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29jan12
UPDATES, LINUX, TERMINAL, OPENBOX


Updates to Command Line Commands Compilation and Default Apps


13jan12
THUNDERBIRD, ARCH, OPENBOX, LINUX, E-MAIL-CLIENT


Force Thunderbird to Open Links in Browser of Choice


I describe a different approach to do this by editing mimeType.rdf. This was the only solution that worked for me.

Here ya go.








8jan12
LINUX, DEBIAN, COMMAND LINE


Updated Commands Compilation


Some 80 commands. With this list anyone should be able to do most tasks necessary on a Linux machine.

Enjoy!







8jan12
VIRTUALBOX, DEBIAN, VIRTUALIZATION


Enable Virtualbox Guest Additions in a Debian Guest and Create a Shared Folder You Can Access without Admin Rights


Have a good read!







2jan12
RAZOR-QT, UBUNTU, DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT

Release of URR - Ubuntu-Razor-Qt-Remix


'Puh - another Ubuntu remix' you might say. Yes it is. But with a new desktop environment called Razor-Qt. I already introduced it two days ago when ExTiX came out - another distribution based on Ubuntu.

This time the integration is much better and the distro focuses solely on Razor-Qt which is surely a big plus. URR is also a distro which uses mainly KDE apps. It even uses Kwin as window manager. So its practically pure KDE - just without Plasma.

I won't do a review this time as you just have to pop the live-CD into your drive or boot the ISO within a virtual machine.

(If you want to play around with Razor-Qt URR is recommended over ExTiX because with URR you can see how it is meant to be.)

Grab it here:
http://www.u-r-r.info/

Have fun.






1jan12
LINUX

Last article written in 2011 - first to read in 2012


No Rants Just Sincere Concerns for Linux at Home by Manmath Sahu.

A must read for every Linux enthusiast - very true and very sad.







31dec11
RAZOR-QT, EXTIX, DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT


Short Intro to Razor-Qt


Razor-Qt is a new lightweight desktop environment (DE) based on Qt . The Qt framework is also used for KDE, another Linux DE.

Today at distrowatch the release of ExTiX has been announced, a distro at the moment based on the newest Ubuntu with some extras like Gnome Shell, a newer kernel and ahead of all Razor-Qt. It is to my knowledge the first distribution that sports this new DE.

I took the chance to install ExTiX into a virtual machine and take some screenshots.

Here they are.






29dec11
ARCH LINUX, OPENBOX


Info on how to build your own Arch Linux with Openbox

Some nice info is provided by WillXTrEmE, the creator of ArchBang.

Here is a list of installed packages in Arch Bang. Those were provided here.

He also made a 21-step-guide to build your own Openbox-Arch. See here.







28dec11
SEMPLICE


Semplice Screenshot Tour

Semplice is a new distro - stable release came out just recently around Christmas - based on Debian Sid (experimental) and Openbox.

A nice review is here (already mentioned on 24dec11, see beneath).

In this article I investigate some details which aroused my interest. Don't expect anything thorough!







27dec11
LINUX


Dedoimedo: The Best Distro of 2011

A nice thought provoking article with a surprising winner. Have a good read!







26dec11
CRUNCHBANG


A Month with Crunchbang - a Resume



I am back to Arch Linux but in no way disappointed with Crunchbang.

Read here about my decision.







24dec11
SEMPLICE, DEBIAN


Semplice Review

Semplice is a Debian Sid based distribution with Openbox as window manager. You can find a very good and thorough Semplice review by Barnaby here.

See also my openbox based distro list.

Merry Christmas!







22dec11
DEBIAN, CRUNCHBANG, LINUX, COMMAND LINE


How To Find Files, Text and Folders in Linux from Command Line

This is just a little compilation to have some useful commands at hand. Not complete.

Enjoy.







20dec11
DEBIAN, CRUNCHBANG


Default Application / Programs

I like to specify which apps open which files. And also like to use the latest firefox and thunderbird which I extract to /opt and run from there.

