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Xubuntu 16.10 Runs Well in VirtualBox

📅 November 9, 2016
xu03The 16.10 versions of Ubuntu and its derivatives were released last month.

Xubuntu 16.10 is available for download, and, after trying it out with VirtualBox, I can say that it runs well and continues its tradition of familiarity and stability combined with a responsive user interface.

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Linux Mint 18, Ubuntu 16.04, Xubuntu 16.04, and the Samsung 950 Pro 256G M.2

📅 April 21, 2016
xub1604gUbuntu 16.04 was released earlier today (April 21, 2016), and it feels like Christmas!

This also means that the Ubuntu derivatives, such as Xubuntu 16.04, will also be available. In fact, Xubuntu 16.04 is also available for download today. Plus, 16.04 is the Long Term Support version (LTS), making it a replacement for the venerable and reliable 14.04.

With two new operating systems available, how will they handle the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe 256G SSD? Will Ubuntu/Xubuntu 16.04 install? What will boot times be like?

Update: This article has been updated to include results for Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon.

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Hide Files with .hidden

📅 June 3, 2015
hide3bDo you have files or directories that you wish to hide but do not want to rename as hidden dot files?

Here is a nifty trick that will hide all specified files and directories without the need to rename them.

All you do is create a hidden file named .hidden (with the dot) in the directory containing the files you wish to hide. When the file manager refreshes, the listed files will no longer appear.

Let’s see the details…

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Unable to Update Linux Due to Problem With MergeList Error

September 18, 2014

mergelistDuring a recent attempt to update Linux Mint and Xubuntu, I ran into an issue that I had never seen before.

Ubuntu Software System and Synaptic would both close immediately. No system updates or software installations or removals could be performed even though the system ran fine.

Attempting to update from the terminal also returned a wealth of errors that always reported a Problem with MergeList error.

Update September 24, 2014: This issue has apparently been fixed after performing a recent system update. Several programs, including apt-utils, have been updated in the repository, and the MergeList and Hash Sum mismatch problems no longer occur. The cause of this problem was most likely a software issue that has now been corrected.

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Speed Up Your Home Network With Link Aggregation in Linux Mint 17 and Xubuntu 14.04

July 12, 2014
net028Would you like to have a faster home network? Do you have any spare network interface cards (NICs) lying around unused? Do you run Linux?

If yes, then you can put your spare hardware to good use to increase the speed of your LAN and increase its fault tolerance. Link aggregation, also known as port trunking or bonding, lets you pair a group of network cards together so they operate as a single, faster logical network card.

Despite the intimidating name, link aggregation in Linux is inexpensive, simple to set up, and supported natively. No need for special vendor drivers or program recompilation. Once set up and running, operation is transparent to programs. Just use the network like you normally would.

This article shows how to set up link aggregation in Linux Mint 17 and Xubuntu 14.04 using everyday, consumer-grade gigabit networking hardware. Stuff you might already have. Nothing fancy, complex, or exotic. Throughput boosts from 1 Gb/s to 2 Gb/s or 3 Gb/s depending upon the number of network cards and ports used.

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Installing Xubuntu 14.04 on the Acer S3 Ultrabook

July 16, 2014
xub012Does Xubuntu 14.04 run on the Acer S3 Ultrabook?

Yes, it does, and Xubuntu runs as stable and as fast as its predecessors.

I have been running Xubuntu 14.04 on the Ultrabook for the past several days, and I am pleased with the results. The S3 Ultrabook is a fine computer, but Xubuntu, like many other Linux distributions, can exhibit quirky behavior depending upon the hardware, so here are a few suggestions based on my experience to help Xubuntu install and run with Compiz desktop effects on this slim netbook.

This article covers following points:

  • Installation and partitioning for SSD and hard drive
  • Encryption issues
  • Kernel 3.14.2
  • Adjust the backlight using keyboard shortcuts
  • Compiz and Emerald
  • R.A.T.7 and M.M.O.7 Support
  • Power Management (Fix the display blanking issue that occurs when blanking is disabled)

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Xubuntu 14.04 Released

April 17, 2014
xub003It’s finally here! An already excellent operating system is improved once again and launched into the Linux galaxy.

Xubuntu 14.04 LTS was released today (April 17, 2014) along with the other *buntu distributions, such as Kubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 14.04, and I am quite pleased. After installing and performing a cursory experimentation with the 64-bit version, and I am definitely happy with what I see.

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