How to install Kodi on Ubuntu Server 14.04

I have a small Shuttle Barbebone computer which I’m mainly using as a KVM hypervisor on top of Ubuntu Server 14.04 to run a few VMs. Since the Barebone also sports a HDMI port and the CPU comes with an integrated Intel HD GPU I thought it would be a great Kodi (ex XBMC) mediacenter …

Ubuntu release upgrade says ‘no new release found’ on IPv6-only server

I’m running some sort of an experimental KVM guest with IPv6 connectivity only. Since it still had Ubuntu Server 13.10 installed I tried to run a do-release-upgrade on it to upgrade it to the latest Ubuntu Server release – which at the time of this writing is 14.10. However, the do-release-upgrade command kept saying that …

strongSwan 5 based IPSec VPN, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and PSK/XAUTH

I prefer strongSwan over Openswan because it’s still in active development, easier to setup and doesn’t require a L2TP daemon. I prefer a simple IKEv1 setup using PSK and XAUTH over certificates. If you plan to share your VPN server with your friends it’s also a lot easier to setup for them without certificates. I …

LXC 1.0 Web Panel for Ubuntu 14.04

LXC is awesome! You can create and start your own virtual container with just 3 commands in Ubuntu 14.04. apt-get install lxc debootstrap lxc-templates lxc-create -t ubuntu -n demo lxc-start -n demo -d It doesn’t get any easier than this. There’s even a Boostrap-based fronted available: LXC Web Panel. Unfortunately, LXC Web Panel doesn’t work …

Speed up MySQL with a RAM disk in Ubuntu Server

If you have some RAM to spare and want to speed up MySQL a little, you can create a RAM disk for MySQL’s temporary disk tables. In Ubuntu Server, the MySQL process is being watched by AppArmor which prevents us from using a custom tmpdir unless the AppArmor configuration is changed accordingly. This post shows how …