A Linux weekend
September 04, 2006
This Labour Day weekend I took some much needed time to organize my life and made a lot of changes to the server configurations. After about a day and a half at the console I was able to accomplish the following tasks:
- Migrate my iBook and media server to Linux 2.6.8 kernel
- Install a new sound subsystem, alsa, on iBook
- Configure wacom tablet to work with Linux on PowerPC (still not perfect)
- Update file share configurations for the media server
- Move all the laptops to the router (as opposed to the media server)
- Setup Macintosh OSX to run within Linux, like Windows runs in Parallels
- Configure networking for the virtual Macintosh
- Change firewall configurations on three of the servers
Migration of the kernel spurred all this activity. Back in 2004 I had a similar configuration but lost it all due to a hardware failure. With all of the advances in the kernel and Debian packages this will finally enable me to do some serious audio routing on Linux.
None of this would be possible using the "bleeding edge" technology that many Linux fans love. I stick with a "stable" version of Debian because by the time I get around to doing these tasks most situations (even on a freaky iBook configuration) have been well documented.