Bodhi 3.0 and an HP Envy

From: Mike Harrison 

Rod mentioned Bodhi 3.0.0 just came out. And I just bought a "cheap"
laptop, an HP Envy 15" with an I7, HD Matte Display, 16gb of ram. 

After screwing with the Win8.1 that it came with for a while.
Upon realizing it was the bastard stepchild of too many GUI paradigms. I
startled looking for a Linux to put in it. Bodhi 3.0 ?  Gotta try it!

Been trying to use it for everything I would normally do for a couple of
days. Bodhi 3.0 is a very nice clean polished minimalistic
implementation of Enlightenment on top of mostly Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. 
I've used it before and I like that paradigm. Clean, useful, get out of
my way GUI and let me work. I've installed all of the normal packages,
am writing this on Evolution, also added VLC, Libroffice, Firefox,
Chrome, Evince.. etc.. and a LAMP stack.. VirtualBox for running some
VM's (Been using KVM/QEMU, so this was a random change) and everything I
expected to work; just works. 

Regarding the HP Envy:

Good: I like the matte finished 1080p display. Seems to be really quick
and has a 1tb hybrid laptop HD. Flipped the EUFI off, and installed
Bodhi Linux raw on the HD. Flipped the VM CPU options on, I can't tell
the difference but VirtualBox is running well. Put Windows 8.1
Enterprise there just for fun. Will be installing a WinServer soon, once
I know which one I need to be screwing with. 

Now for the bad: I really should not have bought the Envy. After using
an rMBP for a while, this thing is "cheap". The keyboard looks good, but
I find it doubling or skipping characters a lot as I type. And I've been
using a "chiklit" keyboard for a long time now, even at my desktops.
The trackpad is frustrating. I have changed some settings using
"gpointing" to make it better. It' either overly sensitive, or
unsensitive and weird. Worst, the pad is wide/large enough that I keep
brushing it while typing. I have a 3 button travel mouse plugged in,
even though I am trying to tweak the trackpad some more. 

But the worst. I forgot how bad the Broadcom Wifi Chips can be. I've
wasted hours trying to make it work. It's a BCM43142. Can't even get it
recogniz ed, tried various drivers (everying except NDISwrapper), and
I've given up for a while. I stuck an extra "Realtek" USB WiFi dongle in
from a Raspberrry Pi.... waited 10 seconds and -poof-: Wifi works.  

Overall, nice consumer grade laptop, it just feels cheap and plasticky.
But I needed a newer CPU and more memory than my beloved 18.4" Sony had
to do some work... 

And that's my Bodhi / Envy Review of the Day.

How to record Skype calls in Ubuntu Linux

From: Phil Shapiro 

A nice how-to article here -- 

Sound quality ought to be outstanding for those with gigabit connectivity. 
I suggest saving to WAV format -- which is best quality audio. Edit audio 
with Audacity if you need to. Season to taste. 



Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

2-in-one laptop / tablet and *nix

From: Jonathan Calloway 

I’m toying around with the idea of getting a 2-in-one tablet / laptop.  The idea would be to get more experience with Android, and maybe even Ubuntu Touch.

I’m looking around at ASUS Transformer books.  I’m seeing some of the early ones out there for $200-$300.  If anyone out there is doing something like this, or even if you have something you’re willing to sell, let me know.

Now, let me explain that it has to be a keyboard base with a teachable tablet form factor.  I am not looking for a “flip” or yoga style device.  Also, it has to be something I can play with, i.e. install android or linux of some variety.  


next week:Ubuntu Phone in test sales over in Europe

From: Rod-Lists 

Chugalug Digest, Vol 31, Issue 6

From: Justin McAteer 
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OT- Client Needs physical recovery off of dead hard drive

From: David White 
I have a client who handed me a hard drive and needs her data off of it.

I hooked it up to Ubuntu, and *occasionally* I can see the disk show up
"disks" (gnome-disk-utility), and when I do, I *can* see the partition
table, and how much data is used in the partition.

I attempted a ddrescue, but the drive disappeared before ddrescue was even
1% complete. Sometimes when I plug it in, it doesn't even show up at all.

I think that this thing is toast and will require a clean room / physical
data recovery.

I explained to the client that this would be pretty expensive. Sounds like
she's still interested, as she asked how much it'll cost (even though she
knows its expensive).

Anyone in Chattanooga do this sort of thing, or will I need to send the
drive off to Atlanta or somewhere?

- David

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
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Raspberry Pi 2 - Now with Windows 10!

From: Phil Sieg 

I think it is a win!

Just wish there was a 2GB and 4GB ram version=E2=80=A6

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
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It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

> On Feb 2, 2015, at 11:59 AM, Chad Smith  wrote:
> =

> =46rom the announcement:
> Let's get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 =
is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), =
> A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
> 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
> Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1
> Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM =
GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as =
Microsoft Windows 10.
> Microsoft has said that in the next few months, they are going to =
introduce a *Free* version of Windows 10 designed to work on the =
Raspberry Pi 2.
> =

> What do you guys think?
> - Chad W. Smith

GLIBC Vuln GHOST Vulnerability # CVE-2015-0235

From: Mike Harrison 

Another fun one. Hits a lot of systems and affects multiple programs. 

"During a code audit performed internally at Qualys, we discovered a
buffer overflow in the 

Ubuntu content filtering w/ Dansguardian

From: David White 
The problem with is that the questions are rotated so quickly
(because so many people are asking / editing questions) that if you have a
somewhat complicated question that some aren't interested in or know the
answer to, it quickly goes off the 1st page.

