Migration, Migratory behavior, or Migratory may refer to: read more at WikiPedia

  • The old articles, pictures are now in the new homepage, I will improve design slowly and first add new content.
    Thanks for your patience...
  • Phpbb3_logo smf-logo

    I’ve decide to go away from phpBB3 as applying mod is a joke, it require you to patch/edit php file manually while in SMF, it is a plugin.

    Migrate your forums from phpBB3 to SMF

    Download the converter convert.php at http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=218449.0 and save it in the root folder of a new SMF installation.

    Backup your SMF/phpBB3 databases and files just in case something bad happen.

    The conversion tools is really powerful and support luckily a huge list of forums:

    Download the right convert SQL file from


    Software: phpBB
    Version: phpBB3+

    then run

    php convert.php --path_to=/srv/www/vhosts/forums/httpdocs/smf --path_from=/srv/www/vhosts/forums/httpdocs/phpbb3 --convert_script=phpbb3_to_smf.sql --db_pass=xxxxxxxxxxxxx --debug

  • gmaillogo hotmail_logo&160;

    Solution 1

    use GMAIL Mail fetcher to retrieve automatically all emails and tag them accordingly. All you have to do is to set up GMAIL fetcher to retrieve and tags your old email one step at a time. For example, I decide to migrate all my Joomla email away of Hotmail.

    1. I empty or move all items of my hotmail inbox&160; in another folder,
    2. I set GMAIL fetcher to retrieve and tag all my items automatically with a new tag Joomla (using “Label incoming message with”)
    3. In hotmail, I move all my old email from the folder Joomla to the inbox,
    4. After some seconds, all your email will be moved to GMAIL, and&160; the date and timestamp is preserved.
    5. Do this for all your email one category at a time till your Hotmail inbox is empty.
    6. Keep GMAIL Mail fetcher to retrieve automatically all future emails

    The only issue is that emails from the junk folder are not sent to GMAIL. A visit to Hotmail is still mandatory every months or so.

    Solution 2

    Export all your email for archiving on disk with Windows Live Mail Desktop, then use GMAIL Mail fetcher to retrieve automatically all future emails


    Get multiple e-mail accounts in one program – Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!* and more. And now Windows Live Mail has a calendar, too. Mail combines the ease of use of Outlook Express, with the speed of Windows Live.

    Outlook won't let you connect officially, you need to pay! but Windows Live Mail Desktop allow you to connect to your free Hotmail accounts, and drag mail into IMAP mail accounts as well as "Local Folders".
    it stores local copies of your mails in a folder (which you can configure using Tools -> Advanced Options), so you’ll end up with many directories containing *.eml files. Perfect for archiving your old emails.

  • Why you may consider migrating away from cedTag?

    Joomla 3.1.x has a better build in internal tags solution that differ from cedTag:

    • Joomla com_tags support multi languages,
    • Joomla com_tags support tags hierarchy,
    • Joomla is build in Joomla core which mean a clear roadmap and better support.

    It still miss some nice features of cedTag, but the may be added by me or somebody else in the future!

    In order to move away from cedTag and import all your cedTag tags into Joomla 3.1.x you can follow these steps, continue reading the how to in my wiki

  • I have successfuly migrated my homepage from Mambo CMS to Joomla CMS.

    Joomla! is a production of Open Source Matters, the same team that brought you the award winning Mambo Content Management System.  OSM has taken their final stable version of Mambo (, given it a spring clean and named it Joomla! 1.0 In addition, several small features that were going to be released in Joomla! 1.1 have been brought forward and included in this release.

    I have decide to trust and follow the previous core of Mambo developer in they statement: "open source matters".
    For some of You which are prepared to do the same, here is what I have done:
    • First read instructions at Migrating to Joomla! from Mambo
    • I Have done a backup locally of my Mambo directory just in case of...
    • I have made a copy of my Mambo directory on the server into a new directory joomla, open configuration.php and change the path
    • then I have copied the joomla 1.0.1 content into the joomla server directory, do not overwrite configuration and do not copy installation directory
    Make some test to see if everything is working properly, if Yes do the same in your production directory of mambo.
    Note to my visitors: I have not rename my directory since google has referenced it heavily (14700 urls known)
  • I write a small tool, it will be never complete, but it has help me a lot.

    A poor man approach (a macro) in order to solve trivial (and boring) migration code of Joomla 1.X code to Joomla 1.5 code...

    1. Dowload Jedit from www.jedit.org (stable version 4.2 for example)
    2. Save this file joomla1x_to_joomla15.bsh in
      C:\Documents and Settings\{yourWindowsLogin}\.jedit\macros\
    3. Start jedit and open ALL FILES in the same windows,
    4. Go to macros menu and run the macro joomla1x_to_joomla15
    Note: this macro just replace text and won't do any architecture analysis/changes, even if they are needed in order to make your component run in Joomla! 1.5

    This tool is not perfect or bullet proof, use at your own risk, feel free to make changes and report them to me

    license http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html GNU/GPL

    Download HERE
  • SecurityImages 5.X is only running with Joomla! 1.5 and the redesign of API has introduced some incompatibilities.
    Developers/Hackers/Individuals who want to use the latest version of SecurityImages may want to read the
    following. Basic PHP knowledge  is recommended.



