Saturday, February 26, 2011

Simple spicing up the ubuntu server motd

On the lighter side of servers, those of us who like a little information when they login might like the following. An overview of cpu load, memory usage, disc space free for example. Or a warning that says you still have some updates to install.
Luckily there's a package that easily does this.
Just install landscape-common (which takes several python and other packages along) as:
   apt-get install landscape-common

Ubuntu 10.10 with RaLink RT2561/RT61 pci wifi

I installed a new installation of Ubuntu server 10.10 today, and had to spend two hours getting my wireless card to work. As I had to scour half the internet for tips before I finally had a working configuration, I'll share my findings here to prevent head-aches for other people.

Card: RaLink RT2561/RT61 pci wifi (802.11g) card (D-link DWL-G510)
Ubuntu 10.10 server x86 running 2.6.35-25-generic-pae kernel
Connection will be setup through WPA2 to a normal access point (with DHCP)