Getting Ubuntu Ready for “REAL” use…

Linux, Ubuntu
I love Ubuntu...it's undubitably the best free OS on the planet. However, there is one thing that I absolutely hate about Ubuntu.. My inability to SSH into the system from anywhere. I know it is this way by design and that it's a "security" feature but it still annoys me. So the following commands are what I use to get the system ready for use after a fresh install. apt-get install openssh-server openssh-client That's it. If you want to play around a little more you can configure Ubuntu's firewall in just a few simple steps as well. In my example I will enable tcp/80, tcp/443, tcp/22 and udp/53 inbound. ufw disable ufw allow 80/tcp ufw allow 443/tcp ufw allow 22/tcp ufw allow udp/53 ufw enable And then you can validate…
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Windows / Linux Software Equivalents

Ubuntu, Windows
Windows is definitely the big player in the game still, however Linux usage is gaining some steam. This post is going to concentrate on what programs you can use to make the switch to Linux. This process is not going to be entirely pain free if you are an avid user of all things computer related, however, if you are just a basic office user/worker or only need to check your email and play a few basic online games, Linux might be for you. There are literally thousands of choices for most applications out there so I'm only going to name the ones that I like or use and also only ones that work on Ubuntu. If you have any additions, please let me know. Windows vs. Linux (Ubuntu) Internet…
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Everyday Free Tools – Tech Stuff

blog, Linux, pfSense, Ubuntu
Each and every day I use a set of tools, mostly free or open source ones that help me get through the day. I though I would list of a few of them for you so that you can give them a shot as well. Home Computer I have a Panasonic Toughbook laptop running Ubuntu 7.04 that I really haven't modified too awful much because I like the look and feel of the OS as it is. Here's a list of things that I use everyday or every so often to accomplish a task without spending any money. Operating System - Ubuntu 7.04 - Stable, clean, easy to install, based on GNOME and very well supported by the community. I would say that the forums for Ubuntu are better than…
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Broadcom BCM4306 on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Linux, Ubuntu
In my last post I mentioned that I needed to install a non standard package to get my laptop wireless device working. Well, I decided that because it took me about 20-25 minutes to find the fix for this I would post it so I can save someone some unneeded grief. To get the wireless hardware working with the OS most people recommend NDISWrappers but the easiest and most supported was is to use Synaptic (the package manager) to install bcm43xx-fwcutter which is nothing more than the firmware that the kernel needs to load during the boot process to make the Wireless NIC usable. After installation just reboot and the viola you have a working Broadcom wireless NIC which supports pretty much any encryption method available.
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And then there was Ubuntu…

Linux, Ubuntu
Quite recently my eyes were opened to a Linux distribution called Ubuntu. The latest release from the open source company Canonical is called Feisty Fawn. How can you deny or refuse a name like that. :) Well, I figured I would dedicate a post to how much I truely enjoy the OS vs it's or Linux competitors as well as the big Microsoft. The installation disk is easily available via http://www.ubuntu.com where you can either download it or have 1 or more copies sent to you via snailmail (I get 25 because I'm a consultant). On the install CD (not DVD) there are a few cool features that make the product stand out from the rest like a suite of open source Windows apps that can be installed directly from…
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