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mintCast 219 – Bodhi Linux and Chromebooks

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Download News: Recent Cinnamon developments for Version 2.6 ( CrunchBang: The Rest of the Story ( The Dangers of Boutique Linux Distros ( 500,000 Raspberry Pi 2 Model B boards sold ( Raspberry Pi, oh my: From classrooms to the … Continue reading

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February 24th, 2015 at 8:18 pm


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Written by Kevin Wisher

February 21st, 2015 at 11:56 am

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mintCast 218 – Linux Keyboard Shortcuts

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Download News: LMDE Betsy update ( The end of Crunchbang ( Raspberry Pi 2 goes on sale ( ( Canonical announces first Ubuntu phone ( ( Main Topic: Linux Keyboard Shortcuts and Navigation Website: Wikipedia Table of keyboard shortcuts ( … Continue reading

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February 12th, 2015 at 9:40 pm


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Kwisher & fatherfinch

screen & irssi

irssi customization:

scripts I am using: —

irssi themes:

Brief screen how-to:

Screencap of my irssi:

GNUScreen Project Page:


5150 discusses the downfalls of using Linux with Cable TV web services. This provides fodder for the rest of the crew in a lively discussion of the various way to “cut the cord”.

Written by Kevin Wisher

February 7th, 2015 at 9:55 am

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mintCast 217 – Android on your PC

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Download News: Introducing the MintBox Mini ( Google just made it easier to run Linux on your Chromebook ( Jeff Hoogland returns to Bodhi ( Tizen Starts 2015 With a Bang ( Canonical gets into the Internet of Things game … Continue reading

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January 29th, 2015 at 9:02 pm


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Listener Feedback

Richard Gordon:
Asks about using a single home directory for multilple distros
Honkeymagoo replied:
Matt McGraw did an HPR episode on this subjuect and also did write up of it for
Going Linux epidsode 229- Dual Booting Advanced

Chris Harris:
Asked about possibly using a RPI or other low powered devices for a firewall.
Chris, this has come up on JLindsay was of the opinion a Pi could be a bottle neck as the single network interface is actually connected to the slower USB bus. Of course, the required second NIC would have to be on the USB anyway. A better option might be the BannaPi model B, which was designed to be a router, or an ODroid C1 from Another consideration is that I’ve not heard of any firewall distribution, like mOnOwall, being ported to ARM, so you might have to use ipTables. -5150

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Debian NoRoot for Android

Debian NoRoot ( ) install a working Debian desktop running XBMC inside an app, and as the name implies, does not require root, but must be installed on internal storage. It installs under a compatibility layer, which differs from an emulator in the the host must be running compatible hardware and from a virtual machine in that a compatibility layer uses binaries from the underlying OS wherever possible.

The first time you run the app after installation, it will ask you to comfirm that you really want to download 600Mb of files necessarry to run the app and warns you it will take some time. The second time the app is run you will have to wait until the files are extracted,then you will se an XFCE desktop. The desktop is not touch aware, so you use the whole screen as a touchpad to move the mouse. A single tap on the screen is left mouse click, a two finger tap is a right mouse click, and a two finger drag is a scroll. Bringing up the virtual keyboard obscures half the desktop, so a Bluetooth keboard and mouse would be recomended. If you want sound support, there is script on the desktop to install another 100Mb of binaries. By default, there are no pawwords, but you go have user and root terminals. I’ve seen comments that recomend you install packages with apt-get as Synaptic can be unstable.

As you might expect, very few applications are included, in fact they are pretty much limited the teminals, Synaptic, and Thunar (the file manager does have access to the internal SD as well as the virtual hard disk. You will have to install your own browser. I have installed openssh-server, but external connections are refused, probably because of the lack of user passwords (I didn’t want to change passwords until after this show). I was able to install Mumble, but the Play Store page says all audio is laggy, so while I may try it during the show, I don’t expect much.


SteamOS Beta Requirements

Ken Starks Update

Written by Kevin Wisher

January 17th, 2015 at 11:10 am

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mintCast 216 – Linux Mint 17.1 KDE and Xfce

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Download News: The 17.1 upgrade path is open for all Linux Mint editions ( Should you freak out about the 2015 Leap Second?  Linus says “No” ( ( Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Reaches EOL and Is Now Definitely Dead ( … Continue reading

Written by (Charles and Rothgar)

January 15th, 2015 at 8:32 pm


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Command Line Subnet Calculators- Much Easier than Adding
ipcalc (non-rel)
Important switches
-b removes all of the bianry output
-s n where n is the number of hosts you would like in a network

all network information for address
same as
If I wanted to find the smallest network possible to have 88 hosts I can enter the following
ipcalc -s 88

ipcalc (rehl based)
Important switches
-b display brodcast address
-m display subnet mask
-p display prefix
-n display network

display the subnet mask for the following cidr notation
ipcalc 192.168.100/28 -m
display the broadcast address, prefix, and network of the following address
ipcalc -bpn


Photo project with Gimp

Honkey Magoo


Raspberry Pi Images

Virtual Images

Written by Kevin Wisher

January 3rd, 2015 at 4:35 pm

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mintCast 215 – 2014 – A Year in Review

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Download News: Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” KDE and Xfce RCs released! (KDE) (Xfce) Mageia 5 has been delayed ( Once again, SCO loses in court ( Serious security vulnerabilities found in NTP ( 2014 – A Year in Review Website: … Continue reading

Written by (Charles and Rothgar)

January 1st, 2015 at 6:51 pm


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Arch Pi Image

Resizing disk images , .iso , .img


Openbox: ways to customize openbox


OMXPlayer is a resource conserving video player specifically for the Raspberry Pi

The youtube-dl in the Raspian repositories is broken. It works, but because it is a from 2012, as soon as you update with sudo youtube-dl -U, the binary is overwritten with a file of nul length. Solution from

sudo rm /usr/bin/youtube-dl # or apt-get remove -y youtube-dl
sudo wget -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl
sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

Next time on LLC

The TabHunter extension for Firefox finds text in all open tabs

Written by Kevin Wisher

December 20th, 2014 at 11:26 am

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