Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Linux Installation - Simpler than ever

I had my share of Linux installation in the past, starting with floppy disk based 15 years ago, and used various installation methods, including CD, DVD, bootp based network, local file system, and so on. I am used to things breaking, but of course, I enjoy if everything works well.

This week, I stumbled over a package called UNetbootin. Think of it as a Windows setup.exe for installing Linux. It is actually that simple. You may choose between Fedora 8 (as of this writing, less than one week old), OpenSUSE 10.3, Ubuntu 7.10, Debian Etch, and even a simple partition manager. If you do not have Windows installed, you can choose a different host system: There also are .rpm, and .deb files, as well as a simple shell script.

I am definitely impressed. Most possibly, I will use it for my future installations as well. It's worth spreading the news.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Crunchy at the outside and a sweet inlet

This is Anjas and Maries preferred dessert: It's a french treat called Crème Brûlée. It's crunchy at the upper side (due to the burnt sugar). (In the case of Averell Dalton, the crunchy thing would most possibly be the bottom.) Don't ask for the inlet. (Cream, eggs yolk, more sugar)

I definitely prefer a double espresso, but I like the fun to use the burner. :-) If you are in company, it's quite likely that the men will sooner or later be scaffling over its ownership.

Why I am writing this? It reminds me of one of my favourite Gary Larson strips: An igloo and two ice bears, one of them saying "Oh, I like these things. Crunchy at the outside and a sweet inlet."