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Revolution OS

Richard Stallman is "The Great Philosopher"

--Linus Torvalds

Must watch video for those who want to know more about Linux

Goodies and Oldies: Linux Reality Podcast Signing Off

I've recently added a useful RSS feed at the bottom right corner of my blog: Linux Reality Podcasts - Podcasts about Open Source and Linux. I really liked the podcasts, they are good for newbies like myself. No technobabble just plain Linux.

The bad news is after 2 years of podcasting, Chess decided to sign off. I would have liked to rant and complain again like I did with Automatix2. But seeing the overwhelming support and encouragement that Chess got from the community to support and encourage his decision, I felt that it would be wiser for me to shut up and do the same.

I really do hope that some guys continue podcasting about Linux because there is so much to it than just the software.

So to you guys out there who want to hear about Linux rather than read about it. Grab the episodes while you still can. I am not sure if they are going to keep the podcasts, but hey that is what free storage is for right?

Pulling the Plug on Automatix2

Love it or hate it, anyone who runs Ubuntu has at least heard of Automatix. This program made it possible for any Ubuntu user to easily add a host of new programs and media codices to a desktop. Now, however, Automatix's developers are being pulled away to other projects, so they have announced that they will no longer be working on their popular software installation program.

Already sad, now I am sadder with this news. I personally find Automatix2 to be a step forward for Linux. People might say this or that, but as a user, I strongly believe in Automatix2's intentions and efforts. Damnit, now what? Do I have to learn how to configure my nvidia driver by reading these instructions once I decide to install a new distro?

Let's face it guys, Automatix2 helped bring ordinary Juan's like myself to Linux. Now what? Now what?

I'm really pissed off.

I guess this is one drawback to this Open Source thing, once they got bored, their servers go down, they see greener pastures, …

Adobong Manok

I'm going to take a break from my normal routine of writing about Linux and instead write about something I know everybody loves. FOOD! Yes, specifically adobong manok. It is perhaps the most common household dish that we Filipinos love. If the Americans have Chicken Soup for the soul, we Filipinos have Adobong Manok for the belly!

Well what is it made off?


1. Chicken

2, Soy Sauce

3. Vinegar

4. Garlic

5. Bay Leaf

Instructions by this white guy.

Ano ang Linux? Wiki Translation to Filipino

This is the translated version of the wiki on Linux.

Linux (karaniwang binibigkas na /'linaks/ sa Ingles ay isang operating system na kapareho ng Unix. Ang Linux ay isa sa mga pinakasikat na halimbawa ng malayang software at open source development; karaniwan dito ang kakayahanag baguhin, gamitin at ipamahagi ang source code.

Ang pangalang "Linux" ay nagmula sa Linux kernel, na sinimulan noong 1991 ni Linus Torvalds. Ang mga aplikasyon at library ay karaniwang nagmumula sa GNU operating system, na inannounce noong 1983 ni Richard Stallman. Ang kontribusyon ng GNU ay ang basehan sa alternatibong pangalan ng Linux na "GNU/Linux"

Kinikilalang sikat sa mga gamit nito sa mga server, ang Linux ay sinusuportahan ng mga korporasyon tulad ng Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Novell, Oracle Corporation, Red Hat at Sun Microsystems. Ito ay ginagamit bilang operating system ng maraming uri ng computer hardware, kasama na ang mga desktop computers, supercomputers, video game systems…

BioFuels and Food Price Increase

For the die hard pro green alternative fuel believers this is a heretical statement. Though I for one, would like to consider myself as an environmentalist. I believe that biofuel needs a second look. I am speaking a priori here, but here it goes.


From the NCTF

Where does Biodiesel come from?Biodiesel is produced from virgin vegetable oils (mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids) through a refinery process called transesterification. This process uses a chemical reaction to remove glycerin from the oils. Biodiesel can be produced using a variety of U.S. crops including flaxseed, cottonseed, sunflower and canola. However, most biodiesel sold on the open market today comes from soy bean, a crop currently grown by ove…

HowTo: Keep Secrets in Linux Using CCRYPT

Easy. Who among you have a nasty dirty little secret? Ok. Let me just ask that another way: Who among you, keep all their passwords on a spreadsheet file or txt file or csv file?

Well, I don't know about you people, but I do! I know, I know, it sounds crazy! But it actually is faster than waiting for OpenOffice to load! :)

A .csv on plain sight?! I must be that guy who talks to a volleyball named Wilson or something.

In cases like these you might want to protect yourself from these baddies.

Well, I am going to share a little secret and that is how to keep a secret in Linux.

