Per a request by the same customer that requested Coccinella, we have installed Ejabberd, an XMPP Instant messenging server on shellx.
To access it use Coccinella (a graphical application installed on shellx) or any other XMPP IM client on your machine and use host shellx.eskimo.com, port 5222, password authentication plain-text, do not require encryption as it is presently not working.
At the request of one of our customers, Vera Zonglitch, Coccinella, an instant messenger client that incorporates a whiteboard, has been installed on Shellx.
If there is any software applications that you would find useful that are currently not present on Shellx, please e-mail email@example.com with your request.
Shellx.eskimo.com will now accept connections via VNC. Various resolutions and color depths are available:
- Port 5900 (display 0) 1024×768 Color Depth 16 bits
- Port 5901 (display 1) 800×600 Color Depth 16 bits
- Port 5902 (display 2) 640-480 Color Depth 16 bits
- Port 5903 (display 3) 1024×768 Color Depth 8 bits
- Port 5904 (display 4) 800×600 Color Depth 8 bits
- Port 5905 (display 5) 640×480 Color Depth 8 bits
- Port 5906 (display 6) 1680×1050 Color Depth 16 bits
- Port 5907 (display 7) 1280×800 Color Depth 16 bits
VNC is an older protocol for remote consoles. NX is far superior in terms of performance and security, however, VNC is more widely available. You can get VNC viewers for smart phones and tablets. NX is pretty much limited to Mac OS-X, Windows, and Linux.
On Apple, I recommend Chicken or Chicken-of-the-VNC, Chicken is an offshoot of Chicken of the VNC and works pretty much the same except that it has the ability to tunnel over ssh built-in.
If you are using “Chicken” or other VNC viewer that has built-in ssh tunneling, be aware that the login that ssh is going to try to use on the destination machine is the login you are using on the originating box. If the VNC viewer gives you a place to add ssh options, you can add -l login (where login is your login here), otherwise, you will either need to change your login on your originating machine to match or setup an ssh tunnel manually.
On Linux, TigerVNC Viewer.
On Windows TightVNC Viewer.
Connecting to VNC directly is insecure because login, passwords, and any text typed goes over the connection unencrypted. However, it is possible to forward over SSH and avoid these problems. With Chicken or Chicken of the VNC, all you need do is check the box that says forward over ssh. Your username on your machine must be the same as here for this to work because it doesn’t prompt for a login. For other platforms you’ll need to setup forwarding manually. I’ll write more about this after I figure it out myself.
This is an alternate way to get a full Gnome desktop from our server on your machine. It is not as efficient as NX but less buggy. You’ll get a better image and faster response with NX but NX sometimes takes multiple attempts to connect. VNC is an older and very well established protocol and there are many VNC viewers available free.
ISOMEDIA will be performing maintenance on network core infrastructure Sunday, September 15th, between 1AM and 4AM Pacific Time. This work may cause two brief disruptions in connectivity lasting up to five minutes in duration while work is completed.
‘bip’ which is an IRC is now installed on shellx. If you have been using it on shell, it is now available on shellx.
We will be taking various machines down for imaging and rebooting August 31st just after midnight, that is early Saturday morning.
This is necessary to create images for rapid restoration and to upgrade to a newer Linux kernel.
Downtime for any one machine should not exceed about fifteen minutes, but various servers will be affected when the main NFS server is rebooted, so there will be a time when other machines freeze in addition to their rebooting.
I expect maintenance activities will be concluded by approximately 1AM.
A while back someone complained of User DIrectories functioning in their virtual domains. I recently changed configuration so that they would not function in virtual domains without thinking about the ramifications on CGI scripts which this change broke,
In order to restore functionality to CGI scripts, I backed out this configuration change.
I do not remember who it was that originally wanted them removed, I can remove them from specific domains but it will break the ability to use CGI scripts from that domain (PHP and SSI will still work).
If you want them removed from your domain, with the understanding that CGI scripts will not work, then please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday, August 27th, normal spam filters were down.
I had compiled spam assassin’s system-wide rules to speed up processing. Not all of the rules can be compiled. An automatic sa-update that updates the rules created a situation where non-compiled rules conflicted with compiled and spamassassin aborted.
I changed the cron job that runs sa-update to re-run sa-compile afterwards if there are any rule changes. Last night an automatic update changed rules and sa-compile ran automatically and everything worked as intended.
I’m looking for volunteers to moderate Eskimo’s Forum. Actually most posts are unmoderated but there are times when spammers get through and post and I’d like t heir posts to remain for as short of a period as possible.
I’m also interested in any suggestions you may have with respect to how to make the forum more attractive to people so that it actually gets used.
I miss the early days where Eskimites were bouncing ideas off of each other, helping each other figure out how to do new things, etc.
If you are willing to volunteer as a moderator or have a suggestion, please e-mail email@example.com.