Home server project (part 4)

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It occurs to me that there is a gap in the market for a linux-based home server/media server distro that just works. Works out of the box, that is. A single ISO that someone can boot, install and then connect to the installed web ui to get up-and-running straight away. Like Rockstor crossed with Linux […]

/home

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On a quick visit to the UK, to sell or give away most of our belongings, pack up what’s left and ship out to our new life, in the sunny, dusty desert. I’m trying to prepare my wife for just how crazy the roads are in Riyadh. She’s a bad enough passenger in Manchester, so […]

To the desert…

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So, tomorrow I leave for Riyadh – a new life as an expat, in a country that is virtually impossible to visit otherwise. Naturally I am somewhat apprehensive, but excited in equal measure. I will be leaving my wife and son behind in the UK for about three months, which is going to be a […]

Linux Mint 15

Posted Posted in Computing, Linux, Linux Mint

I have just updated the Linux Mint partition on my laptop to version 15 ‘Olivia’, and moved from the MATE-based to the Cinnamon-based spin. So far, I’m very impressed. It’s built on Ubuntu 13.04, and has inherited the performance improvements of the new Ubuntu release. It boots quickly, it seems smoother and more stable than […]

OpenStack

Posted Posted in Computing, Linux, Open Source Software

I recently came across this video, which helped me understand the basics of how Openstack does what it does: I really love the idea of OpenStack – an open-source cloud platform that’s fast becoming the industry standard, and displacing the proprietary cloud standards in the market – but the underlying technology is not simple, and […]

Partition madness

Posted Posted in Computing, Linux

The state of my hard drives is getting out of hand. There’s not really anything wrong with them, as such – it’s just that my distro-hopping habit has become a create-new-partition-and-install-new-distro habit. Yes, I know I could satisfy my addiction using virtual machines (I do that as well using VirtualBox or VMWare), but I quite […]

Ubuntu Studio documentation

Posted Posted in Linux, Music, Open Source Software, Production, Ubuntu

I’ve been using Ubuntu Studio since I started experimenting with Linux again last November – it’s a great, multimedia-focused distribution based on Xubuntu, and it comes with all sorts of audio, video and graphics applications pre-installed. It also has a low-latency kernel, which (in theory) means that any real-time audio or video processing should proceed […]

What this is all about…

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The following is a list of stuff that I’m interested it, and so will probably ramble on about – some more than others, most likely. The list below is not exhaustive, and I will probably find other stuff that interests me over time, as I tend to do… computing, specifically linux, open-source software, programming, data, […]