Category: Linux

  • #TBT: Apt-get FTW or: How I learned to stop worrying and learned to love Ubuntu

    This post originally ran in May 2008. I am reposting it now, as part of my throwback thursday project, to give some of my older quality posts some love. While I still like Linux and, as I have written about last year still use Linux, it is not my main working platform.

  • One important difference between Debian and Fedora

    Before starting out with Oracle Linux this summer, my experience with Linux had been more or less confined to Ubuntu, which stems from Debian. Oracle Linux, on the other hand, stems from the Fedora project and Red Hat. Though they both build on the same kernel, they diverge from each other in a few important aspects. […]

  • Oracle Linux: Unable to connect to FTP server in terminal

    In order to keep the virtual harddrive on my VM as small as possible, I prefer keeping installers on a network share that I can connect to through FTP. The terminal command for connecting to FTP servers handily enough is ftp. When running that command, terminal returned “Command not found”. It turns out that FTP is not installed on […]

  • Oracle Linux: Unable to connect to the internet

    When first installing Oracle Linux, you may run into being unable to connect to the internet. You may make the mistake of thinking that the problem is with the network settings on the host-side, and try to futz about changing what type of network connection the VM connects to. Don’t bother, it isn’t going to do any good, and you […]

  • Oracle Linux: Insufficient memory to auto-enable kdump

    Remember how I said “you should be all set”, last week? Turns out, I was only partially right. After creating a local user account, Linux also configures kdump, the kernel crash dumping mechanism. When attempting to do so, it returned this error message:

  • Starting out with Oracle Linux

    I have been wanting to learn more about Linux for some time now, and the time has come to transform a desire to action. I have landed on Oracle Linux, for reasons that will soon become clear. As I don’t have any machine to dedicate to this, and because I want to have the ability […]

  • Automatically unlocking the default Gnome-Keyring

    One of the things that really annoy me about Linux is the fact that every time I start my computer, I have to enter a separate password to unlock the Gnome-Keyring, so as to log on to my wireless network. While I appreciate the need for a keyring, I really think it should be unlocked […]

  • Clearing or Resetting the Gnome-Keyring

    A few weeks ago, I needed to change the password for the Gnome-Keyring, as I wanted to lend my computer to a friend. This can be done using either the command line or through the GUI, the latter being the one I prefer for its simplicity. Here’s how:  

  • Unetbootin – Run Linux from a USB thumb-drive

    Many of you will be familiar of the concept of Linux Live CDs. For those of you who are not, I’ll say this: Most Linux distros are these days installed using a Live CD. You enter the CD into the CD-ROM drive, start the computer, and there you go. Your computer boots from the CD, […]

  • Essential Console commands in Linux

    Having once again forgotten most of the commands I use in the command shell in Linux in general and Ubuntu especially, I did a quick google search, which turned up this thread at the Ubuntuforums. The thread had two amazingly useful links, both of which referred to quick reference cheat sheets provided by Here […]

  • Ubuntu: Reinstalling MadWifi

    I’ve been having some problems connecting my EeePC to wireless networks of late. The problem was that it didn’t detect available wireless networks, nor did it connect to the ones I’d already defined.   It runs Ubuntu 8.04, and I originally had to fuss around a bit to get the Atheros WLAN card to work. […]