SSTP on Xubuntu 14

This how-to allowed me to connect to my Windows 2012 SSTP VPN server. I still have not been able to successfully route to internal resources, though I think that is just an IPv4 configuration issue.

Basically you just need to follow this part:

For SSTP VPN connection you need download and install additional packages from

From sstp-client folder
for 32 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)

for 64 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)

From network-manager-sstp folder
for 32 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)

for 64 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)

Once you have the 4 files above downloaded for your version, you run sudo dpkg -i *.deb in a terminal window in the folder where you downloaded the files (usually Downloads). This adds the SSTP VPN option to the built-in Ubuntu network manager. Screenshot:

Screenshot - 03282015 - 04:18:17 PMScreenshot - 03282015 - 04:25:47 PM

Also, if you accidentally hit “Never show these notifications” on your network notifications, this is how to add them back:

Network notifications:

gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-connected-notifications
gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-disconnected-notifications    

Wireless notifications:

gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-wifi-create     
gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet suppress-wireless-networks-available

VPN notifications

gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-vpn-notifications    

Lifehacker’s First Look at Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” Beta new features sound good:

While Hardy only got a touch-up paint job, each of its three software engines—the Linux kernel, the GNOME desktop environment, and the Xorg graphics handler—got an actual upgrade. The kernel chages include better power management for 64-bit processors and (supposedly) better performance in multitasking. Xorg, the not-fun-to-configure graphics manager, gets more monitor and video card compatibility, along with a GUI tool to change the resolution and rotation of an external monitor or projector on the fly.

Lifehacker did a nice job with the screenshots. Nothing revolutionary in this version, but especially with the way the installer looks, I love that Linux is getting more and more accessible to the average user. I dig the abstract heron design, too.

Bluetooth lock/unlock Ubuntu

I don’t have a Bluetooth phone, but this kinda makes me want one.

Howto: Use BlueProximity and your cellphone for security – Ubuntu Forums

BlueProximity is a clever program that sets up your computer to lock itself when your phone is out of bluetooth range, and unlock itself when it comes close enought again.

Basically you walk up to your laptop – it unlocks. You walk away – it unlocks.