Hello, world! (one question & personal intro)

From: Joel Swanson 
Hello, world!

Is there a Linux users group in Chattanooga that offers free or inexpensive
support for non-geeks?

I'm looking for options to simplify my mom's computing problems, as her
Windows laptops tend to be problematic. My parents live in Ringgold. My
thought is to set her up with a Debian stable or Ubuntu laptop so I can ssh
in periodically to keep things updated for her. However, there may be times
when she would need someone knowledgeable to have local access to the

Brief intro: I'm a former Chattanooga resident (St Elmo until September
2012), now working in France. I'm currently running Debian Jessie 8.6
stable on my mid-2009 MacBook Pro, but I just ordered a ThinkPad x200 with
the i7 processor and IPS display on ebay, since I want to be able to
maintain my own hardware and sell my MacBook Pro while I can still get
enough money from it to cover my x220 purchase and perhaps picking up a
Nexus 5 for messing around with mobile OSes. But more on that some other

Thanks in advance for any replies!


Joel Swanson
internet phone: +1.484.352.2539 | french mobile: +
email: joel@joelandstephanies.com | skype: jollyswan

$10 Quad Core computer

From: Chad Smith 
That's right - computer, not CPU.


The Orange Pi

Orange Pie would be better than Raspberry Pie.  Apple Pie would be better,
but we all know why they can't use that name.

Chocolate Pie, though....

(I'm hungry, sorry.)

To the meat of the matter....  (I did it again.)

It's made by a different company, and you can get it for $13.30 ($9.99 +
shipping)..  It doesn't come with a power cord or a Micro SD card, but you
probably have those anyway.

I still don't see the mass appeal of these things when  you can buy a
tablet with a touchscreen and WiFi and all that kind of stuff for less than
$30, and a Google Chrromecast or Amazon Fire Stick for less than $40 - but
I'm not a hobbyist robot maker, DIY router builder, embedded systems admin,
or Drone operator. So what do I know?  :)

You can buy it from Alibaba Express -

[OT] Bitcoin

From: Stephen Haywood 
Please, no flamewars. No pontifications on what Bitcoin is or isn=E2=80=99=
t. I need to accept Bitcoin payments for a project and I just want to =
know if any of you have recommendation for a good Bitcoing wallet =
management site.

To bring it slightly on topic, the project is running on an Ubuntu 16.04 =
server hosted at Digital Ocean. :)


You know I like Ubuntu but . . .

From: Rod-Lists 
But $900 aftermarket for a phone that retailed $370?
Somebody is smoking crack!

Distribution experienced opinions

From: Unkmar 
I prefer stability over new features.

Debian: (My favorite)
  I use the stable version, so it is always behind the times. The install
is incredibly versatile.  Easy to follow the guide for a once size fits all.
When you don't know what something means, just take recommended
or hit Enter.  If you want a light weight server, easy enough to figure out.
You wan't a very light weight install and then extremely minimal Desktop
enviroment, sort of like a ChromeBook. That is also pretty easy to do.
The default Desktop install is gnome3.  I've tried it, I mean seriously
tried it for over a month.  I hate it.  Seriously, I hate gnome3. I
use LXDE. Wait, I'm getting side tracked.  Eh, I like Debian, everything
after that is me nitpicking packages and settings.

Red Hat:
  I used it so long ago I don't remember what it was like.

Mandrake: (Now Mandriva)
  My first experience with Linux that I can actually recall.
My thoughts at the time, Linux is almost ready to replace Windows on the
Desktop.  When they get it together and finish some things up, I'll switch.
(I didn't know. I thought of Linux as a smaller version of Microsoft but
up among a few groups. Maybe 5. I had no idea of the true scope of

Ubuntu: (My first REAL use of Linux)
  It was and is great. I didn't like its instability so I moved to its
parent, Debian.
I still sometimes use a Live Ubuntu CD because Debian doesn't do that.
(A third party provides a Debian Live CD option that has never worked for

  The install had a learning cliff, No curve.  I didn't get far enough to
the actual distro.

  I hate the long compile time for installing anything. I prefer to date
before marriage. That compile time feels like a serious commitment.

