Category Archives: Linux

Lancaster lug meeeting

Well what a great turn out for the lancaster lug!

I got to the brit at 7.30 and thought oh no!! Please turn up! anyway i just ordered a pint and in walks ken with his hands full laptop and the demonstration kit! yes the first night we get a demonstration and a very intersting demonstration! We talked for a while about distros and other linux related topics and it wasn’t long before we before we was joined by dave paul and mark! We had our introductions and it seemed obvious we had a mixed bunch of linux users here which is great! dave sporting the lancaster lug tshirt!!
We were deep in conversation about linux of course! when a guy randomly asked is this a linux user group!?! We said yes!! he said great and introduced hiself and said he would like to attend the next meeting on the first wednesday of next month cooool!
Any way we discused different distros – ubuntu – debian -novell – redhat – mandiva and get this unix and open vms!!
We talked desktops kde gnome and i gave a brief on kolab server which is something i will be demonstrating over the net few weeks..
Then ken give us a quick demonstration on kstars and a modified webcam for Astrophotography and a pic programmer which operates two motors Very good demonstration which i didnt expect on the first night!
we also discussed laptops I showed of my asus Eee pc running debian which was a eye opener! and we looked at the other laptops which were both IBMs running ubuntu.

Anyway this was a great meeting and we will be at the brit next month on the first wednesday.
Im very happy with the turn out the conversation and we all bonded great!!

Ive also added another blog to my blogs for ken to install networkwork manager for kde to help his connection to wireless networks without hassle

Wayne 🙂

ps kens site for information on astrophotography and some other items is
http://www.slscope.co.uk/

My blog is
http://wayneward.co.uk/blog/

 

Sync your ipon nano with amarok on debian

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Get a root console
su – and root password
Type apt-get install amarok libgpod3-nogtk
This will install amarok and the libgpod packages
Plug in your ipod and mount it
In a console type
sudo lsusb -v | grep -i Serial
now usually on the top line you get a number that starts with 000
now write down that number or copy it and change directory your ipod mine is
/media/IPod
inside there change directory to
/iPod_Control/Device/
inside there you need to edit Sysinfo
so nano Sysinfo
and enter the lines
FirewireGuid: 0×000A27011302111E
But change the part that starts with 000 to your id that you got from the terminal
Thats it you can read and write to the ipod now!!
To get it to sync with amarok
Go into settings configure amarok go to devices and you will see your ipod listed
Change the pull down box to ipod and apply and your ready to go!!!
Pick the album you want in amarok to transfer to the ipod
Right click and send to device – now click the transfer button
And watch the tune fly across!!!
Now eject your ipod (make sure you have closed the terminal!)
And enjoy your music!!

 

Network manager on debian or ubuntu

Network manager is a package built for looking after your network connections
You have a service working in the background and kde / gnome gui’s which help you connect.
Here is a quick howto which will work on ubuntu and debian

First get root on a console – IE sudo or su – and enter your root password
for kde
apt-get install network-manager-kde network-manager
for gnome
apt-get install network-manager-gnome network-manager

then you have to edit two files – whle i in a prompt i use nano if you havent got nano then
apt-get install nano
so we type:
nano /etc/network/interfaces
and remove all lines or comment out using a # in front of all lines apart from

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

then press ctrl and x to save type y and enter to save
now type:
nano /etc/group
and add your login name to netdev IE:
netdev:x:108:wayne,otherusers
then press ctrl and x to save type y and enter to save
then type reboot and enter
Now reboot and logon on kde you will see near your clock on the kicker a network socket with cross through it. Right click on it and select your access point – enter your wep key and security type and hit connect! kwallet will remember your key for all access points you connect to and automaticaly connect you the next time it can to that access point!

nicely 🙂

 

Lancaster lug meeting

Well what a great turn out for the lancaster lug!

