Back from holidays

I am back from holidays. Most of the time was spent on rearrangements of my home network. I have downgraded the CPU to PII 200MHz on my home server and upgraded it’s memory to 256 MBytes.
There is also a brand new 1.2 GHz Celeron with 128 MBytes of memory, which is dedicated to DVD playing and other illegal activities :)

The topic of DVD playing is still new to me. I have found few projects on Freshmeat.net, including Ogle, xine, and Mplayer. For those happy Red Hat users, most of the above software is available in RPMs from FreshRPMs.net. I was also able to output DVDs and DivX to my TV using the instructions for Nvidia drivers. GeForce2 with TV-OUT easily does the job.

Meanwhile, it is nice to notice that while I was on holidays lots of people worked hard. I am very glad to discover announcements of Red Hat Linux 7.3, OpenOffice.org, Gnome 1.4 snapshot, and several other nice pieces of software in my mailbox. Congratulations to the developers!

Hacking kickstart and amanda. More.

Today and yesterday I am playing with Red Hat installation program amanda, kickstart and several other tools. My current goal is to learn how to modify Red Hat installation disks in order to create customized installation CDs for our environment. Basically, it will come down to installing of all updates from the very beginnning, replacing sendmail with exim, adding mysql to SQL Server setup, and using the latest rawhide kernel with law latency patch. If I am lucky enough to fit it all on one CD, I am happy. If not, I will fill the second disk with ltsp, openoffice.org, evolution and other usefull staff.
Until now I managed to get the rough idea how the whole thing works, and build several test CDs with random changes. Currently, I am making the ISO image of the disk with all updates in place and plenty of useless things removed (like Novell and Macintosh staff). I found Burning a Red Hat CD HOWTO extremely helpful aswell as Red Hat 7 CDs mini-HowTo and Distribution Hacking 101: disecting anaconda pages.

P.S.: Almost forgot to mention two links to Unix tips and vim tips.

P.P.S.: I am also on one week vacation from tomorrow. Happy Easter!

Red Hat, kickstart, and distribution hacking

Kickstart day. Few more machines are off from Compaq to IBM. Meanwhile, I managed to get an interesting problem with kickstart – it panics the kernel with “init not found” if I boot from the floppy to do CD-ROM installation. Needs more investigation, but for now I choose to boot from CD-ROM and use floppy only for ks.cfg storage :) While looking for anyone with similar problem, I came across several nice resources about creating your own distribution based on Red Hat. Distribution Hacking 101 explains in details how to add LTSP project to Red Hat 7.2 CDs; and Red Hat 7 CDs mini-HowTo gives lots of explanations in general. There is something similar at Linuxdoc.org.

Random bits

Nothing much happened today. I have seen several useful tips at LOST page.

Also found out that Mozilla actually can show Public folders from Exchange. (under right-click properties of the account).

Another one of my collegues has installed a Linux box under the table. Apparently, I was called a brain-washer of the year ;)