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April 7, 2010

Linux in the coffeeshop (Part I)

Filed under: Coffeeshops,Linux — Marc @ 11:08
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As you might have been reading in my blog before Yuki and Tetsuro are pro free culture. They do understand that sharing knowledge and distributing it freely brings lots of advantages. If you have been to the shop, you may have noticed that moving windows on the Bar-PC looks wobbly?

Or this strange music player called Amarok that is playing all the music every day. It’s Linux!

When Yuki and Tetsuro took over Betty Too, they had a Windows XP machine

playing music from I-tunes.

All thee shops  Cd’s had been ripped with I-tunes, after realizing that changing them a lot makes them unplayable due to scratches.  The machine had no Internet connection and was not fast, but efficient for the job. When Yuki asked for Internet connection at the bar, I volunteered and connected it to the LAN via a 30 meter networking cable.

After booting I installed all updates and service packs anti-spyware software and of course a anti-virus software. The anti-virus program told me that it found some Trojans and the anti-spyware program told me that I had several critical things on that pc. They all seemed old and the programs reported the pc to be free of bugs, but I was not sure how much I could trust this machine anymore.

How to prevent this in the future? The plan was to have a web-cam in the local-network, to monitor the first floor of the shop. I was really worried about privacy problems if somebody would hack that web cam and put pictures on the web without people knowing about it.

The real problem was – the very friendly guys behind the bar would (traditionally) except all other people to bring music via USB-sticks or Cd’s and copy it on the machine. They just wanted to be friendly, but had no idea about security or legal consequences. Windows seemed to me too accessible to be used for this kind of machine. A second PC for surfing was no option for space reasons, so I recommended the use of Ubuntu to prevent people  from storing data on that machine.

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