Fixing My CD/DVD Drive on Kubuntu 12.04

December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

I've been having problems with my optical drive on my Kubuntu 12.04 machine. Certain applications couldn't find the CD/DVD drive because they look for specific device names in /dev. My SATA optical drive would show up as /dev/sr0, however the normal symlinks to cdrom, cdrw, dvd, dvdrw were not there. I would go to the terminal and manually create the symlink and things would work fine, but after a reboot my symlinks would be gone! I found the fix in an old bug report on LaunchPad.
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Ubuntu 12.10 Released: List of Download Mirrors and Torrents

October 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: linux, news, Ubuntu 

The latest version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system was released today; Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. The popularity of Ubuntu usually means that the download servers have difficulty keeping up with the high demand of release days, so I'm here with a list of torrents and download mirrors so you can get on with your installation or upgrade. Read more

Send Gmail from the Linux Command Line

October 6, 2012 by · 16 Comments
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu 

In this post I'm going to show how to send an email from the Linux command line through your Gmail account. This can be handy if you're a command line junkie. The real power, however, is in being able to send an email automatically from a script. I'll be doing another post where I use this in a script to notify me when something has changed on my system. For now though, I'll just show the setup so you can send an email from the command line.  This process has been tested on Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13. Read more

Install SSH and SFTP on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

July 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu 

If you've been using Linux or Unix for a long time, then you're probably familiar remote technologies like rlogin, FTP, and Telnet. These are all wonderful technologies for using a computer remotely, but they are notoriously insecure due to your login credentials being transmitted over the Internet in plain text format. Read more

Distro Review: Linux Mint 13 “Maya” Cinnamon Edition

May 26, 2012 by · 9 Comments
Filed under: Distro Review, FOSS, gnome, linux, Linux Mint, review, Ubuntu 

On May 23, 2012, Linux Mint 13 "Maya" was released. There are two desktop flavors available, the MATE Edition and the Cinnamon Edition. MATE is a fork of the GNOME 2 desktop since the GNOME project has abandoned GNOME 2 in order to work on GNOME 3 development. Cinnamon is a project started by Linux Mint in order to include a classic GNOME 2 style interface in a GNOME 3 environment. Both of these flavors are available in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.  Read more

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