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Adding a Storage Drive to Gigastrand NVR

Using a secondary storage drive was not originally in the design for the Gigastrand NVR software however, it is a critical feature for many users to be able to separate out the video storage from their main system drive. It also solves a host of other issues with storage and even allows for an external device or a RAID to be used for storage.

At some point we will release a script file to do this automatically. For now, this is how you can do it manually. NOTE: This could result in data loss if not done properly. If you are not comfortable doing this on your own, Gigastrand can help you remotely.

  1. Format and setup the drive (using Parted or Gparted)
    1. NOTE: If you format the drive EXT3, the rest of the instructions will work fine. Otherwise, in step 4, change ext3 to the file system that you set the drive up with.
  2. Mount secondary drive (ex. sdb1, sda2) in /etc/kmotion/images_dbase
    sudo mount sdb1 /etc/kmotion/images_dbase

    1. NOTE: Rename the folder (ex. images_dbase2) before mounting if you want to copy information over later.
  3. edit fstab (/etc/fstab) as root (right-click on the file>Root Actions>Open As Text)
  4. Add the line:

    /dev/sdb1 /etc/kmotion/images_dbase ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 2

  5. Save the file
  6. Open the drive
  7. Change ownership to active user (right-click>Root Actions>Ownership to Active User)
  8. Edit /etc/apache2/envvars as root
  9. add the following 2 lines
    export APACHE_RUN_USER=user
    export APACHE_RUN_GROUP=user
  10. restart Apache

    sudo service apache2 restart

It wouldn’t hurt to restart the computer to make sure all the settings took hold but that is optional. Be sure to stop the NVR before you start and start the NVR (icons on the desktop) once complete.

 

Gigastrand By the numbers 2016

The stats are in for 2016 and this is what they say.

In 2016, Windows PC sales accounted for 0% of all sales. All personal computer sales were 100% Gigastrand OS.

In 2016, for every Windows-based video security device sold, Gigastrand sold 3 Gigastrand NVR systems.

Revenue in 2016 doubled from 2015.

New unit sales were up 400% in 2016.

Conversions (taking a customer PC and upgrading it to Gigastrand) was up 400% over 2015.

January 2016 saw a new sales record. January 2017 is projected to beat it by 50%.

We have had an incredible 2016 thanks to our customers. Here is to a very bright 2017!

 

Gigastrand NVR: Refresh Repositories Before Install

If you attempt to install Gigastrand NVR immediately after a fresh install of Gigastrand OS, you will want to refresh the package list before you do. If you don’t, the NVR software will look like it installs, but will miss several critical steps resulting in failure.

You can refresh the package list in 2 ways.

1. Open a terminal and type

sudo apt-get update

2. Open Apper; click on Updates; click Check for New Updates.

This will refresh the packages so you can install the NVR software fully. The operating system will refresh the packages automatically – eventually. This is a bit faster.

Gigastrand to Give Away Over 400 Copies of OS

Gigastrand will give away over 400 DVD copies of its OS from December 1 – 31. Once gone, Gigastrand will cease production of individual DVD copies except in the case of specific products.

The copies will be distributed both online and locally. Some will be retail packages, but most will be individual discs. Copies bought online will be at a reduced price to cover shipping and handling.

This giveaway is a part of the annual holiday giveaway to promote the Gigastrand OS and do something special for our customers. It is a fantastic opportunity to get a copy of Gigastrand OS with all the improvements we’ve done recently.

If you are looking for something truly free and to satisfy that desire for instant gratification, Gigastrand OS Download might be more your speed. You can burn it to a disc using a program like infrarecorder or copy it to a USB drive with unetbootin.

Regardless of how you get Gigastrand OS, get it now before these offers expire.

Please Vote for Gigastrand OS on Distrowatch

Nearly 2 years and 3 versions ago, Gigastrand OS was submitted to Distrowatch. We are listed on the site but, like some other distros, we are sort of stuck in limbo on the Distrowatch site. There is a list where you can recommend / vote for a distro to move it along in the process.

For those who do not know what Distrowatch is, it is a website that lists and tracks all of the different Linux distributions. It has been around for a long time and is the go to place for Linux enthusiasts.

