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.


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.


This downloads the firmware from’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.

JC’s Favorite BASH Commands

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We chill and look at some cool commands for the BASH terminal and scripts.

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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.

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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

  • 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., 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.

Linux vs. Windows The Fundamental Differences

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We talk about the differences between Linux and Windows.

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Linux Distributions Deconstructed

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Wanna know what’s in a Linux Distribution? Watch this video:

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