Tod Merley | 31 Aug 02:15 2014
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Secure Transactions

Hi all!

I have been using Windows monitored by Norton used almost exclusively to do on line transactions and banking. The strategy is simply that I do not use it otherwise. Transactions only.

But then the W8 laptop Norton would not update or scan!! First attempts at fix failed and refresh and reload – well – simply have not worked out so far (long long story). Then the crazy windows update problems this month have made me a bit shy to use the W7 installs I have.

So I made up some Fedora 20 flash drives to more or less imitate the basic “used exclusively for transactions” function I was using Windows/Norton for. So far so good! Indeed I find banking using FireFox on Fedora simply easier to use (better fonts, colors, I think).

I am simply seeking thoughts on the basic approach, alternatives, other things to do to make a secure transaction environment.

Thanks all!!

Tod

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Where Where | 30 Aug 15:16 2014
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Fedora on MacBook Pro: need to disable graphical boot screen

Hello everyone!

I'm attempting to switch to Linux from Mac OS on a Macbook Pro model number MacBookPro10,1 with the latest BIOS and firmware. I need to have full-disk encryption for work, so I allowed the fedora installer to set up an encrypted LVM volume alongside my Mac partition (I'm dual-booting). But alas! Upon booting for the first time, I get this error message:

(In yellow) [3.226029] pci 0000:00:01.0: ASPM: Could not configure common clock
[4.258867] i915 0000:00:02.0: Invalid ROM contents

The boot then hangs...and nothing happens.

i915 refers to the graphics chipset on my laptop. I had previously tried Ubuntu (which didn't end up being what I was looking for) and found that when I installed the server version, without the graphical boot, Ubuntu booted, but when I installed the desktop version, with a graphical boot, it did not.

So I currently wish to disable graphical boot in Fedora. I'd also be happy to do a new installation to get rid of the graphical boot if that's what it takes.

Any kind advice?

Daniel

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Dave Cross | 30 Aug 10:35 2014
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Google Account in GNOME

Soon after I installed Fedora 20 I used the online accounts config
panel to set up my Google account. This worked well for several
months.

A few weeks ago, I changed my Google account password. Ever since
then, GNOME keeps prompting me for my Google account password - but it
won't accept either the new password or the old one. I just have to
cancel the dialog box.

I've tried removing the account and adding it back, but it still won't
accept the password. Every time I wake the system from sleep, I get a
dialog box asking for my Google account password which I have to
cancel.

Does anyone have any idea what's going on or how I can fix this?

Thanks,

Dave...

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Angelo Moreschini | 30 Aug 10:13 2014
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su - Authentication failure - reinstall fedora ?

Hi,
after that I installed fedora 20, I am not able to get the login as su.
When I try to sign me as super user, I always get the answer "Authentication failure".

I don't think that I really type wrong the password that I set at install time: I typed it twice.
Rather I think that they are some funny characters inside it.

So I lost the hope to try to guess the password and I think to re install Fedora.., but I have a problem.

My computer is dual boot with Windows XP and I am not sure how uninstall Grub (how to manage the MBR when to the computer start) before to uninstall Fedora...
Some time ago I tried to fix this problem using Windows in recovery mode (command fixboot) and, at last, I had to reinstall also Windows XP (further that Fedora)..

Can I have an advice how  to arrange the dual boot on my computer, before to uninstall Fedora??

Thank you
regards

Angelo

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Mike Wright | 29 Aug 23:20 2014

OT: Stop Firefox from asking to install flash

Hi all,

When using firefox I'm repeatedly confronted by a popup asking if I want 
to install flash (usually to view some advertising).  This must happen 
dozens of times a day.

Does anybody know if it is possible to stop that, and if so, how to do it?

TIA,
Mike Wright
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Robert Moskowitz | 29 Aug 23:15 2014

Problems with screen to serial usb on F17

I have an old F17 Asus Eee700 and trying to hook it to a USB TTL UART as 
a serial console to some armv7 systems using screen:

screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200

I am getting garbage characters.  Not all the time, but particularly at 
the beginning.  I don't see this on either of my two F20 systems:  
Lenovo x120e and Asus Eee900.

I can't easily upgrade this Eee700 and I would be happy just using F17 
screen.  But is this likely to be OS or hardware?

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Peter Skensved | 29 Aug 15:43 2014
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Re: BIOS boot partition, 4x3TB disks, and raid, problems with anaconda

> 
> On my old system I use 1TB disks, with /boot as raid1, and grub 
> boot-loader installed on all disks. On that one I can boot the system 
> from any of disks. Which is quite handy.
> 
> The problem here seem to be that due to the disks being large (larger 
> than 1TB) they are setup as GPT (GUID Partition Table), and they then 
> also need a BIOS boot partition to work on non UEFI based systems (if I 
> have understood it correctly).
> 
> So, to be able to boot from any of the disks, I need a BIOS boot 
> partition on all disks, but anaconda seem to only install it on one of 
> the disks (i.e. I want the exactly identical partition tables on all disks).
> 
> Lars

   gdisk will seamlessly convert an existing DOS partition table made by say
fdisk, parted, gparted, ... to GPT format on the fly without disturbing the 
any actual parttions ( you may want to back up first though ... ) .  

