Spotify on Ubuntu

Screenshot-Ubuntu-Mate

Recently I had the itch to try Ubuntu as my secondary desktop again, so I went ahead and installed Ubuntu-Mate 15.04.

Ubuntu has come pretty far in terms of simpler desktop installs, so I was pretty impressed with it.  I prefer the Mate desktop as it’s a continuation of the old Gnome 2 desktop.  Easier menus, no fancy Compiz effects by default, and no Unity.

What I did run into however, is an error with installing my favorite music service at the moment, Spotify.  I was surprised they even had a Spotify app installer, so gave that a shot. Upon clicking the shortcut in Ubuntu, it wouldn’t open. Unsure as to what was going on, I ran Spotify via the command line, and received the following error:

Screenshot-Spotify-cmdspotify: error while loading shared libraries: libgcrypt.so.11: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

After some Googling, it turns out that I was able to install an old 64bit Debian package for the missing libgcrypt11 1.5 library.  Just add a line to you /etc/apt/sources.list with:

deb http://security.debian.org/debian-security wheezy/updates main

Then install with dpkg -i libgcrypt11_1.5.0-5+deb7u1_amd64.deb (or whatever architecture you need).

Screenshot-Spotify-Linux Preview

Once that was done, I was able to run Spotify with no problem! Hope this helps anyone else out there with the same issue.

VMware Class

gkEarlier this month I took the VMware vSphere 6 Install, Configure, Manage class in the Finacial district in Manhattan. It was great!  My brain hurt with information overload, but I really liked it.  I missed being in a classroom. If you have the opportunity to have your company purchase training for you, I’d recommend using Global Knowledge.  The instructor John Ilgenfritz was extremely knowledgeable, patient, and knew how to throw in a joke here and there. He answered any questions that the class threw at him.  Also, there was a PC at each desk for a hands on lab.  I learn best with hands-on training, so it was very helpful to me.

I just scheduled my vSphere Foundations exam on August 30th, so let’s see how I do!

Apple Watch

AppleWatchNotificationNice; my apple watch is coming much sooner than expected.  It was originally scheduled to ship in June.  Now I will have this in time for my trip to San Francisco in a couple of weeks!

I used to love my Android Wear watch (and still do; wish it would work on iPhones), so hopefully this will live up to my expectation of what Android wear does.  I’ll be posting my thoughts after a couple of weeks of use.