15 Jan

Top stories for the week ending 14 January 2012

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Help Test New Screen-Recording App ‘Eidete’

Help Test New Screen-Recording App ‘Eidete’

A new elementary-style screencasting tool is seeking wider testing. Eidete, which is in heavy development, makes use of elementary project technologies like Granite and Contractor. The result is an...

Posted on 7 January 2012

How Manhood and Womanhood Are Different

How Manhood and Womanhood Are Different

John Piper and Darrin Patrick recently discussed the Bible's teaching on biblical manhood and womanhood. In this 15-minute video they get to the heart of our cultural epidemic and chart the way for...

Posted on 8 January 2012

Cinnamon Desktop Gets First Custom Theme

Cinnamon Desktop Gets First Custom Theme

A theme designed specifically for the new GNOME 3-based Cinnamon desktop is available to download. ‘Cinnamon Minty’, created by satya164 , evokes the colour-scheme of Linux Mint – whose founder is ...

Posted on 9 January 2012

Download the Official Ubuntu TV Wallpaper

Download the Official Ubuntu TV Wallpaper

Mmm. Despite all today’s news about Ubuntu’s latest extension into our lives (Ubuntu TV if you haven’t been paying attention) part of me is still left… wanting more. And, as I can’t get Ubuntu TV i...

Posted on 10 January 2012

A First Look At CTL’s Ubuntu Product Lineup

A First Look At CTL’s Ubuntu Product Lineup

CTL Ubuntu Lineup I had the opportunity yesterday to visit CTL Corp located in Portland, Oregon and sit down with Erik Stromquist, Executive VP and COO and Michael Tupper, Director of Business Deve...

Posted on 11 January 2012

Corel ‘AfterShot Pro’ Brings Lightroom Competitor to Linux

Corel ‘AfterShot Pro’ Brings Lightroom Competitor to Linux

Corel’s newly-launched AfterShot Pro brings Lightroom competitor to Linux The multi-platform application is based upon technology from Bibble Labs whom Corel acquired in early January. AfterShot Pr...

Posted on 12 January 2012

Does God Care Whether Tim Tebow Wins on Saturday? - Owen Strachan - Entertainment

Does God Care Whether Tim Tebow Wins on Saturday? - Owen Strachan - Entertainment

A Christian theology professor tries to answer the question that's dominated conversations in bars, dorm rooms, and the pages of ESPN. AP ImagesTim Tebow succeeds on the football field because of e...

Posted on 13 January 2012

Microsoft to Prevent Linux Booting on ARM Hardware?

Microsoft to Prevent Linux Booting on ARM Hardware?

Fears that Microsoft would abuse the Windows 8 UEFI feature are coming true. Microsoft are blocking Linux from booting on ARM Hardware certified for Windows 8. The backstory Late last year Microsof...

Posted on 14 January 2012

10 Jan

Recycling Computers for Christ

in BibleTime, Christ, Christian, Computers, Freecycle, Interview, Recycle, Refurbish, Ubuntu, Witness, Xiphos

Computers4Christians Refurbished Computers

Ever wondered what you should do about your old PC? You know, the one you want to get rid of, but don't know where to go or who to give it to? Why not give it to Christ? Well, not physically... give it to some guys who are trying to help Christians and others who are needy, and spread the Gospel as they do it.

08 Jan

Top stories for the week ending 7 January 2012

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Goal-Setting: The 90-Day Challenge

 The 90-Day Challenge

It’s that time of year again. New Year’s resolutions, diets, exercise—and goal-setting. I continue to be surprised at how few people take time to write down their goals. Despite the fact that numer...

Posted on 31 December 2011

How To Recharge Your Worship Team with Fresh Momentum

How To Recharge Your Worship Team with Fresh Momentum

In case you haven’t noticed, Church ministry is hard.Always a leadership decision to make. Always an event underway. Never a dull moment.You’ve probably been caught in the cyclone.What am I doing w...

