Fixing Broken Sudo

This is pretty much a transcription of, which is just such a good article I wanted to keep a copy for reference.

How does sudo work?

The way that Ubuntu has implemented sudo, the /etc/sudoers file says that users in the admin group can (after a password authentication) temporarily escalate to system-wide privileges for particular tasks. And then the /etc/groups file says which users are in the admin group.

You can read more on the community documentation about Ubuntu’s implementation of sudo.

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Keeping Pry Breakpoints out of Git

My Ruby workflow as of late has almost always contained Git for version control, and Pry for debugging.

Although it’s extremely convenient during development to add a quick breakpoint using binding.pry, it can be a bit frustrating to clients if you accidentally deploy with these breakpoints still intact.

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Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop WITHOUT Unity

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As much as I enjoy Ubuntu, I haven’t warmed to their Unity desktop. I personally find it’s too similar to OS X, I don’t really like the launcher with larger icons, the global menu, the shifted window control buttons, notification area changes .. etc.

Since it’s based on GTK3, I know you can modify this all, but I’d rather just use a desktop environment that doesn’t require that level of tweaking.

Enter Cinnamon. Cinnamon is developed by the Linux Mint team, which has a distribution based on Ubuntu.

Over at the LinuxBSDOS blog, there was an article on how to get Cinnamon installed in the latest Ubuntu.

I found that after doing this, I ended up with no sound. To fix this, AskUbuntu has an article that I found useful.

Here we go again ...

So, another year, another blogging engine, another crack at blogging.

This time around I’m trying out Octopress. There’s something very appealing about being able to interact with this blog via rake tasks and Git.

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