Monthly Archives: October 2013

My Linux desktop, what I use.

My Linux Mint Desktop screenshot.

Desktop

Linux mint is the distro that the cinnamon wm is designed for. Cinnamon works great with Mint. That’s the #1 reason I use Mint.
There are other reasons as well.

1. Basically the same as Ubuntu, uses the repos.
2. Setup is fast.
3. OS is STABLE … this is HUGE.
4. Works in VmWare Workstation.

I run my desktop as a Virtual Machine, in vmware workstation. This allows for easy backup of the desktop…just copy the vmware files. It’s also a requirement as we aren’t allowed to install Linux natively on our laptops at work, but this is the next best thing. In fact, running the OS as a virtual machine offers some nice things that a bare metal install doesn’t. Snapshots of the OS. Say you wanted to upgrade your system, but you weren’t sure the upgrade won’t mess something up, take a snapshot, upgrade, if it’s fubar’d…..no sweat, just restore the snapshot and your golden. The same for installing some software your not sure about or that might muck up your system…take a snapshot, install software, restore to snapshot if things aren’t exactly what you thought they should be.

Eagerly waiting for the next release of Mint, a few features in Cinnamon are going to be nice. If you haven’t tried Mint, you should.
http://linuxmint.com/

Both the NAS and the VmWARE machines are done!

The NAS and the esxi builds are completed and fully functional, finally.
All of the vmware virtual machines are running from the NAS now.

VmWare ESXI Build
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CASE – COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black
OS – VmWare Esxi 5.1
CPU – Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
RAM – 32 GIG – 4x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
MOTHERBOARD – ASRock Z77 Pro4
POWER – CORSAIR CXM series CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
NETWORK – Intel EXPI9301CTBLK

NAS Build
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CASE – COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black
OS – USB loaded NAS4FREE embedded
CPU – Intel Celeron G1610 Ivy Bridge 2.6GHz
RAM – G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600
MOTHERBOARD – ASRock Z77 Pro4
POWER – TOPOWER TOP – 800W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified
NETWORK – Intel EXPI9301CTBLK
DRIVES – 6 QTY – TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″

NAS