How to install Gnome Web (Epiphany) on Red Hat Linux

Accessing internal services on paranoidpenguin.net using self-signed certificates does no longer work in my preferred browser due to HSTS preloading. Instead of actually fixing the issue (or wait for Let’s Encrypt to roll out wildcard certificates), I decided to be clever and work around the restriction by installing a more “forgiving” web browser.

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Depending on iconv -t ascii//translit on Red Hat was a mistake

I recently re-learned that moving code from one Linux distribution to another doesn’t always pan out as expected. Especially when that second distribution is Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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The Red Hat Developer Program is a sweet deal

So by joining the Red Hat developer program you get access to the latest Red Hat technologies at no cost. The only “catch” being the requirement to sign up and share your personal information with Red Hat. I’ve resisted the urge to make good on this offer for a long time, but I finally broke down and signed up earlier this year.

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Red Hat 7.4 – VirtualBox Guest Additions issues

With the latest Red Hat release I experienced an issue with increasing the screen resolution above 1027×768. After checking out the VirtualBox forums, I found my answer and a solution to the issue.

We don’t intend to ship a driver for X.org 1.19 because systems with such a new X server should be able to load the vboxvideo kernel module. Unfortunately RHEL 7 mixes an old kernel (3.10) with a recent X server (1.19). Fortunately RedHat backported relevant DRM code from recent Linux to their custom 3.10.x kernel and we could make the vboxvideo kernel driver work with the RHEL 7.3 and RHEL 7.4 kernels. Source: VirtualBox forums.

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