Which Unix version is installed?

I wanted to check the version in different Unices ( == UNIX’es).

>>cat /etc/issue
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 4 (Nahant Update 6)
Kernel r on an m

>>cat /etc/*release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 4 (Nahant Update 6)


Or (Red Hat):

>>cat /etc/redhat-release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 4 (Nahant Update 6)

Like Linux:

>>cat /etc/*release
Solaris 10 5/08 s10s_u5wos_10 SPARC
Copyright 2008 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.
Assembled 24 March 2008



>>oslevel -g
Fileset                                 Actual Level        Maintenance Level


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“August Penguin” last Friday

This post deals with the “August Penguin” event that took place last Friday.

What the “August Penguin” is?
“August Penguin” is the major community conference of the Israeli Open Source fans.
It is organized by the community (again community, yes!) and it is not commercial.
It takes place in the first Friday of August.

The organizers are all volunteers, mostly from Hamakor – An Israeli Society for Free Software and Open-Source Code (Registered Society) which is a registered Non Profit Organization. http://www.hamakor.org.il/

And even though there are sponsors companies –  those companies have nothing with the contents.

There is an Open Source community in Israel!
That’s great!

Unfortunately I did not attend this year (I did last few years).
I woke up late.  I mean not only in the day itself … but remembering to save the day  –  I had to be somewhere else (family).

This year there was a huge debate about the sponsorship that was given by … Microsoft.

Hamakor people agreed to receive the sponsorship saying that Open Source doesn’t mean hating Microsoft. And like any other company –  it’s only a sponsor and it has no influence on the content.
There were, however, some people that didn’t like to see the Microsoft logo on an Open Source conference.

Here is a collection of links and posts describing the conference.
That’s the least I can do –  to know what happened.

I hope next year to come.

והרי כמה קישורים לפוסטים של לפני ואחרי כנס “אוגוסט פנגווין”:

From scratch: re-installing Ubuntu 8.04

What a pity… after trying the alternate ubuntu CD of 8.04 I almost lost my “Home” directory.

For Ms-Windows guys: it is somehow like your local “C:” drive, or – if tobe more precise – like the “My Documents and settings”.

I was lucky enough to have two things:

1) A backup of all important documents;


2) Mandriva 2008.1 Gnome CD that I tried “exposed” it – It showed me the lost “/home” directories – so I could take a second backup. It is a separate partition – which is in the Ms-Windows world a logical disk / hard drive.

So … I was so happy with what Mandriva showed me that I really think to go back to this lovely Linux distribution. I still have good memories from it, when it was still called “Mandrake”.

But for the meantime – and since my “/home” was no really gone I re-install Ubuntu 8.04 from scratch.

I told the installer – of course – to use the same /sda7 partition for “/home” without formatting it.

The alternate Ubuntu 8.04 CD

I’m writing from the PC, not the laptop.
This one – the PC – runs Debian and it’s quite steady. But I don’t use it very often.

I like the laptop which is in upgrade of the Ubuntu, from 7.10 to 8.04.

I tried to do all “regular” upgrade instructions for the laptop, including this (Network upgrade):

meorero@myubuntu:~$ sudo  do-release-upgrade
Checking for a new ubuntu release
 0% [Working

But it ends with the following error:

Could not calculate the upgrade

A unresolvable problem occurred while calculating the upgrade.

This can be caused by:
* Upgrading to a pre-release version of Ubuntu
* Running the current pre-release version of Ubuntu
* Unofficial software packages not provided by Ubuntu

If none of this applies, then please report this bug against the
'update-manager' package and include the files in
/var/log/dist-upgrade/ in the bugreport.

Restoring original system state

cdrom://Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016.1) gutsy/main Packag
cdrom://Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016.1) gutsy/main Packag
cdrom://Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016.1) gutsy/main Packag
cdrom://Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016.1) gutsy/main Packag
cdrom://Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016.1) gutsy/main Packag
cdrom://Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016.1) gutsy/restricted
Reading package lists: Donetable/non-free Packages: 90
Reading state information: Done
Reading state information: Done
Reading state information: Done

So… Now I’m downloading the ubuntu-8.04-alternate-i386.iso CD from the mirror of isoc.org.il.

Short Linux / F.O.S.S. activity in Israel

This post is mostly in Hebrew since it deals with my short Linux / F.O.S.S. activity in Israel.

אז ככה – נרשמתי לאתר וואטסאפ ב- 22/04/2003.
ואוו, המון זמן – כבר 5 שנים ממש בעוד 9 ימים.

וזאת לאחר שיטוטים שקדמו לזה בפורום לינוקס של “תפוז”.

מאוחר יותר הפעלתי בלוג ב-“לינמגזין”. זה היה בשנים 2004-2005.

אז עוד עבדתי באוניברסיטת בר-אילן ונכחתי בחידוש פעילות מועדון הלינוקס שם. (המועדון אולי זקוק לעות תחיה?)

וזהו סך הכל.
אח”כ עברתי לעבודה חדשה בירושלים, מה שהפחית את זמני הפנוי באופן משמעותי, ואת יכולתי להיות מעורב.

הייתי כמובן בכמה מימי ה- “אוגוסט פנגווין“. הראשון שהייתי בו היה נדמה לי מס’ 2.

My beginning with Linux (2000-2004)

The first Linux I tried was Red Hat.

This was around 2000 – 2001, just before the end of my M.A. studies.

It was Red Hat 6.1 or 6.2, which I got on a CD-ROM with a Linux book. I think I stil have this CD with the book.

It is Peter Norton Linux book translated to Hebrew:

‫ נורטון, פיטר

LINUX : המדריך השלם / של פיטר נורטון ; (תרגום ועריכה: ענת קדם [בןצבי] ; עריכה מקצועית: אייל אייזנשטיין).

(רג) : פוקוס מחשבים, 2000. רמת גן

Around 2002-2003 I played furthermore with later RedHat distributions and got used to work with the Gnome desktop.

I do think that KDE is nice and easy desktop, and it’s very rich and flexible – but for me Gnome was the first so I still keep it as my favorite.

The last Red Hat I tried was Red Hat 8, in 2003 or 2004. I think I tried to have a dual-boot PC and it ruined the Windows partition.

So I had to recover it. It was also my mother’s PC …

Than I used Mandrake which was close enough to Red Hat (using RPM) but also had nice GUI for editing partitions.