Fedora 17 Brings Stability and Some New Features

On the 29th of May Red Hat released Fedora 17. This article is a review of Fedora 17 with Gnome 3.4. In this article I will discuss new features in Fedora 17 as well as any bugs I encounter. 

Fedora 17 with Gnome 3.4 is incredibly stable in comparison with Fedora 16 with Gnome 3.2. I have to admit I had a really hard time finding any bugs in the system, which is a lot more than I could say for Fedora 16. The bugs I did find weren't even really bugs but just minor annoyances.

The installation was quick, and it only took me a maximum of 15 minutes to get the system installed and booted up. The boot time is quick as well, although I don't know the exact number of seconds. It certainly does boot faster than Sabayon or Ubuntu on my laptop, however.


Six Years Worth of Blogging Almost Went Down the Drain

I have been through quite an ordeal.

A while back my blog got hacked. I fixed it, but not before I got blacklisted. Because I got blacklisted I lost my domain name.

Around the same time I was losing my hosting. I had backups of my posts but they wouldn't import in to Blogger, even with the use of a converter.


A Twitter Extension For Sharing Webpages in Opera That Actually Works in Linux

I recently made the switch from Google Chrome to Opera. I've used Opera before in the past and found it to be an excellent "everything but the kitchen sink" kind of browser that is full of goodies. However, one problem in my switch from Chrome to Opera has been finding a suitable Twitter extension for sharing webpages. For some reason (I can only assume it's because I'm on Linux) most of the Twitter extensions available for Opera don't work in one form or another. So I've been reading articles in Chrome while doing the majority of my browsing in Opera.


How to Defensively Partition Your Hard Drive in Linux

Hardly a day goes by that I don't see a post in Yahoo Answers about how someone installed Linux, messed up the installation beyond repair, and now is facing the possibility of losing all their personal files. This doesn't need to be an issue in Linux, however. In this article I'm going to tell you how you can defensively partition your hard drive in Linux. 


Logging in as Administrator: "Permission Denied" in Sabayon

Today I started to log in to my root account via the command prompt to make a backup of my software. I was promptly greeted by this:

jonquil@sabayon ~ $ su
Permission denied.


How To Install VMware Player in Sabayon 8

Installing the latest VMware Player in Sabayon 8 with the 3.2 Linux kernel was an absolute pain. There are positively NO recent resources on how to get VMware Player working in Sabayon. So in this article I'm going to share with you how I got VMware Player 4.0.3 working in Sabayon 8.


The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Ubuntu

I read this article today by someone called Hoo-Ann and I was very disappointed by how short the article was. I have been using Ubuntu off and on since it was Breezy Badger and I can come up with a lot more to say about the advantages and disadvantages of using Ubuntu. So, as someone that believes if someone else can't do it "right" then you should it yourself, I'm going to list the (much longer) advantages and disadvantages I've personally found with using Ubuntu. 

No Battery Status Icon in Gnome Shell 2.3.1? Try This Extension

While everything works on my Toshiba L755D-S5204 laptop, the one thing that doesn't work is the battery status icon. While there's still a space there for the icon, and clicking on that space will bring up the battery status menu, there's not actually a battery status icon visible anywhere that can tell me what the state of my battery is.


Going Incognito in Linux

Most people already know about the Incognito mode in Google's Chrome/Chromium browser. It allows you to browse the internet without leaving behind any footprints - no temporary internet files, no history, no cookies, etc. However did you know you can use this handy tool from the command line without ever having to open up Google Chrome/Chromium?


Backup and Restore Software in Ubuntu, Sabayon, and Fedora

In Linux it is possible to create a list of installed software that you can later use to re-download the software should you have to reinstall your operating system. I have made this process even easier by writing three scripts for backing up and restoring installed software in Ubuntu, Sabayon, and Fedora.



Hi & welcome to the new website! Unfortunately my hosting bill came due at a time I was not prepared to pay it, so I had to let my hosting account go. I will probably be sticking with Blogger from here on out because I really do not like having to lose anything and with the economy the way it is now finances are uncertain. I have migrated some of the posts from the old website here, and I will be adding more content soon. So sit back & relax! Enjoy the new website. :)


This Website is Moving

This website is moving, mostly because I was too broke this month to re-up on a year's worth of hosting. You can find some of the old posts (and new ones) at xjonquilx.blogspot.com


10 Reasons Why You SHOULD Install Linux

This is a follow up article to the article I wrote entitled, "10 Reasons Why Not to Install Linux". Now that we know some reasons why one wouldn't want to install Linux, we're going to go over some of the reasons why one would want to install Linux. 


My Ubuntu 12.04 Tweaks

This is just a list, partially for my reference, of the tweaks I'm using in Ubuntu 12.04. 


How To Run Picasa on Ubuntu 12.04

Wow, I only left Linux a few months ago but coming back it seems like it's been a year since I left. One of the many changes that has taken place on the Linux playing field is Google no longer supports Picasa for Linux. I kind of feel like Google is shooting themselves in the foot - after all they use Linux for practically everything, including their Android operating system. Why wouldn't they support the operating system they themselves show a preference for? But whatever. The fact is you can still run Picasa on Linux. It just takes A LOT more steps to do so.