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[#] Tue Dec 20 2011 00:35:36 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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not entirely sure where to put this, but this room was the nearest.

This morning, from work, I noticed I was unable to connect to any of my websites. I run a web-server from my home. I'm just using up some old hardware so I don't have to get rid of it so fast.

Anyways, It could connect to my static html-only pages, but anything that required mysql, php, or any services (ssl, vnc, etc..) were disabled.

It sat all day like this.

I had planned on running a backup of my web server tonight and possibly start moving it to a free web host of some kind. Unfortunately I have to be picky about hosting due to the nature of one of my sites and how many domains I actually need pointed to the same account.

Either way, when I came home from work to see why I couldn't connect, I noticed the HDD of my server tower was making weird noises. I tried rebooting but the HDD got worse from there and the system wouldn't get past the initial startup POST screens and junk.

Is there any recovery tools within Linux I can use to pull any available info off of the failed HDD or am I royaly screwed and have to rebuild my websites from scratch???

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Stephen D King
skpacman8629@gmail.com



[#] Tue Dec 20 2011 02:25:18 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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if you just have hdd failures, sdd or ddrescue are the way to go.

(they don't do retries, but treat the space as lost)

but if you're not able to boot i.e. a grml.org and get the block devices, you're lost.



[#] Tue Dec 20 2011 10:48:15 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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yeah, it's not boot-able anymore.

I'm just going to have to rebuild all of them from the last available backup (if any)...

http://sdkproductions.hopto.org

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Stephen D King
skpacman8629@gmail.com



[#] Tue Dec 20 2011 13:54:00 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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try the grml live image then.



[#] Tue Dec 20 2011 16:07:20 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Tue Dec 20 2011 01:54:00 PM EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

try the grml live image then.




I'll try that, and if it doesn't work, I'll try ye olde last-ditch-effort of freezing the drive.

I've come to terms with the loss and am prepared for whichever outcome. I would prefer the path of less programming resistance, but come what may.

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Stephen D King
skpacman8629@gmail.com



[#] Wed Dec 21 2011 10:13:05 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I wouldn't mind if http://uncensored.citadel.org was on the cloud

What is the cloud anyway, bunch of servers put together so that the
hosts can make use of the unused, and meaanwhile charge more for what
is being used as well.

Well there you go ... and to some extent it *is* in "the cloud."

I have a physical server housed in a large data center, but it's running ProxMox VE and has a lot of different virtual machines running on it, one of which is uncensored.citadel.org

So it may not be in "the" cloud but it's in MY cloud.

[#] Fri Dec 23 2011 15:31:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Here's a neat little tool I discovered today. It's one of those things that's not in any way sophisticated but I'm glad someone wrote it.

It's called "NoDM" and it replaces xdm/gdm/kdm/etc. on a machine such as a laptop or personal desktop that only gets used by a single user. If you've got your computer set up to always auto-login a single user on startup, why carry around the weight of a display manager?

Read more at [ http://goo.gl/ORgUQ ] -- that isn't the software's home page but this blogger did a better job at just getting to the simple instructions of how to set it up. Unsurprisingly, NoDM is already in the Debian repositories for us to enjoy.

[#] Tue Dec 27 2011 14:37:08 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Tue Dec 27 2011 16:58:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I think Mister Jobs, along with a few non-dead people from Pixar, would have a problem with Claudio F Filho stamping the images of "Toy Story" characters on a chart which is then distributed under a Creative Commons license.

I don't acknowledge the legitimacy of copyright law either, but it does happen to be the law of the land in most of the world...

[#] Sun Jan 01 2012 19:16:00 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Help .... want to set up a 16GB flash drive (USB drive) to boot my Dell Latitude D620 into Linux. Advice/recommendations?

[#] Sun Jan 01 2012 19:21:16 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Sun Jan 01 2012 07:16:00 PM EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored
Help .... want to set up a 16GB flash drive (USB drive) to boot my Dell Latitude D620 into Linux. Advice/recommendations?


Is your current system linux (if so, what flavor/distro?)

There are tools for various flavors/distro's of linux to make bootable usb drives that act like either a "live usb" or an actual hard-drive boot.

