How to quickly create a 150 GB file on Ubuntu

There are various methods to create a 150 GB file on Linux, but the fastest way to do so is to use fallocate. Open a terminal window and enter the command below:

$ fallocate 150G filename <enter>

The above command creates a 150 gb file named filename.

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How to enable Cut, Copy and Paste menu options in Thunar after installing xubuntu desktop on Ubuntu 18.10

Upon installing the XFCE desktop, everything works fine. However, Cut, Copy and Paste menu options are greyed out in Thunar.

To enable this, select Settings -> Session and Startup -> Advanced and uncheck the box where it says Launch GNOME services on startup.

Reboot the computer and you will be able to cut, copy . . . → Read More: How to enable Cut, Copy and Paste menu options in Thunar after installing xubuntu desktop on Ubuntu 18.10

How to debloat, remove crapware from Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone

Never look a gift horse in the mouth..

If you are one of those who is a technology connoisseur and love to compare specifications of smart phones before making a purchase decision, you need to be aware that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro with 6 GB Internal RAM, best display and camera is . . . → Read More: How to debloat, remove crapware from Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone

Install XFCE desktop and remove Gnome desktop on Ubuntu 18.10

To install Xubuntu after you have install Ubuntu 18.10 with the default Gnome desktop, make sure to take a backup of your data and then open a terminal window and run the following commands:

$ sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop <enter>$ sudo apt-get purge whoopsie orage gigolo catfish snap* parole* <enter>$ sudo . . . → Read More: Install XFCE desktop and remove Gnome desktop on Ubuntu 18.10

Speed up application startup time in Ubuntu

If you find your Linux computer is slow in starting up applications, you can install the preload package. It makes a small, discernible difference when launching applications.

To install, open a terminal window and run the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install preload <enter>

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Remove a broken package on Ubuntu

To remove a broken package, open a terminal window and enter following command:

$ sudo dpkg –remove package-name <enter>

where package-name is the broken package to be removed.

Error when opening a LUKS encrypted container file /dev/loop0 Device or resource is busy on Ubuntu 18.10 Gnome Desktop

When you enter the command below in a terminal window:

$ sudo /sbin/losetup /dev/loop0 /home/user1/folder1/containerdatafile <enter>

Device error or resource busy error message appears and the device is not setup.

The reason is that /dev/loop0 is taken by snap.

To overcome the error, change /dev/loop0 to something else like /dev/loop35

Or, if you do not . . . → Read More: Error when opening a LUKS encrypted container file /dev/loop0 Device or resource is busy on Ubuntu 18.10 Gnome Desktop

GnuCash Finance:Quotes Modules MumbaiStock and IndiaMutual to retrieve online quotes (updated)

GnuCash Finance:Quotes Modules MumbaiStock and IndiaMutual have been updated as on January 19, 2019. Please refer http://www.askmeaboutlinux.com/?p=3432 to download the modules and the instructions on how to install them.

Synchronize Google Calendar with Thunderbird Lightning

To synchronize Google Calendar with Thunderbird Lightning, open Thunderbird and install an add-on named “Provider for Google Calendar” by Philipp Kewisch. Follow the instructions after the install to grant permissions to your Google Calendar and synchronize.

Install Lightning Calendar addon in Ubuntu 18.10

Lightning Calendar comes with Thunderbird on Ubuntu 18.10. To enable it, open a terminal window and install the following package:

$ sudo apt-get install xul-ext-lightning <enter>

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