installing skype on fedora 21

For reasons unknown, i need skype on my fedora 21 desktop.

A quick google gave me – https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/44013/skype-install-64-bit-fedora-20/, which is quite near my fedora version number. Reading through the answers, I settled on following https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/8738/sticky-how-to-install-skype/ which is Ankur’s recommendation.

Below are stuff I stole from the internet:

  1. Download the Fedora 16 32-bit rpm from http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/
  2. Use yum or rpm to install
    • yum localinstall skype-4.3.0.37-fedora.i586.rpm
  3. Install the additional packages (for me, only pulseaudio-libs-glib2-5.0-25.fc21.i686 is installed)
    • yum -y install libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 pulseaudio-libs-glib2.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686
  4. Fire up skype
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Attending “Google Event: Innovation. Not Infrastructure”

I came across http://thelist.sg/google-event-innovation-infrastructure/ listing this weekend and since the event is after office hours on the 28th, I thought it would be worthwhile to go. Keywords that particularly caught my attention are “containerization” and “Kubernetes”. Let’s go!

PS. The headline date is wrong on that page but if you scroll down, you’ll see the correct schedule. It should be

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
18:00-21:00
Google Office
8 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 1 Level 30 Singapore 018960

2015 Goals

Here are my personal goals for 2015, in no particular order.

Be healthy
Marry the love of my life
Get formally trained in Information Security
Actively contribute to Fedora Project
Have more fun at work
Bring mom/s to Singapore
Pay off all family debts, save enough
Spend more time with friends and relatives
Write and read more

* I intentionally kept things as vague as possible so I’ll have a lot of leeway when assessing my year come December 🙂

Configure NTP Client and Server

This should work for RHEL/CentOS/Fedora.

On the local NTP Server:
1) install ntp
2) start service
3) add to chkconfig
4) edit /etc/ntp.conf and configure as local NTP server
5) restart service
6) check synchronization
7) only if needed: open port 123 on firewall

On the local NTP Client:
1) install ntp
2) start service
3) add to chkconfig
4) edit /etc/ntp.conf and configure as local NTP client
5) restart service
6) check synchronization
7) only if needed: open port 123 on firewall

# install ntp and related packages
yum install ntp

# start ntpd service
service ntpd start

# enable ntpd to start on boot
chkconfig ntpd on

# restart ntpd service
service ntpd restart

# check peers
ntpq -p

# check synchronization
ntpstat

Local NTP server configuration:

### DEFAULT settings
# Hosts on local network are less restricted.
#restrict 192.168.1.0 mask 255.255.255.0 nomodify notrap

### CHANGE TO: Local NTP server settings
# Hosts on local network are less restricted.
restrict 192.168.1.0 mask 255.255.255.0 nomodify notrap

Local NTP client configuration:

### DEFAULT settings
# Use public servers from the pool.ntp.org project.
# Please consider joining the pool (http://www.pool.ntp.org/join.html).
server 0.centos.pool.ntp.org iburst
server 1.centos.pool.ntp.org iburst
server 2.centos.pool.ntp.org iburst
server 3.centos.pool.ntp.org iburst

### CHANGE TO: Local NTP client settings
# Use public servers from the pool.ntp.org project.
# Please consider joining the pool (http://www.pool.ntp.org/join.html).
#server 0.centos.pool.ntp.org iburst
#server 1.centos.pool.ntp.org iburst
#server 2.centos.pool.ntp.org iburst
#server 3.centos.pool.ntp.org iburst
server 192.168.1.2 iburst