    SecurityImages 4.0.X

    • Only work with Joomla! 1.0.X
    • Provide 2 files that 3rd party code must include:
    • client.php in order to quickly create a captcha and the input box
    • server.php in order to validate user entries and check correctness
    • Everything is packed in one component.
    • Patches for common 3rd party tool are included in code so it ca be referenced by external extensions :
      akobook, akocomment, joomla to name a few.
    • You have to overwrite Joomla! files to add protection of form for login, register, lost password, contact

    SecurityImages 5.0.X

    • Only work with Joomla! 1.5.X
    • Use the event handling mechanism of Joomla! 1.5 to  create captcha and check correctness
    • You'll have to install a system content plugin and a component,
    • it do not contains any patches anymore
    • You have to overwrite Joomla! files to add protection of form for login, register, lost password, contact

    Main differences in securityImages 5.X

    1. There is no client.php and server.php file anymore
    2. API are a lot simpler, and dependency are reduced (no PHP code to include) as it use events.
    3. More object oriented
    4. Image creation is done inside the Joomla! framework while in 4.0.X it was done without any Joomla!
      framework support.


    with SecurityImages 4.0.X

    In your PHP code displaying the form, can be a Pat template or a html code

    1. Include my library in page scope

    if (file_exist($mosConfig_absolute_path.'/administrator/components/com_securityimages/client.php')) {
    <?php include ($mosConfig_absolute_path.'/administrator/components/com_securityimages/client.php'); ?>
    $packageName = 'securityChooseUniqueKeyName';
    2. At the position where You want the Captcha image to be inserted
    <?php echo insertSecurityImage($packageName); ?>

    3. This insert the help text and the input box where the user will have to enter his text
    <?php echo getSecurityImageText($packageName); ?>

    Line at point 3. can be, in some case, depending how much space You have in the presentation HTML layer, replace with
     //will be replace at runtime, depending on user locale
    //with "Please Enter what You see:"
    <?php echo getSecurityImageTextHeader(); ?>
    //will be replace at run time, depending on user locale with
    //"If You do not see...Hit reload"
    <?php echo getSecurityImageTextHelp(); ?> 
    //will be replace at run time with the input box
    <?php echo getSecurityImageField($packageName); ?> 

    The code above insert the image, and the text, You page normally submit information to the server for processing. Most of the time, the last 2 lines are inserted in a <form> </form> HTML tags

    In the server code where you process the data...
    Few lines are required...

    if (file_exist($mosConfig_absolute_path.'/administrator/components/com_securityimages/server.php')) {
    include ($mosConfig_absolute_path.'/administrator/components/com_securityimages/server.php');
    $packageName = 'securityChooseUniqueKeyName';
    $security_refid  = mosGetParam( $_POST, $packageName.'_refid', '' );
    $security_try      = mosGetParam( $_POST, $packageName.'_try', '' );
    $security_reload = mosGetParam( $_POST, $packageName.'_reload', '' );
    $checkSecurity = checkSecurityImage($security_refid, $security_try);

    If the has entered the right text then $checkSecurity = true


    with SecurityImages 5.0.X   joomla_1.5

    Due to the Joomla! 1.5 object model, you have basically 2 options:

    1. If your component has been made for running natively and follow Joomla! 1.5 best practices and
      recommendations..you' did probably use a real MVC paradigm in the front end part (N views,
      M models and one controller), go to point A
    2. If your component has been made for running natively or in legacy mode and do not use a MVC pattern
      (HTML code embedded in PHP code, or you use pat templates), go to point B

    Point A, MVC approach joomla_1.5

    Lets take the contact section of Joomla! 1.5 as  an example.

    It is always recommended to use a switch in all your component to activate deactivate SecurityImages per
    components  through the administrator control panel.

    This is done by adding to administrator/components/com_contact/contact_items.xml the following code:

       name="useSecurityImages" type="radio" default="1"
       label="Use SecurityImage Captcha"
       description="Enable Captcha verification">  
             <option value="0">No</option>
              <option value="1">Yes</option>

    Joomla will read this xml file on the fly  and build the graphical user interface for the contact settings.

    Since Joomla! 1.5 now use a Model View Controller paradigm, we have to alter the controller, and add a new Task displaySecurityImagesCaptcha()in  components/com_contact/controller.php:

    function displaySecurityImagesCaptcha() { 
            global $mainframe; 
            //Per contact you can define if the user has to resolve the capctha 
    $contactId = JRequest::getVar('contact_id', 0, '', 'int'); 
    // load the contact details 
    $model    = &$this->getModel('contact'); 
    $qOptions['id'] = $contactId; 
    $contact        = $model->getContact( $qOptions ); 
    $params = new JParameter( $contact->params ); 
            if ($params->get('useSecurityImages')) {     
                $check = null; 
                $mainframe->triggerEvent('onSecurityImagesDisplay', array($check)); 
                if (!$check) { 
                    echo "<br/>Erreur affichage du Captcha<br/>"; 

    As you can see, the event "onSecurityImagesDisplay" is triggered on a per contact name basis.
    That mean that some contact can have a Captcha while other have not.  You are free to define
    your own activation rules in the controller method.
    The next step is to add the task checkSecurityImagesCaptcha() checking the captcha in the

    function checkSecurityImagesCaptcha() { 
            global $mainframe; 
    $contactId = JRequest::getVar('id', 0, '', 'int'); 
    // load the contact details 
    $model    = &$this->getModel('contact'); 
    $qOptions['id'] = $contactId; 
    $contact        = $model->getContact( $qOptions ); 
    $params = new JParameter( $contact->params ); 
            //check if that user has a capctha 
    if (!$params->get('useSecurityImages')) {  
                return true; 
    $return = false; 
    $securityImagesJoomlaContactUserTry = JRequest::getVar('securityImagesJoomlaContactUserTry', false, '', 'CMD'); 
    $mainframe->triggerEvent('onSecurityImagesCheck', array($securityImagesJoomlaContactUserTry &$return));
            return $return;

    One more step is to alter the original submit() method of the controller in components/com_contact/controller.php

    global $mainframe; 
    if (!$this->checkSecurityImagesCaptcha()) {
    JError::raiseWarning("999","Invalid Captcha Code");
                return false;

    And finally altering the view /com_contact/views/contact/tmpl/default_form.php
    to display the Captcha field

