Hostgator SSH Access

Ok, so this is the fourth time I’ve forgotten how to access my Hostgator account via SSH. I might as well document it here, for old times sake. It’s so simple really, but I don’t know why I keep on forgetting it. To access the account, just use port 2222 instead of 22. That’s it. I don’t know why I can’t remember that. I blame it on old age.

# ssh server -p 2222

Actually, I’ve been really happy with Hostgator. No major or drawn out outages. Just a couple of hiccups here and there. They are minor things, really. I counted twice, the times the site was slow, but otherwise, Hostgator was able to fix it in a couple of hours. They only thing I miss from my old webhost is the ability to install a Subversion repository on the server. Hostgator, are you listening?

But, I got that’s running now on my desktop. It’s probably better that way. It’s more secure. It’s not like my code is highly classified or super sensitive. It’s not! But, placing it on your desktop is probably better. Until your hard drive crashes. So, keep backup copies regularly.

Linux Foundation: Free Webinar Series

Take advantage of the free webinar series being offered by the Linux foundation. Here’s the original announcement from the Linux Foundation:

In the past few years, the use of Linux in embedded devices has skyrocketed. Televisions, phones, cars, ATMs: you name it, it probably has Linux running in it. At the recent Mobile World Congress, Linux dominated virtually every product announcement: Samsung’s Bada, many new Android phones, the Linux Foundation’s MeeGo project, Palm, and many more. Embedded Linux today has been nearly as disruptive as Linux was in the data center in the 90s and 2000s as it displaced proprietary Unix OSes.

With massive growth comes the need for skilled developer talent. As many of you know, the Linux Foundation launched Linux training courses for developer and sys admins last year, and has been steadily expanding its offerings. This January we announced a free webinar series to help connect developers to the experts they need to advance their careers. Based on the demand we’re seeing in light of these recent announcements, we are announcing a new free training webinar on embedded Linux.

In this free webinar, you will receive the basics of embedded Linux development and get an overview of best practices. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about a very hot area in technology. I hope you take advantage of it and find it useful for your career.

We also have a five day course on embedded Linux development for those ready to dive in on March 22 in the Bay Area. There are a few spots left so please register if interested. Those who attend the free webinar will receive a discount for the course.

Elliot Associates Offering To Buy Novell

Red Hat and Novell are two pioneer companies who have made money from open-source. Novell with its Suse Linux distribution has received an offer from Elliot Associates to buy its stock for $5.75 per stock, a total of $1 billion dollars. Novell shares closed today at $4.75. After hours trading are above $6.

Meanwhile, Redhat’s market capitalization is at $5 billion. This is more than enough proof that companies can make money from free, open-source products.

OpenShot: A Video Editing Tool For Linux

Yes, finally. A video editor for Linux. OpenShot is a video editing tool that is going to be available from the Ubuntu repository starting with upcoming Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. In the meantime, the video editing tool can be downloaded from:

Go to System > Administration > Software Sources, add the following:

deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

Enter the key.

# sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys B9BA26FA

Install OpenShot

sudo apt-get install openshot

Simple Scan in Ubuntu Lucid

It looks like Simple Scan will be the default scanner in Ubuntu Lucid. From Starry Hope:

Simple Scan makes scanning, emailing, printing and saving documents much less complicated. Sure, many of us geeks might want something like XSane that offers much more control over our scans, but for beginners, Simple Scan should take all the mystery out of scanning. Scanning documents and attaching them to an email in Evolution is now just a few-click process.

Simple Scan offers only the most basic of controls. It lets you choose the type of document you are scanning (photo or text), lets you do basic cropping, then lets you save the scan as a file, email your scans via Evolution or just print.  It also handles multi-page documents, allowing you to save them as a PDF file or as a series of JPG images. That’s about all there is to it – it’s simple!

It’s about time. It’s a much needed feature that has been missing for a very long time. I’m glad it’s included in the latest release of Ubuntu. Kudos to the Ubuntu development team for including this neat little program.

Linux Mint 9 Development

Just wanted to pass this on to Linux Mint fans. From the Linux Mint blog.

Development started on Linux Mint 9. The menu will allow you to edit the shortcuts directly, to add them to the panel and to add them to the desktop. An option was also added to make the menu always start with the favorites. The update manager is getting new icons (the locks are replaced with white shields), it doesn’t consider it an error when it’s unable to know the availability of updates (the broken lock appearing when another APT application was open, or when connection to the Internet was lost, was irritating a lot of people) and it generally feels less intrusive. The software manager is being completely rewritten. It’s taking the best features of mintinstall, Ubuntu Software Center and Gnome App Installer. The graphical interface looks much slicker, using webkit to render HTML parts, a single-click navigation and a navigation bar. It also uses an APT daemon to queue up installation and removal of applications in real time. Your actions can be monitored as you go along, canceled, and you can close and open the software manager at any stage without any incidence on the queue. We’re abandoning .mint files to go back to raw  .deb support and as a consequence the software manager won’t deal with 300+ applications, but about 30,000.