I must admit trying Linux again, after a unsuccessful attempt in 2007, has been a decision well made. I currently run Mint 11 on one computer and Ubuntu 11.04 on another. My 8 yr old daughter can even navigate the unity desktop in a breeze, it’s as if she has been using it for years! I am not so keen on unity myself as I like the classic desktop. Anyhow enough of my ramblings, here are some more useful Linux resources for your perusal.
I have been wanting to install BBC iPlayer on my Linux Mint 9 to download and watch a TV show as my Internet speed is not the fastest and fluctuates from time to time so I wanted to download without the disruption. When I tried to install iPlayer with Google Chrome 6.0.472.53 I received an error message and was unable to install despite several attempts. I then tried my trusty old Firefox 3.6.9 and the same happened again. I tried also to find an offline version and could not find one. My thoughts were that if I can’t install it on 2 of the most popular browsers and can’t find an offline version then I give up, or should I?
I am relatively new to Linux and have used is as my primary OS for the past year. I have come across some wonderful inspiring sites that have helped me through the process and made it easier. Here are my top ten Linux Web sites.
Back in 2007, I discovered a Linux OS called Ubuntu and how everybody was raving about it. I tried it on my desktop computer and I could not get my wireless USB stick to work so I gave up. Roll on 2 years and I was slightly curious again so I installed a different distro, this time Mandriva. Everything worked perfect and I was instantly converted.
I have been using Thunderbird for the last 2 years and my configuration has always worked well even through the transition of switching from Windows to Linux. I have never had any trouble when updating versions of Firefox so I thought that I wouldn’t have many problems with Thunderbird either. Was it as plain sailing as what I originally thought?
I recently updated to latest version of Linux Mint 8 and after installing Aptana, my favourite IDE, I noticed that my mouse buttons would not work when trying to click buttons. I tried re-installing the software and trying eclipse but it still didn’t work. I found a shell script on Google to solve a gtk bug, unfortunately the link is now dead but luckily I added the code below. I have eclipse installed in my home folder under .eclipse. Here is a little tutorial on how you write that script.
The browser is one of the most used pieces of software used today and believe me there is nothing worse than losing all of your data if your computer suddenly crashes or your data becomes corrupted. There are tools that will backup your Firefox profiles for you but this can be time consuming. I use a method will backup the entire folder with everything in it from passwords, extensions to favourites and its so simple anyone can do it. I will show you how to do this in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and also Linux Mint.
This is an in-depth guide to installing LAMPP on Linux Mint. LAMPP, the linux version of XAMPP, is a popular open source, cross platform web server software that includes Apache, MYSQL, PHP and Perl. This software can be installed locally on your PC to aid with the development of websites that use the server side scripting language PHP, like WordPress themes for example. This tutorial will help install the software, create and setup shortcut within the menu editor and transferring files with proFTP. This tutorial should also work in Ubuntu too, so lets get started.
Most people have heard the word Linux mentioned from time to time over the web. For those of you that haven’t it is an alternative operating system. Linux was created by Linus Torvalds in the early 90’s and over the years it has become more popular as it has become simpler to use. Linux comes in various distributions to suit a variety of different needs. The top ten major distributions according to DistroWatch are