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Ubuntu Server Spin

From: Jonathan Calloway 

Recently somewhere I saw a report of a new server distribution for Ubuntu that is really light weight and has rolling updates.  However, for the life of me, I can’t find it anywhere.  It wasn’t the regular “Ubuntu Server” link, it was something new.

Does anyone have an idea what I’m talking about?

salix fonts issue

From: Matt Keys 
I recently switched from xubuntu to salix. I'm having a weird fonts issue I=
 haven't been able to figure out. I've installed the webcore-fonts package,=
 as well as adobe's different dpi font packages. The result is while in Fir=
efox, some pages will display a random bolding characters (usually f, t, an=
d i) when placed beside each other -- ft , fi , ti, etc. Here's a screensho=
t of a web page this morning to illustrate :

Has anyone ran into this?

packet loss, speed comparison

From: Mike Harrison 
Just in case you wanted to know if I was kidding or not.. 

I was going to install nmap on a remote server in W. Africa to do a little network scan (looking for things that should not be attached directly, white hat stuff). 

yes, that is “172 BYTES per Second..” with a 2.5 hour download for map. 

The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 106 not upgraded.
Need to get 1,643 kB of archives.
After this operation, 6,913 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 precise/main nmap amd64 5.21-1.1ubuntu1 [1,643 kB]
0% [1 nmap 1,130 B/1,643 kB 0%]     179 B/s 2h 32min 52s

Tales of an early morning adventure

From: David White 
For the past couple of days, Ubuntu has prompted me to install an updated
kernel, only for it to tell me that there's not enough space, and the
kernel installation has been aborted.

No worries, I'll just go delete old kernels like I've done in the past
(This system has a fairly small hard drive).

But this time, I decide to do a "apt-get purge linux-image-3.13.0-3*"
(notice the wildcard at the end) instead of removing each kernel
individually. After all, the kernel I'm installing is 3.13.0-48 (well above
the 3* mark), and my then kernel was still 3.13.0-45 or something (in the

Without carefully examining the prompt (are you sure you want to delete
these?) I said yes. It removed every kernel, including the current one. So
then I decide "what the heck, I'll just download the latest kernel again."

I installed a 3.16x kernel instead of the supported 3.13, as "apt-get"
listed it as a an available kernel. I didn't think it would cause
compatibility issues.


After reboot, I had no internet (wlan and eth0 weren't found), and none of
my external USB devices (mouse & keyboard) were working.

All of my USB drives are nowhere to be found, so what do I do? Logically, I
begin to clean my absurdly messy office in the hopes of finding a USB drive.

I eventually found a copy of an Ultimate Boot CD I made a year or so ago,
and try to boot the computer off that.


So then I kept cleaning, organizing cables, finding old batteries, made a
pile of stuff to get rid of, used cable ties to better organize the various
USB and power cables I wanted to keep, etc....

Only other option that I can think of? Boot my old Windows laptop, download
the kernel files manually, take out the hard drive, hook it up to my
SATA-to-USB adapter, and mount Windows as a 2nd hard drive, and manually
install the kernel image.


Half way through this process, I was having trouble getting some of the
screws out of the Windows drive so I could hook it up to my SATA adapter,
my wife had woken up and was working on breakfast, and I had a thought: "My
USB drives are on top my dresser in my bedroom."

Lo and behold, there they were. Of course I found them, not in my office,
after spending 1.5 hours of cleaning and searching for the drives.

Good news: 1 of those drives had the original Ubuntu 14.04 image on it.
Bad news: After booting the PC on the live disc image, I then mounted and
chrooted the laptop hard drive, and internet was still broken (although
when using the CD image as root, internet was working fine).

I decided not to mess with fixing the network, and instead used a 2nd USB
drive to copy over the kernel files I downloaded into Windows earlier.

Booted up, time to eat breakfast.

45 minutes later, logged in, used the Software Center to install the kernel
files, ran apt-get purge to get rid of the 3.16 kernel, ran apt-get
update/upgrade, then ran update-grub.

Rebooted, and finally I have a working PC again.

Moral of the story: Check your prompts carefully when removing something as
important as kernels to make sure you're not removing something you need!

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Organizations Worldwide

Where's my bottleneck?

From: David White 
Interesting that this just jumped a few minutes ago to about 1.2 mb/s, and
that's climbing ever so slowly (we're at 1.5 right now). But still way
slower than I would have expected.