    <?php if ($this->params->get('useSecurityImages')) { ?>
    <img src="/index.php?option=com_contact&task=displaySecurityImagesCaptcha&contact_id=<?php echo $this->contact->id; ?>"> 
    <br /> 
    <input type="text" name="securityImagesJoomlaContactUserTry" /> 
    <br /> 
    <?php } ?>

    Point B, Legacy approachjoomla_1.5

    In your PHP code displaying the form, can be a Pat template or a html code

    if you want to display the captcha define in administrator panel

    <img src="/index.php?option=com_securityimages&task=displaySecurityImagesCaptcha?>"> 
    <br /> 
    <input type="text" name="securityImagesmy3rdpartyExtensions" /> 

    If you want to use a particular implementation different than the one define in administrator panel, useful where you know that you want to use a smaller/bigger captcha than usual

    <img src="/index.php?option=com_securityimages&task=displayCaptchaByPlugin&plugin=hncaptcha&version=1.0?>"> 
    <br /> 
    <input type="text" name="securityImagesmy3rdpartyExtensions" /> 
    To check user entry with the captcha define in administrator panel
    $check = null;$userEntry = JRequest::getVar('userEntry', false, '', 'CMD');
    $mainframe->triggerEvent('onSecurityImagesCheck', array($userEntry, $check));
    if $check ==  true then user has solved the captcha
    To check user entry with the captcha against a particular plugin implementation
    $check = null;$check = null;
    $userEntry = JRequest::getVar('userEntry', false, '', 'CMD');
    $mainframe->triggerEvent('onSecurityImagesCheckByPlugin', array('hncaptcha', '1.0', $userEntry, $check));



     Post your questions in the forums or enhance the WIKI with your finding. I will start to maintain more and more the WIKI and put
    good documentation there.

  • What a windows users do need to install or use in SUSE 9 to complete the same tasks he get use to in Windows?.
    What were the difficulties encountered and what are the potential weakness of SuSE 9 distribution?

    Migration to linux

    Round 2

    GNU Free Documentation License - Copyright (c) 2003 Walter Cédric.

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
    under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
    or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
    with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover
    Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    "GNU Free Documentation License".

    What a windows users do need to install or use in SUSE 9 to complete the same tasks he get use to in Windows?. What were the difficulties encountered and what are the potential weakness of SuSE 9 distribution?.

    I am using Windows since 10 years now, what decide me to switch all my personal PC (2) to Linux is
    here. I decide to try a completely free and open source Operating System to do my everyday private job....or better said some tasks....This small review has been done during evenings while watching TV, chatting on MSN, , I have only taking notes on my notebook while playing with SUSE. I hope that the quality will be good enough and that it may convince You to give SUSE or Linux in general a try.

    New 21.01.2003, my anti virusAVG (free edition) was running under Windows 2000 SP5, I encounter an electricity problem, Pc reboot, since this event I can not start my system anymore! safe mode, last good configuration, scandisk, nothing work. The anti virus may have let some file open, since I get a blue screen with an error message saying: can not get exclusive access to the disk....an opportunities to kill my multi boot and only use Linux SuSE, I do not regret the switch since..

    New 12.04.2004 My corporate ladtop running under M$ XP sp1, was defragmenting my Maxtor 250Gb external harddisk (FAT32) when the system hang. Rebooting windows has destruct the filesystem and leave me with a 'disk I/O error' and a blank disk! (Real men dont do backup but they often cry.....I was really pissed of at that time, lossing 180Gb of data is really a bad experience), I've tried to recover the data with scandisk, and Norton Disk Doctor 2004 (report error 'no filesystem' ) without any success :-( Last chance was my second PC running Suse Linux, MIRACLE, I've recover most of the data (95%) since Linux has mount and read all data from the damaged disk. Conclusions: defragmenting is dangerous! I consider now windows as a joke and I won't ever install a non journalised and transactionnal filesystem....Reiserfs 4 will be my next filesystem and I will replace my PC2 (w2k) with Linux SuSE 9.1 when it will be available.

    Test system:

    One more time, here is my system, The Linux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....

    Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X deluxe
    2 integrated ethernet card
    6 USB - 2 Firewire
    On Board soundcard
    Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary master)
    Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
    CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
    Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo Athlon XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
    512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
    SUSE Linux 9.0 and the KDE 3.1.4 desktop Netgear DG 834G modem-router-switch-wireless (internal kernel is also running
    a Linux 2.4.17 on mips processor, as you see Linux is everywhere )

    Evening 1

    Note all these screenshot has been done with KSnapshot, finding this application was quite easy even if the menu contains a lot of entries, you can locate it under Utilities - Desktop - KSnapshot. I must admit that due to the huge number of shipped applications, SUSE has done a good sorting job in this menu. Of course you must know what you want to start or which task you want to acomplish


    Regret I browse thee documentation of KSnapshot and did not find any shortcuts/hotkey to trigger the screenshot....Naivement, I 've try the magic windows key combination, ALT-PRTSC or PRTSC, but it does not work....so I decide then to search on google...."ksnapshot shortcut" give me the answer, CTRL-SHIFT-S which is documented in a "KDE-cvs-digest" as a "backdoor". I see here a documentation potential :-)

    Setting the resolution of screen

    YAST require to switch to root mode, I was quite impressed by the list of available monitor driver (I have a Syncmaster Samsung 191N) but sad when I saw, it was not in the list (the 181 is), I decide to browse through the list of available brand searching for a generic driver like in windows advance control panel, Bingo there is a "->LCD" monitor section, restart the desktop engine (X server) by logging out and I am done. It seem that there is till now always a solution, all you have to do is to search a little bit which is also good too because you can only be a better user...


    Since I have installed SUSE in a multi boot system, in Kexplorer (both a browser and a file manager and...see section below) all windows drive are not visible in the /mount directory like on any linux system but grouped in a /windows/ This disturb me 10s but I find it.

