KUbuntu help needed

From: John Aldrich 
I have a Compaq Presario F700 laptop with an nVidia GeForce 6100 on-board 
graphics and Broadcom Wi-Fi chipset. For some strange reason, even though I 
told Kubuntu (14.04 LTS) to use the 3rd party software drivers it still wants 
to install Nouveau drivers and refuses to install the Broadcom drivers by 
default. I'm able to get the Broadcom drivers installed, but for some reason, 
it craps out when I try to install the closed-source GeForce drivers. That is 
to say it will install just fine, but then it wont' finish booting.

Any suggestions???

ubuntu 14.04 server is out

From: Rod 
looks interesting for cloud support


The unregulated free market is like Yog-Sothoth, a mythical being whose  
followers make bloody sacrifice to hasten its arrival to this world.


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Ubuntu One going away

From: Michael Scholten 


We are writing to you to notify you that we will be shutting down the
Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014. This email gives
information about the closure and what you should expect during the
shutdown process.

As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music
from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu,
Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately.

As always, your content belongs to you.  You can simply download your files
onto your PC or an external hard drive.  While the service will stop as of
1 June, you will have an additional two months (until 31 July 2014) to
collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will
be deleted.

If you have an active annual subscription, the unused portion of your fees
will be refunded. The refund amount will be calculated from today's

We know you have come to rely on Ubuntu One, and we apologise for the
inconvenience this closure may cause.  We've always been inspired by the
support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for
the support you've shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you'll continue to
support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.

The Ubuntu One team"


Apache2 and SNI/SSL

From: Mike Harrison 

I just setup a fresh server with Apache2 and the info here:


To allow it to share 1 Ip with multiple names and SSL Certs.

Basicly add NameVirtualHosts to port 443... and the rest falls into place 
on Ubuntu 12.04 Server.

In my testing, it seems to work pretty well while
knowing it won't work with WinXP and MSIE6/7 but should
work with Vista and MSIE7+

I was wondering how many Chugalugers have done this,
and have they had many issues with the WinXP Orphans or other systems 
using SNI and SSL Certs?


FYI:Linux and Software Defined Radio

From: Rod 
Been during research lately into linux and ham radio support.
There have been more than few good linux distros with a ham focus over the  
At least two puppies, a few ubuntu respins, etc.

Just found Kali Linux which seems to be picking were up Backtrack Linux  
left off.
Kali Linux has an SDR metapackage that is worth looking into.
It includes their own fork of Debian's gnuradio which updates to the  
latests sources. As well as GQRX which support several USB SDR dongles.
Including a $20 TV dongle that can be used as a broad spectrum scanner  
that can be used for all kinds of cool stuff.

While Kali Linux should be in any serious linux users toolkit, I'm not  
sure if a distro that runs as root by default is the best choice for some  
of my fellow hams. Especially the many who are xp refugees mourning the  
loss of their dead os. Though it has some good ideas for the start of a  
new HAM Shack OS.


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Question for the mint crowd.

From: Rod 
Been reading up on debian mint. Ubuntu based or Debian what does mint  
bring to the table?
Mate or gnome II is not an issue as I'll do straight Openbox.
In other words why base a distro on Mint instead of going one of its base  

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Podcast interview with Charlie Reisinger in Pennsylvania

From: Phil Shapiro 

Fascinating KernelPanic Oggcast (podcast) interview with school IT Director Charlie Reisinger who rolled out 1,700 Ubuntu laptops at his high school in Penn Manor, Pennsylvania. 


two ubuntu phones shipping in 2014

From: Rod 

Quality Assurance and Testing

From: Jonathan Calloway 

I am seriously considering making a career move into Quality Assurance / =
Software testing.  I believe that it encompasses many of the skills that =
I have picked up as a first and second level support technician, systems =
administrator, technical writer, and process consultant.=20

A close friend of mine has recommended =93Testing Computer Software=94 =
and I have read the first five chapters.

I=92m also looking for some practical experience, so I thought I would =
turn to the open source world.  I=92ve looked at main-line distributions =
of linux, such as Ubuntu and Fedora.  While I believe that Ubuntu=92s =
volunteer quality structure is intuitive and easily understood, I feel =
that it may be a little too complex for a =93noob=94 and may require =
more time than I can devote right now.

So I started looking at projects that may offer less complicated =
structures, such as Firefox or WordPress.  These may offer better =
opportunities for me to get my feet wet by reading current bug reports, =
and getting involved by performing actual testing and writing test =
cases.  Of course doing beta testing and performing documentation =
testing may also be a good way to get some practical experience as well.

