Category Archives: free and open source

Net install

I’m setting up Linux on the Sony Vaio U1 so that I can use it as well
as my Lifebook. I’ve decided to give Fedora Core 3 a try instead of
just net-booting and installing Debian like last time. Besides, I
couldn’t find my handy-dandy one-disk Debian net install image.

Fedora Core’s net-install support lags far behind Debian’s. I don’t
know if it’s even possible to start the installation process using
boot/root floppies, so you really need to either burn a CD or set up
pxelinux. Fortunately, I’d set up a DHCP and TFTP server on my
Lifebook before, so I knew it could be done.

After some trouble getting the Vaio to acquire the DHCP address and
pick up the boot files, I was relieved to see the familiar text
dialog-based installation screen. I’m currently waiting for the 71MB
stage2.img file to download. There are no progress indicators, and I’m
getting rather nervous. I can’t seem to drop to a shell to find out
how far along the installation is.

I like the Debian net install far more. Plenty of progress indicators
keep you in the loop so that you’re not worried about interrupted
network connections or sudden hangs. Come to think of it, going for
Debian instead will make it far easier for me to migrate my

Bah. So much for Fedora Core. ;)

そのコンピューターは非常に役立つ。 The computer is of great use.

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Open source and developers

raichu wrote on clair’s blog:

and why code based on your imagination when you can rip
off someone else’s code for free (free as in free beer)?

I code because I want to. Often, there simply isn’t anything else out
there that does exactly what I want, or it’ll be too much trouble
sifting through thousands of applications to find that one perfect
match. I code for fun, to explore my thoughts and to write them down
in a form computers and people can understand.

Instead of locking up the source code beyond customization or forcing
me to rewrite everything from scratch, open source gives me a
fantastic jumping-off point for my own applications. Open source helps
me be more creative by letting me quickly get to the interesting part,
playing with concepts without having to write my own framework or
scaffolding. At the same time, reading other people’s code teaches me
so much about how people solve similar problems and use available
tools. Their code inspires me to do better.

Open source development is like standing on the shoulders of giants,
and that’s one of the reasons why I’m so thankful to the open source
community for all the help they’ve given me over the years.

彼らは猫が木に登っているのを見た。 They saw a cat climbing up the tree.

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Philippine Open Source Conference 2005: possible talk on “Linux in Your Pocket”?

I couldn’t help but respond to the Philippine Open Source Conference
2005 thread on PLUG when I saw the posts mentioning embedded Linux.
It’s… amazing, really, to see how people are interested in it. =) So
I went on a trip down memory lane…

I can speak on developing for the iPAQ; my code is still
in the bootloader, and I played around with programming small apps for
it. (You can get a small CGI-capable web server or Python and have
tons of fun hacking in class.) I haven’t touched it in three years,
though. It’s been a while. If someone has made a more recent
contribution, I’d gladly step aside. Besides, (cross my fingers!) I
may be out of the country by the time of the conference.
Still, if I’m in the country and no one else is up for it, then I can
talk about having Linux in Your Pocket.

* * * flashback * * *

You know, that was the title of my _very_ first Linux-related talk at
Linux10 Philippines in 2001… I presented to just _one_ person, as he
was the only one in the room at the time my talk was supposed to
start. He was an IT journalist, so it wasn’t totally wasted. After the
talk, I peeked out and found all these people who apparently had
wanted to hear the talk, but were too shy to go in while I was

Incidentally, Linux on the iPAQ was _the_ thing that got me into
development. My first public CVS access, my first instance of getting
sent hardware (Jamey Hicks totally rocks)…

I’m going to stop now before I get all misty-eyed.

猫は枝の間に隠れた。 The cat hid among the branches.

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Open source licenses has a good explanation of the differences between popular open source licenses.

その少年たちはかわいい猫と一緒に2人きりで暮らしていた。 The two boys lived alone with a lovely cat.

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Afternoon with Engels and Magie

I’ll be teaching a Linux Express course at
from April 11 to 22. I had fun chatting with Engels and Magie Antonio.
Kim and Mark will also be teaching courses soon; coolness…

うちの猫は大変海苔が好きである。 Our cat is very fond of sea weeds.

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Fantastic explanation of cost of software

From We Pledge Allegiance to the Penguin:

“Every license for Office plus Windows in Brazil – a country in which
22 million people are starving – means we have to export 60 sacks of
soybeans,” says Marcelo D’Elia Branco, coordinator of the country’s
Free Software Project and liaison between the open source community
and the national government, now headed by president Luiz Inácio
Lula da Silva. “For the right to use one copy of Office plus Windows
for one year or a year and a half, until the next upgrade, we have to
till the earth, plant, harvest, and export to the international
markets that much soy. When I explain this to farmers, they go nuts.”

Now _that’s_ a fantastic way to make the cost of software really
visible to people. Translate it into tangible stuff!

その猫は私のそばで寝るのが好きだ。 The cat likes to sleep beside me.

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