ProFTP Mod Vroot

I recently upgraded my personal server at home to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. A day later, I realized the ProFTP server is no longer working. I’m not able to login at all. So, I restarted the ProFTP daemon and I was getting an error that says:

Fatal: LoadModule: error loading module ‘mod_vroot.c’: Operation not permitted on line 74 of ‘/etc/proftpd/modules.conf’

The ProFTP mod_vroot module was not required in previous Ubuntu versions. When I upgraded to Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS, it was displaying an error because the mod_vroot was not installed. To fix the problem, I just needed to open the Terminal and install the ProFTP mod_vroot module.

sudo apt-get install proftp-mod-vroot

In case you are wondering, the mod_vroot module implements a virtual chroot capability that does not require root privileges. The mod_vroot module provides this capability by using ProFTPD’s FS API. It also allows one to map a directory out of the user chroot as an alias in the chroot for sharing common directories.

In case, you have the same issue, this is an easy fix.

Fedora 17 Now Available

Fedora 17 also known as “Beefy Miracle” is a collection of software and an operating system based on the Linux kernel. Some of the highlights of Fedora 17 are: GNOME 3.4 and KDE 4.8, OpenStack, Eucalyptus and Open Nebula, ICC profiles for color printing and an improved gimp, and virtualization improvements.

64 bit is now the default when downloading Fedora 17. If you want to download the 32 bit version, you can still do so by clicking the “more download options.”  The minimum RAM requirement to run Fedora is 768MB in text mode, and 1GB RAM with a graphical environment. In addition, you will also need at least 9GB of disk space.


Linux Mint 13 Maya

Linux Mint 13 “Maya” is now available. It comes in two desktop editions. You can choose either Mate 1.2 or Cinnamon 1.4 desktop. Linux Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS meaning it’s also LTS. It will be supported for 5 years until April 2017. In addition to the desktop environments, Linux Mint 13 is also available on 32-bit and 64-bit processors. Get Linux Mint 13 today.

Ubuntu One On KDE

Ubuntu One is now on KDE. Ubuntu One is Ubuntu’s Linux cloud storage. Ubuntu One has been around for a couple of years, but it runs mostly on Gnome, the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. KDE on the other hand, used on Kubuntu, didn’t support Ubuntu One. Until now.

Kindle Cloud Reader on Ubuntu

Amazon has Kindle eBooks for both Windows and the Mac OS. With Kindle eBooks, users are able to access purchased books for the Kindle to be read from a Windows or Mac OS computer without a need for a Kindle device.

What about Linux users? Don’t fret. Although there is no Kindle eBooks application for Linux, users can still go directly to the Kindle Cloud Reader to access their books. Just hop to, and login with your Amazon Kindle credentials.

You can now access and read your books directly from any of the popular browsers. It’s that simple. Kindle Cloud Reader even gives you the option to download the file to your computer for offline reading.

Kindle Cloud Reader works in any platform, not just Linux. It works in Windows, Mac and just about any flavor of Linux. Kindle Cloud Reader really is an incredible tool because you have access to your Kindle books anywhere.

Google Chrome 19

Google Chrome 19 is now out. The latest release give users the ability to synch their open tabs across all devices. Whether they are on their desktops, laptops or Android devices, they can now share theiropen tabs across different platforms.

The only requirement is, you have to be logged in to Google Chrome to synch your open tabs. You can download Google Chrome 19 directly from Google Chrome’s website or update to Google Chrome 19 via the Tools menu within the Google Chrome browser.

Gimp 2.8

Who needs Photoshop if you can have Gimp for free. Let’s face it. Not all of us are graphic designers. Photoshop is this all and powerful graphic editing software. But, it’s also comes at a cost. It’s very expensive.

A typical user might need a quick and dirty graphic editor to fix a photo or maybe touch up a graphic. Maybe add some text, watermark, some drop shadows or change orientation of a photo. Gimp might be for you.

Why purchase Photoshop CS6 for $650 if you can get Gimp for nothing. Gratis. Well, at least give it a try. I’ve been using it for years. It’s great. I don’t need Photoshop.

In addition, Gimp 2.8 is available in all flavors of Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. Anyways, give it a try. Download.

How Google Uses Ubuntu

I have been an Ubuntu evangelist for many years. I’ve been writing about Linux, and mostly about Ubuntu. The article written by Ubuntu Vibes is a confirmation that I’m not crazy after all.

One of the biggest technology companies in the world, Google, is in fact using Ubuntu. Ubuntu Vibes covered a recent Ubuntu Development Summit and had this to say about Google’s developer Thomas Bushnell.

“He starts by saying ‘Precise Rocks’ and that many Google employees use Ubuntu including managers, software engineers, translators, people who wrote original Unix, people who have no clue about Unix etc. Many developers working on Chrome and Android use Ubuntu and his cook in Google office uses Kubuntu.”

In addition, Google has a custom version of Ubuntu called Goobuntu which is based on the Ubuntu LTS or Long Term Support. You can read more about what Google is doing with Linux at Ubuntu Vibes.

Install Latest Gimp On Ubuntu

Chances are, you already have Gimp installed on your Ubuntu Desktop. That’s great. Gimp is an awesome program. The real question is, do you have the current Gimp release? Currently it’s Gimp 2.8. I just did a quick check. I happen to have Gimp version 2.6. I’m two versions behind on Gimp. To get the latest Gimp release, just follow the following instructions.

Update To The Latest Gimp

We will use the PPA route to get the latest Gimp version 2.8. This will only work with Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and the latest Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Older Ubuntu versions are not supported in this repository. Enter the following commands in the Terminal to add the Gimp PPA repository to our sources list. We can then update and install the latest Gimp version.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

In the future, all you have to do is run update to get the latest Gimp release. There will be no need to re-install Gimp if you already have it.

sudo apt-get update