[Herts] Microblogging

ROBERTS, Mike mike.roberts at astrium.eads.net
Thu Mar 12 08:58:39 UTC 2009

> So did Rob or I influence anyone either way on the merits/safety/etc
> of microblogging last night?

I think I was pushed further towards the direction of not doing it. I
try not to use any social networking sites for fear of what someone
might trawl up on me in the future. I have plenty enough of a data trail
out there on the net without feeding to people on a silver platter ;)
Not that I have the time to update the world with macro scale details of
my life let alone micro :D

> If you do want to try it then I would suggest using Identi.ca rather
> than Twitter as it is open source and addresses some of the issues
> that Rob raised. I can be found there at
> http://identi.ca/steevc/
> It was good to see so many people there last night. It was interesting
> to see my PC booting up an Ubuntu live system over the network. I've
> thought about having some sort of diskless PC at home and this might
> be a way to do it. Where is a good place to read up on this?

If you find one let me know ;0) Things are getting better but they wernt
brilliant last time I looked. I am working, in my spare time, on a
diskless client system under RHEL/Centos and have had a basic system
going booting a DSL image and a Centos image. There are differences,
although not huge, I think , in how Redhat and Debian systems do it. So
I am not sure my experience would be relevant, I found Ubuntu articles /
info didnt help me that much with Redhat.

What I *really* want to know how to do is to strip a distribution down
in to an image that has the bare minimum to run X and little else so
that I can run a really skinny client to speed boot time,reduce
bandwidth and reduce the memory footprint on the client. Any pointers on
how to shrink Redhat distributions to DSL / Knoppix proportions
greatfully recieved. Most of the "make your own iso/distribution" tools
I have seen advertised seem to be Debian based.

> Unfortunately there was not time to look into the issues I'm having
> with my PC. I did a fresh install of Kubuntu 8.10 recently, but kept
> the home folders I'd been using on 8.04 that have config files dating
> back a few versions before that. The main issues I have are with my
> nvidia graphics not starting up at the resolution I want and generally
> behaving oddly, and with losing sound sometimes when a second user
> logs in. I'll keep investigating, but any suggestions are welcome.

Sorry cant offer any help there.

Mike 8-{>


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