How Not to Install Discourse | LAS 404

How Not to Install Discourse | LAS 404

This week we talk about how you can have a working web forum in 10 minutes or less & all open source! Last week we talked about team collaboration software, but what about when you need a wider approach?

In the news we talk about an open source router; Russia dumping Windows, more updates to video editing on Linux, a super special live unboxing & more!

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Pros of Hosting Your Own Forum


  • Not subject to rules of hosting site eg: reddit
  • Completely Open Source
  • Customized and branded for your community
  • Complete control over your community

Discourse – Civilized Discussion

  • 100% Open Source
  • Incorporate Discourse into your site with complete confidence, the code belongs to everyone.
  • Mobile and Tablet
  • Designed for touch devices from day one. Automatic mobile and touch layouts that scale to fit your device.
  • Optimized for Reading
  • To keep reading, just keep scrolling. When you reach the bottom, suggested topics keep you reading.
  • Single Sign On
  • Seamlessly integrate Discourse with your existing site’s login system with easy, robust single sign on.
  • CDN Support
  • Easily plug in any CDN provider to speed up global access to your site.

Step by Step Guide

  • Sign up For Digital Ocean with code lasdigital
  • Sign up for an account at
  • The default is 1GB, but 2GB is recommended
  • Choose Distro of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Pick your SSH Keys
  • Log INto your Droplet
  • If you’re running with 1GB or less setup a swap file
Execute the Following Commands to Setup Discourse

wget -qO- | sh

mkdir /var/discourse

git clone /var/discourse

cd /var/discourse

cp samples/standalone.yml containers/app.yml

nano containers/app.yml

  • Set the developer email to YOUR email
  • Set the hostname to the hostname of the machine
  • Set the SMTP address
  • Set the SMTP Port
  • Set the SMTP User
  • Set the SMTP Password

./launcher bootstrap app

./launcher start app


Runs Linux

My Adult Sandbox RUNS LINUX

The East Carolina Geology department takes The East Carolinian inside its building and reveals an interesting new tool that will be used to teach students more about the topography landscapes of land and water.

The room Giaime had walked me into contained the hardware guts of the observatory’s active damping system. The lab’s seismic isolation sensors detect environmental vibrations ar__ound the observatory at all different frequencies, and then the compu__ter systems in this room drive servos that act to dampen those vibrations.

Desktop App Pick

Sent in by Rikai

CopyQ monitors system clipboard and saves its content in customized tabs. Saved clipboard can be later copied and pasted directly into any application.

Items can be:

  • edited with internal editor or with preferred text editor,
  • moved to other tabs
  • drag’n’dropped to applications,
  • marked with tag or a note,
  • passed to or changed by custom commands,
  • simply removed.

Weekly Spotlight

Sent in by Khaotic_Linux

Stremio is an app that helps you organize and instantly watch your favorite videos, movies, TV series and TV channels.

  • Click and play your favourite movies, TV Shows, videos and TV channels.
  • Stremio automatically picks synced subtitles for your language.
  • Cast to AppleTV, Chromecast, Smart TV (DLNA/UPnP) and mobile devices.

— NEWS —

Russia to Ban Windows from Government PCs

Another radical change that German Klimenko wants to achieve is replacing Windows on all government PCs with a Linux-based operating system developed by Russia. Klimenko also stated that there are already 22,000 municipal authorities ready to replace Windows with their own operating system.

Open Source WiFi Router with Open Source Code

Our goal is to let Geek Force Board with all popular open source systems and every one can use free open source codes, including OPENWRT, Android, Ubuntu Snappy to make their own Roboto Multimedia WiFi Router Gateway Board.

  • 3 Mini PCIe Slots
  • WiFi
  • BLE
  • LTE
  • Quad Cortex A7 1.3Ghz

Geek Force Board is designed for IoT Home Multimedia and Home Automation. With powerful Quad-core ARM Cotex-A7 1.3MHz made by Mediatek MT7623, could reach below applications (including TOR, VPN functions).

We are engaged in WiFi field for long time and would like to go with IoT trend. More and more IoT devices need a powerful gateway to link together and with media content bandwidth need.

With those interfaces, you can contribute your own roboto multimedia router.

Hardware is difficult, and we also would like to provide good Open Source firmwares (OPENWRT, Android, Ubuntu Snappy core) tuned for more people to implement their own systems.

OpenShot 2.0 Beta Now Available

OpenShot 2.0 has a new beta build available for testing.

The update is the third full beta release of the revamped video editor but only the first to made available for public testing.

Among the features, fixes and improvements that are new in OpenShot 2.0.6: –

  • Smoother animations (zooming, panning, rotation)
  • Audio improvements
  • Autosave engine automatically saves your project at set intervals
  • Automatic project back-up and recovery
  • Support for importing/exporting Openshot projects across OSes
  • New Audio preview settings
  • Prompt when the application needs to “restart” for an option to take effect
  • Anonymous metric and error reporting enabled by default (can be disabled)
  • 3 Years In The Making: OpenShot 2.0 Finally Hits Beta

It’s the first major release of the non-linear video editing tool in three years, and the first to arrive since the project successfully met its funding goal in the OpenShot Kickstarter campaign held in 2013.

We’ve seen the launch of professional-grade and pseudo-open source Lightworks video editor, huge improvements made to Qt-based Kdenlive, and even user-friendly Pitivi hasn’t been shy in pushing forward.

No one app suits everyone, and for this reason if no other it is great to see OpenShot back.

  • To install OpenShot 2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04 or later run the following two commands in a new Terminal window

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/libopenshot-daily

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

Android Phone Makers will Switch to Linux

Factory and deliver devices powered by Ubuntu.

The Linux shop has received commitments from Android smartphone and tablet makers to ship devices using its Linux with devices “later this year.”

Chief executive Jane Silber told The Register: “We are talking to them [Android OEM partners] regularly and many will be shipping Ubuntu phones. There’s a lot of interest from these folks in supporting another platform.”

The company announced the Ubuntu variant of BQ’s M10 Aquarius tablet last week. BQ, an Ubuntu partner of two years, also ships M10 on Android. BQ was already selling two handsets running Ubuntu.

Canonical is also partnering with Android partner Meizu, which is shipping the MX4.

Mozilla said last week it’s stopping production of Firefox OS for smartphones, having had enough of trying to play catch up despite having had the muscle of Telefonica to help push it. Firefox OS was a Linux-based operating system that ran HTML5. Firefox OS will now go on “things” – starting with UHD TVs from Panasonic.

She would not say which of Google’s partners, currently making and selling Android phones and tablets, that Canonical has talked to, or which of those will embrace Ubuntu. However, Samsung – the biggest single beneficiary of Android on smartphones since the Galaxy – has made repeated noises about need for an alternative.

To date, Samsung has backed Tizen, which started as LiMo and received Intel’s backing in 2011 when the project was given the Tizen rebrand.

Silber is also dismissive of the suggestion Canonical and Ubuntu haven’t exactly triumphed in their various efforts to flip Mac or Windows loyalists. The goal in 2011 was for 200 million Ubuntu users by the end of that year – but today that figure, according to Canonical, is just 30 million desktops.

“Five years ago people said, why do you need another Linux distro?”

SourceForge Acquisition and Future Plans

Our first order of business was to terminate the “DevShare” program. As of last week, the DevShare program was completely eliminated. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a trusted home for open source software, and this was a clear first step towards that.



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