Friday, November 10, 2006

Linux Manathon

Well I am working on box #3 today. I am slowly sneaking the lil penguin into our organization. I started almost a year ago with a harmless FTP Server (Gentoo), and then yesterday I finished the touches on a gateway/router (Gentoo). And today I am finishing up the touches on a Debian/GNU box for the boss.

I have been going at this full time for over a week now. I start last week by installing KDE on the FTP Server (everyone likes a little GUI right?), so that we could use it for testing through VNC.

So I thought I would pop a few notes on here about some issues I have run into and solved. If not for someone else's benefit it is for my own.

1. Wheel mouse on XFree86 - X Windows

I Ran into this problem when setting up my latest Debian/GNU box, but I don't remember this happening before on my home PC, but the mouse navigation wheel would not work. So I broke down and compared the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 with the one on the working server and it turns out that the mouse has to use the imPS/2 protocol. I was sure it asked be during my last install but I could wrong.

2. Adding init.d scripts to boot time

I accomplish this (which I forgot until some nice person at #debian reminded me) by running the update-rc.d command as root.

That is all for. I may be back soon ;)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

One Thumb for Microsoft

I was wonder what the big rush to become legitimate is lately ? Everytime I turn around someone wants there free version of Windows XP Professional made legit. And I have had may headaches in the process. But today I said "this is crazy, there has to be an easier way to do this". So after googling a little I came up with a tiny little piece of software from Microsoft called the Windows Product Key Update Tool. Which is exactly what I was looking for. It lets you easily change your key and fixes any tampered with files.

Thanks Microsoft and I give the tool One Thumb Up (Because who needs two ?)

Friday, September 01, 2006

LFS - Day 8

Well I am finally on the home stretch of my Linux From Scratch base system install. After some hiccups and minor reading difficulies I am on the final round of the base system. I have spent 4 days off and on compiling "building environment" tools that would be replaced when the base system is in place.

It was a monumental moment 2 days ago when I stepped into my chrooted building enviroment to compile GLibc, Bintuils & GCC for the last time. Besides the fact that GCC & Glibc take a combined 1 day to compile and install I have done both 3 times now. (Currently working on the last build of GCC after messing up on attempt).

So after today I was be on vacation, so there will be no more updates until the middle of the month.

It is an interesting exercise that is teaching me value in the work that goes into most distros. Something that Gentoo never really taught me since I started with a Stage 3 install.

That is all for now and thanks to the people at #lfs-support on for their help so far ;)


Friday, August 25, 2006

LFS - Yet Another Experiment

In yet another attempt to expand my Linux knowledge (as if I didn't learn enough from Gentoo), I am going to attempt to build Linux From Scratch. Since I am lacking hardware (who has the money) I am going to run the experiment on Virtual PC, then will eventually graduate to real hardware if it is benifical. Otherwise this is going to be a learning experience to help me learn what makes Linux tick.

It should be fun. I will keep this up-to-date with my journey. Right now I am building pass 1 of GCC. Which is why I am taking the time to write this (because it is taking forever).

Anyway. Later.

Monday, July 31, 2006

The Debian/Kubuntu Experiment

Ever since deciding to take the Gentoo Linux plunge when building a server for work, I realized there is life after RPMs. And that life was a far more superior packaging system Portage. After spending 3 weeks getting my Gentoo Linux server rock solid, I determined that a source distribution is probably not exactly what I need to run a desktop PC. So I moved onto the next best packaging system, APT for Debian. Since Kubuntu is about a 15 minute (full desktop) install and based on Debian I tried this distro to get my feet wet in APT. After being impressed by the package management, I decided to give Debian a run on my home desktop. After downloading the Network Install CD and blowing away Mandrake Linux 10.1, I had a base Debian system installed in 15 minutes. From there I installed KDE then began installing all my fav applications and configuring my hardware. (Thanks to guys at #debian on FreeNode for the help)

After a week of configuration (because Linux is more fun to setup then Windows), I had a Desktop running without a hitch. I don't think I will ever be able to go back to an RPM distro, but APT & Portage definately have my vote.

For the new comers Kubuntu is definately an easy way to get started with Linux, having solid UI design and superior package management. But for me there was not enough control over what I wanted and I ended removing a lot of the Kubuntu base install packages and reconfiguring, so it was easier to install Debian and install only the packages I needed, instead of working backwards.

Well that is all, and I give these distros Two Thumbs Up ;-)


Monday, March 06, 2006

WxWidgets 2.7 CVS and VC++ 2005 EE

Most times when I am building applications with WxWidgets I use latest CVS to keep up with the times. Today I ran into a few snags that I thought I would pass along.

