Installing Habari Blog on Ubuntu Server to Replace WordPress

You may have heard of Habari, you may not have. It’s yet another blogging software, written from the ground up to take advantage of all the latest technologies available. For this reason it’s not supported everywhere and probably is why you haven’t heard of it yet. I think this software could replace WordPress if done correctly, it will just take some time to get a little more robust, but the guts of it is definately there....

October 29, 2008 · 3 min · 569 words · Matt G

Howto Setup Permissions for Joomla on Plesk with Ubuntu

Most of the howto’s or tutorials we came across about this problem all mention to install suphp and run php as a cgi through it. We weren’t happy with this solution, so we did something different. Basically the problem is: Plesk runs apache as “www-data:www-data” while the users are “username:psacln”. So, uploading via sftp or ftp will work fine, but when you go to install something from the control panel in Joomla, it will be installed as www-data:www-data....

October 25, 2008 · 2 min · 310 words · Matt G

Remove Ubuntu Splash Screen from starting on boot

Here’s a simple way of changing your Ubuntu server so it won’t be using the splash screen. Great for seeing console, if you’re not using VESA or just plain being old school. first: # sudo nano /etc/grub/menu.lst look for # defoptions= quiet splash change it to – important leave the # in the line. # defoptions= now just run the grub updating tool and you’ll start up without the splash...

October 19, 2008 · 1 min · 75 words · Matt G

Monitoring Asterisk with SNMP, Nagios and Nagios Administrator using Ubuntu LTS 8.0.4 Server

Gone are the days of tedious console only configuration of Nagios. While it’s an excellent system monitoring tool, it can be a little daunting to configure and setup. Not to mention editing 5 or 6 configuration files when adding one host. In April 2008, Nagios Administrator was released, which promises to deliver an easy to use administration interface for configuring your Nagios installation with ease. The interface allows for adding contacts, contact groups, services, operating systems, and other settings....

June 19, 2008 · 10 min · 2095 words · Matt G

Ubuntu Server LTS 8.04 VMWare VMTools Howto and Tutorial

You may have some difficulty with Ubuntu Server and VMWare Tools. Here’s how we got it working in the end: start vm # sudo mount /cdrom # cd /cdrom # cp *.tgz /tmp # cd /tmp # apt-get install build-essentials # apt-get install linux-headers-\`uname -r\` # tar xzvf vmtools<yourversion.tgz> # cd vmtools<yourversion> # perl vmware-install.pl That’s it. You might want to modify your console settings so you can get 1024×768 from VMWare Workstation, but it’s not really required if you’re just SSH’ing to it....

June 17, 2008 · 1 min · 84 words · Matt G