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 2:03 PM, David White  wrote:

> So I'm uploading 4.5 gigs to my local Synology NAS off of my PC. My laptop
> (Ubuntu) is plugged in with a network card, and I have wireless turned off.
> The laptop is plugged into a Linksys EA2700 router that is in "Repeater
> Mode" and isn't doing much of anything except acting like a switch with a
> wireless signal.
> That's plugged into my pfSense box, which is plugged into the NAS, which
> is on a different subnet.
> Using the GUI on my laptop, I connected to the NAS using the smb://
> approach.
> Transfer speeds are only averaging around 500 K/s, and this is ridiculous.
> Checking iotop in Ubuntu, disk read is only averaging between 200-500 K/s
> as well with occasional spikes between 5-10 M/bs. Load is averaging less
> than 1.
> Disk, memory and network utilization on the NAS is likewise very low.
> Memory util is only at 13%, CPU is only around 2%, and disk util is only
> around 1%.
> I am running DNS services off of the NAS as an authoritative DNS server to
> the outside world, but that's only for 1 domain right now.
> All NICs involved are Gigabit.
> I can't figure this out...
> --
> David White
> Founder & CEO
> *Develop CENTS *
> Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
> Organizations Worldwide

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Organizations Worldwide

Bodhi 3.0 and an HP Envy

From: Mike Harrison 

Rod mentioned Bodhi 3.0.0 just came out. And I just bought a "cheap"
laptop, an HP Envy 15" with an I7, HD Matte Display, 16gb of ram. 

After screwing with the Win8.1 that it came with for a while.
Upon realizing it was the bastard stepchild of too many GUI paradigms. I
startled looking for a Linux to put in it. Bodhi 3.0 ?  Gotta try it!

Been trying to use it for everything I would normally do for a couple of
days. Bodhi 3.0 is a very nice clean polished minimalistic
implementation of Enlightenment on top of mostly Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. 
I've used it before and I like that paradigm. Clean, useful, get out of
my way GUI and let me work. I've installed all of the normal packages,
am writing this on Evolution, also added VLC, Libroffice, Firefox,
Chrome, Evince.. etc.. and a LAMP stack.. VirtualBox for running some
VM's (Been using KVM/QEMU, so this was a random change) and everything I
expected to work; just works. 

Regarding the HP Envy:

Good: I like the matte finished 1080p display. Seems to be really quick
and has a 1tb hybrid laptop HD. Flipped the EUFI off, and installed
Bodhi Linux raw on the HD. Flipped the VM CPU options on, I can't tell
the difference but VirtualBox is running well. Put Windows 8.1
Enterprise there just for fun. Will be installing a WinServer soon, once
I know which one I need to be screwing with. 

Now for the bad: I really should not have bought the Envy. After using
an rMBP for a while, this thing is "cheap". The keyboard looks good, but
I find it doubling or skipping characters a lot as I type. And I've been
using a "chiklit" keyboard for a long time now, even at my desktops.
The trackpad is frustrating. I have changed some settings using
"gpointing" to make it better. It' either overly sensitive, or
unsensitive and weird. Worst, the pad is wide/large enough that I keep
brushing it while typing. I have a 3 button travel mouse plugged in,
even though I am trying to tweak the trackpad some more. 

But the worst. I forgot how bad the Broadcom Wifi Chips can be. I've
wasted hours trying to make it work. It's a BCM43142. Can't even get it
recogniz ed, tried various drivers (everying except NDISwrapper), and
I've given up for a while. I stuck an extra "Realtek" USB WiFi dongle in
from a Raspberrry Pi.... waited 10 seconds and -poof-: Wifi works.  

Overall, nice consumer grade laptop, it just feels cheap and plasticky.
But I needed a newer CPU and more memory than my beloved 18.4" Sony had
to do some work... 

And that's my Bodhi / Envy Review of the Day.

How to record Skype calls in Ubuntu Linux

From: Phil Shapiro 

A nice how-to article here -- 

Sound quality ought to be outstanding for those with gigabit connectivity. 
I suggest saving to WAV format -- which is best quality audio. Edit audio 
with Audacity if you need to. Season to taste. 



Phil Shapiro, 

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

2-in-one laptop / tablet and *nix

From: Jonathan Calloway 

I’m toying around with the idea of getting a 2-in-one tablet / laptop.  The idea would be to get more experience with Android, and maybe even Ubuntu Touch.

I’m looking around at ASUS Transformer books.  I’m seeing some of the early ones out there for $200-$300.  If anyone out there is doing something like this, or even if you have something you’re willing to sell, let me know.

Now, let me explain that it has to be a keyboard base with a teachable tablet form factor.  I am not looking for a “flip” or yoga style device.  Also, it has to be something I can play with, i.e. install android or linux of some variety.  


next week:Ubuntu Phone in test sales over in Europe

From: Rod-Lists 

Chugalug Digest, Vol 31, Issue 6

From: Justin McAteer 
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you hear it spinning after it 'disappears'?
 There are a couple of items that you could try to repair the drive includi=
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h one from a matching model.

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OT- Client Needs physical recovery off of dead hard drive

From: David White 
I have a client who handed me a hard drive and needs her data off of it.

