From Debian to Ubuntu on servers

Over the past few months, all the new servers I’ve set up have been running Ubuntu, rather than Debian. The three killer reasons for me are: Package versions: Debian is …

Canonical’s cloud certification policy

Canonical’s recent announcement that they will be taking a stand against risky unofficial Ubuntu images has been causing a bit of a stir this week, most notably on Matthew Garrett’s …

Converting JPG to PDF in Ubuntu

Earlier this week someone sent me a scanned document with each page as a separate JPG file. I prefer to keep documents as single PDFs, as they’re easier to file …

Formatting USB drives in Xubuntu

This morning I needed to format a USB drive in Xubuntu, but I couldn’t find the disk utility software. It turns out that it is not installed by default in …