Fujitsu P1620 a new hope…

I have had for a while a Fujitsu P1620 small form factor convertable. I have had for a while Windows Seven working upon the machine, but with only two gigabytes of ram, performance was limited at best. I have decided to install ubuntu 11.04, 64 bit desktop, and remove the gnome desktop for the xfce desktop. The other issue is the very slow 4200rpm 100gb hard disk. The installation was about sixty minutes to install. Half of the installation was downloading packages from the ubuntu repository. I used a external usb dvd rom drive to install ubuntu 11.04, 64 bit desktop. I will further along the way try to document the configuration of software and hardware as in the touchscreen which seems a tricky issue.

Converting RHEL to CentOS:

One of the biggest issues when running RedHat Linux in any verison is how to get updates when you do not pay for mantenance. As far as I know, you cannot get the updates from redhat for free once your 30 day trail is over. Many companies need to run redhat due to the applications we designed around redhat in linux. There are many ways to get around this when running different flavours of linux, but they necessary become a pain in the backside when it comes to this, as the next update of the flavour may break the application. A workaround is too use the free version of redhat enterprise linux which is CentOS. You can convert a redhat machine to CentOS, very easily. Below will show you the process of how it is done.

CentOS 5:

# yum clean all

# mkdir ~/centos

# cd ~/centos/

# wget

# wget

# wget

# wget

# wget

# wget

# rpm –import RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-5

# rpm -e –nodeps redhat-release

# rpm -e yum-rhn-plugin

# rpm -Uvh –force *.rpm

# yum upgrade

At the time of this post CentOS 5.8 is the highest release to upgrade a redhat enterprise 5 installation. I am yet to work out howto upgrade a redhat enterprise 6 release to CentOS 6.

update 2012.04.04

No-IP for those with no static IP…

So people do not have a permanent ip and it makes supporting those users/clients. As you need to keep track of there ip when you need to log into there system/server. A handy way to do this is to use a third party service that tracks your clients non static ip to a dynamic name service. On of these services is This service requires you to install software upon your clients server/machine. Every 30 minutes the software talks to the domain name service and inserts the ip of the clients wan into the name server. So instead of remembering the clients ip address you can remember there name and attach the address. There are many other domains allows you to choose from but this is the domain I have choosen. e.g. better than remembering a ip address. To install no-ip, there following steps are required on you clients server/machine.


You must create a on for you to be able to add hostnames. Once this is done you will need to log into your account and be able to add hosts which are the machines that have the dynamic ip. Note, do not create the hosts into groups or one machine will change all the machines ip to the same ip as the machine that does the update. Leave them ungrouped. Below is a image of the buttons that need to be ticked.


Download the unix client.

# wget

# tar xvfz

You can compile the source code yourself, but for the purposes of the excercise

# cd noip-2.1.9-1/binaries

# noip2.i686 /usr/local/bin/noip2

# chown root:root /usr/local/bin/noip2

# chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/noip2

Now we run noip for the first time to configure for connection to the no-ip service.

# /usr/local/bin/noip2 -C

# cd ..

We now create the startup script so no-ip starts up when the machine starts up.

# cp /etc/rc.d/init.d/noip2

# chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/init.d/noip2

# cd /etc/rc.d/rc5.d

# ln -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/noip2 S99noip2

# cd ../rc6.d

# ln -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/noip2 K99noip2

We can now start the no-ip service

# /etc/rc.d/init.d/noip2 stop

# /etc/rc.d/init.d/noip2 start

Install Virtualbox Headless Server for Guests Operating Systems.

To install Virtualbox which is a free virtual machine software, that allows you to run machines/containers upon a physical server. Virtualbox is free open source technology. It is available for all platforms e.g. Mac OSX, Centos, Windows etc. Virtualbox is very easy to setup upon linux variants as there is software packages already available that you can install in one easy command. Below I will show you howto install Virtualbox and create a container. Virtualbox has a very active community, where help can be found very easily.

This installation will show you how to install via headless solution where no gui isused.


To install Virtualbox upon Centos is a very easy procedure. The following steps will tell how to install Virtualbox upon centos.

# cd /etc/yum.repos.d

# wget

# yum –enablerepo rpmforge install dkms

Below we will now install the kernel drivers for Virtualbox.

# yum groupinstall “Development Tools”

# yum install kernel-devel

Now we will install the Virtualbox package itself.

# yum install VirtualBox-4.1

The last item we need to do is add the user who will run the Virtualbox application to the Virtualbox group.

# usermod -G vboxusers username


To install Virtualbox upon Ubuntu is a very easy procedure. The following steps will tell how to install Virtualbox upon centos.

# cd /etc/apt

# vi sources.list

Add the following line below to the sources.list file so we can talk to the Virtualbox repository.

deb lucid contrib non-free

Now we will install the Virtualbox package itself.

# wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

The last item we need to do is add the user who will run the Virtualbox application to the Virtualbox group.

# sudo apt-get update

# sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.1

Below I use the root user, you can use any user you believe you want to run

# usermod -a vboxusers

Next we will now post howto setup/create a virtual machine in our next post.

Gigabyte G41MT-S2P Motherboard:


Again back on my quest to build new nas unit. I popped throu my regular computer store. After choosing the cheapest bang for buck motherboard, that could take my dual core cpu. I upgraded to 16gb of DDR 1333 ram, for this reason to run many virtual machines on virtualbox. To get over the four usb disk limit, I am looking for pci express four port sata cards. I expect to shop them off ebay due to the cost. Onboard video, no pci express video card needed for the server. I think this is a good choice till I upgrade to a i based cpu, and motherboard comes along.