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Category Archives: Linux-Mint

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- 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 […]

How to do a full Linux Mint 15 installation.

Using iptables on a Linux system to secure your computer against Internet threats. This is important.

securing your Linux computer with iptables is a great way to make sure that you are safer from Internet attacks. The iptables(8) system is the built in firewall for a Linux system. This makes it very easy to secure your computer. Before you change any settings, backup your iptables configuration. iptables-save > backup.conf if the […]

How to disable the caps lock key permanently on Linux Mint and Ubuntu.

The caps lock key on Linux is very annoying when hit accidentally. Especially when you are typing a password. This simple command will disable the key permanently. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ setxkbmap -option ctrl:nocaps If you put this in Startup Applications which may be found under System-Preferences-Startup Applications, the caps lock key will be disabled when […]

Some Prometheus wallpapers for your Linux desktop.


A very good tiling window manager for Linux that is easy to use and very fast.

The dwm window manager for Linux is a very fast and very easy to use WM that offers a tiling WM and a very fast way to interact with your Linux machine. Type sudo apt-get install dwm dmenu to install this window manager. As shown in the screenshot to the right, this is a very […]