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Video Reel – A Visual Guide To Playing Blu-ray Discs on Linux

Note: I meant “Avatar” instead of Pandora in the voice over.  Pandora was the planet the action took place on.

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Watch “Steam Dev Days – Steam Machine unboxing by Data of Data Realms” on YouTube

Featured Story: Say It Isn’t So! Thoughts on Tom Merrit Leaving TWiT

The Tom Merritt file

As more and more treasured familiar faces leave TWiT, I hope very much things stay positive at the TWiT Brick House.  TechTV was a beacon of the late 90’s and early 00’s for aspiring techno geeks and nerds alike.  I never had the channel at home, so I always had my amazing grandmother tape me episodes and also watch them while I was at her house.  I have many fond memories of Call For Help, X-Play, and the infamous Screensavers.  Personalities like Leo Laporte, Chris Pirillo, Tom Merritt, Sara Lane, Kevin Rose, and more, helped inspire me to be what I am today, to be highly interested in the field of computing.  Who could forget John Devorak!  Read the rest of this entry

Steam OS Bootable DVD Installer Method 1

The below method is untested, and not recommended for new users.  Credit to this method goes to Div on the Steam Community forums.  This method is UEFI only!

First you need xorriso, if you are running debian-based linux, you can simply type

apt-get install xorriso

Make sure you downloaded and unzip SteamOSInstaller (in my case I unzip it to /tmp/SteamOSInstaller)

Then run following code

xorriso -as mkisofs -r -checksum_algorithm_iso md5,sha1 -V 'Steam OS' \
-o /tmp/SteamOSInstaller.iso -J -joliet-long -cache-inodes -no-emul-boot \
-boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -eltorito-alt-boot --efi-boot boot/grub/efi.img \
-append_partition 2 0x01 /tmp/SteamOSInstaller/boot/grub/efi.img \
-partition_offset 16 /tmp/SteamOSInstaller

It will create an iso named SteamOSInstaller.iso under /tmp folder (You can change command accordingly so that it will write to a different folder). Then you can load it into a virtual machine, or burn it to a DVD to boot the installer.

(You need a UEFI system to boot the image)

FreeBSD Challenge: Day 06 of 30


Serial Software Hijinks

Today, since time was limited, I wanted to focus on getting most, if not all of my “common” software installed.  Sure I use plenty of power user tools, but the aim was to get the common set installed, such as browsers, chat programs, Steam, word processing, video conferencing, and a few things like samba and CUPS.  For the software below, I did as many installations through pkgng that I could, and cleaned up the rest I couldn’t with ports.

The software conundrum Read the rest of this entry

Video Reel: A lightning talk by Gary Bernhardt from CodeMash

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Oldie, but a goodie.  Enjoy


Fun Facts: Despite DRM, Netflix Is Built On FreeBSD

Who knew?  For all the complaining  us Unix and Linux users give closed proprietary software at times, especially heavy handed DRM solutions, it is admirable that some of theme still thank us in other ways.  Netflix is one of those companies, who obviously had to come up with a solid DRM solution to appease the movie industry, but still knows its roots.

At the core of the netflix software stack, is the FreeBSD 9.0 Operating System.   Anyone who knows the world of servers and their Unix/Linux roots, will tell you the stability of BSD when it comes to what powers the net.  Sure, a lot of Linux users are so sucked into Red Hat Enterprise Linux and similar offerings, but the BSD clan still deserves a lot of praise.

Within this core, lies the nginx web server, proven to be a highly scalable and well performing beast, as see by how well Netflix content is served up.  The audio portion of the stream is delivered over the HTTP Protocol.  With Netflix and Youtube literally consuming half of all Web traffic in North America, one has to wonder what routing methods they are implementing to handle all the gobs of data.  Thanks to the power of the BIRD routing daemon, powerful dynamic IP routing makes that possible.  Information is gathered through the BGP routing protocol.

So there you have it.  Way to go Netflix.  For all the grief you cause us as users, I am very glad to see there is some good in the perceived evil of proprietary software and DRM.

How To: Using Your Raspberry Pi as a CUPS Print Server

Yes!  I did it!  I finally found a use for my Raspberry Pi!  All joking aside, I found it cumbersome to always have the laptop on so I can print to my shared printer over an existing CUPS configuration.  Enter: Mr. Raspberry Pi.  Read on for the helpful steps on setting this all up, step by step.  Be sure to check out the resources listed at the bottom of the article. Read the rest of this entry

Things “Linux for Newbies” articles won’t tell you. (self.pcmasterrace)

Great* and hilarious post!!!!

Linux Gaming: The Dark Mod

A fan of the Thief series on PC? This will be right up your alley then. Open Source meet Stealth at its best. Check out the video above for an insight into what the game can deliver. Source link is below. Enjoy!