Installing the newest Nvidia drivers on Debian Etch.

If you want to install the newest Nvidia Drivers from Nvidia on Debian Etch, be sure you follow these basic things:

  • the linux-headers package matching the installed Linux kernel is installed
  • the pkg-config and xserver-xorg-dev packages are installed
  • the nvidia-glx package has been uninstalled with the –purge option and the files /etc/init.d/nvidia-glx and /etc/init.d/nvidia-kernel do not exist

If you meet all of these things with a basic Desktop install of Debian Etch, you should not have any problem installing the newest 100.14.19 Nvidia Drivers! Good luck!

Now what? :)

Ok, so now I am kinda at a loss for what to do with my spare time.  I have been spending every last extra minute I had researching what car to get for the last month or more.  Now we got our car, we love it, and I am at a loss what to do.  We should be getting a cruise control installed before the end of the week, so that will be nice to help prevent tickets. The Suncoast Highway is way to easy to get moving 80 in a 70 zone or 75 in a 60 zone.  Just keeping up with the speed of traffic.  I got stopped once on there, and they just gave me a warning as I had never had a ticket before, which was nice, even if the officer was otherwise kind of a rude jerk. I do not wanna even get stopped by them again, so the cruise control should help.

Emmy seems to love the car also, which is cool!  We have all the room we could ever want, and then some.  Plenty of head room, plenty of leg room, it is great! If anyone is thinking about getting a new car, I would highly recommend the Matrix over the Honda Fit, the Scion XD, or XB for that matter, the Aveo 5, or the Kia Rio 5.  I can save you a month worth of homework.  The Honda is a nice car, but they are basically price fixing it by not making it available.  The Scion is sold on Pure price, which means you can not haggle with them at all, and unless you are in the 20 something crowd, you could probably care less about having a “hip” car that you can add like 200 and some accessories to.  They are both decent cars though.  For the family that wants affordable, with space to do what they need to do, I highly recommend that Matrix.  Beats the crap our of Gas mileage on most Suv’s, and has a very nice price tag.  If you are in the Pasco County Florida area, I highly recommend Sun Toyota!

Woo! Got Simcity 3000 working!

I finally got Simcity 3000 for Linux working in Debian Etch! Woo! I also got the movies working in Never Winter Nights! I am thrilled! I finally stumbled upon a useful page! He shows how to get most games from Loki running.. The thing is, it was not complete. I still got another error. However, from there, I was able to discover a bit about Ubuntu with Simcity 3000. It seems the first thing I was missing that helped a lot was:

./ –keep –target SC3Ufiles

This creates a directory called SC3Ufiles underneath the directory for Simcity. You then do an ./ inside of the directory SC3Ufiles. It is all detailed here. I did however download the patches from the new site from Tuxgames. The other big thing was getting the files to work. Which was all detailed on the other page. I am so excited.

The only thing I was lacking to get NWN working on Debian with the movies was the libelf and libelf-dev. Otherwise, it was no problem. 🙂 I am very happy with Debian, becoming more so all the time!

Bah! Simcity 3000 for Linux broke in Debian.

 I recently tried to install Simcity 3000 on Debian Etch, and got an error as I was trying to patch it.. Kinda a bummer. No joy so far on finding answers, will have to keep messing with it, but if anyone figures it out, leave me a comment. I am getting the following error when attempting to apply the patch :

Verifying archive integrity…tail: Warning: “+number” syntax is deprecated, please use “-n +number”
Uncompressing SimCity 3000 Unlimited 2.0a Updatetrap: usage: trap [-lp] [arg signal_spec …]

Then just stops. Never appears to apply the patch. Still does not run with any of the tricks I detailed in one of my original posts on the blog. 🙁

Wild morning…

Ok, not so much wild, as lots of “wild” animals in the park.  Saw 4 rabbits, 5 cranes.. The second couple would not actually come over to where I feed them, but was over by the tower.  I also saw all 5 chickens, plenty of squirrels and cardinals.  Great morning!  I love seeing all the wild life.  And it sure beats the wild dogs Emmy is carrying a stick to fend off.

