Fixing Archive Manager’s Parsing Filters is Unsupported Message

📅 August 23, 2016
Have you seen this error message before?

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“Parsing filters is unsupported.” Appears while using Archive Manager to extract RAR files.

When installing a fresh Linux distribution on a new system, it is sometimes easy to assume that some software has been installed by default after becoming accustomed to using Linux on a reliable system that has had the software present for a long time.

One such example is Archive Manager. It will not extract all file formats by default until you install extra packages that give it that ability. RAR is one case. By default, Archive Manager will extract a few basic formats, such as ZIP, but not RAR.

We need to install additional software so other file formats can be extracted.

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Customize Theme Colors with Oomox

📅 August 22, 2016
lanceloth2aInterested in customizing your Linux desktop theme colors to a fine degree? Try Oomox!

Oomox is a program that lets you adjust and create your GTK theme colors for your Linux desktop and save the result as a brand new theme set.

Light themes. Dark themes. Classic themes. Wild themes. Your imagination is the limit!

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Samsung EVO 128GB MicroSD and Linux

📅 July 29, 2016
evo128_frontWhat? Is a 200GB MicroSD card too much storage space?

The 128GB capacity cards are plentiful, and one good card worth considering is the Samsung EVO 128GB microsd. It is compatible with Linux, it offers decent read and write speeds, and it features the quality we expect from Samsung.

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SanDisk 200GB MicroSD, Linux, and the PSP

📅 July 20, 2016
200g1What? 128GB is not enough space for your camera? How about something larger…

The ubiquitous, tiny memory card format is becoming available in increasing capacities. While 256G versions are available, they are expensive due to their recent entry onto the market.

What to do? Why, use a 200G capacity card, of course! Its much lower price point (compared to a 256GB card) and larger capacity over a 128G card offers plenty of space for digital goodies.

The SanDisk Ultra 200GB MicroSD card is a class 10, UHS-1 card that has received much favorable praise for its fast read speeds and reasonable price per gigabyte, but is it compatible with Linux? If so, what are benchmarks like?

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A Few Notes About Linux Mint 18 Themes

📅 July 18, 2016
breezeThe Linux Mint desktop looks good, but can I customize it?

Yes! One of the best aspects of Linux is its limitless tweaking and customization where the only limit is your own imagination.

In Linux Mint 18, you can easily change the window borders, icons, controls, mouse pointer, and Cinnamon desktop panel from the Themes dialog of System Settings.

By downloading various new themes and icon packs, you can make the Mint desktop look however you want. Do you prefer a gaudy dark-green alien interface? How about a sleek, white, minimalist desktop that screams space-age future? Craving the user interface of days gone by? You can even alter Mint to the point where it looks like any other operating system available and fool unsuspecting users.

Here are a few notes about Linux Mint 18 themes.

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Linux Mint 18 System Settings

📅 July 16, 2016
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“Can you help explain the Linux Mint 18 System Settings?”

Linux Mint 18 is turning out to be a fantastic Linux distribution. Stable. Secure. Simple to grasp. I am enjoying it.

If you want to customize your Linux Mint 18 installation, then the System Settings dialog provides a convenient location from which to tweak your system from a GUI interface without the need to enter commands on a command line.

It works well, and each version of Linux Mint brings welcome improvements and refinements that make it a joyful experience.

To help others become familiar with the system settings in Linux Mint 18, here is a brief description and an image map showing the dialogs that the various settings icons lead to.

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Linux Mint 18 Installation Tips

📅 July 12, 2016
lm18b“Yes! Linux Mint 18 has been released, and it feels like Christmas!”

The Linux world is an exciting landscape of ingenuity to explore, and this new distribution brings improvements that solidify Linux Mint as one of the most stable and user-friendly operating systems available today.

I have been using Linux Mint 18, but a few things are different from past releases. I also encountered a few bumps along the installation road, so here are a few points to be aware of.

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