recovering /boot

it came about that i lost my /boot directory on my workpc (rm -rf /boot) and while it is definetly not an experience one would like to reproduce, i did learn a couple of things on how to recover /boot

first of all, thanks to thomasj, Southern_Gentlem et al of #fedora on for their help. and now we begin.

ensure that your boot partition is mounted on /boot. if the installation used the default setting then the command would be

  mount /dev/sda1 /boot

enabling faster smaller downloads for yum via deltarpms

some time back, upper management at where i work, decided to migrate all our servers to SLES. i then made the decision to move my personal machines to opensuse, the opensource base of SLES, to become familiar with SUSE's administration tools and methodologies. i have since moved back to fedora but there was one feature that i loved and wished was in fedora: deltarpms

rpmfusion.repo for fedora's yum

rpmfusion is a merger of 3 other repos. the main objective is to provide software that for some reason or other Fedora cannot offer like mp3 codecs.

rpmfusion provides 2 main repositiories as mentioned in their Founding Principles page:

skype.repo for fedora's yum

one of the beautiful features about linux is its capability to have software repositories. and that is in the plural and includes official and non-official repositories which may include 3rd party software. these can also include free commercial software as well as FLOSS software. this article has the skype.repo attached for immediate use

getting vodafone mobile connect (vmc) card working with fedora 10

yes it works. yes its open source and no, its not supported by vodafone. 

had to get that out from the very start so ppl can know. the how  follows.

go to the vmc project page and download the appropriate rpm for your distro (thats fedora). i downloaded the version 2 rpm and installed it via

post installation - installing applications

as soon as i install a fedora machine, i immediately install my favourite apps. since i have done it quite a bit recently, i wrote myself a list of yum and rpm commands that i copy and paste into konsole as root


installing Fedora Linux remotely

I am not the original author, I got the original from the FedoraForums but I am reposting this  as an update, expanding as well as to clarifying on some points.

So, to start off, the whole process involves 3 machines: the source server at; the machine you are installing fedora linux on which we will call the vnc server and finally, the machine that you will view the install on remotely, which we will call the vnc client.

getting windows mobile 6 working with fedora 10

Its been a while since i used synce. never did get it to sync my WinCE phone as I found an easier method to sync my pda. actually i found two:

  1. funambol
  2. mail2web

Unfortunately, mail2web which is/was my primary sync source is now upgrading to Exchange 2007 and with it the EULA with Microsoft. This means the service is no longer free. So a revisit to synce began.

disabling msn messenger spam in pidgin

ok. it finally bothered me enough to go look for a solution.

the problem? msn messenger spam. i would be browsing the net and get a new msn message but not from a buddy. and i started getting something like 10 a day. which is quite a lot of people to block manually.

disabling PackageKit permanently

PackageKit is that annoying pop up that shows up when you log in to your Desktop. Problem is that it creates a lock on the yum database and you cant really stop it short of killing it. I personally don't like it because on my connection PackageKit can take a while to download whatever it is downloading and release the lock. Also, sometimes , I yum install something and then want to install a second package but can't coz hey there is a lock.


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