Install Minecraft on Ubuntu 12.10 and Mint 14

Minecraft provides you with really good support on Linux. To be able to play, you need to download the .jar file from the official website first (you need that from the Minecraft for Linux / Other section: http://minecraft.net/download. After you have it, you need to check if the java runtime environment is installed: open Synaptic ... Read more

Install Cinnamon 1.6 (unstable) on Linux Mint

Cinnamon 1.6 will apparently be the version used in Linux Mint 14 and is already available for testing. Be warned, since it's the first release of 1.6, it will be buggy. Open Sofware Sources from the main menu and check the Unstable packages (romeo) checkbox to make the packages available to your Update Manager. Afterwards ... Read more

Install Mate desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

The Mate desktop was modeled after the discontinued Gnome 2 desktop because many people didn't like the direction the Gnome and Unity desktops headed towards. To install Mate on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), open a terminal and enter following commands one after another: sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main" sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ... Read more

Install Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

To install Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 you have to add the appropriate ppa first. Open a terminal and enter following commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon To apply Cinnamon, log out of your current desktop session and set Cinnamon as desktop environment on the login screen. Remember ... Read more

Install Opera on Ubuntu Linux

Opera is not present in the default Ubuntu repositories, however it is available by ppa. Open a terminal and run the following commands: wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add - sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list' sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install opera

Install VLC 2.0.0 on Linux Mint 12, Ubuntu 11.10 and OpenSUSE 12.1

A few days ago version 2.0 of the popular VLC media player was released, called Twoflower. Since it is not yet in the repositories, you have to add a repository if you want to update your present version. Independent of your distribution, first log in as root: su On Linux Mint 12 and Ubuntu 11.10, ... Read more

Install .deb Packages Manually (Linux Debian/Ubuntu)

When you download packages for Linux Debian or Ubuntu they usually come in the .deb format and are installed automatically by your local package manager. If you download them from the internet instead of the repositorial way however you are given the .deb file and have to deal with it yourself. To install it, open ... Read more