Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to run Windows 10 Insider Preview

VirtualBox package in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS does not successfully install Windows 10 Insider Preview. To install, you need to install VirtualBox from the Oracle website at this link: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

As instructed on that site:

Open a terminal window and add the following line to the /etc/apt/sources.list file: $ sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list <enter> deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian xenial . . . → Read More: Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to run Windows 10 Insider Preview

Recover encrypted ecryptfs home folder from encrypted dm-crypt luks disk volume

Whew… saved by the skin of teeth.

The grub2 bootloader of my computer got corrupt. I was not able to boot into the computer and all was lost. For security reasons, I set up LVM with full disk encryption. Thereafter, each user’s home folder was further encrypted with ecryptfs (the default you get when you . . . → Read More: Recover encrypted ecryptfs home folder from encrypted dm-crypt luks disk volume

Clipgrab to download videos from online streaming sites

Use Clipgrap from https://clipgrab.org/ to download videos for offline viewing from sites like youtube.com.

It supports a heap of other sites too. The list is at https://clipgrab.org/faqs/supported-sites

Install Crossover Office on Ubuntu Linux

Open a Linux terminal and enter commands in blue. $ sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade <enter>

Install gdebi: $ sudo apt-get install gdebi <enter>

Download the latest version of CrossOver from https://www.codeweavers.com/products/crossover-linux/download/

Use gdebi to install CrossOver: $ sudo gdebi ~/Downloads/crossover_15.1.0-1.deb <enter> where crossover_15.1.0-1.deb is the latest file downloaded from the above URL.

. . . → Read More: Install Crossover Office on Ubuntu Linux

Display all hardware information in Linux using lshw

To find out the details of every hardware component in a Linux computer, open a terminal window and enter:

$ sudo lshw <enter>

Display all hardware information in Linux using lshw in a shorter report $ sudo lshw –short <enter>

The report generated is very detailed and precise. It can be used to help decisions . . . → Read More: Display all hardware information in Linux using lshw

Find package in which a missing file is packed ubuntu

If you want to find out to which package a particular file belong, you can use apt-file. Open a terminal window and enter the following command: $ apt-file search <filename> <enter>

Where <filename> is the name of the file to lookup.

If you do not have apt-file installed, you can install it on your computer . . . → Read More: Find package in which a missing file is packed ubuntu

Crossover Office and SimpleMind Desktop for Windows on Linux

It took a while to find out the big difference between Wine and Crossover Office. I use a Mind Mapping software SimpleMind Pro on an Android device to create mind maps to learn new subjects rapidly. SimpleMind Pro saves files direct to Dropbox or Google Drive and you can open these files on any Windows . . . → Read More: Crossover Office and SimpleMind Desktop for Windows on Linux

Error installing ttf-mscorefonts-installer Failed to fetch

Error installing ttf-mscorefonts-installer Failed to fetch https://excellmedia.dl.sourceforge.net/project/corefonts/the fonts/final/andale32.exe  404  Not Found

When you get above error while installing ttf-mscorefonts-installer, then you can resolve by opening a terminal window and entering the following commands: $ wget -c http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/contrib/m/msttcorefonts/ttf-mscorefonts-installer_3.6_all.deb -P ~/Downloads <enter>

$ sudo apt install ~/Downloads/ttf-mscorefonts-installer_3.6_all.deb <enter>

Now it will install fully. Remember this file is . . . → Read More: Error installing ttf-mscorefonts-installer Failed to fetch

Mind mapping software for Linux and Android

I needed to organize my thoughts on some subjects.

Unfortunately, a paper and pencil could not take me very far in getting them organized due to the complexity of the subjects.

I managed to solve the conundrum using Mind Mapping software. Funny, I never realised this existed for several years now on Linux and did . . . → Read More: Mind mapping software for Linux and Android

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