06:55 GMT+5 ==
Anyone reading this should know; I am a US citizen who
lives in Texas. The recent terrorist activity has affected
me quite deeply and I'm still figuring out what to feel
about it. Complicating matters, I have relatives who are
Iranian and people are throwing crap at his house
because of his ethnicity.
I can't educate everyone about the political situation in
the Middle East, simply because I'm ignorant to a large
degree myself. However, down here in the Bible Belt it
seems to be alright to turn on your bigotry when horrible
things happen. (Or alternately, when your football team
looses, or you've taken another breath, etc...) I find
myself short-tempered when dealing with the public. I feel
the urge to yell about their stupidity to them, or just
avoid them altogether. I think the later is my best course
of action, and it will be what I pursue until I sort my own
emotional state out.
Now, on to other things!
has turned out to be really cool. I wasn't getting it to
boot after the installation because the creator has
reservations about having his distro over-write the boot
sector of the harddrive it's installed on. Whether this is
a personal fetish or a serious concern of releasing a new
distribution onto your hardware I haven't figured out
yet... But once I understood this, it was a simple matter
to edit /etc/lilo.conf and make it boot the correct
way. Sorcerer has some serious features
that other distros don't (including my precious Slackware), to whit:
- automatic dependancy tracking
- automatic dependancy recovery -- just type cast
- automatic package installation -- if you call a program
that doesn't already exist on the box, it will find,
download, compile, install, and run it for you. You can
turn this off, if you like.
- all software is optimized for your hardware
It's really quite pretty. It uses SysV init scripts, but
that's alright. They're not too hard to tinker with. I'd
recommend anyone who's had a little experience to tinker
with it. It's a kicker distro that's quite powerful.
In other news, I've begun helping Michael Louka (of MacWeb3D and VRML on the
Macintosh fame) with a new program. His dxf2vrml
convertor is pretty cool, but my autoconf / automake scripts
are leaving a little to be desired. Why does GNU Darwin and
IRIX want the linker flags at the end of the commandline? I
need to buy the Goat Book...
Well, I have to go to work. Robots aren't behaving and
the deadlines are drawing ever nearer.