Finally, E17 for Fedora

Woohoo! Finally the guys at Enlightenment have added E17 to a repo for Fedora 7 and 6. It’s very simple install . Download and install dc-fc6-yum-repo-1.0-1.fc6.noarch.rpm (for Fedora 7) or dc-fc6-yum-repo-1.0-1.fc6.noarch.rpm (for Fedora 6) and the run yum install enlightenment to install the system.

It’s not perfect yet but it’s very close. And, as far as I am concerned, Enlightenment is still the best dang window manager out there!

There are also some themes available here.

Great going guys!

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Nanosolar – Hope For A Low Cost Solar Solution

 Green

Imagine a solar panel without the panel. Just a coating, thin as a layer of paint, that takes light and converts it to electricity.

Nanosolar may be the answer to my beef with the cost of solar panels, it’s also one of the best tech innovations of 2007. They’re developing a new manufacturing process that prints photovoltaic material onto other materials, producing 100x thinner solar cells that operate 100x faster.

Imagine spray painting this stuff onto the side of your house, yeah that very well could be possible. This process also reduces the cost of a basic photovoltaic module.

More from the NYTimes.

Green / Eco Friendly

Mailbox Flag for His Inbox

On Thing-a-day.com one fellow geek describes his latest project:

…is a physical flag that attaches to my computer and goes up when I have new mail. First, I found biff, which is an extension to Thunderbird that proves a socket interface to poll for new mail status. Then, I wrote a little Python application to continuously poll the status and update the flag as necessary.

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[via MAKE]

Just geeky

My next Linux distro

My lil’ Microfly machine is still using Fedora 6. I’m ashamed of that but it’s just been running so well since it was built. But I am horribly out of date. So I now have the daunting task of choosing a distro for updating my machine. Here are my questions:

Do I go with 64 bit?

Do I give Geubuntu (an Enlightenment-based Ubuntu) a try?

Do I stick with Fedora?

Do I go with another disto all together?

I have been trying a number of distros lately. So far here are my thoughts.

Fedora 8: I like it but I’m growing tired of some of the quirks that Fedora has with the NVidia cards. And installing Enlightenment can sometimes be a headache. And besides – I want E17!

OpenGEU (Formerly Geubuntu): Now we’re talking. Only problem is that it’s fairly unstable. That’s due to E17. Come on Raster, get E17 stable!

gOS: This is impressive. I think this is where OSs should be going. I installed this on my wife’s laptop and she loves it. This might be the winner. Only problem I have found with it is that the little  Google widget in the middle of the desktop. That would be a nice trick if it worked. Being able to just type a search onto your desktop and have a browser open instantly with your results…nice. But, as it is it always presents you with an error. And since I can’t figure out how to configure the thing! But over all this distro is nice. Really nice. On top of all the nice shiny bells and whistles of E17, it was able to pick up every piece of hardware on the laptop that no other distro could find 100% (some could handle the video but not wireless whereas some could handle wireless but not video.)

So, tell, me what distro do you prefer and why? Give me reasons why I should try your favorite.

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What Is That?

In my effort to continually perplex you, I present to you this amazing picture of….well, that’s for you to figure out :)  Drop guesses in the comments, as usual!

 WIT068

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What Is That?