SLAMPP Showcase

It always feels good when someone comes to you and says that he actually finds your work useful and likes it. It’s not because you ask them for the appreciation but it’s more like that you realize that what you do has contributed something valuable to others. That is what I am going to share with you right now, a SLAMPP showcase written by a SLAMPP user. Of course through this entry I would encourage other users to share their own stories on what they have done with SLAMPP and what they think about it. I will publish your stories here.

This showcase was actually written and submitted to me last year by Brian Papile from Texas. Although he already gave me the permission, unfortunately, I was not able to publish it in a timely manner. My apologies for that. FYI, Brian used SLAMPP as training material for his web application security class. I was absolutely amazed that he could master and customize SLAMPP within a short period of time and then finally shared the work to his class. Well done!

Please read his full story by downloading this PDF file. I hope it could inspire other users to do the same.

As last note, if you are interested to get a copy of his work, please contact me.

Thanks all for your contribution to SLAMPP. Much appreciated.

Now, I will focus on the next release which has been delayed for a while. 🙂

Note: This is a reposted article. You can read the original entry over here.

Interesting Links

In the last few months I’ve gathered some links that may trigger your interest. Most of them are IT and FOSS related and only one is from Oil and Gas sector. Yes, it is sometimes hard to share Oil and Gas resources because of the closed and competitive nature of the business and copyrights/trademarks or other Intellectual Property Rights issues. And I don’t want to get in trouble by doing that for sure. 🙂 I hope you will get some benefits from the following links.

IT and FOSS

Oil and Gas

Job Opening: Python/Django Developer

Passing on interesting news for all Python/Django developers out there. 🙂

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Are you a passionate Python programmer with experience using the Django web framework? Do you have a keen eye for detail, love writing clean and well documented code, wield Git commands like an orchestral conductor, and possess a strong desire to build web applications that are going to make the internet an even more beautiful place to interact in?

If you answered “yes” to all of the above, then contact us today with your resume and a short cover letter outlining the reason for your unrequited love of Python, your marriage to Django, and any other language/framework mistresses that you simply can’t live without!

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, and any accompanying material to:

hr [at] conceptuous [dot] com

To make our life that little bit easier, please put the position title in the subject line of your email. Thank you.

— End of message —

Linux Virus

The following comic can tell you more about it. I agree!

He says this is the year of Linux on the desktop! The world of Windows will fade any moment now!
He says this is the year of Linux on the desktop! The world of Windows will fade any moment now!

(Source: http://xkcd.com/694/)

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I just would like to break the silence in these first months of the year. Guys, this is my first entry in 2010 and I am getting excited to delivering many ‘interesting and useful’ entries this year. We’ll see! 🙂

SLAMPP 2.0.2 is released

Just a quick announcement from me. We have released SLAMPP 2.0.2 yesterday. This is a maintenance release of current 2.0.x tree with some fixes and new documentation. Please get your copy here at http://slampp.abangadek.com.

All credits go to Clinton Tinsley for making this happen. Thanks my friend! More details will be coming soon.

Have fun using SLAMPP!

SLAMPP 2.0.2 Brief Information

A good news for all SLAMPP users around the world, soon or perhaps to be exactly, someday next week, we will release another new maintenance release of SLAMPP 2.0 (Kalinda), 2.0.2. In this release we have fixed several issues found in the previous ones, provide more documentation and How To, and some other interesting features. What makes this release so interesting is that the whole development process of this release has been done by a special SLAMPP fan who now becomes my co-developer and maintainer.

You might be wondering who this guy is anyway. His name is Clinton Tinsley and you can read his short profile here. He also was the one who presented SLAMPP at UTOSC 2009. It feels great that I finally have someone else onboard. Welcome Clint! For the rest, I guess, I will leave it to Clint. He will provide more details about the release soon.

Another exciting news coming recently, Thomas, a Linux Editor of Datormagazin, a Swedish computer magazine, has let me know that he had written an article about SLAMPP on October 2009 edition of that magazine. So, if you live in the nearby area of Swedia, please consider to get that magazine. Thanks Thomas for your great support. 🙂

Alright guys, that will be all short news from my side. I hope we could deliver SLAMPP 2.0.2 soon to you. Have a good weekend!

Thank you.

SLAMPP on UTOSC 2009

Utah Open Source Conference 2009I just received an information from my friend, Clint Tinsley. He is going to host a Linux Home Server BoF at Utah Open Source Conference 2009 on October 8, 2009, at Miller Campus of the Salt Lake Community College, Sandy, Utah. He will demonstrate SLAMPP 2.0.1 to get the conversation started. It is surely a good news for me and I really appreciate Clint’s work there. Sadly, I can not attend that event in person due to my personal situation right now. I hope Clint’s BoF will be running well and people could take something useful from there. Wish you good luck, friend!

