Carla Schroder, O'Reilly Network http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/1909 Carla Schroder's O'Reilly Network Items: Weblogs, Articles, Hacks and Books hourly 2 2000-01-01T12:00+00:00 Understanding and Using Systemd http://lxer.com/module/newswire/ext_link.php?rid=206001 So the moral is things change, computers are inevitably getting more complex, and it all works out in the end. Or not, but absent the ability to shape events to our own liking we have to deal with it. LXer Linux News Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2014-09-19T23:15-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. How to Build a Linux Media Server http://lxer.com/module/newswire/ext_link.php?rid=205802 Just about any Linux makes an excellent media server because it's lightweight and stable, so you can use whatever flavor you're most comfortable with. Any Ubuntu variant (Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, and so on) is exceptionally nice to set up as a media server because they make it easy to get restricted codecs. I have Xubuntu running on a ZaReason MediaBox. This is a simple system for playing movies and music. It is not a DVR (digital video recorder), and it doesn't need a TV tuner because I don't have any broadcast TV. No cable, satellite, nor over-the-air even. Don't want it and don't miss it. But if that's something you want you may have it, because Linux wants us to be happy. LXer Linux News Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2014-09-13T14:15-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. The Book of Audacity http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781593272708/ <a href="http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781593272708/"><img src="http://covers.oreilly.com/images/9781593272708/bkt.gif" style="float: left; width: 85px; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;" /></a><p><i>The Book of Audacity</i> shows you how to complete fun and useful projects with Audacity, the cross-platform, open source audio editor and recorder. You'll learn how to digitize your vinyl record collections, create podcasts, record live performances, create super-high fidelity recordings, mix and master multi-track recordings, and create ringtones, special effects, and more. You'll also learn how to package your work for online distribution, whether that means distributing a podcast on iTunes or selling an album on CD Baby.</p> O'Reilly: New Books Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2011-03-08T17:20-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. The Book of Audacity http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781593272708/ <a href="http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781593272708/"><img src="http://covers.oreilly.com/images/9781593272708/bkt.gif" style="float: left; width: 85px; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;" /></a><p><i>The Book of Audacity</i> shows you how to complete fun and useful projects with Audacity, the cross-platform, open source audio editor and recorder. You'll learn how to digitize your vinyl record collections, create podcasts, record live performances, create super-high fidelity recordings, mix and master multi-track recordings, and create ringtones, special effects, and more. You'll also learn how to package your work for online distribution, whether that means distributing a podcast on iTunes or selling an album on CD Baby.</p> O'Reilly: Upcoming Books Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2010-11-01T00:17-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. GRUB Legacy, Ext3/4 smackdown http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2008/05/grub_legacy_grub_2_and_ext34_s.html There are some "interesting" issues being raised due to an incompatibility between e2fsprogs and GRUB legacy that results in non-booting systems. Newer versions of e2fsprogs default to creating new Ext3 filesystems with 256-byte sized inodes, instead of the old default... O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2008-05-01T11:15-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. Instant Messaging for Introverts, or Rude is Plain Old Rude http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2008/04/instant_messaging_for_introver.html Instant Messaging for Introverts This is an excellent article about the intrusiveness of modern "always on" communications tools, especially instant messaging. The author framed it as an introvert vs. extrovert problem, which I'm not sure is a correct assessment- to... O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2008-04-07T11:15-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. Schmoozing O'Reilly Authors http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2008/03/schmoozing_oreilly_authors.html O'Reilly has a brand-new feature, book forums at http://forums.oreilly.com/category/13/Book-Forums/. Gab with your favorite authors and other readers. I'll be posting tips and cool hacks that didn't make it into the Linux Networking Cookbook. Come on down and join the fun!... O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2008-03-12T12:45-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. Lindependence 2008: Kicking the Windows habit for one month http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2008/03/lindependence_2008_kicking_the.html The energetic, never-sleeping Ken Starks, of Tux 500 fame, has launched a new project that involves the town of Felton, California. As Ken's blog says: On July 4th, 2008; a significant percentage of Felton, California, will