Linux Mint Running Desktop Computer

After decades of using Windows for my desktop machine, I switched to Linux Mint 18.1 Serena in late January. This change was mainly due to the fact that Windows Vista was going EOL in April. Other than a couple of minor issues, this change has gone well. Much of the desired functionality for this new installation is in place, with the remaining work being done slowly over the months.

Additional work on the Fedora server:

Koji command now times out to prevent boot failure.

Changed to NFS instead of Samba for more stable file sharing.

Removed nice from scripts in attempt to lower load averages.

Admin page now has check for any lost+found files.

Now also use Google DNS for public IP check.

IP checks use common include file.

Removed Nagios firewall check.

Let’s Encrypt cannot have multiple lines for domains in INI file.

Improved Let’s Encrypt footer logo.

No longer use xinetd for telnet.

Short stop timeout for telnet server to prevent shutdown delays.

Fixed several minor errors on admin pages.

CentOS 7 is here!

I’ve just installed the latest major version of CentOS enterprise Linux. Unlike some recent versions of Fedora, the installation and configuration went very nicely. I continue to think seriously about switching to CentOS as my primary server operating system.

Some other things I’ve been working on this summer:

Added reboot and restart aliases for root.

Kernels page now has three columns.

Created new phpMyAdmin 4.x tables and config options.

Added error reporting message to more admin pages.

Fixed minor formatting problem on admin page 1.

NVIDIA driver and other items

Installed the proprietary nVidia driver. After a short time after login, GNOME Shell crashes! Another FAIL for Linux on the desktop with my 7300 LE card. This exact configuration worked just fine a couple of years ago.  🙁

Other recent activities:

Replaced fetchmail with getmail.

Fixed bug in list alias script.

Updated the Linux counter script.

Disabled logwatch fortunes.

Updated the Fedora upgrade checklist.

Fixed a sorting issue on the kernels page.

A whole lot of changes

This is a list of the many changes since Thanksgiving:

WordPress notes admin page now has “there are no notes yet” message.

Clear button on wordpress notes page erases all notes on page.

Users connecting from unknown hosts no longer generate Nagios email warnings.

Internet IP now changes color with multiple tries.

Moved MariaDB database backups to nightly backup script.

New koji kernel flag deleted when the new kernel is running.

Server signatures only appear on admin pages to increase security.

Default text editor now set in global bashrc.

Fixed file count on directory listing script.

Improved the Fedora upgrade checklist and related changes.

No longer automatically verify Plymouth theme since it may break GNOME.

Minor change to grub backup checks.

Fixed minor bug on kernels page.