Please come to Utah Open Source Conference 2009 if you can. 🙂

SLAMPP 2.0 on LinuxUser Germany

LinuxUser Magazine 09/2009Just a quick information to you all. Vladimir Kolev has let me know that SLAMPP 2.0 also appears on LinuxUser Magazine 09/2009, one of popular Linux magazine in Germany. They also have bundled SLAMPP 2.0 together with some other major distributions on two full featured DVD. So, this is the issue you should not miss, guys. Best bargain!

Thank you for your useful information, Vladimir. I hope everybody could enjoy using or running SLAMPP.

FYI, I already started the development of SLAMPPLite 3.0, code-named “PUTRI”. What makes it different with its big brother is that I will only include one or two applications for each tasks. SLIM login manager and lightweight window manager will be used, XAMPP package will serve the web, database and ftp activities, plus other featured applications that are not going to be revealed now. I am sorry I can not provide you at the moment the exact ETA for the release. Let’s just hope it will be available soon and everything is going smoothly. Don’t worry, I will keep you updated!

Maintenance Release: SLAMPP 2.0.1

Due to some bugs and glitches found in the previous release of SLAMPP 2.0, today I have released a maintenance version of SLAMPP.

What has been done in this release?

  • As it is a maintenance release, no major changes have been made. The system is kept intact.
  • Fixed bugs and glitches found in the ZenInstaller, LiveClone, Lilofix, Gparted, and some rc.* files.
  • Upgraded some desktop and server applications to the latest Slackware 12.2/current and Zenwalk snapshot repositories.
  • Reorganized the boot process display. Now, the Yes/No answer of Use Proprietary Softwares information has been eliminated. Proprietary softwares have been installed permanently to enhance use experience. Further utilized rc.postinstall to detect and autoconfigure the X server on the fly. A downside part of these changes is that, it takes some time to complete the whole boot process until user reaches the graphical login manager. However, I am going to improve this in the next major release.

OK guys, without any delay, please visit the SLAMPP website and download SLAMPP 2.0.1 now from mirror servers available over there.

Regarding this release, I would like to express my sincere acknowledgment and thanks to Clinton Tinsley of Boise Linux User Group for his priceless support during the maintenance. I look forward to working with him on this going forward.

May you have any concern, please let me know. Thank you for using SLAMPP.

Have a nice weekend!

Interesting Links

Today I found two new interesting links. It is hoped it would bring something useful for you.

  • Low End Box – Do you ever consider to having your own VPS account, but you are not willing to pay more or just want to play around with something? Perhaps this website could help you out in finding one. It lists web hosting companies which offer VPS promotions.
  • Softaculous – A very good alternative of Fantastico, an auto/instant software installer in CPanel and Direct Admin. It is worth it to try.

Online Linux Live CD/DVD/USB Building Systems and Online Storage

As usual and also typical me, I am kind of a late adopter of new technology. Any kind of it, you just name it. Sometimes I feel myself old-fashioned and people see me as an old person. I don’t mind with that as long as I am happy in using the technology I am familiar with. I have my own assumption though, the newer is not always the better. 🙂

But, recently new development in Linux world has teased me to try something new. In this case I would like to let you know the existence of SUSE Studio. By using it, building a Linux Live CD/DVD/USB is now not that difficult anymore. In fact everyone can easily do that. The learning curve is so flat. Just click everything you need, the online system will prepare your custom Linux distribution based on openSUSE. Besides this system, there are similar systems already available in simple format. For example, NimbleX with its Custom NimbleX Live CD Generator and SLAX with its Build SLAX system. So, the choice is absolutely yours. I just received my SUSE Studio activation code, and now I am going to see what I can do with this. 🙂

Oh, almost forgotten. Have you tried Ubuntu One as well? What do you think of it? For me, it is just an online storage. A place where you can save, retrieve, share, sync your files on the internet using an Ubuntu designed application. In default you will get 2 GB of free space. If you need more, then  you have to pay. Recently, SLAX launches a very much alike service. Tomas called it, Slax Drive. What makes different is that Tomas has opened his service to be used and connected from other Linux distributions, so not only from SLAX. That is what I like, the freedom to choose and the generousity. It looks like people are now in favour of cloud computing.

However, if you just need an online storage service, you don’t have to be bound with one specific operating system. There are plenty of such services nowadays. You can think of Dropbox, Box.net, etc. It feels good when you have the right solution within reach. Right guys?