July 27th, 2013 No comments

While I haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to be doing for this round of The Linux Experiment, I have decided that now is a good time to try something I’ve been meaning to try for a while: get Linux to boot off of an external hard drive. This was actually such a straight…

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July 27th, 2013 No comments

Some of you may have noticed some previously working links going to 404 (page not found) pages. This is due to a change we’ve made in order to make permalinks more consistent among different authors and topics. Sorry for any inconvinence this may cause. On the plus side the website has a search bar that…

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July 27th, 2013 No comments

The Experiment has officially begun, and with that I’ve gone through the FreeBSD installation process. The actual install was fairly uneventful: apart from the fact that FreeBSD defaults to a different base filesystem and has partitioning identifiers, sysinstall did the trick without the same bootloader issues that Dave experienced. The first major difference, coming from…

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July 27th, 2013 4 comments

The machine I am running Kubuntu on is primarily used for streaming media like Netflix and Youtube, watching files off of a shared server and downloading media. I decided to try to install Netflix first since it is something I use quite often. I am engrossed in watching the first season of Orange is the…

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July 27th, 2013 No comments

Back to my shit-tastic eyesight for a moment. Now that we have our Bluetooth devices installed, I can now sit in front of my projector, instead of in the closet, to fiddle with the font scaling. We will want to go through the process of pulling up the System Settings again. Why don’t we refer to…

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July 27th, 2013 No comments

This is actually a much easier process than I imagined it would be. First: Ensure your devices (mouse, headphones, keyboard, etc…) are charged and turned on. Next click on the “Start” menu icon in the bottom left of the desktop screen. Then click on the “Computer” icon along the bottom, followed by System Settings. This…

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July 27th, 2013 No comments

In the ramp-up to the 2013 Linux Experiment, I got ambitious and decided to try not only FreeBSD as my official entry, but to install one or more versions of Linux at the office (so take that, anyone who says “Well FreeBSD isn’t Linux!” I’m aware.) There are a number of reasons I wanted to…

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July 27th, 2013 1 comment

With the third edition of The Linux Experiment already underway, I decided to get my new laptop set up with an Ubuntu partition to work with over the next few months. A little while back, I purchased this laptop with intent to use it as a gaming rig. It shipped with Windows 8, which was…

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July 26th, 2013 No comments

Unlike many people who may be installing a version of Linux, I am doing so on a machine that has a projector with a 92″ screen as it’s main display. So, upon initial installation of Kubuntu, I couldn’t see ANY of the text on the desktop, it was itty bitty. In order to fix this,…

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July 26th, 2013 2 comments

Greetings everyone! It has been quite some time since my last post. As you’ll be able to read from my profile (and signature,) I have decided to run ArchLinux for the upcoming experiment. As of yet, I’m not sure what my contributions to the community will be, however, there will be more on that later….

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July 26th, 2013 No comments

Today I started out by going into work, only to discover that it is NEXT Friday that I need to cover. So I came home and decided to get a jump start on installing Kubuntu. I am now at a screeching halt because the hardware I am using has Win8 installed on it and when…

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July 25th, 2013 3 comments

So it is 9:40 PM and I started my “Find a Linux distro to install” process. Like many people, I decided to type exactly what I wanted to search into Google. Literally, I typed “Linux Distro Chooser” into Google. Complex and requiring great technical skill, I know. My next mission was to pick the site…

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July 23rd, 2013 No comments

That’s right, time for round three! If you’ve been following this website in the past you know what this means. This time around our rules are simple: give back to the community. With this idea in mind the participants, known as guinea pigs, will attempt to use their unique passions, interests and talents to give…

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July 13th, 2013 No comments

I recently picked up a cheap Samsung laser printer and decided to give the Samsung Unified Linux Driver Repository a shot while installing it. Basically the SULDR is a repository you add to your /etc/apt/sources.list file which allows you to install one of their driver management applications. Once that is installed anytime you go to…

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July 12th, 2013 No comments

A couple new Listener Feedback podcast episodes have been released in case you missed them: Episode 21: Silence is Sexy – This Ain’t Hollywood (Pop, Rock) Episode 22: Nomoredolls – Nomoredolls (Rock, Alternative, New Wave) Episode 23: Juice Big City – One Two Three + 100 Days Collection (Rock, Pop Rock, Blues) Episode 24: Jelixa…

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July 9th, 2013 3 comments

It’s that time again where I install the major, full desktop, distributions into a limited hardware machine and report on how they perform. Once again, and like before, I’ve decided to re-run my previous tests this time using the following distributions: Fedora 18 (GNOME) Fedora 18 (KDE) Fedora 19 (GNOME Fedora 19 (KDE) Kubuntu 13.04 (KDE) Linux Mint 15…

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July 4th, 2013 No comments

If you use Trac as your bug and progress tracking tool then you too may one day need to take a backup of it or move it to a new server like I had to the other day. Thankfully, as I discovered, it is a relatively straight forward process. Here are the steps to backup…

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July 2nd, 2013 No comments

Sometimes you need to move an SVN repository from one server to another but maintain the full commit history (i.e. comments and changes). Here is a very simple way to do so. 1. Dump (and compress) the source SVN in one line: svnadmin dump [path to source SVNrepository] | gzip -9 > [path to destination…

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June 15th, 2013 2 comments

Recently I read an interesting article by Vint Cerf, mostly known as the man behind the TCP/IP protocol that underpins modern Internet communication, where he brought up a very scary problem with everything going digital. I’ll quote from the article (Cerf sees a problem: Today’s digital data could be gone tomorrow – posted June 4,…

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May 27th, 2013 2 comments

Rounding out this little series I took a look at KDE’s video player of choice: Dragon Player. Dragon Player For those of you familiar with similar applications such as VLC, Totem or even Windows Media Player, Dragon Player is a simplistic interface on top of quite powerful video playback. Dragon Player’s power comes from the…

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