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.

Upgraded to Fedora 22

I attempted to install F22 using the live DVD. Since yum became dnf, the previous method of installing packages from the package list file no longer works. So, another in the long list of Fedora upgrade woes! For the first time, I used fedup to perform the update. After fixing a couple of issues, Fedora 22 seems to be working fine. As for the future, I will need to consider how to proceed.

Here are some other things I’ve recently worked on:

Created script to erase kernel-core package when removal requested on kernels page.

Updated numerous scripts for yum->dnf change.

Kernels page now uses cached filesystem information.

Installed and enabled Spamassassin.

Karma check page now has check and cancel links.

Admin page now has more karma check and cancel links.

Added koji check ini file name to tag line on kernels page.

Changed home page content.

Installed Fedora 21

I installed F21 early last month. Things seem to be working generally as usual, except for display issues. The usual problems were encountered during installation, and with GNOME regarding lack of support for my nVidia 7300 LE. These issues are not really the fault of Fedora, but continue to be a Linux disappointment. Windows runs fine on the 7300 LE.

Here’s the list of changes since last posting:

Updated kernel script for Fedora 21 changes.

Fixed karma check script to detect server error.

Changed home page Youtube video etc.

Cron creates empty admin notes and todo list files if they don’t already exist.

Updated the fedora installation checklist for F21.

More CentOS 7 work

I continued to work on the CentOS 7 installation. I was able to install VLC media player from repos. VLC is essential for me to even consider changing to CentOS. For now, I remain with Fedora.

Numerous additional things for August:

Nagios now checks the firewall.

Admin page now alerts if reboot is needed.

Kernels page displays one column when viewed with mobile browser.

Bolded running kernel on kernels page.

Koji kernel script error examples use current version.

Disabled server signature for admin pages to prevent leak on failed login.

Admin page versions now generated by function.

Fixed Nagios admin check script bug.

Small administrative check script improvement.

Fixed minor bugs on admin page 1.

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.

GNOME Desktop not working with 3.13 kernels

I’m now booting the 3.13 kernels, but the desktop fails to start. GNOME worked fine with alll F20 3.11 and 3.12 kernels. I have received no help from the community with this, nor have my Google searches produced a solution so far. I will probably look into this further, but it’s yet another Linux desktop disappointment. While I know my GeForce 7300 LE is getting old, I thought Linux excelled at supporting older hardware?

Also in the last couple of weeks:

Moved updates testing message to admin 2.

Admin 1 Clear All button is now shown whenever there are new version flags.

Several improvements to new koji kernel check.

New koji kernel flag now cleared when the new kernel is booted.

Kernel 3.13.2

I attempted to run the first 3.13 Fedora kernel yesterday. GNOME did not seem to start. No login screen. Everything else seemed to be OK. I posted a message to the Fedora kernel mailing list, and left -1 karma. Rolled back to 3.12.10.

Also on the subject of the desktop, GNOME seems to work satisfactorily on Fedora 20. There are still some video glitches. Maybe now that nVidia is helping Nouveau things will get better. We’ll see!

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.

Trying out XFCE

After having various problems with the other desktop environments relating to Nouveau and nVidia, I’ve been running XFCE for a couple of weeks. So far it’s stable, which is a breath of fresh air (I’m looking at you Fedora and GNOME!). Hopefully things will be improved in Fedora 20.

I also updated several old WordPress plugins, which fixed an issue connecting with Firefox on Android. It is important to keep WP and its plugins updated!

Other work includes multiple sources now used for Internet IP checks, and kernels information was moved to admin page 2.