Praveen's Blog

An Eternal Quest for Incremental Improvement

Yesterday, I upgraded my Ubuntu 9.10 to Ubuntu 10.04 beta 1 (Lucid Lynx). Lucid comes with Thunderbird 3. After upgrading, using Thunderbird 3 once and rebooting, Thunderbird started up with empty profile and showed the account creation window. When I looked into the home directory, I noticed that ...


I have a triple boot system with OpenSolaris, Ubuntu 9.10 and Microsoft Windows XP. I upgraded my Ubuntu 9.10 GRUB to GRUB 2 today. GRUB2 automatically added an entry for Microsoft Windows XP. However, it didn't detect the OpenSolaris that was installed. I had to manually configure ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Lately I was encountering segmentation fault with one of our processes and found that it was not dumping core file even though we asked it by using appropriate ulimit setting. It was set-UIDed root. Then I discovered that the default behavior of set-UID, set-GID processes is not to dump core ...


I am using Lenovo Thinkpad T60 that has ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 on it. I run Debian GNU/Linux sid on my laptop. Even though I am not extensively using a lot of 3D applications on my laptop, I am forced to use AMD's proprietary fglrx driver so that ...


Xorg 7.3 is now available in Debian sid. I am using fglrx 8.40.4 for my ATI Mobility Radeon X1300. Looks like fglrx 8.40.4 works only with XFree86 4.3 and X.Org 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2. When ...


I have just upgraded to Gnome 2.20 in Debian sid. It just got released last Friday (Sep 21). Debian developers have impressed me this time with the speed they brought it to sid. Some packages are not yet available due to some dependencies and other usual stuff. The control ...


Update:

This is the legacy way to setup dual monitor on \*nix. To modern way is to use `XRandR `__. The latest Gnome has XRandR support in it's Display configuration applet. Please consult other sources on how to use XRandR.

A dual monitor setup is supposed to increase the ...