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FreeNX: My New Best Friend

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FreeNX is the free open source version of nomachine.org NX software. It is a VNC like program that tunnels over SSH and has compression to run well and at high resolutions over even slow internet links. This program has many advantages over the VNC protocol. The biggest is security, it is built into the program from the ground up. All connections are encrypted and tunneled over SSH by default with FreeNX. FreeNX is also faster by a huge factor over VNC this is a real plus on slow connections.

Penguin Awareness Day

Just so you know, January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day!!


install wireless card

I recently installed ubuntu 7.04 on my laptop and now I am trying to install my netgear wireless card - wg511v2. I have downloaded instructions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper#head-0175516fa66edf5e205f179c0fddd719c0719dc7 but they don't make much sence to me. Can anyone help?


bozemanlug.org domain is broken... for now

Update: Donnie was able to update the DNS, has taken over DNS hosting... and even set up a mailing list for us. I'm waiting for the DNS to propagate before I add everyone to the mailing list.

Donnie Lunder has made some progress in getting the bozemanlug.org domain out of Ken's name and into a manageable state again... but it isn't completely done. Feel free to do a whois and see what I mean. The primary and secondary DNS still point to that of the hosting provider that Ken was using. Once Donnie has the ability to change the DNS references I believe he will be hosting some new zone records... and then we can make bozemanlug.org point wherever we want.

I made a copy of Ken's bozemanlug.org site and will keep it around for reference. Ken's hosting provider has suspended the account so the site is dead as is the discuss@bozemanlug.org mailing list... which is the main reason for this post.

I'm not sure we need a replacement mailing list... if people will start using this site... but I am open to suggestions. Feel free to comment or email me. My email address and full contact info are in the footer of every page on this site.


MythDora, MythTV and Schedules Direct

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As many of you know Zap2it has stopped providing free scheduling infomation for MythTV users. The solution that the developers of MythTV came up with was to help start a company called Schedules Direct (http://www.schedulesdirect.com) to provide the data. According to the Schedules Direct website:


Episode(s) of 30 Days

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I've seen every episode of the 30 Days series. While it has 2 seasons, each season was only 6 episodes. I thought that FX had decided to go for a 3rd season but I can't find any info on it.

This episode is for my brother-in-law and a friend in Great Falls... and anyone else who cares.


Is Red Hat still relevant? You bet.

I recently attended a Linux Installfest and the primary distribution recommended by those heading up the event was Ubuntu. That's all well and good but during their Linux dog-and-pony-show a statement was made regarding Red Hat that struck me. I don't recall the exact wording that was used but it was something along the lines of... Red Hat used to be very popular but not anymore. I wasn't really offended by the statement nor do I completely disagree with it... but a lot remains to be said about the importance of Red Hat within the Linux community. Red Hat is certainly king in the "Enterprise" space with Novell a respectable second... but many still seem to be unaware just how much Red Hat contributes to the development of many projects and the rapid progress of Linux.

Whenever I see any articles about Red Hat on any of the Linux community sites (think Slashdot), the comments will invariably mention a few things that I consider to be myths about Red Hat. They include:

  1. Red Hat is the "Microsoft of Linux"
  2. Red Hat abandoned the desktop/home user market
  3. Red Hat costs a fortune
  4. Red Hat created "rpm hell" and rpm based distributions suck

I do not want to even attempt to address each individual myth but I do want to make a few points about Red Hat in an effort to educate people to the fact that Red Hat does a lot for the Linux community and is a major (if not THE major) contributor.


A New Year, a New Zimbra

Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0 GA came out today or was it yesterday / last year? After reading the release notes(PDF) and doing a complete backup, I upgraded both my work and personal Zimbra servers. I have been using Zimbra for as my work and personal email server for... oh... something close to two years now. Over that time there have been a number of upgrades and they have always gone smoothly.

What's new with Zimbra 5.0?

Well, you could read the release notes to see, but I'll give a brief summary of some of the things that stand out in my mind:

  • Briefcase - A file storage area with a nice file manager
  • Tasks - Create to-do lists and manage tasks through to completion
  • Instant Messaging - Beta - User to user chat
  • More sharing - Mail folders can be shared, new HTTP calendar sharing, share Briefcase files
  • Documents - Now out of beta... online text and spreadsheet documents
  • Faster login - They split up the javascript into functional pieces so you don't have to load everything at login time
  • Little touches - folder summaries, public or private calendar entries, updated help system, email priorities, enhanced tagging, and automatic http to https redirection

First episode of Firefly?

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There's some new service named hulu that seems to be backed by the bigwigs in Hollywood or something. Oddly enough, they are allowing for embedding of full episodes on user's websites and this is a test.

I've seen the entire Firefly series (part of a first season that was cut short by cancellation) and it is quite good. Enjoy this first episode.


Alan Cox and the state of free software

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Found this on the Red Hat Magazine site and wanted to help it get wider distribution so here it is. You know who Alan Cox is, right?

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