All this stuff is supposed to make task quicker and easier so that we can do more in less time.  However, as I am sure a lot of techie minded people find out, I end up spending more time doing less while I try to work out how things work.

I capture video from a miniDV camcorder onto the desktop as it has the largest hard drive available.  However, Ubuntu does not have a suitable non-linear video editor so I need to access the raw .DV files from the macbook so that I can use iMovieHD to put something together.

In an ideal world I will be able to capture my video to the desktop and access the video files across the network and copy the files I need for each video project onto the macbook.  I can then copy the final product back to the desktop and create a DVD.

However, this is a fallen world and I have a laptop running Windows ME, an Apple macbook running Leopard 10.5.5 and a desktop running Ubuntu 8.04.  This means three different file systems to work with – FAT32 on Windows, HFS+ on the macbook and journalled ext3 on the desktop. And there are problems accessing machines across my network.

I can SSH into the server from the desktop and the macbook through port 22 using ssh username@ipaddress.  I have the openssh-server (v4.7) running on desktop and want to be able to SSH into it from macbook.  I have a rule on the router forward all SSH requests on port 22 to the server.  I created another rule to forward SSH to the desktop as well, also on port 22.  Is there going to be a conflict?  Should I change the port used by SSH on the desktop to something like 2222 instead?  According to this I think there will be.  So I need to reconfigure the SSH server on the desktop to use and listen on a different port.  Then I need to configure the router to forward SSH requests on that port to the desktop.

If that doesn’t work I could use a 2GB USB memory key.  I need to stick it in the Ubuntu box to download the .DV files.  Then I need to put it in the macbook to transfer the files so that I can edit the video.  However, Ubuntu uses the journalled ext3 file system and the apple macbook uses the hfs+ file system.  If I stick the key in my windows machine it asks me if I want to format it.  It is currently formatted to Ubuntu ext3.  Is there a file system that can be read by all three OSes?  This is not really the ideal way to go (with 80GB of .DV!) but as an exercise it is interesting.  It’s always good to learn new things…

File sharing across the network would be the way forward and it works for part of my home network.  I have samba server (v3.028) running on the server and I can connect to server from the macbook and desktop without a problem.  I also have samba server running on desktop and want to be able to connect to it from the macbook (try this).  Can I have two samba servers running on the same network?  If I can solve this then I don’t need to worry about question 1.  But it will be interesting trying to find a file system that OSX, Ubuntu and Windows can all access.

These links proved helpful and gave me something to think about over tea.

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