    As default you can not write on NTFS drive(Note kernel 2.6 should support full read/write operation on NTFS), so I decide to activate this feature since everywhere on internet, you can read that SUSE 9.0 support it (SUSE bring some new features from kernel 2.6 back to 2.4.21 like 64-bit support, journaling file system, improve security, low latence of scheduling, power management for notebook and improvment in the sound-system architecture. Trying to be a good user, I start the SUSE helpCenter and search for an article which speak of NTFS..


    I have found only recommendation for resizing or formatting the system during the installation of SUSE. One solution among others is to move all data from NTFS drive (full NTFS read support) to a Linux space then format back to FAT32....Operation done with Konqueror, the file manager. I already mention that I prefer to have a clone of Norton Commander.

    Java support

    Konqueror the default internet browser fully support Java, but it was not the case of the third party browser Opera I've installed or better said, Opera did not locate correctly the default JRE (Java Runtime Environment), so I need the feel to install the latest Java VM manually. Checking Konqueror settings shows that java is installed in /usr/lib/java2/bin/java


    Go to www.java.com and download the self installer (2 links are provided a .bin and a .rpm and both are self extracting, confusing....), I choose the .bin file and that force me to set attribute of file to executable (right click on file then properties) to uncompress the .bin

    In linux world, a file can only be
    execute if it has it X flag set to 1
    User is the currently logged user
    Group is a set of user
    Others are...others!

    You get a file with an extension .rpm, many alternatives, choose one of the 3 below you prefer.

    1. Open a Terminal, log a root (type # su ) then type # rpm -iv filename
    2. You can use Konqueror and right click open with...Kpackage, a small utilities, then enter root password.
    3. You can use Konqueror and click directly on the rmp and YaST wll start up.

    Anyway, I choose one and continue my tour....In opera I set in preferences - Multimedia- Java Path to /usr/lib/SunJava2-1.4.2/jre/lib/i386 and then my java appear on my homepage, done


    Online Update

    are done through....YaST of course,(YaST I am know getting used to that name), software - online update to get the latest recommended patches and security fixes from one of the available SUSE server. 15 servers are installed: 13 are located in Europe and 1 in USA. The latest server is a free choice, you can also define Your own server. I choose 3 differents servers (primary in Germany) and all were working.


    Another way to be always informed about the status of possible update is to look at the SuseWatcher icon in the system tray, identic to the windows update icon. The icon color can change if something is available on the server.


    Internet browsing

    I like Opera so much that I have acquire a licence (previously for Windows and now for Linux), I have also choose Opera under Linux and I do not regret it, even if it is not open source.

    Instant messaging

    Under internet - Chat You can find a lot of tools installed as default like:

    • Gaim,Kopete, gnomeICU which are multi protocol instant messaging, (I decide to choose Kopete, but I will try all others in the future)
    • Or some specifics application related to specific protocol:
      • KVIrc, KSirc, XChat IRC (IRC)
      • KXicq2 (ICQ)
      • others Kinkatta, Kit, Konversation

    With Kopete, I was able to define ICQ, MSN, Jabber in less than 5 minutes without knowing the GUI at all! really impressive (If you can do it in windows, you can do it in Suse is now my new motto!), I am still trying to customize the GUI (like in my windows IM www.miranda-im.org) because I find that Kopetetake too much desktop space.


    A set of interesting plugin is provided as default: encryption, emoticons, history of messages, web presence (upload your IM status to a homepage or a server)...A lot of features, but Webcam and Whiteboard capabilities are still missing. For sure there will be a plugin soon or at least a GNU tool for this somewhere in SUSE


    For me, Instant Messaging is ok and I can live with Kopete.

    Mp3 and audio content.

    Using Konqueror, I try to locate my favorites mp3 directory in order to launch some mp3, XMMS start as default, I've heard that this player is quite good, the default skins is based on SUSE colors, mainly green with a chameleon (see pic), This skins is acceptable for a user but not for someone who has already use Winamp's MMd3 or EMP skin (but this is personal). I take google to see if there is something else to download, official homepage is here .http://www.xmms.org/skins.php but skins section is down (after a disk crash but it will reopen). Winamp skins seems to be incompatible with XMMS and there is no converter available

    listenMp3XMMS.gif Coming soon    
    XMMS the default mp3 player Use winamp 3 under Wine    

    Viewing file using Konqueror

    Konqueror is the default file manager and web browser, It is a central application in all KDE desktop. It has a lot of functionnalities (some people may say too much), and its own control panel.
    Viewing pictures with it is "slow" (dir has 26 pictures, mean size is 80kb) and it took several seconds (I am not comparing to Windows thumbnails feature, but with ACDsee). Entering twice in the directory do not create additional performance loss, since images are cached (default cache size is set to 1Mb) Windows, ACDsee and others tools use the same tricks.

    Hovering over pictures and files create a autozoom...this is a nice features (working with txt file, configuraton, pdf) and is fast, during the build of a directory, the auto zooming display some strange result (especially if you have different file type like pdf, txt, jpg all together in one directory), but it is working and has not crash during the past 10 days (I must be lucky some people will say)

    konquerorContextualMenu.gif konquerorTipsOverImages.gif konquerorHoveringOverFile.gif konquerorSettings.gif
    Contextual menu Hovering over images Hovering over file Konqueror settings, hierachical panel
    duee to huge number of options.
    • I still prefer a Norton Commander (because of the dual panel), so I am hunting on internet and found XNC 5.0 but no precompiled rpm for SUSE. this oblige me to compile the source code...
    • Path to file is difficult to keep in mind (mainly because there is no more drive letter, I only need some practice...), but you can define favorites

    xnc 5.04 running in suse 9.0
    My first compilation of a package

    Source code tarball installation must be done under root user:
    Since it is a tar, You can unpack archive with 'tar zxvf filename' or 'gunzip -c filename | tar xvf -'
    or use Konqueror and arrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Go to xnc-5.x.x directory
    Run '
    ./configure'. For configure options see output of './configure --help'
    Run '
    Run '
    make install' under root. This operation install files to Your computer.
    You need to run 'xncsetup' for each user who wants to run xnc.
    Configure Your environment with xncsetup and press 'Save' button.

