Jul 08

vi Cheatsheet


Almost every Linux distribution includes the vi text editor, and it’s usually the only text editor included in minimal installations.  If you’ve never used vi, it can seem really confusing at first and can even be frustrating since you’ll need to use it to configure network settings prior to downloading another text editor such as nano.  If you’re not familiar with vi, it is important to note there is a “command” and “insert” mode. If you’ve never used vi, you’ll probably find it easier at first to enter “insert” mode when modifying a text file, escaping to command mode, and entering the command to save and quit.  Here’s a quick cheat sheet of the commands you’ll need:

Command Definition
i Enters “insert” mode
esc The escape key exits “insert” mode and returns to “command” mode
:wq In command mode this saves the file and quits once you press the enter key
:q! In command mode this quits the file without saving once you press the enter key


Open a file to edit with vi

Once you open the file, you’ll be in command mode by default and you’ll see the line count and character count at the bottom of the file


Now, if you press the ” i “ key you’ll now enter insert mode which is noted at the bottom.  Once in insert mode, you can edit text where the blinking cursor is located just like most other text editors.


Once you’ve finished your modifications, press the Esc key to return to command mode.  In command mode, you’ll see your commands appear at the bottom of the screen when you type them.  Save and quite by pressing the colon key, w key, q key, and press the Enter to execute the commands.


Once complete, you’ll see a notification that the file was written.


Jul 08

How to Configure Network Settings in CentOS 7


Once logged in, you’ll want to enable and configure your network adapter.  First, you’ll need to get the name of your network adapter(s) by running the following command:

Below you’ll see my results of running this command.  My results show I have an Ethernet adaptor called ens160 and it’s currently disabled.  Please take note of the name of your network adapter, which may be different.

"nmcli d" Results


Once you have the name of your network adapter, you’ll want to enable it and configure it.  We will configure it using the vi text editor.  If you’re not familiar with vi, take a look at:

vi cheat sheet

Use the following command to use vi to configure your network settings.  Note: replace ens160 with the name of your network adapter you noted above)

The content will look something like this:

To Configure a DHCP IP

Modify the following lines:

To Configure a Static IP

Modify the following line:

Add the following lines and replace them with the static IP settings you need.  Note: DOMAIN is the default DNS Search domain and it’s optional to add that line.


Optionally, you can use vi to configure the host name and default search domain by running:

Modify the following line:


To apply your new network settings run the following command to restart the network service


Jul 08

How to Install CentOS 7 Minimal


Select Install CentOS 7 and press Enter

Install CentOS 7

Press Enter to begin the installation

Press the Enter Key to begin the installation process

Select your Language and click Continue


Complete any items marked with the Exclamation icon.  Only the Installation Destination should be marked and will be automatic partitioning by default.  Click Installation Destination


By default automatic partitioning is selected.  Review the automatic partitioning and confirm it suits your needs and click Done.  Otherwise, you’ll need to manually complete the partitioning (beyond this tutorial).CentOS7_Installation_Destination

Once all the items marked with the exclamation icon are complete, click Begin InstallationCentOS7_Begin_Installation

CentOS 7 will now begin to install.  Click Root Password to set the password while you wait for the installation to finish.


Enter your Root password twice and click Done.  CentOS will rate the strength of your password and obviously the stronger the better.


Once the installation completes, click Reboot.


The boot menu will automatically boot CentOS 7



Once the OS boots, login using username root and the password you set during the installation.CentOS7_Login


How to Configure Network Settings in CentOS 7


If this installation of CentOS 7 is a VMWare Guest OS, you may wish to install the VMWare Tools by running the following command:

5 – INSTALL NANO (Optional)

If you are not a fan of the vi text editor, you may wish to install Nano which has a more natural text editor feel to it by running:


Install updates by running:


It’s best practice to not use the root (super-user) user account.  Instead, you should always use a regular user account and allow them root privileges by adding them to the sudoers file.  You can then run privileged commands by use the sudo or su commands.  Let’s first start by creating a user by running the following command (where sigkill is the username):

Next, we want to set the password for our user by running the following command and enter the password twice when prompted:

Here is an example of the output you’ll receive

Add User

Now that your user is created, you want to add them to the sudoers file.  You can edit the sudoers file with vi by running the following command.  (NOTE: If you’re not familiar with vi, take a look at vi cheat sheet)

Near the end of the sudoers file, locate the following lines

Add the following line directly below the above lines then save and quit (:wq)

Here is an example of how it should look

Sudoers File


By default, SSH is installed and ready to work once you configure a network adapter.  Another best practice is to prevent remote SSH access to the root account.