 Additionally, I have not had any problems getting 3-4 year old standard dumb
BIOS to boot from a 3TB drive . Never tried with UEFI though. 

                                                 peter

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g | 29 Aug 08:08 2014
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recovering lost files

greetings,

i have 3 drives i need to recover that have damaged boot tracks. on the 
3rd drive are boot track back ups that i need to recover.

within the past year, a poster was needing to recover a file. a replier 
suggested a boot iso that recovered files and labeled them with a file 
label of file's size, instead of an arbitrary number.

if the poster/replier, or anyone else recognizes iso i am inquiring 
about, i greatly appreciate their replying.

i searched archives, did not find post. i have never found a good way to 
search archives. is there a page to make searching easier than opening 
individual archives?

TIA for any and all help.

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Robert Moskowitz | 28 Aug 22:16 2014

2nd IP address on an interface

This is on a F20 arm system.  It SHOULD follow F20 rules...

first: cat /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

# Added by 'write_udev' for detected device 'eth0'.
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", 
ATTR{address}=="02:67:15:00:01:78", NAME="eth0"

First IP address is:

/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

DEVICE="eth0"
BOOTPROTO=none
ONBOOT="yes"
TYPE="Ethernet"
NAME="System eth0"
MACADDR=02:67:15:00:01:63
MTU=1500
DNS1=208.83.67.188
GATEWAY="208.83.67.161"
IPADDR="208.83.67.163"
NETMASK="255.255.255.240"
HOSTNAME="miredo.htt-consult.com"
IPV6INIT="yes"
DNS2=2607:f4b8:3:3:9254:5400:0:188

this works fine.  But now for the second IP address I add:

# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0:0
DEVICE="eth0:0"
BOOTPROTO=none
ONBOOT="yes"
TYPE="Ethernet"
NAME="System eth0"
MTU=1500
GATEWAY="208.83.67.161"
IPADDR="208.83.67.164"
NETMASK="255.255.255.240"

But no second IP address is shown:

]# ifconfig
eth0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
         inet 208.83.67.163  netmask 255.255.255.240  broadcast 
208.83.67.175
         inet6 fe80::67:15ff:fe00:163  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
         ether 02:67:15:00:01:63  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
         RX packets 21  bytes 2556 (2.4 KiB)
         RX errors 0  dropped 12  overruns 0  frame 0
         TX packets 147  bytes 11726 (11.4 KiB)
         TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
         device interrupt 87  base 0x6000

lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING>  mtu 16436
         inet 127.0.0.1  netmask 255.0.0.0
         inet6 ::1  prefixlen 128  scopeid 0x10<host>
         loop  txqueuelen 0  (Local Loopback)
         RX packets 90  bytes 8076 (7.8 KiB)
         RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
         TX packets 90  bytes 8076 (7.8 KiB)
         TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

So what is missing?  Do I need a 70-persistent-net.rules for eth0:0 ??

Or something else?

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Lars E. Pettersson | 28 Aug 19:48 2014
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BIOS boot partition, 4x3TB disks, and raid, problems with anaconda

Hi!

I tried to set up a system using four 3TB disks as a raid6. The disks 
are new, no old partitions laying around. I used a USB stick as install 
media (Fedora 20 x86_64 Gnome Live).

I chose manual partitioning to get everything as I wanted. When this was 
ready I got the error message that I also needed a BIOS boot partition 
(I gather that this due to being rather large disks). I tried to create 
one of those, but it seemed to only be created on one of the discs in 
the raid array, I wanted it created on all disks, just as the raid 
partitions. This to be able to boot from any of the disks in the array 
in case of a failure. As it is now, if the main disk dies, I can not 
start the system at all.

Actually I ended up having three BIOS boot partition on the first disk, 
being 2, 1, and 1 MB large. Which is quite annoying. But that's another 
problem...

Before submitting a bug report/RFE on this. Is there anyone out there 
that have done this, from anaconda? I.e. creating raid partitions and 
BIOS boot partitions on ALL disks? If so, how did you do it?

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dustin kempter | 28 Aug 17:34 2014

md5 encryption

hi all, I just had a question. so I have been hearing that md5 has been 
compromised, how much of a security threat does this impose? if it is 
something that poses a large concern is it possible to change the 
encryption method from md5 to crypt? or another method that is not 
compromised?

thanks

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