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Monthly Archives: March 2008

As I’ve worked with Fedora 8 on a testing server we’ve got, I’ve really enjoyed being able to edit text files within the terminal via gedit while using KDE or Gnome.  While many “seasoned” vets use VI to edit text inside the OS X terminal, I’ve wanted to stay away from learning yet another set of commands.  Enter Terminal’s ability to call TextEdit.  It’s as simple as:

open filename  OR  open -a TextEdit filename

You just have to cd into the files directory, or provide the full path.  Same as gedit.

I looked for a long time trying to find a distro of linux I could install to resurrect an old Toshiba Satellite Pro 4200.  Finally settled on either Damn Small Linux or PuppyLinux.  I eventually went with PuppyLinux since I felt it had a little bit nicer interface.  Don’t get me wrong, I like DSL as well.  PuppyLinux was fairly straightforward to install to the harddrive, thanks to this page.  Now I’ve got another laptop for web, email, and other simple tasks.

I wasn’t looking forward to upgrading 10.4’s default PHP 4 installation.  A project we’re working on requires that we take advantage of some of the perks that PHP 5 offers, but my brief experience with attempting to do such things can sometimes get very nasty.

However, thanks to Mark Liyanage’s package and instructions, I was able to upgrade to PHP5 quickly and with no hassle.  It even got the GD lib (and some other ones) up and running.