Backup and Restore Installed Software in Sabayon Linux

Here is a simple script that will backup your manually installed software in Sabayon Linux and will restore it at a later date if you need it.

Untar the package in your home folder and issue the following command in Terminal:

chmod +x

Next login as root or super user and issue the following command:


I haven't left Fedora and RHL fans out in the cold. There's two scripts that do this exact same function in a RHL based distribution, as well as back up your repositories:


Follow the same instructions for each of these scripts as you do the Sabayon script.


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In this article I will discuss, a scrobbling service, and present my "tools of the trade" for utilizing it for scrobbling and broadcasting what I'm playing. 


The Linux cat Command

This is one of the best articles I've read on how to use the cat command in Linux.



Cat is  used to either view, create, or join multiple text files together.  (In fact, the term “cat” is short for catenate, which is a fancy way of saying “to join two things together, end-to-end”.)

By default, stdin for cat is the keyboard, and stdout is the computer screen.  If you just type “cat” at the command prompt, you’ll be able to type in text, and make it echo back to you as soon as you hit Enter.  It will keep doing this until you press Ctrl-d to end it.


Alternatives to KDE and GNOME on Linux systems

Before anything, this article is for those using KDE and GNOME and start feeling the need for more, or something else. This is not a trolling article (we hate that), nor is a rant against the two DEs. We respect the freedom of choice, and the Open Source world is all about freedom of choice. With this article we only want to show you what other options you have, the pluses and the minuses, with no bias whatsoever.


Skype Publishes New Linux APIs w/ Video Support

Skype, now under the control of Microsoft, has announced a new developer preview of SkypeKit. It surprisingly brings good news for Linux users.

SkypeKit allows desktop applications to integrate Skype functionality into partner applications while the Skype desktop API allows developers to extend the functionality of the Skype client.


How to Get Wireless to Connect Automatically in Sabayon Linux

There's currently a bug in Sabayon Linux that makes you re-enter your administrator password and network password for your wireless network every time you log in. Not only is this annoying it's a time waster as well. Well, fortunately there's an easy fix to it:


Sabayon Linux Definitely Has a Personality All to Its Own

Well it's my third day on Sabayon Linux and I must say it definitely has a personality of its own. From its snappy performance to its unusual bugs it has left a huge impression on me. It's also had me going through wikis and forums more than any distribution I have ever encountered on the "easy" side of the Linux distribution fence.


What People Are Saying About GNOME [Part 1]

Last week the 2011 GNOME User Survey began, which is an independent survey that was devised by members of the GNOME community to collect feedback on their desktop platform. With the GNOME Foundation not interested in hosting the survey, these survey creators came to Phoronix to host the survey. Some of the initial GNOME comments were shared shortly after the survey went live. This survey will be running for one month, but there were already more than 8,000 submissions in the first few days. Here's the first 1,000 comments provided by participants of the GNOME survey.


Ubuntu Software Center Offers Books, Magazines

Canonical will now be selling electronic books and magazines through the Ubuntu Software Center.

The Ubuntu Software Center, which was originally known as the Ubuntu Software Store has been expanding a lot since its introduction back in Ubuntu 9.10. Beyond just replacing Synaptic as the default package management GUI in Ubuntu, the Software Center for Canonical's operating system has been extended over succeeding Ubuntu releases to offer support for reviews, purchasing paid Linux applications, and other enhancements as it tries to become more user-friendly and follow the ways of Apple's App Store and other competing platforms. The latest move is to offer support from the Ubuntu Software Center to purchase electronic books and magazines.


Adventures with Sabayon Linux

Despite having issues using Sabayon Linux on a USB stick with persistent storage (unable to install packages), I was so impressed by its speed that I decided to go ahead and install it. Surprisingly I have found that most of the software I use is already included, including Gnome Tweak Tool.


How to Change the Login Screen Wallpaper in Gnome 3.x Shell

In this article I'm going to tell you how to change the login screen wallpaper in Gnome 3.x Shell. I'm also going to provide a script that is capable of starting this for you, along with instructions on how to use it.


How can you help the Linux community

 The whole Linux community is based on the concept of community and collaboration. Without it, Linus Torvalds' e-mail sent out 20 years ago would have been forgotten and none of us would have known about Linux. As time went by, it became easier and easier for users, regardless of experience and knowledge, to contribute to his/her favorite distribution.


