in an earlier article i mentioned i would write 4 articles on repositories (repo). 1 each on skype, rpmfusion, adobe and the last, this one, on google. the previous 3 had mixed reactions. the most successful being adobe.repo while the least was rpmfusion, probably because that repo is the most famous. so for completeness only, i am adding google.repo.

getting vodafone mobile connect (vmc) card working with fedora 11

finally! i got the vmc card up and running on fedora 11. if you are reading this it probably means you tried my previous article and it failed on python(abi) version 2.5 being missed. so how did i do it? well, just read on.

first of all, download the following 2 packages:

banning package installations

i recently decided to take a stand against mono and all the programs that use mono and c sharp as a dependency.

the reasons i took the decision were basically that i felt mono was invading the gnome desktop. and i am not too sure what is going on over at novell for me to be absolutely confortable with mono, moonlight et al

so how did i take the stand? as per 'man yum.conf', i configure yum not to download anything with mono or sharp in its name. the end result was a new line in /etc/yum.conf

  exclude=mono* *sharp*

adobe.repo for fedora's yum

adobe is of course known as the makers of flash. that little plugin to the browser so you can view flash is also from adobe. by adding adobe's repo to your machine, you will automatically update the flash plugin whenever you update your system and updates are available.there are 2 ways to add the repo. the first is by manually visiting and on the "get adobe plugin" page you select "yum for linux" instead of rpm. or you enter the following command:

permanently, and i do mean permanently, remove PackageKit

in a previous article, i wrote about how to disable PackageKit permanently. unfortunately, that turned out to be a per user preference and not a system-wide setting.

so, this time round, i decided to stop it once and for all. i was advised in #fedora on to remove PackageKit.
the command is:
    yum erase PackageKit

this will tell you the following dependencies will also be removed:

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


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