Setting up LAMP on your Ubuntu desktop

lampMany of you must be wanting to try some web development and would like to setup their own LAMP(Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) stack. Ubuntu has a special Server Edition for setting up your own LAMP server, most of you may want to install it on your desktop (I like it that way).

This involves installing Apache, PHP, Python and MySQL. I think Python will be installed by default and we only need to install mod_python for Apache. I use Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10.

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Mount NTFS filesystem read/write on Ubuntu

Here is the simple method to enable read write access for your NTFS file system on your Ubuntu Box. This method uses ntfs-3g which is still in beta. You should not use it on production machines. First enable Universe repository Then in your terminal type sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g You can view the partition table by using this command sudo fdisk -l Then in your /media folder create new mount folders.

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Install Flash Player 9 Beta on Ubuntu Edgy

Flash player 9 beta is the latest version that you can get for your linux box. This is very essential for my life because I miss all the youtube videos. So, I decided to install the flash player 9 beta on by Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10. First you have to install the flash player 7. Remember to enable all the repositories. sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree sudo update-flashplugin sudo apt-get install libflash-mozplugin After flash player 7 is installed, you can carry on your installation for the new release.

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Ubuntu Lite for older computers

Ubuntu Lite is a stripped down version of the popular Ubuntu GNU/Linux system. This is can bring the life to those old hardware lying around. You can check it out here, and download a torrent for an install CD here. The default Window Manager is IceWM. It has Abiword and GNUMeric for the basic office needs. I think I would like to see it running on the old system that I have just to see it working.

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WordPress 404 error when publishing or saving

WordPress has this particular problem when publishing or saving a blog post where it shows a 404 page instead of the required effect. This is irritating when you have typed a long post and just after you have published it shows the 404 error, and all your data is lost. I have faced this same problem for many times. After a bit of Googling, I found out that the problem is with mod_security being set on server.

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web.py 0.2 released

web.py is a web framework for python that is so simple and powerful. The new version 0.2 was released on 27 Nov after many days lying in the subversion repository. The website also presents a new layout. It is a nice framework and I have also tried writing a very simple web app using it. I think I would mostly be using this framework for my final year project. Or are there any other better frameworks available?

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Linutop diskless computer

Linutop is a Linux-based diskless computer. It offers a completely silent, low-power operation in an extremely small package. Its main purpose is to surf the Internet. It is just a small box which has USB ports for attaching the keyboard, mouse and a port to attach a monitor. Linutop can be used in Libraries, schools, universities Business and Government offices Hotels, hospitals, internet cafes, etc Specification: AMD Geode 512 Mb ROM 256 Mb RAM 4x USB 2.

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Quick review

Here is a quick review of what happened all the days that I weren’t here. Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10 released on October 26. This release wasn’t so satisfying as there were numerous problems with upgrading and still there is no proper flash support for 64bit. I am planning to reinstall Edgy 386 instead of the 64bit version. Novell made an agreement with Microsoft to boost the interoperability of their competing software products on Nov 2.

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Returned to Blogging

It has been a long time since I blogged in FSLog as my blog host was down for several weeks. I have found another host which provides free services for this blog. I tried to change to the free wordpress.com host but was not satisfied due to the limitations (no plugins, themes, etc). Also I wouldn’t like to lose this PR4 site. So I am back here and I will renew this domain in 1 month.

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Boot Linux faster with Open BIOS

If you want faster boot/reset times on your Linux box, you should consider switching over to OpenBIOS. OpenBIOS can save the time wasted by proprietary BIOS legacy support for MS-DOS and other unnecessary functions. The proprietary BIOSes typically found in off-the-shelf PCs and boards often account for more than half of total boot time. And, much of this time is spent loading drivers and compiling information useful to legacy OSes such as DOS, but largely useless and redundant when using a modern OS such as Linux, which tends to do its own hardware probing, and load its own hardware drivers.

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Fluxbuntu Linux nBuild1 Alpha released

Fluxbuntu is a Ubuntu-based derivative that uses FluxBox as the desktop environment (window manager). It is lightweight, swift and efficient compared to Gnome or KDE. These features makes Fluxbuntu suitable for vast range of computers, from low-end to high-end. It installs on a Pentium 2 233MHz with 384MB of Ram within 12 minutes after starting the install process. Minimum Requirements: CPU: Pentium 2 233MHz (It might work on lower i have only tested it on this cpu)

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OpenOffice.org Premium 2.0.3 has been released

I had always wanted cliparts and nicer templates to be bundled along with OpenOffice.org. Though it is an excellent office suite, the absence of bundled pictures, fonts made many to no switch over from Microsoft Office. Here is Openoffice.org Premium which has these tools along with it. It has new features like Clip Art (currently more than 2,800 objects) Templates (number varies by language) Samples (number varies by language) Documentation (if available) Fonts (more than 90 fonts) You can download it from here:

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Swift Fox – Faster FireFox for your Linux

Do you think that Firefox is too slow for your internet experience. Maybe you need to have a special firefox built especially optimised for your architecture. You may try out SwiftFox which has various builds firefox which is suitable for your particular processor. There are Ubuntu deb files too available. Swiftfox has builds for both AMD and Intel processors. The 1.5.0.6 release is based on Firefox 1.5.0.6. The trunk is the most cutting edge of all the builds and is where Firefox 3 is being developed.

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Python 101 cheatsheet

Python columnist Evelyn Mitchell brings you a quick reference and learning tools for newbies who want to get to know the language. Print it, keep it close at hand, and get down to programming! You can get to know the basics of the language if you are a programmer of other object oriented languages.

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[email protected] GNU/Linux

[email protected] GNU/Linux is a single CD customised GNU/Linux distribution containing the typical software tools required by an high school student or teacher. Apart from a host of typical desktop applications it also contains various educational applications like TuxPaint, Ghemical, Kalzium, DrGeo, Gcompris etc. The CD was developed by [email protected] Project in association with Free Software Foundation of India (www.gnu.org.in). It has various tools like Editors, Educational Tools, Internet Browsing tools, Python for teaching programming, etc.

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Sorry for the break

Actually I am sorry for the long break in my blogging. I was too much occupied in the college work and I have to do my final year project next semester and I plan to learn Ruby on Rails atleast for this project. I have to spend more time for Ruby. Anyway, let me see if I can write some sort of series for learning Ruby or RoR. I will have to do that after I have learnt something.

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OpenBSD – Closer Look

OpenBSD can be called the most secure operating system used by man now. The development process of the OS focuses on building a secure, open and free UNIX platform. Most of the tools used for cryptography and security like OpenSSH were developed by these guys. Here is an article which takes a closer look at OpenBSD.

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Ubuntu Popularity Contest

Ubuntu has a package called Popularity Contest (popcon), where you can vote on your popular, most-used application every week. It is fully automated and once configured, it takes care of the rest. This information will help the developers to make decisions over which packages should be promoted and which should be in standard installs. To set it using the command: $sudo dpkg-reconfigure popularity-contest You can send the information through HTTP or via EMail.

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