Linux

Looking at Linux Mint 19 from a Windows user perspective

(August 29, 2018) Since Linux Mint is designed as an easy-to-use Ubuntu, it may be the OS of choice for those escaping from Windows. This video attempts to examine Linux Mint from that perspective. While he gives a good overview of installing Linux Mint, and giving it some basic configuration, it does not live up to the promise. He shows a very important configuration step, making sure to install Microsoft Core Fonts so that files imported from Windows behave as expected. Something he does not do is take an inventory of likely Windows applications and demonstrate the equivalents on Linux. For example someone who prefers Wordpad will have lots of RTF files, and might be disappointed by Libre Office. And Gimp is not exactly a user friendly image manipulation program, so where is the equivalent for that purpose?

Moving /home on Ubuntu to a second drive

(January 30, 2018)

It's common to mount the entire Ubuntu system on one partition on one drive. It's very easy to set that up, simply format an ext4 filesystem for the entire disk, and away we go. How do you transition such a system to have /home on a second drive? The GUI tools don't support doing this, so what do you do? A big consideration is that while logged in you're using /home, and therefore can't delete that filesystem while it's in use.

Fixing Ubuntu gnome-terminal app to allow copy/paste

(January 28, 2018)

Ubuntu is supposed to be an easy-to-use Linux distribution where everything just works. If so, why doesn't copy/paste work with the default terminal program? It's quite common to copy/paste text and other data between applications. Speaking for myself, I am frequently writing tech tutorials like this one, and therefore must frequently copy text from a terminal session, or into a terminal session, to write the tutorial. Using gnome-terminal, the default terminal app on Ubuntu, it's a frustrating experience because copy/paste does not work fluidly with gnome-terminal on Ubuntu. Further, the fix is unsatisfying and incomplete.

How to set-up a multi-drive SSD/HDD Ubuntu desktop system

(January 28, 2018)

Ubuntu is supposed to be fairly simple to use with lots of attention put on a solid/reliable well-thought-out Linux user experience. My experience setting up a multi-drive Ubuntu computer showed it's not quite as smooth a user experience as the Ubuntu reputation would lead you to believe.

Fixing Ubuntu to allow running gparted to format/configure disks

(January 28, 2018)

Ubuntu is supposed to be a well-tested easy-to-use Linux, so when I wanted to run gparted to format a new drive it was frustrating I had to jump so many hoops to launch the program. Fixing the problem of launching gparted on Ubuntu turned out to be easy, but difficult to first determine what went wrong and the fix.