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With the latest OpenSolaris 2009.06, maximizing windows managed by Metacity (GNOME) will maximize the windows across both screens. This is due to an issue that Metacity was trying to use a wrong Xinerama type. This issue is fixed in the mercurial repository. However, the fix was not on time ...


OpenSolaris 2009.06 was announced yesterday. You can download the live CD image (ISO) from here. Here is the set of instructions to create a live USB stick from the live CD that you have downloaded.

Install distro-construct

$ pfexec pkg install SUNWdistro-const

Generate the USB image from CD image

$ pfexec ...

One of the handy features in the latest Wordpress is the support to upgrade plugins in one click through the Wordpress administration interface. It needs FTP or FTPS access to the server where you have hosted your Wordpress installation. But turning on FTP for users (non-anonymous) is a bad idea ...


Since OpenSolaris started using Gnome 2.24, I started getting loud system beeps those were produced on the PC speaker device that by-passes the audio device. Gnome uses kbd to generate this beep. This beep is so loud that it is really annoying. Also it hurts one's ears when ...


Recently I found myself in a situation where I felt that I have more things to do than the time available in hand. The number of unread e-mails and pending tasks were growing in a faster rate day by day. I missed to act upon a few important e-mails. This ...


My employer (Sun Microsystems, Inc.) has announced another round of layoffs, which will eliminate as much as 18% of Sun's workforce (around 6000 jobs), will save the company $700 million to $800 million. We have also announced the departure of the head of Software Group, Rich Green. With this ...


For a while now, I was not happy with the speed my Debian GNU/Linux booted. It was taking approximately 1:10 minutes to drop me in the GDM prompt. Today, I decided that I will try to probe into what exactly is happening. I have already heard of bootchart ...


I have pre-ordered Apple iPhone 3G from my neighboring AT&T store last Sunday (Jul 20). I have done this as purchasing from the Apple Store wouldn't let me to apply my FAN discounts on the plan. Applying it latter would reflect only after a couple of billing cycles ...


On my OpenSolaris. What could be more exciting than this?

praveen@athena:~$ /opt/sfw/bin/emacs
Fatal error (11).Segmentation Fault (core dumped)

praveen@athena:~$ file core
core:           ELF 32-bit LSB core file 80386 Version 1, from 'emacs'
praveen@athena:~$ gdb -c core /opt/sfw/bin/emacs
GNU gdb 6 ...

Since I started using Emacs, I started using the Control key more than I had used it before. That is when I started using my Caps Lock key as Control key. In the beginning, I swapped the Control key and the Caps Lock key. However while doing pair programming on ...