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 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  • Cons – Links in newer PDF are amazingly outdated, broken or unhelpful.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.

Linux Distributions Deconstructed

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

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A good bit of the above comes from: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Linux_Guide/How_Linux_Works

A great place to learn more about Linux is a book called “The Linux Command Line” by William Shotts. Free download: http://linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php

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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.