I hooked it up to Ubuntu, and *occasionally* I can see the disk show up
"disks" (gnome-disk-utility), and when I do, I *can* see the partition
table, and how much data is used in the partition.

I attempted a ddrescue, but the drive disappeared before ddrescue was even
1% complete. Sometimes when I plug it in, it doesn't even show up at all.

I think that this thing is toast and will require a clean room / physical
data recovery.

I explained to the client that this would be pretty expensive. Sounds like
she's still interested, as she asked how much it'll cost (even though she
knows its expensive).

Anyone in Chattanooga do this sort of thing, or will I need to send the
drive off to Atlanta or somewhere?

- David

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Organizations Worldwide

Raspberry Pi 2 - Now with Windows 10!

From: Phil Sieg 

I think it is a win!

Just wish there was a 2GB and 4GB ram version=E2=80=A6

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE

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

> On Feb 2, 2015, at 11:59 AM, Chad Smith  wrote:
> =

> =46rom the announcement:
> Let's get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 =
is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), =
> A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
> 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
> Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1
> Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM =
GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as =
Microsoft Windows 10.
> Microsoft has said that in the next few months, they are going to =
introduce a *Free* version of Windows 10 designed to work on the =
Raspberry Pi 2.
> =

> What do you guys think?
> - Chad W. Smith

GLIBC Vuln GHOST Vulnerability # CVE-2015-0235

From: Mike Harrison 

Another fun one. Hits a lot of systems and affects multiple programs. 

"During a code audit performed internally at Qualys, we discovered a
buffer overflow in the 

Ubuntu content filtering w/ Dansguardian

From: David White 
The problem with is that the questions are rotated so quickly
(because so many people are asking / editing questions) that if you have a
somewhat complicated question that some aren't interested in or know the
answer to, it quickly goes off the 1st page.

I'm trying to do content filtering with Dansguardian and Privoxy as the
proxy server.

When I go to login as an administrator to the machine, everything works
fine. The websites I've manually entered into
/etc/dansguardian/lists/bannedsitelist are being blocked.

However, when I go to login as a normal (unprivileged) user, and start
Firefox (or Google Chrome), everything hangs. No websites load, and if I
try to go to a banned website, that hangs as well.

Any suggestions on where I can look to solve this issue?

- David

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Organizations Worldwide

Nonprofit needs a desktop

From: David White 
I'm not going to be at the swap meet on Sunday, but if anyone wants the old
32-bit half-rack rackable system I bought off Aaron a few years ago (comes
with 2 drives), then hit me up. I'd take some dumb switches and/or 1-2
older managed switches for it....

I have a client that needs a PC for light-weight use (email, building a
resume, and searching for jobs).

The plan is to put Ubuntu on it. It'll be at a shelter for the residents to
use, and we'll even be configuring it so they can't go to any social media
websites, etc...

The old PC is running XP, is laden with viruses, and has 512mb of RAM. I
told the client it wasn't even worth me fixing that one, and that I'd see
what I could do about finding them a replacement machine.

Anyone willing to donate anything?

- David

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Organizations Worldwide

Linux Desktop Environments

From: Ralph Edge 
Well, its been a while since I've seen a discussion of Linux Desktop
Environments on here.  I just updated my main laptop to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS &
am considering options.  Unity looks better than it did the last time I
checked it out a couple of years ago, but I'm still not a fan(not enough
options for customization I suppose).

I had been running gnome-shell before, and just finished installing it.
I'm curious of you all's opinions of the different options.  Unity,
Gnome-Shell, Cinnamon, KDE, all the others - how are things looking
nowadays in the world of Linux Desktop Environments?


Kickstarter project - 9V battery can be used to recharge your Android phone

From: Phil Shapiro 

This is neat -- 

And if you installed Ubuntu Linux on an Android phone, you'd be running Ubuntu using a 9V battery. 



Phil Shapiro, 

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

Lubuntu - Nice and Light

From: Mike Harrison 
Been playing with the latest Lubuntu (14.10) on an old netbook (Asus EeePC 1008HA), color me impressed. Light enough to feel good and everything I want to run on it seems to run well. 
With a few extra things installed, it takes 740 MB of HD space, and about 600mb of ram. Brought a nice toy back to useful life. 


$99 WinBook Tablet [could it Linux? to make it on topic]

From: Chad Smith 
   - Multi-Touch Touchscreen IPS 16:10 8" 1280x800 Display
   - Intel Baytrail-T Z3735D 1.33GHz Quad-Core CPU
   - 1GB RAM & 16GB eMMC Storage
   - Windows 8.1 + Bing

WinBook 8" TW800 Tablet.

Salting my scripts with PV

From: Rod-Lists 
I've discovered pv (Pipe Viewer) a few weeks ago. Have begun salting my scripts with it and trying various options.
It is in Debian or at least Ubuntu repos.
This plus the -P or --progress flag on rsync make life a lot less mysterious in the shell.