Ubuntu content filtering w/ Dansguardian

From: David White 
The problem with askubuntu.com 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 *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Organizations Worldwide

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 *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
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, pshapiro@his.com 

"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?


ArchLinux vs Ubuntu

From: Dan Lyke 
I have an old netbook with a new SSD. Yesterday I put Xubuntu on it,
but I'm wondering about things that do a better job of keeping Gnome
off my system, or otherwise being lighter weight than Xubuntu.

My one requirement is that I'd like to run Mixxx (which Arch supports)
or something similar (ie: music playing with easy tempo shifting,
queuing, and a few set points) on this machine. I'm noticing that a
couple of the cool kids these days are running ArchLinux, mostly on
semi-embedded systems.

Anyone got thoughts on this matter?


looking for linux ovpn client suggestions

From: Rod-Lists 
Ok guys imaging a laptop as I write this.  Once files are archive it will be a freash linux install.
Here is your chance to turn a wayward soul away from ubuntu. But I need a rocksolid ovpn client.
I'm considering crunchbang (debian based) so fire away.


Utility to select fastest Debian repositories

From: Rod-Lists 
I hear it works in Ubuntu too.

Vokoscreen screencasting software for Linux -- big thumbs up

From: Phil Shapiro 
I used Vokoscreen earlier today for a blog post I'm writing for MAKE magazine. It works like a charm. 

See my screencast video at 


Upgrading from Linux Mint 14 to 17

From: James Nylen 
Ubuntu Quantal ended support recently, so its package repositories went
away. I=E2=80=99m running Linux Mint 14 which is based on Quantal, so now I=
 need to

If I use apt-get dist-upgrade to upgrade to Linux Mint 17, what are the
chances of it working? What kind of breakage will I see, if any?

Just Testing

From: Mike Harrison 

On Jul 24, 2014, at 2:46 PM, Alex Smith (K4RNT)  wrote:

> I think he was trying to invoke Godwin's Law, ending any conversation before they started. ;)

Alex Got It!  

I was also testing the categorization filter on the website. 


Some of those are keywords. 

Question on runlevel philosophy across distros

From: Rod-Lists 
If I may interupt todays Tn. vs. Ala. arguement, I've noticed different distros use different runlevel philosophies.
I was wondering if the Debian/Ubuntu Sysadmins ever tighten up their run levels to be more tight like slack or red hat?

Useless and meaningless rant about my hate for Linux Mint...

From: kitepilot@kitepilot.com
I hate Unity too...
And/or the M$-like bloated KDE. 

Because my long hated (and mostly reliable) Linux Mint went out of support, 
I decided to go with what I hate the least: Xubuntu. 

But I could not burn the DVD, so I installed it on VirtualBox, transferred 
the system to my real box, fixed up the MBR and booted my shinny new 
No sound...

After fiddling with it for a day I decided: screw it, I'll go Debian Xfce.
So I got my trusty net-install CD and...
It said that it needed 'proprietary firmware' from Realtek, but WAIT!
It also said that I could install from the 'proprietary firmware DVD'! 

Which (of course) I could not burn either...
So I installed it on VirtualBox, transferred the system to my real box, 
fixed up the MBR and booted my shinny new Debian!  :-)
No sound...
And not second monitor...
Darn...   :( 

After fiddling with it for a day I decided: screw it, Mint worked before, I 
may as well give it a F$%#ING try (I *NEED* a box!)...
Of course I could not burn the DVD!!!!
So I installed it on VirtualBox, transferred the system to my real box, 
fixed up the MBR and booted my shinny new Mint 17 Xfce. 

And now everything works!
But I am hard headed and now I am facing years (I installed LTS) of hating 


3 wasted days later, and with a fully functional system that I hate, I am 
seriously considering to end it all and hang myself from a pumpkin tree...
I warned you that it was a useless and meaningless rant!
So there...