Thursday, October 15, 2009

karmic ubuntu on hp mini 1000

I've spent the last couple of days trying to get Karmic (beta) on a HP Mini 1000 (1030NR).

This is simple enough with the help of unetbootin. My problems started when I tried to get wireless working with the proprietary drivers. I have never enjoyed satisfaction with proprietary drivers and this occation was the same.

In the 'Live mode' the installed (jockey) happily identified the hardware and swiftly installed ssb broadcom drivers. Once installed jockey didn't seem to be `all there'. I couln't install the drivers.

What finally worked was to go to synaptic package manager and search for 'broadcom' and force a reinstall of the relevant drivers:

bcmwl-kernel-source and bcmwl-modaliases

After this, it all worked perfectly.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tomcat6 on Fedora 11

I'm contemplating using Tomcat for my next project. I'm going to be developing on my Fedora 11 desktop.

I am new to this whole app server business and have spent this morning getting everything working. It shouldn't have taken that long, but it did.

My aim was to have some thing running on localhost which I could connect to and click about in. Compressed down in to a couple of steps I needed to do:
  1. yum install tomcat6 tomcat6-webapps tomcat6-admin-webapps
  2. edit /etc/tomcat6/tomcat-users.xml
    add the line:
    <user name="manager" password="tomcat_manager_secret" roles="manager"/>
  3. service tomcat6 restart
tomcat6 is a basic package. to get something which you can click about with when you point your browser at localhost:8080, you need tomcat6-webapps. To get the manager component, you need tomcat6-admin-webapps.

This sounds obvious enough now that I've done it.