2015 Ohio LinuxFest

Posted on 12th August 2015

Ohio LinuxFest 2015

Some of you know that I helped this great organization back in the early 2000s. This event marks the 13th year of it’s existence! And to add to the greatness, a good friend of mine Jorge Castro is doing a keynote!

If you are interested in Open Source and Linux, then this event is worth the trip. Plus, it is free for the basic attendance package.

Head over to their website and register!


Linksys E3000 Tomato USB Firmware and PPTP

Posted on 27th May 2012

For many years, I have used routers that were DD-WRT compatible for the additional configuration options the 3rd party firmware provides. When I purchased a Linksys E3000 last year, I immediately installed DD-WRT in place of the stock Linksys firmware. I experienced some stability issues (later found out that it was due to high interference in the 2.4ghz spectrum) and had switched to the Tomato USB firmware. I immediately loved the interface which felt clean and organized. Since it was based off of the DD-WRT project, I knew that it would be just as customizable.

With the addition of iDevices and the constant demand to access home resources at home from the road, I decided that a VPN would be the best way to secure these resources as it is already supported on iDevices. PPTP was the best choice since these devices supported it out of the box. Here, I will run over the installation method to get a working VPN connection through the Tomato USB firmware.


Ubuntu (7.10) Gusty Gibbon with Dmraid Install

Posted on 23rd October 2007

One major issue remains for most when it comes to installing Ubuntu on a dmraid “fake raid” enabled system. Most of us who fall into this category use this because we still run a partition with windows on it. With the new Gutsy Gibbon release, things are a bit easier, but one must still trick the system. Here is how we do it.

What you will need:

  1. Gutsy Gibbon Live CD.
  2. Internet connection that works out of the box.
  3. A few minutes.

Load the Live CD:

Insert the Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon Live CD and boot up your machine. Once booted you need to install the dmraid package to gain access to your fake raid mapper.

Open a terminal and do the following:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install dmraid

Now you can run the installer. When you get to partition management, make sure you select manual. On the next screen you will see a drive named something like nvidia_egcccede. That is your fake raid array in raw form. You probably have a windows partition on there somewhere. Here is what my disk looks like:

nvidia_egcccede — Entire Drive. Do not touch.
nvidia_egcccede1 — /boot
nvidia_egcccede2 — /
nvidia_egcccede3 — /home
nvidia_egcccede4 — /windows

Thats all I will cover about partitioning a fake raid. Once you have the desired effect, click next.

Now you need to tell the installer not to install the bootloader. When you get to the last screen hit advanced and uncheck install bootloader. Hit next. The installer will now partition and install all the required packages to your new dmraid partitions. When it completes this is 15 minutes or so, you have to install the bootloader by hand.

Open a new terminal.
$ ls /target
bin cdrom etc initrd lib media opt root srv tmp var
boot dev home initrd.img lost+found mnt proc sbin sys usr vmlinuz
$ sudo dchroot /target