Ubuntu stuff

Currently this home page is just for posting a couple of useful documents:
Installation Guide
User Guide
Automated Backup
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Installing Ubuntu

Here are some simple notes I took during some installations. While they appear to make the process look complicated, in fact it is pretty easy. I will try to update the guide at some point and to have some scripting option. They cover the following topics:

In reality, if you install Windows from disk you end up doing much the same if not more...

Here is a setting up text file that I typically edit and use for quickly instailling things. You can save this, edit it and then change to be executable, then run it as root (e.g. sudo ./install_linux_ubuntu.txt) to do all of the steps. Please, read and understand it before doing so!

End User Manual

Having suffered the repeated tedium of fixing family & friend's Windows PC following infestations, I gave them Ubuntu and wrote the Embracing The Penguin guide (PDF format document) to help them get the most out of their PCs. It started as a few pages, but as with most things it grew as I incorporated answers to specific questions they asked. It was initially just for my sister, so generally it will not read as a non-personal style of document.

Updated with section on Google & privacy, but major update planned once Ubuntu 10.04 (long term support) version is released and tested soon.

Automated Backup

Here are some backup scripts I wrote to automate the backing up of user data on an Ubuntu PC.

The MD5 hash is 34d7d05d8122f00fc85c1af41614fcf1 automatic_backup-26-Oct-2016.tar.gz

The scripts were intended to provide a simple hands-off backup for the average users who simply won't (or can't) do it manually with any degree of reliability. Like myself. They offer easy back-up, running each time the PC is shut down, but require a level of 'system administrator' skill to recover the data. For disaster recovery of the typical home PC, this seemed sufficient.

To make use of the scripts you need to address the following point:
Finally, you should check that you have no errors in the backups using the command run_prestore -V and also that you can indeed restore some data should it ever be needed!

There is another page providing a full and tedious explanation to assist with the above points, along with a more detailed guide to command line usage.

Finally note that the backups are not encrypted, so you should protect them with the same care as your primary valuable data. If you need encryption, the simple solution is to use TrueCrypt volume or a hardware encrypted external disk for storage.

(c) Paul Crawford, 14 Feb 2015