What to do when the GETDEB repository is down

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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 the following sources instead:

deb http://mirrors.dotsrc.org/getdeb/ubuntu quantal-getdeb apps
deb-src http://mirrors.dotsrc.org/getdeb/ubuntu quantal-getdeb apps

Replace «quantal» with your edition if necessary; also, you can add the games repo just by repeating the above two lines with «games» in the end instead of «apps». διαβάστε περισσότερα

(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 the file."

After a lot of searching, I found this solution in linuxmint forums. Works like a charm:

[code]sudo apt-get install xz-lzma[/code]

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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I used the latest available version of every software mentioned (binary packages, not .deb as they were somewhat outdated in Testing). The only things I changed during the process of setting up was to edit nss.cfg so that I would not get the «nss initialization» error message on my 64-bit system: διαβάστε περισσότερα

Blog statistics: Browsers & Operating Systems (July 2011)

This month’s statistics were very interesting… Compare the visitors who took some action on the content (print, email, like, tweet, share, etc) in the first table, against the general trend of visitors, in the second table… You’ll be able to tell a lot about the different mindsets of internet users, based on the software they’re using!

For example, Apple users seem to be extremely… sociable! Safari, the browser used by default in iOS, accounts for 1.5% of the total traffic, but it has contributed 18.75% of the total social sharing actions! διαβάστε περισσότερα

Linux Mint Debian is now usable by almost anyone!

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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 try it again: First, I tried Ubuntu 11.04 and I really did not like the new launcher! Second, I really could not put up with Mint’s Main Edition requirement, to have to back up and re-install from scratch with every new version… διαβάστε περισσότερα