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ubuntu edition xps running remix os

ubuntu edition xps running remix os

I had to give this a go! Im loving being back on android for my mobile / tablet device after not such a good time with my ubuntu touch which is sad to me. Id thought id give it a whirl on the xps, the install wouldnt work at first and had to change my bios settings to uefi which werent enabled for some reason and then i ended up with a remix os install. Loved it just like a droid with a desktop gui and all the droid features! I was amazed by how all the apps worked and even 3d games such as GTA vice ciry!! The only app that never worked was wunderlist it just crashed!? i asked the guys at wunderlist they say they dont see any support coming off. Any way the laptop run great only problem is it felt restrictive for design. To top it off install it if you want social and general usage, media etc but for coding, cropping pictures, website creation im so used to my ubuntu desktop now. Have to give these guys 9/10 as they have nearly nailed it…..

here she is in all her glory the ubuntu editin dell xps 13 back on the OS it should be running for 2017. With a happy tux!!


unity 8, convergence and things to come..

Ive been following unity 8 for a while but now i can say its nearly ready…

i would blog more but i think micheal hall got it all covered here!


im just looking into not using libertine and just running apps like so from a terminal

  • ubuntu-app-launch firefox

I found it quite fast, quite solid and just a tad rough round the edges, bit cant see no reason why unity 8 wont be available soon on the desktop. I find this great bearing in mind ive been using the phone for around 2 years and now the tablet, I can use the same OS im familiar with on my laptop as well! Check out a quick update video.


holy moley its guacamole!!

here is my guacamole server! with guacamole you can setup your own remote server with vnc, rdp and ssh support. based on tomcat and open source. I installed this on top of ubuntu 16.04 lts.

i used this – chase wright blogged this and it worked for me!!

The following will run a full dist-upgrade then install Guacamole 0.9.9, Tomcat 8, and MySQL for you. All you have to do is pick a MySQL Root Password and optionally change the guacamole_user password.

Additional Credits to Emilio and Alex for the RDP fix(s) in comments section.


#Update Everything
apt-get update && apt-get -y dist-upgrade

#Install Stuff
apt-get -y install libcairo2-dev libpng12-dev libossp-uuid-dev libfreerdp-dev libpango1.0-dev libssh2-1-dev libtelnet-dev libvncserver-dev libpulse-dev libssl-dev libvorbis-dev libwebp-dev mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common mysql-utilities tomcat8 freerdp ghostscript wget

# Install libjpeg-turbo-dev
wget -O libjpeg-turbo-official_1.4.2_amd64.deb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/libjpeg-turbo/1.4.2/libjpeg-turbo-official_1.4.2_amd64.deb
dpkg -i libjpeg-turbo-official_1.4.2_amd64.deb

echo "" >> /etc/default/tomcat8
echo "# GUACAMOLE EVN VARIABLE" >> /etc/default/tomcat8
echo "GUACAMOLE_HOME=/etc/guacamole" >> /etc/default/tomcat8

#Download Guacamole Files
wget -O guacamole-0.9.9.war http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/guacamole/current/binary/guacamole-0.9.9.war
wget -O guacamole-server-0.9.9.tar.gz http://sourceforge.net/projects/guacamole/files/current/source/guacamole-server-0.9.9.tar.gz
wget -O guacamole-auth-jdbc-0.9.9.tar.gz http://sourceforge.net/projects/guacamole/files/current/extensions/guacamole-auth-jdbc-0.9.9.tar.gz
wget -O mysql-connector-java-5.1.38.tar.gz http://dev.mysql.com/get/Downloads/Connector/j/mysql-connector-java-5.1.38.tar.gz

#Extract Guac
tar -xzf guacamole-server-0.9.9.tar.gz
tar -xzf guacamole-auth-jdbc-0.9.9.tar.gz
tar -xzf mysql-connector-java-5.1.38.tar.gz

mkdir /etc/guacamole
mkdir /etc/guacamole/lib
mkdir /etc/guacamole/extensions

# Install GUACD
cd guacamole-server-0.9.9
./configure --with-init-dir=/etc/init.d
make install
systemctl enable guacd
cd ..

# Move files to correct locations
mv guacamole-0.9.9.war /etc/guacamole/guacamole.war
ln -s /etc/guacamole/guacamole.war /var/lib/tomcat8/webapps/
ln -s /usr/local/lib/freerdp/* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/freerdp/.
cp mysql-connector-java-5.1.38/mysql-connector-java-5.1.38-bin.jar /etc/guacamole/lib/
cp guacamole-auth-jdbc-0.9.9/mysql/guacamole-auth-jdbc-mysql-0.9.9.jar /etc/guacamole/extensions/

# Configure guacamole.properties
echo "mysql-hostname: localhost" >> /etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties
echo "mysql-port: 3306" >> /etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties
echo "mysql-database: guacamole_db" >> /etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties
echo "mysql-username: guacamole_user" >> /etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties

# This is where you will want to change "PASSWORD"
echo "mysql-password: PASSWORD" >> /etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties
rm -rf /usr/share/tomcat8/.guacamole
ln -s /etc/guacamole /usr/share/tomcat8/.guacamole

# Restart Tomcat Service
service tomcat8 restart

Setup MySQL, change the MYSQLROOTPASSWORD to whatever you set it to and if you change the guacamaole_user password here be sure to go back and change it in /etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties

create database guacamole_db;
create user 'guacamole_user'@'localhost' identified by 'PASSWORD';
GRANT SELECT,INSERT,UPDATE,DELETE ON guacamole_db.* TO 'guacamole_user'@'localhost';
flush privileges;

