preupgrading to fedora10

the word is out CAMBRIDGE is out. and this is how you use preupgrade to upgrade to fedora 10.

   yum -y update


mv  releases.txt /usr/share/preupgrade/releases.list


configuring pidgin to communicate with gtalk behind the firewall

the firewall dudes closed off meebo and now i dont have access to gtalk or msn .. or do i?

a quick search on google led me to this wonderful article:Pidgin and Gtalk behind a firewall

Using KDM as a desktop manager

ok so i reinstalled fedora9 and everything was cool but then i wanted to install lotus notes 8 and while doing so i installed gnome and gnome uses gdm. using gdm doesnt allow for on the fly user switching or so i believe. which means i had to go back to kdm.

i found the solution here, which also provides a sample of /etc/sysconfig/desktop

Lotus Notes 8 on Fedora - redux

it came about that i had to reinstall fedora9 on my workpc.

this meant that my workpc record of upgrading from fedora core 6 to fedora7 to fedora8 and finally to fedora9 was shot. this also meant i had to reinstall lotus notes 8 again.

but dint want to run giving me backtrace errors. analysing the problem, i felt it came down to 2 major problems:

your own world clock display

in a previous article ( world time from the command line ) i talked about how to change your timezone harmlessly and get the time. this however, is something even funkier. make your own world clock collection ;)

TZ=':Australia/Sydney' xclock -title "Sydney" -geometry 227x31+550+643 -digital -chime -update 1 &

and now that you know this little trick, you can make it for any city in the world like Kuala Lumpur or Dakar or Aswan and with the diligent use of xwininfo and little vi you can spread them on your desktop at the press of a button.

lotus notes 8 on opensuse 10.2 64bit

in a previous post i wrote about how to get notes working on fedora. well, due to upper management decision regarding our servers using SLES i decided to migrate my laptop to opensuse.

and now i had to install lotus notes 8 on opensuse.

world time from the command line

here's a handy tip to know the time in some other part of the world:

TZ=':Australia/Sydney' date

with that line, you temporarily changed your timezone (TZ) to Sydney in Australia and asked for the time and date.

its nice to know, that Sydney is ahead of us and tomorrow starts earlier there than over here!.

getting windows mobile 6 working with fedora 8

on the 25th of december 2007 i bought myself an htc touch (p3450 / elf) and i have got it to talk to fedora!

this was done with a lot of help of gdiepen and his synce-kpm software.

the basics are:

lotus notes 8 on x86_64

so i upgraded my workstation from fedora 6 to fedora 7 to fedora 8.

thats not the point of this story. the point of the story is to remind myself of what i did to get notes 8 working on fedora 8.

the problem came when most of the gnome i386 libraries were uninstalled when i did my *ahem* yum upgrade to fc8. so i sat down and from /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/ i manually ran ./notes.

the CLFRj0010E error replies were related to the lack of the following rpms:


while the conspiracy theorists out there will think out otherwise, it is in fact simply ironic that the story was made mainstream by the BBC and the author of the original theory was also british.

ok i gave the game away. but if u dint get it: the answer to the question the meaning of life, the universe and everything is 42



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