Category Archives: Linux-Mint

Linux Mint 14.10 MATE installation and overview of the new release.

A video of the installation and use of the new Ubuntu 14.10 MATE release. This Linux distribution is very promising and looks to be a good alternative to the Linux Mint MATE distribution. See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjUJPU-Wp1M.

Elysium film showing real UNIX commands in a blockbuster movie.

The movie Elysium showcased some awesome UNIX shell commands. The rhost command was one, there is a more detailed show here: http://i.imgur.com/niqfmy5.png. The nmap port scanning utility is used to port scan Matt Damon`s brain before the data is copied from his neural storage to the Elysium computer system. I cannot see the full command; […]

How to print out a list of all BBC news headlines with the command line. This is very cool.

This simple one-liner will print out all of the news headlines from the BBC news website in a simple text format. This is useful if you want to do something with a list like this. Or if you just want a listing to see if there is anything interesting happening. curl http://feeds.bbci.co.uk/news/rss.xml | grep “<title>” […]

How to connect to a Windows machine using RDP from a Linux machine using bash.

The rdesktop utility for Linux allows easy remote desktop access from a Linux machine. Type: sudo apt-get install rdesktop to install this useful utility and then type: rdesktop 192.168.100.5 to connect to a remote machine. Specify the username with the -u parameter: rdesktop -u homer 192.168.100.5. If you wish to use RDP in full-screen; enabling […]

Configuring private Internet access with OpenVPN on Linux Mint.

Private Internet Access with OpenVPN.

Linux Mint 17 RC now available. Download it with these direct links.

Linux Mint 17 is now available. Download this new Linux release from this handy mirror site. http://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/linuxmint.com/testing/. 64 bit ISO 1.3 Gigabytes: http://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/linuxmint.com/testing/linuxmint-17-mate-dvd-64bit-rc.iso. 32 bit ISO 1.3 Gigabytes: http://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/linuxmint.com/testing/linuxmint-17-mate-dvd-32bit-rc.iso. This new Linux distribution has all the same features that Linux Mint 16 had, but with all new software. I am trying out the RC build […]

Some useful Linux commands and tricks for the bash shell user.

The boxes utility for Linux allows you to render an ascii text box around text. Below is an example. homer@homer-eME730 19:14:21 ~ $ echo `echo “This is a sentence printed to the terminal.”` | boxes /***********************************************/ /* This is a sentence printed to the terminal. */ /***********************************************/ This is a useful utility if you want […]

How to use VNC to connect to a remote Linux machine and administer it with the graphical desktop.

Using tightvnc to connect to a remote Linux machine is a good way to access a graphical desktop on a remote Linux box. Firstly; install the tightvnc server on the target machine to be accessed. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ sudo apt-get install tightvncserver [sudo] password for homer: Reading package lists… Done Building dependency tree Reading state […]

Gorgeous disused farmhouse wallpaper for your Linux Mint MATE desktop.

Yet another way to get the IP address of a host and print it. And other useful networking commands.

This is a good way to get the IP address of a host and print it to the terminal. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ host yahoo.com | awk ‘/ has address / { print $4 }’ | cut -d ” ” -f14- 98.138.253.109 This is a very useful one liner for getting an IP address. Very useful […]

Windows XP support has ended. This is time to update to a better operating system.

Support for Windows XP has ended, this means that there will be no further updates for Windows XP on the desktop. This is a good time to upgrade either to Windows 7, which is supported until 2020; or to use Linux Mint and enjoy a faster and more reliable desktop operating system. I am using […]

How to encrypt a file with gpg on Linux and then decrypt it later.

The gpg utility for Linux is used to create public and private key pairs to encrypt files for secure transmission over the Internet. To initialize this utility; run this command. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ gpg –gen-key gpg (GnuPG) 1.4.14; Copyright (C) 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software: you are free to change and […]

Using the tar command on Linux to uncompress tar.gz files with the command line.

The tar command on Linux is very useful for uncompressing files on your Linux machine. The most used command on a Linux system is uncompressing files that you have downloaded from an Internet source. The tar -xvf command will uncompress a tar.gz file. ~$ tar -xvf myfile.tar.gz To uncompress a tar.bz2 file use this command. […]

An alternative to CPU-Z for your Ubuntu or Linux Mint desktop. This utility is awesome.

A very good CPU-Z alternative for a Linux machine. This awesome utility for Linux is an alternative to the CPU-Z program for Windows machines. This allows the user to gather information about their computer with a nice tabbed interface. There is a tab to gather system/OS information as well as CPU statistics. This is very […]

How to find out which rpm package provides a file that you need.

How to find out what rpm package provides a file that you need. The yum provides command is useful for finding out this information. You may use wildcards to search for a file, this can make finding it easier. [homer@localhost jackhammer]$ yum provides */redhat**.jpg Loaded plugins: langpacks nagios-3.5.1-4.fc20.x86_64 : Nagios monitors hosts and services and […]