Debian’s key database has gotten badly corrupted.  The machine is down at present and is being restored from backups.  It should be available again in about an hour.

     In the meantime, please use one of the other debian derived machines such as,,,, or

Centos 7

     CentOS 7 stopped accepting connections today.

     I found ypbind was not bound so it could not access the NIS database to get user authentication information.

     However, ypbind would not rebind on restart.  Usually the cause of this is portmapper (rpcbind) not running.  I checked, it was but I restarted it anyway, still ypbind would not bind.

     At this point I attempted to reboot the machine, systemd got stuck during shutdown and would not complete the shutdown process so I was forced to hard boot it.

     There were two newer kernels than the one it was running on.  It is now running on the newest and seems to be operating normally again.

Maintenance Sunday Morning Midnight – 0400 AM

     I will be rebooting all servers early Sunday morning to make a kernel upgrade effective, and then taking select servers down for a period to perform imaging, a form of backups that basically captures the entire state of a machine so it can be quickly restored in the case of severe corruption.

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     I was never able to get Gnome to work on Zorin, Gnome is usually one of the easier desktops to get functioning.  I am going to re-install Zorin on the assumption that something probably went wrong.  It will be down for a couple of days.  We will also be going from the free Zorin Core to the paid Zorin Ultimate.  It is reasonably priced at about $21 US ($19 EU) and includes a Gnome 2 and Mac OS Desktop layout as well as 1.5GB of other software not included in core so I think it will be a good upgrade.



      The shell server mxlinux is now back online.  It is also now available from the the web and audio works.  Not all of the application software has been re-installed yet, this will take some time.  If there is something you need, please let me know and I will prioritize it.

CentOS 6 – Sublime-Text

     The application sublime-text has been removed from CentOS 6 because the authors have changed it to required GTK-3 and CentOS 6 has Gnome-2 and thus no GTK-3.

     If you need this application use ANY other shell server EXCEPT Centos 6 and Scientific Linux both of which have Gnome 2.

MxLinux will be down until further notice

     In the process of trying to re-install mxlinux, one of the software repositories is broken so I am able to obtain all of the necessary components.  As a result, will be down until they fix the issue with their repository.

     In the meantime please use,,, or which are all similar in terms of their functionality although perhaps not quite as pretty.  Actually julinux is pretty nice from an aesthetic standpoint so would be a good alternative.

MxLinux Maintenance

     Something is broken in MxLinux and I’m not sure if an update broke it or my attempt to configure it to work with guacamole.  There are too many variables to troubleshoot each individually.  I am going to restore it from backup.  There will be a short downtime while it reboots from a backed up image. If it works properly I will then re-apply the updates and see if it still works.  If so I’ll again attempt to configure it to work with guacamole.