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.

Installed Fedora 24

Over the last week I installed the latest Fedora release (F24). As usual I ran into an installation issue. Anaconda did not install grub.cfg, so the machine could not boot. After some rescue work, I was able to boot up and things worked fine. Good job Fedora.  🙁

Other things completed since the last entry:

Removed WordPress Login Security Solution plugin since it was blocking login.

Speedtest now warns if download, upload or ping are not normal.

If speedtest is warning, there is now a link to request a new test.

NSS began preventing Apache startup. See Apache NSS Configuration.TXT.

Backup script now exits with error if backup device isn’t mounted.

Disabled auditing and auditd due to spewing to console and log.

Updated version script to use php-pear-Console-Color2.

Added Hillary Clinton video to home page.

Demoted DynDNS for Internet IP check due to too many failures and slow responses.

Improved acquisition of distribution name for admin page.

The Let’s Encrypt client is now called Certbot. Changed scripts to reflect this change.

Disabled several startup services.

Several changes to the Fedora Installation Checklist.

Let’s Encrypt

Obtained SSL/TLS certificates from the new open certificate authority Let’s Encrypt. All Apache virtual hosts are now using these new certificates. Also put scripts in place to renew them monthly, although some further work may be required.

Some other items:

Graduated warnings for system loading on admin page.

Administrative check script file exists checks can now use days, hours or minutes.

Several changes to the terminal virtual host and admin page link.

Several minor changes on the admin page.