Update (10-Jan-2017) – Over the years, while the basic intent of the blog to provide possible solutions to Linux-related problems has remained constant, the specific topics have been expanded somewhat from simply a commentary on Ubuntu Linux. In particular, my usage of Linux has shifted away from Ubuntu to Linux Mint (although the two distros are similar, both being based on Debian). I also acquired an Asus T100 Transformer hybrid tablet with Windows 8 and attempted to install Linux in dual-boot mode on the machine. This proved surprisingly difficult, mainly due to the T100’s specific hardware. At one point I bricked the machine requiring a factory reset. Needless to say this dampened my enthusiasm for installing Linux on the T100. In fact, this is still a work in progress by a dedicated Google group. Finally, the blog’s content has been expanded to include some aspects of Android as used on some smartphones and tablets.

This blog has been produced to document some of my experiences with installing, maintaining, and using Ubuntu Linux. It will provide a reference for the various solutions to problems that I have encountered along the way, and highlight some of the free and open-source software that I have discovered. Consequently, I hope that it will also be a useful resource to others who may experience the same issues or need a specific tool.

Let me say up front, that I am a computer hobbyist, and am by no means a computer – or Linux – guru. However, I have been using and programming computers for quite a few years so I hope that I do have some knowledge and expertise that I can usefully pass along. In particular, I have been playing with Ubuntu Linux for the past five years or so, and now use Ubuntu on a daily basis, as my operating system of choice.

To some extent, my Ubuntu journey has been documented through a series of articles entitled “Exploring Linux” that have appeared in Ottawa PC News, the newsletter of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group (OPCUG), and which are available on the web at:


However, the frequency with which I seem to encounter problems and have to locate solutions, and find outstanding software products, seems to readily outstrip my ability to publish their descriptions in OPCUG’s newsletter. Hence, this blog, where I hope I can provide a flexible mechanism for information dissemination and a means of obtaining user feedback.

Time will tell the success – or not – of this venture…

Alan German
   Alan German
   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
   January 1, 2011

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