January 24th, 2017 No comments

Remember DVDs? For those of you too young to have had to deal with the hassle of physical media, DVDs were how us old folks got all of our movies and TV seasons before Netflix existed. These days, I’ve got boxes of the things gathering dust in closets. I hadn’t thought about them since the…

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January 19th, 2017 No comments

This post was originally published on September 28, 2009. The original can be found here. Before I switched to Windows 7 for my laptop, I used a a dock software called RocketDock to manage my windows and commonly used desktop shortcuts. I liked being able to see my whole desktop ever since I found a good…

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January 12th, 2017 No comments

This post was originally published on August 21, 2009. The original can be found here. Like many of the other varieties of Linux, Debian gives the end user a number of different installation choices. In addition to the choice of installer that Tyler B has already mentioned, the Debian community maintains three different distributions, which…

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January 11th, 2017 No comments

This is a podcast presentation from the Kitchener Waterloo Linux Users Group on the topic of Vigrant published on January 9th 2017. You can find the original Kitchener Waterloo Linux Users Group post here. I am currently running a variety of distributions, primarily Linux Mint 18.Previously I was running KDE 4.3.3 on top of Fedora…

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January 8th, 2017 No comments

There are loads of neat little projects out there for your Raspberry Pi from random little hacks all the way up to full scale home automation and more. In the past I’ve written about RetroPie (which is an awesome project that you should definitely check out!) but this time I’m going to take a moment to…

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January 5th, 2017 No comments

This post was originally published on August 25, 2009. The original can be found here. Following from my last post about finalizing all of those small little choices I will now continue along that line but discuss the merits of the various filesystems that Linux allows me to choose from, as well as discuss how…

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January 4th, 2017 No comments

Many people use Linux because of its higher level of security, and it’s true that a Linux-based operating system is generally more secure than Windows and Mac, for several reasons. First of all, Linux is not nearly as popular as the Mac or Windows, which means that fewer coders go through the trouble of programming…

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December 31st, 2016 No comments

Have you ever wanted to save a YouTube video for offline use? Well now it’s super simple to do with the easy to use command line utility youtube-dl. Start by installing the utility either through your package manager (always the recommended approach) or from the project GitHub page here. sudo apt-get install youtube-dl This utility…

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December 31st, 2016 No comments

Yeah I know technically this is going up a day early but so what? 😛 From all of us at The Linux Experiment we want to wish you all the best in 2017!   Do you want to write for The Linux Experiment? Find out how here! I am currently running a variety of distributions,…

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December 30th, 2016 No comments

Seems like I’m at it again, this time fixing Areca Backup on Ubuntu 16.04 (actually Linux Mint 18.1 in my case). For some reason when I download the current version (Areca 7.5 for Linux/GTK) and try and run the areca.sh script I get the following error: tyler@computer $ ./areca.sh ls: cannot access ‘/usr/java’: No such file…

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December 30th, 2016 No comments

Lately, I’ve been publishing woodworking tutorials over on my own blog, and I’ve found myself needing to resize and correctly orient images taken with my iPhone prior to posting. If you want to do anything with images on Linux, the best place to start is with ImageMagick, an all-in-one utility that does just about everything…

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December 30th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on May 5, 2010. The original can be found here. The state of media players on Linux is a sad one indeed. If you’re a platform enthusiast, you may want to cover your ears and scream “la-la-la-la” while reading this article, because it will likely offend your sensibilities. In fact,…

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December 29th, 2016 No comments

Millions of users that opt out for using Linux operating system for two decades now, all on the grounds that it is much safer than most others on the market. While it’s true that Linux is less susceptible to security breaches, it is not impenetrable (no system on the planet is), which is why users…

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December 29th, 2016 No comments

There is quite a funny, almost religious, debate within the Linux community between the two venerable command line text editors vi or Vim and Emacs. Sure they have loads of features and plugins but do you really need that from a command line editor? I think for the most part, or perhaps for most people…

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December 28th, 2016 No comments

Way back in the early days of The Linux Experiment I came across an excellent podcast called Going Linux which offered beginners advice for those people trying out Linux for the first time or just wanting to know more about Linux in general. I so happy to see that the podcast is still going strong (now…

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December 28th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on December 23, 2009. The original can be found here. With the linux experiment coming to an end, and my Vista PC requiring a reinstall, I decided to take the leap and go all linux all the time. To that end, I’ve installed Kubuntu on my desktop PC. I would…

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December 27th, 2016 No comments

OpenHatch is a site that aggregates all of the help postings from a variety of open source projects. It maintains a whole community dedicated to matching people who want to contribute with people who need their help. You don’t even need to be technical like a programmer or something like that. Instead if you want…

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December 26th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on June 24, 2012. The original can be found here. Ever wanted your computer to be on when you need it but automatically put itself to sleep (suspended) when you don’t? Or maybe you just wanted to create a really elaborate alarm clock? I stumbled across this very useful command…

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December 23rd, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on November 27, 2011. The original can be found here. As you may be able to tell from my recent, snooze-worthy technical posts about compilers and makefiles and other assorted garbage, my experience with Linux from Scratch has been equally educational and enraging. Like Dave, I’ve had the pleasure of…

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December 22nd, 2016 No comments

Everyone loves apt. It’s a simple command line tool to install new programs and update your system, but beyond the standard commands like update, install and upgrade did you know there are a load of other useful apt-based commands you can run? 1) Search for a package name with apt-cache search Can’t remember the exact…

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