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Some thoughts on upgrades and Mint Debian

At some point in the future historians will be able to look back and pinpoint the exact date when updating your PC went from being a good idea to a bad one. And note that I’m talking here about updating the software on an existing, working computer, not buying a shiny new one off the shelf. Personally I would put the watershed mark around 2008. That was about the time that I tried to update a copy of Windows Vista on a new laptop, only to have all the data implode, and discovered that the laptop didn’t come with any kind of recovery disc. It was a good thing in a way, because it made me commit to Linux for the first time, in the form of Mandriva. But it should have taught me a lesson about updating. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Mint OS, Operating systems, Other distros

 

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The Road to Linux

UNIX

UNIX was developed in 1969 in the computer labs of the US phone company AT&T, by a group of employees including Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie. The philosophy of UNIX was to roll all the basic low-level functions of the OS into a single bundle called a ‘kernel’, and to supplement this with many relatively small and simple add-on programs for carrying out specific operations. Another feature of UNIX is its heavy reliance on the C programming language, developed by Kernighan and Ritchie, which also became immensely popular and widely used. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in DOS, Gnome, KDE, Mint OS, UNIX

 

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Amarok

Amarok is the default media player supplied with KDE, though it will also work under GNOME. Like most KDE applications, it aims at extreme configurability. Amarok suffered from a loss of popularity recently when it was perceived as having become overly complex. The developers have worked on the interface to try and make it friendlier, and the application has been restored to grace. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in KDE, Music players

 

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GThumb

GThumb is an image collection manager. It shows a directory structure in a panel at the left of the screen, and when you select a folder from that panel which contains bitmapped graphics, these are displayed in the main panel. Right-clicking or double-clicking will open a full screen view of an image similar to that in the Image Viewer, while thumbnails for the remaining images are displayed along the bottom of the screen. You can return to the Browser view through pressing Escape, using the View menu, or clicking the first button on the toolbar at the top of the display. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Graphics software, Mint OS

 

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LibreOffice Draw

As the name suggests, this is the drawing component of LibreOffice, and it has a lot in common with the drawing and formatting components of the other LibreOffice applications, particularly Impress. Like Impress it uses a layered structure, with each layer representing a page. The user designs each page by creating or importing graphics. Imported graphics can be bitmaps or vectors, but graphics created in Draw are all vector-based; that is, they are stored in the PC as formulas representing lines and curves. Images produced in Draw can be copied and pasted into other LibreOffice programs and exported in a range of formats including both vector and bitmap options. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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The Mint Menu

How the menu works

Clicking on the menu button or icon opens a menu of commands and applications. These are grouped into categories. Double-clicking on the icon for the application itself runs that application. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Menu system

 

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