Oct 252011

Chapter 2. Before starting this series or even before starting the switch to Linux, I did a lot of research on the internet. One of the inevitable hits on search engines are the “Top xx reasons (not) to switch to Linux” topics. For this episode of Switching to Linux I started reading up on them.

I soon realized that almost all these posts seem very polarized: both the pro and contra camps have their arguments. Most arguments make a return in each article. However, what I did not find was the middle ground. Apparently you are either against Linux or against Windows. And that is where this article comes in: I use both and will continue to do so in the future. Here are my personal reasons for doing so and not doing so.

Before listing my reasons, I have to make one thing clear. I switched to Linux on my main workstation. This means I simply shifted focus. My biggest focus is now Linux, but I still use Windows too.

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Oct 242011

Chapter 1. When I recently started thinking about buying a new computer, I wanted to realize something I had been thinking about for a long time: switching to Linux as my primary operating system.

This article is the first one in a series that describes how I replaced Windows as the primary operating system on my workstation with Linux. This series is not meant as a “look how great Linux is” vs “Windows is the root of all evil“, quite the opposite in fact. The articles are meant as a continuing story of my adventures with the Linux operating system and to document how I did things.

I will detail my reasons in a future post, but let me make one thing clear: I have nothing against Windows or Microsoft. In fact I make my living installing and maintaining mainly Windows systems. I just want to try something different and new.

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Oct 232011
Citrix XenServer

When setting up a new xenserver, I ran into a small problem. The server had multiple disk arrays (RAID 1). The Xenserver hypervisor was installed on the first array (chosen during setup). All arrays where visible during setup, but once the setup was complete, the only “Local Storage” that was visible was the first array…

Since this was my first multi disk setup, I did not know what to expect.

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Since version 11.10 (release October 2011), Ubuntu uses Lightdm as its main login screen. In the standard version this screen comes with a fairly nice Ubuntu background and an Ubuntu 11.10 logo in the bottom left corner. If you want to personalize the login screen to your liking, change the logo or both, this can be easily done

This involves changing 1 configuration file and copying 2 images to a folder, that’s all. There are however a few things that you need to take into account or you’ll end up with a black screen without a logo, or in worst case the inability to login to Ubuntu.  And we don’t want that.

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