Category Archives: Linux Mint

[HOWTO] Bring back “Network”, “Services”, “Time and Date” and “Users and Groups” in Gnome Menu

If you have installed your system via netinstall or by selecting packages one by one, or if you somehow removed some gnome packages, you may be missing some menu items. I noticed that I did not have some entries in System>Administration menu, namely, “Network”, “Services”, “Time and Date” and “Users and Groups”. I tried to search for them in Synaptic and Apt-file but failed to locate the exact package. So, I did some hit and trial and found the package was “gnome-system-tools”. I just installed it via synaptic and the menu entries were back.

[HOWTO] Properly install VirtualBox 4 beta in Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint (and other Debian/Ubuntu derivatives)

I downloaded deb of VirtualBox beta 1 from the beta packages page of Oracle website and installed it. However, while launching Virtual Machines created with Oracle VirtualBox 3.x (closed source version), I got the following error: Continue reading [HOWTO] Properly install VirtualBox 4 beta in Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint (and other Debian/Ubuntu derivatives)

[HOWTO] Enable “Mark All Upgrades” in Synaptic on Linux Mint

If you are using Linux Mint Gnome or Linux Mint Debian Edition, you will notice that Ctrl+G or Mark All Upgrades is disabled. This has been done to prevent users from installing upgrades that have not been tested and verified to work by Linux Mint team. Read more in this discussion.

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Ubuntu to become a rolling release distro

UPDATE: Rick Spencer, Ubuntu Desktop Development Team Lead, wrote in his blog:

Ubuntu is not changing to a rolling release. We are confident that our customers, partners, and the FLOSS ecosystem are well served by our current release cadence. What the article was probably referring to was the possibility of making it easier for developers to use cutting edge versions of certain software packages on Ubuntu.This is a wide-ranging project that we will continue to pursue through our normal planning processes.

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[HOWTO] Install Virtualbox on Linux Mint Julia with USB Support and Shared Folders

There are many Virtualization solutions that run on Linux and of course Linux Mint. Oracle Virtualbox is a virtualization software available for Linux, Solaris, Windows and Mac, . It is available from the Linux Mint Julia Repositories and can be installed directly via Software Manager. However, if you install the open source version i.e. virtualbox-ose package, you will not be able to connect your USB devices and share folders between Guest and Host machines. File sharing can be set up in other ways, but if you wish to use one of your USB devices which has no Linux drivers, you may need to install Windows inside Virtualbox and connect your devices so that you can install drivers inside. In that case, you will need to install closed source edition of Virtualbox i.e. virtualbox-nonfree.

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Fixing Slow, Choppy and Laggy Maverick Meerkat (Ubuntu 10.10)

A lot of Ubuntu 10.10 users have been complaining about Maverick being too slow, typing becoming laggy and video performance being choppy.   Here are few things you can try to make it fast again. These have been collected from the user experience discussed in this post in Ubuntu forums.

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[HOWTO] Convert Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx to Linux Mint 9 Isadora

Since Linux Mint 9 Isadora is based completely on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, you can add Linux Mint repository to Lucid and make it look and feel like Linux Mint (additionally you may have to do more than just mint specific applications such as changing themes and tweaking panel but you get the idea). You may also like to install a few components that you like in Linux Mint, for example just the mintmenu or mint-flashplugin-64 (if you want a 64bit version of flash for your 64bit version of Ubuntu).

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