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The Linux Install Podcast

Last Build Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2009 17:26:06 +0000

Copyright: ©Ed Labonte and Ben Cheever

Episode 52 Fedora 10

Sun, 08 Feb 2009 17:26:06 +0000

This week I install Fedora 10 from the live cd installer. It’s a single cd installer compared to the traditional 3 cd or 1 dvd installation method. Anaconda, the Red Hat installation program is accessed through an icon on the Gnome desktop. My atheros built in wireless card was automatically detected due to the 2.6.27 […]

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Episode 51 Mandriva 2009.0 xfce

Sat, 31 Jan 2009 19:49:46 +0000

This episode I install the xfce version of Mandriva 2009.0. It’s a very user friendly distro and great for people who want to avoid the command line. The artwork is also very well done. I didn’t have much to say so I skipped the intro.

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Episode 50 Upgrading Slackware

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 02:46:00 +0000

Well I got this one out in record time :). Upgrading slackware from one version to another has a reputation for being intimidating, but it isn’t. It’s not as easy as “apt-get dist-upgrade” but the instructions are relatively simple and straight forward. In this episode I upgrade a 12.1 slackware installation to 12.2 using Pat […]

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Episode 49 #!Crunchbang

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 15:54:19 +0000

Well, the Lip is back. I apologize for the long delay. This episode I cover the installation of Crunchbang Linux. Crunchbang is based on Ubuntu Intrepid and uses Openbox for it’s window manager. You also get to hear my wife and I sniping at each other as I try to get her to participate in […]

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Working on a new podcast

Mon, 30 Jun 2008 22:12:19 +0000

Hi, I know it’s been a while since Ed or I have done any shows or even posted on here. I wanted people to know that we are still alive. However, we both have just had lot of really important things in life come up right now. I’m working on a podcast for installing Gentoo […]

Episode 48 Gentoo part 3

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 19:55:38 +0000

The Lip is finally back after a month’s delay. I’ve been struggling with gentoo but I finally finished recording and editing this episode. This week I install Xwindows, I get wireless working with wifi-radar, and I set my printer up. There will be a part 4 also. I still have to install gnome and another […]

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Episode 47 Gentoo part 2

Thu, 28 Feb 2008 00:08:07 +0000

This week I do the second Gentoo episode. I configure and compile the kernel and do some system configuration and finally get to boot into the new gentoo installation. All this takes almost 2 hours. That’s long for a podcast but I wanted to get at least that far by the second episode so that […]

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Episode 46 Gentoo part 1

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 01:37:41 +0000

I begin installing gentoo in this episode with the 2007.0 minimal install cd. This will be the first of several episodes on gentoo because installing gentoo is a bit tricky and takes more time than most distros. I install the stage 3 tarball and download and install portage, the gentoo package system. The episode ends […]

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Episode 45 Blag 70000 part 2

Wed, 23 Jan 2008 16:37:42 +0000

This week I do the follow-up to the Blag 70000 installation. Some of it has the background hiss and some is clear because I managed to get my old Dell laptop working with puppy linux on a usb flash drive. I use it to record the intro and email sections. Future episodes should be much […]

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Episode 44 Blag 70000 part 1

Sat, 12 Jan 2008 22:53:00 +0000

The Lip is finally back. I’m sorry for the delay, the computer that I was recording on died and I had a hard time finding something to replace it with. I purchased a usb sound card and that’s what I’m using for this podcast. Unfortunately it isn’t a perfect solution. There’s an audible hiss in […]

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Slightly longer hiatus

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 15:03:56 +0000

I’m sorry, the break that I’ve been taking from the show is longer than I anticipated. I won’t be able to get a show out until after the first of the year. If there is anyone out there who would like to record an installation, or any other install-related content, email me at and […]

Short hiatus

Tue, 06 Nov 2007 17:31:51 +0000

I’m sorry I haven’t been able to get a show out in the past two weeks or so. I’ve been involved with something that has been taking up my time. But take heart! I haven’t abandoned this podcast! A new one will come out soon.

Episode 43 OpenSUSE 10.3 part 1

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 18:36:56 +0000

This week I will be installing openSuse version 10.3, just released. I will install the Gnome single cd version. I’ll get the system up and running on my Acer laptop and I’ll investigate installing packages through Yast. I’ll also get wireless working after much frustration and beating my head against the wall a few times.

