Elimist

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  1. I recently had a Mac PowerPC G3 (266 MHz Rev. B tower model). It has Mac OS 9 on their now. I've been told I can run up to 10.2.8 on it easily, and up to Panther/10.3 if I run XPostFacto 3 (though someone I talked to who had the same system said he couldn't get that to work) Should I stick with 9, or upgrade to a 10.2.8? Also, is OS X POSIX compliant, or have an extension for posix compliance? If not, is there anyhting i could get which would do such a thing? Sorry to be so much of a bother, but I've never run a Mac and I'l still very lost...
  2. I noticed you mentioned you had some "old apple stuff"....I'm in dire need of a 6800 processor, preferably one of the ceramic (not the plastic) models. Is your apple stuff old enough that one of them would by chance have a 6800, or are they newer than that?
  3. Theres obviously some major problems with this: 1 - Not UNIX, so UNIX software doesn't work with it 2 - [Almost] no programs for the thing 3 - Forced to use a GUI
  4. Yes,. theres two One is called Cygwin, the others is a proprietary Windows product that emulates a POSIX environment. I'd actually recommend the Windows product, because rather sitting slowly in User Space like Cygwin does, it actually uses WIndow's POSIX interface. Better preformance.
  5. ....You could have avoided the loss of thousands of dolars in equipment, and months of work for......a $10 Surge Protector. Or better yet, a $100 UPS
  6. Er, DHCP has standards for automatically retreiving the nameserver. You shouldn't have to set it if you're using DHCP.
  7. This could be several things. First of all, check your hardware. If any of your drives aren't plugged in, aren't functioning correctly, etc, this could be a problem. Also, you may have not compiled your kernel with the correct hardware drivers for your drive to function. If your drive is SCSI, make sure you include SCSI drivers. If its ATA, make sure you include the correct drivers. Have you actually tried framebuffer? A lot of people associate the framebuffer boot logo you can activate with framebuffer. You might have framebuffer enabled and just have the boot logo disabled. If not. double check your kernel config. Make sure you have the right drivers for the right cards, and double check that your lilo.conf is set up.
  8. I remember reading that, and from what I remember its all true, but they make it sound bad. What it basicaly said was that Linux is a clone of UNIX, which it sort of is (it would be better to say it was a POSIX Compliant system). Theres nothing wrong with that. The Open Group actually sets forth the standards for POSIX, and encourages them to be followed.
  9. Well, thats to be expected. The PPC series were the first to have processors specially adapted to run the Mac operating systems. First of all, the emulated processor has to be run within the confines of the scheduler on Linux, which is one big roadbock....Then theres also the fact that intstructions that might take 1 clock cycle on a tuned Mac processor might take many, many more on an Intel processor.
  10. http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=0...tid=187&tid=190
  11. Well, I was removing a package on my slackware system earlier, planning on upgrading it manually. I run removepkg, then yet: ls: unrecognized option `---1' Try `ls --help' for more information. So I fire up verbosity (/bin/sh -v) on the script to see why something is calling /bin/ls --1... Removing package /var/log/packages/mysql-4.0.15a-i486-1... Removing files: ls * | sed "/^$2$/d" ls: unrecognized option `---1' Try `ls --help' for more information. Now, since * will return all the files in the current working directory, you'd assume it was finding a file called ---1, which isn't possible on POSIX systems. Anyone have any suggestions as to whats up?
  12. /usr/bin/ls is symlinked to /bin/ls
  13. I know that. I've understood that fromt he start, that gnuls things its being fed a command line option. However, the fact remains that I HAVE NO FILE NAMED --1 ON MY HARD DRIVE.
  14. Yeah, FreeNet proved me wrong this morning..it is *possible* to have a file named --1.....but I don't HAVE a file named --1 anywhere on my system.....anyway, someone would have to want to fuck with you, making a file named --1 because its (as we've seen) impossible to use wiht most CLI tools. Anyway, I don't think its a case of (for some strange reason) their beign a file named --1. I think something strange is going on.
  15. Note that \--1 != --1. elimist@revolution:~$ touch "--1" touch: unrecognized option `--1' Try `touch --help' for more information. elimist@revolution:~$ ls -l "--1" /usr/bin/ls: unrecognized option `--1' Try `/usr/bin/ls --help' for more information. elimist@revolution:~$ rm "--1" rm: unrecognized option `--1' Try `rm --help' for more information. I have no idea if you could create --1 with low level system calls like fopen. I heavily doubt it. Even if you could, it'd be something you'd pretty much have to do purposely.
  16. Burning a CD from an ISO image using Nero 5.5
  17. Eh? Its his RAM because he's getting an error saying his CPU is overheating?
  18. Well, I'm currently trying to refurbish a very, very old (1976) Microcomputer that I found, and it has a section of it missing....I have full schematics, part lists, etc and have been able to find everything that I need; however, it requires parts by a company called Stackpole which made switches back in the day. Stackpoles out of business, and I can't find any information on my switch, or a good alternative. I've found several competitors websites that try to give you alternative products based on Stackpole model number, but none of these fit the model number I have, and they're all in-a-certain-position switches, rather than press-it-once switches (this is used in a mechanism similar to a keyboard) On the microcomputers parts list, its listed as having a catalog number of LO-PR05. I've searched, and can't find *anything* by this model name (except a toilet paper roll holder), and from what I've been able to find on Stackpole model numbers, they don't follow a naming convention thats at all similar to this. Is anyone familiar with Stackpole's products? Can anyone offer in help or insights?
