pi-hole.net is a fun little project. I set it up as a VM and set my DHCP server to use it as the DNS server and whammo! insta-adblocking.
- Easy to install and setup. (Walk through the wizard to install, then update your DHCP server to use pi-hole as your DNS server.)
- Fast and small. (Well, it was designed to run on a Raspberry Pi.)
- Nice GUI and reports.
- Fun little weekend project.
- There is nothing bad, but I wish it would run under Alpine Linux. The Ubuntu server I spun up is terribly large.
pi-hole.net doesn’t block everything that uBlock does, but it does catch an extra 3% more ads than without uBlock (according to the sites I visit), and it will help all the tablets and phones on your network that don’t have uBlock.
I wanted to install Brave on a test ElementaryOS install and I’d rather use apt instead of the .deb file that’s on Brave’s main site. Brave does have a repo available but it won’t work with ElementaryOS out of the box. Here are the instructions.
The trick is here: “You will want to make sure the bottom line of /etc/apt/sources.list lists a new repository and doesn not contain the word lsb_release.”
When you run the two provided commands:
curl https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/brave-apt/keys.asc | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/brave-apt `lsb_release -sc` main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
…’loki’ is inserted into the new source in /etc/apt/sources.list. Replace it with ‘xenial’.
Brave installed just fine with apt after that.
It seems like every time I install Ubuntu I have to fix something.
For my old Inspiron 6400 it’s usually wifi. It uses a Broadcom wifi chip and I found these instructions useful in fixing it on Ubuntu 16.04
- Download the b43 firmware.
- Copy the folders b43 and b43legacy into /lib/firmware.