Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS Linux Enable EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) Repository

EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is a volunteer-based community effort from the Fedora project to create a repository of high-quality add-on packages that complement the Fedora-based Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and its compatible spinoffs, such as CentOS and Scientific Linux.
EPEL provide lots of packages for CentOS / RHEL, It is not part of RedHat or CentOS but is designed to work with these major distributions. Please note that EPEL only provides free and open source software unencumbered by patents or any legal issues. In short you will not find mp3, dvd and music / media player under EPEL. However, you will find many programs related to networking, monitoring, sys admin, programming and so on.
Packages are supplied in RPM format and in most cases are ready to use. Beware that some packages may break something and you should not blindly install those packages.
To enable EPEL for CentOS 5
For 32-bits
# wget
For 64-bits
# wget
To enable EPEL for CentOS 4For 32-bits
# wget
For 64-bits
# wget

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Dropbox Website

Free Online Storage which provide 1GB of free space. It has client programs for uploading, syncing between different computers, independent of the OS. Pretty neat and interact with the Client Desktop quite seamlessly.

For Windows, LINUX and MAC

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Adding Swap File without rebooting

Sometime we will need to increase swap file beyond the initial allocation. To achieve there, see this article from CentOS 5 Documentation (Adding Swap Space) and (Removing Swap Space)

Another Good article with more in-depth explanation on the various command (

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SliTaz - one fo the smallest LINUX Distribution < 30MB

SliTaz similar to Puppy LINUX loads entirely on the RAM and is very fast

SliTaz: (
SliTaz Installation wiki Page: (

Monday, December 1, 2008

Avidemux Video Editor

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. (URL: . Available for Windows, LINUX, MAC OS

Friday, November 28, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How to install SSHFS and FUSE

  1. SSH File System (SSHFS) Website:
    Filesystem in UserSpace (FUSE) Website:

    How to install SSHFS and FUSE:
  2. Some potential error during my installation:

    "fuse: failed to open /dev/fuse: Permission denied", the solution is to use root to run"chmod o+rw /dev/fuse"

    "sshfs: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory." The solution is to run "ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /lib64/" for 64 bit or ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /lib/ for 32-bit

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Using nautilus to display icons at Fedora 9

On a clean install of Fedora 9, you will not be able to see icons on the Desktop, as the nautilus package is not install by default.

Just do a "yum install nautilus"

Installing IPW2x00 Kernel Modules

A good article on how to configure the ipw2xxx Wireless Modules. Make sure your Yum repository contains RPM Fusion

AS for the main installation of Installing IPW2x00 Kernel Modules, Read on....

Monday, November 17, 2008


Leafpad is a simple GTK+ text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the most essential features are implemented in the editor. Leafpad is simple to use, is easily compiled, requires few libraries, and starts up quickly.


It's a new way of managing files. Or rather not manage files. Currently it's a cross between a calendar and a file browser with labels. It's a free/open source GTK application written in C#.
You can download an alpha version and try it out! As a side-effect, you'll likely learn something about your past computer use right away!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Parallel SSH

Parallel SSH is the name of an easy-to-configure tool that launch, copy, kill the same processes simultaneously

URL: (

Step 1:
If you are using CentOS, make sure you download from RPMForge
# yum install pssh

Step 2:
Create a text file in which you will add IP Addresses
# touch server.txt
# vi server.txt (Add Servers IP Addresses into the server.txt)

Step 3:
# pssh -h -l -v -o 
# For example pssh -h server.txt -l root -v -o /root/Desktop/test "uname -i"

Monday, November 10, 2008

Supporting Windows Terminal Clients from LINUX with xrdp

The goal of this project is to provide a fully functional Linux terminal server, capable of accepting connections from rdesktop and Microsoft's own terminal server / remote desktop clients. The Website of xrdp (

Steps to Install
Step 1:
# tar -zxvf xrdp-0.4.1.tar.gz
Step 2:
# cd xrdp-0.4.1
Step 3:
# make
Step 4:
# make install
Step 5:
# cd /usr/local/xrdp
# cp /etc/init.d/xrdp_control
# chkconfig --add xrdp_control
# chkconfig xrdp_control on
# service xrdp_control start

Step 6:
# groupadd rdpusers
# usermod -G rdpusers kittycool

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bazaar Packages for GNU/Linux, UNIX and Cygwin

Bazaar Packages for GNU/Linux, UNIX and Cygwin.


PackageKit is a system designed to make installing and updating software on your computer easier. The primary design goal is to unify all the software graphical tools used in different distributions, and use some of the latest technology like PolicyKit to make the process suck less.

For more information on PackageKit

Monday, October 27, 2008

LINUX DVD Ripping Tools

DVD Ripping Tools from LINUX

  1. lxdvdrip is a tool to make a copy from a Video DVD for private use. It automates the process of ripping, authoring, preview and burning a DVD. It requires dvdbackup
  2. DVD::Rip a full featured DVD copy program written in Perl. It provides an easy to use but feature-rich Gtk+ GUI to control almost all aspects of the ripping and transcoding process.
  3. dvdbackup is another command-line DVD ripping. However it is not able to handle the latest encrypted DVD
  4. QuickRip is a quick and easy but basic DVD ripper based on MPlayer and transcode. It is intended for those who do not care to configure framerates, clipping or other rarely-used options. It features both GUI and CLI interfaces.
  5. Thoggen is a DVD backup utility ('DVD ripper') for Linux, based on GStreamer and Gtk+.
  6. Winki The Ripper aims to be the easiest program for video encoding. It is actually just a graphical frontend for GNOME written in python to command line tools like mencoder, mplayer, mkvtoolnix, oggenc and lsdvd.
  7. Lemonrip is an Linux application for ripping and encoding DVD into AVI files.
  8. HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.
  9. iSofter DVD Ripper Platinum Convert DVD(VOB/IFO/VRO) to Adobe Premiere Windows Movie Maker Sony Vegas compatible AVI