Wednesday, 10 February 2010

ksplice means never having to reboot

Honestly, I can live with reboots on my home server when a new kernel is applied, but I can see its appeal in more demanding environments. The good people from kspice have written a utility that manages to apply kernel patches in situ meaning that you don't need to reboot when patches are applied. As it is free for Ubuntu 9.10, I thought I'd install it on my server and see how it gets on.

Download and install instructions are here and are a piece of cake.

10/10 for simplicity and I'll be interested to see how it goes.

My uptime, such as it is, can be monitored here.

I see that howtoforge have added a article for this. If you like pointy-clicky instructions, then this is the article for you.

Playing MP3 files with amarok

It has been ages since I have done a fresh OS install and I had forgotten that Amarok needs a little encouragement in order to play mp3 files.

So, for future reference:

sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg
At the time of writing, Ubuntu version was 9.10.