Archive for February, 2009

Thunderbird/Lightning and Evolution calendars on Scalix

February 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Scalix 11.4 has fully functional CALDAV, which enables Thunderbird/Lightning and Evolution users to enjoy server based calendar functionality previously limited to Scalix Web Client and Outlook users. It works extremely well, and is really not too difficult to set up.

TB/TB-2008-01-CALDAV – Scalix Wiki

Categories: DIY

Upgrading Scalix to a new server OS.

February 20, 2009 Leave a comment

As part of our recent infrastructure upgrade, we moved our mail server to a a new OS, on a new virtual machine. We also upgraded to the newest enterprise version of Scalix: from Scalix 10.0 on Fedora Core 5 to Scalix 11.4 on CentOS 5.2.

Here are what we determined would have been the optimum way to perform the upgrade.

Change ip address of old machine, and reboot.

Stop Scalix on old machine (omshut)

Set IP and hostname on new machine to match old machine’s settings. Test forward and reverse dns to make sure it is all consistent.

Install Scalix package on new machine, and make sure it it does not throw any errors.

Stop Scalix on new machine (omshut) Inbound and outbound mail will stop at this point.

Rename or move message store on new machine, to make room for the old message store. (mv /var/opt/scalix/sx /var/opt/scalix/sx.bak)

Copy message store from old machine to new one (I used rsync) This takes the longest time of anything.

run ompatchom to fixup the message store for the new version.

Categories: linux, scalix

Ubuntu wifi drivers for Dell Vostro A860

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment

A regular system update within Ubuntu 8.04 broke the wifi drivers a Dell Vostro A860. Here’s all it took to get it going again:

mkdir ~/tmp
cd ~/tmp

Download madwifi hal driver:


… and extract it:

Go into source directory:

cd madwifi-hal-

… and run:

sudo make install
sudo reboot

From the bottom of this post.

Categories: DIY, linux, ubuntu