With all of this said, do any of you have some additional ideas or =
advice?  Better yet, are any of you involved in open source projects in =
which you would invite voluntary help, and would be willing to invite a =
testing =91noob=92 to contribute?



Has anyone used landscape to manage servers?

From: Rod 

I was wondering what your thoughts on it were.
It might be a reason to deploy Ubuntu over Debian if your handling large  
scale server footprint.


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Fwd: Installation Problem

From: Phil Sieg 

> From: Jim 
> Subject: Installation Problem
> Date: January 16, 2014 10:16:57 AM EST
> To: phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com
> Hello,
> My name is Jim and I'm a long time linux user.  I'm no expert you =
understand but I've been a fan for 12-15 years.  I'm writing because I'm =
having a problem compiling an app on ubuntu 13.10.  The app is v41-DVB.  =
It is a TV tuner that records tv programs.  I've been at this for a =
while now and sure could use some help.  If you know anyone that has a =
lot of experience compiling linux apps I would sure appreciate it if you =
would pass along my number.
> Jim - 423-902-1103
> PS - I'm a retired disabled vet so I'm home most of the time.

Paperless office/PDF/Document Management solutions

From: Dan Lyke 
We run an Ubuntu household. Paper is swamping us. We want to go to
paperless archives. I have almost convinced myself that current SANE
support for the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 is sufficient, and that I can
get "scanbd" or "scanbuttond" working with it. Run the output from
that through gocr, get some probably extremely noisy text files, along
with PDFs, I'm headed the right direction. [1]

The question then becomes "what do we do with it?"

I see 3 options:

1. A shared tree that we can search and that gets backed up.
2. git archives checked out on our various laptops
3. Some dedicated paperless office software solution.

#1 is appealing, except for two considerations:

First, what network file system do we use? I'd like something that
works from both inside and outside our network (or at least doesn't
hork up a hairball when we try to boot our machines outside our
network). Should this be:

*  NFS? (Seems like it breaks and requires new configuration with
every upgrade, definitely wouldn't work outside the network)
* SAMBA? (Never gotten this really working well, and putting this on
our server which has outside exposure scares the crap out of me)
* sshfs?

Second, what's the best technology for searching those .txt files that
accompany and were OCRed from the PDFs?

Any suggestions?



[1] http://www.gaggl.com/2013/08/paperless-office-on-a-budget/

Dell Venue Pro windows 8.1 tablet review....

From: Phil Sieg 
So I got one of these yesterday to satisfy my curiosity.

8" screen with 1280x800 rez. 32gb, 2 mb ram atom quad core processor (64bit) and micro sd card slot. 10 hour battery. Full Windows, not the neutered soon to be forgotten RT version.

Very nice construction and feel, snappy processor, beautiful responsive touch screen all for $250 ish.

I HATE WINDOWS...but I got this because it is the ONLY tablet that will print to anything and has a desktop interface and file folder hierarchy as well as the "metro" tablet interface.

So far I am very impressed with the hardware, and its potential. I am also disgusted with the Microsoft app store and their pitiful support for Metro apps.

Right now the most glaring omission is a great email app on the tablet (Metro) side. The quasi outlooky thingy that is included sucks ass. 

I think if Ballmer's replacement is quasi competent, this is a sleeping giant. Stick this into a keyboard folio and you actually have an honest to god laptop replacement that doubles as a fine tablet for ebooks, netflix, browsing, and quick email reads.

Here it is booting into Ubuntu from USB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WrRngZ4giE

Nice little piece of kit. Don't know if I will keep it, depends on what launches at CES next week.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Parallels -> VirtualBox

From: Eric Wolf 
As I mentioned a little while ago, I'm selling my MacBook Pro Retina on
eBay. As part of the process, I'm cleaning my stuff off and doing a fresh
install. The one thing on the Mac that's being a pain is my Windows 7 VM in
Parallels... I want it to run on my Ubuntu 13.10 Desktop in VirtualBox.
I've tried Disk2VHD which made a VHD file that won't boot in VirtualBox.
I'm about to try the VMware Converter...

Any recommendations?

Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

SSH questions

From: Nick Smith 
I inherited 3 ubuntu servers and the previous admin is no longer around.
They have some weird config issues with ssh that i havnt ran into before,
was hoping someone here could shed some light on it for me.

I can only ssh into one server from the network directly. To access the 2nd
server i have to ssh into the first one then hop to the 2nd.  The 3rd
server is so borked i can only login from the console, ssh access doesnt

Ive compared the sshd configs to some of our other ubuntu servers and they
seem to be fairly default setups.

