Corebird

     Corebird, a graphical twitter client with filtering capability, has been installed on Debian, Mint, MxLinux, Ubuntu, and Zorin.

     It is a graphical client so in order to take advantage you will need to connect with X2Go.  If you do not have X2Go free X2Go clients are available for Linux, Windows, and MacOS at x2go.org.  If you have Linux, many common flavors already have it in the distribution and you need only type:

     apt install x2goclient (for debian OSs)

     yum install x2goclient (for Redhat derived OSs)

     zypper install x2goclient (for OpenSuse)

Mail Restored

      The mail spool NFS server is restored.

     The ethernet controller was wedged.  The kernel was stuck in a loop, resetting it and timing out.  Reboot cleared it without a power cycle suggesting it is software rather than hardware related.  There were many patches to the kernel to address meltdown and spectre, and it is a relatively new kernel, 4.15.0.  There was also a kernel patch waiting to be applied.  I have not yet managed to get live kernel patches configured so a reboot was necessary.

Mail Server

    The server holding our mail files is down.  I don’t know what the cause but I’m headed down to co-lo facility to restore.  Data will not be lost as the mail spool is on a RAID partition.

MxLinux Maintenance Completed

     Maintenance has been completed on MxLinux, and I apologized but I accidentally powered Zorin down in the process, hit a wrong button.

     The power supply on the host that failed has been replaced.  The old power supply really wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t large enough and when the machine got busy enough it exceeded the capabilities of the supply and it shut down.  It has been replaced with a larger supply with sufficient capability.

MxLinux

     Zorin, Vps1, Vps2, and Vps4 are moved back to their normal host.

     I am taking MxLInux down for about 1-1/2 hour to move it back to it’s normal hardware.

Zorin Maintenance

      I have gotten all the X2go supported WIndows Managers working on Ubuntu and MxLinux, therefore I am convinced I should also be able to do so on Zorin.

     In pursuit of that goal I am presently deleting most graphical applications, particularly those gnome related, which will also affect Mate, so I can start with a clean slate as it were, a step that was necessary to get everything working on Ubuntu.

     As a consequence, for the next day or two most windowing environments and applications will be missing from Zorin until I complete this work.  Systems most like Zorin to use in the meantime or MxLinux and Ubuntu, both of which have all the currently supported X2Go Desktops working.

 

Ubuntu – Window Managers

     I’ve now got KDE, Gnome, MATE, LXDE, XFCE. IceWM, and OpenBox working on Ubuntu under X2Go.

     There are some caveats you should be aware of, not show stoppers, mere minor annoyances.  First the logout on KDE and LXDE are both painfully slow and on KDE it will start and stop the desktop about three times before finally logging out.

     With Gnome, there is no default logout applet.  In order to logout you first need to add the logout applet to your top panel.  To do this, hover your mouse cursor over the top panel, then simultaneously hold down the Windows button+ALT and right click over the panel.  You will get a short drop down menu, select Add to Panel at top.

     Then scroll down to find the logout applet, it will be a little green guy walking in a box. Select that and hit the “Add” button.  The applet will now appear on your panel.  You only need to do this on your first session, it will remain there after.  When you want to logout, click on this guy.  As with KDE and LXDE it’s a bit slow so be patient.

     Openbox will show as just a black screen.  Right click on your mouse and you will get a drop down menu to add things.