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

How to enable hibernation in Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13

Hibernation is disabled on Ubuntu 12.04 and Mint 13 by default - you can only access it with the command line. To have it as an option in the shutdown menu again, open a terminal and enter the following: sudo gedit /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/com.ubuntu.enable-hibernate.pkla By that you create a new text file. Paste the following into it: ... 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

Change System Sounds on Windows 7 (Including Startup)

This article will deal with two aspects: handling the regular sounds which are accessible in Control Panel as well as changing the system startup sound, which is hidden inside a .dll file and quite tricky to get at. The regular sounds can be accessed by entering the Control Panel and browsing to Control Panel\Hardware and ... Read more

Enable USB Support In Virtualbox (Ubuntu)

Enabling USB Support in Virtualbox means to be able to access USB drives plugged into your physical machine on your virtual machines. To accomplish this, you first need to download the newest version of Virtualbox (4.1.8 at the time of this writing), which is not available in the Ubuntu repositories but on the Virtualbox homepage: ... Read more