  19. I just thought I'd post, incase anyone (for some strange reason) is in the same cirdcumstances as I was. I decided to get my keys from Cherry Corp (www.cherrycorp.com), and I'm purchasing them through digikey(www.digikey.com). Just a standard SPST-NO switch.
  20. Somebody I know had me post this: "When you delete a file on most computers, the file isn't really deleted. The only thing deleted is an entry in the disk's index file, telling the machine that the file is there. Many software vendors have made a fortune selling file-recovery software that recovers files after they have been deleted. "And there's yet another worry: Virtual memory means your computer can read and write memory to disk any time. Even if you dn't save it, you never know when a sensitive document you are working on is shipped off to disk. This means that even if you never save your plain text data, your computer might do it for you. And driver-level compression programs like Stacker and DoubleSpace can make it even harder to predict how and where information is stored on a disk. "To erase a file so that file-recovery software cannot read it, you have to physically write over all of the file's bits on the disk. According to the National Computer Security Center: "'Overwriting is a process by which unclassified data are written to storage locations that previously held sensitive data... To purge the... storage media, the DoD requires overwriting with a patter, then its complement and finally with another pattern; e.g., overwrite first with 0011 0101, followed by 1100 1010, then 1001 0111. The number of times an overwrite must be accomplished depends on the storage media, sometimes on its sensitivity, and sometimes on different DoD component requirements. In any case, a purge is not complete until a final overwrite is made using unclassified data.' "You may have to erase files or you may have to erase entire drives. You should also erase all unused space on your hard disk. "Most commercial programs that claim to implement the DoD standard overwrite three times: first with all ones, then with all zeros, and five times with a cryptographically secure pseudo-random sequence. Recent developments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology with electron-tunneling microscopes suggest even that might not be enough. Honestly, if you data is sufficiently valuable, assume that it is impossible to erase data completely off magnetic media. Burn or shred the media; it's cheaper to buy media new than to lose your secrets." --Bruce Schneier, Applied Cryptography What you'll want to do, is create a program that will open the device file (/dev/hda1, I'll call it fd), and will write to the fd, and use the algorithm as mentioned above. If you're really paranoid, you'll want to overwrite at least 27 times (27 is now the standard (now meaning 6-8 months ago)).
  21. You know, thats really the exact opposite of what Open Source software and Linux are all about.
  22. Some guiys packaged and distributed set of patches is not what I'm talking about.. Were you running 2.6.6-rc3-bk11? Do you think many people tested it before bk11 becomes part of of an rc? Do you think many people used THAT before it was released as 2.6.6?
  23. It's a beige, unfortunately. I can't complain, though...got it for practically free. Specs: 266 Mhz, 512K Cache Processor 32 MB RAM 60 GB HD I have read it can run up to 10.2.8 without any problems (although I forsee it being a *bit* slow).
  24. I actually agree with lattera, but for slightly different reasons. I think most of the kernel coders are at least decent. Some of my ideas (Such as I'm a microkernel fan, currently trying to work a bit on GNU/Hurd-l4) clash with them, but they usually right decent code. Some of them are amazing. However, I don't like their release policy. Take FreeBSD for example - Unstable FreeBSD tree's undergo a huge amount of testing, because of the way its run. While things are marked unstable and liable to have coding flaws, the open availabilty of unstable trees encourages wide spread testing. Though a model like this makes stable releases much fewer and farther between, users always have access to the unstable code (and thanks to how dynamic the FreeBSD Ports system is, the ability to often run cutting-edge code) and therefore the testing process tends to be much better. Look at the linux kernel on the other hand. How many of you are running patch versions? Unstable versions? Why don't you? Because you know that, as far as patch versions go, you'll literally have a new one to compile the next day. I have hundreds of developers turning out code, and it undergoes almost no review process or a very lax one. True, major problems are fixed....but we have so much code being pushed through so rapidly with no good testing system that it gets clogged up. There neeeds to be a bigger distinction between the stable and testing trees, in my opinion. It shouldn't just be a matter of days or weeks. Kernel code needs more time to be tested, it needs more time to mature. Also, I'm in favor of slimming down the number of people who have CVS commit access to the linux kernel. Theres too many of them. Place a few very godo coders who have a lot of time on their hands in charge. Anyone can submit, but run it through those who really truly know what they're doing and can devote their time to the Linux kernel. More and more I see the linux kernel as a hackjob thats lived too long.....The bottom line of all of this, though, is the kernel development process is entirely a point of personal opinion. Some of you may like releases closer together that aren't as heavily tested. Others of you might agree with me.
  25. There is no install. Its all manual.