Guitars, Paramedics, Linux, and Me

December 27, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Living Stock Fedora

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 10:45 pm
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I’ve always wondered what it would be like to run a virgin install of Fedora Core 6 to see how well I could get along in my daily computing needs.

This will be, for me, a test of how well F/OSS software can impact my life without resorting to third party yum repositories for software unavailable from Fedora.

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December 24, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Zod Live CD Now Available

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 2:31 pm
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Fedora Core 6 now has an available Live CD. You can read the announcement posted to the fedora-announce-list.

Join the torrent and pass out a few copies to people you know.

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December 19, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Ripping mms:// Streams

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 11:05 pm
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I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with various music/video streams on the internet lately. Mainly to watch music videos. Since I travel so much and wifi hotspots are sometimes unreliable or unavailable. Having the ability to “rip” a video stream and save the file to my hard drive for offline viewing is really handy. One particular site I like to check out for music videos uses a MMS server to deliver streams.

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December 17, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Flash 9.0 Beta Plugin

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 1:52 pm
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I’ve found that viewing flash sites with the older 7.x version of the flash-plugin RPM from macromedia.mplug.org was becoming problematic. Slowly but surely sites with flash that I have been frequenting appear to have stopped working correctly, or have experienced choppy performance, with this version of the flash-plugin.

No problem!

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December 12, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Fun With YouTube Video

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 12:05 am
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I stumbled upon a few links to scripts that accomodate downloading YouTube Video and converting them into .avi or .mpg files. This works on my Fedora Core 6 laptop. If you have followed my Multimedia Support article you will have the tools you need installed.

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December 11, 2006

December 10, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Regular People Ready

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 1:42 am
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I’ll probably catch flak from my next statements but the vast majority of end users simply use their computers for email and web browsing.

There! I said it. It’s not backed up with scientific data compiled and analyzed by stat wizzies. Instead I came to that conclusion by simply observing the natives in their own environment (or at least in my environment).

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December 9, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Pine

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 3:57 am
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When I first started using Linux a GUI was something I rarely used because the GUI was incredibly slow for system administraton. A lot has changed over the years, but my need for quick and simple tools has not.

I do a lot of work on my server via ssh. There are times when I check email local to my server via ssh. In my humble opinion the best tool for checking email via command line is Pine.

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December 4, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Laptop Iptables Firewall

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 12:15 am
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I’ve been securing my Fedora Core 6 laptop installation a bit lately and decided to post about a simple iptables firewall I am currently using. When I travel I rely on wifi hotspots located in airports, service plazas, and travel centers throughout the U.S.

Since I primarily use this laptop for communication and occasional programming/administration work while on the road my requirements are rather simple. I want to block most incoming traffic.

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December 3, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Tighten Up SSH A Bit

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 12:05 am
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I travel for a living. I log near 3000 miles per week via America’s highways and Interstates. My travel companion is my new Toshiba A105-S4284 laptop running Fedora Core 6.

Consequently I connect to the internet from various travel locations with WiFi access using various different providors. I was amazed to find my logs filled with dictionary attacks on my sshd service.

Have a look at your logs (tail -n 10000 /var/log/secure | grep “password”) and then tighten up your sshd.

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