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Episode 42 Slackware 12 part 3

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 06:11:11 +0000

This week I’ll be finishing up with Slackware 12. I’ll get wifi-radar to work for the regular user through a button in the kde panel. Then I’ll get cups to work with my printer server. I’ll also investigate slackpkg, the tool for updating slackware. And I’ll install wine and set up the windows version of […]

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Episode 41 Slackware 12 part 2

Sat, 22 Sep 2007 16:26:01 +0000

Today I’ll be doing the follow-up to my initial Slackware 12 installation. I’ll get Slackware working with my wireless card using wifi-radar, and I’ll explore the various ways of getting packages installed on Slackware. I’ll explore using precompiled packages from and Slacky, I’ll use checkinstall together with compiling from source code in order to […]

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Episode 40 Slackware 12 part 1

Sun, 16 Sep 2007 06:10:32 +0000

This episode I install Slackware 12 on an Acer laptop. I get the main system installed along with kde, and I install the synaptics touchpad driver. I’m anticipating investigating the different ways to install software on Slackware, especially the new Slackbuild website. Ben had to take this week off. He will follow up his Sabayon […]

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Site Feedback

Fri, 31 Aug 2007 21:43:05 +0000

We made some changes to the site. – You can now manually download an episode by clicking on the OGG or MP3 icon – You can also “preview” the episode by clicking the Play Now link – As well as clicking on Play in a pop-up to listen to the whole episode in a seperate […]

Episode 39 Sabayon Linux Part 1

Fri, 31 Aug 2007 20:39:38 +0000

This week I’m covering Sabayon Linux. This distribution of Linux is based off of Gentoo Linux. It aims to be newbie friendly. But it’s also great for customization and tweaking. You compile all packages from source using a BSD ports style package management system. Stay tuned to hear all my screw ups and rants. The […]

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Episode 38.5 New User Help

Sun, 26 Aug 2007 04:55:55 +0000

In this very short fractional episode Ed LaBonte will go over some technical points in his arch install podcasts and correct some mistakes. Plus more theremin music…

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Episode 38 Arch Linux part 2

Tue, 14 Aug 2007 17:02:46 +0000

This week Ed LaBonte finishes up with Arch Linux. He gets wireless working with the edimax wireless card, installs the proprietary ati driver for the ati radeon video card, gets the printer and alsa working, and more. Most of the direction comes from the arch linux wiki page

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Episode 37 Arch Linux part 1

Sun, 05 Aug 2007 15:43:20 +0000

This week Ed LaBonte installs Arch Linux with the 2007.5 ftp installation cd on his new Acer Aspire 5100 laptop. He will install the basic system with the cd and then install X, fluxbox, and firefox with Arch’s package manager: pacman. And he will configure the ati video card on the laptop using the open […]

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Episode 36 Kubuntu Feisty Fawn part 2.

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:23:05 +0000

In this week’s episode, Ben does a follow up to his initial install of Kubuntu Feisty. He covers Desktop effects by installing Compiz fusion, and covers a lot of the howtos that can be found at and a lot more… Here are some links to the sites covered in the show: Ubuntu Guide How […]

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Episode 35 Kubuntu Feisty Fawn part 1

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 16:01:57 +0000

I am postponing my Ubuntu Feisty follow-up podcast for another week. This week co-host Ben Cheever will be installing Kubuntu Feisty Fawn on his Dell Latitude laptop. He will setup wireless, install Automatix, and go over some of the features of KDE that make it such a popular desktop environment.

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Episode 34 Grub and Lilo

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 13:38:59 +0000

This week I cover trouble shooting the boot manager, both grub and lilo. Configuring the boot manager is an important step in any linux installation. Though most new distros make this step easy, it is still possible to run into problems, especially if you are dual booting with Windows or another linux distro. I create […]

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Episode 33 Ubuntu Feisty Fawn part 1

Sun, 01 Jul 2007 04:39:00 +0000

This week I install Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. I will keep the episode as accessible to new users as possible, meaning I will forgo dealing with advanced issues and just cover the basic installation.

