Older blog entries for Thias (starting at number 25)

FreeNX headache

I’ve just wasted a couple of hours trying to get a FreeNX server working, but just kept getting this error : Cannot establish any listening sockets - Make sure an X server isn't already running Not very explicit, not very useful, and searching returns many results about people having the same problem. The solution is simple, though [...]

» FreeNX headache

Syndicated 2009-10-23 14:36:38 from Thias » Computers

GNOME menu entry for Xine DVD playback

Most GNU/Linux distributions include the proper mime types to be handled by Xine when it is installed, but not for DVD Video ISO images on disk. But it’s really easy to add.

If the DVD button in Xine work for real Video DVDs, then just create the /usr/share/applications/xine-open-iso.desktop file with the following content, and you’ll now [...]

» GNOME menu entry for Xine DVD playback

Syndicated 2009-10-03 19:24:09 from Thias » Computers

Fedora to display automated image or video slideshows

Here are some instructions on how to configure a computer using Fedora for image or video slideshows. The idea is to have the computer automatically run some fullscreen application on boot, which is typically what is wanted on public displays in fairs, hallways, stores etc, all this without running any window manager.

To achieve this in [...]

» Fedora to display automated image or video slideshows

Syndicated 2009-09-06 11:42:14 from Thias » Computers

Creating a restricted bzr+ssh smart server

The bazaar documentation is quite extensive, but not when it comes to setting up an ssh server. The solution for allowing bzr+ssh access to a server without a full shell access is nowhere to be found. But it’s actually quite simple…

Just make sure the ~bzruser/.ssh/authorized_keys entries are as follows :

command="bzr serve --inet --directory=/home/bzruser --allow-writes",no-port-forwarding,no-pty,no-agent-forwarding,no-X11-forwarding ssh-dss [...]

» Creating a restricted bzr+ssh smart server

Syndicated 2009-05-06 09:39:12 from Thias » Computers

Dell OptiPlex FX160 and GNU/Linux

I needed some SFF (Small Form Factor) computers for a project, and Dell recently released the FX160 which looked exactly like what I was after. But let me give you some quick advice before you read any further : If you want to run GNU/Linux, you’re in for some ugly surprises.

It’s really a shame since [...]

» Dell OptiPlex FX160 and GNU/Linux

Syndicated 2009-01-28 20:19:05 from Thias » Computers

Playing Blu-Ray Video Discs with (Fedora) GNU/Linux

I did it. I bought a Blu-Ray and HD-DVD player yesterday… then I bought a couple of Blu-Ray video discs earlier today (Superbad and Stranger Than Fiction, two movies I absolutely love).

My problem is that I want to watch them using exclusively free software. On Fedora 10 x86_64 to be more precise…

So I’ve started looking [...]

» Playing Blu-Ray Video Discs with (Fedora) GNU/Linux

Syndicated 2009-01-09 15:15:10 from Thias » Computers

Upgrading a Cisco 3750 IOS from a .bin image file

I just wasted hours trying to figure out how to upgrade a Cisco Catalyst 3750 using the .bin image instead of the .tar archive, since I don’t want any fancy web interface on any of my core network devices.

All of the current documentation explains only how to use the archive command, which can’t be used [...]

» Upgrading a Cisco 3750 IOS from a .bin image file

Syndicated 2008-11-10 18:34:46 from Thias » Computers

Using bonding with Xen bridging on RHEL5

I ran into a chicken and egg problem recently, while trying to configure Xen’s bridging interfaces on top of bonding interfaces. This setup is for HA (High Availability), since with 4 network interfaces on the system, connected to two different switch cards or stack units, and configured as 2 LACP bonding interfaces in RHEL5, you [...]

» Using bonding with Xen bridging on RHEL5

Syndicated 2008-11-10 08:32:13 from Thias » Computers

Encrypting the data on your USB key to use with GNOME

I just got a brand new Sony Micro Vault Tiny USB key. As you can see on the picture, it’s about half the size of an SD card, although slightly thicker. The trick it uses to be so small is to slide directly inside the USB port. The size makes it very handy to keep [...]

» Encrypting the data on your USB key to use with GNOME

Syndicated 2008-01-22 14:17:24 from Thias » Computers

Serendipity (this blog ran it)

I have to admit that I’ve been impressed by Serendipity. It just works. I really like PHP, but very often things are implemented pretty badly with it, and code gets rapidly hard to improve, modularize and so on… but here, it really looks like the developers have done a great job, congrats to them!

Update [...]

» Serendipity (this blog ran it)

Syndicated 2008-01-05 01:32:23 from Thias » Computers

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