I am talking about file encryption, particularly the software called ccrypt.

ccrypt is based on the Rijndael cipher, which is the U.S. government's chosen candidate for the Advanced Encryption Standard

That sounds very nice doesn't it?

Let's get started:

1. Install ccrypt by:

$ sudo apt-get install ccrypt

2. Now change your directory where you want to keep your secret, or the directory where your password fil…

[UPDATE] Whatever Happened to the Philippine Open Source College and Bayanihan Linux Distro?

[UPDATE 04-8-2008] It seems that even old reviews of Bayanihan just disappeared from the face of the planet. Wow. Talk about covering your tracks.

I was excited when I first heard of these two projects. But from my investigation/inquiry it appears these two projects went *poof*. Just like several companies nowadays where their BOD and CEOs apparently go *poof*.


At the onset, Bayanihan Linux seem to have a solid foundation in terms of finances - they are government supported. On the other hand, this too may have been the cause for their demise. Demise? Yes, at the time I am writing this, their website and forums have gone *poof*. Maybe it has something to do with Mr. Chairman "Chairman!" giving several million dollars to the IRRI which is based here in the Philippines.

Or maybe they just failed to implement it where they needed to implement it. Or Maybe it has something to do with the NBN thing - I.T. guys in government plus businessmen with politi…

A Case of Manipulating the Market Using E-bay: Kindle EBook Reader

I am not an expert in market or economics and I haven't bought anything online ever in my entire life. But one thing is for sure. I do know about scalpers. Scalpers, in our country refer to the people outside any entertainment venue, be it sports, concerts, promotions - anything that is live and requires paid tickets to get in - who sell tickets they bought to people who are anxious to get in at extremely ramped up prices. In simple terms, they are people who engage in a simple buy and sell scheme. In some countries it is illegal. But for online, I guess it is another matter.

The example I would like you all to be aware of is the new hyped up: Amazon E-Book Reader called Kindle. Undoubtedly a breakthrough product in terms of its features and not to mention its long awaited entrance into the market. The Kindle is an E-book reader that every avid book reader wants. Compact, sleek and useful, it is the E-book Reader for the books. No pun intended.

I for one, would have liked to buy one…

Linux and Philosophy

"Richard Stallman is "The Great Philosopher"..."

--Linus Torvalds in Revolution OS

Lately, I have been stumbling upon Linux users who blog about Linux whose formal training involved Philosophy.

So what is fundamentally strange about people who have similar backgrounds or profiles so to speak?

Maybe nothing or maybe everything. Is it normal to find people who have the same formal educational background who share the same passion - such as writing about Linux?

What I found interesting about these people is their driving force. Writing about something that is free - in commercial terms - does not bring revenue. Yet despite that, they continue tapping their keyboards in the hope that they are heard.

Could it be that the main driving force to these writers may be the altruistic allure of Linux and the corresponding GNU Philosophy? Let's take a closer look.

Interestingly, you could always find specific terms jumping from the field of philosophy to the diverse field of Comp…

HowTo: Set A Default Browser in Debian

Let's just say that you are a newbie like me. I know its easy to set a default browser in Debian but hey, I get to write about my experience on learning something new right?

Hehe, usually the normal way to do this would be to open your browser's settings and check if it is the default browser.

They like to do that.

The unusual way would be to do that in the terminal.

$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

Then something like this would appear:

[sudo] password for daniel:

There are 6 alternatives which provide `x-www-browser'.

Selection Alternative
1 /usr/bin/iceape
2 /usr/bin/opera
3 /usr/bin/epiphany
*+ 4 /usr/bin/dillo
5 /usr/bin/konqueror
6 /usr/bin/iceweasel

Press enter to keep the default[*], or type selection number:

Enter the number of the browser that you would like as the default one and presto. Easier than the GUI. If you have the commands handy.

Got this …

How I Became a GreenPeace Member

A few months ago, I ventured in an endeavor that set me looking for a job in our country's financial capital, Makati. Going there was tiring and draining - specially if you don't have a car. It was really too hot to commute and the commute was too slow. From where I am living, I have to ride the following to go there:

1. A Tricycle

2. A Jeepney

3. A Bus

4. And then I am in Makati!

Okay, so I was walking around and I find a guy wearing a strange and bright green neon tshirt that says "Greenpeace". So I said, "Hey, are you giving out those pretty stickers and CDs for free?" The guy looked up and said, "Yes sir we are. But you have to put your name in this paper and blah blah blah blah and then you have to make an autodebit for your bank account - voluntary of course any amount in pledges would do blah blah blah and then you have to participate.