We would like to see how many votes we can get from our users on the site. The first thing you have to do is go to the Distrowatch website (link below).

https://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=submit

Next find Gigastrand OS. An easy way to do this is to do a CtrL + f to open the find dialog. This will allow you to search the page and works in Chrome and most browsers.

Then, click the Recommend button next to Gigastrand OS. This will submit your vote for Gigastrand OS.

In the meantime, we are giving away the download version of Gigastrand OS for FREE until the end of the year as a thank you for supporting us through version 3.4. I personally feel that v3.4 is the best version of Gigastrand OS we have ever come out with.

Let’s see how many votes Gigastrand OS can get on Distrowatch!

Gigastrand re-releases OS 3.4 for a very good reason.

Gigastrand re-released Gigastrand OS 3.4 today for one very good reason: security.

The original image for Gigastrand 3.4 released about a week ago with a few minor enhancements and some security updates. Today’s release switches from OpenOffice to LibreOffice and adds a password reset tool that deletes itself from the desktop once it is used.

We decided it was time to switch to LibreOffice because it is better supported and more secure than OpenOffice. About the only thing OpenOffice had going for it was brand recognition.

The security tool is something we developed so users have a quick and easy way to set the root and user passwords after install. Once it is used once, the shortcut is removed from the desktop so it is not accidentally used again. The tool itself resides in the /etc/ folder.

A similar tool will be added to Gigastrand’s NVR software in the 1.5 release. Currently, you can reset the NVR password by going to Func and clicking on F12.

The aim in developing these tools is to prompt and assist end-users to secure their systems properly. Running default passwords on any device connected to the internet is never a good idea.

Included with this release is the Gigastrand NVR software – updated to 1.4. Some slight performance improvements have been included as well as a few new minor features.

 

Gigastrand’s 12 year old computer

In 2004, about the time Gigastrand was called LinspireNetwork, we built a computer. It was a secondary computer designed to run Linspire – a Linux OS we sold at the time. When Gigastrand was formed, it became the primary PC for Gigastrand in 2006.

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Since then, it has performed a number of tasks. In 2012, it was a development machine for Gigastrand OS and one of the first machines to be loaded with the new OS. It later became the Gigastrand internal server. I have written about it several times on the Mr. Gigabytes Blog and on LinspireNetwork (the predecessor of Gigastrand – long since defunct).

While this is the best documented PC, it is possibly not the oldest. From 2001 – 2004, Gigabytes Computer Store used a very specific type of computer case to build their PCs. We currently have one of those computers on our shelf.

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When we found it, it was pretty much as you see it in the picture. Now it has been spray painted black and once served as a media center for my home. It has been recently restored as a media center in my home.

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The story of longevity does not end there. From 1997 to 2006, I owned a Gateway 2000 PC that I kept running and functional. It served as the Gigabytes Computer Store’s point of sale and was eventually painted green and sold.

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My home DVR has run since 2009 on all original hardware (sans main hard drive) and my original Gigastrand laptop ran for nearly 9 years before giving up the ghost in 2013.

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So, when it comes to choosing your next PC, are you going to choose one mass produced that might last a year or so? Or, will you choose one from a builder that knows how to make one that lasts?

Everyone is Linux and Gigastrand OS Ready

You know, we came out with that updated Gigastrand OS / linux readiness quiz and it got me thinking.

10+ years ago, we had to find the right fit for our customers to use a particular flavor of Linux. So, we developed a web app to help automate the process. For us and our purposes, Gigastrand OS has really made that process obsolete.

The reality is that many people use Linux already. It often takes the form of Android on their phone or tablet or Chrome OS on their Chromebooks. Many people use Android set-top boxes or smart TVs and may businesses host websites on Linux-based servers.

So, yes, Gigastrand OS is powerful enough to replace your computer’s operating system and robust enough to run full time. However, even if you do cannot switch over, standalone solutions like the Gigastrand NVR and the Gigastrand Media Center are ways you can run Gigastrand OS without converting over completely.

So, in reality, everyone can run Gigastrand OS in one form or another. This also means that we have done what we set out to do back in 2012: making a Linux for Everyone.

This month, the current concept of Gigastrand OS will be 4 years old. January 4th, 2017 marks 3 years since we released Gigastrand OS 1.0. We thank everyone for their support along the way.