Open source operating system quest

While waiting to see if my X300 sells on Craig’s list and before I eBay it, I figured I would go back to my roots and install a bunch of operating systems on the machine. It is very new hardware and I wanted to see what else is out there. For those who don’t know […]

Multiple Tomcat instances Debian scripts

I opened a new Google Code project to manage the scripts I wrote that allow multiple instances of Tomcat to be run on Ubuntu. These scripts are now fully open source (more so than before I guess) and available to everyone. They are also more up-to-date than they were in my previous blog post about […]

Ubuntu Gusty and Tomcat 5.5

Looks like Gusty (or something) changes some of the installation for Tomcat 5.5 and it requires some work to get back to normal. Here’s my changes thus far: sudo rm /usr/share/tomcat5.5/common/endorsed/* cd /usr/share/tomcat5.5/common/lib sudo apt-get install libmysql-java sudo ln -s /usr/share/java/mysql-connector-java.jar This fist off removes the bad XML jar files that Tomcat is setup with […]

Multiple Tomcat instances on Ubuntu

I’m spent about 6 hours total working on getting multiple instance of Tomcat to run on Ubuntu and finally wrote some scripts that I’d like to share with folks. These scripts do the following: 1. Setup the box to host multiple instances (JVMs) running tomcat This process cleans the old layout and sets up a […]

My latest Ubuntu setup

I’ll keep editing as I go: Install LaunchBox bash$ sudo apt-get install gnome-launch-box bash$ gconf-editor Open apps->gnome-launch-box->bindings and set activate to <Super>l This allows gnome-launch-box to be activated using the Windows-L shortcut. Next setup gnome-launch-box to start automatically. Open System->Preferences->Sessions and create a new Startup Program. I use this command line: /usr/bin/gnome-launch-box -t -n Install […]

Ubuntu VPN issues

I figured out how to get Ubuntu to correctly connect to a Windows style PPTP VPN. Apparently there are a number of large issues with NetworkManager that make it all but unusable for VPN. The fix is enormously simple, so I’m extremely confused as to why on earth they haven’t patched it yet. Okay, so […]

Vista morning ponderings

I’ve tried to post this message 3 times this morning and three times I’ve lost the post. First it was IE7 sucking and then it was my hosting company sucking worse and finally I’m starting over again. This time I’m keeping it short. Here’s my morning thoughts. VIsta looks freakin’ amazing! Looks aren’t everything, but […]

External monitor (VGA output) on my Dell 700m with Ubuntu

I can’t recall if I already posted this, but I did manage to get the VGA output working in order to use a external monitor or projector for my Dell 700m on Ubuntu. For this laptop the Fn-F8 key doesn’t work for whatever reason. Probably some BIOS or motherboard firmware problem that requires a driver […]

Setting a root password in Ubuntu

This is a response to a comment about Ubuntu that is on this blog entry. The person was having trouble setting a root password. This is really simple, but not really needed for almost everything since Ubuntu gives your user sudo privileges, which allow you to do anything root can. You simple prefix the command […]