KaOS 2016.01 & Ubuntu 14.04 on UEFI

KaOS

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).

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Deepin 15 & Ubuntu 14.04 on UEFI

Deepin_15

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

Make Android & Ubuntu talk over ADB

android_compubuntu_logo_81x81A 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 as an encrypted cloud note manager

vim_compvim 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

adapt: any app version on any Ubuntu release

ubuntu_logo_81x81We 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: portable file cache analyzer

search_compvmtouch 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

Extract exe & cab files on Linux

extract_compLinux users can run exe files using wine. What if you want to extract the contents of MS executables or cabinet files on Linux? This article explains the cmdline way and is a follow-up of our earlier article on enabling extra compression formats on Linux. Continue reading Extract exe & cab files on Linux

apt-get stuck connecting to security.ubuntu.com

ubuntu_logo_81x81If you are using IPv6, you might find a hung

$ sudo apt-get update

when it tries to connect to security.ubuntu.com servers.

At the moment there are problems connecting to some  of the servers over IPv6. Till it gets fixed, the workaround is to give preference to IPv4 over IPv6. Continue reading apt-get stuck connecting to security.ubuntu.com