Deploy Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop Using PXE

Deploy Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop Using PXE

This has to be the most poorly documented feature of Ubuntu ever. The more I use it the more I wonder if they aren't losing their focus for corporate use completely. It's almost enough to make me want to play with CentOS. With Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, you were able to deploy Desktop installations by using some files from the "Alternate Install" disk image and a full desktop image. Since you had…

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Posted by Tony on Mar 23, 2015 | Servers, Desktop Linux, PXE, Netboot
Ubuntu 14.04 SSSD and OpenLDAP Authentication

Ubuntu 14.04 SSSD and OpenLDAP Authentication

The first major change with 14.04 was great news. Previously in order to have one of my Linux workstations authenticate users against our OpenLDAP directory required that I make changes to multiple PAM configuration files, add LDAP config files and more. It was quite a mess. Under 14.04, you now have the System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) which does it all from a single configuration file.

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Posted by Tony on Mar 07, 2015 | Servers, Desktop Linux
It's Elementary My Dear Watson

It's Elementary My Dear Watson

A friend of mine has switched to Elementary OS and claims it's the best Linux desktop he's ever used. Debian / Ubuntu based but with a lot more focus on the user interface and making it both pretty and useful. http://elementaryos.org/

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Posted by Tony on Oct 23, 2013 | Desktop Linux
Install Canon MG5220 Printer / Scanner in Ubuntu 13.04

Install Canon MG5220 Printer / Scanner in Ubuntu 13.04

I finally got around to setting up my Canon MG5220 printer / scanner in Ubuntu. It was a little challenging just because of a couple of settings and obscurity around how to use it in Linux. First, using this old article, I was able to find, download and install the drivers. The kicker in Ubuntu 13.04 is that they've pretty much nerf'd the printer administration system. Thankfully this printer plays nicely, once you change a setting.

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Posted by Tony on Oct 12, 2013 | Desktop Linux