Sabayon Linux 7: A Review (With Screenshots)

Sabayon is an incredibly fast Linux distribution, probably due to its Gentoo roots. Even though I ran this in Live mode it was snappy and highly responsive.


How to Start Using SSH in Fedora

In this article I will tell you how to set up SSH on Fedora 15/16.

Secure Shell (SSH) is a TCP/IP service. It provides a secure mechanism for remotely logging in to one system either over the local network or over the internet from another system. SSH is useful for managing a system remotely or transferring files between remote systems. When you log in to a remote system using SSH, you receive a command prompt allowing you to enter commands on the remote system. 


Brennan Shows He Has Soul!


Preaching the Libre Software Gospel

Perhaps the Libre Software Community should take heed to the old joke about the two preachers who both preached from the subject, “You’re Going to Hell”.  The same message draws different reactions.  The difference lies in the tone of the preacher.  Libre software advocates should pay attention to the tone of their message.  It is true that many people simply buy various devices based on functionality and not based on what they may be free to do.  But libre software advocates need to craft a solid message with a tone that inspires people to accomplish greater things.


10 Things I Have Learned as a Linux Blogger

These are ten things I have learned as a Linux blogger. I hope they help strengthen and encourage someone out there.


Sabayon 7 review – the most complete out-of-the-box Linux?

With Sabayon 7, you have the latest of everything. The latest versions of all of the big desktops are present, including GNOME 3.2, KDE 4.7 and Xfce 4.8. In previous versions, Xfce was only available in the experimental branches – now you have it available as its own ISO. You also get XBMC 10.0 available, allowing you use Sabayon as a media centre right out of the box. More people than ever use USB sticks to play with Live CD’s and do so using tools like unetbootin. This latest version of Sabayon allows you to simply dd the ISO file directly to a USB device. Just remember that you need to write it to the whole device, not a partition (e.g., dd if=sabayon.iso of=/dev/sdb). Although a small feature, it’s one of many examples of Sabayon’s advancement.


KDE Applauds Qt's Move to Open Governance

Today Nokia announced the start of the open governance model for Qt, known as the Qt Project. The Qt Project allows both companies and individuals to contribute to the development of Qt. KDE supports this move and is excited about the possibilities it brings. We have been waiting for opportunities to take a more active role in Qt's future for a long time and open governance will make this easier. KDE has been working closely with Qt during its 15 year lifetime and the Qt Project promises to bring this collaboration to a new level.


Top 10 Benefits of Drupal

Drupal is an open-source rich with several resources that make it incrediblybest alternative amongst all available open source CMS (content management systems) applications. It makes the mission of web application development so unproblematic and picturesque that you can build Drupal based lovely website on your own. You even don’t need to be professionally solid for web designing or development.


Linux News: Titanium Backup Pro Makes Moving Apps a Snap

Anyone who's gone through the painful task of buying a new smartphone knows that the process of re-installing apps and getting the phone configured just-so is a major job, often taking hours.


Updated Scripts

My scripts have now been updated so they will not run unless you are running them as a super user or root. There have been some other adjustments made to make the scripts easier to run. 


GNOME Shell 3.2.1 Released - Softpedia

Owen Taylor announced earlier today, October 18th the immediate availability for download and upgrade of the GNOME Shell 3.2.1 user interface for the GNOME 3 desktop environment.


Will your computer's "Secure Boot" turn out to be "Restricted Boot"? — Free Software Foundation

Microsoft has announced that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called "Secure Boot." However, it is currently up for grabs whether this technology will live up to its name, or will instead earn the name Restricted Boot.


LibreOffice Will Be Ported to iOS and Android - Softpedia

The Document Foundation proudly announced a few days ago, at the LibreOffice Conference 2011 event in Paris, that LibreOffice will be ported to the iOS and Android operating systems.


Getting Started with Wine

A lot of people make the mistake of downloading Wine and expecting it to work out of the box with their Windows applications. It should be noted that Wine is simply a compatibility layer by itself; it does not include the necessary drivers and library files needed to run most Windows applications. 


