Archive | October 3, 2006

Making the Switch

I had hoped to exclaim “Microsoft-Free in 2003!” but I’ve been a little busy.

Interoperable is not just the slogan of the blog, but a philosophy that all tools work better than any single one; a group of minds is greater than their sum. So, this is no abandonment of anything, rather an expansion of possibilities.

I’ve had several dual-boot machines for years, and have learned to work on them pretty interchangeably.

At the end of September 2006, I booted into the Ubuntu 6.06 distribution I had on the laptop and three days later I’m still working there. There are things I need other OSes for, but the transition is getting easier each time.

Ubuntu print to PDF

Working on a new install of Ubuntu 6.06 and needed the functionality of printing to PDF out of a variety of applications. has it built-in, but other apps don't. There's lots of support in Linux for PostScript as the preferred output format, but the magic of invoking pstopdf is magick to me. Enter cups-pdf, a printer driver that generates PDF files. Following the instructions here (especially the hint in comment 15), I was up and running and generating PDFs in ten minutes. Way cool!

DLSLUG, October 5th, 7 PM: Protecting a Windows Server with a $50 Linux Box from Staples

Bill McGonigle announces Thursday's Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Linux User Group: “Protecting a Windows Server with a $50 Linux Box from Staples” presented by Lloyd Kvam:

“Lloyd will talk about OpenWRT, the open source linux distribution that targets small routers such as the Linksys WRT45GL. He recently used one to make a bridging firewall, where a Windows computer needed protection, but there was no access to the router.”

“Lloyd will talk about hardware organization, installing packages, the layout of the default configuration, and how to customize the routing and firewall operations… Lloyd works at software development, preferably in Python.”

Should be a fun meeting. Hope to see you there!

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