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Install Linux From Pen-drive With Universal USB Installer

One of the joys for me  in using Linux  is the amount of variety I  have. There are so many distro’s some of which are designed for a very specific use.I like to try many Linux distro’s . One problem in trying out different distro’s the amount of CD’s required to burn the iso images of course I can use a re-writable CD but the process of burning CD image takes some time and after sometime CD’s become un-usable. Recently I found a software that makes pendrive bootable  with distro of my choice.

Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click Install. Other features include; Persistence (if available), and the ability to fat32 format the flash drive (recommended) to ensure a clean install. Upon completion, you should have a ready to run bootable USB Flash Drive with your select Linux version installed.


Why We Use Linux (The Real Reason)

We tell people we use Linux because it’s secure. Or because it’s free, because it’s customizable, because it’s free (the other meaning), because it has excellent community support. But all of that is just marketing crap. We tell that to non-Linuxers because they wouldn’t understand the real reason. And when we say those false reasons enough, we might even start to believe them ourselves.

But deep underneath, the real reason remains.

Tux, as originally drawn by Larry Ewing

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We use Linux because it’s fun!

It’s fun to tinker with your system. It’s fun to change all the settings, break the system, then have to go to recovery mode to repair it. It’s fun to have over a hundred distros to choose from. It’s fun to use the command line.Let me say that again.

 It’s fun to use the command line.

No wonder non-Linuxers wouldn’t understand.

The point with us Linux fans is – we use Linux for its own sake. Sure, we like to get work done. Sure, we like to be secure from viruses. Sure, we like to save money. But those are only the side-effects. What we really like is playing with the system, poking around, and discovering completely pointless yet fascinating facts about the OS.

And that’s the reason we use Linux because

Linux is Fun

Happy Birth Day Linux

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.  This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready.

Linus Torvalds, 25 August 1991 on comp.os.minix (original message)

20 YearsOf Linux

The first version of Linux Kernel Was released on September 17 1991 and uploaded to an FTP server by Linus Torvalds in Helsinki.  That early iteration consisted of a mere 10,239 lines of code.

Fast-forward to the present day, where the Linux kernel 2.6.35 contains more than 13.5 million lines of code, and controls gadgets, devices and instruments you might never have expected.






Do File Extensions Really Matter in Windows?

Today I had a perplexing experience. Of late I’m using Fedora 14 as my main operating system though I have windows xp on my machine. I know in Linux operating system file extensions are  not necessary. I mean if you have a file a don’t know what type of file it is (be it multimedia or document file) Linux will some how open it. I don’t know the  reason for it but i was happy for this facility so that I need not worry about what format the file, just double click it the file will open in Linux. In windows the operating system needs to know the extension of the file or else the file won’t open.

Yesterday I downloaded a video from youtube and saved in linux.  I’m using a firefox addon called DownThemAll!. It doesn’t save the download with file extension. Since I was using Fedora i was not bothered about it much. Then for some work I logged onto xp.  Then I tried to play the downloaded video in windows, but it didn’t play because it was not having an File extension.I know it should be either  mp4 or flv, So i tried renaming the file with extension mp4 and it worked.  Then i had a doubt, what if i rename the file with the extension flv and play. So i renamed with the extension flv and played. To my surprise it the file was playing without any glitch. My questions are

  1. If the same file can be played without any problem in two different extensions, then what is the use of having extensions?
  2. If VLC player in Linux can play a file without an extension, why can’t it do the same in windows?
  3. On the first place, What is the reason for having a file extension?
My questions can very dumb, but I’m sure there is an explanation for this. So if anyone knows answer kind post as your reply.

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Autoten An Easy Way To Install Software In Fedora

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One of the main reasons I use Linux is availability of Software Repositories. Having all the software you need in one place saves you having to trawl the web to find the program you’re missing. It also means the software has been independently checked and digitally signed by the distro’s developers, making it almost impossible to pick up a root-kitted version.

But Unfortunately Fedora‘s package manager Package-kit was not that much user friendly or efficient as the package managers available in Ubuntu or Linux Mint. I found it very difficult to find the software required especially proprietary ones like the multimedia codecs etc. Then I found a nice little tool called autoten.

Autoten is a nifty application which makes installing proprietary codecs & other proprietary stuff a piece of cake on your Fedora system. It does the same things which Easy Life does in a way which is similar to Easy Life. Autoten should ideally be run after your first install so that your system is ready for multimedia playback including mp3, mp4, mkv etc. Autoten is available for 32bit & 64 bit Fedora and Omega Linux.

Once installed it will provide you with whole bunch of options to choose from. In Fedora 14 you will get a screen shot like this.

Autoten for Fedora 32bit and 64bit

As you can see there are lot of software to choose from. By using the same tool one can uninstall the softwares installed using autoten.

To install auto ten just type follow these steps:

  1. Type su in the terminal and press enter.  It will ask for the root password. Provide the root password.
  2. rpm -Uvh

Enter the above command and the rest will be taken care by the Operating system itself. After installing Autoten icon can be found on the desktop or alternatively you can find it in System Tools —–> Autoten.


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