📅 January 4, 2018
“Thunar is not showing any thumbnails despite thumbnail generation enabled. Why?”
I ran into this issue in Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon when using the Thunar file manager. Traversing directories functioned fine, but no thumbnails were generated for media files, such a images, videos, and music containing album art.
Here is one technique I tried to make the thumbnails appear.
📅 January 2, 2018
Do you find yourself opening a terminal for every new program or command-line based operation you want to perform?
How about opening a terminal to run a GUI program, such as VeraCrypt?
When multiple terminals are open simultaneously, they might make your desktop appear geeky (which is fun), but they can also clutter the desktop quickly. Is there a way to reduce clutter?
Terminal multiplexing is the process of switching among several open terminals (Bash sessions) in a single terminal to avoid the clutter.
One handy program is called tmux. tmux is full-featured program that runs…wait for it…in a terminal, and it allows you to open and manage multiple terminals within. The result? A single terminal that reduces desktop clutter.
📅 December 21, 2017
An NVMe SSD makes a superb system drive for a Linux installation, but an easy point to forget is how to make Linux boot on systems that do not support NVMe booting from the motherboard BIOS.
So, here is a quick reminder.
📅 December 5, 2017
Linux Mint 18.3 was released a few days ago!
Despite being a superb Linux distribution, some fundamental problems remain. One such problem is the suspend/resume feature.
After installing Linux Mint 18.3 MATE, I found that if I assign a keyboard shortcut to suspend the system, the Linux system will go into suspend mode but immediately resume.
Power management issues, such as suspend and hibernation, have plagued Linux systems with a variety of distributions across a variety of hardware that I have tried, but since Linux Mint is my preferred distribution, this it the one I am focusing on.
Windows does not have this problem from my usage. Given the same hardware, I have found that Windows will suspend/hibernate/shutdown without any of the problems that are apparent with Linux, such as blank resume screens (requiring a system reset button press), no resuming, dead hibernation (never waking up), or immediate resumption following a suspend.
This article shows a quick way to fix the suspend issue so that we can assign a keyboard shortcut that will suspend Linux. Pressing the power button on the computer will wake up the system.
📅 December 4, 2017
“How can I set VLC to automatically scale and crop to fill an ultra widescreen monitor and remove the black bars?”
Video playback on the Acer Predator X34 ultrawide monitor is impressive. Whether it be a home video or a YouTube clip, the extra screen real estate on the sides increases immersion.
However, most videos are 16:9 widescreen, and playing back most content results in vertical black bars on the left and right sides of the video in fullscreen mode.
We can adjust the crop ratio in VLC to 2:39:1 that will fill the video to the entire monitor, but this requires manual adjustment upon each video playback. Is there a way to configure VLC so that it will automatically crop to 2.39:1 when videos are played back?
📅 November 24, 2017
Every once in a while, a program comes along that improves upon an essential tool so well that it becomes the new essential tool.
The humble text editor is one such essential tool for Linux, and the open-source Atom provides a plethora of features that make programming and text handling an attractive breeze to use.