(Ubuntu being the easiest...)



[#] Sun Jan 01 2012 23:50:50 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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No, currently running Win XP Pro SP 3

[#] Mon Jan 02 2012 04:45:56 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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try unetbootin



[#] Mon Jan 02 2012 05:03:26 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Do I have to set up my HDD to dual-boot if I'll be running Linux from the flash drive (as a permanent installation, not a "live" one)?

[#] Mon Jan 02 2012 10:30:23 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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No because everything will happen on the flash drive.  Use Dual boot only if you want the choice of booting to one or the other.  There are advantages/disadvantages to everything.

I started off with dual boot but used Windows less and less.  Eventually I just installed WinXP as a Virtual machine inside my Linux box for those rare times I need to use Windows.  You can also use WINE on a linux box but I don't.



[#] Wed Jan 04 2012 13:31:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok, I'm a bit annoyed because the entire debacle over GNOME 3 wasn't really necessary and could have been avoided if they'd just played it a little differently.
The ability to make GNOME 3 behave like a civilized desktop is actually *already* in there.

There are two steps required to make GNOME 3 act the way we want it to:

1. Enable "fallback mode" in which the botched abortion called "gnome shell" is eschewed in favor of the original "gnome panel" software. Debian makes this easy because they give you a choice between "gnome" (shell) and "gnome classic" (panel) at login time. Elsewhere you will have to select it manually by going to System Settings --> System Info and click "activate -- force -- Fallback Mode."

2. Those who did manage to find this mode so far have been led to believe that the two panels which appear by default are fixed and unconfigurable.
As it turns out, the poorly documented trick is that YOU HAVE TO HOLD DOWN ALT in order to manipulate them. Most, if not all, of the functionality we want is still there as long as you're holding down Alt. You can move taskbars around, add/remove items, eliminate or add taskbars, etc.


The developers need to be smacked with a clue-by-four over this. The entire debacle that took place was unnecessary only because they made a couple of bad decisions on how to activate certain features and then completely failed to document it properly.

Oh, and this should go without saying, but if you're on Ubuntu, you're stuck with the broken smartphone mockup called Unity unless you bring in some third party repos. How to do that is beyond the scope of this writeup, and you're probably better off ditching Ubuntu entirely at this point.

[#] Wed Jan 04 2012 20:49:38 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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What do you recommend in place of Ubuntu, Iggy?

[#] Wed Jan 04 2012 21:54:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Depends on the user, I suppose. I've switched to Debian because it's about as baseline as you can get, but I wouldn't recommend it to a casual user, especially one who might be trying to install it on their own. The installer doesn't exactly hold your hand and the fact that you have to bring in firmware files on your own makes it a non-starter for that purpose.

I'm hearing lots of good things about Linux Mint, and there is a lot of noise about it being the successor to Ubuntu in terms of easy for new users, but I haven't tried it myself because, well, I'm not exactly a newbie :)

[#] Thu Jan 05 2012 11:16:32 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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dothebart will be happy about this: [ http://goo.gl/C0PQn ]

nginx has overtaken IIS and is now the #2 web server in the world behind Apache.

I'm running it at home because it's more lightweight than Apache; all I really need it for there is to serve up firmware to my phones.

[#] Thu Jan 05 2012 12:10:39 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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I'm hearing lots of good things about Linux Mint, and there is a lot of noise about it being the successor to Ubuntu in terms of easy for new users, but I haven't tried it myself because, well, I'm not exactly a newbie :)


I've tried Linux Mint 12. It's nice for new users that are just starting out with Linux. It uses the traditional desktop that Gnome3 has built-in. Very clean and easy to work with. There's very little setup you have to do manually, the desktop is nice and clean, and it's set up specifically for users that have recently switched from Windoze and want something slightly familiar, but with the standard linux twist.

I, on the other hand, prefer a custom setup. I haven't quite switched to plain ol' Debian, but I may in the future. Right now, I'm using Ubuntu 10.04.03 LTS Server Edition with xUbuntu desktop added via tasksel. I wanted LXDE, but it wasn't an option for 10.04's tasksel.

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Stephen D King
skpacman8629@gmail.com



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