Kernel Tinkering, SuSE, and SteamOS

This is what I like about studying for certifications. They force you to look into subjects at a deeper level than you may otherwise have done. One of the topics in LPIC-2 is Kernel maintenance – understanding the kernel, how it works, the concept of dynamically loaded modules, compiling the kernel and modifying the configuration prior to compiling. It is very intriguing learning about this low-level part of the Linux OS.

It is a complex topic though, and compiling a kernel can take a while, depending on configuration. I managed to compile and install my first kernel today. 🙂

Meanwhile, since I’ve now obtained my SUSE 11 CLA from Novell (not sure if anything will come through in the post, though), I must really refresh my memory on openSuSE. My primary distributions have been Ubuntu and Fedora.

Whilst downloading various linux distributions including the latest versions of Ubuntu and Fedora, I found out that I could download SteamOS, which is Valve’s own distribution for running its Steam platform. Problem is it only supports x64 which I don’t have (yet)

Zombies Run

After several months, I have upgraded my phone from an HTC Sensation to a Samsung Galaxy S5 and the first thing I did was root my G5, which surprisingly was VERY easy, just use ODIN and the ODIN tool. My HTC Wildfire S was super hard to root (had to use the XTC hardware tool), and now I have Titanium Back restoring my apps. I am considering flashing CFW, but I want to make sure I have a Nandroid-compatible recovery installed first.

I also have redownloaded Zombies, Run!, and I am going to try to catch up with the storyline from where I left off. My last mission was “Veronica” back in June (Mission 15), but I’m going to redo the entire Season 3 missions again to be sure.

Zombies, Run now supports (albeit at an experimental level) external media players (somewhat obsoleting my Google Music tutorial), but I haven’t tried this feature and it does note that by enabling this mode, ZR will not allow you to select music lists internally. Not that it matters to me right now, since I have loads of music stored locally on my device.


I have received confirmation of my LPIC Certification. So I expect I’ll get something in the post to confirm this. Now starting work on LPIC-2. Whether or not this changes my employability, we shall see.

Interestingly, I decided to look at some other courses offered by the online course site I got my learning material from and there’s some Ethical Hacking and Computer Forensics courses there. I might look at these courses at some point in the future, perhaps after I finished LPIC-2.