1. wx_dll.dsw no longer builds debug lib files. The easy solution is to use wx.dsw to build your static wx libraries

2. There is no longer a requirement for odbc32.lib, which makes it easier since Microsoft not longer distributes it with the Windows XP SP2 PSDK. So you can just remove it from your library dependencies under the project settings.

And somehow I can compile Debug + Release configurations for all wx projects in less then 10 minutes. It just keeps getting better and better.

Anyway that is all for now. If there are any other snags I will pass them along.

Diilb : -)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Just to note that after 5 years of development all projects will be terminated effective immediately.

Best regards : -)

Friday, February 03, 2006

Office 2000 under Linux

Well my transformation to a completely Windows free desktop is almost here. I have 2 problems that have kept me from completely removing Windows from my Desktop PC

1. Impress is incomplete and missing a few features that I commonly use in PowerPoint. Simple things like printing handouts with 6 slides on a page

2. PocketPCs w/ Windows Mobile are not so well supported plus the fact that I sync my PocketPC with AvantGO everyday causes a problem as well.

Well I found the solution to the first problem and here it is:

a) Working Linux Desktop installation (I am using Mandrake Linux 10.1 right know with KDE 3.2.3)

b) WINE 0.9.6 or higher
c) wine-config-sidenet-1.9.1 or newer

d) A legit copy of Microsoft Office 2000

1. Install WINE and make sure it is working correctly. You can test your install by using trying the following command: wine notepad This will pop open the Windows Notepad application
If you already have WINE installed, backup your ~/.wine directory, then delete it. You can than recreate your WINE data directory by typing: wine notepad

2. Run the Sidenet WINE config script once you unpack it. This is a key part of the installation since Internet Explorer is required for Office 2000 to install properly. The script will optionally install Windows Media Player as well, but it is not required for Office 2000 to install correctly. My suggestion when installing Internet Explorer is to select a Minimal install with only the base components, to minimize hassel.
You will probably see some errors related to Windows Updates as you are going through the install, just ignore them and keep on trucking.

3. Installing Office 2000 is the next step. Mount your cd drive as Root to the /mnt/cdrom folder with the following command: mount -o unhide /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom Now execute the installation program: wine 'z:\mnt\cdrom\setup.exe' Run through the Office setup as usual. You will again probably see some errors popup about Windows Update, but just ignore them.
For my install I only needed PowerPoint and thought I would try out Word as well, so I did not install anything else, including the extra components (Office Shared Components, Office Tools, etc). When it asks to restart Windows I just ran the following command: wineserver -w I am not sure if it did anything, but PowerPoint worked afterwards.

To run PowerPoint I just created a script and linked it to my desktop:

wine "c:\program files\microsoft office\office\powerpnt.exe"

And it worked like a charm.

A Few Notes
- Office XP does not work and has been reported not to work under WINE (of course I tried this first). It will give "Corrupt Source" errors during the install because there are files that Linux cannot read.

- Printing from PowerPoint and Word worked without a hitch since CUPS was already installed and working on my Desktop.

- Complete install of Office 2000 should work and was reported here, but it is not what I required so I did not test it.

- Thanks to a posting on the WINE Wiki that pointed me in the right direction.

That is all for today folks : -)

Thursday, February 02, 2006


Wine Rules!!! Will tell you all about it later :)

Friday, January 27, 2006

Windows Update Died

Yesterday morning I woke up to the fact that I should not have install EXT2 IFS since my system did not like it and greeted me with a nice STOP Blue screen of death. So I booted into my trusty Linux partition of which had messed up data due to the EXT2 IFS software. I copied the registry files from the the repair directory over my live registry setting me back 4 years. Booted my PC to be greeted by a Network Identification wizard (the very being). My first thought was to do a clean install, but decided against it since I did not have the time, and went to work repairing an re-linking all my applications to my task bar.

Then came the Windows Updates (my firewall was not installed yet and my Antivirus network shield was going nuts), it just kind of hung at "Checking your PC for the Lastest Version of Software" message. I actually left it there until the next morning.

Turns out that Windows Update folder in Program Files is important. The actual problem was trying to figure out what was wrong without having an error message. After googling for awhile and finding nothing but the fact that there is a Windows Update.log file in the WINNT folder, I decided to check it out. When I was looking at the log I noticed that when Windows Update is installed it downloads a and extracts iuengine.dll and iuctl.dll. Since I had forced software to reinstall before by renaming the files, a gave it a go and retried Windows Updates again.

