Dedicate to all things Open Source

Created to spread the word about Linux, FOSS, and the entire OSM!

One humble idea from Linus Torvalds

Created an entire movement that has spanned the globe and revolutionized many platforms!

Gamming is getting better too

Better drivers for hardware support so, that rich games can be created on a stable platform... OUYA!!!

The Open Source Movement is World Wide

From third world, rural and indigenous areas to you Linux has spawned!

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I hope that my passion and opinion for Linux, FOSS, and the OSM was a help to you!!! Be Blessed...I Am!!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Too Long of A Break!!!

It has been three years since my last blog post.  I will not make excuses but I will discuss some of the reason why I had to set aside my blog.  First, we all know that life is unpredictable and time waits on no one.  Thus, I take full responsibility for slacking on producing good information on this blog-site. As, a blogger I know that it is my responsibility to stay current, fresh, and on time with my articles.

Relocating to the big apple has been an adjustment that has not been conducive to my blogging style.  For, on I use Simple Screen Recorder to make my review videos and that some what difficult with a single monitor instead of the multiple monitors I have with my desktop.  Mentioning my desktop and it has been packed away for most of this relocation.  I bought a laptop but it was not until recent that I learned of usb portable monitors and I am finally able to use multiple monitors with my laptop.  Therefore, I look forward to blogging again on Open Source Technologies.

Technology is truly moving with the speed of light.  There has been many iterations of software and hardware advancements over the past few years.  Open source projects are sprouting across all disciplines within technology.  There are NAS, printing, new Linux Distros,  and almost any software program imaginable as open source projects.

I plan on reviewing a Linux Distro, a software program, and a website related to open source technology before the end of this month.  I would also like to keep these reviews on a monthly iteration schedule.  Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

Be Blessed,

Elbennit



Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Simple Perfomance Tweak for LXDE or any Ubuntu Variant Distro

It has been quite some time since I blogged.  My education has but a bit of strain on my free time but that still is no excuse!  I have been confined to using a laptop over the past several months as my life has been on the go.  I notice that my resources were always strained and when I tried to run the different application that I use to create my blog videos my system was at a crawl, thus I was waiting to get my production desktop up and running again.  Now, I am using LXLE (Lubuntu eXtra Life Extensions)12.04.4 and I have been worried about upgrading to the latest x86_64 bit version due to the poor performance of my current system.
Then, I like any good GNU/ Linux power user I started researching the cause of my system congestion.  The command "pstree" revelled two processes running that I had to investigate further.  Zeitgeist datahub and deja-dup-monitor were the process that I was not fimilar with and they both had sub-process running under them.  After, a Google search on the both of them I soon found them to be at the root of complaints as resource hogs.  The solutions ranged from stopping there associated services and daemons to removing the software packages all together.  Well it was the latter that I went with. There was no hiccups deja-dup-monitor but I lost a very good tool removing zeitgeist datahub.
According to Linuxaria (2014), "Zeitgeist is the main engine and logic behind GNOME Activity Journal which is currently seen to become one of the main means of viewing and managing activities in GNOME version 3.0"  Now, GNOME is part of the GNU Project which we all know is the brain child of Mr. Richard Stallman.  So, I could thank him for clogging my system (please know that this is an attempt at comedy)!  Since, I am running LXLE 12.04.4 my desktop manager is LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment).  Therefore zeitgeist is not crucial for my desktop environment but I did hate loosing gedit.  Gedit is one of my favorite text editors and it is loaded with pluggins to support viewing just about any text format including code highlights.  Well, I will miss you gedit until I can find a work around for installing you without zeitgeist dependency.  Ah, sounds like a code compiling project is on the horizon.
I must note that since removing these software packages multitasking speed has increased considerably.  I went from struggling to run firefox and LibreOffice Writer to writing this blog entry while running CentOS in a VirtualBox vitual machine, Leafpad, and ROXTerm all at the same time.  What is even more amazing conky has yet to list my cpu usage over 50%! Don't believe me check out my screen shot below:




Be Blessed!!!

Elbennit


 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Distro of the Month - Kali Linux!!!

