Based on a suggestion from bullfrog, I loaded up Sabayon Linux this week. Its one of the slickest looking distro’s I’ve loaded in a while. I normally focus on server side installs, but this is one nice looking desktop. Super simple to use and lots of eye candy. I didn’t get beyond the basic desktop user things and I can say I would recommend this to somebody getting started in linux.
Whew what a day. Work is just crazy lately. I had just enough spare time today install Ubuntu 6.06 inside a VMware image. Now I can play around with a few things since my play around box is now in production. It was super easy and works great.
Yesterday I installed the unix agent for backupexec 9.x on the Ubuntu 6.06 server. It went off without any problems and in 5 minutes I had a backup running to the backup server. I wasn’t expecting any problems and I didn’t have any, now thats a good feeling.
I also did and apt-get for cvs. I like keeping all my config files for the servers on a CVS server. On this machine i’m keeping the samba files and the backupexec config files in cvs. A also keep a whole bunch of scripts from over the years on cvs. So when I install a new box all I have todo is checkout the scripts folder and have all my tools ready to go.
I’m very happy with the performance of this server. Its running on an old P4 machine that was one a Win98 desktop. I’m considering migrating some of the other servers to Ubuntu now. I’m planning on doing a mock up migration of one of them soon to see how easy it is. Maybe I’ll get started next week on it.
So the ubuntu server worked out really well. There’s already been talk that some of the users don’t want to go back to the “slow windows server”. Thats still open for discussion. I will note that a did screw up the host file, thinking it was the hosts file 🙂 And I will say that the recovery console when booting from the CD works great. What does that mean to the user? Well if you screw up the file, then sudo (running as root) doesn’t work. So your left with out being able to do anything, or even fix the file. So the first thing I did after I fixed that in recovery mode was to enable the root user. I will continue to use sudo for most things, but at least I know that I can lock myself out again like that.
I had a rough day yesterday. When I got to work I discovered that a SBS 2003 server had crashed, big time. So in order to get things back up and running I was able to move all the data to the Ubuntu server that I set up last week as my partimage server. Added users and samba accounts and everybody was running again. Now I have to figure out what todo. The SBS server is running on a very old server about 6.5 years old and is very underpowered for the OS. All the users have noticed a huge difference in the speed at which they are getting files now. So I have a feeling that this may just be a permanent change. The work group that uses this server doesn’t utilize anything past file sharing and backups on this server. So I’m happy to report that I now have a copy of Ubuntu 6.06 server in my production environment and its doing well.
I loaded up the CTU Zoneminder linux today. Its basically Fedora Core 3 with Zoneminder setup and ready to roll. It was super quick to get everything up and running at work. I’ve got some more Axis 211’s coming so it was time to get this sorted out.
I’ve been playing with the Q Emulator on OSX for the last few days. Here are some of my results.
nUbuntu Live CD – Wouldn’t Boot at all
kubuntu – Install went fine, but Configuring Base System Never Completes
ubuntu Live CD – Works fine
Ubuntu Server – Can’t get past the Extracting zlibing install phase 34%
I have a lot more to try.