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We are so small

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While you are sitting there wondering the plight of Ubuntu or if Gnome 3 is worse than KDE4.. take a look at this post, it sort of all falls into perspective..

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Parted Magic - The Ultimate Linux Tool

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A sysadmin's toolbox doesn't contain physical spanners or screwdrivers, it does however contain tools. We pick them up over the years. Open source software which provides servers, tools, scripts they all end up in the metaphorical toolbox.

One such tool in my toolbox is a Linux distro i found a few years ago and has become invaluable. So much so that slowly but surely converts to the Microsoft cause i work with who felt that Linux offered them nothing are now using this as well.

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Listening to your music, the Third way.. AudioGalaxy vs Subsonic

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With the big boy offering Cloud based systems for storing and listening to music and streaming systems such as Rdio and Spotify being slow on the Linux Uptake. There is a 3rd way to stream your Music over the net, and one of them specifically is very linux friendly.

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Review: Zalman ZM-VE200 Portable HDD Enclosure

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Why put a review of a Hard disk enclosure on a Linux site? Weill this linux enclosure does a little bit more than your average one, it works with ISO's and makes booting multiple Linux ISO's a piece of cake.

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How to get APT to work through a proxy..

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APT is the core of package management on Debian based systems, its a powerful suite of tools for getting and managing packages onto the system.

As powerful as the Apt suite is, it has problems as I found out this week working through a proxy server. Something i've recently implemented.

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Gnome 3 works if done right.

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Any change to something which has been done the same way for years is going to cause an uproar, before Gnome 3 as far back as IT history goes major changes to GUI's have caused friction. The earliest i remember is the change from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 which was a huge change in an OS, the Windows 7 used today is not really that different in concept from Windows 95. When OSX was released same thing and most recently the KDE 3.5 to 4.0 change is still causing friction years after the update.

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How far off is a Star Trek level of Language Translation?

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If you watch this video it shows Google Translate doing its stuff translating between two Languages. Its pretty obvious that despite years of desktops trying to push text to speech, voice control and similar translate offerings its obvious this is a battle which moving forward is going to be fought on the mobile platforms.

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This is the desktop Ubuntu needs to run with..

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While Unity may not be best interface ever, the Ubuntu project is not short of great desktops, and one of the best and most intuitive is the KDE Netbook Interface, its based on the KDE Plasma system, and while it is by far the best netbook interface by far, it also works REALLY well on desktops.

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Is Mark Shuttleworth the new Steve Jobs?

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While the world is out there looking in retrospective at the life and times of Steve Jobs, the question is also being asked will we ever see another Steve Jobs in out lifetime? or Who will the next Steve Jobs be?

With the IT industry still really in its infancy, the founders of the computer industry are all getting on, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Larry Ellison and other such illuminati are our gods the founders. while they no longer have a day to day effect on the industry they founded directly there is no doubt they still hold sway and have valid opinion.

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How I customized my Android..

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There is no doubt that Android as a Mobile OS is gaining traction, with a slew of enterprise apps on the horizon, a good number of apps in its app store and the closest competition either Palm OS or Blackberry's offering it can only be a good future for the little green robot.

When you buy Android on a mobile however, you are not always guaranteed to get the same experience across a Samsung, HTC or Motorola who all take the stock google provided Operating System and add their own twist and apps to it.

One of the reasons the OS is popular is the simple fact that you can take what your Mobile phone vendor has done with the phone and throw it away and start again.

I'd like to share with you what i've done on my Samsung Galaxy S in three areas:

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Google's Android Market is better than the Apple App Store

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With the battle for the mobile space heating up and Apple and Google supplying the outright elite of the pack with IOS and Android respectively.

Battles such as this are won and lost with Apps, Palm, Blackberry both have found that despite having quality apps for the usual suspects, the quantity is a part of the reason why, in Palms case specifically a superior Mobile OS has limped in every time (ok, poort hardware, lacklustre marketing, and a terrible price point all caused HP/Palm WebOS issues)

When it comes to the App stores of IOS and Android i belive Android has the edge for a few simple reasons.

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My 20 Most Used Android Apps.

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It seems almost obligatory to do some form of App List and as such these are my personally most used Apps on my Android Mobile.

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Webmin, the first tool in a new Linux admin's kitbag...

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There is no denying, there are many tasks in the IT department where a Linux server is the answer, especially considering VMware and the cost of a Windows licence, why pay that much when you could put in a CentOS or Ubuntu Server and do the job for Free.

However, if you are just breaking into Linux, or working with someone who doesn't know Linux that well, then it can be an issue, however you don't have to expose them to the fun of the command line, there is an Open Source tool which makes administering a Linux server about as easy as it gets.

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Forget about the iCloud setup an Ubuntu myCloud..

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The internet is moving to the cloud, and its going to cost you, once you've chose the service, you're pretty much locked in because the time its going to take to upload your files, you'll be fed up waiting and won't want to move servers. There is an alternative however because rather than invest in someone else's infrastructure and paying them your cold hard cash you can build your own cloud. Your own little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow..

What will we be doing?

What we are going to build here, is our own cloud server, so the PC you build it on must be able to be on all the time and attached to a fairly decent broadband connection. The server will supply media over the internet streaming video, music from your own collection over the internet (3G or Wifi) to an iPad or Android device, or a Laptop . You will also be able to host your own email address and web server which will allow you to show your photos to the world should you wish. Finally we will supply a secure system for accessing your files remotely. These are all services which you could purchase over the web however you will be hosting yourself.

