Vokoscreen screencasting software for Linux -- big thumbs up

From: Phil Shapiro 
I used Vokoscreen earlier today for a blog post I'm writing for MAKE magazine. It works like a charm. 

See my screencast video at 


Upgrading from Linux Mint 14 to 17

From: James Nylen 
Ubuntu Quantal ended support recently, so its package repositories went
away. I=E2=80=99m running Linux Mint 14 which is based on Quantal, so now I=
 need to

If I use apt-get dist-upgrade to upgrade to Linux Mint 17, what are the
chances of it working? What kind of breakage will I see, if any?

Just Testing

From: Mike Harrison 

On Jul 24, 2014, at 2:46 PM, Alex Smith (K4RNT)  wrote:

> I think he was trying to invoke Godwin's Law, ending any conversation before they started. ;)

Alex Got It!  

I was also testing the categorization filter on the website. 


Some of those are keywords. 

Question on runlevel philosophy across distros

From: Rod-Lists 
If I may interupt todays Tn. vs. Ala. arguement, I've noticed different distros use different runlevel philosophies.
I was wondering if the Debian/Ubuntu Sysadmins ever tighten up their run levels to be more tight like slack or red hat?

Useless and meaningless rant about my hate for Linux Mint...

From: kitepilot@kitepilot.com
I hate Unity too...
And/or the M$-like bloated KDE. 

Because my long hated (and mostly reliable) Linux Mint went out of support, 
I decided to go with what I hate the least: Xubuntu. 

But I could not burn the DVD, so I installed it on VirtualBox, transferred 
the system to my real box, fixed up the MBR and booted my shinny new 
No sound...

After fiddling with it for a day I decided: screw it, I'll go Debian Xfce.
So I got my trusty net-install CD and...
It said that it needed 'proprietary firmware' from Realtek, but WAIT!
It also said that I could install from the 'proprietary firmware DVD'! 

Which (of course) I could not burn either...
So I installed it on VirtualBox, transferred the system to my real box, 
fixed up the MBR and booted my shinny new Debian!  :-)
No sound...
And not second monitor...
Darn...   :( 

After fiddling with it for a day I decided: screw it, Mint worked before, I 
may as well give it a F$%#ING try (I *NEED* a box!)...
Of course I could not burn the DVD!!!!
So I installed it on VirtualBox, transferred the system to my real box, 
fixed up the MBR and booted my shinny new Mint 17 Xfce. 

And now everything works!
But I am hard headed and now I am facing years (I installed LTS) of hating 


3 wasted days later, and with a fully functional system that I hate, I am 
seriously considering to end it all and hang myself from a pumpkin tree...
I warned you that it was a useless and meaningless rant!
So there...

Boot problem

From: AverageSecurityGuy 
I recently rebuilt a laptop by erasing the Windows partition and =
installing Xubuntu. I need to go back to Windows now and I want to use =
the recovery partition, which is still intact, to reset the machine back =
to factory defaults. The problem is I can=92t boot to it because I let =
Xubuntu overwrite the MBR with Grub. Can I add the recovery partition to =
Grub and select it at boot time or can I boot a live CD and select the =
partition that I want to boot then? Or is there a better option?


Stephen Haywood
Owner, ASG Consulting

what is considered decent for hops and time on a traceroute?

From: Rod-Lists 
I remember having issues pulling from this source when I was on Comshaft. But I think that was their throttling.
Still I'm thinking of setting up some PPC and other ports mirrors.

traceroute to ports.ubuntu.com (, 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
 1  unknown  3.417 ms  0.839 ms  0.730 ms
 2  * * *
 3  * * *
 4  xe-5-0-2.edge5.atlanta2.level3.net (  6.986 ms  6.328 ms  6.233 ms
 5  * vl-3503-ve-117.ebr1.atlanta2.level3.net (  92.366 ms
    vl-3504-ve-118.ebr1.atlanta2.level3.net (  92.811 ms
 6  ae-6-6.ebr1.washington12.level3.net (  92.027 ms
    ae-101-101.ebr1.atlanta2.level3.net (  93.324 ms  92.537 ms
 7  ae-1-100.ebr2.washington12.level3.net (  91.660 ms
    ae-6-6.ebr1.washington12.level3.net (  92.822 ms
    ae-1-100.ebr2.washington12.level3.net (  98.207 ms
 8  ae-1-100.ebr2.washington12.level3.net (  92.706 ms
    ae-58-58.ebr1.newyork1.level3.net (  92.835 ms
    ae-55-55.ebr1.newyork1.level3.net (  92.567 ms
 9  ae-57-57.ebr1.newyork1.level3.net (  92.835 ms
    ae-41-41.ebr2.london1.level3.net (  93.860 ms
    ae-43-43.ebr2.london1.level3.net (  92.566 ms
10  ae-58-223.csw2.london1.level3.net (  91.712 ms
    ae-57-222.csw2.london1.level3.net (  92.342 ms
    ae-59-224.csw2.london1.level3.net (  92.311 ms
11  ae-56-221.csw2.london1.level3.net (  91.793 ms  92.539 ms
    ae-58-223.csw2.london1.level3.net (  91.926 ms
12  ae-235-3611.edge5.london1.level3.net (  92.142 ms
    ae-236-3612.edge5.london1.level3.net (  92.064 ms
    source-mana.edge5.london1.level3.net (  93.094 ms
13  sawo.canonical.com (  92.686 ms
    source-mana.edge5.london1.level3.net (  92.030 ms  92.754 ms

