Monday, December 17, 2007

16-dec-2007 -
Fedora7 + VirtualBox + SeamlessRDP = Sweetness! (Seamless virtualization) - could check this
ht - must set this up along with webserver authentication
Sniper Elite-walkthrough



Sunday, December 09, 2007


awesome-a tiling window manager
secure/harden box
pulse streaming audio on my machine...restrict users and port access.
speech recog-on fc8
flightsim-on fc8

binary bombs-code - 2.7 preview version with web upload integration

Subsonic-try the beta -- probably a memory hog, lets check it out and if too much of a load, then switch to gnump3d

winstone - this + subsonic

tiny java web server

FC8 removing hdd icons from desktop

in /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/99-redhat-storage-policy-fixed-drives.fdi

Friday, December 07, 2007

Fedora 8 + Skype 2 Beta + Vlc + Audacious

I love Fedora. So obviously I love Linux :D, so its only natural that I would not want to use ***doze for just Skype-right?

Here starts a mix and match of sound servers that were messing up one or the other app-pulse audio was not helping much. If I set everything to OSS, audacious and skype were working but not vlc, and any combination had such problems.

Getting Skype 2 beta alone to work was a significant task-all with skype when run on the CLI telling me the follosing message:

Cannot open shared library /usr/lib/alsa-lib/

And searching around I found that this so was in alsa-plugins-pulseaudio, which adding to the confusion was already installed on my machine...

The solution turned out to be to surprise-surprise-- uninstall alsa-plugins-pulseaudio :)


Vlc->Settings->Preferences->Audio->OutPut Modules->Advanced options enabled

Audacious Preferences

Skype Preferences

Now that done, I removed all traces of pulse on my FC8 box and added a few plugins for audacious and alsa-the following is the list of related packages I have at the moment:


And now, all three work fine...phew....


SKYPE 2.x on Linux:

After a lot of digging around, I hit on the brilliant idea of running skype from command line so that U can atleast get a look at the error messages-if there are any. Voila; it turned out that there was just one - could not open

More digging to find out the package that it was present in gave me alsa-plugins-pulseaudio as the package that contains the file. Cool I thought-I downloaded it from rpmfind and tried to install it when it said that it is already installed :D OK Back to square 1. More digging and I found the solution-uninstall the very same package. Yes it did it. Just do a
yum remove alsa-plugins-pulseaudio and you should get skype 2 working cool with excellent audio and the video-ok I have not tested that. My friend whos webcam I was trying to see was having a bad connection and probably a bad cam. So cant really comment on that.

But in addition to removing alsa-plugins-pulseaudio, I installed alsa-plugins-oss and made my system->preferences->hardware->sound point to OSS devices. If you have trouble with just the above, then you could try doing this step in addition....good luck :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - folding - fedora team - try the same kind of stuff for fedora with tamil enabled. - skype on fc8 x86_64 - skype - replace alsa with oss - see if this helps