Boot Linux faster with Open BIOS

If you want faster boot/reset times on your Linux box, you should consider switching over to OpenBIOS. OpenBIOS can save the time wasted by proprietary BIOS legacy support for MS-DOS and other unnecessary functions.
The proprietary BIOSes typically found in off-the-shelf PCs and boards often account for more than half of total boot time. And, much of this time is spent loading drivers and compiling information useful to legacy OSes such as DOS, but largely useless and redundant when using a modern OS such as Linux, which tends to do its own hardware probing, and load its own hardware drivers.

This problem can be avoided by replacing the proprietary BIOS by OpenBIOS. Open implementations can be configured to perform only the required initialisation tasks before booting the OS.

Another approach is to use linux itself to initialise its hardware. The LinuxBIOS loads a small kernel directly on the ROM. This can be easily attained as current hardware has 1-2MB of flash ROM onboard.

Swift Fox – Faster FireFox for your Linux

SwiftFoxDo you think that Firefox is too slow for your internet experience. Maybe you need to have a special firefox built especially optimised for your architecture. You may try out SwiftFox which has various builds firefox which is suitable for your particular processor. There are Ubuntu deb files too available.

Swiftfox has builds for both AMD and Intel processors. The 1.5.0.6 release is based on Firefox 1.5.0.6.

The trunk is the most cutting edge of all the builds and is where Firefox 3 is being developed.

Branch builds are built from a code base that has been tested much more than the trunk and therefore should be considered to be more stable. The 1.8 branch is where Mozilla develops Firefox 2 which will be the next major Firefox release.

The 1.8.0 branch is the most stable build, second only to the release builds. This is where Mozilla tests security patches and other minor fixes before they release the next Firefox update. If you don’t want to wait for the next Firefox update to get those security patches then this branch is for you.

Fluxbuntu Linux nBuild1 Alpha released

FluxbuntuFluxbuntu is a Ubuntu-based derivative that uses FluxBox as the desktop environment (window manager). It is lightweight, swift and efficient compared to Gnome or KDE. These features makes Fluxbuntu suitable for vast range of computers, from low-end to high-end.
It installs on a Pentium 2 233MHz with 384MB of Ram within 12 minutes after starting the install process.
Minimum Requirements:
CPU: Pentium 2 233MHz (It might work on lower i have only tested it on this cpu)
RAM: 128 MB
HardDrive Space: 2GB (1.2GB Installed)

OpenOffice.org Premium 2.0.3 has been released

Gallery OOoPI had always wanted cliparts and nicer templates to be bundled along with OpenOffice.org. Though it is an excellent office suite, the absence of bundled pictures, fonts made many to no switch over from Microsoft Office. Here is Openoffice.org Premium which has these tools along with it.

It has new features like

  • Clip Art (currently more than 2,800 objects)
  • Templates (number varies by language)
  • Samples (number varies by language)
  • Documentation (if available)
  • Fonts (more than 90 fonts)

You can download it from here:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=170021
[Windows / Linux (deb, rpm, slackware, uhu) binaries in English, German and Hungarian language, special EnGeHu 3-in-1 one Windows installer]

Python 101 cheatsheet

Python columnist Evelyn Mitchell brings you a quick reference and learning tools for newbies who want to get to know the language. Print it, keep it close at hand, and get down to programming! You can get to know the basics of the language if you are a programmer of other object oriented languages.