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Oct 13, 2012 - 1 minute read

The sacrificial machine October 2012

The old sacrificial machine has been in use for several years, and has been used in numerous projects. This is a picture of the replacement machine. It is a quad core 2.3Ghz with 2 gig ram and removable hard disk tray. We swap hard disks a lot when testing different distros, the removable disk tray makes it an easy job to do. From Blackpool GNU Linux User Group Here is the new sacrificial machine in use testing kfreeBSD Debian.

Oct 6, 2012 - 1 minute read

Bodhi Linux smokes the competition

From Blackpool GNU Linux User Group Attending this week: Donald, Mark, Jon, Les, Tony and Mike. Mark showed off his new core i7 laptop, and then spent the morning installing several different OS’s into virtualbox. Jon brought in a NAS box, and after much poking, prodding and tinkering, the NAS box was pronounced dead. Donald, a MythTV guru, had been experimenting with the Igel thin client, but decided there was not enough power in the Igel graphics chip for it to be used with Myth.

Oct 2, 2012 - 7 minute read


Setting up a MythTV system based on Mythbuntu This document records the steps that the Blackpool Linux User Group took to get a MythTV system up and working. Guide Goals of our MythTV machine: To provide a usable EPG (electronic program guide) for upcoming programmes To schedule and record Freeview programmes directly or via the EPG To play DVD’s (and retrieve info from online sources, e.g. IMDB) To play video files (formats?) Note: Playing music and viewing images is not a priority for the group (and MythTV is notably weak in this area).

Sep 29, 2012 - 1 minute read

Linux Terminal Server project LTSP

Last time we explored LTSP, we used Fedora 10, and it required manual configuration. Ubuntu 12.04 alternate install disk has a LTSP install that works ‘out of the box’. Press F4 at startup and choose LTSP, the follow the usual Ubuntu install. When finished, it just works. Note: Make sure your machine has two network cards before you start the install. Here is the little Dell P3 we used last time, but now you see Ubuntu with unity.

Sep 15, 2012 - 1 minute read

Free Igel thin clients

With the summer break over, our meetings resumed on Saturday 15th September. The thin clients that had been prepared earlier in the year with Puppy linux, and wireless networking were given away to the attending members, Les, Jon, Olly and Donald.

Sep 7, 2012 - 1 minute read

auto login command line Debian

If you want to auto login and startx without a display manager inDebian use the one of the following method 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty –autologin username –noclear tty1 Method 1 First you need to edit the /etc/inittab file #nano /etc/inittab look for the following line 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1 and commentout #1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1 add the following line 1:2345:respawn:/bin/login -f YOUR_USER_NAME tty1 /dev/tty1 2&1 Save and exit the file Now you need to edit