Linux Home Server Build PT1 | The Linux Action Show! s13e02

Linux Home Server Build PT1 | The Linux Action Show! s13e02

This week on, The Linux Action Show!

We kick off our Linux Home Server build project, and share with you our plans to make it a multimedia POWER HOUSE!

THEN – Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics – They all say Linux is dying! We debate the real reasons people are talking about Linux a whole lot less!

All this week on, The Linux Action Show!

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This Week’s Show Notes:

Runs Linux:

The Pogoplug, runs Linux!

     Various remote file transfer options, FTP, SSH, SMB, etc.

     Stream videos, music and photos directly to your iPhone, Blackberry, Droid and other mobile devices

     No need to change your network configuration or firewall settings.

     A pro version, which includes ACLs, auditing, and more is in the works!


Android App Pick:

Startup Cleaner 2.0

BONUS PICK: Official XBMC Remote



Jolicloud 1.0 Released!

     Jolicloud is built on top of the Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Netbook Edition.

     Jolicloud 1.0 uses Chromium and provides its own launcher that is built with HTML5.

     Uses the Nautilus file manager and other gnome apps/tools in many places.

     The launcher has a very smooth Web-like aesthetic with lots of gray gradients and shadows.

     In the App Center, software is sorted by the number of “likes” each application has received from the Jolicloud user community.

     The Jolicloud software lets you link multiple Jolicloud computers to your account and will keep your launcher configuration in sync between all of them.

Nokia’s app development strategy: Qt, Qt, Qt

     Nokia QT SDK 1.0

     Qt developers can now upload Qt Symbian apps targeting both the Nokia N97 mini and Nokia X6, as well as Qt Maemo apps for the Nokia N900 mobile computer.

     With a fast, new simulator along with on-device debugging and the ability to compile to both .sis (Symbian) or .deb (Maemo) packages.

Android is now top-selling OS in American smartphones

     Q2 2010: 33% of phones sold during the period ran Android.

     This marks the first time in since Q4 2007 that RIM has not held the crown of most purchased smartphone in the US.

     BlackBerrys accounting for 28%

     Apple’s iPhone occupying third spot with 22%.


Gnome Shell Video –


Debian 6.0 Squeeze, has been frozen!

     Original code freeze was planned to happen in December, bumped to March, and then till now.

     Current release date is set for Summer 2010.




Where has all the Linux news gone? Linux and open source news stories and trending down across the board, from less stories about Linux distros to open source projects. What’s going on?


     News stores about Fedora are trending down.

     And Ubuntu.

     News stories just about, and/or discussing Linux also trending downward.

     News about open source, or discussing open source.

     End user Google search topic trends are also down.

     Some have noticed Linux/OSS news stories on Digg often sit for more than a week before anything new makes it to the top, indicating a major lack of submissions/diggs. Some say this might be a organized attack by Microsoft.

     Buzz feed discussion thread on this topic, a great read thanks everyone!


Building a Linux Home Server:

Easy to use pre-built file server Linux OS:


Some of Chris’s Home Server Requirements:

1.    Must do basic file services, SMB, NFS, SSH/SCP.

2.    Needs to be able to run Dropbox, or another desktop sync program. I automate a lot of stuff with Dropbox.

3.    The ability to run a simple DNS server.

4.    The abilty to run X86 apps, like the Java Runtime & PS3 Media Server

5.    Can run SABnzbd


Chris’s theoretical server build:

     Load base host OS, perhaps Ubuntu Server LTS – Must be something w/low foot print, but long-term support with minimal pre-loaded software.

     Install VirtualBox.

     Build openSUSE server OS using the SUSE Studio

     Load VM into VirtualBox, create Virual VSD disk volumes on the storage array. Manage virtual storage via VirtualBox.

     Look into phpVirtualBox, a web UI for VirtualBox (I’d like my host OS to run headless, or at least with X11 not running typically)


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