I dont see any place in the config where the server would be setup to only
allow access from one server (or a server on that subnet). Where else
besides the sshd config would something like that be configured on ubuntu?

Not sure where i should start looking, ive checked resolv.conf and the
nsswitch.conf and they appear to be correct.

From what ive found on google, i might be able to resolve the 2nd servers
sshd config by removing and reinstalling sshd completely.  Has anyone done
that remotely? Can you uninstall sshd while ssh'd into the box?

Ive done other crazy stuff like blow away the root partition and resize it
while the machines running with no problems, so hopefully thats possible as

Thanks for any info.

Nick Smith
nick at nicksmith dot us

elementaryos - Linux Distro?

From: Mike Harrison 


Anyone tried this yet? It's getting some press,

Looks like another Debian/Ubuntu 12.04 remix with a pretty desktop
and light basic requirements.

They seem to be stretching my concepts of some words in their marketing, 
but seem to have an attractive window manager (Gala).

I was considering installing on a junk machine this weekend just to play.

Server Linux Distros

From: Mike Harrison 
> Glad to see that my decision to leave RH with 7.3 is still a good one.

I'm having to do it for some contractual issues, and in one case because 
the Ubuntu world went to a kernel that does not easily support the 
hardware in place, and upgrading the hardware was not a good option right 

I'm planning on trying a straight Debian Server next.

Motorola Lapdock into KVM

From: Phil Sieg 
Ok so I have achieved success mostly.

I have also discovered that there are at least 3 different lap docks and =
one works better than the rest. I think it is the Lapdock Pro=E2=80=A6 It=
 is the one with a removable cable connector instead of a =E2=80=9Cdock=E2=

The one caveat is that to make it work with VGA (non digital signal) requ=
ires another =2435 dollar converter that is now on order. It works great =
with DVI and HDMI outputs. MOST of the devices I would use this with are =
VGA only, so this is a must.

Sill have to modify a USB cable to not carry the +5V from the Lapdock bat=
tery back to the motherboard that is also outputting +5v. This is to avoi=
d releasing the magic smoke that makes things work.

I think my portable self powered KVM is gonna be a great piece of kit.

I have also dorked around with the droid bionic in my lap dock, and I got=
ta say it is pretty cool and just a step or 2 away from being a real =E2=80=
=9Claptop=E2=80=9D replacement. Pair this with the Ubuntu phone project (=
which becomes Ubuntu desktop edition when plugged into external display) =
and it would be a pretty sweet setup.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfon=C2=AE

Phone: 423.535.9968
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Mobile: 423.331.0725

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h. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds=22

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

MySQL Tuning... With Oracle/Java MySQL Enterprise Monitor

From: Mike Harrison 

Ed and other heavy MySQL/Maria users..

Dispite that it installs Java, and therefor I probably won't run it all 
the time... (added some server load as well as just being Java) I've been 
playing with the Oracle MySQL Enterprise Monitor (and the Agents you 
install on each SQL server) and learned some things about MySQL tuning 
from it, it actually has some very informative helpful information in it. 
More useful instructions that the MySQL Website (which is pretty good).

Summary: Works best if you install the monitoring agent on each server,
and then install the monitoring server on a seperate system, The Agents 
connect back to the server. They even use SSL connections, you should
be able to run the monitor in your office for systems in colo with some 
firewall rules. It recognized the multi-master slave configs and even a 
second MySQL instance (on strange ports) running on the servers.
It gives advice about user perms/security configs as well as table cache 
and settings for InnoDB writes and such.. Including when doing something 
for a performance increase breaks ACID compliance. While it installs and 
uses MySQL 5.6 and Java, the Agents will work with 5.1 and above,
in my case right now it's looking at two 5.1 servers on Redhat, a 5.5 
server on Ubuntu and three 5.6 servers on Redhat.. across 4 systems on two 
physically separated networks. If you are careful, setting up multiple 
MySQL instances is not that hard..

Worth playing with, and going through the Oracle signup process to get a 
copy to evaluate. Of course.. They'd like you to pay for it for production 
long term use, and I'd have to say it could save you enough headaches it 
would be worth it.

And it has awesome pretty dashboard/charts for the pointy haired types..
as well as useful screen candy for DBA/SysAdmin types.

Switched to Mint

From: Phil Sieg 
I have been having some issues with Ubuntu 12.10 (desktop 64) hogging resources and acting flaky (basement server)

Just switched over to Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon 64, and so far I love it. Won't know about stability and resources for a while, but I am hopeful. This reminds me of the good old days of Ubuntu. Nice clean intuitive interface, fast install, and no glitches so far...

At this stage I would give it a +1

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011