Unity 2010 Beta 2 Impressions

As noted previously, I’ve been pretty hard pressed lately in my secular job due to migrations and other fun activities happening throughout the past few months.  I did however, get the chance to download Unity 2010 Beta 2 and give it a go.  I had some problems when booting because I was brought to a blank black screen with a mouse pointer no matter what options I passed during boot.  To get by this, I had to follow some IRC … Continue Reading →


Clarification on Foresight and Fedora

I previously wrote about a possible “rebasing” of Foresight Linux on the Fedora platform. This conjecture was a bit premature it seems as I am completely wrong on this being a possibility The best part about me being absolutely wrong on this is that there is still going to be benefits for Foresight and Fedora even without the rebase. Foresight is toying with the idea of having a sub-project (completely separate from Foresight Linux base) that it has tentatively called … Continue Reading →


Slackware and Zenwalk

I’ve been distro shopping lately.  I had become complacent while working with PCLinuxOS because everything just works when using it.  With nothing broken, I had nothing to fix   This is a good thing, unless you want things to break every once in a while so you can learn to fix them.  I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. After some initial toolings in Arch and Gentoo, I settled on Slackware…which was my first distribution I tried ever in 1995.  … Continue Reading →


Project Unity Updates

Just a few updates on the new project named Unity… We’ve got a Home Page, IRC Channel, Forum, Docs site, a Package Tracker, and a Planet up and running.   In works is getting a Bug Tracker up and running… We have SVN We have Twitter for news We have Twitter for commits We have a Forum aggregator for Commits We have screenshots of build2 (tinyme quick base – developer only) We have build3 almost out the door (developer only) … Continue Reading →


New Project: Unity

I’ve been working on a new project the last few days.  We’re calling it Unity.  What it will be is a new Linux distribution that takes an incremental approach to desktop Linux.  It will provide a central core and use the mklivecd scripts that PCLinuxOS uses and it will provide a base from which to build just about any desktop you want out there. Hopefully, this building block approach will work for us.  Currently, we’re operating behind closed doors.  Soon … Continue Reading →


Laptop Multimedia Keys and PCLinuxOS 2009

I installed PCLinuxOS 2009 recently on a Dell D630 Latitude and was disappointed to see that I couldn’t get the hardware volume (up/down/mute) buttons didn’t work out of the box.  I thought a bit about kmilo, a program that was previously used for laptop buttons (thinkpad buttons though) and I searched around a bit inside the KDE Control Center for keyboard shortcuts to see if I could assign the keys manually.  However, I couldn’t find any volume setting inside this … Continue Reading →