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.

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 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

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

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 !!!

The Italian Linux Society {friendly known as ILS} a couple of days ago has decided to gather all the feeds from sites or blogs of it’s associates under a single “umbrella”.

The goals is to enhance the feeling of belonging between members and somewhat give to the general audience an idea of what are the interests and the things maintained by those people which are members of one of the oldest Linux association in Italy (it was founded in 1994, just three years later than Linus wrote his famous email).

So here you are the PLANET Linux Italia (mainly containing italian content, but there are several posts in english):

If you’re interested THIS is the planet’s RSS feed.

P.S. = It’s kinda funny that by some Planet’s posts I’ve acknowledged the presence of some friends I didn’t know belonged to this Association of which I’m a member too.

2006’s italian Linux Day: the logo, revamped

Linuxday_2006_final-logo And so we’re at it again.


As i’ve told before in these pages, on the 28th of incoming October the major part of the Italina LUGs will organize a national wide event dedicated into promoting Linux in our country.

The event was started, ideated, promoted and coordinated by the Italian Linux Society (an association which has got the ownership of the domain to) since 2001 with the partecipation of any LUG interested into it.

In this last 2 years, howerever, some derailed people have started “attacking” the association in words, “feature requests”, complaints (some time fair, some time not fair). The choice of the logo was one of the “flaming spark” for that.

So this year we have seen TWO official logos, and still people are unhappy with it (me too). But while i do respect the work and the effort of thefew persons that are working on this topic, many other – I believe – are trying to go under the spotlight and take unjustified credit for the “Linux and FLOSS” buzzword.

I do hope that in the next months ILS will work ahead in straightening out all the “implementative” details of the event and then do a call for arms of *interested* and *propositive* LUGs into the event, leaving peacefully outside those that will not fulfill the LinuxDay agenda, and if those will want to make their own Linux-whatever event, well, nice … I’ll attend to something interesting one day more in my life.

Does this happen in other countries too ?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand ….. how comes that fights are only between FLOSS lovers and not – for example – between Mac users ? In those 80 days of Mac ownership I still have to see a “flame” between mac-lovers.