Reset GRUB Default System After OS Installation

April 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu 

From time to time I like to test out a new Linux distribution or just an updated version of my current distribution. I've created extra partitions on my hard drive for these test installations. All of the distributions I've tried so far require a boot loader to be installed to the hard drive as part of the process. This creates the minor problem of the test installation taking over the boot process. I prefer to have my main Linux installation handle the booting process. The following steps will show how to hand boot control back to your main Linux installation with the GRUB 2 boot loader. Read more

Review: Linux Mint 14 MATE Edition

January 19, 2013 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Distro Review, FOSS, linux, Linux Mint 

My last review of Linux Mint was for the Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint 13 "Maya". Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" was released back on Nov. 20, 2112, but with all of the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays, I didn't have time to install it and write up a review until now.

For this review I'm using both the 64 bit and 32 bit versions of Linux Mint 14 with the MATE desktop. The 64 bit version was installed inside a VirtualBox virtual machine on my desktop computer. The 32 bit version was installed on my MSI Wind U100 netbook. I started off by downloading the 64 bit Live DVD version of Linux Mint 14.1 over bittorrent. The torrent was running fast and my download completed in a little more than 30 minutes. This was most likely limited by my modest Internet connection. 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 HandBrake on Linux Mint 13

July 29, 2012 by · 11 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Linux Mint, video 

HandBrake is a program for transcoding video files. By default it transcodes video to H.264 format, so the files get compressed to a reasonable size while retaining high audio and video quality. There are versions available for Windows, OSX, and Linux. In this post I'm going to show how to install it in Linux Mint 13 using an Ubuntu PPA (Personal Package Archive). 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

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