Quick Tip : What software do I have installed on my Ubuntu / Debian server?

During troubleshooting, or even when setting up an unfamiliar server, it’s quite a common question to ask what software / packages is actually installed on the server you’re working on. For example, I got asked to install Joomla on a server I’ve never touched before. I needed to check which of the prerequisite software packages … Continue reading Quick Tip : What software do I have installed on my Ubuntu / Debian server?

UPnP Media Server to XBOX 360 streaming across SonicWALL

This is a pretty common scenario: You have a media server (think windows media server or XBMC server) that is connected to your wired network. You also have a variety of wireless clients (think netbooks or laptops) that you would like to setup in order to use the media server via streaming or UPnP. In … Continue reading UPnP Media Server to XBOX 360 streaming across SonicWALL

Creating a virtual cisco router (VMWare ESX + GNS3 + Linux)

Trying to do more with less is definitely one aim that virtualising helps you achieve. There are quite a bit of guides on how to use GNS3 to build a virtual cisco lab. There are also very good guides that explain how to bridge your physical LAN to the virtual cisco lab. A really good … Continue reading Creating a virtual cisco router (VMWare ESX + GNS3 + Linux)

Small note: Linux and Cisco VPN client (vpnc)

The scenario I faced is probably typical of many IT guys who work from home: I needed to connect to my work VPN but I prefer to use my more powerful linux machine from home. IT here only really support windows so I was on my own here. The VPN uses cisco technology, and IT … Continue reading Small note: Linux and Cisco VPN client (vpnc)

Nuggest Post: Which programs / packages are needed to play WMV files in linux (ubuntu)

In order to play WMV files under Ubuntu, the easiest way I found was to download the following two packages via synaptic or apt-get: - w32codecs (from the medibuntu repository : http://medibuntu.org/) - Mplayer / Gnome-mplayer Two quick notes: - Opening the WMV files in VLC will not work - Installing only mplayer didn't work. … Continue reading Nuggest Post: Which programs / packages are needed to play WMV files in linux (ubuntu)

Nugget post: Checkinstall

Found an interesting link: http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/using-checkinstall-build-packages-source Describes the use of checkinstall in ubuntu. Usually when compiling from source we run: ./configure make make install   Instead of running the last “make install” you’d run the “checkinstall” command. This builds a .deb file which you can then install via your normal package manager, which makes it easier … Continue reading Nugget post: Checkinstall

XOrg causing high CPU in Ubuntu

Nugget Post Having added the system monitor applet to my taskbar panel, turns out while running ubuntu my latop was running at about 40-50% CPU. Less than ideal considering Ubuntu should be speedy Turns out, the Xorg process was hogging the CPU. By running the command top at the terminal as root, it was easy … Continue reading XOrg causing high CPU in Ubuntu