Posted on 1 January 2012

Tentmaking Ideas | ChurchMag

Tentmaking Ideas | ChurchMag

Are you a digital tentmaker?John Saddington wrote an excellent post on his journey as a digital tentmaker and what being a digital tentmaker is all about. I remember the first time I heard the term...

Posted on 2 January 2012

Unity YouTube Lens Updates with Browser Free Video Playback

Unity YouTube Lens Updates with Browser Free Video Playback

Remember that rather handy YouTube Unity lens we covered a few days back? Well it’s just gotten better! What is the YouTube Lens? The Lens and Scope set lets you browse and search YouTube’s million...

Posted on 3 January 2012

How Do You Kill 11 Million People: An Interview with Andy Andrews [Video]

 An Interview with Andy Andrews [Video]

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to my free email updates. For a limited time, I will give you a copy of my brand new e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, just for...

Posted on 4 January 2012

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Future students often ask “what books should I be reading while preparing for the seminary journey?” That’s a great question! Most importantly, you should be carefully reading God’s Holy Word. Beyo...

Posted on 5 January 2012

Ubuntu One Files App Launches on iOS

Ubuntu One Files App Launches on iOS

The Ubuntu One Files app is now available to install from the Apple App Store. Ubuntu One Files gives on-the-go access to music, photos, files and folders stored in your Ubuntu One cloud. In-app op...

Posted on 6 January 2012

Help Test New Screen-Recording App ‘Eidete’

Help Test New Screen-Recording App ‘Eidete’

A new elementary-style screencasting tool is seeking wider testing. Eidete, which is in heavy development, makes use of elementary project technologies like Granite and Contractor. The result is an...

Posted on 7 January 2012

07 Jan

How To Install a Church Office Server

in Church, DHCP, DNS, How To, Internet, Linux, NFS, Office, Router, Samba, Server

How To Install a Church Office Server

As per the site title, this blog is all about Christians and open source software, and how to use OSS in church and Christian organisations. We've discussed introducing and ultimately converting your church to OSS, and asked you what OSS you use in your church.

After blogging about these things, I thought it might be a good idea to write up a How To for those folks who use Linux on a regular basis, and want to set up a central Linux server at their church office.

My server setup at home works pretty well, so I am going to tell you how to make a similar setup.

The Details

  • DHCP for assigning IP addresses to computers on the network
  • DNS for caching of domain names, and serving the local server's internal domain name
  • Samba for filesharing
  • CUPS for a shared printer
  • Arno's IPTables Firewall
  • Apache HTTP server for web based app(s)
  • Jethro PMM for membership management

01 Jan

Top stories for the week ending 31 December 2011

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Cinnamon Project Keeps ‘GNOME 2′ Style Desktop Alive

Cinnamon Project Keeps ‘GNOME 2′ Style Desktop Alive

Like the classic hit song constantly remade to stay modern, fans of the traditional GNOME desktop are keen to keep their preferred desktop layout fresh and available to new audiences. And so was bo...

Posted on 24 December 2011

How To Transfer Videos From Ubuntu To Kindle Fire Using Miro

How To Transfer Videos From Ubuntu To Kindle Fire Using Miro

Kindle Fire is a pure Amazon device, where the format support and storage capacity forces user to buy content from Amazon. I in fact like that Kindle Fire supports VP8, the video format open source...

Posted on 25 December 2011

Android Approved By Pentagon For DoD Usage, Major Setback For iPhone

Android Approved By Pentagon For DoD Usage, Major Setback For iPhone

The Pentagon has approved a version of Android running on Dell hardware to be used by DoD officials, along with the BlackBerry. The approval of Android by the DoD is a major setback for Apple's iPh...

Posted on 26 December 2011

Increasing the Gospel’s Reach as the World Reaches 7 Billion

Increasing the Gospel’s Reach as the World Reaches 7 Billion

One October 31st, the world population broke 7 billion.That would be:7,000,000,000Although the world’s population is bigger than it’s ever been (and getting bigger every second), technology makes t...

