Monday, March 14, 2016

Google Sketchup with Wine

For woodworking projects, there is nothing better than Google Sketchup. Now that I've gone back to Linux, I've needed to have this app working. Unfortunately, there is no Linux version. So, Wine to the rescue! Here's the steps I took to get it up and running.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Missing update icon in Linux Mint Cinnamon


I noticed my Update Manager icon was missing from my panel. This shows the status of your updates and shows if you have any waiting. I opened the application from the menu, (Menu > Administration > Update Manager, or typing "Update Manager" in the menu), and I had updates. Puzzled that I had no notification, I rebooted my machine, and still no icon. I opened the Update Manager again, looked at some options in preferences, but nothing seemed to restore the icon to the panel. After searching the internet, I found my problems, yes plural.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Linux Mint Cinnamon install and Dual screen swap

Doesn't seem that long ago I was raving about Arch Linux. And honestly, if I had more time to fiddle with it, I'd probably stick with it. But as things stand now, I swapped distros yet again. This time, I moved to Linux Mint.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Linux help sources

When you run into a question with Linux, where do you go for help? Things have changed a lot since I started using Linux 8 years ago. Back then, the default answer was RTFM, and so it was a lot of trial and error, sprinkled with a few tidbits of information from people who were kind enough to help. So where are people going for help now?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rolling back packages in Arch

Had an issue recently with Arch. I did a package upgrade through yaourt, and after rebooting the next day, I found some update caused some stability issues and seemed to be pegging one of my CPU cores. This made Arch and everything in it run REALLY slow, and lagged severely. However, if I killed X server (with 'init 3'), things ran fine.