    PS: If you have troubles compiling XNC try run
    './configure --disable-shared' and then make again.

    XNC is also downloable for SuSe 9.0 here on my homepage :xnc-5.0.4-1.i586.suse9.0.rpm


    Midnight Commander is a clone of Norton Commander running in a terminal (just type mc)


    "Krusader is an advanced twin-panel (commander-style) file-manager for KDE 3.x (similar to Midnight or Total Commander) but with many extras. It provides all the file-management features you could possibly want.
    Plus: extensive archive handling, mounted filesystem support, FTP, advanced search module, viewer/editor, directory synchronisation, file content comparisons, powerful batch renaming and much much more.
    It supports the following archive formats: tar, zip, bzip2, gzip, rar, ace, arj and rpm and can handle other KIOSlaves such as smb:// or fish://
    It is (almost) completely customizable, very user friendly, fast and looks great on your desktop! :-)"
    I am using it every day, and it is probably the one which has the better GUI

    XNC is also downloable for SuSe 9.0 here :xnc-5.0.4-1.i586.suse9.0.rpm

    Midnight Commander is a clone of Norton Commander running in a terminal (just type mc)




    USB support (Key)

    I mount a USB Key brand Apacer AP-MKSRU10(impossible to find a picture on internet, very cheap version 8â?¬)which use Sony Memory Stick , after a beep, the drive was recognized and in use. An icons was created on the desktop. The beep is immediate but it take sometimes several seconds till the removable drive is recognized. No problems transfer rates seem to be exactly the same as under Windows 2000.


    Usb key support, only mounting name is strange

    Evening 2

    Security, password policy, settings and firewall

    • Can be done in YaST, all setting are always done with th help of assistants, a meaninful documentation is always displayed on the left. No need to push a button or to hover on some part of the GUI like in Windows control panel.
    • NAT (Network Adress Translation) which consist of hiding the real internet adresses of your machine by hiding it behind the firewall adress is supported and with only a checkbox
    • You can block some Linux services (Webserver, Mail Server) or define your own.
    • I am still searching in the YaST GUI for port forwarding capabilities and firewall rules (TCP-UDP and direction). It seems that you must deal with the config file of the firewall directly. (/etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2)
    yastsecurity.gif yastsecurity1.gif yastsecurity2.gif
    Security settings is a part of YaST Password is limited to 8 character in
    DES mode.
    Firewall settings are not complete. 4 Steps
    is clearly not enough

    Even if the first part of the setting is done with an assistant, I think that SuSE need to enhance the configuration of it's firewall. I do not want to dedicate a machine for running my firewall even if it is does not give the same security. My router is a Netgear 614 without firewall, but my other PC use a Netgear 634g which has one...

    YaST the configuration utility, but what can YaST do for You?

    A lot of things, see below the table. Clicking on a subsection always start an assistant that drive the user and give him succinct but understantable explanations.

    • Change Source of Installation
    • Install and Remove Software
    • Online Update
    • Patch CD Update
    • System Update
    • CD-ROM drives
    • Disk Controller
    • Graphics cards and monitor
    • Hardware information
    • IDE DMA Mode
    • Joystick
    • Printer
    • Scanner
    • Select Mouse Model
    • Sound
    • TV Card
    Network Devices
    • DSL
    • Fax
    • ISDN
    • Modem
    • Networl card
    • Phone Answering machine
    Network Devices
    • DHCP server
    • DNS server
    • DNS and Host Name
    • HTTP Server
    • Host Names
    • Kerberos Client
    • LDAP client
    • Mail Transfer Agent
    • NFS Client and Server
    • NIS client
    • NTP Client
    • Network Services
    • Proxy
    • Routing
    • Samba Client and Server
    • TFTP Server
    Security and Users
    • Edit and create groups
    • Edit and Create Users
    • Firewall
    • Security Settings
    • Boot Loader
    • Choose Language
    • Create a boot rescue disk
    • Editor for /etc/ sysconfig files
    • LVM
    • Partioner
    • Powertweak Config.
    • Profile manager
    • Restore System
    • Runlevel Editor
    • Select Keyboard layout
    • Select Time Zone
    • System Backup
    • Load Vendor Driver CD
    • Post a support Query
    • View Statup log
    • View System Log



    Don't laugh! a good screensaver is part of a personal computer even if it no more needed (TFT screens are good enough to not be damaged by a fix picture)

    • Suse has a lot of screensavers, a lot of them seems to be quite old or was in use in low end PC: character base or line base screensaver,
    • Those I prefer are all GL (Glide undestand openGl accelerated) based: Euphoria, Flux, Lament, Solar Wind
    • I like Vector Balls and Particles system since I've seen them on Amiga: Flow, Particle Fountain.
    • Matrix is provided as default!

    What I dislike is that it is not possible to define a list of prefered screensavers.In the End, ANY User will be satisfied with the number and diversity of screensavers.