Posted on 27 December 2011

[How To] Set Up Blue Yeti Mic in Ubuntu

[How To] Set Up Blue Yeti Mic in Ubuntu

Amongst the items I asked Santa Claus for this year was a shiny new microphone to improve the quality of voice-overs in our YouTube videos. The Blue Yeti was the device the famous white-bearded one...

Posted on 28 December 2011

The Importance of a Leader’s Heart

The Importance of a Leader’s Heart

Three years ago, I was in New York City on business. I was having a relaxing dinner with David Dunham, one of my colleagues and a dear friend. Suddenly, as we were finishing our meal, I started to ...

Posted on 29 December 2011

So Long Productivity – YouTube Lens Puts Browser-free Searching of Videos in the Unity Dash

So Long Productivity – YouTube Lens Puts Browser-free Searching of Videos in the Unity Dash

The fantastic folks over at Spanish blog ‘Ataraeo‘ have put together a nifty a lens for browsing YouTube’s library of videos straight from the Dash. The package, a YouTube ‘Scope’ (the search engin...

Posted on 30 December 2011

Goal-Setting: The 90-Day Challenge

 The 90-Day Challenge

It’s that time of year again. New Year’s resolutions, diets, exercise—and goal-setting. I continue to be surprised at how few people take time to write down their goals. Despite the fact that numer...

Posted on 31 December 2011

25 Dec

Top stories for the week ending 24 December 2011

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Everything You Need Know About Church & Technology

Everything You Need Know About Church & Technology

ChurchMag is all about Church and technology.It’s what we do.We present to you the infographic of all infographics.If you care about Church technology, and I know you do, pass this along![Click for...

Posted on 17 December 2011

How To Connect Your Android Device To Linux (Ubuntu, openSUSE)

How To Connect Your Android Device To Linux (Ubuntu, openSUSE)

Android now uses MTP instead of mass storage which means you can't just plug your Android device to your Linux box and access the content. Since the MTP support in Linux is bad, it could be frustra...

Posted on 18 December 2011

Midori Gets Faster Startup, GTK3 Improvements in Lastest Release

Midori Gets Faster Startup, GTK3 Improvements in Lastest Release

A new release of lightweight webkit web browser Midori is available for download. The update, which bumps the browser to version 0.4.3, sees Midori gain a number of improvements, amongst which are:...

Posted on 19 December 2011

More Patent Trouble For Google As BT Alleges Infringement

More Patent Trouble For Google As BT Alleges Infringement

The world of patent litigation seems less and less connected to the real world as the rate of change and development outpaces the rate at which companies can patent new technologies, or even, as BT...

Posted on 20 December 2011

Saturday Sunday Share #20 | ChurchMag

Saturday Sunday Share #20 | ChurchMag

Do you have something new you’d like to share?Would you like some feedback on a current project you’re working on?The guys at 8BIT are always throwing ideas around to each other, getting feedback o...

Posted on 21 December 2011

Linux Deepin Software Centre to be made Available for Ubuntu

Linux Deepin Software Centre to be made Available for Ubuntu

Ubuntu users envious of Chinese Linux distro’s slickly-styled ‘Software Centre’ won’t nee to be green-eyed for too long: it’s coming to Ubuntu.  Aenon Sun, an employee of the company who support th...

Posted on 22 December 2011

Why Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Matters

Why Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Matters

John Piper and Darrin Patrick recently discussed the Bible's teaching on biblical manhood and womanhood. In this ten-minute video they share about their journey to embrace biblical complementarity ...

Posted on 23 December 2011

Cinnamon Project Keeps ‘GNOME 2′ Style Desktop Alive

Cinnamon Project Keeps ‘GNOME 2′ Style Desktop Alive

Like the classic hit song constantly remade to stay modern, fans of the traditional GNOME desktop are keen to keep their preferred desktop layout fresh and available to new audiences. And so was bo...

