Archive for the ‘Fedora 15’ Category
First I would like to start by saying all of the below systems offer data encryption and redundant servers to make sure your data is safe. They offer good pricing and have comparable up-time guarantees. I have tried these systems out either by using them in my businesses or by playing with them to find out which one is the right one for me. All pricing was at the time of writing this article.
JungleDisk – I have used this service with a few of my customers. JungleDisk sets up easily on a Gnome or KDE desktop. I have run multiple installs on Cent OS systems. The system supports Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files storage. JungleDisk supports full encryption and will restart running processes if shutdown during backup or if a crash occurs. JungleDisk archives old and deleted files for later retrieval, and relies on multiple data centers to keep your files safe. After the initial set up costs which was around $50 the service is costing about $8.50 a month for one of my customers to back up about 50 gigs of data. Really a pretty good deal. Since I set the system up 2 years ago I have never had to make changes to the backup. I did have to restore about 100meg of files and that was very easy to do through the desktop application.
Memopal is based out of Rome, but they offer a cross platform software client for Windows, Mac, Linux and IPhone. You can install the software on more than one computer. They offer web and mobile access to your data and have a search feature so it is easy to find the file you are looking for. Selecting files for backup is easy and they even offer the option to backup your entire system. Personal plans start at $49.00 / year for 200GB. They do use a GUI and the Linux system is still listed as a Beta. The support is email based and they promise a response in 24 hours. Good value but a little vague in the Linux support.
DataStorageUnit is a relatively new player in the online storage world but they have a lot to offer the Linux world. DataStorageUnit is an offsite backup service that allows for lots of flexibility. It supports open protocols such as SFTP, RSYNC, & SSHFS … so you can choose to use our included partner software, or any other apps that support those protocols. Because you can use SSH and RSYNC DataStorageUnit is a very flexible solution. With a little script writing you can customize any backup scheme you wish. Great for command line only systems and headless servers.
With the new release of Fedora 15 I thought I should update the Tips and Tricks. The new Fedora Plus from dnmouse.org makes adding all the things that the developers left out of Fedora 15. The team at dnmouse.org has done a great job for all of us fedora users. For everything else I will show you how to add the software you need.
Install Fedora Plus
su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.1-8.noarch.rpm'
Now just open Fedora Plus which should be listed under System Tools and start installing your software.
Make sure to install all the codecs! The Skype installed failed for me.
You need to install some x86 libraries for skype to work on X64 (catch up skype!)
su -c 'yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86 libXv.i?86'
Now go to the Skype site and download Skype RPM and install it.
Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.
yum install yumex
Open Terminal for Nautilus
This allows you to open a terminal window, with a right button click, in a directory in the Nautilus file browser.
su -c 'yum install nautilus-open-terminal nautilus-extensions'
Shutdown from the Desktop
I like to do a shutdown right from the desktop. Here is how to add this to Gnome.
su -c 'yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu'
Then just log out and log back in, then you have the menu below.
Add the Date to your Clock
Really simple. Type this in a command line:
gsettings set org.gnome.shell.clock show-date true
MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way.
Here is the install process for Fedora. Then do your MP4s with Handbrake.
Handbrake is now available for Fedora 15. Thanks to apostolos for the update.
There is a Fedora 15 version of Handbrake on their site
Then you have it!
After doing so searching on Blu Ray ripping on Linux I found that no one seemed to have a good how to for Fedora. I also was not finding a method that worked consistently for free, or close to free. I found a great piece of software called MakeMKV. With MakeMKV and our other favortie tool Handbrake. I was able to get Blu Ray ripping working fast and easy.
MakeMKV is free to try for 30 days, after that the ask for 50$ for the purchase. I really think this is a good buy. It was one of the better programs I have found for Blu Ray ripping and they support Linux.
Here are the easy staps to get MakeMKV set up and running on Fedora 14, Fedora 15 and Fedora 16. First I would go through the Fedora 14 tips and tricks , Fedora 15 tips and tricks or Fedora 16 tips and tricks and get all your codecs installed. Now follow this how to:
1. Install all the software that is required to build this program.
yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
yum install openssl-devel qt4-devel
2. Dowload the Makemkv programs which comes in 2 parts.
3. Unpack the downloads.
tar -zxvf makemkv_v1.7.0_bin.tar.gz
tar -zxvf makemkv_v1.7.0_oss.tar.gz
4. Build the software.
make -f makefile.linux
su -c 'make -f makefile.linux install'
Repeat for the other directory.
make -f makefile.linux
su -c 'make -f makefile.linux install'
5. Start the program by typing:
There you go. MakeMKV should be up and running.
Tip: Only rip the main movie it is usually the largest file.
Then run that file through HandBrake.
I rip my Blu Rays with MakeMKV which generates a large .mkv file, 15gig to 30gig and takes about 40 mins to 2 hours, depending on your computer, for a 2 hour movie. I then run that file through Handbrake to generate a .mp4 or m4v file. This takes about 1.5 hours to 4 hours depending on your computer. Try this, make about 5 mkv files. Then build a queue in Handbrake for all 5 of the files to convert. Start the queue right before you go to bed for the night. Saves a lot of time and electric is usually cheaper at night.
Blu Ray Ripping on Linux Part 1
Blu Ray Ripping on Linux Part 2