Unboxing Dell Vostro V130 with Ubuntu Preloaded

A few weeks ago I bought a Toshiba Satellite T235D at MicroCenter, intending to remove Windows and install Ubuntu Linux on it. That didn’t work out and I ended up returning it and paying the restocking fee. After that debacle, I wanted to buy a computer that just works with Ubuntu, out of the box. […]

Seamless Remote Linux Desktop in Windows

This howto describes how to setup your Windows desktop to login remotely to a Linux host and run programs in local desktop windows. In other words, you get seamless access to local and remote apps without jamming all your remote apps into a remote desktop window. You will even be able to run the XFCE […]

Setup VirtualBox as a Service in Linux

I run VirtualBox on my office desktop to provide not only a Windows desktop environment for sticky Windows-requiring apps, but also to provide MS SQL Server for my web development stack of JRun, ColdFusion, and MS SQL Server. As such, it would be useful to have an init script that starts and stops VirtualBox automatically […]

Which Linux or Unix Distribution am I Running?

Try these commands to find out what kind of system you’re logged into. The example output comes from an Ubuntu 7.10 desktop. From boot-time messages $ dmesg|head -1 [ 0.000000] Linux version 2.6.22-14-generic (buildd@terranova) (gcc version 4.1.3 20070929 (prerelease) (Ubuntu 4.1.2-16ubuntu2)) #1 SMP Tue Dec 18 08:02:57 UTC 2007 (Ubuntu 2.6.22-14.47-generic)$ dmesg|head -1 [ 0.000000] […]