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Setting up a TOR Relay on Mageia6

The Onion Router (TOR) is not a server frequently run by most Linux users, especially North American users. Many countries actively persecute their citizens for their beliefs and anonymity is important for their safety, so I wanted to participate in the effort to assist this project by running a TOR relay server. I have a dedicated computer that runs a webserver for a hobby site, so I felt that it would be the logical hardware to run the TOR server. It is important for TOR to have access to the correct and accurate time, so the NTP client needs to be installed and configured for your timezone. Configure the NTP Server $ xsudo drakwizard ntp and follow the instructions here  to install and configure it. You can launch X-applications over ssh using xsudo . Install the TOR Application $ sudo urpmi tor This will also install the SOCKS proxy software. You may also install a GUI configuration tool, vidalia . We won't be using vidalia , so it won't be covered here. How

Carmageddon 1 & 2 On Modern Linux

This is just a placeholder for relevant links until I can get around to installing the game. Stop using the so-called "XP patch" fo C2... You must use the latest patch, V2. More about patches there: And for Carmageddon 1, just use hifi's ddraw.dll (unless you 100% want glide). Does this game run in WINE?

Creating a Custom Mageia Repository

As extensive as the Mageia RPM package repositories are, they don't include every application possible and it makes sense to create a local repository of these additional RPMs since I have several Mageia workstations. Using a remote workstation running lighttpd that acts as a webserver for a car club, it is also configured to allow each user to use ~/public_html as their personal webserver, and so added mageia as a user and will host the custom RPM files there. Configuration for lighttpd can be found here . There must also be a way for urpmi to know what files are available, so install repoctl which includes the application genhdlists . There is also a stand-alone application, genhdlists2 that accomplishes the same thing and that's what was used here. $ cd /home/mageia/public_html $ genhdlists . If you also use yum of dnf , install mrepo to accomplish the same thing. Add a Local Repository To add the new http repository, use urpmi.addmedia.  For example,

Creating TASK-* RPMs for Mageia: task-codeweavers-essentials

A task-*.rpm package is a metapackage, a special type of package that installs other RPM packages that are delineated as dependencies of the task-*.rpm. They contain no actual data, they just cause the system to install  other RPM packages as directed. There is a need to create such a package to compliment the installation of Codeweaver's crossover application. As explained in another post , Mageia is a distro unsupported by Codeweavers and has different names for the needed dependencies that are provided by Mageia. Rather than struggle through a long list of packages to install, it would be easier to invoke $ sudo urpmi task-crossover-essentials and be done with it. The first step to create such a package is to build the .spec file. I chose to modify an existing .spec file, so I started with the .spec file from task-lxde. It is shown below.  Name: task-lxde Version: 7 Release: %mkrel 1 Epoch: 1 Summary: Metapackage for lxde Group: Graphical desktop/Other License:

Installing Dropbox on Mageia Linux

Dropbox is a commercial cloud-based online file storage service. A Basic account provides 2GB of space at no charge. To begin installing Dropbox, go to their website and create an account. Step 1.  On your computer, install the Dropbox package. $ sudo urpmi dropbox This installs the Dopbox files and installs wget (if not already installed). Step 2. Begin the Dropbox installation by downloading and installing the proprietary daemon. $ dropbox start -i After the daemon downloads, Dropbox will open a web browser to the Dropbox login page. Step 3. Using your account information, you may log in. Dropbox will now take you to your personal Dropbox page and create the directory ~/Dropbox on your computer and open your file manager to that directory. Now, close all the open Dropbox windows. Step 4. Make Dropbox run automatically when you log in. $ dropbox autostart y If you don't want it to run automatically, you can use the start and stop commands from the command l

Upgrade Mageia7 to Mageia8

Back in the early days of Linux, the changes to the operating system were so dramatic that even when updating withing the same distro, in-place point release updates were problematic enough and it was always recommended that a major version release be done from scratch. There were just too many major changes to the underlying subsystems and package naming conventions. Doing an in-place update was just asking for trouble. Modern distros have matured quite a bit even though there are occasionally some major subsystem changes being made. Yet it's never been easier to do an in-place major version upgrade. For upgrades from Mageia7 to Mageia8, just skip to the bottom, but it is essentially the same steps. I just did the upgrade on several Mageia6 systems and the results were consistent and satisfactory, not to mention simple. Step 0. Always backup critical information. Have a Mageia7 recovery disc on hand. You can download the ISO image from here . Read the Release Notes , t