Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Food shortage and food fighting!

Watching the breakfast TV in the morning, I saw this traditional orange "food fight" in Ivrea, Italy. Thousands of oranges are thrown around in a food fight! This is just humanity at its best; Lets food fight when we have around a billion hungry people in the world!

Upgrading BBB VM 0.71a to 0.8 (continued)

After getting home I copied the VM downloaded from BBB VM setup page and then went through the steps of  upgrading 0.71a to 0.80.
I had a minor problem when using samba through windows. I created bash script files but they were in dos format so I had to run "fromdos" command to convert them to unix format. Then I just used textpad and save the files in Unix fromat, which saved lots of time.

Everything went through smoothly and the bbb conference page came up nicely.  I tried simulated conference through the LAN and everything worked perfectly. But I am afraid the recording is not working properly and I have few problems; first that The "uplaod presentation" button does not come up on the screen" and it only appears when several users are online and the presenter is switched and also the recording did not show up in the list. I think the problem could be that I was not patient and didn't wait long enough; it is a virtual machine after all and probably need much more time than a dedicated server to do all the process.

I'll try again the we'll see...


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Upgrading BBB VM 0.71a to 0.8

So I followed the easy instructions on installing the (Big Blue Button)BBB VM 0.71a to be able to do BBB development on my notebook.
Problem is that, my team is doing their development on BBB 0.8, so I need to upgrade it to 0.8.
In the instructions in is stated that "when we ship BigBlueButton 0.8 (for example), you'll be able to upgrade your server with (these) two commands."
# sudo apt-get update
# sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
So I did it and I got:
Reading package lists...
Building dependency tree...
Reading state information...
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
which should mean no upgrades were done, and when I checked, that is exactly what happened. Then I noticed two lines later is says:

"Note: Best to always check the release notes for specific instructions to upgrade to a new release."

So now I am going to go follow the procedure of upgrading to 0.71a to 0.8 and see what happens.
(I should mentioned that I did it once before but the upgrade procedure failed, and since I "did" some fiddling with the setup before upgrading, I thought I will do it again from scratch and this time I will document what I have done so I have something to refer to if (and most likely when) I get into trouble.

Fringers crossed, let see what happens....