go Microsoft-free for one... O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2008-03-04T13:15-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. Help, my motherboard doesn't see my SATA drives http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2008/02/help_my_motherboard_doesnt_see.html Sometimes you get bitten by the goofiest things in computing. I bought a nice new 320 GB Samsung SATA hard drive. I like Samsung drives. They're quiet and reliable, and good performers. I like nice little skinny SATA cables. So... O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2008-02-09T18:15-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. Recycling Old Computer Stuff http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2008/02/recycling_old_computer_stuff.html I live in a small town on the sparse side of Oregon. Sparse of people, anyway; there are lots of mountains, high desert, cows, deer, elk, foxes, ground squirrels, badgers, raptors of all kinds, and so on. But hardly any... O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2008-02-05T22:15-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. VLANs on Linux http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2008/01/vlans_on_linux.html <p>One thing that did not make it into the <a href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596102487/">Linux Networking Cookbook</a> was a chapter on setting up VLANs (Virtual LANs). VLANs are logical subnetting, rather than being constrained by your physical Ethernet switches. Now that &#8220;smart&#8221; switches have gotten so inexpensive, VLANs are nice options even for small networks. For one example, you can run multiple subnets off a single switch. Parts 1 and 2 of my three-part series are here:</p> <p><a href="http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/netsysm/article.php/3723126">Do More With Less: Build a Linux VLAN</a><br /> <a href="http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/netsysm/article.php/3724316">Do More With Less: Port-Based VLANs</a></p> <p>Windows and Mac clients can also be members of your VLANs; part 3 will address tagged VLANs, routing and Linux client configuration.</p> <p>Part 3 runs next week.</p> O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2008-01-28T14:45-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. Best Laptop Desk http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2008/01/best_laptop_desk.html <p>I finally broke down and ordered a <a href="http://www.lapgenie.com/">LapGenie</a>. I would have bought one a long time ago, but at $139 my inner cheapskate just couldn&#8217;t quite take the plunge. Well I finally did, and I&#8217;m glad. It&#8217;s lightweight, sturdy, and comfortable. It supports the weight of my laptop, adjusts to a useful range of heights and angles, and I can squirm and fidget all I want to without upsetting the computer. I use it all over the place- couch, bed, and outside chair when the weather permits.</p> <p>It seems to be well-made, so I expect many years of service. They have a 30-day money-back policy and a good warranty. It showed up five days after I placed the order- many thumbs up for the LapGenie.</p> O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2008-01-14T10:45-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. Ubuntu, Linux, Users, Bugs http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2007/12/ubuntu_linux_users_bugs_1.html <p>I apologize for going off on a <a href="http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2007/12/ubuntu_innovates_excuses.html">half-baked rant at Ubuntu</a>. Ubuntu is not perfect, but these kinds of flames generate more heat than light. I know better, and I&#8217;m sorry.</p> <p>What I wish I had done was post something like this:</p> <p>&#8220;Here&#8217;s an Ubuntu bug that seems to highlight everything that frustrates users who are not coders. It seems straightforward and simple, and yet the response is discouraging. What&#8217;s going on here?&#8221;</p> <p>There were a number of informative responses to my flamey blog post which did clear up a number of questions. The most interesting bit was that the person who originally triaged the bug had actually posted a helpful, positive reply. But it took some translating to understand that. How did there get to be such a gap between programmers and end users? We all grew up in human families who were mostly not geeks, but ordinary people who talked normally. So it seems we should be able to converse on a common level.</p> <p>We all understand that most FOSS developers work hard and many do a lot of unpaid, inadequately recognized work. We have gigabytes of great Free/free software to use and enjoy, so we don&#8217;t want to seem curmudgeonly and ungrateful. We want to do our bit to help out, so we help other users in forums and mailing lists, we financially support projects when we can- and we file bug reports. &#8220;Many eyes make all bugs shallow.