The Target breach, Heartbleed Bug, and MSIE five generations of bad coding all show that security is becoming a priority beyond governments.  The enterprise, small business, and home networks all need good security plans, practices, and policies.  Testing those plans and policies with a penetration tools is a practice that will show weak points that should be addressed.  For years one of the best free penetration testing suites was BackTrack.  Through development and evolution this suite was rename to Kali Linux, the Distro of the Month!!!
Kali Linux, offers a great platform of software and settings that will educate the novice and the experience alike on IT security.  Their website offers plenty of information on security mitigation.  What is a special treat is that they offer a more adventurous way to download and compile a custom build of their Distro.  Well, yes that is the spirit of the entire open source community but, I like the flare of the presentation on this site.
Social engineering, cracking WEP, cracking passwords, hacking servers, and pretty much the entire gambit of cyber threats are covered and tested by this tool.  What is funny the more I learn about security the more I realize that we are not secure.  Pretty much anything that is man made can be broken, only the human body, the cosmos, and the bottom of the ocean have not been hacked or cracked!!! Take a bow Offensive Security your work is on the cutting edge of IT security!!!









Be Blessed!!!


Elbennit

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Application of the Month - GIMP!!!

GIMP© (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an image editing program that pretty much does it all.  On top of being a very solid tool it is one of the oldest active FOSS projects available.  With an initial release date of January 1996, GIMP Project Members have celebrated 18 years of development. Thank you Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the entire GIMP development team for conceiving one of my personal favorites and most used programs.  Moreover, recently this project has a free magazine to accompany it as well.  Kudos!!!,
Trust, I am not a professional artist, photographer, or graphics designer and personally have not desire to be.  But, I do appreciate good art and I often find my self in the need to do some image manipulation.  Thus, GIMP has been my tool of choice since 2006.  During, my early days of FOSS usage I was dual booting thus, I mostly used native Windows® programs for image manipulation.  Funny, where others liked Adobe®, I was more of a Jasc® man myself.  That is why it was easy to get the feel of GIMP!,
With the multitude of plugins and scritps, GIMP's features can be expanded to just about every image manipulation need.  The range of file format pretty much covers the gambit.  The majority of my usage of GIMP is for file conversions and creating transparent images.  Yet, I did create my ~LuvLinuxOS~ signature using some FX-Foundry tools.  I was pretty proud of that!!!  I hope this article and video leads you to one of the oldest and most vibrant FOSS Application projects on the net!










Be Blessed!!!

Elbennit




Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Distro of the Month - LXLE!!!

Wow, in just a few short months LXLE (Lubuntu eXtra Life Extension) has really caught on fire!  I am a group member of LXLE on FaceBook and I encourage you to join.  Being that I am a QA tester for Lubuntu, I am really impressed with this re-spin.  Lubuntu really saved my old equipment from the recycle bin! Literally, I was getting ready to start recycling this old abandon equipment when my house was broken into and my production laptops were stolen.  That really became a blessing is disguise, besides having some really good friends donate some older equipment, I had to evaluate some abandon machines that was going to recyclers.  Well, needless to say I have made the best out of them because I found and became involved with Lubuntu.  Thank you buglers!!!
What LXLE has done, is take a really great official variant of Ubuntu (Lubuntu) and put a very good remix on the stocked software applications, system tweaks, and scripts implementations.  LXLE is a very productive OS environment out of the box.  As, I have always leaned to the development and education side of technology, I personally would have like to seen an IDE and even some more educational software installed, IMHO.  Besides that small suggestion, this system is a great base to get up and running quickly with little to no additional tweaking to do.  LXLE will be an excellent choice for a drop in replacement of an unsupported XP® system.  Do note that April is fast approaching and that is the month Microsoft® will stop supporting Windows® XP®. Therefore, if you own older equipment and can't or don't want to purchase new equipment this is a viable and optimal approach for your OS, software applications, and PC computing needs!
LXLE is based on LTS (long term support) distribution model of L(Ubuntu).  Therefore, it will be supported until the year 2017.  That will give that old hardware a very long production life until you can find an affordable replacement.  I truly believe that once you go open source and experience LXLE you just might not go back to closed proprietary software!!! Now, I do understand the systematic dependency on proprietary software but, the quality of OSS is greatly improved and the communities that support OSS are growing. 
The current version of LXLE is 12.04.4 and it was just released days before the posting of this article.  Although a very good video demonstration is available on the developer website, I have include my video commentary below and I hope it helps you become acquainted with the L(Ubuntu) family of software, get involved in the OSM, learn more about GNU / Linux, and of course review LXLE.   It gives me great pleasure to write about LXLE and I hope that you will give this fantastic Distro a try!!!











Be Blessed!!!


