Archive for May, 2011

Debian Squeeze | Setup and Configuration

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Here is my fun new project:

I purchased a new SSD Sata drive and installed it in my e-sata enclosure. The purpose, workstation anywhere.

So here is the concept, boot off my e-sata drive from grub in either my workstation or my laptop.

1) Install OS, this was rather easy, just booted off a live cd, selected the external drive, and let it add an entry to grub’s menu.lst

2) Add an entry to my laptop’s grub menu.lst with the same drive id etc… ( worked like a charm )

3) Configure Wifi Debian Squeeze, this was a little more difficult, as I didn’t have internet initially to download and update. Plugged in my Netgear usb wifi device and it auto-configured it. This is a few steps, first enable the non-free repo’s that’s easy google if you can’t remember how to do this. Then aptitude install firmware-iwlwifi wireless-tools.

4) Enable wired networking to be managed, by default it is not managed. Open, /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf and change the line managed=false to managed=true

5) Sound: worked out of the box

6) Quad Video with NVIDIA Quadro 380: Coming next.
6) NVidia Drivers (

Ubuntu 11.04 to Debian 6.04

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

So, the love affair with Ubuntu is over, they are obviously going after the Mac user, with the release of 11.04. In the newest release they have switched to Unity a system I hate for the decoration and window behaviour of the desktop.

Laptop today, workstation tomorrow and so on….

linux screen commands — screen shortcuts

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Mine are all setup on the ctrl+a then command setup:

Dummies guide to linux screen

ctrl+a A name window

ctrl+a c new window

ctrl+a n next window

ctrl+a ” list windows

ctrl+a S split horizontal

ctrl+a | split vertival

ctrl+a X remove region

ctrl+a tab move between regions

ctrl+a d detach screen from terminal so you can reconnect

ctrl+a ? show key bindings / command names