    Emule, a P2P network under Linux

    Who is using emule under windows? hum? not You? so jump to the next section

    Install Lmule
    Install these 3 rpm in this order
    by typing rpm -ihv --nodeps filename.rpm
    OR clicking on rpm file in Konqueror

    Changee to /usr/bin and type ./lmule
    Install Emule under theWine emulator
    Does not work with all version of emule, not an option as today
    Install http://sharedaemon.sourceforge.net
    The core engine is not available, expect delivery in Q1 2004
    Use http://xmule.org version 1.7.1
    But it seem discontinued...Interface match the windows version.
    Usehttp://amule.sourceforge.net It is working!!!!
    1. Locate all rpm in download section. You need 2 gtk rpm and 1 amule.rpm
    2. Click on each of them in Konqueror but install first GTK librairies
    3. After install of amule.rpm, you can start it under the menu - internet - More Programs - amule

    You can reuse the uncomplete part and .met files from the emule windows version

    OVERNET another P2P network under Linux

    Go to www.overnet.com and download the core (an executable file running in command line mode)
    You need a GUI, this one is available at http://ed2k-gtk-gui.sourceforge.net/download.shtml it is a rpm
    Start the gui by typing /usr/bin/ed2k_gui in konqueror
    The tool ask you to locate the core, here I save it under /home/elta68/.overnet/core/overnet0.51.2
    Choose a user name, a password and click "spawn core" then "go", you are now connected, share some files and here we go, download!!!!!!
    overnet gui settings for suse 9overnet running

    Evening 3

    Burning CD

    Burning CD tools can be found under Multimedia - CD/DVD Burning. 2 software are installed as default: K3b and cdbakeoven. The about K3b display the release number 0.10! this is disturbing me, is it stable when you ship anything with 0.10?

    burnincd.gif burnincd2.gif burnincd3.gif burnincd4.gif  
    1. Starting K3b 2. use the assistant, here I select
    Create a Data CD
    3. Use the file explorer to locate file you want to burn
    • Windows drive (NTFS - FAT32) are located in /windows/
    • You can give a name to your compilation, right click rename on the root..
    • The space left and consume on CD disk is displayed like in any burning software.
    • The GUI is very similar to EasyCD creator
    4 click burn and choose burning options
    • Speed (I have a 16X) but only 14X is available
    • Writing mode: DAO, TAO, RAW
    • Type of session
    • Volume CD-Test
    • and filesystems and misc options.

    I do not see any options missing, except an assistant for some protections schemes....(Securoom, Safedisk)

    burnincd5.gif burnincd6.gif   burnincd7.gif  
    Burning took 4:30 minutes for 594MB and mean speed was 12X If you want to create an audio CD
    • You can not directly use mp3 files but need to convert them back to wav with winamp for example.
    • You can also right click on a file and play it.
    In the menu tools:
    • CD-RW are supported (with Erase support of course)
    • Copy CD or Clone CD
    • Burn image ISO, BIN and CUE: CCD are missing.
    • Copy DVD, format DVD-RW, Burn ISO image...
    Control panel
    • It support plugins, only 3 are installed: mainly Audio Decoder and Audio Encoder and external programs to work properly. Highly extensible design is always good.
    • The control panel follow the same clarity guidelines as the whole KDE, which are good..
    • Following CD projects are possible: Audio CD, Data CD, Mixed mode CD, Video cd, eMovix CD, Data DVD, eMovix DVD. As you see everything is also present.
    • What is unknow is the abilty of K3b to handle protected CD....Of course nobody of us are using CloneCD, AlcoholSoft, NeroBurning to copy protected CD.....so it is not really an issue or?
    • Of course I need to burn more than 2 CD to be able to give an opinion on K3b, and I am convince that it is easy to find some better reviews on internet. What I can say is that K3b will cover my personal use
    • Creating CD is as simple as with EasyCD Creator or Nero
    • For resuming, whaouuuh so much functionnality for a release 0.10...

    DVD, multimedia, Divx, Xvid

    DVD For some obscur reasons (juridical) It is not possible to play encrypted DVD on linux, if you search on www.google.com you will find a lot of tutorials and the librairies. Here is an extract of the manual:an
    "For the playback of encrypted DVD movies you need a CSS decoder and the codecs (video format files) for ac3 (Dolby Digital) and mpeg2, which we cannot enclose with SUSE LINUX for legal reasons."

    Library to access encrypted DVDs also a CSS decoder can be found if You use the search engine at

    http://rpm.pbone.net/ OR

    Kaffeineis a GUI for Xine library (the video engine), for the same reasons, divx drivers are not shipped with SuSe (in windows it is the same...)

    Use the site rpm.pbone.net to locate the XVID drivers or use the site of packman ftp://ftp.links2linux.de/ and more precisely ftp://ftp.links2linux.de/pub/packman/suse/9.0/i586/ I choose the XVID 0.9.2

    In order to read and write compressed AVI files (indeo and divx), Linux can reuse the Win32 library of Windows Media Player 9 (wmv9dmod.dll wmvdmod.dll wma9dmod.dll wmadmod.dll wmspdmod.dll), You can find them at http://avifile.sourceforge.net/ in the file "wm9 DMO dlls", just copy them to /usr/lib/win32/ and Kaffeine will find them (Operation done as root user and do not forget to give read and execute rights on file chmod 655 *.dll). If you want a more complete package, packman has all dlls required (9.2mo) at http://packman.links2linux.de

    I encounter a lot of difficulties, and 70% of my video were not working, I decide to install the latest xine librairies (1.1rc3) and the latest kaffeine (0.4.1) AND NOW EVERYTHING IS WORKING great, I hope that suse will provide it with an update as soon as possible...

    CD audio Put the CD in the drive and it begin to play automatically.


    Windows network connectivity

    It seems that connecting SuSE to another remote windows desktop is not as easy as in the windows world...I have found the iconse "Local Network" but nothing was found. There is an interesting documentation in the help center "Linux in the network" speaking about Samba (a layer on top of TCPIP) which help to connect heterogenous computer (MAC, Windows, Linux, others which have this layer). Microsoft implements this layer after pressure of IBM....:-) A good documentation but what I want is 3 uses cases::

    • 1. How Linux can access to a Windows machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?
    • 2. How Windows can access to Linux machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?

    You must use Samba for all above.

