The most recent build of x2go corrected the xrandr version issue so it is no longer necessary to resize your screen with xrandr, it will size automatically or manually via the normal menus.

     There is however a strange bug in the new version that causes it to wedge occasionally.  A session will be disconnected and when you try to reconnect you will see this:

     If you get this please notify support@eskimo.com or call 206-812-0051 as the server will remain wedged until we take manual action.  I have reported this to the developers of x2go.


     Mint.eskimo.com, my problem child server, is having issues.  I’m trying to install a new version of X2go but it’s telling me I can’t because I have held broken packages, however, I have neither held nor broken packages.  Something in the apt database has gotten corrupted.

     I’m going to boot the server from a backup image as soon as it finishes uncompressing and then re-apply updates.  So in the next half hour or so Mint will reboot and then it will come up on a somewhat older version of itself.  This will have no effect on your files, e-mail, databases, etc, as they are all kept on separate servers that are on RAID10 disk arrays and backed up with dump so I can retrieve individual files if need be.

New Software on Fedora

These are from Fedora Magazine:4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February
By Dominik Turecek

COPR is a collection of personal repositories for software that isn’t carried in Fedora. Some software doesn’t conform to standards that allow easy packaging. Or it may not meet other Fedora standards, despite being free and open source. COPR can offer these projects outside the Fedora set of packages. Software in COPR isn’t supported by Fedora infrastructure or signed by the project. However, it can be a neat way to try new or experimental software.

Here’s a set of new and interesting projects in COPR.


SWFTools is a set of command-line tools to manipulate and generate SWF files. It also contains programs to read or combine SWF files, or create them from other content such as image, video, audio, or source code files. In addition, SWFTools can extract content from existing SWF files.


SolveSpace is a lightweight parametric 2D and 3D CAD modeling program. It includes an advanced geometric constraint solver. SolveSpace makes use of the model assembly easy, and it can manipulate the model dynamically. It also exports models to STL, DXF, PDF and SVG files, among many other functions. In addition, there are many tutorials for SolveSpace available.



Restic is a backup program that aims to be fast, efficient, and secure. It stores data as deduplicated snapshots, which allows you to restore to a state from a specific time. Restic also supports multiple local and remote storage back ends. In addition, it assumes the backup storage location is shared, so it always uses encryption.
Installation instructions


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Polo is a file manager that supports multiple panes, each with multiple tabs and an embedded terminal. Polo offers many features such as:

Session support
A device manager that works with LUKS encrypted devices
Ability to create archives using multiple formats
Browser for archives as though they were normal folders
Full set of configuration options.

56K Sacramento Area – Fiber Move

     O1 is one of our dial-up network providers.  They have to move fiber in the Sacramento area and this will involve a service interruption.

Dear O1 Customer,

One of our upstream providers needs to move fiber that will affect our dialup traffic in Lata 726. The maintenance window is scheduled for 03/03/2018 07:00 AM (PT) to 03/04/2018 05:00 PM (PT)

Dialup users may experience busy signals, or trouble connecting while maintenance is being performed.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience in this matter.

As with all technical contacts, if you experience any issues that you believe may be related to the above message, or have any questions concerning this email, please contact our 24/7 Network Operations Center at (888-444-1111),OPT #2 or via email at support@o1.com.

Thank you,


     We use nightly builds rather than stable on most of our servers because stable has an old version of xrandr that does not work with our servers but nightly builds has the correct version.

     Night before last a bad build got pushed and x2go has broken on most of our servers as a result.  I am installing the stable release to provide some functionality until they get the nightly builds working again.

     When you login you will have an initial screen size of 800×600.  To change this, open a terminal and type:

        xrandr -s (width)x(height)

     For example, I have a 1920×1080 screen so I would type:

        xrandr -s 1920×1080

     We will restore full functionality as soon as a working build becomes available again in Nightly Builds.  Thank you for your patience.