Thunar file manager does not show archiving options in the menu upon right click

Thunar File Manager on Xubuntu did not display the options of Extract or Extract Here… when right clicking on an archive file.

This was because the thunar-archive-plugin is not installed. To get the option to extract archive files, open a terminal window and install the thunar-archive-plugin as below:

$ sudo apt-get install . . . → Read More: Thunar file manager does not show archiving options in the menu upon right click

How to find Windows 10 OEM product key

If you bought a new laptop with Windows 10 pre-installed on it, to find the product key in Linux, open a terminal window and enter the following command:

$ sudo strings /sys/firmware/acpi/tables/MSDM <enter>

How to find out the audio stream using ffmpeg in .mkv file

To find out the audio stream in the .mkv file using ffmpeg, open a terminal window and enter the following command:

$ ffmpeg -i aaa.mkv <enter>

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

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

How to enable the Insync Google Drive application menu in app indicators on XFCE

If you have insynchq.com Google Drive sync Application, you will find that upon start, it displays the icon in the app indicator area of the desktop menu bar. However, upon clicking the insync icon, it does nothing.

To overcome this, open a Linux terminal, and enter the following command: To stop insync: $ insync stop . . . → Read More: How to enable the Insync Google Drive application menu in app indicators on XFCE

How to use Google Drive in Linux with XFCE desktop or Xubuntu 18.04 LTS

Never could understand why getting Google to give a Google Drive client for Linux is so hard. However, there are several solutions to this and the Gnome 3+ Desktop Environment offers a good way to access Google Online Accounts.

If you use XFCE desktop with Xubuntu, it makes no sense to download the whole Gnome . . . → Read More: How to use Google Drive in Linux with XFCE desktop or Xubuntu 18.04 LTS

Error installing virtualbox downloaded from the virtualbox site

Downloaded virtual box .deb file for Ubuntu installation. Received error about unsandboxed installation.

The solution to the error is to provide the _apt user the rights to write into the folder as shown below:

$ sudo chown -Rv _apt:root /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/ <enter> $ sudo chmod -Rv 700 /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/ <enter>

Install Dropbox and get the indicator in the panel in Xubuntu 18.04 LTS

Unfortunately, upon installation of Dropbox, the indicator does not show the menu it normally does as on the Gnome desktop in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

To overcome this issue, open a terminal window and enter:

$ dbus-launch dropbox start -i& <enter>

Upon doing so, Dropbox starts and the indicator icon upon clicking will show the Dropbox . . . → Read More: Install Dropbox and get the indicator in the panel in Xubuntu 18.04 LTS

How to add user with encrypted home folder in Xubuntu 18.04 LTS or Ubuntu 18.10

After a long while, upgraded from Xubuntu 16.04 LTS to Xubuntu 18.04 LTS and was in for a surprise. No encrypted home folder. Support for this was dropped as ecryptfs-utils was no more maintained by it’s maintainer.

However, fret not. Encrypted home folders can still be created as below. Make sure you take a backup . . . → Read More: How to add user with encrypted home folder in Xubuntu 18.04 LTS or Ubuntu 18.10

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