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Episode 32 Zenwalk 4.6.1 part 2

Sat, 23 Jun 2007 17:07:47 +0000

This week I’ll get the printer server working, set up ssh, download the sourcecode for and compile j-pilot, and set up my Palm Z22 to sync with it. I’ll also take a look at netpkg, the zenwalk package manager. This will wind up my look at zenwalk. Next week will be a newbie friendly episode. […]

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Episode 31 Zenwalk 4.6.1 part 1

Sun, 17 Jun 2007 15:30:58 +0000

This week I install Zenwalk 4.6.1, a lightweight Slackware derivative. Zenwalk installs from 1 cd and uses xfce for it’s default desktop environment. I install the main system, add zenwalk to the grub menu, get networking set up with networkconfig, and fix a buggy environment by rebooting ;-). Catch another error filled episode of the […]

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Episode 30.5 Feedback and New User Help

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 14:46:14 +0000

This fractional episode will cover email feedback that I received. In response to one email I will devote the rest of this episode with going over some concepts introduced in the last two episodes that might be confusing to new users.

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Episode 30 Debian Etch part 2

Sun, 10 Jun 2007 23:11:18 +0000

This week we continue with installing ssh on Debian Etch. After that I set up printing with Cups over a printer server. I then install alsa, and fail to install Automatix2. In lieu of installing Automatix2 I install flash and Java directly and that finishes up our look at Debian. Next week: Zenwalk 4.6.1

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Episode 29 Debian Etch Part 1

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 13:19:37 +0000

The Lip is under new management. My name is Ed LaBonte and I’ll be taking over for Serge. The first episode (#29) is up and ready for download. This has been a learning experience and that’s reflected in this episode. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but I wanted to get something out after […]

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Annoucement: thelip needs a new home

Mon, 09 Apr 2007 23:55:31 +0000

Due to major changes at my “day job” I have been unable to continue getting LIP episodes out, not to mention posting a note about the delays until now. The situation is unlikely to change anytime soon so, in the spirit of open source, I am asking any interested podcaster out there if they would […]

LIP 28: Gentoo Summary

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 04:26:18 +0000

Our grand adventure with Gentoo must, alas, come to end with tonight’s show. Given the time required for the emerge-download-compile dance, we had to leave three of our four distro checks for the last Gentoo show. So tonight we set out to get Gvim vimming, wireless wired, and sleep sleeping. Since it is the fourth […]

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LIP 27: Gentoo Linux – Getting X Up and Running

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 05:56:26 +0000

We continue on with our Gentoo adventure, setting out to get X11 configured. But first we are forced to detour to revisit network configuration. After that scenic trip, we get even more familiar with emerge and the compile machine that Gentoo is. We are rewarded with a visit back to one of your host’s favorite […]

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LIP 26: Gentoo Part Deux

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 05:33:04 +0000

After what appeared to be success with the LiveCD install last episode, we learn that our early optimism was unfounded. Bascially the install didn’t quite finish the way we thought it had, so we got a chance to get more first hand love from Gentoo. Like 8-9 hours worth of love. Tonight’s show captures the […]

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LIP 25: Gentoo – Initial LiveCD Install

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:46:44 +0000

We kick off our seventh distro of the show going with a live cd install of Gentoo Linux. This ubergeek distro greets us with a very slick graphical installer that surprises us given what we’ve heard about Gentoo’s close to the metal nature. We emerge from the installer with a new respect for this distro […]

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LIP 24: Mepis 6.0 wireless and wrap up

Mon, 05 Feb 2007 03:11:35 +0000

Winding down our coverage of Mepis in this episode. We take a stab at getting wireless configured on the LIP laptop under Mepis. Some surprises are encountered along the way. We also talk about some Linux adventures, Moodle vs. Blackboard in the ivory tower, some Rockbox stuff, feedback from our most excellent listeners, and a […]

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LIP 23: Mepis 6.0, sleeping beauty?

