Self Signed Server Certificates

Creating a self-signed server certificate is easy, but I’m going to document it here for next time I need to know!

Step 1: Generate the keys to be used to sign the certificate. openssl genrsa -des3 -out server.key 1024 Enter a passphrase when prompted.

Step 2: Create a passphrase-less version of the key, so you Continue reading Self-Signed Server Certificates

Oneiric Ocelot Arrives - A Review of Xubuntu 11.10

On October 13 2011, the latest version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, 11.10 (codenamed Oneiric Ocelot), was released, along with all its derivatives, including Xubuntu. Keen-eyed readers may notice that my last Xubuntu review was a year ago, for Xubuntu 10.10 and that I seemingly ignored Xubuntu 11.04. Unfortunately, I was between houses when 11.04 Continue reading Oneiric Ocelot Arrives – A Review of Xubuntu 11.10


Wow, you leave your blog out there in the big ol’ www for a few months to fend for itsslf and when you check back in on it, it’s full of spam! 1158 spam comments to be precise. So much for the WP Captcha Free plugin, that claims to “Block comment spam without captcha”. Don’t Continue reading Spam!

The Meerkat Is Here... A Review of Xubuntu 10.10

At 10:10 and 10 seconds on Sunday 10/10/10, the latest version of Cananical’s Ubuntu Linux operating system (Ubuntu 10.10, codenamed Maverick Meerkat) was released, along with it’s derivatives, Edubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu. Now I’m a big Xubuntu fan and run it on both my netbook and desktop, so I quickly grabbed the netbook and set Continue reading The Meerkat Is Here… A Review of Xubuntu 10.10

Ubuntu - Driving Linux Forward or Stealing the Credit?

In recent months, several reports have been release detailing how little Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) contribute to upstream projects, such as Gnome and the Linux kernel. Last week, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical’s founder and the “benevolent dictator” of Ubuntu, release a blog post defending Canonical’s position. You can read the full post here, but I Continue reading Ubuntu – Driving Linux Forward or Stealing the Credit?

Linux Mint Debian Edition

If you’ve read my About page, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Debian- / Ubuntu-derived distros and also of rolling release distros. So the latest offering from Linux Mint is right up my street – a Debian Testing-based, rolling release distro, called Linux Mint Debian Edition.

OK, so it’s Gnome only at the Continue reading Linux Mint Debian Edition

Grandad-buntu, Part 2

Well, the last month’s been fun!! As I mentioned in my previous posts, all my VPS servers were with RackVM, who vanished suddenly towards the end of August, taking my site with them. I knew it was a gamble when I signed up with them, but I thought they’d at least have to decency to Continue reading Grandad-buntu, Part 2

Grandad-buntu, Part 1

OK, so if you’re reading this, the chances are you’ve been in my position yourself – the family IT support person. This past weekend, I got “the call”. You know the drill, laptop running really slow, needs fixing etc. But we don’t mind, cos we’re geeks and, let’s be honest, we like those sorts of Continue reading Grandad-buntu, Part 1

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3...

I was catching up with season 3 of the Ubuntu UK Podcast this week (I’m a bit behind) and in one of the earlier episodes, one of the guys (Dave I think) mentioned that you could turn Debian into a rolling release by using the Testing branch and referencing it as Testing rather than it’s Continue reading Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3… Link-up?

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