J-3 : Solutions Linux 2009 in Paris

Exhibition and conferences March 31th , 1st and 2nd April 2009 – Porte de Versailles, Hall 2.2

Opening hours:
31st March 9 am to 6 pm
1st April 9 am to 8 pm
2nd April 9 am to 6 pm
Linutop Booth D1 
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Special Thanks to the open source community

Tristan Nitot (Mozilla Europe) was one of our fist support of the Linutop project. The video was taken in Solutions Linux 2007 …

February 2007 : First customer

The sales started in Paris on Solution Linux trade show February 2007.

Solutions Linux 2007

10 months after the start of the Linutop project we decided to present the Linutop 1 on solution Linux en february 2007. Frederic Baille, co-founder of the Linutop company, presents the first product.

February 2007 : Gauvain Pocentek

Gauvain Pocentek is one of the key person in the success of the Linutop. He is in charge of the Linutop software based on Xubuntu. The video was taken in Paris February 2007 at our first meeting.

April 2006 : the start

The Linutop project started in Tallinn (Estonia) en April 2006. Martin-Eric Racine (one the left) was in charge of the prototype of the first Linutop.

Firewalling Linutop with Firestarter

Even the most basic routers these days offer the NAT feature and firewall capabilities which protect your machines on the local network. But there are situations when you have to connect your Linutop directly to the Internet, or bypass the router’s firewall (for example, if you want to use Linutop as a server accessible from the outside). In this case, a decent firewall tool is essential. The problem is, though, that many firewall applications are not particularly user-friendly and you really have to know what you are doing when configuring them.

If tweaking a firewall via the command line is not your cup of tea, then you’ll appreciate Firestarter, a graphical application which significantly simplifies the process of setting up and configuring a firewall. To install Firestarter, run the sudo apt-get install firestarter command, or use the Synaptic package manager.

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March 31st Solutions Linux in Paris

Exhibition and conferences

March 31th , 1st and 2nd April 2009
Porte de Versailles,
Hall 2.2

Opening hours:
31st March 9 am to 6 pm
1st April 9 am to 8 pm
2nd April 9 am to 6 pm
Linutop Booth D1 

See you there!
(Get a badge)

Turn Linutop into a Nifty Server Server with XAMPP

Being small and silent, Linutop makes a perfect server machine. But installing all the desired server packages such as Apache, MySQL, and ProFTPD manually and then tweaking their settings requires both skills and time. There is, however, a better way to turn your Linutop into a LAMPP (Linux+Apache+MySQL+PHP+Perl) server: the XAMPP solution comes with pretty much everything you need as a single neat package. Better yet, you can install and configure XAMPP in a matter of minutes.

To install XAMPP, download the latest .tar.gz archive from the project’s Web site. Use then the following command to unpack the archive and copy all the components to the /opt directory:

sudo tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.7.tar.gz -C /opt

That’s pretty much it. You can then start all the servers using the sudo /opt/lampp/lampp start command. To make sure that everything works as it’s supposed to, point your browser to http://localhost and you should see XAMPP’s default page.

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Clines: Addictive Game for Firefox

Thanks to extensions you can do pretty much anything without leaving the convenience of your favorite browser. But can you play games? Indeed, you can. There are a few rather good games you can play right from within Firefox. One such game is Clines, a clone of a popular Color Lines game for DOS.

The original game was developed by Oleg Demin, and it was hugely popular in Russia along with another Russian blockbuster Tetris. The idea behind Clines is rather simple. Using the mouse, you have to align at least five balls of the same color horizontally, vertically, or diagonally on the 9×9 field. When you do that, the row disappears. Your task is to align and remove as many balls as you can. It may sound like a dead-simple thing to do, but it is not. Each time you move a ball, the game places randomly three new balls on the field, and they can block the ball you want to move. As the number of balls on the field grows, moving them around becomes more and more difficult. Every time you make a line, you receive points depending on how many balls there are in the line:

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