Friday, March 21, 2008

Sharing Files with Windows

For sharing files with Windows you just have to follow this steps:

Got to System > Administration > Shared Folders
  • in the Shared Folders tab add the folders you wish to share
  • in the General Properties tab type the Workgroup of your Network (as in Windows)
In the Terminal add yourself as a Samba user:
$ sudo smbpasswd -a yourusername
That's it. You can now access your shared folder using you Linux user.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Apache, PHP and MySQL

Ok, setting up Apache, PHP and MySQL is super easy. I used this tip from Ubuntu Forum.

I also want to import my site and database from Windows.

  • Go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager
  • Now go to Edit > Mark Packages by Task
  • Choose LAMP Server (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP server)
In my case, the Ultimate Edition already had this installed :-)

I just updated Apache, MySQL and PHP using System > Administration > Update Manager.


Now a great piece of software to help you install a bunch of stuff: Automatix

I started with an update (Automatix already installed) using Update Manager.

I then installed:
  • Codecs and Plugins
    • MPlayer Plugin for Firefox
    • Ubuntu Restricted Extras and Multimedia Codecs
    • W32-DVD Codecs
  • Email Clients
    • CheckGmail
  • Miscellaneous
    • Extra Fonts
    • Nautilus Scripts (open as root option)
  • Office
    • Acrobat Reader
    • Google Earth
Check for other useful software yourself :-)

Desktop customization

So far I only changed the clock type to 24 hour.

Administration tasks

So far I've pass through:

System > Administration > 
  • BootUp-Manager: I disabled "Common files for NVIDIA video cards" (ATI on my laptop) and "Bluetooth services". Something to investigate a little more though.
  • Login Window: Changed the Theme to "Human" and disabled the login screen sound
  • Network: Already manually configured my IP
  • Time and Date: I like to keep my OS clock using a NTP server (

Changing preferences

So far I've changed:

System > Preferences >
  • Appearance: I don't really like the default Ultimate Edition theme, so I chose the Human theme and changed the Background
  • Keyboard: I had the EuroSign to the E key
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Now the "Windows key" shows the panel menu (it's the Start Menu in Windows) and the "Menu key" activates the window menu (right mouse button)
  • Mouse: I never liked the "Tap to Click" option
  • Power Management: Changed some timeout options and had the Notification icon always on
  • Screensaver
  • Sessions: I disable the Bluetooth Manager
  • Sound: I like it quiet

Hardware: first impression

Uppon first boot all my hardware seems to be working, including my graphics card, the mute sound button and even the SD Card Reader (this one doesn't work out of the box in Windows).

So far I only had to manually config my wired connection (I have DHCP turned off) and restart the network service.
$ sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Partition Map

First thing to decide is how will I partition my hard drive.

/dev/sda1 ext3 / 10240 MB
/dev/sda5 ext3 /home 10240 MB
/dev/sda6 ext3 /data 58547 MB
/dev/sda7 swap 1028 MB

Ubuntu Ultimate Edition

I chose Ubuntu Ultime Edition, based on Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibson because it added a lot of useful software and configuration out of the box.

Having tried it on my laptop I saw everything I needed to get me started, from hardware to software, was already there. So I backup all my data and started my eXPerience.

PS: I had Windows XP Professional Edition installed...

[ Starting ]

This blog is intended to log my latest experience in Linux.
Through the years I have tried out several distributions such as Red Hat (and later Fedora), Suse, Mandrake (now Mandriva) and the Portuguese Caixa Mágica.

There were always something that drove me back to Windows and as the years passed the free time started to be insufficient to allow me dive right into it.

I recently decided to format my laptop and install Ubuntu. I started by dual booting it with Windows to try it out first, but soon (in the same day actually) the eXPerience begun.
My desktop machine will be next.

This blog will help me (and perhaps others) in future installations and to document my favorite software and tips.

There will probably be others posts about other subjects. News, funny stuff and maybe even some crude blogging.

I will organize the blog using labels as an index to the several subjects. Each post can have zero or more labels. The index is bound to change.

Some posts will be edited through time instead of adding new posts with the same subject. If I need to add some new info about configuring network setting, the original post will probably be edited.