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Fedora X

How things change while on the move! I had been hitting the Fedora site constantly for the Fedora 10 download – last at around 20:30 hrs IST from a client’s office. While driving back, about 30 mins away from home, I checked the site on my Windows Mobile (ironic?) and I spotted “Fedora 10″ written all over the site. Rushed home at double speed.

Fired the torrent as well as direct download. The latter because, saw only one peer @ 98.7% download. Let’s see who, direct or the torrent download, wins the race on my 2 Mbps connection at home. The torrent download is not giving me more than 3KBps whereas the direct download is dicey and swinging – at times from about 260 KBps to 40 KBps

Once downloaded I have to start thinking about backing up my laptop running Fedora 9 and installing the 10. This may happen tonight, if sleep does not take over the X.

Will update this post as I sail to X from IX.

And now (Nov 27, 2008 @ 16:30 IST), my laptop runs Fedora 10 :-) Continuing to write from Fedora 10, about it. Following is the first glimpse, with the noteworthy new wallpaper,  of Fedora 10’s desktop, after the installation:

Fedora 10 Desktop

Fedora 10 Desktop

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Googly PacMan Gadget

This Sunday, I planned to resume doing something which I haven’t been doing much – play video games. I was about to turn on my XBox to play “Star Wars – The force unleashed”.This is a new game and I really would have to spend some time understanding it, to play it. I suddenly started missing those classic arcade games which were “on-n-play” and less brainers.

I recalled PacMan – one of the most popular classic arcade video games. I used to play PacMan at a video game parlour each day (literally), on my way from school to home. My friends used to consider me an expert at it ;-)

I started googling for PacMan for Linux. While searching, I got to know that this game is available as a Google Gadget. That’s it. I decided to install Google Gadgets on my Fedora 9 laptop. Thought it would be fun as well as learning and I will install more than just a game.

Google Gadgets on Fedora 9 Desktop

Google Gadgets on Fedora 9 Desktop

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Was the Internet down today ?

I was sitting at a client’s place when I could no longer browse websites. After some checking, it became obvious that the Internet link/connection was down. As habitual, I tried browsing from my Mobile (using a Vodfone/Hutch Edge connection). I could not connect using my mobile too!

This happened somewhere between 15:45-16:15 hours IST. Checked with a friend who said he was able to connect. Perhaps the downtime did not happen to all service providers.

When the connection, came back I noticed that I was now able to connect with my mobile too! That is, I was able to reconnect with my laptop (using the client’s Internet connection) and my mobile (through Edge) almost at the same time.

So is this just a coincidence or was there some kind of downtime across ? Checking the news revealed nothing as of this writing.

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