Netflix on Ubuntu or XBMCbuntu…

Currently (2013-02) Netflix cannot run on Linux. Due to its reliance on Micro$haft Silverlight and DRM (digital rights management a.k.a the chains restricting human development). Silverlight is just Microsoft’s version of Adobe Flash.

Linux does have its own version of Silverlight called Moonlight, however it doesn’t have the DRM Netflix requires, but praise to the up-stream, someone hacked it!

Using WINE (Windows Is Not Emulated), a sort of Windows emulator and some modded FF (Firefox)/Silverlight files, Netflix will run beautifully!

Head over to, for detailed instructions.

If your following along from my Perfect Home Media Server post or using XBMCbuntu you may come across an Xorg compositing issue, as I did. Solution for that is here, and more info here,

Netflix on Ubuntu or XBMCbuntu…

Ubuntu for Everyone?

Recently, after convulsing one to many times from the constant Windows Woes from some of my friends.

I was asked about Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and would it be right for them, to my horror.

I gave up with the religiously preaching the good holy word of Linux a few years back, as if you’re the reason someone makes the change. Your t3ch-supp0rt ’till the end of yo days.

So when, in the odd occasion I do get asked about Linux/Ubuntu, I’m always truthful and much less pushy – even apprehensive, but for the average office based person or email/internet/light gaming person, Ubuntu truly is amazing.

Really quick, uses the hardware better in most cases and the little touches that power users seem to over look such as the HUD, Workspaces, Window Management etc are such an improvement from the standard Windows workflow.

I think this is just by Ubuntu appreciation moment.

Ubuntu for Everyone?

Xubuntu: Not enough free disk space on /boot

Today I ran into a problem when trying to install some updates for my Xubuntu 12.10… I got a message saying:

Xubuntu 20.10 /boot full

Its suggestion of ‘sudo apt-get clean’ didn’t do anything, nor did ‘sudo apt-get autoclean’, ‘sudo apt-get autoremove’, etc. After some Googling (DDGing), I found a solution…

The ‘/boot’ partition is normally rather small (243.0 MiB in my case) and contains Linux Kernel files, these are the files that get your computer going as it should. Think of them as the skeleton of your OS, but for some reason when your skeleton gets upgraded, it leaves the old one behind, which can quickly fill-up your ‘/boot’ partition.

Only one Kernel (skeleton) is used when booting your computer but it’s always good practice to leave one spare laying around just in case, you don’t really need any more than the current one and an old spare one.

Open up terminal and execute this:

dpkg -l 'linux-*' | sed '/^ii/!d;/'"$(uname -r | sed "s/(.*)-([^0-9]+)/1/")"'/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* ([^ ]*).*/1/;/[0-9]/!d'

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Xubuntu: Not enough free disk space on /boot

Safer SSH…

Assuming you’re using a Debian or Ubuntu based Linux.

While the SSH daemon is secure enough for most people, some may wish to further enhance their security by changing certain sshd settings. As there are tools out there (such as the ones found in Backtrack and ArchPwn Linux) that can attempt to guess your password, either doing damage by succeeding or starting a DoS attack (bombard your server so much that it stops doing its job as it becomes overwhelmed) All changes, unless otherwise stated, are made in the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file. Lines with a pound sign (#) are commented and not read.

To edit this file from a terminal:

sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Please remember, after making any changes, sshd must be restarted, which can be done from the terminal with this command:

sudo /etc/init.d/ssh restart

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Safer SSH…


Been having a look around the good old xubuntu (Linux Ubuntu using the XFCE window manager), its come along way from XFCE 3. Really love the stuff! If only there was an equivalent to Panics Transmit for linux, xubuntu would be my OS of choice. Just feel more at home on a linux.

Did a little customization on the virtual machine I’m running. Installed gtk2-engines-equinox, then downloaded and extracted the theme Atolm’s archive, paste them in ~/.themes/ and the same download, extract, paste into ~/.icons/ for the AwOken icons. Got the wallpaper from “wallpaper wide”. Played about with some of the transparency settings and of course, the terminal preferences to have the classic, transparent black “000000” background and the green “00FF00” text.

Perhaps going to look into the ClamAV and firewall apps. Maybe get a light weight webserver running with owncloud or something. /Happy_N3rding.


Ubuntu 11.04 Unity on VMware Fusion

Right, after a lot of unsuccessful googling I came across a solution to the new Linux Ubuntu’s new UI Unity not working in WMware Fusion.

The reason Unity does not work is something to do with the ‘accelerated hardware/graphics’ not being compatible at this moment. And, finally there is a solution to this.

Unity is a 3D UI hence the extra acceleration needed. So.. we can install a 2D version, which from what i understand is completely the same (just without all the whistles and bangs).

First we need to add the 2D repository to our Ubuntu’s software manager. In terminal type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-2d-team/unity-2d-daily

Then we need to update Ubuntu’s app cache:

sudo apt-get update

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Ubuntu 11.04 Unity on VMware Fusion

Ubuntu Time Machine Backup…

I have been on a bit of a mission to get my Apple MacBook Pro to backup to my Ubuntu Server using the Time After alot of research turns out it was to much hassle for my liking.

You can enable Mac’s Time to see unorthodox network and external drives by typing to following into the terminal.

defaults write  TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

Time could then see the samba shared network drive but could not backup to it correctly due to Ubuntu not supporting AFP (Apple Filing Protocol).

There is a way to get AFP working with Ubuntu therefore theoretically allowing Time backup to a Ubuntu server, sadly it was to much effort.

Instead i would suggest using CrashPlan, i will post a tutorial soon.

Ubuntu Time Machine Backup…

Setting up a ubtunu FTP server…

Setting up an FTP server on ubuntu 9.10 (jaunty) has never been easier.
The following will allow the ubuntu desktop users to login using their usernames and passwords to their home directories.
This will require some terminal work, don’t worry, it’s only a copy and paste job.

First we need to install the FTP program, we are going to be using VSFTPd. This program will run in the background (a deamon, hence the lower case “d” at the end of it’s name) of your computer and deal with the FTP connections.

Copy and paste this code into terminal and hit enter.

sudo apt-get install vsftpd

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Setting up a ubtunu FTP server…