Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fedora Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.  Are you full yet?

Yes, I've upgraded to Fedora 16 64 bit.  Have not had issues, with one exception.  I did forget to back-up my e-mail files, but no worries.  I tend to forget that every time. No big deal.  All that is replaceable.  I did back up all my special pictures and documents.

Here is a snap-shot of my desktop with the F16 background:


There is a new program that I have not had a chance to use.  It is called Imagination.  It is basically a Slide Show DVD creator.  It is kind of like Windows Movie Maker...sort of.  Any way, I have not had a chance to play with it yet.  I'll be using it as I make a DVD to send my parents for the holidays.

I had to set up KMail as well as my Calendar.  I had all my settings right and could receive mail, but I could not send and the Calendar would not work.

Well, Akonadi has got to be configured before all that stuff works.  Akonadi is basically the bridge to the data base stuff that makes it all work.  If Akonadi is not set up and running, Kontact, Kmail, and Calendar will not function.  Any way, I set that up and immediately scheduled all my Pay-Days so I have something to look forward to every month as well as my Christmas Holiday coming up (and family events like birthdays and so on and so forth).

What else?  I set my games up (Minecraft and Java), all my video playback stuff like Flash  and such.  All in all, F16 is nice.  It has a smoother look than F15.  I think the fonts are a little more defined.  Oh, I am using KDE-Desktop.  Some like Gnome, but I choose KDE because that is what I am used to.

Fedora 16 is nice, but I need to change one thing:

I think I'm ready for my Christmas Desktop.  This, by the way, is a picture of Christmas time at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missiouri.  Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Games on Fedora 15

No, I have not upgraded yet.  Not Thanksgiving yet either.  I have a few games I like to play on Fedora.  One is Minecraft, and then Glaxium, Kobo Delux,  and Powermanga.

Minecraft is one that I payed about $30 for.  It is Java based which means it is cross-platform.  This means it works on Linux, Windows and Mac.  I'm sure if your smart phone has enough ram, Minecraft would work on it too.  But anyhow, Minecraft is a simple game in look and feel, but complex enough to keep the geekiest of geeks happy for hours.

To check it out, just do a Google search for Minecraft.  Great Christmas present for kids of all ages.

The next one is Glaxium. 

This is a space type arcade game.  It's a simple game with some cool graphics.  You are in a spaceship with weapons to defend yourself and to blast the enemy.  Pretty simple game that will keep your interest for hours.  This comes in the Fedora 15 repos which means it is free.

Another one is Kobo Delux. 

This is a 2D space game with lots of color.  The goal of the game is to blast all the alien space stations while they try to blast you.  It start from simple and goes to complex.  We've had gaming parties and this one was that game that everyone ended up playing throughtout the night.  It comes with most Linux distributions and is cross platform.  Don't think it is a network game though.  It is a lot of fun and challenging.  It will bring back the '80's in you.

The last one is goofy.  It is Powermanga. 

It is an arcade shooting game kinda like Galaga.  You shoot through all the drone ships to get to the mother ship.  You pick up special power-ups along the way.  These power-ups need to be maintained throughout the game.  Without them, you have no chance against the mother-ship.

I have never been much of a gamer, but on occasion, I like to do mindless stuff.  Fedora comes with a lot of fun games.  Cross platform games are really fun because they can be played on every system in the house.  Anyway, have fun with that.  Oh, all these games I have mentioned are available on other Distributions as well (with the exception of Minecraft which is  about $30). 

I just like Fedora, you guessed, because it's blue and wears a Red Hat.