Steps I take to install Drupal 7 / Backdrop CMS dev server on an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on say Digital Ocean Droplet

Easily redoable for a quick dev server for Drupal 7 and/or Backdrop CMS on say a Digital Ocean Droplet:

Oh Shyte! Drupal 6? Provision a new Ubuntu server! How?

If you suddenly need to provision a new web app server for Drupal 6, the main problem you have is that the furthest back you can go, in say Ubuntu releases on Digital Ocean or Linode, is Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx). Default Php there is 5.3, and even though almost all contrib modules and core for Drupal 6 play nice with Php 5.3 these days, what about those monstrous legacy Drupal 6 sites that need to be maintained for "just a little bit longer" and whose modules cannot be upgraded easily due to dependency hell, or which for some reason, just need Php 5.2? This is a short article that, based on the following references, shows the steps I took to get the job done:

How I got firebug back after updating to Firefox 4.0 on Ubuntu

After following these clear instructions for upgrading to Firefox 4.0 on Ubuntu 10.04/10.10, after delighting in the speed and reveling in the speed and other good stuff, I wanted to get firebug back so I could do some socially useful work!

So I went to Tools / Add Ons from the browser menu, and a pop-up window showed me all my disabled stuff that was incompatible with Firefox 4.0

After finding out that 1.7 was the Firebug version that was indeed compatible with the new Firefox 4.0, downloaded firebug-1.7.0.xpi from this page: http://getfirebug.com/releases/firebug/1.7/.

Then, I returned to Add-ons Manager at Tools / Add-ons and from the little drop down list icon to the left of the search box in the top-right corner, I selected Install Add-on from File...

Dual panels finally grown for the Gnome Nautilus: step-by-step instructions for installing on Jaunty and Karmic

Marx is right: work and reality are based on contradictions and the resolving of those contradictions through program and process. So ever since the Norton Commander I've been zinging along on dual panels: move stuff from here to there, compare stuff, go places and stay in one place at the same time. Indispensable!

The Linux universe has enjoyed the terminal based but fully interactive Midnight Commander (a clone greatly improving on the old Windows Norton Commander) which has been around for years and years now, but one wants a solution native to the desktop you are using.  One tires of copying the path from the GUI file manager into a terminal cd command to invoke the Midnight Commander just where it itches, it would be more straightforward to do most tasks directly on the desktop. And one tires of configuring network shortcuts, as well as mime types or whatever it is you have to do to get single click file associations working (video, word processing, etc.).

Short report on Dell 1420N laptop upgrade from Hardy to Intrepid to Jaunty

Had upgraded my 1420N before, ultimately to Hardy, with problems losing sound, but muddled on through thanks to Dell Linux wiki. Usual problems with wi-fi led, sound, on every kernel upgrade, solved by backporting and following instructions on the wiki.

So it was with trepidation that I upgraded in one night from Hardy to Intrepid to Jaunty.

With Intrepid, the only issue was getting the cool new Network Manager to manage. It was grayed out. I had no visible network configuration yet my wireless (which I adventurously used for the upgrade) "just worked". Found through Googling that this was a feature, not a bug. So was able to enable the cool new (bears repeating) Network Manager by editing (after saving a copy) /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf to read as follows:

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