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Irssi is a really simple command-line IRC client.  To install it, use apt-get or yum.  There is no configuration required.  Simply run irssi -c (server) -n (nickname) and once it connects to the server, type /channel and enter the channel you want to chat on.  When you want to disconnect, use /disconnect and when you want to quit, use /exit.

Why You Should Use It

There are many reasons for using irssi, but simplicity and the lack of a GUI are the two main ones.  The lack of GUI really helps if you are on an older machine or if want to use it remotely using SSH.  It also doesn’t get in your way because it doesn’t have all of the options that other IRC clients do.

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I know this isn’t the MAME post I promised, but I felt that I should write about this first.  Network Manager, which comes with GNOME, does exactly what its name implies.  It manages networks…well…sometimes it does.  It crashes a lot and for no apparent reason.

That is why I decided to switch to Wicd.  Wicd does exactly what Network Manager does except it doesn’t crash and it doesn’t have any GNOME dependencies, so it runs great in all desktop environments.  Installation is simple.  Simply use apt-get or whatever your distro uses to manage packages to get it.  It should remove Network Manager and replace it with Wicd.  The rest is quite self-explanatory.  Try restarting if something doesn’t quite work and go into Wicd’s options to set it up.

Why Wicd isn’t included by default is beyond me.  Nearly everyone complains about NetworkManager.  The only benefit I see is that Network Manager can use 3g cards and that Wicd cannot as far as I know, but I could be wrong.  Anyway, if you are looking for an alternative to Network Manager, Wicd is for you.

Linux isn’t known for games.  In fact, one of the main reasons people don’t switch is because almost no commercial games have native Linux support.  The Wine project is certainly helping, but we Linux users really want native Linux games, which there are many already available.

Crack Attack! is a free, fast paced puzzle game for Linux.  It is in most distribution’s repositories and is a blast to play.  In the game, you try to line up blocks of the same color.  Once you have three or more lined up either vertically or horizontally, the blocks dissappear and you get points.  While you are doing this, more blocks are slowly added until the blocks touch the top of the window.  When that happens, the game ends.  The goal is to prevent this from happening by getting rid of as many blocks as possible.

Crack Attack! Being Played on Fedora 11 KDE

Although it is a “casual game”, it is great fun.  Also, all you really need to move the blocks are the arrow keys and the spacebar, so a netbook will be fine to play it on.  In fact, it was one of the games included in the ASUS Eee PC’s Xandros Linux install, so it should work on almost any machine.

Fedora doesn’t include support for Mp3s by default.  Thankfully, the people over at RPM Fusion have made it easy to get.  To start, you have to add the RPM Fusion repositories.  To do that, follow the directions here.  I recommend that you use the command-line directions on KDE (the standard directions didn’t really work with KPackageKit on my system), but the standard directions should work fine on GNOME.  Once you add them and apply the two updates you have waiting for you (click yes on all of the warning dialogues), add gstreamer-plugins-ugly on GNOME or add xine-lib-extras-freeworld if you use KDE.  This can all be done from either PackageKit or KPackageKit.  Now you have Mp3 support on Fedora!

Note: You may have to close your package manager and reopen it after the updates are applied.

Fedora 11 is amazing, but due to their commitment to freedom, they leave out Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in.  Getting it is easy, but it could be confusing to someone who has never used anything but Ubuntu.

There are a few ways to install Flash.  The easiest way is installing it using a .rpm package.  The only downside is that you have to manually upgrade it.  In other words, it doesn’t add a repository to update itself with.  To install it this way, go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and select the .rpm package.  Download it and open up a terminal window.  Login as root with the command su -l, go to the directory you saved it to, and run the command rpm -Uvh filename.rpm.  Then you’re done.

Using RPM To Install Flash In Fedora

To install it using YUM, which is recommended, go to the site mentioned above and select YUM for Linux.  Once you have that, open up a terminal window, login as root, go to the directory you saved it to and run rpm -Uvh filename.rpm.  Then, run yum install flash-plugin. To update it using YUM, run the command yum update flash-plugin.