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Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:14 pm on Monday, February 4, 2008

Hello readers! Do you enjoy reading this blog? Let us know!

If you are interested in writing guest blog posts or becoming a writer for The Linux Blog doing so is quite simple! I am looking for Linux Bloggers of all levels that are interested in writing about anything Linux related.

Along with this I have a guest blog post from a blogger called Kaleb. You can visit his blog at http://kps-blog.blogspot.com. His first post will be posted in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Check it out and leave him some feedback!

The Linux Blog | New Category Added

Filed under: Linux Video Tutorials,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 3:00 am on Friday, February 1, 2008

I posted a Linux Video Tutorial on How to Partition Slackware earlier this morning. This is a follow up post, basically the point is I think that I’m going to test the waters in creating Linux Video Tutorials. A certain amount of effort goes into creating these videos and since I’m no video editing whiz it will probably be a slow building category. I’d like as much support as possible with this, those around me seem to think that it could do well and are impressed with the results but unfortunately when I upload them to YouTube its a different story. The quality of the How to partition Slackware video very poor. So in retaliation I am working on getting the necessary bandwidth to support high resolution videos. Stay Tuned for more information on these Linux Video Tutorials!

In other news January 2008 has been the best month for me so far. I would like to take a moment to thank everybody that visits on a regular basis for reading and ask for more comments. I havn’t made any money from this site yet (and nor do I plan to make masses) but feedback is always appreciated.

I’m looking for people to help with the daily blogging on Linux technologies so, if your interested shoot me an e-mail at owen -at- thelinuxblog.com

FUDCon 2008

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:07 pm on Monday, January 14, 2008

Unfortunately I did not get to attend FUDCon 2008 in Raleigh this weekend. By the time I had traveled from Charlotte to Raleigh it was already half way finished. I also did not feel so good on Sunday morning after riding 15 miles and going out on Saturday night. I’ll be writing some new posts soon. Next week I’ll be sure to have a Shell Script Sundays article up.

Linux Conference This Weekend

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:44 am on Saturday, January 12, 2008

This weekend is FUDCon which happens to be in Raleigh. I’ll be making my way down there tomorrow and will be participating. For those of you who don’t know FUDCon is not Fear Uncertainty and Doubt like I first thought but its a Fedora Users and Developers Conference. It actually started today but is going to be on for the whole weekend. Although I don’t run Fedora as my operating system of choice I do use it from time to time and am interested in some of the events they have going on.

For more information visit: http://barcamp.org/FUDConRaleigh2008

If you happen to be in the area and attend the conference, be sure to say “hi”. I’m not sure what time I will be there but you should see my name tag.

Linux Blog new year roundup

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:16 pm on Monday, December 31, 2007

I’d just like to say I’ve been busy over the past week or two with some projects at work and with the holiday season so I haven’t had the time to dedicated to this blog.

Its been a good year at the Linux Blog, I’ve increased traffic since I’ve started and have been beginning to see more activity with comments. I have a couple of goals for the upcoming year.

Firstly I’d like to make some money with Google ads. This isn’t specifically related to the Linux Blog but every little counts. I want to do this because I think that this site has some value to those that use it and I would like to be rewarded for my hard work.

Another goal I have is to write more posts than I did this year. It shouldn’t be hard to do since I stopped writing for a long time in 2007. From about Jan to July. I have a long list of posts to write but I need to know what topics people want to read about.

I have a list of articles to write for the Shell Scripting Sundays column but haven’t got enough ideas for the year yet. I may be able to get a few more if I split some of the more intense ones up but I’d rather keep them simple. If any one has any ideas for articles please let me know.

Thats going to be all for this year, I hope you enjoyed reading my blog and continue to visit me in the new year. For those that do

Happy New Year!

Linux Related Ads

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 8:31 pm on Monday, December 17, 2007

I’ve added some advertising to this blog to help offset the cost of running the server, I hope you guys don’t mind too much.

Every so often I see a banner ad for a product I once stumbled across on the net once. The product is Bomgar and they basically specialize in remote support appliances. I was interested in this product because they actually support major Linux distributions – now that is neat!

Basically in a nutshell your client goes to your website and clicks a button it installs temporary software on their computer and you get to support it, there are a ton more features that are in nifty flash animations on their site. Did I mention that it runs on major Linux distributions? That is a great feature in my opinion, they have support for SUSE, Ubuntu, Fedora and Red Hat. Impressive. If you currently support a Linux network this could be a great little box. Its a little pricey but in my opinion the cost may be worth it for the ability to easily support Linux boxes. I’d like to support a company that sees the need for enterprise Linux solutions.

I would like to see an open source solution that is similar to this but doesn’t have the price tag. If you know of one, let me know!

Comments Are Back!

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 4:03 am on Saturday, December 8, 2007

Ok, I’ve decided to add comments back to The Linux Blog. The idea behind commends is that people post comments for help, advice, questions, comments on the article or just to be nice. Before this was not happening so I turned them off. Now, I’ve re-added them back hoping that people will actually comment.

The spam problem has been fixed and we should not see any spammy comments since posters now have to be approved.

I’ll leave them on for a while and see how it does. In other news I’ve been writing like mad, trying to get some good articles written.