    1. How Linux can access to a Windows machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?

    A lot of FAQ and Howto can be found with google, use the keywords: "linux windows smb howto"

    In Yast go to "Network Services" then
    "Samba Client" anfd enter the name of your windows workgroup
    Then Open a terminal and test if your client (Linux) can see some windows shares Or use Konqueror and type in the adress bar:
    You can then add this share as favorite
      smbclient -L ipadress (giving the computer name do not work with me, my pc is named "Raptor")

    If these steps are working, you can add definitively in /etc/samba/smb.conf the remote windows share, either with the YaST gui or with a text editor.

    2. How Windows can access to Linux machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?

    n Yast go to "Network Services" then
    "Samba Server" and enter the name of your windows workgroup
    On the second page, click advanced and define all share directory Windows shall see
    Only regret, you can not set rights (read only, read write) as if you open directly the file /etc/samba/smb.conf
    sambaServer1.jpg sambaServer2.jpg

    comment = My collection of MP3
    browseable = yes
    guest ok = yes
    printable = no


    • XMMS was not able to open remotely a mp3 using a samba share, copying the same mp3 locally work...strange.

    http://www.art-events.de/systeme/texte/000621samba.htm A tutorial in German
    http://www.bnro.de/~schmidjo/index.html LinNeighborhood is a tool to display the network neighbourhood like in windows explorer.

    Publishing, deploying web content

    http://www.suse.de/en/private/support/online_help/howto/webeditor/ A very good review.

    screem http://www.screem.org/
    Mozilla Composer
    a wysiwyg (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor

    A friendly task manager

    Since I was a windows user, I've been looking for a graphical program to allow process monitoring and manipulation. For chance, there is a default "task manager" coming from the base installation of KDE, it is located in System - Monitor - Kde System Guard

    ksysguard.png ksysguard1.png
    • It is a more user friendly way to monitor (and kill!) process or watch memory, cpu than in a terminal.(with command top or ps -ef | grep username)
    • Only regret it can not reside in the system tray and wait there when yu really need it.
    • You must filter in the process table, otherwise you will see a lot of process running in the background (KDE has a lot of process alone).
    • Option 1) Ctrl+Alt+Esc gives you a nice mouse cursor to kill whatever you point and click at. try it.
    • Option 2) Ctrl+Esc brings you a nice TasK List(Procees Table) to select and kill whatever process you like to.

    A powerful calculator HP48-HP49

    I still have 3 HP calculator and was developing on ASM-RPL.SYSRPL (from 1993 to 2000), I use EMU48each day under windows, see Here

    Here is a binary with roms that work... just unpack and start ./run48g.shor ./run48s.sh in a terminal

    My webcam, a Philips PCV680K vesta pro

    Plug and..... wait, after some minutes (I was playing with the mount command, maybe it can shorten the process if you log as root (type su) and try to force mount of all devices mount -a)

    • In google "linux webcam philips" give me this page: http://smcc.demon.nl/webcam It seems that these is now a part of the kernel since 2.4.15
    • It place an icon on the desktop ""webcam" clicking on it start Gnome meeting, you have then 7 steps to complete before using this tool.
    • It only allow you to use it between other gnome meetings instance, kopete, the Instant messaging has no webcam plugin, and do not recognize that a webcam was installed.

     Intall the latest nVidia driver

    Open a terminal  
    Switch to root su
    Download the latest drivers at (should be Linux IA32) http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux.html
    Verify that you have install the kernel source with YOU (YaST Online Update), to know which kernel source you need,
    type rpm -qa | grep kernel
    go in YaSt and search for a package kernel, look at the number, for me it is 2.4.21-166 then download it at ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/suse/i586/ then download rpm and install
    In YaST, do a search with "kernel source", and install the src code.
    You must quit XFREE, so save all work and close all aplications running, then type in the console init 3
    press F2, log as root  
    Execute the .run package you have download, move to the directory where you save it and type sh filename.run
    The install ask You to accept the licence, remove the current nvidia modules from memory, and search for the kernel interface, if it is not found it search for the kernel source and compile it
    Restart Sax or restart the PC sax2 -m 0=nvidia

    As you see a lot of step, is it not time to do all these steps behind the scene in an installer? Nividia? can you help us?

     Intall media player Mplayer

    Official Homepage: www.mplayerhq.hu
    On packman homepage ( ftp://ftp.links2linux.de/pub/packman/suse/9.0/i586/ ), download :

    • Libtheora (required by Mplayer) which use libogg
    • Lame (required by Mplayer)
    • Mplayer itself
    • Mplayer plugin
    • Kplayer is one GUI which use Mplayer for KDE

    so Install first liboggthen Libtheora, Lameandfinally Mplayerand Mplayer plugin


    • Dependancy (loading a packages require to install one or many another packages), conflict with packages is horrible, it is time to find a better format than rpm, (is apt-rpm from RedHat the future??? (http://apt-rpm.tuxfamily.org/)) or to restrict visibility of packages to an application instead of the whole system.
    • Mplayer seems to have a better support of all windows, and show better performance on my system. Highly recomended.





    read and write on NTFS !

    A lot of projects are trying to read Windows NTFS drive with more or less success

    "The goals of this project are: create a new Linux kernel driver for the NTFS file system (v1.2 and later 3.0), user space utilities (e.g. format, ntfs check, etc.) and a library to avoid code duplication and provide access to NTFS to other GPLed programs."
    -> it is existing in kernel 2.4.24 but with only read only capabilities, can cause loss of data!
    -> Can not write or modifying existing file (no file under 1Kb and it can not change size of file....)
    Author    Jan Kratochvil <web_AT_jankratochvil_DOT_N.E.T>    
    Version    1.5   
    Licence    GPL   
    Source    Yes   
    Environment    Console   
    Status    Stable
    "Captive provides full read/write access to NTFS disk drives in the WINE way by using the original Microsoft Windows ntfs.sys driver. It emulates the required subsystems of the Microsoft Windows kernel by reusing one of the original ntoskrnl.exe, ReactOS parts, or this project's own reimplementations on a case by case basis. Involvement of the original driver files was chosen to achieve the best and unprecedented filesystem compatibility and safety."

