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  • Allen Knight 9:57 am on 23 July 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Fallen out with Ubuntu Mate 18.04. Installed Lubuntu 18.04, but got errors with that – windows disappearing off the screen (known bug), now installed Xubuntu 18.04, which is a bit slower, but more reliable.

  • Allen Knight 12:09 pm on 7 June 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    How do you remove this missive?

    The answer is you can’t – at least not directly, but what you can do is set your machine up as a dual Windows/Linux boot. In that way you will be able to use the current version of Chrome which has been compiled for Linux.

  • Allen Knight 10:45 am on 6 June 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    After using Elementary OS Luna since I started this blog, I have now switched to Ubuntu Mate 18.04 which seems to me to be more sensible distro for use on a laptop than some of the others. I first installed the 32 bit version which was a mistake, because many things like Google Chrome (which is now only compiled for 64 bit) did not work. The laptop, an Acer Aspire 5630, currently only has 1gig of RAM. I may get round to upgrading it one day, but I don’t think the extra RAM will make much difference. Anyway, the point is You are better of installing the 64 bit version of Ubuntu even if you only have a 1Gig machine.

  • Allen Knight 7:30 pm on 4 June 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog Entry Poster for Ubuntu 

    Gnome-blog is a small GNOME application that can post to WordPress. Quo Erat Demonstandum! Find it in the Software Centre. Search for “Blog Entry Poster”. Tip you need to change your WordPress URL to https, not the http which the app gives you by default.

  • Allen Knight 9:28 pm on 13 May 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Syndaemon: no process found on Linux Mint 

    You get this error when you update Linux Mint.

    Cause: Virtual Box is installed, but you are in a non-virtual machine.


    1. Hold down the CTRL-ALT-F2 keys at the same time to get a terminal.
    2. Enter your user name and password
    3. sudo apt-get remove virtualbox*
    4. sudo apt-get autoremove
    5. sudo apt-get update
    6. sudo apt-get upgrade
    7. sudo apt-get install cinnamon
    8. sudo service mdm restart
    • Josef Froehling 10:47 am on 20 March 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Works exactly. Thanks!

  • Allen Knight 9:34 pm on 13 October 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Install Symbol Fonts in WPS Office 

    Issue: you get an error message saying Symbols will not display correctly when installing WPS office on Linux

    For Ubuntu and derivatives use the Install Script

  • Allen Knight 9:05 pm on 13 October 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    How do I install elementary-sdk on Luna? 


    sudo apt install elementary-sdk

    on OS Elementary Luna doesn’t work. What can I do?

    sudo apt-get build-dep granite
  • Allen Knight 11:21 am on 12 October 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    How do I install OS Elementary apps on Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya? 

    Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya fixes some issues which plagued earlier versions of Ubuntu and its derivatites. For example if you are on a Laptop with OS Elementary Luna, (built on Ubuntu 12.04) you will find for example you have no ‘hibernate’ facility. This is fixed in Linux Mint 18.2, so you might like to install this instead of OS Elementary, but add OS Elementary features to Mint. How do you do that?

    How do you do that?

    Elementary my dear Watson!

    There is no Ubuntu version “loki”, so you have to use “xenial” Ubuntu repositories with elementary repositories.

    sudo apt-get install software-properties-common 
    sudo apt-get install software-properties
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-add-repository xenial main
    sudo apt-add-repository xenial main
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install plank

    Tip: Elementary Tweaks is needed to configure the Docky Plank, but you cannot install OS Elementary Tweaks on Linux Mint 18.2 directly because OS Elementary Loki is built on an earlier version of Ubuntu. However you can built it from source after you have followed this Tutorial.  To do this, install Elementary SDK which is available in the Synaptic Package Manager once you add the PPAs above.

    The Docky Plank will work perfectly well on Linux Mint, but you will not be able to change the theme without OS Elementary Tweaks.

    Hint: type ‘elementary’ into the Synaptic Package Manager search box to find what elementary apps are available to your distro.


  • Allen Knight 9:15 pm on 29 August 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Install Amiga Emulator (Amibian) on Raspberry Pi 

    Steps required  ( Raspberry Pi 3 needed, if you have an older Pi Model, try RetroPie)

    1. Download compressed disk image and extract it. (Install the 7zip program on your Windows PC if you have not already done so).
    2. Write this disk image to an SD card.
    3. Boot this SD card on the R-Pi, and expand the file system.
    4. Return the SD card to your Linux PC and use the file manager to copy Amiga Kickstart ROM files and floppy disk files to the SD card. (The website suggests you use Midnight Commander to do this, but that’s harder).
    5. Boot the R-Pi and choose option 6 from the menu – settings. Enter your WiFi SSID and password.
    6. With the R-Pi now online, you can update the system.
    7. The command ‘raspc’ has he effect of ‘sudo raspi-config’

    Software Tools Required:

    A Windows Computer, A Linux Computer (or a dual boot) SD formatter. Disk Image Writer.

    It is much easier to prepare the SD card on Windows.

    If you are running Linux, you can just drag the Amiga Kickstarts and ADF files to the SD card.

    I use OS Elementary Luna for this purpose. You need to run your file manager as root in order to be able to access the Raspberry Pi’s SD card when  it is in your Windows machine.

    Add ‘Open as Administrator’ to Pantheon in Elementary OS Luna

    Tips: if your R-Pi does not have Wifi, you can connect it to your laptop which does using an RJ45 Ethernet Interconnecting lead .Linux: From the Network menu, go down to ‘Edit Connections’ add a connection and choose ‘share connection’. Windows: enable Internet Connection Sharing as directed by the Windows Help system or Google it.  Note if you enable ICS on Windows, you must turn it off to allow file sharing.

    The Amiga Kickstart ROMs are still covered by Copyright which is why they are not included in the Amibian distro.  If you own a real Amiga, you can make your own copy of the Kickstart ROM, however this is a waste of time since all the Kickstarts are available online. Downloading the Kickstart only infringes the copyright if you don’t own a real Amiga.

    If you don’t own an Amiga, you can purchase an ‘Amiga Forever CD’ from Cloanto which includes the Kickstarts. This package is of more use to those who do not have a real Amiga.

    The ‘Armiga’ will allow you to transfer real disks to an emulator without a real Amiga. It has a built-in Amiga compatible floppy drive, but it can only make disk images of standard diskettes which excludes many games which have copy protection.


  • Allen Knight 10:02 pm on 28 August 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Replace default Software Center in Ubuntu with Deepin 

    If you find Ubuntu goes off into ‘Never Never Land’ (with the Hard Disk whirring and whirring for no apparent reason) whenever you try to use the Software Center, try replacing it with Deepin Software Center.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/deepin-sc
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install deepin-software-center
    sudo apt-get remove software-center
    sudo apt-get autoremove software-center

    That’s it.





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