Last Sunday on The Linux Action Show they talked about free and open source applications that replaces Google’s services. One of the applications that they brought up was ownCloud, which is a is a file hosting service that works like Dropbox. ownCloud is a web based application that you host on your own web hosting service, which means that you have full control of both the application and of your files. The current stable version is 1.2 and can be downloaded from their website:
The other day I found a pretty neat website with a huge gallery of background patterns for websites. The site has also a really cool editor that lets you change the colors of your choosen pattern in real time, and then it gives you a download link to the image file.
I have for some time now tried to get games like Team Fortress 2 and Mirror’s Edge to run in Linux Mint 10 64-bit through Wine. However, it haven’t gone very well so I’m only able to play them with really, really bad performance. But maybe will some of the stuff that I found help somebody else, so I will post what I found in this blog post. The graphics card that I have is an Asus Radeon HD 6870, and the driver is the proprietary display driver (CCC 11.5) found on amd.com.
My games won’t start – nothing happens
Try to update your system with aptitude. That was what solved the problem for me.
(Not really sure why sudo aptitude install installed some updates when I first ran it)
No direct rendering
I had the problem that running glxinfo | grep direct in the terminal returned the following line:
direct rendering: No (LIBGL_ALWAYS_INDIRECT set)
However, if I ran it with sudo (sudo glxinfo | grep direct), it returned:
direct rendering: Yes
Here is a link to a thread with somebody having the same problem. The first possible solution that is given in this thread is to add the following lines to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file:
The second one that is given in the thread is to add your user account to the video group. To find where you do this, open the MintMenu and search for Users and Groups.
Another suggestion that I found was to type this line into the command line:
This did only work for me in the current open terminal window. So when I opened a new one, it went back to saying No.
The final solution, that actually worked for me, was to disable the Compiz desktop effects.
Here is the thread where I got to know much of the stuff above: http://forum.winehq.org/viewtopic.php?p=61294. But as I said, I still have pretty bad performance in my games and I’m to lazy to fix it. I think I will keep on gaming on Windows, and doing all other stuff on Linux.
I have modified five Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei wallpapers that I found on the Internet with Linux Mint logos. Not much work done, but on the other hand it didn’t take much time. They are all in 1920×1200 (HD?).
Tane Kitsu - Linux Mint
Kanako Oora - Linux Mint
Meru Otonashi - Linux Mint
Miko Nezu - Linux Mint
Shouko Maruuchi - Linux Mint
If you, like me, have two monitors, you may find this wallpaper nice on your desktop:
I found a really neat terminal application that monitors the bandwith to and from your computer. It’s called bwm-ng (Bandwidth Monitor Next Generation) and can be installed with the following command if you are using a Debian-based distro:
sudo aptitude install bwm-ng
Here is a screenshot of the program in action:
You can find out more about this app on the following links:
Yesterday I was messing around in the terminal and googeling for cool and useful commands. I had seen the command aptitude being mentioned a few times before in forum threads and such, but I had never tried to use it myself. However, yesterday I did try use it didn’t take long time until I realised how superior it’s to apt-get.
Instead of ranting about what it does better than the other myself, I will link to an article from 2007 that describes everything very well:
The other day I found a really great manga when I was searching for an anime character on Google. It’s called Ubunchu! and it’s about, as the name suggest, Ubuntu!
The story is about the SysAdmin club on a Japanese school, and it starts out with the club’s three only members deciding what operating system to install on their computer. They agree to try out Ubuntu, and the following chapters are about different Ubuntu and Linux stuff. Like one chapters is about the terminal and how you use commands, and another one is about how you use the forums to get help.