I got to the brit at 7.30 and thought oh no!! Please turn up! anyway i just ordered a pint and in walks ken with his hands full laptop and the demonstration kit! yes the first night we get a demonstration and a very intresting demonstration! We talked for a while about distros and other linux related topics and it wasn’t long before we before we was joined by dave paul and mark! We had our introductions and it seemed obvious we had a mixed bunch of linux users here which is great! dave sporting the lancaster lug tshirt!!
We were deep in conversation about linux of course! when a guy randomly asked is this a linux user group!?! We said yes!! he said great and introduced hiself and said he would like to attend the next meeting on the first wednesday of next month cooool!
Any way we discused different distros – ubuntu – debian -novell – redhat – mandriva and get this unix and open vms!!
We talked desktops kde gnome and i gave a brief on kolab server which is something i will be demonstrating over the net few weeks..
Then ken give us a quick demonstration on kstars and a modified webcam for Astrophotography and a pic programmer which operates two motors Very good demonstration which i didnt expect on the first night!
we also discussed laptops I showed of my asus Eee pc running debian which was a eye opener! and we looked at the other laptops which were both IBMs running ubuntu.

Anyway this was a great meeting and we will be at the brit next month on the first wednesday.
Im very happy with the turn out the conversation and we all bonded great!!

Ive also added another blog to my blogs for ken to install network manager for kde to help his connection to wireless networks without hassle

Wayne 🙂

ps kens site for information on astrophotography and some other items is
http://www.slscope.co.uk/

 

Sync palm treo 650 with kpilot on debian – The easy way!

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If you have a plam treo 650 and are using kontact then you can sync these together nicely with kpilot – i use this daily and it will sync contacts – calendar & notes with no messing!
Here we go …. as root or sudo user
apt-get install kontact kdepim kpilot (incase you dont have kontact installed)
modprobe visor
now sometimes it doesnt make the the devices properly so do this it works!
mknod /dev/ttyUSB0 c 188 0
mknod /dev/ttyUSB1 c 188 0
mknod /dev/pilot c 188 0
chmod 666 /dev/pilot
Connect the treo n the usb port and open kpilot – now tell kpilot its /dev/pilot dont use auto detect it can mess up on 2.6 kernels! trust me it threw me! put a name into the username what ever you choose as it will write this to the treo on the 1st sync 🙂 follow the wizard to the end and hit the sync button on your treo and kpilot will ask if you want to write the username you entered hit yes and watch it sync away!!!! now open kontact and check out your phone book and calendar…
It should have synced if not try typing dmesg to see if it saw your phone being plugged into the usb port. This has worked for me on numerous machines.
Happy syncing 😉

 

Blogging in kde

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Ive been blogging for a while now and ive been using kde for a lot longer!
Now sometimes i dont want to open my browser log in and all that messing just to blog so if you use kde take a look at these two bit of software
Blokkal
Here
This comes in two flavours one for kde 3.5.9 users like me and on the edge kde 4 users! its quite a nice little interface and has scheduling options etc and it plugins in and stays active in the taskbar! V HANDY!
My main choice is kblogger not because its better but when you install the deb you right click on your kicker and add as an applet! then just put in your username etc!!
I know there is a deb for kde 3.5.9 version for the newer version i think you have to compile from source which aint that hard!
just – ./configure – make & make install (make sure you have build-essentials installed!!)
anyway check it out here
http://kblogger.pwsp.net/
If your using wordpress use metaweblogapi
and your server link would be
http://serveraddress/blog/xmlrpc.php

Blog away sharing information helps!!! 🙂

 

Ktorrent on lenny / sid

If you are running kde 3.5.9 on top of debian lenny sid you may have noticed all your proggies will be in kde 3.5.9 style and your ktorrent is kde 4 style!!! Well i jut thought apt-get -t stable ktorrent
would have got me the right version down to match kde 3.5.9
Nope its apt-get install ktorrent-2.2
Im not digging kde4 at all sometimes bells and whistles aint were its at!!

 

Lancaster LUG – Linux user group

Ive managed to get the lancaster linux user group back on track again!
The 1st meeting will be at the britannia pub on ulswater road lancaster this wednesday night. Free wifi for the geeks quality!!
So if you want to learn about linux please feel free to attend
There is no joining fee like linux its free!!

Linux is a alternative operating system as like using microsoft windows
The only difference is you dont pay for the software its stable and robust
and most importantly you dont get spyware and viruses!!
Feel free to ask me any questions!!

 

Nightmare

I managed to knacker my kolab server (its a kontact server!) so i backed up my server SQL blah blah
Reinstalled my server imported back in my sql logs
But guess what my wordpress sql dump barfed!!! aagggghhhh months of blogging gone!!
A bit of advice do a export from your blog before a reinstall!!!!!!!

Well a nice fresh start sorry to anyone is using my old blog as reference

Peace 🙂