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Fedora: Specify Repo when Booting Installer

To specify an installation source for Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat or Scientific Linux, use the linux repo= option at the boot prompt: For example: linux repo=cdrom:device linux repo=ftp://username:password@URL linux repo=http://URL linux repo=hd:device linux repo=nfs:options:server:/path linux repo=nfsiso:options:server:/path In these examples, cdrom refers to a CD or DVD drive, ftp refers to a location accessible by FTP, http refers to a URL accessible by HTTP, hd refers to an ISO image file accessible on a hard drive partition, nfs refers to an expanded tree of installation files accessible by NFS, and nfsiso refers to an ISO image file accessible by NFS. See

Disable PackageKit Update Check after Yum

Ever get an error message like the following when you use yum to install an RPM package or a group of RPM packages, and then, within a minute or two, attempt to use yum to install another RPM package? # yum groupinstall “Development Tools” Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit Existing lock /var/run/yum.pid: another copy is running as pid 1651. Another app is currently holding the yum lock; waiting for it to exit… The other application is: PackageKit Memory : 114 M RSS (506 MB VSZ) Started: Wed Oct 26 15:11:42 2011 – 00:10 ago State : Running, pid: 1651 Another

Microsoft: A Major Contributor to the Linux kernel

Microsoft was the fifth-largest corporate contributor to the 3.0 Linux kernel as measured by the number of changes to its previous release. Only Red Hat, Intel, Novell, and IBM had more contributions. Microsoft was fifteenth as measured by number of lines changed. The work done by Microsoft was to enable the Microsoft Hyper-V driver to be included in the mainline Linux kernel. Microsoft originally submitted the necessary code changes back in July 2009, but there were a lot of problems with the code, and the Linux kernel developers insisted that the code be fixed before being accepted into the mainline

Pecha Kucha

Preserve me from long-winded presentations! Why do many technical presenters feel the need to drone on endlessly about their fill-in-the-blank project without really getting much across to their audience, many of whom are falling asleep or wondering why they are there by the end of the presentation. I recently listened to an Intel/Red Hat

Centos 5.6 AR8131 NIC Driver

Atheros, now part of Qualcomm, is well known for it’s wireless Ethernet chips but what is not so well know is that this company also makes a range of Gigabit Ethernet chips. The AR8131 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller is a common network controller on many recent motherboards especially those made by ASUS. The AR8031 is part of the Arctic family of PHYs – which includes the AR8030, AR8033, and AR8035. The AR8031 is Atheros’ 4th generation, single port, 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet PHY. It supports both RGMII and SGMII interfaces to the MAC. The AR8031 provides a low-power, low BOM (bill-of-materials)