howto: install ansible on centos

ansible is configuration and management tool like puppet or chef or salt. its advantage over other solutions is the fact that it doesnt need agents on its clients; it can connect to them over ssh and just as there are no agents, a primary server is not required. think of it of the next generation of clusterssh

to install ansible is pretty easy. its a 2 step process:

drush autocompletion

if you have bash-completion installed  you can use it with drush

cd /etc/bash_completion.d

logout and back in again

kde sound volume too low?

i use kde almost exclusively on my personal laptop. the other gui being the cli. but when i watch a movie or a flash video the volume is kind of low.

i am not going into the reasons for the sound volume in kde is low but suffice it to say that one of the reasons given was that above 100% sound distortions may kick in.

SO! here are a couple of things to note

a) 100% is not the max volume

b) you can't increase the volume past 100% via the kde sound applet

whats the solution? well

linux performance monitoring tools

there is something wrong with the performance of your linux device and you need to know what. this article will help you out by giving you a few linux tools to help you identify the issue

linux based network troubleshooting tools

so you need to trouble shoot some network issues on your linux box. i have listed some tools, a good starter list of the more famous tools. most but not all may also be used to configure settings. in this article we are identifying troubleshooting tools

decision time: pets vs cattle

its decision time. are your servers pets or cattle ?

pets are servers that you take care of your infrastructure eg. freeipa or dns. cattle are servers like web app servers. cattle are easily replacable

how to: set up a centos server for drupal

i am currently setting up a dedicated centos server for drupal testing.  what follows are my notes

pls excuse the untidiness. the idea here being copy and pasting into your server's konsole


first of all you got to make sure the hostname is configured right. use FQDN and that it resolves either by dns or statically via /etc/hosts file

fedora easy karma

when you have fedora update-testing repo enable give karma to the packager using your FAS account

how to set up a transmissionbt server

there are several way to download linux ISOs from the net. traditionally it has been through the http(s) protocol or the ftp protocol. but recently several linux distros have begun to use bit torrent protocol. bit torrent allows the end user aka bt client to download from several points at once in a multi threaded manner and therefore it is much faster. an example site is linuxtracker

how to install xbmc aka kodi IPTV Simple client dvr

watch live tv in xbmc/kodi (free Over The Air aka OTA channels)

first of all here is the link to the source

second, on fedora all you have to do is

yum -y install xbmc-pvr-iptvsimple   

on fedora 21 this will redirect and install kodi-pvr-iptvsimple

then continue with the setup


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