Virtualbox and Network Scripts on Ubuntu

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Virtualbox ( is a virtualzation platform. I use it to test out new Linux distributions as well as to run some limited tests of new software for customers. It can run on Linux or windows hosts and can run quite a few guest operating systems. Installation in Ubuntu is a snap. First enable the VirtualBox repo if you don't want to use the open source edition. Edit your /etc/apt/sources.list. I added this to mine for gutsy:

deb gutsy non-free

PCLinuxOS Minime 2008 Released

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Here is a little MiniMe 2008 (296mb) you can play with and customize the way you want. Comes with kernel, Alsa 1.0.15 and a very basic KDE 3.5.8 desktop. Also included on the livecd are ndiswrapper support files supporting various wireless network cards and more…

Firewalling with FireHOL

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FireHOL allows you to configure your firewall using a "high-level" language that anyone can read. Meanwhile, it allows all the power and flexibility you have come to expect from iptables.

FreeNX: My New Best Friend


FreeNX is the free open source version of 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 but they don't make much sence to me. Can anyone help? 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 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 point wherever we want.

I made a copy of Ken's site and will keep it around for reference. Ken's hosting provider has suspended the account so the site is dead as is the 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 ( 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.

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