During the install process i'll be drawing from many websites and these will be listed at the end of the tutorial if you want to read more. I've set this up myself so know it works well.

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VLC is the Answer to more questions than you thought..

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While its possible to do many things with many media apps on your Operating system of choice. VLC appears under that unassuming minimalistic interface is an Open source power house with a huge number of features which are not always obvious.

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Should "There is more to Linux than Ubuntu.." be "Is there more to Linux than Ubuntu.."

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I've been blogging a lot more about Linux recently, and there is a reason for that. I have a strong belief that the rise of Ubuntu has killed the Linux desktop. There appears to be a severe lack of innovation out there in Linux desktop land with Ubuntu Spin Offs being all over the place. Ubuntu in a shiny new jacket is still Debian..

Who is going to step up to the mark from one of the other Distros and give ubuntu a run for its money? Or am i right, and Ubuntu has the desktop pwnd now.. And Unity will become the Desktop wars Winner?

Is this what the Linux Desktop market has boiled down to a commercial distro link Canonicals Ubuntu has triumphed over years of community blood sweat and toil?

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Shout out on my blog to Tuxmachines..

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Thought i'd put a shout out for Tuxmachines on my blog, the feedback and interactivity i've had from the readers on this site is amazing.

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How do i get the ethernet cards to come up automatically on CentOS/RedHat/Fedora ?

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Having recently installed a CentOS 6 minimal server i was concerned that the network cards even after running the system network config tool didn't come up after a reboot. Took a few minutes, but i figured out why..

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Setting up a CHROOT Apache Server with Name Based Virtual Hosts

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This howto is built from something I did earlier this week, I'm pretty sure there are other ways to chroot multiple virtual domains on a Webserver. This is how i managed it. the most important thing was the lack of mod_chroot because it isn't needed.

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Sabayon 7 on Acer Aspire One D255

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The Acer Aspire one is a a 1Gb, Intel Atom Netbook PC, and while you may think the netbook is dead, having a low powered throw in the bag computer is never a bad thing. However even in these heady days when Microsoft are willing to convince you that Windows 7 will happily run on devices such as this, and then effectively killed the market a customers just couldn't figure out why their £200 netbook ran like a dog there is still hope with the Gnome 3 based Distro..

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Review: Fedora 27 Workstation

On the whole there are several things to like about Fedora 27. The operating system was stable during my trial and I like that there are several session options, depending on whether we want to use Wayland or the X display server or even a more traditional-looking version of GNOME. I am happy to see Wayland is coming along to the point where it is close to on par with the X session. There are some corner cases to address, but GNOME on Wayland has improved a lot in the past year. I like the new LibreOffice feature which lets us sign and verify documents and I like GNOME's new settings panel. These are all small, but notable steps forward for GNOME, LibreOffice and Fedora. Most of the complaints I had this week had more to do with GNOME specifically than Fedora as an operating system. GNOME on Fedora is sluggish on my systems, both on the desktop computer and in VirtualBox, especially the Wayland session. This surprised me as when I ran GNOME's Wayland session on Ubuntu last month, the desktop performed quite a bit better. Ubuntu's GNOME on Wayland session was smooth and responsive, but Fedora's was too slow for me to use comfortably and I switched over to using the X session for most of my trial. Two other big differences I felt keenly between Ubuntu and Fedora were with regards to how these two leading projects set up GNOME. On Ubuntu we have a dock that acts as a task switcher, making it a suitable environment for multitasking. Fedora's GNOME has no equivalent. This means Fedora's GNOME is okay for running one or two programs at a time, but I tend to run eight or nine applications at any given moment. This becomes very awkward when using Fedora's default GNOME configuration as it is hard to switch between open windows quickly, at least without installing an extension. In a similar vein, Ubuntu's GNOME has window control buttons and Fedora's version does not, which again adds a few steps to what are usually very simple, quick actions. What it comes down to is I feel like Ubuntu takes GNOME and turns it into a full featured desktop environment, while Fedora provides us with just plain GNOME which feels more like a framework for a desktop we can then shape with extensions rather than a complete desktop environment. In fact, I think that describes Fedora's approach in general - the distribution feels more like a collection of open source utilities rather than an integrated whole. Earlier I mentioned LibreOffice can work with signed documents, but Fedora has no key manager, meaning we need to find and download one. Fedora ships with Totem, which is a fine video player, but it doesn't work with Wayland, making it an odd default choice. These little gaps or missed connections show up occasionally and it sets the distribution apart from other projects like openSUSE or Linux Mint where there is a stronger sense the pieces of the operating system working together with a unified vision. The big puzzle for me this week was with software updates. Linux effectively solved updating software and being able to keep running without a pause, reboot or lock-up decades ago. Other mainstream distributions have fast updates - some even have atomic, on-line updates. openSUSE has software snapshots through the file system, Ubuntu has live kernel updates that do away with rebooting entirely and NixOS has atomic, versioned updates via the package manager, to name just three examples. But Fedora has taken a big step backward in making updates require an immediate reboot, and taking an unusually long time to complete the update process, neither of which benefits the user. Fedora has some interesting features and I like that it showcases new technologies. It's a good place to see what new items are going to be landing in other projects next year. However, Fedora feels more and more like a testing ground for developers and less like a polished experience for people to use as their day-to-day operating system. Read more

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