Linux at 25

Happy Birthday Linux! Today marks the 25th anniversary of the announcement of work on the Linux kernel. “I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu)…” – Linus Torvalds, 25-Aug-91.

What started as a personal project with around 10,000 lines of code now has seen contributions from more than 13,000 developers and has upwards of 22 million lines of code. Today, Linux powers everything from smartphones to supercomputers. And, you and I can use it on our desktop!

So – Happy Birthday Linux. And a huge thank you to Linus – and the other 12,999 developers!


Happy 25th Birthday, Linux!

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Stop application windows snapping to full screen

Do you have an issue with moving a window by dragging it across the screen and it suddenly snapping (automatically maximizing) to full screen? If so, you let the top of the window touch the top of the screen and enabled automatic “snapping”. Fortunately, in Linux Mint, it’s a really easy fix.
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Opening Local HTML Files in Firefox under Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

I use a local HTML file on all of my computing devices which lists all my frequently-used web sites on a multi-column page, with the individual entries being organized in categories. My new smartphone runs Android 6.0 which, for some reason seems to dislike opening the local HTML file in my favourite web browser, Mozilla Firefox.
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Xed, Gedit, and Pluma in Mint 18

The default editor in Linux Mint 18 is Xed, a package that is based on Pluma, and which, according to Mint’s web site is meant to “…use traditional user interfaces…” and “…provide the functionality users already enjoy…” At face value, this is true, but when opening a file on my system, I quickly found it not to be the case.
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Installing FreeFileSync in Linux Mint 18

My main data backup program is FreeFileSync in both Linux and Windows. However, when I attempted to install this package in Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) using the usual command to add the relevant PPA (sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freefilesync/ffs), I received the error message: Cannot add PPA: ”This PPA does not support xenial”.
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Verifying the Linux Mint 18 ISO file

Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) was released a few days ago and I wanted to try the new version. However, I recalled that Mint’s web site had been hacked in February and a compromised version of the ISO file for Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon made available for downloading. Now, while this issue was quickly fixed, and greater security measures put in place, I thought it only reasonable to check the validity of the Mint 18 ISO file. However, the instructions provided on Mint’s web site weren’t entirely clear – nor accurate.
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A non-standard disk-imaging option for Linux users

In a previous post (Backup, backup, backup…), I recommended that owners of Asus T100 hybrid machines use Macrium Reflect Free Edition to create a complete backup of their hard drives prior to attempting to install Linux in a dual-boot format. Macrium is a Windows-based program but this isn’t an issue on the T100 since this computer has Windows as its default operating system. For most Linux users, a Linux-based disk imager would seem to be desirable but, as noted in the previous post, most available programs don’t use a graphical user interface (GUI) and so are not always easy to use and, perhaps more importantly, are not necessarily all that versatile. For users who wish to have more control over their disk imaging, and who don’t mind flirting briefly with Windows (more on this later), it is possible to use Macrium Reflect Free Edition on what would otherwise be a “pure” Linux system.
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