Monthly Archives: July 2009

Doing a minimal installation for RHEL 5.3 with kickstart

When installing RHEL 5, it doesn’t matter if you deselect all the packages during the installation. You’ll still end with the @dialup and @java groups.

If you do a kickstart installation, you can set your %packages to

This also might save you the disks changes (all or some). This will result with about 900+ MB for / (not including /boot). If you want something even more minimal (e.g. only for firewall) you can choose the “%packages –nobase” option.

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Filed under Red Hat Enterprise Linux

vendor lock-in in Windows Live?

My university is forcing it’s students to have an account with Windows Live email service in order to get the university announcements/updates. Today I noticed a very strange behavior, in certain situations the website doesn’t let you configure email forward to another account outside of the Microsoft network. The following error message is shown:

You can forward your mail to one other e-mail address that ends in,,, or is part of Windows Live Custom Domains.

I’m using Iceweasel 3.0.11 from Debian, and I complained about missing that feature, other people seemed to have the feature. After a few checks it’s seems to be the way the browser identify itself. When I changed my identification to IE7/Vista (using user agent switcher plugin), the problem was solved.

I’m trying to understand the logic – If i use IE or Firefox, I can do a forward to another account, but otherwise I’m locked in to the Microsoft network. It can’t be a technical issue, as in both cases the interface is the same (no special browser features needed).


Filed under Debian GNU/Linux, Mozilla, Proprietary software

Norway: ODF and PDF as official goverment formats

Looks like the Norwegian made a step forward regarding open standards:

Public enterprises should not use other file formats than ODF (version 1.1) and PDF as attachment at the exchange of documents by email. This rule will apply from 1. January 2011.

Besides ODF, they also decided on an encoding, so UTF8 character set standard will be for all new government IT projects.

Source: and Leif Lodahl


Filed under Open Standards,