Long time no updates again. I have put the reminder in my ical, so now updates should really be more often.
Meanwhile, I have been busy with few things and here we go:
- OpenOffice.org office suite appeared to be VERY much like StarOffice – same code base, help and printing available, etc. Good alternative if you want to stay free and open.
- Running different online game servers may be fun. In particular Quake III Arena servers with Rocket Arena and/or OSP mods. For those, seeking log analyzer’s for games.log – the only one I managed to force to work was Q3LA (Quake 3 Log Analyzer). My samples are http://games.thunderworx.net/q3osp/ (OSP) and http://games.thunderworx.net/q3ra/ (RA).
- I spent some time with perl/tk programming. Tk appeared not bad at all for something more advanced than xmessage type of things. Clear, object-oriented, readable code, especially when done for Tk perl module (check out CPAN for more information).
- Coming to surprises: it was a big one for me to find out that xsnow actually has a manual page and a handful of options. Thanks to certain someone I can now nostalgie about real winter with winter background and xsnow with -notrees and -nosanta options on.
- It looks like finally one of my old dreams will come true and I will be working during the night time, being additionally a techical support guy during that time. Nice anyway.
That looks like all. Last thing I wanted to mention is that I will be out of the island for the first time in several years – Christmas holidays is a good time to visit my mom and bro in Malta (another small island in the same sea…hehe). I will be out from 24th of December until 3rd of January, so I guess there will be no updates during that period.
Long time no updates. That is because I wa busy with Quake III ;). Actually, making it run was much easier then I thought it will be. What I did was downloading of NVidia drivers from NVidia site and installing them. For those, running Red Hat-based distributions, drivers are available in rpm format. Everything works fine after changing driver from “nv” to “nvidia” in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 (video card: Riva TNT 64 for the record).
I have spent few hours today trying to implement another crazy idea of mine :) This time I want to have an mp3 broadcast continiously coming out of my home server. I was not sure where to start, so I have played with Icecast, Shoutcast, and Apache::MP3. The latest didn’t work yet because I forgot to add mod_perl to my web server, which I planning to do today/tomorrow. Apache::MP3 looks very nice on their example site, although I am not sure it is quiet what I need. If you are interested, you can find Apache::MP3 at CPAN. And Icecast I beleive is somewhere near NullSoft and WinAmp.
Some documentation on setting up things can be found at LDP and with the help of Google.
LDAP saga continues… Finally I have found something that Microsoft did actually good. I have found out that
ldifde.exe -f myfile.ldf will export the whole Active Directory structure into myfile.ldf file in LDIF file format (human readable). That is extremely usefull when migrating I have also found Exchange-HOWTO an interesting read.
I have started to learn LDAP today. Here is how I did it:
- Install new Red Hat Linux 7.2 server.
- During install
- Specify to authenticate through LDAP which is located at 127.0.0.1
- I forgot to permit SSH connection during firewall configuration
- In boot manager configuration, I have specified to use GRUB with which I don’t have any experience yet.
When I did all this, I have found myself in situation where machine refused any connections via secure shell, refused any logins locally, Result:
- Unusable machine
- Frozen butt (a/c in the server room)
- Complete reinstall
- Linux LDAP Tutorial
Small hardware updates: yesterday I have tested GeForce 2 MX 32. To say it short – it sucked against my Riva TNT2. I know that is not scientific, but I completely deslike playing Quake 3 Arena with it and needed some place to share the feeling :)
My new 40GByte hard disk is fine though. HDDs are getting cheaper and cheaper, especially those 5500 RPM ones. I gave my preference to 7200 RPMs though. :)
Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) is a great tool for setting up diskless machines. I have setup a ThinkNIC thin client as described in the documentation in the matter of minutes. Next nice thing to try is running applications locally on thin client.
It looks like migrating a well-established business from Windows to Linux is an interesting project. Especially, if the business is not a stand alone coffee shop, but a corporation with 400+ users. Fortunately, prior experience with thin clients might suddenly get useful. Up to now I consider the following plan to be the easiest way (I am not a money guy, so, no focus on prices here):
- Investigate alternatives for each and every application needed.
- Configure small test environment with only few users (mainly from IT department) and run it for some time.
- Migrate workstations of regular users.
- Migrate servers.
- Migrate development (New projects are done on new platform.Old projects are transfered gradually.).
- Migrate workstations of “power” users.