mention that I was at LinuxQuestions.org all the time as usual?

Well 'there and back again', I'm quite back to normal (even after the bad cold I had).
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

A Beginning

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At last I've decided to start blogging, too. Await postings from me. I'm also going to use this blog as my on-line diary.

I shall blog my vision and expressions as well as technological & technical stuff. Once in a while you'll be able to read a poem, too.

At this time one can expect to hear about a variety of topics from this blog. Please see my profile to find out what are my interests. For sure expect to see about FOSS and Computers.
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