22 Aug 2004 TheMuso   » (Observer)

Birthday

It turned out to be a great day. My mother, father, sister and her boy friend, my grandparents from Mum's side, and my grandfather from Dad's side were all there, to enjoy a birthday lunch of roast lamb with vegetables. A very nice meal indeed, thanks Mum. A birthday is never a birthday without a cake, in this case a mud cake, my favourite! I played a bit of harmonica for everybody as well, which they enjoyed, even though I currently suck at it. (must practice more.)

Went with Dad to take his father home, and returned just as Mum's parents were preparing to leave on their trip back to Cowra, which is about three and a half hours drive from Sydney. They had been down for a few days, and it was lovely to see them, as always. I really do enjoy their company. My sister and her boy friend were heading out, so it was just Mum and myself once again. Poor Mum, still got a cold, which is not pleasant, but still put on the lunch for everybody. Oh and thanks heaps for the new shirt Jess, you have great taste. I decided to wear it for the rest of the day. :)

Linux matters

I have been playing with Ingo Molder's Voluntary Preemption Patches for the 2.6 kernel. As you may or may not know, 2.6 vanilla is not very usable for real-time low latency audio work for software synthesis, multitrack recording, etc. 2.4 vanilla isn't low latency capable, but there are patches that are available for 2.4 that allow such work to be undertaken, thanks to Andrew Morton and Robert Love.

Ingo's patch has the same overall goal as the combined patches of the previously mentioned kernel developers. it seems that Ingo's patches are achieving lower latency than what is possible with the 2.4 kernel, however there are still issues to be sorted.

At the time of this writing, P7 is Ingo's latest patch against 2.6.8.1. While I can't notice any difference between each patch, I am sure there are things that are being fixed with every new patch that is released.

Distros

I have decided to mirror a few distros on my gateway/file server. I don't really know why, but I think it would be cool to have them there, if I ever need them. I will have ISOs as well as the distro source trees, so network installs are possible. It will not be available on the net however, just my LAN via HTTP, FTP and NFS. I don't see any need to make it available via SMB.

This plan was going great, until I discovered that the 20GB drive I was going to use for the job is not working properly. It is connected via a hard disk rack, and seems to be running, but is giving errors. This drive has been threatening to die for a while now, so I took it out of critical operation, and it seems like it has decided to bite the dust. I won't know until I connect it to another machine, and I don't want to shut down the server just to remove a rack caddy.

Installfest

The SLUG installfest went quite well yesterday. There were a few people from the public who came in to get linux onto their machines, or get Linux help. There were also a few of us on hand to help them. I mainly pitched in with advice and recommendations for partitioning, and mirrored a few distros on my laptop, and had a burner handy, although the burner didn't get much use. Maybe next time.

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