Create a custom application launcher in GNOME3

On Arch, the system-wide shortcuts are stored in /usr/share/applications. Each one is a .desktop file with a few parameters. user-specific icons are stored in ~/.local/share/applications. I downloaded eclipse and extracted it in my home directory, so I'll use eclipse as the example application.

  1. Create the .desktop …

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Prevent samba from creating home directory for machine accounts.

Since this setup automatically creates a home directory for a user as soon as they access the machine (via samba, ssh, console), I noticed some directories being created for computer accounts.  To prevent this,  I have added a line that only "Domain Users" are allowed to authenticate.  To add this …

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Monitoring Flexlm usage with Zabbix

Flexlm license usage can be a hard thing to accurately measure and monitor. Luckily, the output from lmutil can be used to display license usage. First thing to do is locate the lmutil binary and try to get it to run. I use Flexlm for autodesk on Windows and ESRI …

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Convert High-Def MKV to play on xbox 360 using Linux

There are a million different tutorials out there on how to convert a MKV file into a format that an xbox360 will play. You may have found, like i did, that most of them use 50 different questionable pieces of software to manipulate individual tracks and separate the mkv, etc …

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Linux command line bandwidth monitor

You can find out how much bandwidth your linux machine is using with a simple tool called "bwm-ng". In Debian, install it with

aptitude install bwm-ng

Then, just type 'bwm-ng' in the command line. It will give you something like this:

bwm-ng v0.6 (probing every 5.000s), press 'h …
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Installing Skype on eee 1000 running Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

I have an eee 1000 netbook running Ubuntu Jaunty netbook remix. Installing and configuring Skype was pretty simple:

Add the Medibuntu repository:

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/jaunty.list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring
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Install backupexec 12.5 agent on Debian Lenny

The path to it is

BEWS_12.5.2213_LINUX-UNIX-MAC-SAP_AGENTS.tar.gz\BEWS_12.5.2213_LINUX-UNIX-MAC-SAP_AGENTS.tar\pkgs\Linux\VRTSralus.tar.gz\VRTSralus.tar\VRTSralus-12.5.2213-0.i386.deb

Unfortunately, the Deb package doesn't specify It's dependencies. You need to manually install the libstdc++5 package.

aptitude install libstdc++5

You can follow …

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Group share for a Active Directory domain group with Samba

Once you have joined your samba server to your domain and have set up user authentication, creating a share that will allow a group of users to access files is pretty simple.  We need to create a folder that is owned by the root user and the domain group. The …

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Join Debian Lenny to Active Directory using Samba

If you install GNOME on Debian and intend to use it as a server, first thing you should do is remove the network-manager and network-manager-gnome packages. This tool can be helpful on a desktop, but since we are tweaking DNS, IP addresses, and perhaps even NIC bonding, the network-manager can …

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