Linux Noob: Reaper On Linux

I love Reaper.  It’s been my go-to Digital Audio Workstation software for over two years and it, hand’s down, has the best bang for the buck for audio engineering (IMHO).  So, when I made the move to Linux, I was rather bummed about not being able to use it.  I have yet to see Linux offerings that provide the same level of complexity and support as I have with Reaper. I know that I just waved the flag inviting a flame war, but that’s my opinion.

So, I have created a post on my other site, detailing the steps.

I can quickly tell you that I used the following to get it going:

  • Wine
  • WineASIO
  • JACKLab’s XenCenter
  • Reaper

If you have been trying to get this working, check out the walk-through and let me know if it worked for you.


Linux Noob: Linux and Windows Living Together: A World Gone Mad!

So, I have recently had the experience of puzzling out how to dual boot Linux (FC14) and Windows 7.  Now, if you know what you’re doing this is cake.


However, easy isn’t exactly fun or educational.   I initially re-imaged my laptop with 3 partitions:

  • 500MB /boot
  • 4GB /swap
  • the rest-of 500GB-ext4

Whoops!  As you can see, I forgot to account for a Windows partition.   Cue circus music.

So, after I spent considerable time setting up my Linux environment, I realized my mistake.  Not wanting to repeat a week’s worth of work, I started looking for a magically solution.  I will say that you can do incredibly crazy-and dangerous- things in Linux that you would never think of in Windows.  Here is how I was able to researve a 130GB partition and get Windows 7 dual booting.

First, I fired up GParted.  This is the Gnome Partition app.  There are several way to run this.  I chose to use a USB boot device (  There are several methods to create a bootable USB stick.  I elected to got the manual route.  It is the most straight-forward process and doesn’t have any extraneousness nonsense in the mix.  Once the stick was prepped, I rebooted the laptop and repartitioned the main partition giving me ~130GB (detailed instructions are found at

Next, I tested my work and Linux booted up without issue.  Now for Windows.

I crammed the Windows 7 64bit install DVD in the drive and installed it on the newly created partition.  Once completed.  I had the hotness of Windows 7 running but no Linux.  <sigh>  So, this is where it gets a bit scary for me but it’s really not bad being on the other side of it.

I found an app called SuperGrubDisk to fix the problem.  As you are probably aware, when Windows was installed, it assumed control of the Master Boot Record, disregarding the Grub bootloader.  SGD will allow you to recover your Grub fully intact.  Just download the .iso at  They have several products for fixing MBRs but I really only needed SuperGrubDisk1.  Once the disk was burned, I rebooted the machine that loads up SGD and I was greeted with a text menu system (details on this app on on the site).  I followed the instructions, completed my very, scary activities, and then rebooted.  WOOHOO!  Linux is back.

Windows is gone.  Damn.  Well, gone… kind of.  At this point we are just talking about the MBR.  Both OSs are installed and work fine, it’s just a matter of getting access to both of them easily.

So, the next step was to edit the Grub.conf file.  This is found in the /etc directory.


[muppet@computer ~]  cp /etc/grub.conf /etc/grub.conf_orig

Here’s what I did:

Since I have one drive with 4 partitions (3 for Linux and 1 for Windows with Windows being the last one), you refer to the target partition as hd(0,3).

[muppet@computer ~]  sudo gedit /etc/grub.conf

I only had to change 2 things:

  • Timeout setting from 0 to 15
  • Add the windows loader entry at the bottom (after the Linux entries) like this:
title Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
rootnoverify (hd0,3)
chainloader +1

Finally I saved the file and rebooted the laptop.

Now for the moment of truth.  By now, you would be really miffed if I ended this by saying I roached my box and had to start all over.  I would have been upset too.  The end result was that I got a grub loader message displaying my default OS (FC14) with a 15 sec countdown.  If you hit the ESC key, it will stop the timer and give you all the options.

So, this was an exciting adventure in Linux, being something that I have never done before.  The scary parts were actually repartitioning the drive, reloading the the Grub bootloader, and finally editing the grub.conf file (I once brought a Linux box down to it knees by fooling with the MBR).


So there you have it.  A very scary and exciting fix to what could have been a night of reloading.  I hope you found this helpful.  If you would like more details about the partitioning and MBR process, just let me know.

Linux Noob: Accessing Network Resources

Even though my company is technology agnostic, my division runs on a Windows network.  After getting my new Fedora install stabilized, I started moving the network shortcuts I had backed up from Windows 7 to my Windows 7 VBox install.  I also included these in my host browsers so that I would have quick and easy access to my SVN repo, etc.  When I fired up the Windows 7, they worked without issue but I kept getting time-outs in Linux.

Terribly vexed, I wandered over to the Architect’s office and he showed me a way to get this working.  All I needed to do was modify the nsswitch.conf file.  Here’s what I did (as root):

cd /etc
cp nsswitch.conf nsswitch.conf_orig
nano nsswitch.conf

Then I changed the following line from:

 hosts:      files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns


hosts:      db files nisplus nis dns

After that, I tried rebooting my network service but that didn’t work.  After I rebooted, unfettered access to all the goodies was mine again.


Linux Noob: A Day in the Life of a Linux Noobie

So, I torched my Windows 7 install a couple weeks ago to embrace Linux (Fedora Core 14).  It’s been two weeks and nothing major liking having to reload the OS (not for lack of trying).  So, it’s been going well enough that I though I would blog about it.

I have done some pretty scary stuff over the last two weeks that has made my hair start to turn white but everything seems to be working out ok.  One thing that I have noticed is that there is a preponderance of information out on the Internet but it typically follows the 80/20 rule.  80% crap (doesn’t apply, doesn’t work, or written by elitist douche bags) and 20% gold.  I will do my very best to provide you with 100% of the 20% (I just made my brain hurt).

In the meantime, if there is something that YOU would like to know about, I probably would too.  I’ll ask around.  I’ll do some legwork and put it up here.  If you know of a better way to do something that I post, let me know.  And if anything that I put up becomes part of the 80%, let me know.

Time to get to work.