Ubuntu Linux 11.04 and Microsoft VPN quirks

September 16th, 2011
Ubuntu Linux 11.04 and Microsoft VPN quirks

Just tried and found that Ubuntu Linux Natty 11.04 now works really well with Microsoft VPN via Network Manager. I reminisce the old days of config files and console commands just to get the pptp client to connect, now it can all be done in the network manager GUI. Its not perfect as it has a couple of quirks.

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GRUB floppy images for booting Windows

September 15th, 2011

I usually set up my workstations with both Windows and Linux. However, I like to boot into the Windows partition from Linux without rebooting into Windows natively. This can be achieved by using any of the virtualisation softwares like VMWare or VirtualBox and booting into the virtual disk setup as a raw disk drive and pointed to a real dev as oppose to a virtual image.

One of the dangers of this setup is the potential of screwing up your mounted Linux partition if you accidentally boot into the same Linux partition. Hence, to prevent such tragedies from occurring, I usually setup my virtualisation software to boot off a GRUB floppy image configured to boot straight into my Windows partition bypassing my main GRUB which allows me to choose booting Linux or Windows.

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VLC for Android download apk package updated

September 11th, 2011

I’ve had a couple of requests to update the Android VLC package that I compiled last month. See this article if you’re not sure what I’m referring to.

Anyway, here’s the changes since the last build.

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