Installing Ubuntu on the Archos 9 Tablet

Installing Ubuntu on the Archos 9 Tablet

Why bother with a locked-in iPad if you're a true technohead, when you can install Ubuntu on the Archos 9 Internet Tablet? The Archos 9 has several flaws, mostly surrounding the installed software. People say it's slow, but really with something other than "Windows Starter" it's actually pretty peppy.

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Posted by Tony on Jun 27, 2010 | Desktop Linux, Gadgets
PXE Install of Ubuntu Lucid

PXE Install of Ubuntu Lucid

I decided it was time to place a PXE boot install image on my network for installing Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid desktops. For the most part everything went as expected (see this post) but during the install I got an error that "restricted/binary-amd64/Packages was corrupt". It turns out there are no restricted packages on the alternate installer image, and the lack of an empty "Packages" file at "/dists/lucid/restricted/binary-amd64" where the networked install image is located was causing it to bomb. Simply doing touch Packages in that shared directory within the install image seems to have fixed the issue. For some reason the fact that the Packages.gz ungzips into a zero byte file was throwing it, but having an already existing zero byte file seemed to fix it.

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Posted by Tony on Jun 12, 2010 | PXE, Netboot, Desktop Linux
Adobe Air on AMD 64

Adobe Air on AMD 64

I've just upgraded my computer to a new quad-core AMD64 system and did a fresh install of Ubuntu Karmic 64 bit. My old tutorial on getting Tweetdeck working still mostly applies. My old dual-core AMD64 that was about 3 years old worked just fine with Adobe AIR, but with a newer AMD 64 CPU, Adobe AIR will segmentation fault when you try to run the application installer. This means you can install AIR just fine, but you can't install any programs that actually USE it. I've tested versions of AIR including 1.5, 1.5.1 and the latest 1.5.2 and all three segfault running the installer. HOWEVER - the Beta 2 of AIR works just fine with it. Now, if you previously had TweetDeck working, you might need to uninstall anything AIR, including AIR, then delete the ~/.appdata directory. Afterwards, do a fresh install of Air followed by Tweetdeck. I had originally copied my home directory from my old computer and then tried to reinstall Tweetdeck and Tweetdeck initially complained that it wouldn't run on my computer.

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Posted by Tony on Nov 17, 2009 | Desktop Linux
Disabling USB Storage in Ubuntu for Security

Disabling USB Storage in Ubuntu for Security

For security reasons, many businesses are completely disabling USB storage devices on the computers at work. Particularly if you are like me and work with healthcare information, it's doubly important that not only no one can bring in a virus, but that they also can't leave with any private information. In Linux the risk of viruses are small to nonexistent, however USB sticks automatically mount for reading and writing regardless. There's an easy way in recent Ubuntu distributions to disable USB storage devices. Simply blacklist the kernel driver: sudo echo "blacklist usb-storage" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf After that, nobody can use a USB memory stick in that computer, but still allows the administrator(s) to manually load the module and use it. I'll be giving more enterprise Linux tips in the near future if all goes well.

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Posted by Tony on Sep 22, 2009 | Linux Tricks, Desktop Linux
Ubuntu External Encrypted Hard Drive

Ubuntu External Encrypted Hard Drive

This HOWTO assumes you are already an Ubuntu 8.04 or 8.10 server administrator, and have a good level of understanding that goes along with that. If you don't know how to use "vi" or "nano", or you don't understand basics of XML files, this tutorial is not for you.

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Posted by Tony on Feb 11, 2009 | Servers, Desktop Linux
Recursively Remove .svn Directories in Linux

Recursively Remove .svn Directories in Linux

Subversion is a pain, but without it things can be even worse. Sometimes your workstation will get out of sync with the server or if you're like me you realize that you accidentally FTP'd the entire project directory to the web server including all the hidden subdirectories and don't want that floating around online.

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Posted by Tony on Jan 26, 2009 | Desktop Linux
Bulk Renaming MP3's

Bulk Renaming MP3's

I have a small collection of MP3's that I ripped over the years from various CD's using multiple applications. One of the biggest annoyances is that the programs I used to rip these has changed over the years and no two applications have used the same naming scheme.

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Posted by Tony on Jan 09, 2009 | Linux Tricks