Posts Tagged Linux Mint

Linux Mint 19 Running Well

πŸ“… August 6, 2018
Linux Mint 19 was released about a month ago, and for the past few weeks, I have been reveling in the continued delight of yet another great Linux distribution.

Quick installation, a refined user interface, excellent hardware support (for my hardware, at least), and familiarity make this an enjoyable operating system to pick up and use without the desktop environment getting in the way of using the computer.

Other than a few issues, such as cumbersome proprietary video drivers (which is not the fault of Linux Mint) and cryptswap, I have experienced good success and switched to this distribution for my main system. Version 19 is based upon Ubuntu 18.04 LTS released a few months prior, so the support will be valid for another two years.

If you like Linux Mint and are already familiar with its operation, then you will feel at home with this new release. If not, Linux Mint is friendly to new users. It’s a win for both parties.

Well worth checking out either on real hardware or in aΒ virtual machine, so give it a try if you are looking for an easy-to-use Linux distribution to share with your friends or those new to Linux.



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Create Anonymous Virtual Hosts with ProFTP – Part 2: ProFTP Configuration

πŸ“… February 7, 2018
Part 2

With the virtual environment set up and the default ProFTP server running, let’s configure ProFTP to serve two virtual FTP hosts that allow anonymous logins each.

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Create Anonymous Virtual Hosts with ProFTP – Part 1: Platform Setup

πŸ“… February 6, 2018
Part 1

FTP might have been around for a long time, but it remains a superb way to transfer files on a private LAN.

Fast and easy to set up, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is something worth considering if you host files that must be accessed by nodes on your network. A local Ubuntu repository? Quick storage sharing? Maybe you need a quick and easy way to anonymously upload and download files from within Nemo or Filezilla? FTP can be configured for a variety of uses.

“But, but, but…FTP is not secure! Why would I use that?”

Yes, plain FTP transfers password and data for the viewing of anyone sniffing the network, but we are talking about a private LAN under your control. No Internet access. Of course, FTP traffic can be encrypted using SSL/TLS or SSH in order to make FTP secure.

For this project, we are going to use ProFTP to set up two virtual FTP servers in a Linux Mint virtual machine (VirtualBox) that allow anonymous logins and use SSL certificates for encryption. In addition, the ftp data will be stored on its own virtual hard drive. The practice gleaned here can be applied to real hardware.

Ready? Here is how it’s done.


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How to Set the Default Monitor Refresh Rate

πŸ“… September 15, 2017
“How can I make Linux Mint default to 100Hz for my fancy ultrawide monitor?”

If you are using a high-end monitor with Linux, such as the Acer Predator X34, that supports refresh rates higher than 60Hz, then you have probably noticed that Linux Mint defaults to a high refresh rate (100Hz if overclocked) at the login screen, but returns to a lower refresh rate (50Hz or 60Hz) after showing the desktop.

Sure, you can change the refresh rate to 100Hz manually using the Nvidia control panel, but this is a minor inconvenience that must be performed upon each boot.

“Is there a way to make the change persistent across reboots so I can always startup with, say, 80Hz?”

Yes. This article shows how to set a default refresh rate in Linux Mint 18.2 with the proprietary Nvidia drivers installed. The change is persistent across reboots. While this article uses the Acer Predator X34 overclocked to 100Hz, the same method should apply to any other monitor if using Nvidia drivers.

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Enjoy Smoother Video with SmoothVideo Project

πŸ“… August 11, 2017
Have you ever admired the smooth motion video seen on 120Hz and 240Hz HDTVs in an electronics store and thought, “Oh, wow. It would be nice to watch my videos like that!”?

Well, now you can!

SmoothVideo ProjectΒ is a free/pay, cross-platform software product that converts any existing video to 60fps on a computer to produce fluid motion without the stutter or jitter inherent in many video sources due to low frame rates.

Here is my experience installing and using this fun piece of software with Linux Mint.

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Change the Login Background in Linux Mint

πŸ“… July 18, 2017
Linux Mint offers some of the best-looking wallpapers of any Linux distribution or operating system, but there are times when you might want to add your own images for display at the login screen.

Whether it be a matching theme or your favorite vacation pictures, you can share the joy and ensure every user will see your images during local login.

It’s easy!

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The EVGA GTX 1060 SC and Linux Mint 18.1

πŸ“… May 30, 2017
Running Linux at high resolutions with fancy desktop effects works well on low-end graphics cards, but I wanted smoother performance, silent or near-silent graphics, and plenty of ports for different monitors. What to do?

Why, look for a new card, of course!

The latest 1080 line from Nvidia is overkill for my needs, but the 1060 is perfect. I wanted smoother desktop effects compared to the older Radeon card I had been using, and when I found the EVGA 1060 SC 3GB graphics card on sale, it was a must-buy.

Featuring lower power consumption, more cores, higher clock speeds, five ports to connect a variety of monitors, and favorable performance (in case my original plans on Linux are lackluster I can still use this card elsewhere), this 1060 card is a winner for my humble needs.

There are two versions of the GTX 1060: a 3GB version and a 6GB version. After pondering various benchmarks and reviews, I saw almost no difference between the two versions (other than the huge price difference at the time), so I chose the 3GB version. After all, it was on sale comparable to theΒ cost of a lesser 1050, which only had three ports.

The real questions are these:

  • “How does the EVGA GTX 1060 SC perform in Linux Mint 18.1?”
  • “Is it easy to install drivers?”
  • “Does it even work at all?”

Here is my experience installing and using this card with Linux Mint 18.1 64-bit.

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