Here's how to set default apps in Debian based distros.







18dec11
CLOUD, DEBIAN, CRUNCHBANG, OWNCLOUD


Owncloud installation guide

owncloud login

Ever wanted to have your own cloud? Or do you want to have full control over your data - where it is stored, who has access, who can view it - and nevertheless have access to it from every computer you are working at?

Then ownCloud is the right project for you. Have a look at their homepage. It is a super easy way to set up your own file server. It has built in features for creating new users and groups, share files with others or just keep them private (standard) - with other words a dropbox replacement you can realize on your own computer.

Crunchbang helps you setting it up by offering to install a lamp-server (linux-apache-mysql-php-server) after installation. To have a running server with html server apache, sql database and scripting language php support is a precondition for ownCloud. But really, don't be afraid of the geek stuff here! Just hit enter when the crunchbang first-install-guide asks to install a lamp server and it will be taken care of everything (maybe experiment in a virtual machine first?).

Even if you missed this step - installing a lamp server in Debian/crunchbang isn't that big a deal. I won't cover it here though. There are already some good guides around. Just google for "Debian lamp server".

In the following there will be mainly screenshots of how to get ownCloud up and running in crunchbang after a lamp-server has already been installed.

Enjoy.






16dec11
SERVICES, DEBIAN, CRUNCHBANG


Turn On and Off Services in Debian / crunchbang

Services are also called daemons. Those are programs which start at boot and from there on constantly run in the background waiting for input or work to do. Examples would be apache, cron or cups the print-server.

In Arch Linux there is a very convenient way to en- or disable those services. Just edit the file rc.conf. I really miss that.

Never mind. In Debian or crunchbang you have rcconf and bum for that.

See here.







13dec11
CRUNCHBANG, DEBIAN


Installation guide dual-boot windows Linux/Debian

This time I wrote a lengthy and detailed guide to a successful dual-boot installation with windows and Linux. It might have gotten a bit too long ...

Nevertheless I hope this step by step instruction might help some people to try Linux or crunchbang and have it installed in a way it makes sense and can be maintained easily over a long time.

For a shorter guide without dual-boot see here. There are also some screenshots of the after-install-procedure of crunchbang (only a little script, that helps you update crunchbang and install some programs if you want to).

In the new guide I omitted the after install script.

I concentrated on the installation and put weight on a reproducible and understandable description.

Enjoy.






12dec11
LINUX, DEBIAN


Some Basic Commands I do Not Know by Heart

Topics: File-management, system info, user, groups, network, services, ...

Mainly a reminder for myself.

Here they are.







11dec11
CRUNCHBANG


The promised crunchbang installation screenshot tour

It might serve as a guide too. But there are not to many explanations.






8dec11
OPENBOX, LINUX


Openbox Distro List

Here's a list of 9 openbox-distros. It's not more than a list! Thought it would be nice nevertheless to have them all together for convenience.







7dec11
CRUNCHBANG


Crunchbang Screenshot Tour

Have a look at some screenshots from the crunchbang live session!

Thought as an appetizer to the coming installation guide and screenshot tour.

Here ya go!







7dec11
APT, DEBIAN, CRUNCHBANG


Three nice to know apt-commands.






7dec11
PROXY, DEBIAN, CRUNCHBANG


How To Set Up your System When You are Behind a Proxy Server

It might happen that at work all traffic is channeled through a proxy server. Here's how to configure your system manually.






6dec11
#!CRUNCHBANG


Crunchbang Customizations

Most of the things I did to have my system exactly how I like it. Maybe you find something for yourself.
Have a look.






5dec11
OPENBOX


Why Should Anyone Use Openbox?

If you have Gnome, KDE, Xfce and Unity - why use Openbox?

I tried to explain why I like it.






4dec11
OPENBOX, ALSA, DEBIAN, CRUNCHBANG


Control Volume with Keyboard Shortcuts

A short guide how to control volume in openbox with keyboard shortcuts. Only works for alsa - not for pulseaudio! Enjoy!






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