So I realized yesterday I did not say how I installed Debian.  I used their net install disk and downloaded the majority of my setup from the net.  I picked a server that is fairly close to me and got great speed.  Did not take very long at all.  I just wish they gave the option(maybe they do, but it was not obvious) to pick and choose my packages more.  I basically had like 5 options to choose from, and it installed the “standard” packages for what you wanted to do.  Kinda cool, but kinda a bummer too.  Some of us like to shave off what we do not need or want on an install.  Like I said though, who knows, they may have the option somewhere that I missed, although, if they do, it was not obvious.

So the net stuff turned out to be no problem with Gnome.  I figured it out, and you can book mark stuff and everything.  Pretty cool.  My major obstacle has really been trying to figure out which applications I should use to do what, as it is different in KDE.  Not a big problem, just minor annoyances for the most part.  For example, I have to use Firestarter instead of Guarddog for my Firewall program.  Has a different interface, and I am still not sure what I think of it, but it has the monitoring of the firewall built right in also, which is pretty cool.

I have been learning more and more about the Gnome equivalent of Konq.  It is called Nautilus. It seems rock solid.  I been having fun setting background and panels up with nifty neato tiles.  I used my grey brick and white brick tiles, and I think it looks pretty solid. 😛  Runs solid too!  I am becoming more and more impressed.  I will continue to play with this and when Emmy gets back, if I am still impressed, I maybe trying to talk her into switching over to Debian also.  One of the cool things about that is, it would allow her to use CNR again eventually. Not that I think she needs it at this point, but I think she might like options. 🙂

So I had Pidgin IM on last night as I compiled it and am running it on here.  If I was willing to run Debian Lenny instead(the testing branch of Debian) I could have just installed it with apt-get, but since I wanted to test the stable etch out first, only Gaim was available.  Since I have had several family members start using Myspace IM, I figured I would installed pidgin, which gives me access to that, as well as my normal ICQ and Aim lists.  Much easier to keep everything in one place.  Anyways, my Mom happened to message me last night and ask what we were all to.  I told her that me and Bleys were just watching some TV, and I had no idea about Emmy as she was in Tucson.  Hehe, kinda surprised her.  Anyways, after she got over the surprise, she suggested we go out to dinner tonight.  She wants to go out for Mexican, which I have been very under whelmed with in Florida.  I sure envy Emmy and her trip to Carolinas in Phoenix.  Hope it was good Emmy!  No clue what we will be having as I kinda told my Mom I had mostly been disappointed with the Mexican here.  We will see though.

As I had planned on fixing Japanese at home tonight, I pretty much figure the food has to be better to lure me out, ya know?   Ah well, we will see what happens.  Love you Emmy!  Tell everyone out there I said hi, and sorry I could not come.  And give your brother and Jeannie congrats from me.

Posting from Debian Etch.

So today I decided I would get Debian all set up. I think I finally got it tweaked out pretty good. Got all the eye candy I could want, got the decorations I want, got the sound and 3D Video working, and I have the themes I want. I now have pretty much everything I could want on my desktop. And nothing I don’t. Even got the Garbage on a tool bar. The scary thing is, I think I am actually starting to like Gnome. Heh. Here is a shot of my new Debian Desktop. Not bad if I do say so myself.

My new Desktop

I am sure I will end up tweaking more, but so far, I am actually enjoying it. This is the first time I have really taken the time to try and figure Gnome out a bit. I have used KDE for years. In fact, any time I had the choice, I have always chosen KDE.. Mostly because I am addicted to the functionality of Konq. I am sure as I try to do more with Online stuff, and start missing Konq, I will have moments where I feel differently about it, but so far, I love it!


So will the OS be staying around? Or will it go the way of so many discontinued distros? I have watched Lindows/Linspire go through many changes. I have been a member of their Insiders group since December of 2001. I am pretty sure I was one of their earliest members. I was taken in by this story.

