So I discovered with the new update of Chrome, that audio media players on websites were not working. They worked fine on Firefox. After struggling for a while, I figured out the problems was an extension called HTTPS Everywhere. Once I removed it, all was working fine.

I have been using Linux Mint 17 now for about a month. I blame Linux Mint for my lack of blog post, because I have had no problems. I can’t remember the last time a Linux distro work so well. To say the least, I am a very happy Linux Mint user. Great job!

Linux Mint 17 Released

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Linux
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On Friday I downloaded and installed the newest Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon edition. I have been waiting anxiously to switch from Ubuntu 14.04. Now I have, and I am very pleased.

There were some very minor customizations I had to make. First, I had to change the wallpaper. I switched it to the beach scene. Second, I adjusted the Clock Settings, switching it to 12 hour display and to Display date. Third, and a little more serious, I installed gufw from the Software Manager. This is the Firewall graphical user interface for UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall). Forth, I installed ttf-mscorefonts-installer, which are the fonts used by Microsoft Windows.

Installation was flawless. Installed my Nvidia drivers, rebooted, and it works great. My overall impression has been very good. It is such a relief to finally be back to Linux Mint. They just do things right. The software choices make sense. The only real change I made is installing and using Google Chrome as my default browser. Although Firefox has gotten much better, I use a lot of Google services.

My final judgment? Linux Mint 17 gets a 5 stars out of 5. And of course, it is now my desktop of choice. I am already giving a DVD to a friend of mine.

Link
http://linuxmint.com/download.php

I tried, I really did. I gave Ubuntu 14.04 a fair shot and I just can’t stand it. Maybe I am just an old dog that can’t learn a new trick. But Unity is just not working for me. Maybe hate is an overstatement, but I really don’t like it. I have decided to go back to Linux Mint as soon as version 17 comes out.

In the meantime I have installed the Cinnamon Desktop in Ubuntu. Unfortunately there is no stable version for Ubuntu 14.04 at this time, so I had to stall the nightly builds PPA. I haven’t had any major issues, but a few bugs here and there.

If you want to switch, just copy and paste the following in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install gir1.2-cmenu-3.0

 

Customizing XFCE Desktop

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Linux
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I am still frustrated with the Unity desktop. I was working in Audacity and had three instances of it open. It was a pain to switch windows. It is the little things like this that hinder me from using Unity full time. For that reason I switched over to the XFCE desktop.

Here is how I customize the XFCE desktop. Since I use Windows 7 at work, my modifications follow that sort of set up. You can set it up however you like.

First thing I do is delete the launcher on bottom. I then move the top panel to the bottom. You do this by right clicking on the panel, select “Panel”, then select “Panel Preferences”. Uncheck “Lock panel”. Then click on the far left of the panel and drag it to bottom of screen. Recheck “Lock panel”. Now it looks more like Windows XP.

I then change workspaces to 1 and then delete workspace icon. I also add show desktop icon. To add just right click, select “Panel”, then select “Add New Items”. Select “Show Desktop” and then click “Add”. To move the icon to the correct place, go to “Panel Preferences” and under the “Items” tab you will see arrow bottons. Highlight “Show Desktop” and use the up arrow to move it up, the down arrow to move it down.

I am cureently using Firefox, so I change default browser to Firefox. You will find this in the Setings Manager under Prefered Applications.

I also change the “Applications Menu” on the bottom right to just read “Menu”. Just right click on the menu icon, select Properties, and change Button Title to “Menu”.

I also change the appearance of the XFCE desktop. In the Settings Manager select Appearance. I then choose under the Style tab Clearlooks. Under the Icon tab I choose GNOME.

XFCE has a cool feature where it will automatically change your background image at set intervals. The easiest way to get to the settings is by right clicking on your desktop and selecting Desktop Settings. I first select the folder where my desktop images are. Then I select “Change the Background”. I leave it at 10 minutes. I also select “Random Order”.

I then add icons to my desktop by dragging and dropping them from the Applications Menu to the desktop. When you drag a program icon to your desktop and then click on it it will say “Untrusted application launcher”. Simply choose “make executable” and that will fix it.

That’s about it. I hope that helps you in your own customization of a great lightweight desktop environment.

Here is how to install XFCE desktop on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr.

First update your system to make sure you have the latest packages.

Open Terminal and copy and paste the following, then press enter. It will ask for your password.

sudo apt-get update

Open Terminal and copy and paste the following, then press enter.

sudo apt-get install xfce4

It will ask if you want to install, type y and press enter.
You are done.

Unity Tweak Tool Issue

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Linux
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If you uninstall the overlay scrollbars as I recommended in an earlier post, you will not be able to start-up the Unity Tweak Tool. It will tell you that a schema is missing, saying that you need com.canonical.desktop.interface. You will wonder what the heck that is. Well it is part of the overlay scrollbars. You have to reinstall them.

Open a Terminal and copy and paste the following, then press enter:

sudo apt-get install overlay-scrollbar

Now the Unity Tweak Tool will launch. But now you’re back to those horrible scrollbars. You can actually fix this in the Unity Tweak Tool itself. On the very bottom of the page you will see Scrolling, click into that. Then just click Legacy. That’s all there is to it.