Canonical's cloud-in-a-box

From: Rod 

And it was announced in Atlanta.
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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Playing DJ - Mixxx JackD ProjectM have come a long way

From: Mike Harrison 

Later this month, I get to fake being a DJ /Sound/Visuals at an event... 
and I'm loading up a laptop with some tools.

Last time I did this... a few years ago.. the tools were not very polished 
and did not play well togther.

Been playing with Mixxx (DJ Mixer) using JackD for the audio outputs and 
so I could patch in ProjectM, a music visualization tool (kewl visuals)
on an older Sony laptop running Bodhi (Ubuntu + Enlightenment).

ProjectM feeding a projector on the 2nd VGA connector/2nd monitor.

I gotta admit, that world has come a long way. Mixxx is incredible smooth 
and has some nice features for putting together a show. The AutoDJ mode 
works well enough for this, and more importantly doesn't freak out when 
you manually mix something in.

Last time I installed JackD, the system became almost unusable and I had 
to rebuild it. This time, it all just seems to work. It auto-connected 
everything just like I needed it.

And ProjectM makes Willie Nelson look good.. It freezes every once in a 
while... but the visuals are awesome.

National Teacher of the Year 2014 named today

From: Phil Shapiro 

A high school English teacher in Baltimore. 

Worth following on Twitter. 


Lubuntu Power PC question

From: Phil Shapiro 

I downloaded Lubuntu 14.04 Power PC out of curiousity and found that it boots nicely on my old iBook G3 laptop, 500 Mhz with 640 MB of RAM. 

I was curious to find out how much RAM Lubuntu uses before running any programs. On the Lubuntu web site it says Lubuntu can sometimes run in 
as little as 128 MB of RAM. 

After booting Lubuntu 14.04 I got into terminal and I issued a command: free -m 

Lubuntu told me it was using about 630 MB of memory -- with about 10 MB free. 

Does that sound reasonable? I was expecting it to say it was using something like 115 MB or somesuch. 

Would Lubuntu 14.04 use less RAM if I installed it to hard drive rather than run it live? 

Wondering.... Thanks in advance if you have any ideas. 


Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

If you love SPARC, Debian could use you.

From: Rod 


1) Debian Dumps SPARC for Jessie
While x86 has long been a primary server target of Linux, there are many  
other architectures out there too. One of them is Sun/Oracle's SPARC  
platform, which usually is often thought off as being only about Solaris  

Debian had been providing support for its Linux distribution running on  
SPARC since March of 1999, but that is now over for new releases. On April  
26, Debian developer Phillip Kern announced that SPARC support had been  
removed from the Debian-testing branch due to a lack porter commitments as  
well as stability issues. Debian testing is the branch that will lead to  
the Jessie release at some point in 2014.
SPARC isn't entirely out of the Debian landscape though.

"The fate of SPARC in unstable has not been decided yet," Kern wrote. "It  
might get removed unless people commit to working on it."

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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Haswell Chromebook hack...

From: Phil Sieg 
I bought an Acer c720 chromebook for my daughter to play with, and have 
liked it itso much my daughter has yet to touch it. She is not quite 4 
yet... so I don't really feel guilty.

I recently bought an SSD to upgrade the storage from 16gb to 128 gb, and 
at the same time installed Elementary OS (An Ubuntu remix) on it.

I LOVE IT!!! 8+ hours of battery life with ubuntu, very fast and 
responsive, very slim and svelte form factor, and an all in price of 
$350 with upgraded SSD! About 6 hours of hacking and Linux 
setup/tweaking involved, which is about standard fo me to set up any OS 
to my liking.

If you are looking for a great cheap NEW laptop, this is the ticket.

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

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.