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

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.

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

Just a quick post to spotlight this initiative: http://stopsoftwarepatents.eu

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

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 http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ 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:

[skype]
name=Skype Repository
baseurl=http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/fedora/updates/i586/
gpgkey=http://www.skype.com/products/skype/linux/rpm-public-key.asc

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

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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