There is no way to reliably bring up a modern system with an empty /usr, there are two alternatives to fix it: copy /usr back to the rootfs or use an initramfs which can hide the split-off from the system. Historically /bin, /sbin, /lib had the purpose to contain the utilities to mount /usr. This role can now be taken by the initramfs. Because [...]
Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness. No further details are available at the time of this blog post. Wikipedia biography here. He was the designer and original developer of the C programming language, and a central figure in the [...]
It may or may not surprise you to know that the bash shell has a very rich array of convenient shortcuts that can make your life, working with the command line, a whole lot easier. This ability to edit the command line using shortcuts is provided by the GNU Readline library. This library is used by many other *nix application besides bash, so [...]
This is kind of the nuclear option for rick-rolling. Then again, whoever it was let you load a kernel module. They had it coming. kernelroll
Cliff notes: If you have a mysterious problem with a Linux box, try bashing your system with sys_basher... In desperation, I asked for help. Eric McCartney over at Prominic took some pity on me and started looking at the system. After doing all the usual swaps and tests, there were no obvious issues. Finally, Eric loaded up a neat little [...]
Let the celebrations begin! Fedora 15 is officially here! Fedora is a leading edge, free and open source operating system that continues to deliver innovative features to many users, with a new release about every six months. We bring to you the latest and greatest release of Fedora ever, Fedora 15! Join us and share the joy of Free software and [...]
News from Linus... So I've been busily merging stuff, and just wanted to send out a quick reminder that I warned people in the 39 announcement that this might be a slightly shorter merge window than usual, so that I can avoid having to make the -rc1 release from Japan using my slow laptop (doing "allyesconfig" builds on that thing really isn't in [...]
I love how he's the "secret weapon."
Finger? Seriously? In 2011?
A new Guardian column, "My new Ubuntu-flavoured ThinkPad is computing heaven," describes the miraculously drama-free life I've discovered by buying ThinkPads with extended warranties and running the Ubuntu flavor of GNU/Linux on them..." The problem with writing about switching to Ubuntu is that there's very little to report on, because it is [...]
Mark Shuttleworth has revealed that the ‘classic’ Ubuntu desktop will be a thing of the past come the release of Oneiric Ocelot. Responding to a bug report on an accessibility issue in Ubuntu 11.04 Unity Shuttleworth says... We made very good progress on in Natty, but will miss the goal of perfect . We’ll nail it in Oneiric. That’s [...]
Solution: ls.bat @echo off dir @echo Psst, it's dir, moron.
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It's certainly not UNIX, that's for sure!
If the thought of getting up at early and dragging yourself across town to stand in line for sales doesn't fill you with the holiday spirit, why not spend your weekend doing something more meaningful, like cleaning up your Linux filesystems? To be sure, a modern Linux file server probably isn't in need of being torn down and rebuilt, but if [...]