  Feels like a toy.  Honestly, it is a wonderful tool but the install feels
like an infection.  It is a light weight distro.  Has a light weight
Has no method of making it fat even if you prefer a few bells and whistles.
You can't choose partition sizes or anything. (Puppy would make a great
recovery install for if something goes horribly wrong. Oh, wait!  Most
already have that as a reasonable built in option. What was puppy for
Oh, It is a great small distro that boots into RAM from CD where you can
then remove the CD and use the drive to burn other CD's if you wish.
Many other tools available, That is just the one that stuck in my mind.

Red Hat:
  Um, just no!  My dislike of Red Hat has been strong enough for me to
effectively wipe my memory of exactly why.

Tiny Core:
  Oh great spaghetti monster.  Please take it back from where it came.
Um, it lives up to its name. It is Tiny and merely a Core.  You get to
for a few minutes to get networking so that you can download anything.
It has a quirky package management system (PMS) that you must learn
to in order to do anything. Here is a list of somethings don't get until you
use the PMS, web browser (GUI or CLI), partitioning tools.  Actually,
how about I list what you do get. The ability to move the mouse around,
point, click.  Possibly a CLI so you can run ls, head, cat, and more.
I'm pretty sure that less is missing until you PMS it.  I don't know if it
even has nano, pico, or vi without the PMS.  Seriously, it is a Tiny Core.

Derivatives: (I generally avoid them)
  Reasoning: Fixes to the problems lag behind the parent.
Find a problem, and a fix in the parent.  You constantly use the parent as
a guide on how to fix the child problems and sometimes that doesn't work.
Then you are left with a child that has the problem, can't find a fix
so few are using, reporting, and supporting the child. You are sort of left
in the cold.

Ubuntu Xenial

From: David White 
Have any of you guys played with the Betas or RCs for Xenial? Looking at
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus and
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseSchedule, it looks like the
final release is coming out tomorrow.

I've been recently thinking that it would be a good idea to do a backup of
all my data and go through a clean install of Ubuntu just to get things
fresh again.

Tomorrow might be the day to do it! :)

David White
Founder & CEO


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Linux running on Win 10?

From: John Aldrich 
Did anyone see this?
Almost seems like hell froze over. :)

  John Aldrich

Ubuntu tablet now can be preodeed

From: Rod-Lists 


Interesting enough I just saw an ad for HP Elite x3 which is promising what Ubuntu is pushing,  a cell that can be used as a PC.
And of course it runs a microsoft OS

Did y'all notice that Ubuntu 1 Server code was opensourced?

From: Rod-Lists 

Ars technica 8/11/15

Canonical gave up on operating its Ubuntu One cloud storage service more than a year ago, but this week it released the system's file-syncing code under an open source AGPLv3 license.

Though Canonical is primarily known for its open source Ubuntu operating system, it also has some closed source products and services, including Ubuntu One.

"Today, we’re happy to be open sourcing the biggest piece of our Ubuntu One file syncing service," Canonical Director of Online Services Martin Albisetti wrote. "The code we’re releasing is the server side of what desktop clients connected to when syncing local or remote changes. This is code where most of the innovation and hard work went throughout the years, where we faced most of the scaling challenges and the basis on which other components were built upon."
Canonical hopes the code will be "useful for developers to read through, fork into their own projects or pick out useful bits and pieces."

The code is available on Canonical's Launchpad, along with instructions on starting a server and client. There is more Ubuntu One "code related to the website, REST APIs, contacts and music streaming," which will also be released as open source at a later date.


Linux works really well for recording video book reviews

From: Phil Shapiro 

Here's a book review I made this evening and posted to YouTube at 


Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition launches globally

From: Rod-Lists 
So how does stack up as a phone?
"This elegantly designed device comes with a Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor. The Meizu PRO 5 sports a highly durable 5.7-inch 1920×1080 screen made with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 and the crystal clear AMOLED display screen "


Linode Deploys Servers with the Same SSH Key

From: David White 
I know some of you guys use Linode (including me - for some of my stuff).
Fortunately, I don't use Ubuntu.

But this is serious stuff:

I'm quickly losing faith with these guys and may decide to migrate more of
my stuff off of them in the future...

David White
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Ubuntu Tablet is supposed to show at tech show end Fed 2016

From: Rod-Lists 
And it will run X apps as well as Ubuntu touch apps.


