SuSE 10.1, Geexbox, and Xandros

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Mozart Media PCI finally ordered some SuSE 10.1 CDs and upgraded (read completely wiped out and reinstalled) the patron stations, and I truly upgraded the circ desk. It was just easier to wipe the other workstations clean. I mean, who knows what kids have downloaded on them?

I also installed Xubuntu Dapper release on my iMac G3. It’s so sweet and lightning fast.

Unfortunately, I’ve lost the ability to print at the circ desk. I only partially had it to begin with. I could print a few pages, but anything big (like overdue notices) would kill the printer. It’s a horrible HP LaserJet 1020 (and yes, the HP worker who designed it should be dragged out into the street and beaten — I hope it’s not someone I know). It is probably one of four laser printers in the world that doesn’t work well with Linux (and I had to get one — not my choice).
EDIT: I got the 1020 working simply by installing the latest foo2zjs drivers. I guess I was just being lazy. I’m so used to not having to install drivers for anything. It felt so windows-like to have to install one. 🙂

Anyway, I usually print the big stuff on our $10,000 mega-copier-printer-thingamajig (i.e. a Toshiba E-Studio 450). But, it’s out of toner, and apparently, only one person is allowed to refill it…and she is taking her sweet time.

On the home front, I’m in the process of building a home theater system. I found a really hot case (pictured above) and the mother of all media operating systems (no, not Windows Media Center). It’s called Geexbox. It’s only 8MB on disk, and it can be run as either a LiveCD (the CD pops out after it boots so that you can insert a CD or DVD) or installed on a partition on your hard drive.

It boots very fast (about as fast as the average DVD player) and shuts down instantly, just like a normal electronic appliance. It is preconfigured to work with tv-out cards and with remote controls. In fact, almost everything is preconfigured. I really haven’t touched the config files.

On the other partition of the hard drive, I installed Xandros, so that any guests we have, who will inevitably wish to check their email (read Mother-in-Law) can do so without disturbing any of my computers. 🙂

2 Responses

  1. shoe

    Ooooooooooooo! Cool! Toys!

    See, my guests all avoid my computer like the plague. My mom always looks sort of puzzled at it, my mother in law wants to know where the big “E” is.

    Enjoy it!

    shoe

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