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 00:50:27 +0000

We had to move our regular recording time to the weekend due to yet another change in your host’s weekly schedule. So Sundays it is from here on out. Promise. And sorry for those of you who checked in on Thursday night – in case you didn’t get the memo, Sunday is the new Thursday. […]

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LIP 22: Mepis – Compling Vim 7.0

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 05:18:27 +0000

Part 2 of 4 on Mepis and we see if Vim 7.0 is in the house. Is it? Well let’s just say we get to explore the package manager (which is excellent) and test out our old-school-roll-your-own-compile-it chops. (Disclaimer: Host is enjoying the combined arrival of a new semester and major sinus headaches (coupled with […]

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LIP 21: Mepis 6.0 – Initial Install

Fri, 12 Jan 2007 05:22:18 +0000

Tonight we start a series of four episodes on Mepis 6.0, our sixth distribution thus far. The main segment focuses on the initial install experience where we learn that good documentation can be incredibly useful. Especially when you read it. Despite a case of pilot error, Mepis is off to a great start. We also […]

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LIP 20: Fedora Core 6 Wrap Up

Fri, 05 Jan 2007 05:02:54 +0000

Fedora has gone from success to success so we are sad to have to wrap up this distribution to say goodbye. In our summary it earns a perfect 5 out of 5. We also describe setting up a dual headed desktop under Fedora Core. First episode of 2007, and we are off to a great […]

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LIP 19.5: Annoucement of New Time/Date

Wed, 03 Jan 2007 04:56:05 +0000

First off, happy new year to all LIP listeners! Second, with the new year my work schedule has changed somewhat and this means I need to move the show to Thursday nights instead of Tuesdays. I will still be shooting for weekly releases, just on a different night. So tune back in this Thursday for […]

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LIP 19: Fedora Core, Wireless

Thu, 28 Dec 2006 03:48:32 +0000

Third episode with the Core keeps the love coming with a fairly straightforward install of the firmware for our wireless card. With this Fedora continues to impress. We also spend a little time talking about an adventure of replacing a second hard drive on my Etch desktop, and we take some user feedback on board […]

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LIP 18: Fedora Core: Sleep, Packages and Eye Candy

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 17:38:39 +0000

We got this one recorded and posted to the feeds early, but didn’t get to update the blog here till a day after the “release” due to travel. Fedora continues to impress as we get Vim 7.0 gui installed with the package management system, learn that sleep works out of the box and discover some […]

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LIP 17: Fedora Core 6.0 Initial Install

Wed, 13 Dec 2006 04:58:04 +0000

The first segment on our fifth distro greets us with pretty blue desktops littered with double-helix type thingies. The intial install goes generally smoothly, using 3 cd-images that we cleverly had downloaded prior to tonight’s show. Since initial installs take some time, we fill in the dead air with some thoughts about Rockbox on an […]

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LIP 16: Slackware 11.0 Farewell

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 04:50:18 +0000

We say goodbye to the oldest living Linux distribution: Slackware. Unfortunately, our parting is bittersweet as we see much to love in Slack, yet some persistent hangs in X keep us from getting to fully explore this distro. We spend most of our time trying workarounds for this X problem at a cost of not […]

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LIP 15: Slackware 11.0 Migration from a 2.4 to 2.6 kernel

Wed, 29 Nov 2006 05:37:19 +0000

We start over with Slack since the last install was randomly freezing up in X. We try to go with a 2.6 kernel to see if this fixes things. Does it? Well now, you just have to listen in to find out. Oh, and we also revise the tentative lineup for the next eight months […]

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LIP 14: Slackware 11.0 postinstallation exploration

Wed, 22 Nov 2006 04:43:35 +0000

We continue our exploration of Slackware by changing runlevels to boot into a graphical display manager. We also learn how to add a user from the command line. Additionally, we make some time for listener feedback this week.

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LIP 13: Slackware 11.0 Initial Install

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 06:20:29 +0000

The start of our fourth month of weekly shows finds us visiting the oldest living Linux distribution: Slackware. This episode focuses on the intial install, which goes well. During the package install component we use some  time to  cover further issues with our Linux Toy: iAudio U3.

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LIP 12: Ubuntu hibernation and summary

Wed, 08 Nov 2006 05:31:54 +0000

Our fourth, and therefore, final episode on Ubuntu. All we have left to do is check if we can get hibernation or sleep to work under Dapper Drake. To our very pleasant surprise all this takes is to actually see if it works – and it does out of the box. Based on our highly […]

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LIP 11: Ubuntu and Vim 7.0

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 04:18:32 +0000

Week three with Ubuntu and some new features to the show. Before we continue on with the exploration of Ubunutu we do some listener feedback and talk about the future of the show. We also add a segment on linux toys, where we review the iAudio U3 music player. Tasty. The main segment has us […]

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