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How to install and multi-boot between Windows, and Debian Testing with full disk encryption

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Lets say you have a laptop or a netbook which you take with you everywhere, and on which you keep sensitive information. (Lets even say you have a home computer with sensitive information.)

You don’t have to be a secret agent or a crook to have sensitive

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Customize Xterm, the original and best terminal…

There’s all sorts of terminal emulators available these days.

Most of the “modern” ones, like gnome-terminal for example, have lots of whiz-bang features like menu-driven customization, background picture or transparency, setting the font used, and so on.

The thing is, all these nice features introduce their own problems, the biggest one for me is BLOAT.

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X11rdp, Ubuntu 11.10, Gnome 3, xrdp customization – New Hotness! Updated!

Note : this tutorial is getting really old now and Distributions have moved on a lot since Ubuntu 11.10! Use X11RDP-o-Matic instead.

 

 

This is a followup to my original article, “Install xrdp and X11rdp – the comprehensive HOWTO for Ubuntu and Debian based systems“. In

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Get rid of Unity on fresh Ubuntu installation and customize to your liking

So you’ve downloaded and are installing the latest Ubuntu release (11.10 at time of writing), with a manic grin on your face as it’s promising all sorts of exciting stuff during the installation…

 

Looks cool

 

 

 

 

Oh the excitement!

 

 

 

 

 

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VirtualBox and iSCSI / NAS How-To – Linux and Windows

I have a NAS. It’s a nice NAS. It’s a QNAP TurboNAS TS-419P, and it’s just what I need for my SOHO setup.

Amongst many other things it can do, it can allow me to use its RAID array as iSCSI targets.

VirtualBox is also great. It can use iSCSI targets as storage devices, and

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Problem with Virtualbox 4.1 and Teleporting

Ugh.

My websites are self-hosted and run in virtual machines by way of Virtualbox. I have two physical servers, both can access the virtual drives used by my VM’s via LVM partitions on a separate NAS, which means if I need to I can teleport the VM’s from one physical server to another, and perform

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Problems with virtualbox 4.0.2 and linux kernel 2.6.38? Here’s a solution..

Just copy/paste this entire line into a terminal window…

sudo cd /usr/share/virtualbox/src/vboxhost && for file in `grep “autoconf.h” * -R| cut -f1 -d:`; do sed -i ‘s/^#\(\s*\)include <linux\/autoconf\.h>/#\1include <generated\/autoconf.h>/g’ $file; done

Then type;

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

The virtualbox driver should now compile.

The file “autoconf.h” has been moved in more recent kernels from <linux/autoconf.h> to

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Ubuntu Natty, xrdp, gnome-session, “No valid session found.”

Ubunut Natty is now underway, and Ubuntu want to push its use of Unity desktop manager. I however wish to use the gnome-desktop without any fancy-schmancy features, because I remotely log in to that machine via xrdp.

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Solution to Ubuntu 10.10 and xrdp sesman crashes on 2nd login.

Solution to xrdp-sesman crashing on Ubuntu 10.04 on second login attempt.

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