Monthly Archives: januar 2006

Tibetan students protest against Google’s agreement to censor Internet search results in China

“Google Inc. launched a search engine in China on Wednesday that censors material about human rights, Tibet and other topics sensitive to Beijing defending the move as a trade-off granting Chinese greater access to other information.
Searches for other sensitive subjects such as exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, Taiwan independence, and terms such as “democracy” and “human rights” yielded similar results.”

To me, Google’s censoring of search results is just absurd!

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In my opinion, free speech is a human right, and by censoring search results, Google helps take those rights away from millions of people, I think that’s flat out wrong!

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It should be pretty obvious why the chinese government doesn’t want their citizens to have complete freedom on internet, they don’t want their citizens to know about all the people Mao and his regime murdered in the past, they’re just a bunch of cowards in my opinion! A communist government that has to hide it’s apalling shit to avoid getting overthrown, is just a bunch of cowards!!

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SUSE Linux 10.1 Beta 2 Released

“SUSE Linux 10.1 Beta 2 has been released. Next Beta is due on Feb 2.”

If you’ve been reading my blog in the past you know that I’m a big fan of SUSE Linux, mainly because of it’s polish, management tools and overall quality, so this new beta release is nothing but exciting to me. I’ve been using SUSE Linux 10.0 since it came out in October last year, and I’ve been very very happy with it, and 10.1 looks to be even better. In 10.1 Red Hat’s NetworkManager will be integrated as the default app for switching between wired and wireless connections (Very handy for laptops), scan for wireless networks and log on to them, WPA support has just been added and it also has support for VPN connections. Did I mention that NetworkManager also has native frontends for both KDE and GNOME? It’s very exciting stuff, because in the past, the process of switching between wired and wireless connections could be a bit of burden, and that’s really not practical when you’re on the road with your laptop and logs on to a wireless network in a coffee shop.
Another thing I look forward to in SUSE Linux 10.1 is the integration of the AppArmor intrusion prevention system, which Novell acquired when they bought Immunix and then open sourced, I’ve been playing with it on SUSE 10.0 and it’s very cool, it’s so easy to configure and actually does work very well, I tried using a version of Firefox with buffer overflows, with AppArmor turned on, those buffer overruns with exploit code were harmless, they just didn’t work because of the Firefox policies that AppArmor applied to it.

Another thing that will be new in SUSE 10.1 is that you no longer need all five CDs to install the basic desktop system, the SUSE guys has improved the package layout on the CDs so you only need CD1, CD2 and CD3, which will certainly make SUSE Linux more intuitive for new users, because five CDs can sometimes be a little overwhelming. I hope they will make it even better for 10.2 so you only need CD1 and CD2, that would be perfect, because two CDs is doable for most people.

If you wanna help test this beta, you can go grab it at www.opensuse.org, you can also report bugs there, and please do if you try this one out.

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HP to distribute computers pre-loaded with Mandriva Linux 2006 to 37 countries in Latin America

“Mandriva, publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, today announced a new partnership with HP to distribute HP computers pre-loaded with Mandriva Linux 2006 to 37 countries in Latin America.”

Good for the people down there in Latin America, they’ll be getting a free, better and cheaper operating system, that they could use to a lot of fun stuff with. I still believe that the poorer nations might not be that ready for 100 dollar laptops and stuff, considering that a lot of people in those countries don’t even have access to clean water to drink, and have to work their ass-off for a bunch of bread crums. But, I think Linux can help make this better, I’m 100% sure that there are those people down there, who don’t know they would be very good at using a computer, because they never had the option to. I think that computers, and especially with Linux and free software, can help provide education for people, and in the end help making the society better. I’m not suggesting that Linux will be their “Mesias”, absolutely not, but what I AM sayng is that Linux, and computing in general, can provide a little avenue to making life better for everyone.

Sounds like a dream right? Well, I really hope that there will be a day when people don’t have to starve because they don’t have money for food, that their children die at a young age because there are no money for medicine and stuff, all those things should be freely available to everyone, food shouldn’t be something you would have to pay for in my opinion, a house you probably had to pay for, but come ,on isn’t the thought of having to pay in order to stay alive absurd?
Also if food, water and medicine was free, as in “no-price”, and more available, to all the poor people in this world, I think this world would be way different. Why do rebels start civil wars? In a lot of cases because they are angry about something, and I think that all of the conflicts in Africa could be lessened if people didn’t have to die hunger, and diseases that could be cured. If we had such an infrastructure, then we could eaisily provide everyone with a “miracle aids medicine” the day it was invented and guaranteed to work in a lot of cases, because I belive that day will come, not tomorrow, but I think it will be here in the future. Nature brought aids into this world, I am sure that there are ways we can banish it and other similar things from our world.

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Cheap PowerPC Apple hardware might be right around the corner

Now that Apple finally has announced some Intel-based products, and begun to take orders on it, I think a lot of people who currently has PowerPC-based Macintosh computers will be selling their “old” iBooks, PowerBooks on eBay and stuff like that.
Personally I like Apple’s hardware designs, not a fan of the proprietary nature of it though, looks really nice, but I’m not a fan of their operating system. Personally I love UNIX, Linux and BSD being the ones I use, and I think that if you keep an eye on eBay you might be able to find some good “old” Apple hardware to get some Linux and BSD stuff going. What I’m really looking forward to is when Apple ditches PowerPC on the Mac mini, because then a lot of people might be buying that new one so they can dual boot OS X and Windows (I don’t understand why you would load crappy software like Windows onto anything though), and sell the old PowerPC Mac mini on eBay, that’s gonna be really cool, because you can almost fit a Mac mini anywhere, so imagine going to eBay, picking up a cheap Mac mini, might be a lot of them so they’ll be cheap because of the sheer number of people wanting to sell theirs, loading Linux or BSD on it, and just placing it somewhere in the house to run a little handy file server, or placing it at the edge of your house to connect to your neighbors’ WiFis……. there’s lots of cool stuff you could do. 😛 😉

I’m hoping to be able to gather a nice little bundle of Mac mini, and loading Linux on them and just letting it sit around auto-bittorrenting stuff for me, like downloading podcasts and other neat stuff.

If you’re a real geek, you could even do a Beowulf cluster of Mac minis, wouldn’t that be cool?

New school, yet again.

You may have noticed that my blog has been pretty inactive for the last week, this is because I just started at a new school, which as you probably know takes a little while to get used to, especially since I now have to take the train every morning, which is very different than just a regular bus.

You may ask why I didn’t stay at the school I started at right after I graduated ninth grade, well I didn’t really feel comfortable with the “environment” there, people were nice and all that happy stuff, but there weren’t a single person who would properly understand a technical word like “bootloader” or “operating system kernel” which kind of made me a little lonesome, I did go there to improve my math and physics skills, but they weren’t being improved at all, so I decided to just take what I got from ninth grade and make the best of it at a technical related school 😉

Currently I’m on a basic training course, which is basic electronic stuff , math and some general preparations for the main course, which I can attend after the summer holidays IF I can pass the summer test AND get an internship, which is gonna be a bigger challenge than the test, it’s very very hard to get an internship in todays Denmark, especially when it comes to the IT category, which is a sad-ass situation, because there are so many very cleaver people, besides myself but not that I’m bragging or anything, out there who can’t complete their education because of the requirement of internships.

So is this a dangerous route I’ve decided to go down to? Maybe it is, but I’ve decided to grab the bull by the horns and thrown it 100 meters away, because I have some dreams and I want to take them out into reality, and that always has it’s risks and challenges.