How can I determine if my CPU supports PAE?


While in your (GNU/Linux) shell, simply type:

grep pae /proc/cpuinfo

If PAE extensions are available, you’ll see a string for each core available:

flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr PAE mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe pebs bts cid xtpr
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr PAE mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe pebs bts cid xtpr
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr PAE mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe pebs bts cid xtpr
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr PAE mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe pebs bts cid xtpr

(the capital PAE is due to my editing, for visibility reasons)

This becomes useful if you need to install RedHat/CentOS 6 on your hardware to support >3GB of RAM on 32bit CPU and more…

EL34 – The home of Eddie

GNU/Linux, Software

Eddie is a programmers editor for MacOSX and Gnome Linux. Inspired by the Macintosh Programmers Workshop, Eddie brings some of it’s powerful features into a modern lightweight and capable programmer’s editor. Eddie is ideal for C/C++ development using makefiles and shell tools but can also be used with XCode projects. The Worksheet in Eddie is a full-featured shell that combines the power of bash and the ease of editing in a normal text window-like mode. Eddie is equally capable at editing HTML, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Lua and many other languages.
Originally written for BeOS, it is currently actively developed for MacOSX and Gnome Linux.

A landmark decision of the Italian Constitutional Court: granting preference to free software is lawful | Associazione per il Software Libero


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Just over a year ago, the Piedmont Regional Council passed a law1 which states: “ the Region, in the process of choosing computer programs to acquire, prefers free software and programs whose source code can be inspected by the licensee” (Article 6, paragraph 2).

This choice was welcomed with enthusiasm by Free Software supporters and civil society, while the Presidency of the Italian Council of Minister contested this law, by referring to the Constitutional Court in order to declare it unlawful.

On March the 23rd, 2010, the Court ruled2 that the preference for Free Software is legitimate and complies with the principle of freedom of competition.

The Court points out: “It is not understandable how the the choice of a Public institution with regard to a feature, and not a product … can be deemed as a breach of antitrust law”. Furthermore, the Court clarifies that “The concepts of Free Software and software whose code can be inspected do not refer to a particular technology, brand or product, but they rather express a legal feature“.

In short, according to the Court, favoring Free Software does not infringe freedom of competition, since software freedom is a general legal feature, and not a technological aspect connected to a specific product or brand. This ruling demonstrates the weakness of the arguments of those who, until now, have opposed the adoption of rules aimed at promoting and favoring Free Software arguing that they conflict with the principle of “technological neutrality”.


Associazione per il Software Libero (Assoli) is a non-profit organization established in the year 2000 to promote freedom in the use of computer programs and to defend the rights of Free Software users.
To achieve its goals, the Association promotes the development and use of Free Software in the Public Administration, schools, public and private companies, and in all domains of society.
In recent years the Association has performed some campaigns as well as legal proceedings, and it has interacted with the Public Administration to promote public policies in favour of Free Software.

Phone: ( 39) 06 99291342
Fax: ( 39) 06 83391642


  1. Law of the Piedmont Region n. 9 of the 26th of March 2009 (in Italian)
  2. Judgement of the Italian Constitutional Court n. 122 of the 23rd of March 2010 (in Italian)

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Stop Software Patents – Europe (again !!!!)


Just a quick post to spotlight this initiative:

If you’re curious on why a renewal of such kind of petition is needed here in Europe – probably after having signed the first and seen it’s success – you can visit THIS LINK (in english) to know better what’s going on.

And oh, spread the word !

Skype Linux repository

GNU/Linux, Software

skype logo - Did you knew that Skype people have prepared two kind of their software for the *.deb and yum *.rpm based distribution ?

I’ve learned it today. This is the official link of the page which says to use:

deb stable non-free

line in the /etc/apt/sources.list file for Debian/Ubuntu distro. If you use an rpm based distro with YUM you’ll have to create a skype.repo entry file in the /etc/yum.repos.d/ path, containing the following lines:

name=Skype Repository

Then you’ll have to refresh your packages list and install it in the usual way (apt-get install skype or yum install skype )

the LINUX-LAPTOP mailing list

GNU/Linux, Hardware

The `linux-laptop` mailing list is dedicated to all topics regarding Linux on laptops and notebooks. Your postings are welcome, but please make sure you have checked at least the Linux-Mobile-Guide, the Infrared-HOWTO, the PCMCIA-HOWTO or another appropriate HOWTO from the The Linux Documentation Project – TLDP before asking a question.

In this way people is invited to participate to a “cross-distribution” mailing list dedicated to users of Linux on laptops. This list is an extension of the big project called TuxMobil by Werner Heuser, author also of the Repair-4-Laptop site I’ve talked you about in a previous post.

Lately traffic in this list has decreased significantly, that’s maybe because GNU/Linux distribution today supports more and more hardware than it used to do a few times ago, maybe because $distro specifics forums are good enough to answer specific, single problem requests.

So Werner has become to question himself and the list’s participants (747 at today’s count) about what our opinion are on the subject.

To me the list has to live, since it’s been – and I’m sure it’ll be – REALLY handy to solve problems on laptops, that will certainly occour in integrating the different kinds of hardware that are part of our digital life gathered together on our “laptop”.

What is YOUR opinion ? Do you think $distro specific forums and wikis are enough to solve problems ? Let us know, join the list and participate !

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Goodbye, ESR

Fedora, FLOSS, GNU/Linux, Red Hat

redhat logo Have you heard about Eric S. Raymond leaving the Fedora project ?
If you – like me – are into “Linux” probably yes.
Well … what about the Alan Cox answer ?

On Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 03:03:50AM -0500, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
* Failure to address the problem of proprietary multimedia formats with any attitude other than blank denial.

That would be because we believe in Free Software and doing the right thing (a practice you appear to have given up on). Maybe it is time the term “open source” also did the decent thing and died out with you.

Wow, what a temper !!!