Elbennit






P.S. Correction about when I started using GNU/Linux the year was 1998 not 1990! I should have corrected the typo in the video I did not so, I am here...Thanks!!!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Website of the Month - YoLInux.com©!!!

I have been visiting this site since 1998, if my memory serves me correct!  As a matter of fact you can look at the copyright information in the footer of the page and you will see that YoLinux.com© has been since 1999.  Therefore, I have been a user of this fantastic resource before it was officially protected by US Copyrights laws.  Now, that might not be a big deal to you but, to me it signifies that I have been visiting and using this site for some 15 plus years now. Moreover, I am glad to see them still around and serving the open source movement (OSM).  YoLinux.com© has become a staple in the open source on-line community.  Pretty Cool!!!
YoLinux.com©: Linux Information Portal, is a well sectioned and organized website offering plenty of information about GNU/Linux related technologies.  This is a great resource for finding information on many subjects pertaining to the OSM!  We all know that GNU/Linux is the heart of the OSM thus, it is hard to discuss one without discussing the other.  YoLinux.com© covers Distro release, security updates, development, hardware, and much much more.  You could literally loose yourself in the bounty of information served at this website location. Yet, I would like to see them cover more HOSS (Hardware + Open Source Software) projects like Raspberry Pi, Keno, and Arduino.  These projects are gaining in popularity and are based mostly on a mobile port of GNU/Linux. IMHO. 
They have plenty of download resources within their site, and plenty of links to other resources as well.  An abundance of step by step How-To(s) and tutorials covering a massive range of subjects.  Plus, what they do not cover they have search boxes for other resource to help you find the information that you are researching.  This is a great tool for the layman and guru alike!  Give them a try and tell me what you think below.  I hope that this article and video has been a help to your GNU/Linux, FOSS, HOSS, and total OSM experience!!!







Be Blessed!!!


Elbennit

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Building A Router / Firewall with FOSS!!!

Last year I wrote an article about pfSense® titled, "pfSense Makes Good Sense!!!."  While writing that article and creating the accompanying video, I promise to show how I did it.  There are plenty of tutorials for creating an open source router / firewall so, what I will do here is show you how I used those tutorials / how-to(s) to create my FOSS router/firewall.
First, I had to purchase a few items to complete the task.  I needed a second NIC for an older machine thus it would have to support regular PCI and not PCI Express.  Now, that took a bit of hunting but I really recommend eBay for all your retro hardware purchases and to just find a great deal on just about anything.  Next, I needed a new switch to network my PCs.  Last, I needed wifi support so, I purchase a Cisco®/Linksys® wireless router. Now, my home network would not be on the ATT® Uverse® modem/router/switch/cablebox/telephony equipment, instead it is sitting behind a FOSS firewall/router that I built! How cool is that?
I installed the NIC into the older machine that had an Intel® Celeron® CPU 2.40GH, 20 gig HDD, and 1 gig of RAM that I also upgraded.  Now, I really tried using this equipment as a desktop production machine, and it was dismally slow. But as a firewall/router it is perfect!  Most of the open source projects for firewalls / routers requires very low hardware specification. As a side note, the more expensive router / firewall equipment uses a proprietary port of UNIX or GNU/Linux to power their equipment.  Thus, it just make good sense to use an open source solution to build your own router / firewall home equipment.
After viewing Smoothwall®, OpenWRT®, M0n0Wall®, and  DD-WRT®, I decided to go with pfSense® on my home network.  Separating my home network from my Internet modem was one of the all time best tech upgrades I have completed.  I highly recommend this for any power user that want to do more than browse the Internet, check email, and write an occasional letter.  If you want to create a media server, PXE server, game server, have more control of dhcp, dns, proxy server and firewall settings then, this is the way to go!
Choosing any of these FOSS projects should improve your home networking experience.  Finding these projects all grew out of the desire to install a PXE server on my home network.  Thanks, AT&T® Uverse® for not supporting PXE in your modem, because I would have never started Googling for a better solution.  This video is a bit long since I demostrateded both SmoothWall® and pfSense in VirtualBox.  The setups for the two systems are quite different with SmoothWall® being the more difficult install, but it sure does not lack on features.  It took a bit of perseverance to get it installed but the effort was well worth the wait. I plan on make my first truly outlined step by step HowTo on setting up SmoothWall® in a virtual network environment.  I hope that this article and the video below will be of service in helping you create your very own FOSS Router / Firewall too!!!










Be Blessed!!!


Elbennit