DNS and Domain Change

Hello, Sorry if anyone experiences downtime over the next 24-48hrs. I am in the process of changing nameservers as well as changing my domain registrar from Godaddy to Namecheap. Godaddy has served me well over the last ten years, however with their waffling support of SOPA and the deal I got on transfers, I had no choice. In my shopping around I found that other providers NameCheap included offer domain privacy for much cheaper than godaddy, with Privacy something I would like to use this was important to me.

I have only been using Namecheap for less than 24hours, but so far I am very pleased with the service in the transfer of my domains. If you would like to register over there below is my affliate link.

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Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting
Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting

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Another path Gentoo, will it work?

Seeing the trouble I had with the Ubuntu Installer, I switched to my long term favorite distro Gentoo. Gentoo is not only a well documented distro, but you build your install from source, there is no installer. With Gentoo pretty much everything related to setup is manual and done by you the installer. It is not a distro for the faint at heart, but it is very customizable and because you build from source it is optimized for your hardware. This optimization provides low overhead which is perfect for something like a thin client with minimal disk space and minimal ram. Remember the hardware(Wyse S30 Thin Client 64mb Flash Drive / 128mb RAM) I am using, Gentoo could be a perfect fit for this.

The Gentoo install went flawlessly, except for the 8hr kernel compile. However, the reboot after install left me hanging with a ‘grub>’ prompt. This stinks a new problem, but remember I am further than I was with Ubuntu. With Ubuntu, I could not get a grub screen at all. At this point I figure it has to be something to do with a missing kernel module or driver, I just need to know which one.

Back to researching again, this time though I refuse to emerge without a working solution! More to come in my next blog post.

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Ubuntu Further Results, I think I am getting somewhere.

Well, I finally got my thin client booting. In the process I learned more about Linux than I ever thought. The next few blog posts will be dedicated to explaining the path that I took.

Hardware: Wyse S30 Thin Client 64mb Flash Drive / 128mb RAM

First I tried Ubuntu, amazingly it would boot and run on the thin client. The problem was not until after the install. For some unknown reason the thin client would not boot off of the USB stick using Grub. Although I had Grub installed in the MBR of the USB stick, the bios in the thin client would not boot using this strategy. I found this peculiar due to the fact that I could boot the Ubuntu Installer from Usb. Investigating the issue, I found that the Wyse bios seemed to only boot from USB when using Syslinux and a Fat32 partition as opposed to Grub and an EXT2 partition. As a last ditch effort, I also tried configuring the boot partition as Fat32, but Fat32 will not support the required file options for the Linux Kernel to boot. This led me to take what I thought was a clever path and it is something I have done on other *nix systems in the past. I tried installing Grub to the MBR of the internal flash drive. Then I could set up the initrd with USB drivers that could then load my USB stick. The problem with this was that I could never seem to get Ubuntu to recognize the internal ATA drive properly. It was at this time I knew I needed to find a distro that allowed more initial configuration than the Ubuntu Installer would allow me.

These problems will lead me to Gentoo! More to come in 3-5 days.

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