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Granular Newsletter: September 2008

Welcome to the fifth edition of Granular Newsletter
There was no newsletter for the last month, August, and we regret this fact. From this time, we announce the Granular Newsletter as a semi-regular update, but we'll try to come up with one every month. Here's a quick round up of news and events covered in this newsletter.

Google Chrome, released on 2nd of this month, has already made for breaking news all over the Internet. On the Granular development front, there again has been some silence. New versions of KDE3.5 and KDE 4 were released. Anurag Bhatia, a member of Team Granular, has been selected as a "Powerposter" by Google. Due to slow development, there will be delay in the release of Granular 1.0 final. Find out more in this month's newsletter.

We hope you'll enjoy reading the newsletter.

Granular Newsletter is divided into 3 parts:

1. News - Latest happenings from the Granular Linux community and Team Granular, and some other news related to Granular.
2. Tips & Tricks - Find some tips, tricks, work arounds and tutorials in this section that would help tweak/fine-tune/enhance your Granular Linux.
3. Featured article - Check out an original piece of writing submitted by members of the Granular Community.

Team Granular is looking out for contributions from interested ones for the future editions of Granular Newsletter. The newsletter is intended to grow both in quality and quantity. And this is possible only with the support of more people. If you wish to contribute articles, tips, tricks, tutorials, news (non-Granular), or any other possible contributions for the newsletter, contact us through email at [email protected].

Google Chrome - a new web browser
We have a brand new web browser in the market and it's by none other than Google, the search engine giant. Google Chrome was release on 2nd September as a beta and in a few days, it has won many hearts and accolades. For now, it has been released only for the Windows platform, and the development of Linux & Mac versions is underway.

Granular development slows down; delay in v1.0 final release
The development of Granular has slowed down since the past few weeks. Primarily, this is due to the real-life priorities of most of its developers. Due to this, there will be a delay in the release of Granular 1.0 final. Team Granular will make a notification about the release a few days before the actual release date. The development on the artwork side, though, continued with Paul doing his usual part.

Anurag Bhatia - a Google Powerposter
Anurag Bhatia, a Team Granular member, was recently selected by Google to be rewarded as a Powerposter. This was due to his contributions on the Google Apps Discussion Group where he regularly gives advice and shares technical knowledge with the people seeking it. He was also recently invited on an official lunch at the Gurgaon (India) Google office by the Google.

BOSS 3.0 released
An actively developed Linux distro for the Indian Government saw a new version update on 5th September. We congratulate the BOSS development team for achieving this feat!

Newer KDE and a new Wine released
Now, This has to be a surprize for the KDE 3.5 lovers. A new update to KDE3 series was made in the form of KDE 3.5.10. KDE4 also got updated to KDE 4.1.1. Both the releases have a huge set of bug fixes. Also updated this week was Wine to version 1.1.4.

A new kernel under way
Testing has begun for a new kernel for the final release of Granular. Despite busy work schedules, Chris was able to produce two kernels - one from the 2.6.25 series and the other from 2.6.26 series. Kernel testing is under way to finalize one for release with Granular. The new kernel will solve the issues created by the previous one and introduce some more features and stability.

Hard disk not recognized by the installer?
Granular 1.0 RC had a kernel issue which prevented the installer from seeing/recognizing certain SATA hard disks of users. One of the users suggested, at Granular Community Forums, a trick to solve this issue. To try to solve this problem, just append the text "all-generic-ide", corresponding to the entry "Granular", into the text box (near the bottom) of the boot menu list (GRUB menu). [read more]

Tab completion
Did you know that while issuing commands in the command-line (Konsole), you need not type the full name of the command to issue it? Here is where the TAB button on your keyboard comes to help. Say, you were to issue a command like "grub-install", you would type just "grub-i" and press TAB once. The command-line will automatically complete the command for you. If there are more than one command beginning with the charaters you typed, pressing TAB will display a complete list of those commands. For example, type "drak" and press TAB, you'll see a list of 51 commands beginning with "drak". Similar rule applies to files and directories in your present working directory.

Tweak your startup
If your system takes a considerable amount of time to start up (boot), you can disable certain system services to not start at the boot time. This may decrease the startup time. To do this, go to Granular Control Center > System > Manage System Services. From there, untick "On boot" option corresponding to any service you do not want get staryed at boot.

Google Chrome tips
The recently launched web browser Google Chrome comes loaded with a plenty of features to try out. Some of them are:

1. Access the built-in Task Manager by pressing "Shift + Esc".
2. Drag a tab inside the main interface to make it open as a separate window.
3. Wine 1.1.4 has been optimized to run Chrome in a better way. So, upgrade your Wine now!
4. Press "CTRL+SHIFT+T" to reopen a just closed tab.
5. Right click on the Forward and Back buttons to get the list of recently visited sites.
6. Chrome has a built-in feature for basic conversions. Just type in "7 feet in cms" and look what you get!

[ Some tips from ]

Words by Craig Shockley aka Galjaman

IIn my younger days I spent time in the military. Every military organization, like any other organization or profession, has, over the span of its existence developed a vocabulary unique to its own special environment. This is true regardless of whether the military person is a spear wielding caveman, a chariot driving Egyptian, an elephant riding Carthaginian, or a longbow man from Wales. It applies equally to the sailor furling the top mast sail of a Spanish galleon, the spike helmeted Wehrmacht soldaten of the Kaiser, or the modern pilot of a supersonic fighter.

These are some of the unique words I remember from my own service.

DEROS: As in, "When you gonna deros outta here?" The word is, in fact, an acronym for "Date Eligible to Return from Over Seas.

PCS: As in, "I'm PCSing to WSMR. Can't get much closer to home than that." Another acronym. It stands for "Permanent Change of Station." And WSMR? (It's pronounced "wizmer.") It means "White Sands Missile Range" which is located in Southern New Mexico.

Snafu: As in, "If the Lieutenant hadn't been visually inspecting his colon, we wouldn't be in the middle of this snafu." Still another acronym - the military loves them don't they? It means, Situation Normal, All Fouled Up. Except the "f" doesn't really stand for "fouled."

Gorf: As in, "He's a real gorf!" Not an acronym at all. It's a term of derision originating from the sound of someone biting a gas bubble in the bathtub. As far as I know, F.A.R.T. Is not an acronym either. The challenge would be to find words meaning "to expel really unpleasant smelling gas from the lower alimentary canal" which would match the acronym. Anyone up to the challenge?

No, no! Not the "expelling" part. The "building an acronym" part.

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