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PearOS is dead - Don’t install it, stop using it immediately!

Friday, 2 January 2015 PearOS ubuntu

We have seen a sharp increase in the number of PearOS questions appearing on Ask Ubuntu. The reason it doesn’t work any more is because it’s an abandoned project that is based on a version of Ubuntu that is now also dead. It has more holes than a colander and will all-but-guarantee your system gets compromised.

Streaming your Kodi library over the Internet

Friday, 19 December 2014 kodi ssh ubuntu

Even if you’re leaving your media centre behind while you travel this Christmas, you don’t have to be without all your media. I’m going to show you that in just a few steps you can access all your TV and movies remotely on an Android device over a nice, secure SSH connection.

Putting the Secure in SSH; hardening your shell server against most attacks

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 security ubuntu

SSH is the de facto remote access technique for Ubuntu and Linux servers and yet some of the defaults you’ll get from sudo apt-get install ssh can be downright dangerous in the wrong circumstances. This article will steer you around the biggest pitfalls to keep your server’s front door well protected.

Bulk renaming files in Ubuntu; the briefest of introductions to the rename command

Friday, 31 October 2014 bash rename ubuntu

I’ve seen more than a few Ask Ubuntu users struggling with how to batch rename their files. They get lost in Bash and find -exec loops and generally make a big mess of things before asking for help. But there is an easy method in Ubuntu that relatively few users know about: the rename command.

Converting an existing Ubuntu Desktop into a Chrome kiosk

Thursday, 24 July 2014 kiosk ubuntu

You might already have Ubuntu Desktop installed and you might want to just run one application without stripping it down. This article should give you a decent idea how to convert a stock Desktop/Unity install into a single-application computer.

Building a kiosk computer with Ubuntu 14.04 and Chrome

Thursday, 24 July 2014 kiosk security ubuntu

Single-purpose kiosk computing might seem scary and industrial but thanks to cheap hardware and Ubuntu, it’s an increasingly popular idea. I’m going to show you how and it’s only going to take a few minutes to get to something usable.

Can we have FFmpeg-proper back?

Monday, 28 October 2013 avconv ffmpeg ubuntu

A couple of years ago some FFmpeg developers decided they didn’t want to live under the tyranny of the project leaders and forked the project into Libav. That’s all fine except that for two years Ubuntu has erroneously been calling them the same thing. And they’re not.

Arguments Against Rolling Release Ubuntu

Friday, 1 March 2013 ubuntu

I’ve just read through Rick Spencer’s argument for rolling releases in the Ubuntu Devel mailing list but I’m frankly less convinced than I was before.

How to back up PPAs

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 bash ubuntu

Personal Packaging Archives are a popular method for sharing software not yet in the main repositories. You might be using one to gain a particular update you need. But how can you quickly get a list of all the PPAs you’re using?

Humble Indie Bundle is the single greatest thing to happen to Linux in years

Friday, 15 June 2012 games ubuntu

I’ve been a full-time Ubuntu user for about five years and I don’t own any consoles. If you approached me three or four years ago and asked which games I played, you might have received a rather defensive reply. High quality games were few and far between, that is, until May 2010 when things changed forever…

How to fix the 100% CPU issue in XBMC

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 boxee linux nvidia ubuntu xbmc

Long time users of XBMC and Boxee on Linux will probably be aware of a very annoying bug that essentially uses an entire CPU when just sitting at menus.

How to unblock Wikipedia

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 javascript ubuntu

I thought I could go without Wikipedia for one day and I was wrong. Less than an hour into the day and I needed to look something up. I could go and look it up somewhere else but I like Wikipedia!

The Death of Ubuntu

Friday, 25 November 2011 statistics ubuntu

It’s happening again. Ubuntu is on its deathbed. Pundits and community members are exchanging blasts of statistics and in the crossfire people are getting dubious. Well I’ve one thing to say to Ubuntu community members…

Why does Ubuntu need the Canonical Contributor Agreement?

Thursday, 28 July 2011 canonical ubuntu

Let’s say you want to improve Ubuntu by contributing a patch but if that project is covered by the Canonical Contributor Agreement, you’ll need to sign over some of your rights. People have been arguing about this for a while now but why does Canonical need it in the first place?

Canonical’s Landscape should be cheaper

Sunday, 16 January 2011 canonical ubuntu

Landscape is a great tool but at its current price and integration with the costly Ubuntu Advantage service plan, uptake will be slow.


Thursday, 18 October 2007 linux ubuntu

The Gutsy-fever is approaching tangibility and unlike most other bouts of mass-enthusiasm, I’m actually enjoying this.

So what’s wrong with Ubuntu?

Sunday, 14 October 2007 linux ubuntu

While there’s definitely progress in the latest release of Ubuntu, there are still problems: some limited to Ubuntu, some ingrained in gnome and some endemic to Linux as a whole.

Gutsy, you’re just too… pretty

Friday, 12 October 2007 linux ubuntu

It’s that time of year again: "Oli attempts to migrate to Linux"! This time (using Gutsy) I’ve got to say that it was considerable more successful that previous times and damn, it’s just too pretty for words…

Ubuntu and Linux are NOT consumer ready

Monday, 30 October 2006 linux rant ubuntu windows

Moving to Ubuntu - Part 1

Monday, 30 October 2006 linux news ubuntu windows

Massive Security Hole In Ubuntu

Sunday, 12 March 2006 linux security ubuntu

Turns out all the data entered during installation is logged. Including passwords.

When Windows Met Ubuntu

Thursday, 23 February 2006 funny linux seopher ubuntu