Tuesday, March 21, 2006

No IE7 for Windows 2000 ?

This news was published last year but I just like featuring here as a reminder for me and for other readers. For those who are still using Windows 2000, there is bad news. The much-awaited IE 7 will not be available for Windows 2000 users. But why? I hear you ask. Microsoft said that:

"the task is too complex due to security features not available in the older operating system. Company officials also noted that Windows 2000 is moving into the "Extended" support phase of Microsoft's product lifecycle as of June 30, 2005."

"It should be no surprise that we do not plan on releasing IE7 for Windows 2000," IE program manager Chris Wilson wrote on the Internet Explorer Web log.

The above phrase clearly stated that Windows 2000 is an old operating system and MS will not support in the future (till 2010). IMHO, I think Windows 2000 is one of the stable OS ever built by MS. It is also used in many mission-critical servers all over the world. I once took classes of MCSE and the instructor use Windows 2000. It is stable and rock-solid especially if use in corporate environment and has a large userbase. But why MS don't want to release IE7 for Windows 2000 users? Why not MS listen to Windows 2000 users? Upgrading to XP involves buying a new OS and many reluctant to do it and especially when they look at many security problem of XP before. You may think that this is one of MS tactic to dominate OS market.

I am one of Windows 2000 users and also a big fan of Firefox. If MS doesn't want to release it for Windows 2000, I have firefox. We as a user, have many better choices. We just need to choose the right tool for what we want to achieve. Thank god we have open source apps that are more reliable with better support for open standard to choose from.

Monday, March 20, 2006

urpmi made easy - Step by step

Ok. to make easier for newbie, a step by step guide is preferable or a series of commands will make their life wonderful :). Here the shortcut for my previous post. You have to be root to run these commands.

urpmi.removemedia -a
urpmi.addmedia --update updates http://ftp.kddlabs.co.jp/Linux/distributions/Mandrake/official/updates/x86_64/2006.0/main_updates/ with media_info/hdlist.cz
urpmi.addmedia main http://ftp.kddlabs.co.jp/Linux/distributions/Mandrake/official/2006.0/x86_64/media/main with media_info/hdlist.cz
urpmi.addmedia contrib http://ftp.kddlabs.co.jp/Linux/distributions/Mandrake/official/2006.0/x86_64/media/contrib with media_info/hdlist.cz

Please notice any error produced. The server may experience busy traffic or it may be down. You should run the particular command once again. This time you have to choose another server. After all commands run successfully, you can install and update packages through internet by issuing :

urpmi name_of_package

That's all there is to it.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Easy installation and updates using urpmi

Mandriva (formerly known as Mandrake) is one of the famous Linux distribution on the planet. I like Mandriva a lot although sometimes it is not as stable as Slackware. Slackware known as one of the most stable distribution and also one of pioneers in Linux distribution world, is not easy for newbies in terms of installation and configuration but it is improving gradually. It still sticks to 2.4 vanilla kernel while other distributions using 2.6 for quite some time. 2.6 is offered as testing kernel only on Slackware. If I have old CPU, I for sure choose Slackware for it. For new machine, I choose Mandriva. If it fails, I revert to Slackware.

Entering 64-bit world
My new machine is a 64-bit. In searching for a 64-bit Linux distribution, I found out that Mandriva is the best (Note: Your mileage may vary). Latest is Mandriva 2006. It supports a variety of platforms including 64-bit. Installation went smoothly and hardwares were autodetected.

What I like the most with Mandriva is the packaging system urpmi and the variety of packages it has. After installation, if you want to install or remove packages, you can do it in console or using package manager in X. It will prompt you to insert the particular CDs if it has the packages on CDs. What if you lost the CDs? Don't panic. You can download the particular packages over the internet or you can tell urpmi to download the packages from a chosen mirrors and install them for you automatically.

urpmi made easy
If you have fast internet connection, you may want to install packages or update packages via internet. What you have to do is go to http://easyurpmi.zarb.org and answer few questions and then copy the commands in the console as root. It will update the media sources. You have to run urpmi.removemedia -a. If all runs well without any errors, you can just issue urpmi name_of_packages to install packages. Please choose the nearest mirror to your location for faster download.

I know Slackware has contributional utilities that can do the same as urpmi but I have never explored them yet. I hope someday. :) If you have experience with them, please give me the link.

Happy 'urpmi'ing :)

*UPDATE : In Slackware, there's equivalent utility called slapt-get. It is similar to apt-get in Debian and yum in Redhat-based distro.