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Installing CentOS or RHEL 6.4 on VirtualBox

Posted on | April 27, 2013 | No Comments

Add Linux as a virtual machine to your Windows 7 laptop without VMWare

by Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA ( 2013/4/27 – CentOS is a RedHat-workalike that it very similar to RHEL without the logos. CentOS and Debian are the two of the most popular Linux distros around.

VirtualBox is an open source alternative to VMWare. I upgraded VMWare Player, which I’d been using a long time, because it I had problems installing CentOS 6.4 and the Internet recommended installing the latest version. However, with the new VMWare I couldn’t Read more

DreamWorks Animation The Croods Tops 9,100 Linux Render-Years

Posted on | March 27, 2013 | No Comments

The Croods HP Linux render farm used to create film

The Croods, which took #1 in the box office this weekend with an estimated $44.7 million, used a powerful Linux render farm to create the film

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA ( 2013/3/27 – The Croods took more than 9,100 computing render-years to generate images from 3-D models. DreamWorks Animation uses Linux and HP for its animation workstations and servers.

“Cutting-edge digital manufacturing requires a huge amount of compute power and orchestrated collaboration across our studios,” says DreamWorks Animation head of technology global operations Derek Chan. “HP Converged Infrastructure ,ensures that our filmmakers have the technical resources they require to bring their creative vision to life and deliver amazing films to our audiences.” The HP Converged Infrastructure includes servers, storage, networking, services, management software and workstations, HP printers and digital rendering.

The Linux server farm has Read more

Adding a Linux Swap File for Virtual Memory

Posted on | February 27, 2012 | No Comments

Give your Linux system more virtual memory

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood  Today) 2012/2/27 – Sometimes you need a little more memory for programs that use a lot of memory like Firefox. It used to be you had to dedicate a separate swap partition, but now Linux virtual memory can use a file instead of a partition, like Windows. Here’s how to set that up….

# dd if=/dev/zero of=/boot/swapfile bs=1024 count=524288
# mkswap /boot/swapfile
# chown root:root /boot/swapfile
# chmod 0600 /boot/swapfile
# swapon /boot/swapfile

vi /etc/fstab

/boot/swapfile swap swap defaults 0 0


$ free

Flumotion Server Installation

Posted on | February 18, 2012 | No Comments

The open source server to stream to iPad

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA ( 2012/1/31 – Ustream and LiveStream are Flash-based streamers and therefore don’t work with the iPad or iPhone. An alternative is Flumotion:

Building and Installing


tar xvfz  ..

cd flumotion..


checking for XML::Parser… configure: error: XML::Parser perl module is required for intltools

Install Perl Moducles

 perl -MCPAN -e shell

 install Bundle::CPAN
 reload cpan

cpan> install XML::Parser

Back to Flumotion, as root...

make install

Install client…

no pager for man…

export PAGER=less

Puppy Linux Compiler Installation

Posted on | January 31, 2012 | No Comments

Puppy has a special procedure for installing the build tools to compile programs

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA ( 2012/1/30 – Puppy Linux is a great small distro. It takes a little special effort to install the build tools.

Installing the “devx” file in a full hard drive installation
1. Download devx package that matches your version of Puppy on the devx_xxx.sfs in a ROX-Filer window to mount it.
2. Open a terminal in the mounted directory.
3. # cp -a –re move-destination ./* /mnt/hda2/
4. # sync
5. Close the terminal.
6. Click on the devx_xxx.sfs file to unmount it

Install the man page pages and execute mandb -c.

Lightening Ubuntu and Dropping Unity

Posted on | December 31, 2011 | No Comments

Make Ubuntu lighter and more fun to use with a couple apt-get commands

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA ( 2012/12/31 – Ubuntu is a popular Linux distro that many open source enthusiasts like. It’s based on Debian, but without so many rough edges. You could go instead with a Red Hat-based distro such as CentOS, Fedora or SUSE, but if you’re an open source developer being on a Debian-based distro just seems right. Unfortunately, Ubuntu made a desktop UI change that will tend to drive you nuts.