I'm trying to do content filtering with Dansguardian and Privoxy as the
proxy server.

When I go to login as an administrator to the machine, everything works
fine. The websites I've manually entered into
/etc/dansguardian/lists/bannedsitelist are being blocked.

However, when I go to login as a normal (unprivileged) user, and start
Firefox (or Google Chrome), everything hangs. No websites load, and if I
try to go to a banned website, that hangs as well.

Any suggestions on where I can look to solve this issue?

- David

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
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Nonprofit needs a desktop

From: David White 
I'm not going to be at the swap meet on Sunday, but if anyone wants the old
32-bit half-rack rackable system I bought off Aaron a few years ago (comes
with 2 drives), then hit me up. I'd take some dumb switches and/or 1-2
older managed switches for it....

I have a client that needs a PC for light-weight use (email, building a
resume, and searching for jobs).

The plan is to put Ubuntu on it. It'll be at a shelter for the residents to
use, and we'll even be configuring it so they can't go to any social media
websites, etc...

The old PC is running XP, is laden with viruses, and has 512mb of RAM. I
told the client it wasn't even worth me fixing that one, and that I'd see
what I could do about finding them a replacement machine.

Anyone willing to donate anything?

- David

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
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Organizations Worldwide

Linux Desktop Environments

From: Ralph Edge 
Well, its been a while since I've seen a discussion of Linux Desktop
Environments on here.  I just updated my main laptop to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS &
am considering options.  Unity looks better than it did the last time I
checked it out a couple of years ago, but I'm still not a fan(not enough
options for customization I suppose).

I had been running gnome-shell before, and just finished installing it.
I'm curious of you all's opinions of the different options.  Unity,
Gnome-Shell, Cinnamon, KDE, all the others - how are things looking
nowadays in the world of Linux Desktop Environments?


Kickstarter project - 9V battery can be used to recharge your Android phone

From: Phil Shapiro 

This is neat -- 

And if you installed Ubuntu Linux on an Android phone, you'd be running Ubuntu using a 9V battery. 



Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Lubuntu - Nice and Light

From: Mike Harrison 
Been playing with the latest Lubuntu (14.10) on an old netbook (Asus EeePC 1008HA), color me impressed. Light enough to feel good and everything I want to run on it seems to run well. 
With a few extra things installed, it takes 740 MB of HD space, and about 600mb of ram. Brought a nice toy back to useful life. 


$99 WinBook Tablet [could it Linux? to make it on topic]

From: Chad Smith 
   - Multi-Touch Touchscreen IPS 16:10 8" 1280x800 Display
   - Intel Baytrail-T Z3735D 1.33GHz Quad-Core CPU
   - 1GB RAM & 16GB eMMC Storage
   - Windows 8.1 + Bing

WinBook 8" TW800 Tablet.

Salting my scripts with PV

From: Rod-Lists 
I've discovered pv (Pipe Viewer) a few weeks ago. Have begun salting my scripts with it and trying various options.
It is in Debian or at least Ubuntu repos.
This plus the -P or --progress flag on rsync make life a lot less mysterious in the shell.

How does Ubuntu 14.10 cloud offerings stack?

From: Rod-Lists 
The Cloud is not my forte. But I was wondering with the inclusions of Bcache, LXC, Cloud foundry, Elastiserach,hive, and a host of analytic options, what some of y'all thought?

Intel NUC

From: Lisa Ridley 
Anyone here have any hands on experience with these little computers?  I'm looking for an addition to my office for the following:

1.  Persistent Jenkins Server to manage auto deployments and automated testing on a variety of virtual servers (Debian 7, Jenkins, using 2G RAM)
2.  Test Servers for client projects (managed by the Jenkins Server) -- VirtualBox servers managed using Jenkins and Vagrant, running Debian, Ubuntu or CentOS, using 2-4G RAM, configured as a LAMP stack with MySQL and/or MongoDB, running applications written in Symfony2 / Laravel / Drupal.  These servers will be short-lived, and will be used for development, staging and test units, so they will be spun up and down as needed, and will have a lifespan running anywhere from 2 to 6 months.  There will be anywhere from 2 to 6 of these running on one physical unit at any point in time.

The reviews I've read are generally positive, and I like the small footprint and low power consumption.  Looking specifically at one of these units (most likely the 2nd one), configured with 16G RAM, WiFi/BlueTooth and a 120G mSata SSD.

Thoughts?  Experiences?

Lisa Ridley

Android command-line

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
Hash: SHA512

I recently got a new smart phone running CyanogenMod 11 with the
F-Droid repository that I have been playing with. I wonder if anybody
here has played much with doing things from the command line under
Android. Does anyone have suggestions for things like taking pictures
from the camera or getting GPS coordinates from the command line? Has
anyone tried installing a Linux distro like Debian in a chroot on
their Android device? Also, has anyone played with Firefox OS or
Ubuntu Touch, or have any idea how they compare from a hackability
Version: GnuPG v1.4.12 (GNU/Linux)


Flash & Linux

From: David White 
Must 99% of the non-YouTube video media on the internet operate on flash,
AND must Adobe no longer support Linux?

Now that I'm fully switched over to Ubuntu as my primary OS, this is
driving me insane! Yes, I have a Windows VM and can watch things if I
really wanted to, but this is driving me insane.

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Organizations Worldwide

HP announces $99 dollar winders Tablet

From: Rod-Lists 
supposedly free 4g

Wonder how ubuntu's tablet os will run on it?