Secure Boot: Red Hat and Canonical present their alternatives

Original article by Paul Castagnino, first published on usemoslinux.blogspot.it in spanish Secure Boot is a type of mechanism that verifies that the code executed is digitally signed. Thus the computer can only boot an operating system that has a bootloader properly signed. This is a requirement that Microsoft asked to put on computers the badge “Windows 8 [...]

Email on shutdown and restart (Linux)

For a customer i was in need of a quick way to send an email every time his system (centos) stop, reboot or simply boot. I’ve found an useful article http://www.syntaxtechnology.com and most of this article is based on that. To get an email at both start up and shut down we need to write [...]

2 Useful plugins for Yum

In these days i’ve worked a lot on Red Hat Enterprise and Centos machines, and so i’ve used yum to install, upgrade, remove and download packages. I’m more used to .deb packages (or the portage system), and so for me these plugins are both new and really useful to extend the basic functions of yum. [...]

How to make dmesg timestamp human readable

After the update to Ubuntu 11.10 my wireless goes up and down, and so i’m trying to debug this problem looking into dmesg. But this brought me to another small issue, dmesg prints timestamps in the form of seconds.nanoseconds since the system booted. And no, there seems to be no -h option to make it [...]

Cardinal Quest, an Indie dungeon-exploration game

Thanks to http://www.gamingonlinux.com/ i’ve discovered that Cardinal Quest was released freely for a limited time from Gameolith, (not free anymore sorry, i hope you have read my tweet on this offer), and so i’ve grab this opportunity to test this Indie Game.