6. Packages and some remarks
There are some issues with the main repository for Salix. As said before, the solution is:
reposetup -m ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/os/Linux/distr/salix/
is a 3d sketch program. It is complicated and takes a lot of practice
to get anything useful from it. Download the latest version from their website.
Calibre is a e-book management program. Sorry,
e-book management program.
The best way to install it is to use Calibre's binary install:
wget -nv -O- https://download.calibre-ebook.com/linux-installer.sh | sudo sh /dev/stdin
The complete library is under
(directory name contains a space), so if you have a backup of that, Calibre will
find all your books.
GNS3 is an installable package in Salix. Although it may
not be the latest and greatest, it works for me.
I installed GNS3 through gslapt ans installed dynamips too. In addition,
you will need PyQT (version 4).
Because I need some specific interfaces to OS services, GNS3 must run as
root. This is an issue if GNS3 runs on a remot machine. I use the following script to start GNS3:
xauth list > $xal
sudo sh -c "xauth add `cat $xal | grep -v localhost | tail -1`; /usr/bin/gns3 $wd/topology.net"
In addition to PyQT, additional packages should be installed to get
a working setup.
I installed the following list:
There are some remarks. Because I connect my VirtualBoxes via
vboxnets and I use Vagrant to start them, I did not look into
Visit edit -> preferences and all the tabs to get things working.
I wanted to get qemu working, but it is a mess. Qemu provides different
binaries, depending on the architecture. But GNS3 only accepts a single
binary. So I when I will actually need qemu, I will examine this further.
Next, add the Cisco IOS images that you have procured under edit->IOS images and hypervisors.
6.5. Igotu and Viking
slapt-get -i qt boost libusb chrpath marble openssl
ln -s /usr/lib64/qt /usr/lib64/qt4
You may have to add
Viking is just an installable package.
6.6. Iscan, SANE, vuescan
For all your other scanners, Vuescan and Sane just works. For Vuescan, remember to
save your license!
6.7. Sweet Home 3d
For some planning in the house, I use
Sweet Home 3D.
Use the Installer from their website.
There may be some issues when importing furniture.
6.8. VirtualBox and Vagrant
Although there is a package for VirtualBox, I downloaded the most recent version
and ran the installer-script.
To my experience, whether you use pre-packaged
VirtualBox or via the Oracle installer, there is always
some fine-tuning necessary. Some additional tolerance between
the vbox-addons and the VirtualBox versions has greatly reduced
the need for tweaking.
However, there are a number of things that I encountered:
In the documentation, VirtualBox says that you need to install the kernel
headers. However, in my experience, you need to install the complete kernel source.
Make sure that the kernel source is the exact version. Use
to be sure.
VirtualBox may complain that VT-x is not enabled and no virtual machines can
be started. This is a BIOS setting, which requires a reboot (f2-advanced etc.). In
some BIOSes, it is called vmx. Search for virtual if your BIOS supprts searching.
For Vagrant, I dowloaded the latest version as a zip-file from
HashiCorp's download page.
The use of the latest is encouraged, because Vagrant has prblems with
versions of VirtualBox that are more recent than Vagrant.
There are some issues with Imagemagic. Therefore, I downloaded the latest source
and did the magic incantations
./configure; make; sudo make install.
First install Ansible with Python's pip:
pip install ansible
A copy of the existing ansible trees under
is made because I have some existing playbooks.
Next is the authentication. Of course, ssh-keys must be created
I use an on-line storage cloud to safe-guard my data.
offers this service via webdav.
Davfs2 is installable through gslapt. You must create the
group and user
yourself. After that, just restore the directory
to be able to re-access your drive.
If you did not yet have a webdav drive, you will probably need
to edit the files in
to match your drive. They are extensively commented so that
should not be a problem.
Mount the drive with