How to convert RPM software packages to Debian (.deb) using alien

Maybe you have had this problem: you are using Debian or Ubuntu Linux and a software package you would like to install is only available in RPM format. The solution is the handy tool called alien, which converts .rpm files to .deb files. Install alien: apt-get install alien Converting an rpm package to Debian format: ... Read more

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 exclude mouse pointer by default for screenshots made with gnome-screenshot on Linux

Gnome-Screenshot is the default tool to take screenshots on Ubuntu and Mint and brings a great deal of functionality. While it also has the ability to exclude the mouse pointer for screenshots if you use the graphical interface, you won't find this feature if you want to take them from the command line - the ... 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 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

Remove left dependencies after application removal on Ubuntu/Mint Linux

Most of the people using Ubuntu or Mint will be using Synaptic Package Manager or Ubuntu Software Center to manage the applications installed on their systems (the former because of its light interface and ability to queue a whole lot of actions, the latter because of the user friendly interface). But while the two do ... Read more