Sunday, May 27, 2007

ArchLinux 2007.05 Duke on an iGo 3471

Hi bloggers,
this space has his first birthday in this period...
Many news and thought have been disposed on these pages since last year.
In the last months my blog hadn't so much visits because of my very few time to write something interesting... but after this busy days I'm trying to describe a new life for my notebook.
My LiBook former "KuBook" has these charachteristics:

  • an AMD Athlon 1700+ processor @ 1400 MHz,
  • a 20Gb HDD,
  • an Ati video adapter with 64 Mb of shared memory
After having used Kubuntu Dapper 6.06 LTS and later Edgy 6.10, since February I tried to install ArchLinux to improve the performace since this distribution is complied for i686 CPUs despite Kubuntu and the Debian-derived that use only the simpler processor instructions of the i386 machines for matters of compatibility.

Few days ago, I reinstalled ArchLinux to get work the native sound layer of KDE that's not working by now but for a problem with udev on which I'm doing some experiments.
Here I will describe a completely the paces I had to accomplish to get the freshest release of this distro ArchLinux 2007.05 codename Duke.

First of all I had to download the iso image, I chose to use the Base Install because it installs a base system without the need of a connection to the Internet if there were problems. (Here you are the link to the torrent)
Starting the installation I had to reboot because the standard setup didn't recognized my IDE disk... the solution was to start the setup typing "arch ide-legacy" to get it work.

Typing km I set the keymap as
After this I executed the autoprepare for the disk setting the partitions of my 20Gb disk like this:
  • boot 32Mb
  • swap 700Mb
  • / 9000Mb
  • /home the remaining space
After the preparation of the disk and the installation of the Base System the setup asked me to use hwdetect to autoconfigure the system, after that I had to say "no" to all the questions I was asked to refine the configuration about RAID disk and other specific thing thats my poor notebook doesn't even know what they are.

I selected the editor nano to review the configuration files, so I was able to uncomment these lines in the file locale.gen :
  • en_IE.UTF-8
  • en_US.UTF-8
  • it_IT.UTF-8
After this I edited the file rc.conf to set the hostname, set the locale, and to insert in the blacklist the pc-speaker module because I hate it! :-)

After this I set the root user's password.

The Base System was installed and configured!

After the first reboot I had to create my user by adduser and after to add that user account to the sudoers file by visudo inserting this line after the root one:
andy ALL=(ALL) ALL

At that time I miss the Xserver and the Desktop Environment.
I added to pacman.conf the repo for kdemod an alternate version of KDE for ArchLinux that is modular and compiled with the bleeding edge features of the better DE for *nix OSes.

After a pacman -Syu to update the repos and upgrade the system, I installed kdemod, samba, jre and aspell-it
So came the time of the XOrg configuration obtained by the utility xorgconfing
All went well but I missed to install some X11 modules to get work the xorg.conf generated by the utility.
So to start correctly the graphic interface I needed to do this:
pacman -S xf86-video-ati
pacman -S xf86-input-mouse
pacman -S xf86-input-keyboard

After the first run of the Xserver I installed the missing packages to personalize my ArchLinux installation, these are my essentials:

yakuake (a drop down terminal a-la Quake)
ttf-bitstream-vera (open source fonts)
ttf-dejavu (open source fonts)
kdemod-kdevelop (development suite)
kdemod-kdeadmin (administration utilities)

After this massive installation I could use kuser to add my user to the audio group so I could hear sounds.
After that I disabled the wallet subsystem from kcontrol I installed some other stuff:

mysql (to get the amarok collection manager work)

After the test of the browsers I needed to enable KIO in the java settings in Konqueror to view correctly the applets in the webpages.

I copied the data in my home folder and proceeded with other packages installation:

(I need to patch the xorg.conf as usual to get it work properly)
alsa-oss (trying to fix the artsd bug)
(needed by gizmo)
(to enable mplayer lirc support)

Ater this marathon I got a fully functional system with all my data in the /home partition with a minimal problem with artsd for the native sound in KDE I have to fix in the next days!

Get ArchLinux! It's not so difficult... and stay tuned for the news from my LiBook!


Thursday, May 24, 2007


Hi Internet!
I'm coming back from two months full of things to do.
As I wrote in the few posts I was able to write in these days, I'm a candidate to the City Council for a Civic List called "Giovani idee - Volti nuovi per la città" (Young ideas - New faces for the city).
I played with my new group the Ammazzacaffé and everything was fantastic... we can play everything together and this consciousness during the improvisations brings us to amazing tunes!
So my checklist in this period is overflowing and my two blogs have paid this situation.
I miss only two days of campaign because tomorrow we will close it just before the day of silence that is the day before the election.
During these busy weeks I managed to keep track of the Giro and the news of the aerospace world as usual.
Yesterday I had an exam... Aerospace Mechanics... I'm hoping against hope!
Last night A.C. Milan, the football team I support, won the Champions League against Liverpool. I'm very happy for this achievement after a tough season.
Because of the test yesterday I miss the arrival of the 11th stage of the Giro. As I watched later, there was a very spectacular and dramatic fall of many riders just on the finish line. After the group of the winner, an amazing Alessandro Petacchi, because of the wet sponsor stripes on the road an athlete went down, the other runners touched the brakes and there was a general drop, luckily with no consequences.
Today we will see an hard and tough stage who includes the highest point of this Giro.
As usual the highest point of the Giro in named after a great runner Fausto Coppi so in today's stage the Colle dell'Agnello with his 2738m above the sea level gains the name of Cima Coppi.
In the next days we will see amazing stages, the arrival at my dear Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the climb of the Zonconlan.
I'm looking forward these two amazing stages.
Today I'm going to go out with my bike for a ride on my usual track!
I reinstalled ArchLinux on my notebook to try to solve some problems with KDE and it's native sound system.
In the next days I will try to fix it!
So there are many things to do, many things to keep on track. Check out this blog in the next days!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

When I will rest?

Today was another busy day because of my study and the rush due to receive the leaflets and the cards of the Civic List Giovani idee. (Young ideas)
Yeah, next Wednesday I will have Aerospace Mechanics... I don't know where! but I'm here to try to post the three part I've made of my video. So we need to have on-line the most material we can at the beginning of the last week of the campaign.
As soon as YouTube finishes I will go to sleep because tomorrow I have to get up early because I have to study heavily.
We'll see but to get up at 6AM becomes an option the more unreal the more the time is passing by!

So... in the meanwhile... W Engineer Pinotti who at the Giro is wearing the Maglia Rosa since yesterday!