From: Rod-Lists 
"For many in the Linux community, the topic of Ubuntu brings up ire and, in some cases, nothing short of rage. Why? On the surface it's easy to point to the likes of Unity and Mir as the primary reasons for the criticism and hatred. If you look deeper, however, I think it's much more complicated. I think Ubuntu faces this petulance because:

Many users hate that Ubuntu is a commercial product
Many "hard core" Linux users look at Ubuntu as "Linux lite"
Many don't see Canonical giving back enough to the open source community
I'm not here to negate those concerns (though I do not share them). Instead, I wanted to take a moment and imagine a world without Ubuntu. At first blush, one might think that world wouldn't change much from where it is now...there'd just be a different distribution in Ubuntu's place.

Or would there?

And therein lies the key to this line of thought."

Upstart Help

From: asg 
I=E2=80=99m working through this tutorial, =
ations-with-uwsgi-and-nginx-on-ubuntu-14-04,  and I=E2=80=99m stuck on =
the Create an Upstart Script section. I=E2=80=99ve written the script =
but when I try to sudo start zkm, I get a generic Job Failed to Start =
message. I=E2=80=99ve looked in /var/log/upstart but there is not a log =
file for my service. I=E2=80=99ve added console output to the .conf file =
but it still only displays the generic message. I=E2=80=99ve also =
checked the .conf file syntax with init-checkconf and the syntax is ok. =
Are there any other log files to check or any other methods to find out =
what is causing the service to fail to start?

Here is the .conf file I=E2=80=99m working with.

description "uWSGI server instance configured to serve zkm."
console output

start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [!2345]

setuid www-data
setgid www-data

env PATH=3D/var/www/zkm
chdir /var/www/zkm
exec uwsgi --ini zkm.ini


Stephen Haywood
Owner: ASG Consulting

Headless VM Server

From: asg 
I=E2=80=99m building a new VM server and want to try to use Ubuntu and =
KVM. Can anyone recommend a good web-based KVM manager?


Stephen Haywood
Owner: ASG Consulting

Automating Updates

From: Nick Smith 
Hey Chugalugers!

Here is what im working with:
I have lots of SLES 11 and 12 machines and a couple Ubuntu and CentOs
machines and the "Other" OS I need to centrally manage and update.

I have to accomplish this with free tools, so tools like SUSE Manager and
SCCM are out of the question.

What I would like to have is a centralized place where i can kick off
updates across all my servers, I have SMT for SLES and WSUS for Windows, so
most of the updates are stored locally on the network and the servers are
configured to look at those servers for updates.

Im not a developer and dont play one on TV, so im hoping I can figure
something out without having to deep dive into Ruby or Python or whatever
Puppet and Chef are written with. One option ive found that looks promising
is SaltStack. Can this be accomplished with SaltStack? If so, is anyone
else doing this with good results? Configuration management would be nice,
but not the primary goal of this project. It would also be nice to get some
centralized reporting as to what servers havnt been updated or need to be
updated. TheForman looked interesting but it looked puppet heavy as well.
It doesnt look like Spacewalk (open source satellite) will do what i need,
or work with all the OS's i need it to.

Trying to automate the update process of all these servers and cut down on
the time needed for updates.

Not a huge environment, a little over 150 VMs, almost evenly split between
linux and windows.
What are you guys using to accomplish this?

Thanks for the suggestions.

Nick Smith
nick at nicksmith dot us

(Shameless Self Promotion) - Yard Sale Next Weekend

From: David White 
*The way that this relates to Linux:*

   - The PCs that I'm selling during (or before) the yard sale were
   securely wiped using Ubuntu
   - The PCs can run Linux if you wish

*Of possible interest:*

   - HP Laptop w/ 4GB RAM and a *new* Samsung 250GB SSD drive
   - No operating system

      - pixels @ bottom of the screen are dying

      - Even after replacing the hard drive, my father-in-law (who owned
      the laptop) said that Windows would occasionally not boot due to "No OS
      Found" .... so this thing may just be useful for parts

      - *Asking: $75* (but if you offer more, then I would be inclined to
      sell it before the yard sale)

      - (Unused) Crucial 4GB Kit - 2x 2GB 240-Pin PC3 DDR3

*Asking $45 *
   - 2GB Laptop RAM

*More Details (with updates): *

David White
Founder & CEO

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Building OEM appliances with RED Hat?

From: Rod-Lists 
Does Red Hat have something like Ubuntu's oem-config?
It lets you build a system then runs a script so the client has to set up their own accounts.

FreePBX Call Recording Issue (Stephen Kraus)

From: Justin McAteer 
Could be that the call is being setup with media directly between the phone=
s. What type of interface are you using for your external calls?

Justin McAteer=0A=

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