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Original Articles from 2006

  1. What's New in Symphony OS 2006-12 - Dec 25, 2006
  2. openSUSE 10.2 Final Report - Dec 23, 2006
  3. Installing openSUSE 10.2 on a Compaq laptop (Part 2) - Dec 21, 2006
  4. Installing openSUSE 10.2 on a Compaq laptop (Part 1) - Dec 19, 2006
  5. openSUSE 10.2 Changelog & Version Report - Dec 15, 2006
  6. The KANOTIX distro implodes - Nov 30, 2006
  7. Another Sabayon Linux 3.2 Look (from a non-Gentoo user) - Nov 26, 2006
  8. openSUSE 10.2 RC 1 Report - Nov. 25, 2006
  9. MiniTutor: Shell Colors and Cursor Positions - Nov 17, 2006
  10. Quick Look at Urli OS 6.10 - Nov. 13, 2006
  11. openSUSE 10.2 Beta 2 Report - Nov 12, 2006
  12. MiniTutor: MPlayer and Video Output - Nov 6, 2006
  13. Another OpenSUSE 10.2 Beta 1 Review - Oct 29, 2006
  14. openSUSE 10.2 Beta 1 Report - Oct 29, 2006
  15. Howto: ATI fglrx driver + Xgl + compiz on Debian Sid for KDE users - Oct 21, 2006
  16. openSUSE 10.2 Alpha 5 Report - Oct 09, 2006
  17. SLED 10 rocks! - Oct 4, 2006
  18. Countdown to Final: Mandriva 2007 RC2 - Sep 19, 2006
  19. openSUSE 10.2 Alpha 4 Report - Sep 08, 2006
  20. Ubuntu Christian Edition 1.2 - Sep 04, 2006
  21. Mandriva 2007 Beta 3 Report - Sep 02, 2006
  22. Taking Fedora Core 6 Test 2 for a Live-Spin - Aug 31, 2006
  23. PCLinuxOS 0.93a - The Full Monty - Aug 22, 2006
  24. Neowin.net's Shift Linux 0.2 - Aug 14, 2006
  25. Elive 0.5 Beta-3.1 - Aug 13, 2006
  26. openSUSE 10.2 Alpha 3 Report - Aug 12, 2006
  27. Discovering Linux - The Experiences of a Linux Newbie - Aug 9, 2006
  28. KateOS 3.0 Released & Tested - Aug 9, 2006
  29. PCLinuxOS 0.93a MiniMe - Aug 5, 2006/li>
  30. HOWTO: Installing Grsecurity patched kernel in debian/ubuntu - Aug 2, 2006
  31. Mandriva 2007 Beta 1 - Aug 1, 2006
  32. Berry Linux 0.72 - July 31, 2006
  33. SimplyMEPIS 6.0 - What Happened? - July 28, 2006
  34. Testdriving Freespire Beta2 (Build 0.0.76) - July 27, 2006
  35. Dreamlinux 2.0 XGL Edition - July 18, 2006
  36. Ladislav Bodnar - Keeper of the Record - July 17, 2006.
  37. SUSE Linux 10.2a2 report - July 15, 2006
  38. Kubuntu Clash: Should I stay or should I go? - Jul 13, 2006
  39. BlueWhite64 Linux pre-11.0-beta - July 8, 2006
  40. Xandros 4: Home Edition - Premium - July 1, 2006
  41. SUSE Linux Enterprise 10rc3 - June 28, 2006
  42. Mandriva 2007.0 alpha livecd - KDE version test - June 23, 2006
  43. SimplyMepis 6.0 rc1 - June 18, 2006
  44. The Break-Up: Not a good date movie - June 17, 2006
  45. SUSE 10.2 alpha 1 tested - June 15, 2006
  46. Feel the Freedom: KateOS 3.0a1 - June 14, 2006
  47. Cars - The Must-See Movie of the Summer? - June 14, 2006
  48. Google Earth on Linux - June 12, 2006
  49. The Omen (2006) - June 12, 2006
  50. A Linux User's Look at Vista Beta 2 - June 10, 2006
  51. Taking Puppy for a short walk - June 7, 2006
  52. Updating My Toolbox - Knoppix 5.0.1 - June 4, 2006
  53. Kubuntu 6.06 - June 2, 2006
  54. Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Final Look - June 1, 2006
  55. Hola Tuquito 2.0 Beta 3 - May 30, 2006
  56. Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Release Candidate - May 26, 2006
  57. Puppy Linux 1.0.9 CE - May 21, 2006
  58. Symphony OS 2006-05 Beta (act 5) - May 18, 2006
  59. Wizard's Kid-Safe Livecd - May 14, 2006
  60. SUSE Linux 10.1 Final Report - May 12, 2006
  61. Same Austrumi - Only Better - May 09, 2006
  62. Slax 5.1.4 - Your Pocket OS - May 08, 2006
  63. Personal Computing - BSD Style - May 02, 2006
  64. emerge -p litrix 6.0 - May 01, 2006
  65. SuSE Linux 10.1 RC3 Report - Apr. 29, 2006
  66. Wolvix Media Edition 1.0.4 - Apr. 28, 2006
  67. SneakPeak at Xawtv 4 - Apr. 25, 2006
  68. xfce4.4 beta 1 - Apr. 23, 2006
  69. SuSE Linux 10.1 RC2 Report - Apr. 23, 2006
  70. The PCLinuxOS 0.93 MiniME - Apr. 21, 2006
  71. Damn Small Linux - NOT - Apr. 20, 2006
  72. LG3D LiveCD 2.4 Test 1 - Apr. 20, 2006
  73. SUSE 10.1 RC1 from a Mdv/PCLOS User - Apr 17, 2006
