Top Five Linux Desktop Mistakes We Make

Not showing support for applications or distros that support you.

Top five Linux desktop mistakes we make. Let’s face it, we as humans tend to miss stuff when it comes to technology sometimes. This is especially true in the Linux community.

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## Here are my top five Linux desktop mistakes I see happening on a regular basis.

  1. Assuming the distro is at fault for failing expectations.
  2. Being unwilling to browse a conf file or read dmesg/logs.
  3. Expecting FoSS applications to operate exactly like proprietary software.
  4. Not showing support for applications or distros that support you.
  5. Asking for help without needed details about the problem.

Linux Bluetooth Headset Fix

Linux Bluetooth Headset Fix

Linux Bluetooth Headset Fix. Here’s how I got my Broadcom BCM20702 chipset generic Bluetooth dongle to provide both high-fidelity and headset capability to my Bluetooth headset with mic.

Source:

https://plugable.com/2014/06/23/plugable-usb-bluetooth-adapter-solving-hfphsp-profile-issues-on-linux/

In a terminal:

First let’s make sure we have a compatible USB Bluetooth dongle, we’re looking for a specific/common Bluetooth Broadcom chipset.

sudo lsusb

You’re looking for Broadcom Corp. BCM20702A0 The part we care about is BCM20702. If that’s listed, keep going. If not, search the web for “Broadcom BCM20702 for sale” and invest $10 to $15 or so.

Let’s download the firmware.

wget https://s3.amazonaws.com/plugable/bin/fw-0a5c_21e8.hcd

This downloads the firmware from plugable.com’s storage at aws to your home directory. Verify the directory exists and has firmware in it. If not, you may be out of luck.

 ls /lib/firmware/brcm

Now let’s move the firmware from home to the appropriate directory.

sudo mv fw-0a5c_21e8.hcd /lib/firmware/brcm/BCM20702A0-0a5c-21e8.hcd

Now let’s make sure the naming scheme is appropriate for most kernels by giving it both a A0 and A1 naming scheme for the file.

sudo cp /lib/firmware/brcm/BCM20702A0-0a5c-21e8.hcd /lib/firmware/brcm/BCM20702A1-0a5c-21e8.hcd

Now Reboot.

Both profiles should now work without issue if you met the following requirements:

  1. The right chipset in the dongle. Broadcom BCM20702-ish
  2. Follow the directions exactly and rebooted.

Best Linux Distros for Beginners

Best Linux Distros for Beginners

Best Linux Distros for Beginners. Some of you may disagree, others may have other distros they feel are better suited for newcomers and Linux beginners. That said, these four distros are my top picks based on factors such as ease of use, it’s reliable and hardware detection is solid.

Do you have other distros that you feel are better suited for new Linux users? Hit the comments below (YouTube or Patreon), tell me what you’re thinking makes a better choice and why.

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MX Linux: MX tools is great as is their user manual pdf, however, there support pages on the website have a number of broken links. Such as https://mxlinux.org/wiki/help-files/help-mx-broadcom-manager

  • Pros – Great PDF documentation and MX Tools, Debian base.112
  • Cons – Links in newer PDF are amazingly outdated, broken or unhelpful. (Dansguardian leads to sales page for Smoothwall)

elementary OS: As much as I love MX, it’s not that refined when compared to elementary OS. Unified, logical and careful consideration go into every element of this distro. Parental controls, restore to “factory defaults”, a clean, well presented software store with some elementary OS “first” apps. Not exclusive, as they are open source…but they are logically submitted to the app store first since they were made with elementary in mind.

  • Pros – Clean, easy to use and offers features out of the box not found with other distros (Real parental controls, built in firewall controls offered in control panel that rival Gufw’s ease of use, blue light reduction applet, picture in picture and the best bluetooth handling of any distro I’ve ever used. Not just in terms of detection, but overall flow of devices.
  • Cons – It’s not a Mac, bring the option to use a minimize button to the settings without relying on a third party tweak tool. Loki release can be buggy with some Steam proton games. Obvious work-a-round for me was to simply install XFCE for gaming and that fixed that issue.

Manjaro: Rolling release distro that offers the latest from Arch, but does so in two stages. https://manjaro.org/features/fresh-and-stable/, AUR software access.

  • Pros – Kernel selector, rolling release, improved handling of security packages over releases of the past.
  • Cons – Rolling release, running AUR packages designed for Arch may lead to mixed results. Supports desktop versions that make no sense – Deepin, really?

Linux Mint: In my opinion, the single most popular distro available for desktop users. While Ubuntu may claim the official numbers, I call nonsense. I firmly believe Linux Mint is at least as popular if not more so. It also has a unified feel unlike some other distros.