Locate the following line

Modify the above line to the following then save and quit the file

Restart the SSH Service by running the following command


Feb 28

How to Make Fedora 18 a PS3 Media Server

PS3 Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media server which supports Playstation 3 and any other DLNA compliant device.  It allows you to stream video, music, images, etc to your DLNA device even if it does not support the codec the media is encoded in.  For a complete list of supported devices please visit http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/about/.

Install RPM Fusion


Install Software Dependencies


Install libzen and libmediainfo (Optional but recommended)

As of this writing, the current version of libzen is v0.4.28 which the below command references. You can check for updates by going to http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en/Download/Fedora and modifying the link below accordingly.


As of this writing, the current version of libmediainfo is v0.7.62 which the below command references. You can check for update by going to http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en/Download/Fedora and modifying the command below accordingly.



Add Firewall Exceptions for PS3 Media Server



Install PS3 Media Server, Make It Executable, and Start Media Server

As of this writing, the current version of PS3 Media Server is 1.72.0, which is used in the below command. You can check for an update by going to http://code.google.com/p/ps3mediaserver/downloads/list and modifying command below accordingly.


Configure Navigation/Share Settings

By default, PS3 Media Server allows browsing All Drives on your system. For security reasons, you’ll want to modify the Share settings to only access specific folders such as music, pictures, and videos using the following steps:

  1. Click the Navigation/Share Settings Tab
  2. Under the Shared Folders section, click the Add button
    1. Select the folder you want to be accessible (ex: /home/<username>/music/)
  3. Repeat the previous step for each folder you want to be available
  4. Click the Save button
  5. Click the Restart Server button

PMS Navigation/Share Settings


Feb 26

How to Remotely Access Linux From Windows

There are many ways to remotely access Linux including VNC, SSH, FreeNX, NXFree, Hamachi, Teamviewer, and the list goes on.  When it comes to remote access a few questions come to mind…  Is it secure, is it GUI or Command Line, how’s the performance, what extra software is required, etc.  If you are connecting to your Fedora 18 install from Windows there’s a great solution called xRDP.  xRDP uses the Windows Remote Desktop protocol to present an X window’s desktop to the user.  The Windows Remote Desktop offers a secure connection to your Linux box, similar to VNC over SSH.  In addition, it does not require any additional software on your Windows machine since the Remote Desktop Client is built in.  If you are running Linux, you can remote into the server using RDesktop (Included in Fedora 18).

Install xRDP

Start the xRDP Service and Set It to Start at Boot

Add RDP Exception to the Firewall

Open the Windows RDP Client and Connect to Linux

WindowsRDPClient xRDPLogin

Customize Desktop Environment for xRDP Session

If you do not want to use the default desktop environment, you can customize it by creating a .Xclients file (X is capital!!!) in your home directory to launch the desktop environment you want and making it executable.  In order to do this, open a terminal and run one of the following commands

Gnome 3

Gnome Fallback






Feb 26

How to Install Mate, Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, and Xfce on Fedora 18

The Fedora 18 distribution ships using Gnome3 in most circumstances as the default desktop environment. There has been a lot of controversy about the direction Gnome3 has gone, which sparked many spin-off projects. If you are not a fan of Gnome3 or are just looking to try other desktop environments for Fedora, here are the directions you’ll need.  Please note, you need to be root to run the following commands.  You may switch to the root account in the terminal by issuing the ‘su’ command or by using ‘sudo’ in front of the commands below if your account is part of the administrators group.


Make Sure Fedora is Up to Date

Open a terminal and run the following command to update Fedora.


Install the MATE Desktop Environment


Open a terminal and run the following command to install the MATE Desktop Environment

Install the Cinnamon Desktop Environment


Open a terminal and run the following command to install the Cinnamon Desktop Environment

Install the KDE Plasma Workspace


Open a terminal and run the following command to install the KDE Plasma Workspace

Install the Xfce Desktop Environment


Open a terminal and run the following command to install the Xfce Desktop Environment