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Gentoo gnome-light

I have always had a problem with Evolution being installed when emerging gnome on my Gentoo system. Even with "-evo -eds" use flags, it still wanted Evolution.

Evolution is a BIG piece of CRAP, and I don't want it anywhere on my system. So I edited the gnome-base/gnome ebuild, and made all evolution stuff dependant on the "evo" or "eds" use flags, which worked fine.

However, I wanted to know why I can't have Gnome without Evolution, and I started asking around... Turns out that you can emerge gnome-light .... Sweet ;-)

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Dell BIOS update in Linux

Because I always forget ...

To update your Dell BIOS in Linux, download the .exe BIOS file from the Dell website. Extract the HDR file with "wine D630_A15.EXE -writehdrfile". This will extract a file D630_A15.hdr.

When you have this HDR file, run the dellBiosUpdate utility that comes with Dell's libsmbios:

dellBiosUpdate -u -f D630_A15.hdr

Afterwards, reboot your machine, and the BIOS will be updated.

Cheers!

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Native monitor resolution in Windows on KVM

I just installed a fresh WinXP virtual host on kvm on my Gentoo system. It didn't allow me to use the maximum resolution that my monitor supports (1440x900). So I started reading the kvm manual page, and found the --std-vga option. After restarting my WinXP machine with this option, Windows was unable to find a driver for the graphics card. Too bad ...

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SLES10 and Xvfb

Recently I needed to run an application that needs X on a server running SLES10. Because it wasn't necessary to have the application output anything on a screen, the X virtual framebuffer was sufficient to accomplish this. You can easily install the X virtual framebuffer, which comes with the xvfb package in SLES10.
yast -i xorg-x11-Xvfb xorg-x11

Installing the xvfb package is sufficient to start the X virtual framebuffer server, but the application I needed to run also needed some fonts. So, I installed some extra packages as well with yast.
yast -i xorg-x11-fonts-100dpi xorg-x11-fonts-75dpi xorg-x11-fonts-scalable bitstream-vera fonts-config

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