Category Archives: Linux

What to do when the GETDEB repository is down

If during an update in either Linux Mint or Ubuntu you get error messages from apt, about failing to fetch data from the GETDEB repository (which happens a lot, I’m afraid), here’s a brilliant solution I found at askubuntu.com. Use a mirror! Here are the steps: 1. Comment out your existing sources for GETDEB 2. Add… Read More »

(Quick Tips) gdebi: “The package may be corrupted”

I recently fresh installed Linux Mint 12 (Lisa), which is based on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric). I almost immediately bumped into a problem with gdebi, the graphical package installer. The message I received was: “Could not open XXXX.deb. The package might be corrupted or you are not allowed to open the file. Check the permissions of… Read More »

Setting up Debian for Android Development

After almost 9 months of beating around the bush, I finally started experimenting with developing Android Apps. I’m using Linux Mint Debian (based on Debian Testing), so after some googling, I used this excellent guide over at howtoforge.com: Setting Up An Android App Build Environment With Eclipse, Android SDK, PhoneGap (Debian Squeeze) Of course, I… Read More »

Linux Mint Debian is now usable by almost anyone!

After I tried the December 2010 edition of Linux Mint Debian 64-bit, I had come to the conclusion that it was not for me, as it was, and that I would rather stick with the Main edition of Linux Mint, built on the current Ubuntu base distribution. Two things made me change my mind and… Read More »

Fine-tuning Linux Mint Debian 201012 64-bit

Updated, November 2011. Although I thought I had come to terms with the fact that I wanted to use Ubuntu-based Mint, instead of Debian-based Mint, I finally could not resist the temptation of installing Linux Mint Debian 201012. One of the reasons was that a 64-bit version was available for the first time. Another reason… Read More »

Getting Canon Pixma MP560 to work in Mint 12 amd64 (and Ubuntu 11.10)

Update, December 2012 Moving forward to Mint Nandia (based on Ubuntu 12.10), Michael’s drivers in canon-trunk suport two-sided printing! At last! Update, May 2012. Moving forward to Mint Maya (based on Ubuntu 12.04), I found that Michael’s Canon repository did not have a driver version for Precise and that the previous ones used in Oneiric,… Read More »

Linux Mint Debian v1.0 (LMDE 201009) is out!!!

(Update, Dec 29: Fine-tuning LMDE 201012 64-bit) This article comes a few days after the original release of Linux Mint Debian edition, but the actual testing was made on the day it was released… 10 minutes after the iso image was posted online, actually. I happened to browse Linux Mint‘s blog just when the image… Read More »

The perfect linux desktop (part 2): Multimedia support

In this post I’ll list and give installation instructions for the media applications that I have found most useful on my Linux Mint desktop. That should cover photo management, video and music. 1. Photo Organizer Shotwell OK, this may come as a surprise to some, but if I were you… I’d ditch F-Spot! Really, just… Read More »

The perfect linux desktop (part 1): Distribution & Task Bar

It's been a few many years since I started using Linux exclusively, as a desktop OS at home. I started out with the legendary InfoMagic 5-CD set in December 1995. It included Redhat 2.5 and a version of Debian dubbed 1.0 (evidently prematurely so, resulting in the first official Debian project release to be named… Read More »

MeeGO!!!

Excellent first review from Linux Magazine!! Backed by the Linux Foundation, MeeGo is a custom Linux platform which arose from the joining of Intel’s Moblin with Nokia’s Maemo. It’s targeted at many platforms including of course netbooks, but also in-car navigation systems, phones, televisions and yes even, tablets. Choices So you want to buy a… Read More »