Fedora

Free Linux distribution from RedHat, much more up to date. Better for Desktop.

Solr for two sites running Drupal 6 Search on Tomcat 6 / CentOS 6

Note this tutorial sets up two seperate solr applications in tomcat, not multi core in one java application.

ApacheSolr for Drupal 6 improves on the out-of-the-box search experience for Drupal users. The easiest way to get Solr running on your Drupal web site is to use the hosted service provided by Acquia; it is way easier than running your own Solr. You simply point your queries to their Solr server and you’re done.

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How to setup Home Video surveillance with IPcam webcam

When my sons IPod was taken from our house I decided it was time to setup video surveillance of our home.

I first select the IPcam FI8918w and have it FTP images to my Fedora server.

For my Android phones and Tablets IP Cam Viewer is a great application.  The pro version does support two way audio and cost $3.99

I found out that audio support on the Iphone is limited with this camera, the Baby monitor app does include audio but it costs $6.99.

To get audio to work with Firefox you must first download and install the Mozilla plugin from videolan.org as mentioned on this support page.

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Fedora Install and configure tips

I like to start by following these guides, with a few short cuts and additions:

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora i686 (GNOME)

This is a great screen by screen guide to help you download and install Fedora

easyLife

After installing Fedora 14 the big short cut is to use easyLife, download and install easyLife for Fedora here.  This provides one application that you can use to add all the "not completly opensource" stuff you really need to make Fedora useful.  Things like the following list are just a couple of clicks away:

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Upload progress PECL uploadprogress library

In my Drupal status report I get the following message:

Your server is capable of displaying file upload progress, but does not have the required libraries. It is recommended to install the PECL uploadprogress library

So I decided to enable this on my Fedora server (same for CentOS), since I will probably need to do this on more servers, here are the steps it takes:

# yum install php-devel
# pecl install uploadprogress

if you get: pecl: command not found then you will need to run:

# yum install pear

Note: I found out this did not work because the name is now php-pear so use:

# yum install php-pear

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Which is better #Fedora 13 or #Ubuntu 10.04

The state of the Linux desktop

I'm a fan of Fedora and Ubuntu, but for different reasons. Fedora, while unpolished, is a solid distro for adventurous Linux users and developers who want to be on the bleeding edge. Power users deserve a good distro that is usable and feature-complete without a lot of polish or distraction - and that's what Fedora is.
Ubuntu is the flip side. It's very polished, closing in on Apple in terms of usability and applications. It's not quite there yet, but getting closer and certainly a persuasive distro for people switching from Windows. If you're looking to get a friend started with Linux, don't hesitate to begin with Ubuntu.

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