My Headless Linux Server

Finally I setup-ed my linux server for my home! Woo Hoo!!
Now I can code, develop my stuff & sites, get my hands dirty inside linux, stream music & videos within home network, or even host an online presence with DDns…. And I can do all these without even touching the server. well things are enormous to explore with this!
And also figured out that you can switch on a machine remotely 🙂 magic packet – WOL

Its running CentOS 6 on Intel Atom processor (D425KT) with 2GB Memory, great to run for 24×7 with very less power consumption.

Data Description (dd) aka Data Destroyer

Want to create bootable usb sticks or pen drives? There is an easy way to do it, by using dd command.
dd stands for Data Description which is a low level copying command that does copying through raw data. By means of raw data, it has the power to clone the boot tables found in your iso cd/dvd images.

Syntax:
dd if=[source_iso] of=[device]

Just be careful while specifying input and output parameters! if is INPUT and of is OUTPUT. This command is nicknamed ‘Data Destroyer’, reversing the parameters will result in loss of some or all data in disk.

Example
dd if=~/Download/boot.iso of=/dev/sdc

You can use findfs command to know your usb device name
findfs LABEL="DEVICE_LABEL"

I have already cautioned you. Please be careful while using this dd command. Be feared of ‘Data Destroyer’ 🙂

Gwib your tweets!

Started using Gwibber, few days ago. Its a microbloggin client. I quite liked it. Very simple. Easy to use.
It supports Twitter, Facebook, Statusnet, FriendFeed, etc.
If you have seen my twitter status, you might have noticed it.
Gwibber is in fedora repo. Just useyum install gwibberto install.
Don’t forget to enable editor in menu or else you will be wondering how to tweet 🙂

Installing Google Chrome in Fedora

Recently, Google has released its own chromium build for fedora. You can get it here This will add Google’s repository into your system to keep chrome up to date.

However, if you don’t want to add Google’s repo and want to stick to premium fedora builds, you can follow below method.

Tom ‘spot’, Fedora engineering manager has his own repo, in which he maintains Chrome packages for fedora and are always up to date. Its available for Fedora 10, 11 and 12.

To install chromium in this way, first you need to create a new repo.

Login as root and then
vim /etc/yum.repos.d/chromium.repo

If you are a GUI guy, then
gedit /etc/yum.repos.d/chromium.repo

Add up the following lines into file:
[chromium]
name=Chromium Packages
baseurl=http://spot.fedorapeople.org/chromium/F$releasever/
enabled=1
gpgcheck=0

That’s it! Now yum it
yum install chromium

If all done for success, your chrome browser is ready to browse. Find chrome in application menu -> internet.

Enjoy Google’s Chrome! Try not to give monoploy to Google 🙂