New Gentoo based Linux distribution There is a new Gentoo based Linux distribution. This is called Clover OS. It comes with a basic TWM desktop window manager and is very fast to boot. No SystemD bloat. The Live CD will load a default TWM desktop. But there are options after login to install another desktop …

Using the shellshock bash bug on an iMac. iMac04:~ admin$ env VAR1=’me() {echo "hello"}\ ‘ /bin/echo "hello" helloiMac04:~ admin$ env VAR1=’me() {echo "hello"}\ ‘ /bin/echo "hello" hello Getting free hard disk space easily. iMac04:~ admin$ df -Hla Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity iused ifree %iused Mounted on /dev/disk0s2 89G 64G 25G 73% 15757422 6089307 72% …

Some useful links and bits of information for budding Linux users. Bash cheat sheet. http://www.catonmat.net/download/bash-history-cheat-sheet.pdf. This is a very useful bash cheat sheet that will greatly assist you when you are learning the bash shell. (PDF). The .bash_history file may be blocked by using the unset HISTFILE variable in your .bashrc file. Read more about …

I have had someone come to my website looking for help on how to copy an Ubuntu kernel over to a Gentoo installation. This is not too hard to do. Let us say the kernel is version 2.6.35-14-generic. Then you will need to copy the /lib/modules/2.6.35-14-generic folder into the /lib/modules folder on your Gentoo installation. …

The Radio Shack TRS-80 computer shown here is the first computer I ever used. It has a massive 4K of RAM, upgradeable to 16K, a cassette tape drive using standard audio cassettes with programs on them such as games and utilities as well as a monochrome monitor and of course a very good keyboard. Radio …

Compiling software in a distribution such as Gentoo, being part of the way the distribution works, makes it a fun task to do. Compiling the Linux kernel with genkernel all is very fast and simpler than the old way of having to compile the kernel with make -j4 && make modules then typing make modules_install …

This is the GDM theme I am using on Gentoo, this theme is the best amongst the many themes I got with this ebuild. And it looks very nice and professional. I used the login in a new window option in Gnome which uses Xnest to open a window displaying the Gnome desktop manager to …

Installing a vanilla kernel in the Gentoo distribution is very easy. Just install the vanilla kernel source from kernel.org and then unpack the sources into /usr/src/linux as shown below. I am using 2.6.39-rc6 and I have symlinked the source tree to /usr/src/linux. Then type cd linux/ and then run make menuconfig to set up a …

Hello there. I have just finished installing the vanilla 2.6.36-rc6 kernel in my Gentoo installation in a chroot, I tried to boot the standard Gentoo kernel and I got an error after the “Starting Mdev” line that said that the kernel could not find the root block device, but the file-system drivers for ext4 were …