December 1, 2010
Check this out. I have the shittiest, and I mean shittiest ESXi server. SOOO little resources free.
I needed a TFTP server. Installed Ubuntu 10.10 server, OpenSSH and installed TFTP on there. Set permissions on the folder and BAM! I couldn’t believe it . Runs at 48 megs of ram, plus a 4 more for video. I allocated 96megs, SOOO wasteful. Cut it down to 68megs. VERY happy.
Now I tossed a vsFTP server on another server, gave it a TERRIBLE wasteful 128ram. Super great.
Anyhow, I just wanted to point out what would have cost me hundreds of dollars and consuming most my resources in the Windows world was, free, secure and had NO foot print. Unsadly I am having to run Ubuntu now so I can SSH in without some silly putty client.
I seriously think Microsoft is driving me to Linux.
November 8, 2010
As we know I have been pretty dang happy with Ubuntu 10.10 so far. This is more me crying than a fair review since I used supported drivers.
Not all things went well with Ubuntu 10.10. Tossed it on my desktop machine when I run a 2×2 monitor setup. Initially I couldn’t get it to work, had to really tweak with the xfree settings. All I could get were mirrors to work. At this point, over an hour messing with things. I would really like to see a better GUI for this.
hint: If you are on linux right now, hit Ctrl+alt+backspace. SOOO helpful.
Finally got 2×2 to work after installing NVidia unsupported (yes, unsupported, comments not needed) drivers. Here is the kicker. When I placed my mouse cursor in the near center, that is center of the 2×2 screens. The mouse would start bouncing around and I would loose all control. Best guess I could make was the different instances of the window manager were not handing off control of mouse correctly. Anyhow, this required a forced shutdown.
Best I can tell it’s an Ubuntu thing. I tried it on Fedora, no issue with Nvidia drivers.
Starting to do a bug report, but after some reading it seems it seems it’s not worth my time to mention a proprietary driver is having a specific issue with their OS. They are pretty specific when you enable it too “we don’t support this!”.
So the desktop is on Win7 still and Ubuntu in a VM.
November 8, 2010
Alright, again. I don’t really do full reviews as much as talk about things I really enjoyed (or hated)
So I am at work, I need to console into a 3560 switch to change some VLAN crap some other tech broke. I plug my USB-Serial converted into my $2000 Windows 7 laptop. And of course, doesn’t detect. I try installing the driver off the web site, doens’t support x64. SOOO I try to get it to work in XP mode, nope. I try another USB-Serial adapter, my machine locks up this time mistaking the old driver I just tried to install for the new device. Sigh.
I grab a Lenovo T40 we use to even out a table leg, in less than 15 minutes I have Ubuntu 10.10 installed and the USB-Serial adapter detects! Changes made done.
Shortly later, I realized I could SSH from the command line. You know how nice that is!?!? COMMON Microsoft. Are you even trying? PowerShell and the Windows command prompt lack an SSH CLIENT! Really? Are you trying to walk sys admins away?
Anyhow, I can assure you my work laptop now has Ubuntu 10.10 dual booting on it.
October 30, 2010
So this isn’t really a review. I’ve always felt a project the size of an operating system can’t be “reviewed”as a whole. But only piece by piece. BUT…
One thing before I get back to my beer. I recently upgraded my machines from 10.04 to 10.10. Other problems I have aside, I love the installer! It installs WHILE you answer questions. I mean I was impressed with Windows 7’s install speed, rightfully so. But this was so slick! Questions answered, wait 5 minutes, done!
Not sure what project developed that installer, but they are my new heroes. I can’t help but feel my pride in my Zero touch installs of Vista/7 slowly dying 🙂