So, thinking about the Free CD and stickers I decided to join. Unfortunately, it is only now that I realized that I p…

The Linux Goodies Cookie Jar was Invented by Debian

In the world of Linux, you might want to ask, "Where do all the goodies come from?" The goodies that I am talking about that make you all excited in Linux are of course the free software! I am a practical person, I want to install free software with just one gesture or command. But how I do this in complicated Linux PCs?

The answer is the innovative advanced packaging system of Debian called apt. With Apt, you can install thousands of 'goodies' on your PC. With Apt you are given the chance to upgrade these software at a command or a click of a button.

In Windows, if you want to get new goodies (paid goodies) - you either buy software in a box and CD or you download the exe or msi file from the Internet and then click on the installation icon then click on numerous next buttons then type the directory of the installation then click on FINISH. Then you click on the icon again to run the software.

Its EASY if you've gotten used to it.

In Debian Linux, say you want to i…

My Take on the Browser Wars: What is the Fastest Browser Around?

Take your pick in the latest episode in the never ending saga called "Browser Wars: Episode 5038484579203 Battle of the Browser Bots".

I am going to make this short as I have done so lately. I believe in Ockham's Razor, the shortest way is the best way. Okay, but not in sexual performance.

Anyway, back to the BWars, while every browser is claiming to be the best, fastest, optimized, feature filled, mind blowing, undie dropping features. I for one would say, none of them take the pie.

None of them, yes, I mean IE 8, FF3, Opera or Safari can beat this browser evar!

I am talking about Dillo!

This midget can run fast. VERY FAST!

Well, it can make a lot of purdy so called Web 2.0 websites look like they were made in the stone age of the Intarwebs - the 90s. But hey, you wanted fast right?

Still don't believe me? Try it yourself!

Well, here are some pictures.

[UPDATED] HowTo: Install Firefox 3 in Debian

First upgrade your libgtk library to 2.10 above easily via adept or synaptic.


To install Firefox 3 on Debian do this:

$ wget

$ cd /usr/local

$ sudo tar -xvjf /home/yourusername/downloadfolder/firefox-3.0.tar.bz2

$ sudo ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox3

*note that in the line /usr/loca/bin/firefox3 you can change 'firefox3' to a shorter and more convenient name like ff3, just replace 'firefox3' with the shortcut that you would like

*To run Firefox 3 just execute the command for it. For example

$ ff3


[OLD UPDATE] May 15, 2008. I didn't realize that you could just download firefox-linux here.

And then Untar the tar file, for example:

$ tar -xjvf firefox-3.0b5.tar.bz2

A new directory "firefox" would be created

$ cd firefox

$ ./firefox

The only downside to this…

[SOLVED] $apt-get update problem

I was trying to install glest, a free RTS game from the debian repositories with:

$ sudo apt-get update

Reading package lists... Error!
W: GPG error: dapper-commercial Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 40976EAF437D05B5
W: GPG error: stable/non-US Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY F1D53D8C4F368D5D
E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room
E: Error occurred while processing tumiki-fighters (NewVersion1)
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

Don't ask me what they all mean. I just know that towards the end of executing apt-get update, I got them.

Anyway, luckily I stumbled upon an ubuntuforums post concerning almost the same problem and walla!

The solution was
$ sudo apt…

Windows Only - StarCraft II

Starcraft II doesn't sound like World of Starcraft, but who knows? I loved this game, and thought at the time it was first released that it was better than Warcraft. Now, Warcraft before it became the legend that it is now, evolved into Warcraft II and Warcraft III. So who knows, maybe Blizzard is testing the waters on whether Starcraft would be a viable MMORPG. It would be drastically cool and a breath of fresh air in an overly polluted Internet air of WoW. WoW this Wow that. It may be time for WoS or maybe StarCraft Worlds.

Pictures in the link


What is Linux?

If You Loved Tremulous You'll Love This

If you like free games such as Tremulous, you'll most likely like this game. It is a multiplatform first person shooter that offers a fresh take on the fps genre.

This cartoonish game distinguishes itself from other multiplatform games by being lackadaisical in disposition.

The environment reminds you of the movie "Toy Story". Its full 3D environment, though graphics card intensive could be described with two words: PURE DELIGHT.

I feel that this game is a badass 3D game rendition of the cartoon series the smurfs. However, that said, this game has an attitude - what with all the middle finger raising antics in its character selection screen and skimpy girl suits. If you like your kid to try this game out, you better use the filter "Child Friendly Mod" ironically posted by a guy named "horny".

To top that, the game runs in 3 platforms, Windows PCs, MACs, and Linux boxes.

Oh, by the way, did I say that it was free?