I was a little put off when just 3 months later they decided to announce that they were giving up on the Windows compatibility thing in favor of going for native Linux software, as I felt there were plenty of distros out there already doing that. Then later in 2002 they announced CNR. I was still not happy, but CNR was pretty slick. It made installing software a snap for anyone. And they finally made it so anyone could pick it up and go. You did not need a 300 page book to do it, you did not have to find just the right program in a long list of programs in a menu. CNR started up on the Taskbar on startup and asked you to sign in. Made it very obvious where to go to install new stuff. They also had a little CNR icon in every menu in case you might be confused. Great for newbies!

Finally, there was a Linux I could tell anybody to try using! Did not matter what you did, or did not know. Anyone should be able to use this Linux and install the software they needed. It was good, and more and more people started using it. I think Lindows helped a lot of people get started on Linux, who otherwise would never have used Linux. Then Lindows did some pretty cool software styled after the Apples Itunes and Iphoto. They were Lsongs and Lphoto. They then made a cool little thing called Mp3beamer, and many thought Lindows, who was soon to become Linspire were figuring things out and making a real contribution. They were putting in work on many projects, Mozilla, Gaim and many others I am sure. About this time is when Lindows actually flew me and another guy from the Insiders group out to see the operation, and to see some of what they had going and give our opinions. We then got to share some of that with the community. We had a lot of fun out there, and regardless of what people may say of Linspire, I will always have fond memories of meeting everyone.

Then, Lindows did something that crushed many true Linux peoples high hopes for them. They sold out to Microsoft. Any hope of ever really being excepted by the large majority of the Linux Community was crushed. Many of us had gotten behind Lindows in the whole underdog role. They squashed that, and renamed themselves to Linspire. Never been my favorite name, but what the heck, they were bringing a lot of innovation to the Linux OS world at that time, so I stayed with them.

Then Linspire put out a few decent releases. They worked on making CNR more stable, and other distros slowly started getting interested in the product. So Linspire created Freespire, and decided they were making that the “Community” version of Linspire. Where people could pitch in and help with Linspire. I still feel they made a lot of the wrong moves when doing that, and still are. They are trying to keep control of the Community, well at the same time, saying that it is a Community run effort. Linspire then sold out to MS again. At this point, it becomes more and more obvious that Linspire is making slow steady moves toward eliminating their OS all together. I still do not know if it is intentional, or just through really bad planning, but it is sad to see. Having been there from the beginning, and actually having been a mod in their Community since about 2004 or so, I hate to see it dying.

That being said, they did put in place some structure for Freespire to keep going after Linspire dies. However, they have not really put in the effort I feel they need to on helping get the Community solid and working. So I am guessing it will be gone, and they will not be around for Linspire 7. With a standard 18 month or more release cycle at Linspire, I become a bigger and bigger fan of Simply Mepis. I highly encourage everyone to take a look at it, and when you are downloading it, take a minute to hope for the best for all those lost souls like me. who either once worked for Lindows/Linspire/Freespire, or who once believed in them enough to give them their money.

Linux From Scratch (LFS)

So I have been looking around at all the distros recently, and can not pick which one I would like next.  So I got to looking around, and remembered a project I had sort of looked at doing once long ago. I never got around to it, but decided this time I would.  So I will be working on setting up Linux From Scratch. It should be fun!  🙂

It is kind of cool. You start with a very base system they provide on CD, and format a drive, and start building your system on it using the base system as the tools to do it.  I am hoping I can build a decent system that will be fairly usable, and maybe I can even create a livecd that I can use to install it on my system in the future.  We will see how it goes.

I am really looking forward to this.  I have always thought something like this would really improve my knowledge of Linux.  Hopefully it will! We will see! Wish me luck.

Cool Web Tool.

Ever been curious what sort of server someone is using? Like Microsoft for example? Do they use only their own products on the web? Or do they use some other stuff too? Maybe a bit of Solaris? Or Linux? Find out. Curious if your favorite Linux Dealer is a closet MS user? I could not find any of the Linux distros off the top of my head that used Windows Servers.. Several with Unknown.. but I did not see any MS servers on Redhat, Debian, Mepis, Freespire, Linspire, Gentoo or Slackware. Could be some out there though.. Some interesting stuff though.. You can go look at Netcraft and search to your hearts conent! Enjoy!