11 Nov

Linux apps

install proguard

  1. download proguard
  2. cd /opt
  3. sudo tar -xf ~/Downloads/proguard*
  4. sudo ln -s /opt/proguard5.2.1/bin/proguard.sh /usr/bin/proguard
  5. sudo ln -s /opt/proguard5.2.1/bin/proguardgui.sh /usr/bin/proguardgui
  6. sudo ln -s /opt/proguard5.2.1/bin/retrace.sh /usr/bin/proguard-retrace

Adjust Ubuntu system appearance

  1. sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Installing LAMP

  1. sudo apt-get install apache2
  2. sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client
  3. sudo systemctl status mysql
  4. sudo apt-get install php5 php5-mysql libapache2-mod-php5
  5. sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
  6. sudo systemctl restart apache2
  7. sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
  8. sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
  9. sudo systemctl restart apache2

Installing Eclipse

  1. cd /opt
  2. ls ~/Downloads
  3. sudo tar -zxvf ~/Downloads/eclipse*mars*gz
  4. sudo mv  eclipse eclipse-java
  5. sudo nano /usr/share/applications/eclipse-java.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Eclipse-Java
Type=Application
Exec=/opt/eclipse-mars-java/eclipse
Terminal=false
Icon=/opt/eclipse-mars-java/icon.xpm
Comment=Integrated Development Environment
NoDisplay=false
Categories=Development;IDE;
Name[en]=Eclipse-Java
  • sudo mv /usr/share/applications/eclipse-java.desktop /usr/share/applications/eclipse-mars-java.desktop
  • sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/eclipse-mars-java.desktop

Linux App finder

games

Wifi UI

Autostart

9 Nov

VirtualBox

VirtualBox provides a “virtual software platform” in which a variety of operating systems (client) in variety of operating systems (host), e.g. VirtualBox can be installed on a Linux platform and run Windows or another Linux variant, or on Windows and run a Linux distribution.

Here are some links to VirtualBox on Linux running Windows:

Install instructions

System76 – windows 10 in VB

Garmin pointers

Great Article

Submitted by Lambchopper (not verified) on Thu, 01/14/2010 – 10:16.
I use VirtualBox to run XP on my Ubuntu 9.10 laptop. The only reason I need XP is to use my Garmin GPS. I did run in to one issue, for some reason my Garmin gets detected by the Windows Guest, but the software won’t connect. I found that I had to restart the Hardware typically done through Device manager. Which was a royal pain in the a$$. I suspect this had to do with the Virtual Machine not starting the GPS USB device fast enough. Anyway, I corrected this by using microsoft’s Devcon utility (http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-xp/devcon-an-alternative-to-devi…) To script a new shortcut that would restart the hardware when I launched the GPS software.

Incidentally, I also had problems connecting to the Network once or twice for a similar reason via the VitualBox Guest OS. The above command placed in a batch file corrected that issue too.

I’ve only had this problem with WinXP as a Guest in VirtualBox, so I figured I’d post this in case any of your readers experience a similar issue.

Dave

Great Article

Submitted by Lambchopper (not verified) on Thu, 01/14/2010 – 10:16.
I use VirtualBox to run XP on my Ubuntu 9.10 laptop. The only reason I need XP is to use my Garmin GPS. I did run in to one issue, for some reason my Garmin gets detected by the Windows Guest, but the software won’t connect. I found that I had to restart the Hardware typically done through Device manager. Which was a royal pain in the a$$. I suspect this had to do with the Virtual Machine not starting the GPS USB device fast enough. Anyway, I corrected this by using microsoft’s Devcon utility (http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-xp/devcon-an-alternative-to-devi…) To script a new shortcut that would restart the hardware when I launched the GPS software.

Incidentally, I also had problems connecting to the Network once or twice for a similar reason via the VitualBox Guest OS. The above command placed in a batch file corrected that issue too.

I’ve only had this problem with WinXP as a Guest in VirtualBox, so I figured I’d post this in case any of your readers experience a similar issue.

Dave

9 Nov

Considering a new laptop

My 5 year old out of warranty Dell Inspiron fan is giving out and battery is almost shot, so considering getting a new laptop. I have not interest in Windows 10 as long as it has a “lack of privacy” so it is either Linux or Apple.

Apple has solid hardware and support but is relatively expensive compared to the various Linux platforms. Linux has a variety of distributions which offer different look and feel but only a small handful of vendors provide Linux “certified” hardware platforms:

  • ZaReason – provides Linux specific hardware and your selection of distros
  • System76 – provides Linux specific hardware and Ubunto distro
  • Los Alamos Linux – sells Lenovo Thinkpads which are configured to run a variety of distros

Levno, Asus and others don’t support Linux on their platforms however Linux users have installed various distros on these platforms and provide support for these through sites like Askubuntu and Linuxquestions. Dell offers Ubuntu on their XPS13 and M3880 devices, but I’ve read mixed stories about their support

My use for a laptop is

  • surfing the web – Firefox, Chrome
  • programming in PHP, Java  – Eclipse
  • using an “office suite”  – LibreOffice
  • some accounting (if I remember) – Quicken
  • routing for motorcycle trips – Garmin Basecamp

In the recent past I used a Asus eeePC and our computer while on motorcycle trips but Basecamp is not supported on XP and the eeePC does not support Windows 7 or higher. The eeePC was convenient has it has a 11″ screen, uses a SSD (solid state drive), and small.

My Inspiron is a 17″ and HDD which is too big and subject to vibration on the bikes. So I’m looking at a 14″ or 15″ display with SSD drive(s)