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Ubuntu Linux

As of December 2006, Ubuntu Linux is the #1 most popular distribution on distrowatch.

Ubuntu is based on Debian just like some other popular distributions like Linux Mint and Knoppix. The installer is based on the debian installer.

Here are a few links you may find useful for installing and running Ubuntu.

Hardy Hints & Tips

DVD Playback

Getting error "Could not read from resource"? See here

These are the steps I tried...

  1. Run these commands
aptitude install totem-xine regionset
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh
(choose 1)
  1. Now totem (movie player) is running
  2. Select Movie->Open Disc 'Movie Title'
  3. Examine console for output

General Hints & Tips


Unattended upgrades are now possible and make it easy to keep your system updated with ZERO user involvement.

sudo aptitude install unattended-upgrades
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -plow unattended-upgrades

See /usr/share/doc/unattended-upgrades/README for other interesting details.

Bonding interfaces

First install ifenslave before screwing up the network :)

aptitude install ifenslave

This can be put into /etc/network/interfaces to bond two ethernet interfaces. Don't forget to remove the (individual) entries for eth0 and eth1.

auto bond0
iface bond0 inet manual
   post-up ifenslave bond0 eth0 eth1
   pre-down ifenslave -d bond0 eth0 eth1

Add this to /etc/modules and reboot

bonding mode=active-backup miimon=100

VLAN interfaces

To create a (tagged) vlan interface on top of a bonded interface, add 8021q to /etc/modules and modprobe 8021q.

Then add something like this to the /etc/network/interfaces

# VLAN10 
auto vlan10
iface vlan10 inet static
   vlan_raw_device bond0

Notice how the last line vlan_raw_device indicates which "physical" interface this tagged interface should communicate through.

See also: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/vlan