Linux for the rest of us…


For most of the long time listeners of Linuxbasix, we are well aware of Linux for the rest of us. I would like to take a moment to urge all of the folks who have supported and listened to Linuxbasix to make the migration over to Linux for the rest of us. Why? The upcoming shows will be very, very basic. I want to stress basic. This is largely in response to a demo I attended last week. The demo was for a linux distro and when the day was done, the folks who were shown what a linux distro could do, were largely impressed but the drawback here, it might as well have been a magic show. While explanations were given in very laymans terms, the audience was far from computer literate. Not a criticism, just a fact. So while our listeners are more than welcome to continue listening to the show, our content is going to be from the start. I have been wrestling with the format of the current show and I have segments still yet to air (soon). I think our long time listeners will be better served by the Linux for the rest of us show. On a side note, if you can support the ACF please consider doing so –

Out and about


So now that we are firmly set in Summer, there has been little time to dedicate to linux things. That being said, it looks like we’re on for the Northeast GNU/Linuxfest next April 5/6 2014 at MIT. Jonathan was giving a presentation at the Boston Linux Unix group and prior to that Gerry Feldman gave us a tour of what MIT had to offer in terms of space. Needless to say we were both blown away! Each room is equipped with dedicated seating with a counter so you can set your laptop while listening to a talk. You can take advantage of the free wifi. The rooms are fully equipped with overhead projectors and webcams. In short it is the perfect place for us. We’re really excited to get this going for next year. Details will be coming shortly on the NELF site. This coming Wednesday, Jonathan and I will be in Boston for a demo of Sonar for the Easter Seals Foundation. This could be a huge opportunity for Jonathan and will very much put Sonar at the forefront of linux distros for the blind. More to come on that front on Wednesday. As for Linuxbasix, I’ll be focusing a lot on Centos in the upcoming show. The videos will finally be posted tomorrow evening.

Episode 131-LinuxBasix Duck Duck Go! How I avoided being a prism b!tch


This episode I talk about Prism break and go over a couple of the suggested apps you should consider using for your day to day computer work. There is even a fun fact about Ed Snowden, Booz Allen, the Carlyle Group, George Bush Sr. and the CIA. You can find all the suggested anti prism apps below:

Next up? Duck Duck Go! I briefly go over what the search engine can do for you and why you need to make this your new default search engine.

DuckDuckGo Goodies
Don’t Bubble
Don’t Track
Get DDG swag!!_Search_BOSS

After I’ve given you the rundown on DDG, we move on to the Tor browser bundle. This is not the full blown Tor, this is for private, encrypted browsing. I will address the full Tor application down the road. For the browser bundle you need to go here:

When you download the tar file you will need to move it over to a folder somewhere within your home folder. Do not try to install this in the /opt folder. When you’ve moved the tar file over to a folder, open a terminal and change into (cd) into that directory. NOTE**** Do not try to install this as admin or root! Tor will not setup correctly if you do. When you are ready to untar the file do so by using the command below:

tar -xvzf tor-browser-gnu-linux-i686-2.3.25-10-dev-LANG.tar.gz

When the file has uncompressed, enter ls -al to get a list of the files and directories list. You will now see a directory named tor-browser_en-us. In the terminal change (cd) into that directory. You will now see a script start-tor-browser. You can now run this script
with the following command ./start-tor-browser There will be a short delay of about 10 seconds, Vidalia will popup, after it initializes, the tor browser will now popup! You’re done!

Finally I wrap things up with the rm and the rmdir commands. I messed up my initial install of the tor browser bundle. I was in /opt and tried to install this while logged in as root. You know folks, that’s why there is documentation! So things got a little janky. I had to remove those directories. Of course you just can’t use rmdir tor-browser_en-us. All this will do is tell you that directory can’t be deleted because there are files in the folder. Log in as root, you cannot run the commands as a normal user. So, the work around for this, you need to use the following command:

rm -rf /opt/tor-browser_en-us/*

What the above script does is remove (rm) -r (recursive) f (force), meaning keep deleting everything until there is nothing left. That is what the wildcard * is. Please, please, please be careful when employing this command. Only use it on folders you have installed and are trying to remove. If ever in doubt, leave it alone. After running the above command, the directory is now empty and you can now go ahead and remove the directory using rmdir tor-browser_en-us and that’s it!

I’ve run out of time tonight so I will post the videos for these soon. Enjoy and stay private!

Just added – links to Linuxevents


Ok, I can’t promise that the events I listed will be anything like a Brazilian Carnival I can guarantee you will learn something. Anyway the links are above in the menu titled – Linux Events!

Happy 4th!

american eagle photo: AP American-Flag-Eagle_zps4005acdd.jpg
So, with a hot dog in one hand and a hot dog in another and a hamburger in my heart, I am The American! Of course I’m referencing the latest BUGLE PODCAST. If you haven’t heard episode 240, you’re missing out. Funny, funny show! Well, looks like we’ve got some surprises coming in the near future. Among them, look for a segment from the FSF! We are also going to be adding three new segments to the show. More to come in the next three days. That being said, today is going to be a hot one so stay in the shade, keep the grill going and if you’re not near any water, every town has a pond you can swim in. Except maybe not in Camden N.J. I think the only thing to come out of Camden and then went back just as quickly as he broke out was Dwight Braxton but I digress. Happy 4th and remember to be nice to British people today after all no one needs to be reminded of an empire lost!