Posts Tagged ‘Ubuntu’

I’m going to assume you’re currently sittng in front of a Windows machine. Here are a few quick steps to burn your own Ubuntu live CD so that you can give the OS a try. I would highly recommend it. Everyone has their own opinion of which Linux distro is the best. I’m fond of Ubuntu because whether you’re a Mac or PC user most things are going to be fairly intuitive when you make the switch. So here we go…….

You’re going to need to download two pieces of software and have access to a drive that can burn a CD-ROM. Create a new folder on your desktop and call it Linux_Is_Awesome. Save the follwoing two pieces of software in this new folder.

The first piece of software you will need will be “InfraRecorder”. You can find it here:

The next piece of software you’ll need to download is the current version of “Ubuntu”. You can find it here:

We’re almost there…

Install InfraRecorder if you haven’t already done so.
Place a blank CD-ROM into your burner.
Open InfraRecorder.
Choose “Write Image”.
Select the Ubuntu image you just downloaded.
Select the appropriate drive letter for your burner.
Set the write speed to the lowest setting available
Click “Ok”.
This will probably take a few minutes…….

Once the CD-ROM is ready leave it in the drive, close the drive and reboot your machine. After the reboot you will have the opportunity to try Linux out without installing it. ENJOY!


I just wanted to share a few tools that I use to connect to my LAMP server to check status and occasionally modify settings or files from the couch. I run Ubuntu Server 10.10 on the LAMP server and Ubuntu 10.10 on my other machines. I have to admit that I have a Windows XP Pro machine downstairs to run Processing and for the wife and kids to manage their ITunes, etc.

ConnectBot – This is a secure shell (SSH) client for the Android platform. It works as advertised and can get you to your server’s command line from your Android device. In the Android Market search for “ConnectBot”.

AndFTP – This is a simple FTP client for the Android Platform. I haven’t had any real issues with it. If you need to get a few files from your tablet or phone to your server this app will get the job done. In the Android Market search for “AndFTP”.

Hacker’s Keyboard – This is a pretty nice keyboard that will add CTRL key access to your Android device. In the Android Market search for “Hacker’s Keyboard”.
Full Keyboard – This keyboard adds a D-Pad and quite a few more keys to your arsenal. There are times when it comes in handy but for most applications the Hacker’s Keyboard in landscape mode will get the job done a little more efficiently. In the Android Market search for “Full Keyboard”.