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Old Vista Laptop Into A Linux ZFS File Server Part 3

In the previous article, I showed you how to install Lubuntu 14.04 64-bit and install the important bits of Samba and the ZFS filesystem. In this article, I will give you the interesting details on how to get your Probox-connected disks up and running as a ZFS RAID10, starting with (1) disk and growing to… Read more »

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Old Vista Laptop Into A Linux ZFS File Server Part 2

In the previous Linux ZFS File Server article I put forth a list of parts that allowed me to utilize an old Vista laptop as a Linux+ZFS fileserver. In this article, I will detail how to put all the pieces together, from installing the Linux OS to connecting all the hard drives. First, we need… Read more »

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Old Vista Laptop Into A Linux ZFS File Server

You might be surprised at how much potential for usefulness still remains in older equipment. My wife’s old laptop originally booted with Windows Vista, which (apart from being a generally substandard OS – Microsoft employees ran into so many problems with it, they reportedly didn’t even use it internally*) is no longer supported*(2). Mainstream support… Read more »

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Beginners Guide To The Bash Terminal

What if I told you that if you give me on an hour of your time I can empower you with all the basic commands you’ll need to start using BASH-like a boss? Would you bother to take the time or would you be too afraid to try? The BASH terminal can be quite intimidating… Read more »

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P2V: Debian Testing PXE server and Vmware Workstation 11

MARCH 2017 – so I’ve had an old PXE an ASUS Spresso (S-presso) with a Pentium-4 sitting around for the last few years, and got a wild hair to do a P2V (Physical-to-Virtual) installation on it. First, I had to make sure it still works right after attempting an OS upgrade of Debian Testing (in… Read more »

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Virtualization Cluster With CentOS 7

This article is an overview of the steps taken to create a small virtualization cluster built for fulfilling personal infrastructure requirements like file sharing, syncing, and trying new applications. Reasons for creating a cluster instead of a single server are to eliminate a single point of failure, and to allow hardware maintenance without interrupting services…. Read more »

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Ubuntu Bluetooth Headphones Fix

After extensive testing and research, I have put together a complete work-around for playing high-quality audio through Bluetooth headphones using the Blueman Bluetooth application. I haven’t bothered testing this with other Bluetooth applications. If memory serves me, the alternative Bluetooth apps lack the ability to choose audio profiles – but I might be wrong. Going… Read more »

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Home Recording with Ubuntu Studio Part Two: Install-O-Rama

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Home Recording with Ubuntu Studio is a three part series of articles that discusses how to create an affordable home recording studio with free and open source software. In Part One: Gearing Up, I discussed the hardware components that are integral to home studio recording, and demonstrated… Read more »