Articles tagged in linux

  1. Easy Ubuntu USB Key Install with UNetbootin

    UNetbootin Recently when I tried to upgrade my ASUS Eee PC from Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.04, it made a complete mess -- 4GB internal drive is just not enough to hold all the applications, data + new packages for upgrade. So instead of trying to fix a borked Ubuntu installation, I tried to install Hardy Heron from scratch again.

    EeeUser Wiki has a complete instruction on how to get Xubuntu 8.04 onto a USB key so Eee PC can bootstrap from it. The only problem is -- it is too complicated and it does not work (for me at least). Downloading the Xubuntu ISO is the easy bit, but making a bootable USB key is PITA. I was booting the Xubuntu live CD from VMWare, follow the instruction to dump the content onto a mounted USB key -- doesn't work. Download the utilities from Pendrivelinux.com to prepare the USB key -- doesn't work.

    I guess what I should have read is the this document instead, which points me to UNetbootin, the Universal Netboot Installer. Download a 3MB Windows executable. Run it. Point it to the downloaded Xubuntu ISO and the drive letter for the USB. Click Ok -- and it's done! Booted my Eee PC with it and half an hour later it is now running Hardy Heron. Too easy.

  2. History Meme

    No one tagged me but saw history meme and wanted to test it out on my main "workstation" -- a Gentoo Linux running inside VMWare Server on a Dell notebook running Windows XP. $ uname -a Linux vmgentoo 2.6.22-gentoo-r2 #1 SMP Fri Aug 17 16:56:49 EST 2007 i686 …
  3. Virtual Private Servers under 7 Bucks

    LowEndBox.com: Virtual Private Servers Comparison Matrix for VPS plans and providers under $7 USD a month. I am talking about a complete Linux server with root account and a dedicated IP address (not some dodgy oversold shared hosting plans), although most low-end plans have no more than 64MB of …
  4. People Change OS More Frequent Than Their [fill in the blank]

    Apple has long been running their switch Get a Mac campaign, luring the PC users to abandon Windows to come to the paradise. Then we have geeks migrating from Mac to Ubuntu out of frustration from the built-in apps. Now, we have David Young, theJoyent CEO, is talking about …
  5. Batch encode video for iPod under Linux

    Mark Pilgrim wrote a bash script to batch-encode videosto H264/AAC for iPod under Linux, utilising other open source applications like ffmpeg and mplayer. One thing I liked about the article is, after listing the prerequisites, Mark wrote "Please don.t ask me for help installing these prerequisites. Consider it …
  6. Christian, Linux and Microsoft

    Dan Warne of APC talked about Ubuntu Christian Edition in a sort-of mocking way. I actually took a look at this Ubuntu Christian Edition (UBE) thingy, and it is nothing more than one bash script (convert_me) that installs both GnomeSword + a few modules (an open-source Bible study software) and DansGuardian …
  7. Posting Flash Videos with FFmpeg and FlowPlayer

    Last night I have posted my very first flash video on the web -- and it was Anna sitting there watching, her own video for 2 minutes (which probably would only interest the parents and grand-parents). Anna's video aside, I was also having fun figuring out getting that video online. There …
  8. Mac Users Switch to Linux for Desktop

    Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing, a long time Mac user, is talking about switching to Ubuntu Linux for desktop, following the steps of Mark Pilgrim, who has also recently migrated to Ubuntu and suggested Linux equivalents to Mac essentials. And as Jason Kottke has said, "If I were Apple, I'd …
  9. No Linux on Lenovo

    Via /., Lenovo desktops and notebooks are now Windows-only. What?! Linux loves to run on IBM ThinkPads because the Big Blue is actively advocating it, and I know a few sysadmin-type geeks swear by their ThinkPads. At least they can now buy Macbooks and run a decent x86 unix system.
  10. Linux Crashed on an Airbus 330

    Photo of crashed application running on Linux on an Airbus 330 in the mid air. Yeah, that was the cute Tux in the photo. However I think I will freak out if I see Linux bootstrapping inside my in-flight entertainment centre.
  11. Open source web servers are still buggy

    Last night Upgraded my test box's lighty to the latest 1.4.10 via Gentoo portage (I have lighttpd keyword masked). And then suddenly none of my CGI works. It just kept on complaining: 2006-02-16 23:24:18: (mod_cgi.c.1186) cgi died ? 2006-02-16 23:27:07: (mod_cgi.c.1186 …
  12. Tuning Apache's Keep Alive

    Discussion on how Apache prefork MPM handles HTTP keep alive can kill a site under Slashdot effect. That's the price to pay when each httpd process is stuck handling one pending connection, and that's why I am keen to migrate my server to lighty + PHP on FastCGI.
  13. Apple Threatened by Linux

    Via MacSlash, Apple's recent SEC filing stated that they felt being challenge by Linux and pirates. Not that the Penguins are pirates, of course, but it suggests that without Linux, Apple would be in a better position today. So what will happen next? Mac moved onto x86 platform? Almost done …
  14. Install Gentoo Linux on VMWare Player on Windows XP

    (Update: Actually, there is no point setting up QEmu, playing around with VMX file, etc to try to bootstrap the disk image. There is actually no point getting VMWare Player. Just go an install the free VMWare Server -- it is so much better.) Me. I am stuck. On Windows. Well …
  15. Gentoo GUI Installer

    Apparently Gentoo Linux now has its own graphical user interface installer, so that n00bs do not need to type everything manually with one hand, and Gentoo Handbook on another. It has both Gtk and Dialog based front-end. Check out the screenshot. Initially I thought, "it is just so wrong! Gentoo …
  16. IBM, LAMP and rebuttal

    Ryan Tomayko rebuked Daniel Sabbah of IBM's claim where LAMP cannot scale and the model should "grow up". He argued the traditional 3/n-tier design cannot scale due to its complexity, and a simple state-less design would be more scalable, faster and easier to develop. I am not really convinced …
  17. Postgrey

    Postgrey is a Postfix Greylisting Policy Server. It will drop the connection if the tuple of (client IP, sender, recipient) has never been listed, and hopefully the peer MTA will resend the mail required per RFC. Sounds like a wonderful idea to reduce spam/virii, but I wonder what the …
  18. Linus Torvalds a Switcher?

    Linux creator Linus Torvalds is now running a dual G5 2.0 PowerMac as his main desktop box, except that it does not run Mac OS X but Linux PPC. Important quote is "...Part of it is that I personally believe there are two main architectures out there: Power and …