How to Add a Random Quote as Your Signature in Evolution

In this article I'm going to tell you how you can add a random quote as your signature in Evolution, like this:


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How to Add a Random Quote to Terminal

In this article I'm going to tell you how you can add a random quote to Terminal, like what you see below:


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Do Me a Favor Please

When going through the archives of this website, pay attention to the blog author. There are posts here by me, Jonquil, and there are some old posts here by FreeTrafficSystem from when I was trying out their automatic content system. The articles I got from them were mostly junk, and when you flame me for them all you do is get laughter from me because while you're flaming me for "my" stupidity I'm laughing at you for your stupidity in not paying attention to who the author of the article was.


[Phoronix] The VirtualBox Kernel Driver Is Tainted Crap

Linux kernel developers have marked Oracle's VirtualBox Linux kernel driver as "tainted crap" due to the overwhelming number of problems this module has caused.


4 Reasons to Have Live Linux at Home

Linux became real part of our lives. You can meet anywhere... in your appliances, mobile phones, internet servers, desktops and laptops.

In most cases this is either "embedded" or "installed" version of Linux. But there is another type of Linux operating systems which you should also consider. And I recommend you to have at least one at home... Why?


Photoshop Alternatives for Linux - Linux notes from DarkDuck

Photoshop is without doubt the most well known piece of photo editing software. It is used by serious hobby photographers and professionals alike. However, although you can run Photoshop on a Linux machine by using a virtual box containing a Windows operating system, there are some good alternatives available on Linux.


[Phoronix] Wine 1.3.30 Has New DirectSound & More

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New Wine development releases normally come every other Friday, but last week there wasn't any Wine 1.3.30 release. Fear not, however, as the Wine developers have went forward with the Wine 1.3.30 release this Monday. Wine 1.3.30 does offer up a few interesting features.


[Phoronix] Fedora 17 Has A Tasty Codename: Beefy Miracle

Last week Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu 12.04 LTS would be codenamed Precise Pangolin while this evening Red Hat's Jared Smith has announced the codename for Fedora 17, which will be released around the same time next spring.


Do You Have to be Root to Download Apps Outside the Android Market?

The short answer: no.


You just have to change some settings on your phone to download apps outside of the Android Market. 


KDE Plasma Active One Has Been Released

Today marks a major milestone for KDE Plasma Workspaces. Plasma ActiveOne has been released, primarily for tablet computers. It is the latest expression of the Plasma concept, following Plasma Desktop and Plasma Netbook. In the KDE tradition, Plasma Active One is designed for the best User Experience—for people on the move and engaged in many activities.


How to Root Your Froyo Android Smart Phone

In this article I'm going to tell you how you can gain root access to your Froyo Android smart phone. This comes in handy if your phone comes with firmware applications you want to uninstall.


How to Convert RPM to DEB and Vice Versa

As many of you know the most used packages on GNU/Linux are deb and rpm.

deb is the extension of the Debian software package format and the most often used name for such binary packages.
Debian packages are standard Unix ar archives that include two gzipped, bzipped or lzmaed tar archives: one that holds the control information and another that contains the data.
The accepted program for handling these packages is dpkg, commonly used via other programs such as apt/aptitude or Gdebi.


It's No Joke: There's an RSS Feed Handler in Google Chrome, Too

Someone commented on the article about Google Chrome's FTP client that they almost thought it was a joke because there was no RSS feed handler in Google Chrome.


Well if that article was a joke this one must be, too.


Google Chrome now Sports an FTP Client

One thing that has been holding me back from switching from Firefox to Google Chrome has been the lack of an FTP client. I've been quite fond of FireFTP for a while now. Well, my wait seems to be over.


Fedora 16 Review: A Big Change or A Little Editing? (With Screenshots)

Unwilling to wait for Fedora 16 final to come out, I went ahead and installed Fedora 16 beta. So much has been fixed in Fedora 16 that was wrong in Fedora 15 I can hardly see why this is called a beta. However, there are a few things I've noticed that go awry with Fedora 16 that will hopefully be fixed by the time the final release comes out.  



ACRyan known from its bestseller Linux based mediaplayer, the PlayonHD now introduces an Android based mediaplayer, the Veolo.


Xubuntu Review: It Packs a Punch! (With Screenshots)

Xubuntu 11.04 is a fast, stable operating system for older systems or systems that could use the performance boost. It is beautifully well put together and easy to use.


How to Sync Calendar and Contacts with Google in Evolution

In an earlier post I told you how you can sync your cell phone with Evolution. In this post I'm going to tell you how you can sync your calendar and contacts with Google in Evolution.