Posted on 24 December 2011

20 Dec

Does Your Church Use OSS?

in Article, Church, Linux, Open Source, Software, Windows

Instead of me writing an article, I thought it might be time to ask those who read this blog about their church's open source usage. So, in no particular order, here are some questions:

  • Does your church use open source software?
  • Does it use OSS on Windows, or a full OSS stack (e.g. Linux/*BSD)?
  • What open source applications does your church use?
  • Does your pastor know he's using OSS?
  • If you use OSS other than the usual suspects (Firefox, Thunderbird, etc), then what do you use it for?

At a guess, I'll say that most churches are probably in the "we use Firefox on Windows" category.

18 Dec

Top stories for the week ending 17 December 2011

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Churches Going Green | ChurchMag

Historically, the entity known as the Church hasn’t always been a patron of sound scientific principles.Ask Galileo.It is pretty nice, though, when you hear about Churches doing things that count, ...

Posted on 10 December 2011

Gift Giving (Part One) « Evernote Blogcast

Gift Giving (Part One) «  Evernote Blogcast

The winter holidays are just around the corner. There are gifts to buy (often for picky people!), budgets to manage, parties to plan, and cards to send. We’re showing you how to survive the holiday...

Posted on 11 December 2011

Whatever Happened To… gOS?

Whatever Happened To… gOS?

Hands up if you remember gOS? gOS was a green-coloured Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that made a splash during early 2008 when it became the default OS on a line of PCs, laptops and netbooks from...

Posted on 12 December 2011

» O west bank town of Bethlehem : Crimperman.org

 Crimperman.org

December 12th, 2011   {lang: 'en-GB'}Graffiti on the wall surrounding Bethlehem ( (c) HolyLand-Gifts.com )An h/t to Phil Groom for bringing Martin Leckebusch’s modern take on the Christmas Carol, O...

Posted on 13 December 2011

[How to] Make Ubuntu 11.10 Look and Feel Like GNOME 2

[How to] Make Ubuntu 11.10 Look and Feel Like GNOME 2

Longing for the look and feel of the classic GNOME desktop in Ubuntu 11.10? Well it’s easier to achieve than you might think. Although Ubuntu 11.10 ships with the Unity desktop, and GNOME 3 in its ...

Posted on 14 December 2011

Ubuntu-related Xmas Gift Ideas

Ubuntu-related Xmas Gift Ideas

There are only 11 days left until Christmas is once again upon us.  Whether you’re stuck on gift ideas for the Linux loving folks in your life, playing secret Santa in the Office, or keen to add so...

Posted on 15 December 2011

My Current Social Media Tools

My Current Social Media Tools

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to my free email updates. For a limited time, I will give you a copy of my brand new e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, just for...

Posted on 16 December 2011

Everything You Need Know About Church & Technology

Everything You Need Know About Church & Technology

ChurchMag is all about Church and technology.It’s what we do.We present to you the infographic of all infographics.If you care about Church technology, and I know you do, pass this along![Click for...

Posted on 17 December 2011

11 Dec

Top stories for the week ending 10 December 2011

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Stunning Multi-touch Glass Keyboard to Come with Open-Source Software

Stunning Multi-touch Glass Keyboard to Come with Open-Source Software

Finding ‘the right’ kind of keyboard is a subjective affair, but one niggle that bugs me, as a Linux user, is seeing them come with a Windows logo on the ‘Super’ key. So I was stoked to see industr...

Posted on 3 December 2011

Ubuntu’s One Hundred Paper Cuts Project is Precisely Back!

Ubuntu’s One Hundred Paper Cuts Project is Precisely Back!

Three, two, one, GO! The One Hundred Paper Cuts project is back for the Ubuntu 12.04 development cycle, to make 12.04 LTS the most bug-free, precise and pixel-perfect Ubuntu release ever! What is a...

Posted on 4 December 2011

Controlling Your Linux Server Using Twitter

"Controlling Your Linux Server Using Twitter: Last weekend I wrote about 'Using Twitter To Monitor Your Linux Server' using a command line client 'MYST'. I have added a new feature to MYST using wh...

