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USB on VirtualBox 2.4.4 with OpenSuSE 11.1

I was browsing the Internet with a problem that I had with USB on VirtualBox. The USBs were greyed out and I could not select them. I came across two possible solutions. I did both, and it worked. Now, you may just have to do one of them, but I was trying everything that I could to get it to work. Here are the solutions:

Search for rule 50-udev-default.rules
and change the permissions as follows:

# libusb device nodes
#SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, ENV{DEVTYPE}==”usb_device”,
NAME=”bus/usb/$env{BUSNUM}/$env{DEVNUM}”, MODE=”0664″

I did the following also:

Look in the directory /etc/udev/rules.d/ for the file 10-vboxdrv.rules. Create a backup of this file by:
cp 10-vboxdrv.rules 10-vboxdrv.rules.bak
and then do the following:
mv 10-vboxdrv.rules 60-vboxdrv.rules

then reboot, and hopefully everything works. Good luck!


23/06/2009 Posted by | how-to, Linux, open source, opensuse, Productivity | 1 Comment

OpenSuSE 11.0 Could not start kdeinit4…

I recently installed OpenSuSE 11.0 to see what all the fuss was about.  After completing an update on my machine and rebooting…I tried to login and was greeted with the following message…”Could not start kdeinit4, please check your installation.”


Well, I found a way around this.  First, I installed the Nvidia G…(I can’t remember the name because I am typing this up on a different computer) from Yast.  After this, Nvidia tries to install a PAE kernel module, well…I removed the Nvidia PAE module and PAE kernel.  I logged into the failsafe session instead of KDE 4.  Next, I su-ed into root and ran yast2.  I selected Software Management, and searched for KDE4.  I updated all of the packages under KDE4, and then rebooted.

Upon rebooting, everything worked fine.  Cheers, hope this helps.

I am currently running 11.0 on a Dell Latitude D830 with an Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M…for those of you wondering.

22/10/2008 Posted by | Linux, opensuse, Productivity | , , | 2 Comments

Getting a bluescreen with Truecrypt?

Recently, I was getting a BSOD on Windows when trying to mount a Truecrypt partition.  I had no idea what the heck was going on, until I came across a forum post.  Well, I was using Ext2 Installable File System for Windows to mount my Linux partitions on Windows.  The driver that it uses somehow conflicts with Truecrypt.  I never went into too much depth with this besides uninstalling Ext2 Installable File System for Windows, and BAM, everything worked fine.  Just thought I would pass this along to everyone.

Hope this helps!

03/10/2008 Posted by | Linux, Random | | 7 Comments

Getting 02Micro CAC Reader to work with OpenSuSE 10.3

In Yast, install:

 From source, compile and install:

 From Yast, install:
    (Now, Yast will ask you if you want to install pcsc-ccid, and answer
yes to it)

Go back into Yast and remove pcsc-ccid.  Yast will want to remove
coolkey, but you have to IGNORE THIS REQUIREMENT

Finally, go back into ccid-1.3.6 and re-compile and re-install.

This is how I go it working...good luck to you all, and have a great

Update:  I have found out that this process works with OpenSuSE 11.0 also!

07/08/2008 Posted by | how-to, Linux, opensuse, Productivity | Leave a comment

Bastille Hardening Program

You have heard of DISA’s Gold Disk as a tool to harden a Windows machine.  Well, Bastille is a program specifically designed to harden a Linux box.  Users can choose to run the program through command line or a GUI.  Bastille is designed for use on Red Hat, Fedora, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian, Gentoo, HP-UX, or Mac OS X.  The web site offers an easy how-to for installation.  On my OpenSuSE 10.3 machine, I had to add Perl-TK and the Curses packages for the GUI to work.

Through the GUI, Bastille asks the user a set of questions, and the user’s answers determine what settings are applied to the system.  One of the best features of Bastille is the ability to revert to previous settings if unwanted settings are applied.


12/05/2008 Posted by | how-to, Linux, open source, Security | Leave a comment

Likewise Open


I saw where Ubuntu 8.04 Release Candidate was available for download, and as I was reading about what they had added to the distribution, I came across Likewise Open (something new for me). Likewise Open enables Linux, Mac, and Unix authentication on a Microsoft network using Active Directory credentials.

Likewise Open supports 110 Unix, Linux, and Mac platforms, enforces the same password policies for non-Windows users as for Windows users, and users can access any kerberized services.

Likewise Open is an open source community project sponsored by Likewise Software.

24/04/2008 Posted by | Linux, open source, Productivity | Leave a comment

Microsoft extends life of XP…again

I guess Microsoft is finally realizing that Vista just isn’t taking off like they had planned, so they are extending the life of XP again. Microsoft said they are only going to sell Microsoft XP Home on computers that it calls, “ultra-low-cost PCs.” Ultra-low-cost PCs being those that have a slower processor, smaller screens, and in many cases use flash memory for storage. Oh boy…thanks Microsoft! Long live the Penguin!

Read the rest of the story over at Cnet.

04/04/2008 Posted by | Linux, Random | | 1 Comment

AutoScan Network – Monitoring Tool


AutoScan is a network monitoring tool for Windows and Linux that scans a network and outputs all attached devices. The network administrator then can input names of devices, what OS they are running, contact information, etc. and makes monitoring a network easier. If a device is attached to the network after AutoScan has been set up, then the administrator has an option to alert himself/herself with the new device being “seen” as an intrusion. The tool also shows all ports that are open on each device that has been scanned. Download the tool and try it for yourself…


05/03/2008 Posted by | Linux, open source, Productivity | Leave a comment

Saving changes on your Backtrack 3 USB

Thanks to the Newbie Hacker, there is a good how-to about saving your changes on your newly created Backtrack 3 usb.

You can find it here.

01/03/2008 Posted by | Linux, Security | | 1 Comment

Linux Filesystem Permissions

Scott Morris over at has released a free ebook on Linux filesystem permissions and how to manage them.  As I am taking classes right now on Linux, not many of the students have learned what they need to know about permissions and think this is a great way to learn them.

You can find Scott Morris’ blog on this here

or you can find his free e-book here.

I would like to say a huge “Thank you” to Mr. Morris for this material!

28/02/2008 Posted by | Linux | | 1 Comment