Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to Reinstall all of currently installed packages in fresh Ubuntu install


People sometimes have to do a reinstall of their Ubuntu system for various reasons (been playing/experimenting with configuration/drivers/other packages or just because something is badly broken) but remembering all the extra packages you have installed can be a chore - but here is the simple solution:
On your old system (assuming it is still working), start up Synaptic and go:
File-Save Markings and choose a file name along with a location (like a USB drive) that you can use when you have installed your new system and make sure you have checked “save full state, not just changes” option click on Save.

Howto Reinstall all of currently installed packages in fresh Ubuntu install

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How To Install Steam

  • The main reason for not switching to Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution is games. People like to play their video games. Now is the age of the Linux desktop. More and more games are getting to the point in which they can be played under Linux. One of the popular game services is Steam. This how-to will cover how to install wine and Steam. It will work under any version of Ubuntu. The first step to gaming under Linux is to install wine. Wine is a Windows emulator and it is free. There are other programs that allow you to play your Windows games under Linux, like Cedega, but they cost money. To install wine open up a Terminal and type in sudo apt-get install wine.

UbuntuMagazine/HowTo/InstallingSteam

Saturday, April 06, 2013

This Cheat Sheet Makes Learning Your Way Around Linux Easy

Whether you're experimenting with Linux or making the switch, you'll need to get your bearings. This Linux cheat sheet runs you through common and helpful commands you'll need to know as you get comfortable with the command line.
It doesn't matter if you're configuring your system's network information, installing applications from packages, or compressing and packaging directories, you'll need to be familiar with the terminal commands used for those operations, especially if the GUI either isn't working the way you'd like or you want a faster, more efficient way to get things done. Thankfully, this cheat sheet has the commands to do all of those things and then some.
Granted, with many modern distributions you won't have much need for the command line, but it's one of the most powerful tools available in the operating system, so you may as well learn to use it if you don't already know how. It's also worth noting that the Linux Cheat Sheet is aimed at new users to help them get started, or as a reference for experienced users. If you're old hat, you may not see much you don't already know. Either way, it's still worth a look. Hit the link at Github below to check it out.

This Cheat Sheet Makes Learning Your Way Around Linux Easy

Thursday, April 04, 2013

How to find your exact Ubuntu Version

There are two ways to check which version of Ubuntu you are using: through the system menu or through the Terminal. The way through the system menu depends on which Ubuntu version and desktop environment you are using. The way through the Terminal will work no matter what you are using.

Through the System Menu


This method depends on your version of Ubuntu and whether you are using the Unity or Gnome desktop environment. These methods might not work if you are running an Ubuntu derivative such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu or Lubuntu.

In Unity


Unity is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and later.
  1. Open your System Settings
  2. Select either System Info (for version 11.10) or Details (for versions 12.04 and 12.10)
  3. Find your version of Ubuntu in the Overview section.

In Gnome


Gnome is the optional Classic Desktop Environment for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and later, and the default desktop environment for earlier releases.
Your Ubuntu version can be found in two places:
  1. Under System > About Ubuntu
  2. On the System tab of System Monitor (System > Administration > System Monitor)
Check the list of Ubuntu versions to see when your version was released and if an upgrade is available.

Through the Terminal


This method will work no matter which version of Ubuntu or desktop environment you are running.
  1. Open the Terminal (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+T)
  2. Enter the command lsb_release -a
Your version will be shown on the Description line.

CheckingYourUbuntuVersion - Community Ubuntu Documentation