On the list of stuff to write are a couple of Shell Scripting articles, one about IP Soft Phones for Linux, Battery Life & Optimization, virtualization. I also have some tutorials that I would really like to write to help people out with WordPress and other web applications that run on open source software such as MediaWiki.

If you have any questions, or would like to request something, now you can actually just comment , so go ahead, leave a comment

Slackware MPlayer Setup

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:03 am on Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I’ve updated the MPlayer Installer and uploaded it.

Instructions:

1. Download The MPlayer Installer that I made (Right click Save Link As).

2. Change to root user and run the MPlayer Installer OR run the MPlayer Installer with sudo as followed:

bash-3.1$ su root
 
Password:
 
bash-3.1# sh mplayer_setup.sh

OR

sudo sh mplayer_setup.sh

Changes to this version:
mplayer-1.0rc1try3-i486-2kjz.tgz is now being used as mplayer-1.0rc1-i486-1goa.tgz is no longer available.
Instead of using the essential codecs pack I am now using the all-20071007.tar.bz2 package. This includes so many more codecs. Even apple.com trailers work for me now.
A bunch of dependencies / libraries are now being downloaded and installed here is the list:

a52dec-0.7.4-i486-1kjz.tgz
libmpcdec-1.2.6-i486-1gds.tgz
libmpeg3-1.7-i486-1gds.tgz
avifile-20071003-i486-1gds.tgz
mpeg2dec-0.4.1-i486-1gds.tgz
faac-1.25-i486-1gds.tgz
faad2-2.6.1-i486-1wim.tgz
speex-1.2beta2-i486-1kjz.tgz
ffmpeg-20070622-i486-1kjz.tgz
twolame-0.3.10-i486-1kjz.tgz
jack-0.103.0-i486-1kjz.tgz
x264-20070722-i686-1mfb.tgz
lame-3.97-i486-1kjz.tgz
xmms-1.2.11-i486-1McD.tgz
libdv-1.0.0-i486-1gds.tgz
xvidcore-1.1.3-i486-1kjz.tgz
mplayerplug-in-3.45-i486-1kjz.tgz
libdc1394-1.2.2-i486-1gds.tgz

Notes:
The following error is caused because samba is not installed:

mplayer: error while loading shared libraries: libsmbclient.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

If you run into any other problems, as always you can e-mail me (owen @ thelinuxblog.com) for help.
Because of all the changes the line by line breakdown of the installer from: Slackware 12 – MPlayer Setup in 3 Easy Steps post is no longer accurate.

MPlayer Installer

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 7:54 am on Monday, December 3, 2007

The current MPlayer Installer script that I uploaded to this site had a slight problem.

mplayer_setup.sh: line 9: rm-rf: command not found

I have fixed the spacing issue and re-uploaded the file.

Once I had done this I tried reinstalling again just to make sure it works and found out that it doesn’t work any more. The reason being the MPlayer package has been removed.

That being said I am going to be working on a new version of the Slackware Mplayer Installer but the first priority is to make the installer work. I will be swapping the essential codec pack to the all codec pack bundle. Then I will be working on making the installer more user friendly.

Hang tight, I should have it fixed soon. Once it is, I’ll make another post.

New Hardware Category Added

Filed under: Linux Hardware,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:45 pm on Friday, November 23, 2007

I’ve added a new category to The Linux Blog. It is called: “Linux hardware” Any posts I make that include a specific device or device setup will be found in this category. It will also be used to post news about upcoming devices, devices I wish I had and anything else related to hardware.
Now I have to do a pitch: If any readers have questions, cool new hardware, hardware to review or would like a showcase in The Linux Blog about their hardware please send an e-mail to me: owen @ thelinuxblog.com

Thats all for now folks!

The Linux Blog Introduces a new Writer!

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 5:21 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween is a fun night, but did you know that 13 Years ago on this night Red Hat was released? Halloween now happens to have a special meaning for me.

We have a new writer for The Linux Blog and what this evening has to do with this is that it is our new writers favorite day of the year!

Aaron currently blogs about technology on http://www.systemlag.com. After reading one of his blog posts (below) I asked him if he would be interested in helping me out by writing for The Linux Blog. He was skeptical at first as he did not know what he would blog about. As an aspiring Linux User I thought it would be good if The Linux Blog has a newbie column and asked if he would be interested in writing for it. He agreed.

You should notice blog posts coming from Aaron within the next couple of days.

Here’s the blog post that caught my attention:
Ok guys, here’s the deal. I have this crazy urge to learn Linux. Yeah, yeah, I know some of you fan boys out there are going to go nuts with the
“Oh my GAWD, he doesn’t know what to do when it comes to LINUX!?”
The short answer to that would be, um, no, I really don’t. I’ve grown up windows, kiddies (unless you count our good pal Commodore) and never really felt the need to take a closer look at Linux before now. So here’s where YOU come in: Suggestions. Right now, I’m thinking of picking up a used box from my local thrift store and, after cleaning all the porn out of it (and I’m hoping that’s all I would find), installing Linux and just giving it a go. What sort of specs should I be looking for as far as hardware goes (I’m not guessing I’ll need much), and which Linux app would be best suited for someone like me who’s just dipping his toe into the shark infested water?

It’s hard to find good bloggers these days. If any one else is interested in writing for us (either as a guest, one time posts or a full time blogger), please shoot me an e-mail owen -at- thelinuxblog.com

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