My earlier adventure with Deepin remained largely disappointing. Now that I have a free 20GB partition to install another OS, I chose KaOS. It’s not a bad idea to have KDE as an alternative desktop environment. I grabbed the latest KaOS version available (2016.01).
Since I ran a quick test-drive of Linux Deepin 15 on VirtualBox, I had been longing to install it on hardware. I already have a highly customized Ubuntu 14.04 with LXDE running and I didn’t want to disturb it. So I went ahead with a dual boot setup. Here’s a chronicle of my tinkering. Continue reading Deepin 15 & Ubuntu 14.04 on UEFI
A regular Ubuntu user might have faced this situation: connect an Android smartphone to the laptop over micro USB to find even the battery is not charging! Things look so simpler on Windows: the phone get charged, phone storage is accessible and what not? What’s wrong with Ubuntu??? Honestly, nothing! All of this is possible on Ubuntu as well. We will explore how in this article. Continue reading Make Android & Ubuntu talk over ADB
vim is one of the most popular editors on Linux. You can edit multiple notes in vim simultaneously. However, it is not a generic note manager by design. You can turn it into one using the vim-notes plugin, which also means you need to remember more commands. We already explored how to encrypt files with vim. Let’s try a simple way to turn vim into a note manager. I use it everyday for my notes. Continue reading vim as an encrypted cloud note manager
We explored AppImage to generate distro-independent Linux binaries a few days back. With Linux, there are multiple elegant ways to solve similar problems. Here’s a situation regular Ubuntu uses might face often: just when you are ready to roll with the fresh application that does awesome things, you visit the PPA to find the package is not available for the version on Ubuntu you are on. Well, if you are on Ubuntu 14.04 or above a new utility called adapt might save the day. Continue reading adapt: any app version on any Ubuntu release
vmtouch is a useful utility to analyze and control the virtual memory used by the filesystem. It works on Unix-ish systems and BSD. It is a portable utility with minimal dependecies in the source code. In addition to understanding cache usage by files, you can also use vmtouch to preload files and speed up subsequent operations. Continue reading vmtouch: portable file cache analyzer