Populate the database you just created. Again, change the MYSQLROOTPASSWORD

cat guacamole-auth-jdbc-0.9.9/mysql/schema/*.sql | mysql -u root -pMYSQLROOTPASSWORD guacamole_db

Now just log into your guacamole server using the default “guacadmin/guacadmin” and set it up. If you want you can remove all the downloads (cleanup)

# Cleanup Downloads
rm libjpeg-turbo-official_1.4.2_amd64.deb
rm guacamole-server-0.9.9.tar.gz
rm guacamole-auth-jdbc-0.9.9.tar.gz
rm mysql-connector-java-5.1.38.tar.gz
# Cleanup Folders
rm -rf mysql-connector-java-5.1.38/
rm -rf guacamole-auth-jdbc-0.9.9/
rm -rf guacamole-server-0.9.9/

its been a while since i wrote a blog!

Well its been a while since i wrote a blog i prefer the video blogs now, thats just me being lazy! Been fairly busy with work and as well as getting the ubuntu HD5 phone and ubuntu M10 tablet image20160706_112155528which has been great just what ive been waiting for we also got ubuntu 16.04 LTS so i decided to re-setup my laptop and home media server as well as adding a back up server using the built in back up service in ubuntu which i have to say was breeze to setup and should have done it a long time ago! Sorting out my music collection and files from scratch has been a mission but all went great. Im using owncloud for file and contact / calendar sync which installs on all the devices and just works great. Im now using emby media server which kicks the ass out of plex for lots or reasons and transmision server for the occasional torrent.  Zoneminder for the cameras is the best, rock solid and works well remotely and never burps once you have got over the semi hard task of setting it up with all its niggles with php zones and mysql config files.


Been back and forth to spain as usual and just love the place. Ill be posting some new photos for you to see of malaga and the castle there. Malaga central has to be one of the places to visit. I watch TV and its all marbella this, marbella that! you never visited spain till you been in land and enjoyed spain for what it really is not whats its glammed up to be on TV, as its not all like that trust me.

Band wise ive been out of the picture for a 6 month break and working on my own stuff which has been great, got myself another alembic bass alembic basswhich i love specially for the amount of different noises it makes for recording, ill be putting some stuff out again soon. Ive rolled rubber soul of now and looking around for other bands to mingle and and take a step back and let others do the work! have to say ive had a great time playing with the lads, pauls a good friend and frank getting on as they say and ready for retirement sure kicks the ass out of a lot of drummers ive worked with, style wise can play anything and timing wise cant be beat, great vocalist to. Ive been asked about reunions with old bands which for one im not interested – i dont have time for people who for one are sneaky, underhanded, not loyal and just trouble makers. So on that one get what i created and shove it were the sun dont shine its had its day, talk about flogging a dead horse. Any way to the future and the new music im creating and the new musical experiences i can encounter and new pubs not just the one that will book you.

Now i know all the good people in my life i keep them near, all the others i have for sure rejected and want nothing to do with.

Love, peace and happiness to all the ones i love and karma to the bitches i hate, you know you are.



latest ubuntu upgrades – desktop and mobile

with the recent release of wily werewolf in fact today! i thought id take the plunge. A couple of days ago OTA 7 was made available for the ubuntu touch phone which id been waiting for as id been having a bad experience in regards to phone locking and when selecting a text waiting for the names to show and then waiting for the message to load which was getting pretty annoying and just randoms locks and the phone slowing so thought the OTA 7 would fix this which it did in a way but had to install the OTA 7 update then factory reset the phone, ever since then batter life has been tons better, no white ubuntu-iconscreens on facebook and also gained auth on web pages and copy and paste so i basically can now log on to a remote transmission with the username and password and then copy and paste a remote torrent file which wasnt possible before. The only problem is that auth doesnt remember the user pass so everytime you want to go in you have to input the user pass everytime unless you put the whole user and password in the url getting rid of the browser doing the auth in the first place? but the ability to copy and paste the url makes all the difference 🙂  So far the phones great experienced problems when adding accounts on dekko mail client after upgrade were it crashes adding the smtp account but once added asks for password and just works so not so bad. Just waiting for vpn and a vnc or remote desktop client. File manager gained SMB so it goes to browse my network and finds computers but cant access them as it says no file type, but i just put in smb:// and that shows the file shares available on my server and let me copy files across my network to the phone. The upgrade before i did factory reset also told that i had no music on my phone from the music player but there was music there. After the wipe and reinstall the music appeared and works fine. The OTA makes the phone slicker and is heading in the right direction now.  Roll On OTA 8

Wily Werewolf on the desktop

Because the laptop was all hooked as needed it i tried a dist upgrade which killed my laptop! I booted of a fresh 15.10 wily werewolf DVD and managed to rescue my files to a usb key and the rest was on the ubuntu-1510cloud – nice fresh install and copied across files required and re-setup my cloud which is all great. No noticeable differences apart from my fans are not going crazy on my laptop (dell xps 13) like they was and its defiantly a lot slicker. Own cloud is missing the icon on the top bar like last time but usually fixes when i install everpad but thats not availble yet and never usually is for a week or so, so means i have to use evernote through a browser until somebody rolls the deb files for 15.10 on the PPA…. Installed all my usual programs and used all the preinstalled drivers, tested steam and it goes like the clappers with killing floor so dont see no need in installing the graphics driver using the intel installer as it wont be available yet anyway! If your looking at upgrading take a back up! But i prefer a fresh install anyway. Roll on 16.10 and convergence……………..


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