Reboots Tonight

     Sometime tonight around 2-3 AM I will be rebooting servers here to install updates.  If all goes well each server should not take more than about ten minutes, the total process will take about two hours.

Forums Contact Page Disabled

     The contact page on Forums has been disabled because people have taken to flooding my address and support e-mail with spam via that function.

     You can still contact me by e-mail or support, and you can also use S)upport T)ickets, this is actually the best method to reach me as it notifies me of the creation of tickets and I’ll see that right away.

LXQT on MxLinux

     LXQT is now available on  It is documented as not working on the x2go website but I installed it and it works just fine via x2go.

Maintenance Completed

     All machines have been successfully rebooted.  Three of them did not successfully properly remount /home and /mail from NFS servers and I had to remount them manually, they were debian, scientific, and scientific7.  All are good now.

Forums Update

     The update to phpBB3 3.2.2 forced the elimination of many themes and allowed the addition of some new themes. If you don’t like the look of the board, go into your profile, select board settings and try some other themes.

     Two that I like the most, “proflat” which is fully responsive and so an excellent choice if you use Eskimo North’s forums from a portable device or low resolution screen and it also looks pretty good on a high resolution screen as it makes fairly efficient use of the space. And a second theme I like is “latte” but it is fixed width like previous themes.


     It was reported to me that registration was broken in the forums.  I checked and sure enough.  I chased this down to some mistakes I made in upgrading to 3.2.2, I did not remove all the incompatible themes and extensions first.

     I have corrected this but the downside is all the non-default themes, extensions, and language packs are gone until I get around to installing new versions compatible with 3.2.2 however, registration now works again.

Zorin Progress?

     I’ve been unable to get Gnome to work at all, and I’ve been unable to get KDE to be stable with any prebuilt repositories including those that Zorin includes.

     So now I am attempting to build KDE from source, and in the attempt found that qt5 is largely broken so I’ve had to backup and now am working on building qt5 from source.  This is turning into more work than I want and I may decide to ditch Zorin as just a too immature and broken operating system to be worth supporting.