Linux Mint (Cinnamon Flavour) and Ubuntu "Howto" Articles
These articles were started when we used Ubuntu Linux but are still appropriate to Linux Mint which is based on Ubuntu. We now use Linux Mint with the Cinnamon Desktop on all our machines.
- Fun with Linux Mint and Ubuntu - Actually a serious look at migration from Windows to Linux: this page served as my documentation and work in progress. It was updated to cover changes up to the last LTS version Trusty and sections specific to versions which are no longer supported have been removed. The original which includes Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake remains here. The version covering Hardy, Jaunty and Karmic remains here and Lucid to Oneiric Ocelot here . The Unity Desktop and its features are covered in Ubuntu Unity - Evolution or Revolution. Originally written for Ubuntu but appropriate to Linux Mint.
- Fun with Lubuntu - An introduction to Lubuntu which is based on Ubuntu but using the LXDE desktop environment. Ideally for older less powerful hardware.
- Linux Mint and Ubuntu on the Lookout - covers installing and setting up the main programs which interact with the outside world through the Internet, namely Browsers, Email, Contacts, Calendars and Tasks. There are details of sharing and synchronising Email, Contacts, Calendars and Tasks etc., between between a number of computers and mobile devices.
- Linux Mint and Ubuntu All Together - Sharing, Networking, Backup, Synchronisation and Encryption - Mounting Drives, File Sharing between Computers running both Linux and Windows and secure access to remote machines which are all prerequisites for the main topics of Backup and Synchronisation.
- Linux Mint and Ubuntu on the Move - covers global communications via mobile phones, PDAs and mobile broadband USB dongles etc., with some coverage of specific software and techniques to minimise data costs.
- Linux Mint and Ubuntu on the Take - covers how to handle all the pictures we take in the Digital Camera era using Ubuntu Linux - it is currently being extended to include capturing video, editing video and authoring DVDs.
- Linux Mint and Ubuntu making Music - Transcribing music from CDs, cassette tape and LPs into digital format, adding and editing metadata and playing
- Ubuntu Unity - Evolution or Revolution - An introduction to the Unity Desktop including bug fixes and enhancements. A development which drove me to Linux Mint! A legacy article.
- Major Update - Adding Spice - The Cinnamon Desktop Manager and Linux Mint - Cinnamon is the Desktop Manager developed for Linux Mint and can replace Unity in Ubuntu and is now an alternative for many other distributions. It provides a very sophisticated conventional desktop which has been very well received. We have now shifted all our more powerful machines to Linux Mint with Cinnamon and the older machines to Lubuntu.
- More Spices for Cinnamon - Applet Development for Cinnamon- I have developed a number of Applets including NUMA - a Network Usage Monitor with Alerts, BAMS - a Battery Applet with Monitoring and Shutdown, a Stopwatch and BAND - a Bumblebee And NVidia Display applet for monitoring Optimus dual graphics laptops.
- The Road to Freedom - A progressive migration from Windows to Linux for Safety, Security and Savings in Home Computing is in two parts and marks the transition from a how I did it story to a how you should do it guide. It aims , in five dedicated evenings to take a normal Windows user through all the steps to improve, secure and backup their Windows system and then, in Part Two - Base Camp, to make the transition to a dual booted Windows and Ubuntu Linux System and configure Ubuntu to have capabilities similar or better than a typical pre-installed Windows system and much more secure.
- The MSI Wind U100 Netbook for Global Communications and Computing - how we brought all our other work together to provide the ultimate in mobile communications. It is so successful we have bought a second one! Another full guide.
- Guidance for the use of Solid State Drives in Linux systems Currently extracted from the Helios Ultrabook document but will be extended to cover more complex systems
- Updated - The Chillblast Defiant Optimus Mini Laptop and Linux - a guide to getting the latest Core i7 machines with Optimus NVidia dual Graphics laptops working under Linux Mint 19 (Tara) - light enough for travel - powerful enough for editing Full HD video. Now with an SSD added.
- Updated - The Chillblast Helios Ultrabook and Linux - a guide to getting a Core i5 machine with Skylake Architecture and a Solid State Drives (SSDs) working under Linux Mint 18.1. The Helios has a 13.3 inch full HD screen but is very light for travel and with up to 7.5 hours battery life.
- Recent - The Lafite Ultrabook - a lightweight and long battery life Ultrabook with Core i5 8250U Kaby Lake architecture processor with 4 cores 8 threads, a Samsung 970 EVO 250 Gbyte SSD and 2 Tbyte hard drive working under Linux Mint 19
- New - Gemini - a small, quiet and economic micro-computer from Chillblast based on a Celeron J4105 Gemini Lake CPU, 4 Cores, 1.5 - 2.5 GHz processor, 4 Gbyte RAM and an extra Crucial 1 Tbyte MX500 SDD and dual booted with Windows 10 Pro and Linux Mint 20.
- New - A Linux Grab Bag - a completely new page looking at the minimum one needs for a re-build, in terms of hardware, software, configuration information and data. It fully details the associated backup philosophy and procedures which are required to enable disaster recovery anywhere on any machine. It has been developed and tested using the initial setting up of Gemini.
- Updated - An Introduction to Git - Applications in Cinnamon Applet Development - An introduction to Git and its use in keeping Applet development under configuration control.
- Using Git for Software Development - Building and Patching Linux Kernels and Cinnamon - an introduction to building and patching and a Linux Kernel, initially required for my Helios Ultrabook, and of Cinnamon mainly for testing patches during development.
- Open Source, Free and Cross-Platform Software - This is still under development coming out of our experiences with Ubuntu Linux. It addresses the issues of Open Source, Free and Cross-Platform Software. It is targeted at making the transition between operating systems, keeping options open for such a transition or just obtaining the enhanced security of Open Source software. It may even save you money as well!
- Setting up a Linux Server for testing PHP Scripts An introduction to PHP directed at form handling and encryption setting up tested on an Ubuntu Linux Server.