&#8221;</p> <p>But the response to bug reports, more often than not, is discouraging. It might get a curt reply, or a jargon-y incomprehensible reply, or ignored entirely, or worded in such a way that it feels like a flame but it&#8217;s hard to tell, or definitely flamed. Occasionally it gets accepted, and sooner or later fixed. I can recall more than one that were small typos in configuration files, and they were not accepted or fixed. So it takes a hardy soul to file a bug report at all, and then we&#8217;re wondering was it worth it? Should we even bother? And the developers always claim it&#8217;s very complicated and hard, and that nothing is ever simple, and you can&#8217;t just fix things even though when we make these fixes on our own systems nothing awful happens. </p> <p>Ubuntu is a special case for two reasons: the Canonical hype machine never sleeps, and and Ubuntu pulls packages from as far upstream as Debian Experimental. Which, to my way of thinking, is just begging for a record number of problems, user complaints, and bug reports. It&#8217;s on a six-month release cycle, which compounds the pressure. So if you believe the hype, you expect that they can do all this, and create stable, functional, virtually trouble-free bleeding edge releases. And, Ubuntu is one big happy family and everyone is welcome and all are welcome to contribute, and it&#8217;s all peas and luv.</p> <p>I&#8217;m not saying I believe all this, though I still leave a cigar and brandy out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. But certainly the tireless hype machine raises these expectations.</p> <p>So it boils down to two questions: are bug reports from users really welcomed or not? If yes, then what can we do to improve the experience for everyone? One thought I had was to have &#8220;Is This A Bug?&#8221; user forums. Then anyone who isn&#8217;t sure and wants some help figuring it out has a place to go. Because here&#8217;s how it looks from userland:</p> <p>-Foo doesn&#8217;t work, and it emits a weird error message that sheds no light<br /> -Is it my fault because I&#8217;m making a mistake?<br /> -Maybe there&#8217;s a weird hardware problem? Sound and video are notorious for being mysterious PITAs.<br /> -I search the bugtracker thingy, and it appears it&#8217;s not reported<br /> -I search the user lists, and other people have the same problem, but no one knows how to fix it<br /> -I&#8217;m pretty sure it&#8217;s a bug, but if I file a bug report I might get yelled at for doing it wrong, or nothing at all will happen<br /> - Etc&#8230;</p> <p>So that&#8217;s what I wish I had said. Again, my apologies for ranting. </p> O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2007-12-09T22:46-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. Ubuntu Innovates Excuses http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2007/12/ubuntu_innovates_excuses.html <p>For all of the cool things that Ubuntu has done, their lack of quality control is astonishing and baffling. They&#8217;re better at innovating excuses than actually responding to bug reports. This is the latest fun example, &#8220;Bug #145805 in aumix, <a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/aumix/+bug/145805">https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/aumix/+bug/145805</a> &#8220;. The binary Aumix package was built incorrectly for Gutsy, so it doesn&#8217;t work. Rebuilding it from sources fixes it. So does the crack Ubuntu team leap into action? Yes, but not to fix it&#8230;.</p> <p>This is the response to the bug report:</p> <p>&#8220;This bug was nominated for Gutsy but does currently not qualify for a 7.10 stable release update (SRU) and the nomination is therefore declined.</p> <p>&#8220;According the the SRU policy, the fix should already be deployed and tested in the current development version before an update to the stable releases will be considered. With 7.10 now released, that policy applies to this bug. See: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/StableReleaseUpdates .</p> <p>&#8220;The bug is not being closed as work will continue on fixing it for the next release, Hardy Heron (8.04). If the state of this bug should change such that it qualifies for the SRU process, please contact the person who originally declined it and ask them to re-evaluate it.&#8221;</p> <p>Well isn&#8217;t that special! I can&#8217;t remember the last time I read such an elegant, irritating kiss-off. Oh wait, yes I can- it was in another Ubuntu bug report. Sometime back Canonical made a big deal about hiring a Quality Assurance Czar, or some such. I must admit, their excuses for not fixing bugs are high-quality- correct spelling and grammar, and a perfect opaque bureaucratic tone. Well done! Kids, keep sending in those bug reports, because&#8230; um, because&#8230; well, I&#8217;m sure there&#8217;s a good reason. Or actually, no, I guess there isn&#8217;t. </p> O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2007-12-07T10:16-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. Linux Networking Cookbook at last! http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2007/11/linux_networking_cookbook_at_l.html <p>Well here we go with book #2, the <a href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596102487/?CMP=ILC-Home3&ATT=9780596102487">Linux Networking Cookbook</a>. Hot off the presses, fresh from the oven, the baby is born!</p> <p>Linux comes with a powerhouse networking stack and bales of great troubleshooting and monitoring tools. This book covers most of the fundamental Linux networking chores- firewalls, secure remote access, routing, building a Linux wireless access point (my personal favorite), serial console administration, network monitoring, hands-free installations, some OpenLDAP, running an Asterisk VoIP server, and using your specialized network administrator laptop for diagnosis and repairs.</p> <p>No endless windy theorizing, just nice step-by-step recipes for getting things done. Bon appetit!</p> O'Reilly Network MT Blog: Linux Carla Schroder O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 2007-11-28T17:15-08:00 text/html en-us Copyright 2003, O'Reilly and Associates, Inc.