Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Happy One Year Anniversary To Me

This month marks the one year anniversary of

As usually I'd like to thank you guys for reading and coming back. I'm glad that I've helped so many people discover Ubuntu, Linux and open source software. I seem to never have enough time but the blog is a definite labor of love for me.

I do want to touch on a couple of subjects:

1. This coming month I will finish the iPod in Ubuntu guides. They have said coming soon for 5 months and it's about time.

2. I don't like Gutsy, and find it difficult to write about a release I dislike so much. Hopefully Heron will not have the same usability bugs Gutsy did. Four months later and I still am unable to encode CDs in VO. In Fesity, Edgy & Dapper it worked.

3. Dell doesn't sell the Inspiron 1501 anymore, so the site might not be as busy as it once was. I plan on updating with every release. It's a shame, I'd love to pick up a 1521 and continue the site but I think this is my last non-made for Linux laptop.

4. Some readers have complained that some of my guides aren't specific to the Dell Inspiron 1501, a lot of people find these guides useful. I'm not going to stop writing them anytime soon.

Enjoy the articles.

edited by pHreaksYcle

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Quick & Dirty Samba Guide

This is my very inelegant Samaba guide. For over a year I've been struggling to get Samba working properly. This is the best configuration I have found so far. I don't need to share a printer, I just need to get my laptop and desktop to share a couple of folders. This guide does just that, it allows you simple access to folders on different computers. If you guys have any suggestions or a better understanding of Samba please share them.

Step 1: Setup
Install Samba
sudo apt-get install samba

Stop Samba services
sudo /etc/init.d/samba stop

Backup your old samba.config
sudo mv /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.template

Create a blank samba.conf file
sudo touch /etc/samba/smb.conf
Start samba services
sudo /etc/init.d/samba start

Add a user
sudo smbpasswd -L -a (username you want to add)

Enable user
sudo smbpasswd -L -e (username you want to add)

Step 2: Create a name for your network:
Go to System>Administration>Shared Folders
shared menus

You should see this, In the General Properties Tab:
Screenshot-Shared Folders

Enter a Network Name, if networking with a Windows or Mac make sure you have the same network name entered for all your computers.

Step 3: Share a folder
To share a folder right click the folder you want to share, select the share folder option.

A box will pop up asking you how you want to share the folder and, if you want to make it read only. (These are my default settings)
Screenshot-Share Folder

To browse a network, go to Places>Networks
network menu
edited by pHreaksYcle

Monday, January 7, 2008

Ubuntu1501 in your language

In response to many comments from users who have mentioned being from countries other than the U.S., we have implemented Google Translate on the site to make it easier for those who have a different native language. You can find this feature on the left side of the site, near the top under the Ubuntu1501 logo. It should be noted that the colored text, (red, green and blue) is also translated, so please refer to the original articles for correct commands.


Hope this is useful!
edited by redDEADresolve

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Power Saving In Linux

Craig Russell sent me a very cool link about going green in Linux.

Less Watts is a great site about how to save power in Linux. These howtos and tips not only save energy and cut down on useless consumption, but give you better battery life.

It's well worth checking out if you go mobile often.
edited by pHreaksYcle

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Flash Plugin Not Installing

I just spent the last few hours struggling, trying to install the Flash plug-in in Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, only to find out the package is broken. The Launchpad bug has already been filed.

The md5 checksum error doesn't allow the installation to complete.

You can find a better explanation and the .deb file with the correctmd5 checksum on this thread.