Asus G55VW Keyboard Back-Light

headbangerThis was originally intended for an Asus G73 laptop.  I have an Asus G55VW laptop, and it works great. (It requires the installation of 2 separate scripts!)  I didn’t even change the directory name.  (/home/jed/g73)  Scripts attached at bottom of post…
This is taken directly from the README file included with the g73 script;

1. Clone this repository to your home directory (or wherever you want to, I’ll do this example in ~/ for simplicity)

cd
        git clone git://github.com/ktoso/g73-keyboard-backlight-sh.git g73

2. Make sure all scripts are marked executable:

cd g73
        chmod +x *.sh

3. Take a look at these scripts to make sure you trust them!  Why?  Because they’ll need root access, without asking for the password.  Now, we’ll add these scripts to allow `sudo`to run them without asking for any password:

su -c ‘visudo’ # or ‘sudo visudo‘ if you’re a sudoer (on VSIDO etc)

Then, just add the following lines at the end of the sudoer file (or similar, with the script names etc). Of course, read more

Debian Decides; systemd vs. Upstart

OK, my .00002 cents worth. (sorry for the lengthyness of this post, it touched a nerve maybe or something close)
First, what is the problem with sysvinit?  OK, so systemd will do a complete userspace boot-up in 900ms.  So what?  Having personally tried systemd with VSIDO, I saw no ‘great’ benefits. OTOH, I have never tried Upstart.  (does using Upstart mean using Mir/Unity?)
Second, when you mention Upstart, all that I can think of is “we’re Shuttleworth’d”…
And third, why do we have to have one, or the other?  There are multiple choices now.  (As Digit so aptly mentions above)

Back to boot speeds, I read one posters comment, (on one of the other forums) and I’m paraphrasing here, if my system takes 3 to 5 minutes to boot, but once booted it remains solid and has no issues, then I don’t care.  Personally I think that the boot speeds that most people are talking about these days have more to do, generically, with UEFI than systemd. (yes, I know systemd drastically can reduce boot times, and have seen that with my own eyes) But, UEFI passes the boot off from the BIOS (read; slow) and directly to hardware, which, if your using an SSD, can seem instantaneous.  So, in a server environment, IMO, boot speeds tend to be irrelevant.  On a desktop (laptop) this becomes even more irrelevant. (unless of course, your James Bond, the earth is getting ready to explode, and you have to save the read more

VSIDO 3 Codename: savant-hakerdefo

VSIDO 3 Now Available

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That’s right, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better!  Version 3 released this week, unveiling a slightly new direction for VSIDO.  Now a Fluxbox only distro, a smaller LiveUSB image coming in at 412mb just in case you rather have the LiveCD version.  For those that are unaware, using a LiveUSB can speed up an install by at least a factor of 10 and is as easy to make as a LiveCD.

The total install once completed averages around 1.6Gb’s of space.  Memory resources are also at an all time low.

This build, like it’s predecessors in the past has all the apps and tools at your disposal to be up and productive in less than 4 minutes.  That is read more

The New World Of Linux

linuxvswindowsOver the last decade, and especially just in the last two years, Linux has emerged and grown from an OS only a true geek or nerd would use, to a very viable alternative OS for the everyday computer user.  As a matter of fact, in most regards to the ‘average’ user, they are much better suited to using Linux than any of MS’s counterparts in the OS dept.  In my opinion, the same holds true for Mac though perhaps to a smaller degree.  After all, the Mac is now utilizing the Mach MicroKernel and/or the FreeBSD Kernel depending on your sources!  Their prohibitive prices however, still make them out of reach for the regular masses.  Makes you wonder how long before MS wakes up and smells the inevitable scent of Linux dominance in the air.  Their lack of acuity in not realizing this before the Mac and Google crowd is indicative of their refusal to consider that they could possibly ever be wrong about anything.  Consider MS Windows 8.  A miserable marketing failure, as well as becoming read more

KDE 4.11.3 on VSIDO

OK, so I’ll lay some of the blame for this post off on SFaulken.  He is a former dev/maintainer on the Cloverleaf Linux project, and a contributor to KlyDE as well. (I think I got all that right)  Anyhow, he is a “big” proponent of KDE and has been telling me how great it is.  After my recent exploration of openSUSE, which came with KDE by default, I was definitely impressed with the new KDE 4 Plasma Desktop.

I had not used KDE since around 2002.  At the time, it was still a fledgling, bug filled, desktop environment that was difficult to use.  I think KDE came out around ’97 or ’98, so to be fair I didn’t give it much more than a cursory look.  I went back to it a couple read more