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  Mandriva Mandriva 2010 is out, and me too

So, Mandriva Linux 2010 is now out, and they finished it without me as I broke my two arms two weeks ago. It was a stupid fall, no need to give details :)

It was not too serious (in each arm, the head of a bone is broken, and the bone did not move), so I can now use again my arms for most things including the laptop. I can not unfold it totally yet, or distort it too much but I can now survive alone :)

Thanks to everyone who helped me!

So, Mandriva 2010 is out and was finished without me, but I managed to improve a bit the partionning screen the day before this accident, so it looks better than in my previous post:

Mandriva partitioning

Further improvments will have to wait for 2010 Spring...

So far Mandriva 2010 seems to have quite positive reviews :)

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  Pharmc787 [Very nice site!]

  lamikr [I must say that 2010.0 seems to be a very good release. So far I have updated my Dell E6500 and AMD A780G systems to i..]

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  Naming by Microsoft

My knowledge of Microsoft Windows is quite limited (even if I used Windows 95 and NT4 for several years), and today I looked for documentation to check that we add the correct Windows partition to bootloader. I was quite surprised by Microsoft naming.

To quote wikipedia:

    In Microsoft Windows, the system partition and boot partition refer to:
  • The system partition is a disk partition that contains the boot sector and files such as NTLDR that are needed for booting Windows[...]
  • The boot partition is the disk partition that contains the Windows operating system files and its support files, but not any files responsible for booting.

This naming is indeed the one described by Microsoft.

So, system partition is the one containing boot files, and boot partition is the one containing system files. I really can't understand how they came to this naming...

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  Gamaliel [This really makes one think they have internal as well as external competition. I mean, why would they consciously cro..] [Maybe when they designed it they had something really big in mind like architecture independent jit compiled dll's?]

  Pete [The bootloader *is* the system (at least as far as MS is concerned ;-) They have to boot services later. Really, it d..]


  Navigo pass under Linux (and cheap Smartcard reader!)

RATP (Paris transport authority) is starting a new service to buy weekly or monthly "tickets" over the Internet.

Until Sunday they sell the reader for 8 euros. It is a Gemalto GemPC Twin which works perfectly under Linux and is listed at 42 euros.

PC/SC device scanner
V 1.4.15 (c) 2001-2009, Ludovic Rousseau 
Compiled with PC/SC lite version: 1.5.5
Scanning present readers...
0: Gemplus GemPC Twin 00 00

Mon Nov 30 14:01:23 2009 Reader 0: Gemplus GemPC Twin 00 00 Card state: Card inserted, ATR: 3B 6F 00 00 80 5A 08 03 03 00 00 00 <MY CARD NUMBER> 82 90 00
ATR: 3B 6F 00 00 80 5A 08 03 03 00 00 00 <MY CARD NUMBER> 82 90 00 + TS = 3B --> Direct Convention + T0 = 6F, Y(1): 0110, K: 15 (historical bytes) TB(1) = 00 --> VPP is not electrically connected TC(1) = 00 --> Extra guard time: 0 + Historical bytes: 80 5A 08 03 03 00 00 00 <MY CARD NUMBER> 82 90 00 Category indicator byte: 80 (compact TLV data object) Tag: 5, len: A (card issuer's data) Card issuer data: 08 03 03 00 00 00 <MY CARD NUMBER> Tag: 8, len: 2 (status indicator) SW: 9000
Possibly identified card (using /usr/share/pcsc/smartcard_list.txt): 3B 6F 00 00 80 5A 08 03 03 00 00 00 <MY CARD NUMBER> 82 90 00 3B 6F 00 00 80 5A .. 0[1-5] .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 82 90 00 Card supporting a Calypso application Rev 1 Typically: French "Navigo" transport card

I installed various packages (pcsc-lite, ccid, opensc, mozilla-plugin-opensc) and after changing my User Agent (for the OS, Firefox/Windows would be OK) their check sees the reader fine:

Navigo under Linux

I also tried to see what info it contains, the obvious one is the card number, I did not yet try to understand the others. I also used it on my Visa card and saw some info like my name, the expiration date, the remaining pin errors allowed,...

If you live in Paris and want to play with it, I suggest that you rush to buy one :)

Arts et Metiers

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  Erwan [My bad, I was not on the right URL (was on so now it works. Now I just have to make it ac..]

  John [Well, either you made this very popular or the RATP has a natural success on its hands... Got back late last night, s..]

  Mehdi DOGGUY [I hate you :) I cannot find one. They are all sold and the delay is finished :'( Happy hacking anyway :)]