  • Pros – Based on Ubuntu LTS and they have a Debian edition as well should something go south with Ubuntu. Minttools make general desktop management a snap. Solid release notes so you know exactly what you’re getting into.
  • Cons – This distro is pretty boring. It lacks some of the more exciting tools found in MX, like a Conky manager (by default) and a boot record repair tool. However, some tools like mintnanny are just weak. I mean, it blocks urls. Unlike elementary’s controls that do this plus provide time limits, and app access controls.

5 Linux Mint Issues For Windows Users

5 Linux Mint Issues For Windows Users

5 Linux Mint Issues For Windows Users. Any Windows user considering the switch to Linux Mint would be wise to consider the following points before taking the leap into a new Linux distribution. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have you join us! But there are issues to consider before switching from Windows over to Linux Mint.

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  1. Why are you switching to Linux Mint? Before you try a new operating system like Linux Mint, consider your motivation first.
  2. Windows software doesn’t run on Linux Mint. Not saying it’s impossible to run Windows software on Linux Mint, rather that it requires addition software and some know-how, first.
  3. Hardware is handled differently on Linux Mint. There is no device manager in Linux Mint, unlike Windows. That said, you can do this to troubleshoot driver issues in Linux. In this example, we’re going to look for a wifi driver.
    sudo lshw -C network

    (lists available network devices, gives IP, speed capable, driver module name, etc.

    In the case that network manager isn’t detecting the wifi card, you might see something like network UNCLAIMED, then the name of the wifi device. We simply grab the name of the wifi device from the command above, head to another computer and Google it. With the Linux recognized name in hand from your query, run the following command:

    modprobe nameofdriverhere

    Then make sure it’s loaded.

    lsmod | egrep -v "\s0"

    (to list loaded modules). That’s it.

  4. Windows updates can overwrite Linux Mint. It’s not that widely known, but there have been instances where a Windows 10 update has wiped out a Linux Mint (and other distros’) boot record. Just Google search windows 10 update removed Linux boot record.
  5. Linux Mint isn’t for everyone. Hey, Linux Mint is great. But perhaps it’s not your cup of tea. Even more to the point, maybe you’re happy with Windows. That’s okay, too.

5 Linux Apps I’m Excited About

Linux Apps I'm Excited About

5 Linux Apps I’m Excited About. It’s difficult to keep track of the various apps (applications/software) out there for Linux since there are more choices available than what we see in our distro’s repositories. That said, there are some apps that have me more excited about using Linux than ever before. Here’s my top 5 Linux apps I’m excited about.

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5 Linux Apps I’m Excited About

Emby – (https://emby.media/) Emby is one of those media server applications that I believe give Plex a real run for its money. Not as modular as Kodi mind you, but pretty amazing none the less.

Cinelerra GG Infinity – (https://www.cinelerra-gg.org/) Based on Cinelerra-HV and having made contributions to Cinelerra-CV, Cinelerra GG is considered to the most frequently developed version of Cinelerra for 2018-19.

Krita – (https://krita.org/en/) Krita is a painting program with GIMP/Photoshop likely functionality built in. It’s running a great new interface that has the capability of producing professional level painting results. Krita is in my opinion, more than a simple painting app. It’s an all out design program for creating amazing works of art.

Vivaldi – (https://vivaldi.com/) Vivaldi is basically the web browser than made me fall in love with surfing websites again. Fast, modern and full of highly customizable features I expect from a decent Linux web browser in 2019.

Akira – (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alecaddd/akira-the-linux-design-tool/description) Akira is not merely an app like GIMP or Krita, it’s a design suite being developed for professional UX/UI creation. It needs your support however. So if this is an application you’d love to see made available for Linux enthusiasts, I suggest showing your support with their Kickstarter asap. Akira has the opportunity to be an amazing addition to those needing more creative software on their Linux distros.

Ubuntu vs Windows

Ubuntu vs Windows

Ubuntu vs Windows. What is the difference between Ubuntu and Windows? Today I examine how Ubuntu and Windows compare.

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Ubuntu vs Windows differ in these key areas:

  1. Cost. Ubuntu is free, Windows is not. Does this matter?
  2. Customization. How do Ubuntu vs Windows compare in terms of customizing the user experience
  3. Rebooting. Which OS has the best track record for needing to reboot after an update or change has been made?
  4. Security. Ubuntu vs Windows – which is more secure and why?
  5. Software. Installation, maintaining and of course…overall software availability with Ubuntu vs Windows.