    As root user
    1. Download tar gz here http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/dist/captive-static-1.1.5.tar.gz
    2. Install, decompress and start ./install
    3. Locate ntfs.sys and ntoskrnl.exe in your windows/system32/ directory and copy it to /var/lib/captive/ I recommend You to use WinXp latest drivers
    4. start captive-install-acquire it search for the dll, if not found it will download them from microsoft.com
    5. for each windows drive (here  the example is for my drive C:\)
       type mkdir /mnt/openC
       type mount -t captive-ntfs -o force  /dev/hda1 /mnt/openC
       I add the switch -o force because SuSE has already mount the drive C (read only) in /windows/c
    open the file /etc/fstab and modify it:
    /dev/hda1 /windows/C   ntfs  ro,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=iso8859-1 0 0
    /dev/hda1 /windows/C   ntfs-captive  rw,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=iso8859-1 0 0
    and then type mount -a to see changes

    Attention, You may need to have a Windows licence!
    I do not want to configure wine...
    I do not want to install windows anymore...
    Publisher    Paragon Software Group   
    Version    1.0   
    Filesize    69 K   
    Licence    Shareware   
    Cost    69.95$   
    "Paragon NTFS for Linux is designed to mount NTFS partitions under Linux operating systems as normal logical drives with appropriate drive letter. The full version mounts NTFS partitions for read and write operations; the demo version mounts NTFS partitions in read-only mode. the driver supports NTFS 1.2, NTFS 3.0 and NTFS 3.1. Free Read-only version is distributed as a driver module or bootable CD image. Mounted NTFS partitions are accepted as â??nativeâ?? â?? browse, create/delete folder or file, run applications and other usual functions are totally available."

    Another way is to erase all NTFS drive and use reiserfs or extfs3, since Paragon also sell a windows driver to have full access to linux drive. Why should always Linux make the first step?

     Install KDE 3.2

    step by step....

    in YaST, go to "Software", and then "change source of installation"
    Set a new "software media source", use the button "add" and choose ftp

    server name: ftp.suse.com
    source directory: pub/suse/i386/supplementary/KDE/update_for_9.0/yast-source/

    wait till the system accept your new source of installation, close this windows, you can now go to "install and remove software", set the select box filter to "selection", "KDE Desktop environment" has its own section, install first all KDE base package.

    You will have some conflict, for me KDE pim, and PDA tools, just remove them! you can reinstall them after having installing the base package!

    restart your desktop session...known issues for KDE 3.2 are: sound (but it was working for me, alsa was selected as default) and kbear (FTP tool), for Kbear the solution for me was to remove  the previous version (
    kbear 2.1) and install this one:
    KBear 3.0alpha1b

    KDE 3.2 is as fast as my windows desktop, what a blast! I you want to have a good stability, it is preferable to wait the next official SuSE release...

     Disk Management, rescue disk, partitionning

     Anti virus
    http://linux.bitdefender.com/bd/site/products.php?p_id=16 Linux Bitdefender is a freeware

      Download manager
    use kget it can be start in a terminal /opt/kde3/bin/kget

     Printing, scanning

      Configuring KDE, themes

      Eclipse, development
    Download the file Eclipse GTK from www.eclipse.org decompress and start the executable.
    Jedit www.jedit.org is a jar based installer, open a terminal and type java -jar jedit42pre9.jar and you're done

      Install kernel 2.6 on suse 9.0
    here's a howto in german: http://www.thomashertweck.de/kernel26.html
    Compile your kernel http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=443

     Administring a Homepage
    ftp tool:
    KBear /opt/kde3/bin/kbear

      Remove un needed software

      Links for download

    http://www.suse.de/en/private/download/index.html ANDftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/9.0/suse/i586/ The official page of SuSE
    http://www.rpmseek.com/index.html Search for RPM
    http://rpm.pbone.net/ Search for RPM
    http://packman.links2linux.de/ Packman compile source code and provide RPM ready to download ()
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/9.0/suse/i586/ FTP

    To read
    http://www.linux-mag.com/cgi-bin/printer.pl?issue=2002-10&article=jfs choose your filesystem


    Securing your Susehttp://www.antionline.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=260361


    • The desktop is user friendly, at least for me, for example: saving some of these screenshot, under the save as windows, right clicking provide a menu to create, sorting or add directory.
    • The responsiveness of GUI is good if you consider that the 3D and all 2D tricks are maybe not supported by the driver. Of course this depend a lot of your graphics cards. Trying to start XP on a integrated graphic VXX chipset with shared memory is the same (was using a IBX notebook 2 years before switching to a Compaq NX7000 with a Radeon 9200...).
    • It a quite good to have the possibilities to reuse some win32 librairies (codecs) because they are stable and working. A bravo to the open source community!
    • I have done many online security update with YaST, and have not restart the machine, which is very good, on the other side, there is even more update than in Microsoft world...
    • Till now I have encounter no real difficulties, I must admit that www.google.com is a must, and so fast for locating a solution (on forums, tutorials, howto, personal webpage....) as long as you use the right keywords. If you are already a good user of Windows, you will have no problem to switch to SUSE 9.0 TRUST me and make a try!


    • Having many rpm version for each distribution (even if you are on the same cpu plattform) or sometimes compile from the source code is the worst experience for me in linux. Only solution is to pray that someone or better SuSE provide you all rpm on a internet site (but you will always have to wait).
    • Suse do not provide for legal reasons enough packages (better said packages that are a must), but it is not diffcult to locate them on other homepage (libcss for decrypting dvd for example)
    • Installing basics fucntionnality ask by 80% of users are still too difficult

    Why Linux is not at the same level as Windows? my point of view is that people on the others side do their best to avoid porting of drivers and application from 3rd party compagny (and may be using economical threat to achieve this aim).



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