BCS Setup VPN Ubuntu 14.04 Server

A VPN may be desirable for you Ubuntu 14.04 server.  How to set up the servers may be found at the Ubuntu web site by clicking here.

Newer instructions are found at the Ubuntu 12.04 Server guide — OpenVPN (The link in the Ubuntu 14.04 server documentation is incorrect so please use this link) .

Here is a blog post by Grant Curell that I found to be helpful.  Grant’s example is for a routed VPN.

Gibson Research Corporation has published some information that identifies various types of networks.

We need to understand more about domain name servers (DNS) as configured on Ubuntu 14.04.  Remember we are using Webmin for management of our Ubuntu 14.04 headless server so we need to understand the Berkley Internet Name Domain (BIND) module click here to review the documentation.

Mr. Arch Brooks, Software Engineer, Brooks Computing Systems, LLC authored this article.

BCS Set Spartan As The Default Browser Windows 10

I have currently been using Windows 10 operating system approximately for a month.  It is undoubtedly the best Windows yet.

The Spartan web browser (released this week) blows the doors off the competition.  I use Spartan to fix and debug Firefox 37.0.1 with all the JavaScript lockups and failures not to mention the malware hassles of using the thoroughly hacked Firefox.  There are no plugins and no hacks for plugins in Spartan.

Like any new technology the was a leaning curve but in only a few days I became comfortable enough with Spartan to make it my default web browser.  Good riddance Firefox!  Google Chrome was never a consideration for a litany of reasons.

To make Spartan the default web browser in Windows 10 click the start button then click settings, then click the defaults and when the default apps dialog appears click on the combo box / traverse to and select the Spartan icon and you are done.

Now when a browser is required Spartan is invoked and I become a happy camper once again.  No popups, no spyware and no malware.  I love it!

Mr. Arch Brooks, Software Engineer, Brooks Computing Systems, LLC authored this article.

BCS Install Eclipse Mars SDK

There are those times when you would like to install the Eclipse Software Development Kit (SDK) Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The Eclipse SDK project’s code name is Mars. I have chosen Mars because it supports all Domain Specific Languages (DSL), PHP and practically all the mobile interfaces in a single IDE. The MVC approach is supported nicely in all programming development environments under Mars SDK. This article makes you aware of the dependencies and pitfalls of installing the Eclipse SDK IDE.

First install the Java Development Kit (JDK). The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is not sufficient for successful Eclipse invocation. Eclipse SDK IDE will not function without at lease one JDK installed. This approach will work until the desired results are not attained. Troubleshooting begins when the desired functionality is not produced. Typically there is nothing to troubleshoot at this point.

The next step would be to install the Eclipse SDK. This lightweight SDK IDE footprint will allow the developer the most flexibility for a software development IDE.

To install Grails first install the Eclipse Marketplace Client.

Once the Eclipse SDK is installed click on the “Help” menu item. Then select the “Install New Software” sub menu item. At the next dialog be sure to select “All Available Sites” option on the first drop-down.

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Traverse to the “General Purpose Tools” and left click the selector to view its children. You will notice “Marketplace Client” towards the end of the list. Left click to check it (to be installed) then click the “Next Button” and follow the prompts. This will install the “Marketplace Client”.

Once the “Marketplace Client” is in place click “Help”. Select “Eclipse Marketplace” and when the dialog appears type “Grails” in the Find (search) box of the Market Place Client dialog.

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Select the “Install” Option of the most recent Groovy / Grails Tool Suite available. Follow the prompts to successfully install the Grails nature to the Eclipse SDK.

To install the PHP nature to the Eclipse SDK IDE click on the “Help” menu item. Then select the “Install New Software” sub menu item. At the next dialog be sure to select “All Available Sites” option on the first drop-down. Traverse to the “Programming Languages” and click the control on the left to reveal its children. Near the end of the list you will see the “PHP Development Tools (PDT)”. Select that item for installation then click the “Next” control near the bottom of the dialog and simply follow the remaining prompt to install the PHP nature to the Eclipse SDK IDE.

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By following these simple instructions you have just enabled the Grails and PHP perspectives / nature to the Eclipse SDK IDE. Your IDE is second to none for these two software development environments as well as other perspectives you may install or activate.

You may proceed to add other natures/perspectives to the Eclipse SDK IDE as you deem necessary. Eclipse Mars can accommodate practically all of your computer software development requirements.

Mr. Arch Brooks, Software Engineer, Brooks Computing Systems, LLC authored this article.