Well I had it right and Windows Update coughed up an error: 0x80070424. After a little Googling I came up with this newsgroup posting:
And from an recent post by Mark Brown [MSFT], you could try this:

Accessing Windows Updates Site


Certain required DLL files unregistered

Action Plan
1. open "wordpad"
2. copy this text (below) into the "wordpad"
3. save the "wordpad" file as "IEreg.bat" to your desktop and then "double
click" to launch

cd /d %SystemRoot%\system32
regsvr32 comcat.dll /s
regsvr32 shdoc401.dll /s
regsvr32 shdoc401.dll /i /s
regsvr32 asctrls.ocx /s
regsvr32 oleaut32.dll /s
regsvr32 shdocvw.dll /I /s
regsvr32 shdocvw.dll /s
regsvr32 browseui.dll /s
regsvr32 browseui.dll /I /s
regsvr32 msrating.dll /s
regsvr32 mlang.dll /s
regsvr32 hlink.dll /s
regsvr32 mshtmled.dll /s
regsvr32 urlmon.dll /s
regsvr32 plugin.ocx /s
regsvr32 sendmail.dll /s
regsvr32 scrobj.dll /s
regsvr32 mmefxe.ocx /s
regsvr32 corpol.dll /s
regsvr32 jscript.dll /s
regsvr32 msxml.dll /s
regsvr32 imgutil.dll /s
regsvr32 thumbvw.dll /s
regsvr32 cryptext.dll /s
regsvr32 rsabase.dll /s
regsvr32 inseng.dll /s
regsvr32 iesetup.dll /i /s
regsvr32 cryptdlg.dll /s
regsvr32 actxprxy.dll /s
regsvr32 dispex.dll /s
regsvr32 occache.dll /s
regsvr32 occache.dll /i /s
regsvr32 iepeers.dll /s
regsvr32 urlmon.dll /i /s
regsvr32 cdfview.dll /s
regsvr32 webcheck.dll /s
regsvr32 mobsync.dll /s
regsvr32 pngfilt.dll /s
regsvr32 licmgr10.dll /s
regsvr32 icmfilter.dll /s
regsvr32 hhctrl.ocx /s
regsvr32 inetcfg.dll /s
regsvr32 tdc.ocx /s
regsvr32 MSR2C.DLL /s
regsvr32 msident.dll /s
regsvr32 msieftp.dll /s
regsvr32 xmsconf.ocx /s
regsvr32 ils.dll /s
regsvr32 msoeacct.dll /s
regsvr32 inetcomm.dll /s
regsvr32 msdxm.ocx /s
regsvr32 dxmasf.dll /s
regsvr32 /s
regsvr32 /s
regsvr32 /s
regsvr32 /s
regsvr32 danim.dll /s
regsvr32 Daxctle.ocx /s
regsvr32 lmrt.dll /s
regsvr32 datime.dll /s
regsvr32 dxtrans.dll /s
regsvr32 dxtmsft.dll /s
regsvr32 WEBPOST.DLL /s
regsvr32 WPWIZDLL.DLL /s
regsvr32 POSTWPP.DLL /s
regsvr32 CRSWPP.DLL /s
regsvr32 FTPWPP.DLL /s
regsvr32 FPWPP.DLL /s
regsvr32 WUAPI.DLL /s
regsvr32 WUAUENG.DLL /s
regsvr32 ATL.DLL /s
regsvr32 WUCLTUI.DLL /s
regsvr32 WUPS.DLL /s
regsvr32 WUWEB.DLL /s
regsvr32 wshom.ocx /s
regsvr32 wshext.dll /s
regsvr32 vbscript.dll /s
regsvr32 scrrun.dll mstinit.exe /setup /s
regsvr32 msnsspc.dll /SspcCreateSspiReg /s
regsvr32 msapsspc.dll /SspcCreateSspiReg /s


Now I received another error from Windows Update: 0x800A01AE. After a little more googling I came up with this Microsoft KB article. Even though it is for Windows XP and higher it still kind of worked. Just skip the parts labeled not for Windows 2000, if you get any errors, no worries just keep on going.

Now I was rolling except my first update (Windows Genuine Advantage Tool) kept failing to download. After checking the update log I found another error: 0x80246008. A little more googling and I came up with this page:

When you try to connect to the Microsoft Windows Update Web site or to the Microsoft Update Web site, you receive one of the following error messages:

The necessary services are disabled or unavailable. Error 0x80246007

The necessary services are disabled or unavailable. Error 0x80246008
This problem occurs if the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is not correctly registered on your computer.
To resolve this problem, register the Qmgr.dll and Qmgrprxy.dll BITS files. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, click Run, type regsvr32 qmgr.dll in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. Click OK.
3. Click Start, click Run, type regsvr32 qmgrprxy.dll in the Open box, and then click OK.
4. Click OK.

I posted some of the articles in case they disappear (MS KB Lives forever :).

I learned a few things from this experience:
1. DO NOT DELETE Windows Update Folder
2. Restoring registry hive to default IS BAD
3. DO NOT second guess yourself
4. Gentoo Linux ROCKS!