Video Surveillance system on Ubuntu 8.04 with Zoneminder

4 08 2008

In this scenario we will be using:

Hardy Heron ( Ubuntu 8.04 )
Packard Bell Easynote R0933
ZoneMinder 1.22.3 website
Panasonic BL-C1 network cameras

It is assumed that the machine is a fully working Lamp server.
If you don’t have that yet, here’s a quick setup.

First we need to install a few libraries to support Zoneminder :

sudo apt-get install libarchive-tar-perl libmime-perl libstdc++6 libjpeg62 ffmpeg
libarchive-zip-perl zlib1g libdate-manip-perl libwww-perl libdevice-serialport-perl

Afterwards, we grab the latest .deb from the repositories
http://packages.ubuntu.com/hardy/net/zoneminder

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LAMP ( Linux, Apache, MySql, Php ) Server on Ubuntu 8.04

3 08 2008


In a post, a few days ago, i described how i had to restore and reinstall my system.
Meaning daily, i’ve been finding some of the software i need and reinstalling it.

So here i found myself needing to make use of a Lamp server on my laptop.
There’s literally thousands of guides about how to achieve this. Fact is that, on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron ), it can be reduced to a few easy steps, and all the trick is done.

Once more, for the sake of clarity, and to spare some time:

Install mysql
sudo apt-get install mysql-server-5.0

Install Apache2
sudo apt-get install apache2

Install php and the apache module for it
sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5

Reboot apache (very important)
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

PhpMyAdmin, if you need it
sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

That’s all folks!





Dual Screen for Dell Latitude on Hardy Heron

4 07 2008

Few days back i refound in the office this Dell Latitude laptop (with a german keyboard layout) that
we simply were not using in a while. It was running XP and not too well either.

So wanting to make some use of it for some mobile task i decided to wipe it an place 8.04 on it.

The installation went fine. Actually even a US Robotics Wireless PCI card was working right out of the box. Following the true Ubuntu spirit.

The only thing i was unable to do from the GUIs was configuring the 2nd screen.
Then let’s attempt another approach .

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