Posted on 5 December 2011

The Difference Between Trying and Doing

The Difference Between Trying and Doing

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to my free email updates. For a limited time, I will give you a copy of my brand new e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, just for...

Posted on 6 December 2011

Arduino Proto Kit | Kits | Electronics

Arduino Proto Kit | Kits | Electronics

   The Arduino Proto Kit is combination of all the "must have" components to get started with the Arduino hardware and software platform .    Kit Contents:   1 1x Arduino UNO 2 1x Breadboard 840 Po...

Posted on 7 December 2011

Perspective from an open source newbie

"In my first week at Red Hat, having come from a long history of using proprietary software in the corporate workplace, it only took a few hours to wash away more than fifteen years of plugging ove...

Posted on 8 December 2011

New Release of Twitter App Turpial Now Available for Ubuntu Users

New Release of Twitter App Turpial Now Available for Ubuntu Users

The latest stable release of Linux Twitter client Turpial is now available to install in Ubuntu. The python application, which also supports the Identi.ca service, has been updated with a small, bu...

Posted on 9 December 2011

Churches Going Green | ChurchMag

Historically, the entity known as the Church hasn’t always been a patron of sound scientific principles.Ask Galileo.It is pretty nice, though, when you hear about Churches doing things that count, ...

Posted on 10 December 2011

04 Dec

Top stories for the week ending 3 December 2011

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Do I need a new PC?

Do I need a new PC?

Now then, now then, now then. That's a big question. Isn't it? Well, it is if you believe Microsoft's recent UK advertising campaign for Windows 7. It features a hapless lady, instantly ass...

Posted on 26 November 2011

Review: Kindle Touch | ChurchMag

 Kindle Touch | ChurchMag

I just received the Kindle Touch in the mail a couple of days and I already think I will be reading a lot more now. This is my first e-reader and I truly am amazed by it.Some quick specs on the Kin...

Posted on 27 November 2011

Linux Mint 12 Released

Linux Mint 12 Released

Linux mint 12 has been released.Codenamed ‘Lisa’, Linux Mint 12 ships with a tweaked GNOME 3 desktop that aims to present users with a more traditional desktop experience. The GNOME 2 fork ‘MATE’ i...

Posted on 28 November 2011

Making Dolphin Even Better: Add ‘Service Menus’

 Add ‘Service Menus’

KDE – the desktop environment that gets no way near enough attention. I have no idea why that’s the case either – KDE is sleek, customisable, has amazing apps and has great look and feel even out o...

Posted on 29 November 2011

Minor Tomahawk Update Ready for Ubuntu Users

Minor Tomahawk Update Ready for Ubuntu Users

The most recent bug fix update to open-source multi-source music player Tomahawk is now available for Ubuntu users, coming just shy of a week after it was released for OS X and Windows.  Tomahawk i...

Posted on 30 November 2011

Does Linux Mint 12 Measure Up?

"One thing is certain, you can't criticize the Mint team for lack of choice. With Linux Mint 12 you have the options of GNOME 3 with the Mint GNOME Shell Extensions (MGSE), GNOME 3 "classic," and t...

Posted on 1 December 2011

VLC Nightly Builds Bring Tweaked Look, New Features

VLC Nightly Builds Bring Tweaked Look, New Features

VLC is bar far and away the most popular media player on Ubuntu, if not Linux as a whole. But its interface has never been as slick as it could be. Thankfully the VLC nightly builds, unstable snaps...

Posted on 2 December 2011

Stunning Multi-touch Glass Keyboard to Come with Open-Source Software

Stunning Multi-touch Glass Keyboard to Come with Open-Source Software

Finding ‘the right’ kind of keyboard is a subjective affair, but one niggle that bugs me, as a Linux user, is seeing them come with a Windows logo on the ‘Super’ key. So I was stoked to see industr...

Posted on 3 December 2011

Copyright © 2009-2011 Raoul Snyman. All original content is licensed under the CC BY-SA license.