Enabling And Disabling Root Account in Debian/Ubuntu
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Debian and other debian-based distros like Ubuntu have, by default, has the root account disabled as a security measure.(thanks to Subbu and PICCORO for the clarification) To re-enable the root account, just open the command prompt, and type sudo passwd root You’ll get the following set of messages: sathya@sathya-laptop:~$ sudo passwd root<br /> Enter new UNIX password:<br /> Retype new UNIX password:<br /> passwd: password updated successfully<br /> sathya@sathya-laptop:~$

About
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Bio I am an experienced Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) with over 15 years of experience in DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering, System Architecture, Performance Tuning, Infrastructure setup, DBA, Data Conversion and Observability. I’m not fanatic about specific tools or services and believe in making the most available out of the tools that I get to work with. I have significant experience in the below services, tools and technologies: Cloud Platforms Amazon Web Services (core compute, networking, database and storage services) Azure (core compute, networking, database and storage services) Containers & Orchestration

Talks
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
I’ve been organizing events on small large scale since 2012. Besides organizing events, I also love talking in meetups and conferences. Below are a collection of some of my previous talks.

Mounting .iso and .mds/mdf Files in Linux
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
There are lots of times where you’d want to mount a CD/DVD image. Say your friend who uses his Windows box has given you a .iso file or a .mds/mdf file, created using Alcohol 120%. How would you mount them in Linux? Using the Terminal and making use of the loop device,there is no need for any external software tools and utlities. Here’s the steps: Open the Terminal/Console. Switch to root user(mounting more often than not requires root privileges, we’ll have a look as to how make media user-mountable later) by typing su root *buntu users and others distros in which the root account is disabled, can skip this step.

A Look At Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon
· β˜• 3 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Ubuntu Gutsy has been receiving a huge amount of hype and fan fare recently, and I’ve been following Gutsy closely, from Ubuntu Fridge’s 10 Rocking Features in 10 Days to fellow bloggers and Linux users posts on Gutsy. Naturally after their Feisty launch, expectations were high(from my side). Now I’m not Ubuntu’s biggest fan(I’m a SuSE fellow, Novell haters, meh!), but I appreciate what Ubuntu has been doing for newbie Linux users in general.

My Laptop Chronicles: Installing openSUSE 10.3 on my Dell Inspiron 1520
· β˜• 3 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
When I got my Dell Inspiron, the first thing that I wanted to do was install openSUSE 10.3 on it. After all openSUSE has been serving me well all these years! Because of time restrictions and office workload being too much, I couln’t do it. So when the weekend arrived, I decided to install it! Since I dont have an Internet connection, downloading it was out of the question, so I had grabbed a copy of last month’s Digit magazine which had a Bootable openSUSE10.

Dell Inspiron 1520 Review
· β˜• 6 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Laptop Review: As few might be knowing I’ve purchased a Dell Inspiron 1520. Here’s a short review on it. Laptop Specifications: Processor: Intel Core2Duo T5250 @ 1.5 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache Main memory: 2x1GB DDR2 667 MHz Dual Channel mode HDD: Fujitsu MHW2160BH 160GB SATA DVD-RW: TSSTcorp DVD+/-RW TS-L632H 8X Sound Card: Intel HDA ICH8(82801) Graphics Card: nvidia 8600m GT with 256MB RAM NIC: BroadCom BCM4401 100 WiFi: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Bluetooth: BroadCom BCM2045 System Chipset: Intel GM965 Expansion & Misc ports: 4xUSB, 1xIEEE1394, 1xRJ-45, 1xRJ-11, 1xVGA Out, 2xExpressCard 54, 1xHeadphone out, 1xMicrophone In, 1xMedia Card reader(SD/MMC/MS Pro).

My Laptop Chronicles: It’s here!
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Yup! Finally my laptop is here, delivered to my office at OMR, Chennai! After all those hassles(read this and this post to know more!)Β I received it 12 days after my order was registered(ie, the day the amount was realized). In case you’re wondering, my Laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1520, featuring an Intel Core2Duo Processor T5250@1.5GHz, 2 GB RAM, a 160GB HDD and (my most cherished component) nVidia 8600 mGT w/ 256MB RAM(although Windows and DXDiag reports 512 MB RAM, hmm).

My Laptop Chronicles: It gets better!
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
First up, if you haven’t read my previous post, go read it! Now, after you’ve read the post, you people can get an idea as to how pissed off and frustrated I was. The following day, ie, Tuesday, I was determined to finish off the work come no matter what! So armed with my Cheque book, 2 pens(yeah, 2, just in case any one ran out of ink!). Left my Office at 5.

My Laptop Chronicles: How Fate has decided that I SHOULD NOT get a lappy ASAP
· β˜• 5 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Mega Post ahead: You have been warned! There’s something called fate. Answers.com defines it as “fate (fΓ€t) pronunciation n. The supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events. The inevitable events predestined by this force. A final result or consequence; an outcome. Unfavorable destiny; doom.” The past few days have convinced me that Fate has it that I should NOT get my laptop, as early as possible.