It’s called Unity. Gnome and KDE users hate it, and everyone else just says, what the f**K? If you like the Playskool interface of Windows XP, you’ll find Unity is a step further past that. Unity is so simple, so easy, that it’s unusable. Lot’s of folks have written about Why Unity Sucks, so let’s not repeat that here. The question is, if you’re not ready to throw out Ubuntu with the Unity bath water, what to do?

Open a terminal window by searching for ‘term’ in the confusing Unity interface. Once you get a Read more

The Perfect WordPress Configuration

Posted on | December 1, 2011 | No Comments

Tweak WordPress to be the best HOLLYWOOD, CA (LinuxMovies) 2011/11/30 – WordPress has many options and plug-ins. Here’s a recommended configuration.

  1. Build a custom template
  2. Check Permalinks work ok when clicking through a front page link
  3. Plug-ins: Akismet, Embed Iframe, Google News Sitemap, Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons, WP Super Cache, Fix RSS Feeds, WP-Stats-Dashboard, WP to Twitter, WP YouTube Lyte, Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons, Share On Facebook
  4. WordPress Settings: Akismet, WP to Twitter, WP Super Cache, WP-Stats-Dashboard
  5. Add contact and privacy policy pages
  6. Add links in template for our Facebook and Twitter pages
  7. Add banners in template for our sponsors and affiliates
  8. Add RSS feed link
  9. Add Google Adsense ads to template and sitemap to Google Analytics
  10. Add Alexa, Compete and Quantcast

Installing FluxBB on Linux

Posted on | November 7, 2011 | No Comments

FluxBB can use MySQL, PostgresSQL or SQLite

FluxBB can use MySQL, PostgresSQL or SQLite

FluxBB is a free open source lightweight PHP bulletin board forum

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (LinuxMovies) 11/7/2011 – Installing a forum on your website enables your users to post useful information. There are many open source PHP-based forums available. FluxBB is a good choice as a lightweight forum that supports MySQL, PostgresSQL or SQLite. Here’s how to install on Linux with MySQL.

Create table in MySQL

mysql -u root -p
CREATE USER ‘fluxbb’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘password';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON fluxbb.* TO “fluxbb”@”localhost”;

Download and Unpack FluxBB

cd /var/www/html/YOUR_WEBSITE
tar xvfj fluxbb-1.4.7.tar.bz2
mv fluxbb-1.4.7 forum
chown -R apache:apache forum

Finish Installation via Web Browser


Lighten CentOS Server

Posted on | September 18, 2011 | No Comments

A few things to remove that are unneeded on your CentOS server

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (LinuxMovies) 9/18/2011 – CentOS is a Redhat-based Linux that many use as a server. Here are a few things to jettison that a server doesn’t typically need.

To disable X11 you could change your run level to 3 and edit the initdefault line in your /etc/inittab file. To get rid of X11 entirely, so you’re not updating useless packages with yum update, use this:

yum groupremove “X Window System”

We may want to put ImageMagick back.

yum install ImageMagick

We don’t need SAMBA:

yum remove samba-common


Windows 7 Putty SSH Access Denied Solution

Posted on | August 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Quick fix for Putty ssh client “Access Denied” hiccup on Windows 7

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Linux Movies) 8/20/11 – Windows doesn’t include an ssh client to connect to our Linux servers, so we use the open source Putty software. This software opens a terminal window where you can enter your login name and password. Windows 7 gave us a surprise, though. It was saying “Access Denied” as soon as a user name was entered, before prompting for the password.

The solution is to create a new Putty connection with GSSAPI turned off. Putty was checking for that type of encryption by default. You can’t turn that off in your saved connection. Turn off GSSAPI first in Putty’s authentication settings, that’s under Connection/SS/Auth/GSSAPI. Then create a new connection and save it.

TIP: To see the event log in order to debug a Putty session, CTRL-click on the terminal window.

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