  74. Suse 10.1 RC 1 Report - Apr. 14, 2006
  75. Mepuntu: Mepis 6.0 Alpha 1 - Apr. 11, 2006
  76. Get your game on with SuperGamer-1 - Apr. 8, 2006
  77. Kororaa XGL - Part 0.2: The Harddrive Installer - Apr. 7, 2006
  78. It's a liiiive - with XGL: Phaeronix .85 Beta 1 - Apr. 2, 2006
  79. SuSE 10.1 Beta 9 Report - Mar. 31, 2006
  80. Damn Small Linux 2.3: 50mb of Penguin Power - Mar. 29, 2006
  81. Taking MyahOS 2.0 for a little spin - Mar. 18, 2006
  82. SUSE 10.1 Beta 8 report - Mar. 17, 2006
  83. Introducing Kwort Linux - Mar. 12, 2006
  84. Kororaa XGL LiveCD - Mar. 09, 2006
  85. Yoper 3.0 Beta Tested - Mar. 07, 2006
  86. SUSE 10.1 Beta 6 Report - Mar. 05, 2006
  87. MandrivaOne - a livecd - Mar. 03, 2006
  88. Four Flat Tires: Accelerated Knoppix - Mar. 01, 2006
  89. SUSE 10.1 Beta 5 Report - Feb. 27, 2006
  90. Mandriva One - a livecd attempt - Feb. 25, 2006
  91. Meet Hedinux - Feb. 20, 2006
  92. SUSE 10.1 Beta 4 Report - Feb. 19, 2006
  93. Elive 0.4 - Feb. 18, 2006
  94. Testdriving Wolvix Media Edition 1.0.4 Beta 2 - Feb. 17, 2006
  95. DreamLinux 1.0 Studio Edition - Feb. 13, 2006
  96. A New Breed of Puppy: Grafpup Linux 1.0.2 - Feb. 13, 2006
  97. GoblinX Premium 2006.1 Tested - Feb. 11, 2006
  98. rr4 linux 3.0b0 - Feb. 07, 2006
  99. Opera 9p2 Mini Tour - Feb. 07, 2006
  100. SUSE 10.1 beta 3 Report - Feb. 03, 2006
  101. Ultima Linux: Third Time's a Charm? - Jan. 29, 2006
  102. Solving Rubix Linux 1.0 RC2 - Jan. 25, 2006
  103. KDE 3.5.1: Just Around the Bend - Jan. 23, 2006
  104. SuSE 10.1 Beta 1 Report - Jan. 21, 2006
  105. VLOS 1.2.1 Tested - Jan. 20, 2006
  106. Little looksee at sam-2006-1-preview - Jan. 19, 2006
  107. A glimpse at SimplyMEPIS_3.4-3.rc1 - Jan. 15, 2006
  108. UltimaLinux LiveCD - Jan. 14, 2006
  109. Stx Linux 1.0 Final Look - Jan. 10, 2006
  110. What's all the FUSS? - Jan. 8, 2006
  111. When Choice Matters: VectorLinux SOHO 5.1 rc2 - Jan. 07, 2006
  112. Ubuntu Meets Gentoo: Ututo Linux - Jan. 02, 2006










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Last week the laptop I use for macOS development said that there is an XCode update available. I tried to install it but it said that there is not enough free space available to run the installer. So I deleted a bunch of files and tried again. Still the same complaint. Then I deleted some unused VM images. Those would free a few dozen gigabytes, so it should make things work. I even emptied the trash can to make sure nothing lingered around. But even this did not help, I still got the same complaint. At this point it was time to get serious and launch the terminal. And, true enough, according to df the disk had only 8 gigabytes of free space even though I had just deleted over 40 gigabytes of files from it (using rm, not the GUI, so things really should have been gone). A lot of googling and poking later I discovered that all the deleted files had gone to "reserved space" on the file system. There was no way to access those files or delete them. According to documentation the operating system would delete those files "on demand as more space is needed". This was not very comforting because the system most definitely was not doing that and you'd think that Apple's own software would get this right. After a ton more googling I managed to find a chat buried somewhere deep in Reddit which listed the magical indentation that purges reserved space. It consisted of running tmutil from the command line and giving it a bunch of command line arguments that did not seem to make sense or have any correlation to the thing that I wanted to do. But it did work and eventually I got XCode updated. After my blood pressure dropped to healthier levels I got the strangest feeling of déjà vu. This felt exactly like using Linux in the early 2000s. Things break at random for reasons you can't understand and the only way to fix it is to find terminal commands from discussion forums, type them in and hope for the best. Then it hit me. Read more