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October 5, 2015 Notes

The Linux Alternative Project

Full Circle Magazine

September 10, 2015 Notes

Linux workstation security checklist

Ten Blogs Every Ubuntu User Must Follow

Acronis True Image 2016 for PC

Purchase Acronis True Image 2016 from UGR 

August 6, 2015 Notes

Top 5 Desktop Environments For Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 & Ubuntu 14.10

To install Mate in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04, open a terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-core ubuntu-mate-desktop

is an advanced digital photo management application for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX.

Dell PowerEdge T20 Mini Tower Server
$159.73 including tax and FREE delivery

Where are System76 desktop computers built?
Microsel of Colorado LLC DBA Trinware

Buy a Linux Computer

Ralph Sutter's Quadcopter Information and Videos

Ring Video Doorbell

Netgear Arlo - The 100% wire-free, weatherproof, HD security camera

It runs on Linux

Then and Now: Almost 10 Years of Intel CPUs Compared

July 9, 2015 Notes

SATA Express

Intel Compute Stick now comes with Ubuntu

Intel Compute Stick STCK1A8LFC
from B&H

What do you use to create a "system backup" of your Linux system?

The Acronis start-up CD/USB is Linux-based.

48458: Acronis True Image 2015: Supported File Systems

Acronis User Group Relations - Gene Barlow
Special pricing code - use "SLO Bytes - San Luis Obispo"

dd command gzip image


TeraBytes  Image for Linux

Redo Backup and Recovery




June 25, 2015 Notes

Linux Mint 17.2 MATE

Private Internet Access


System76 Blog

System76 Facebook

System76 Google+

System76 Twitter

Southwest Technology & Computer Conference

Ralph's Quadcopter Video's

Syma X5C 2.4G Gyrocopter

David A. Cox Youtube Videos

SSD Technology

What's important today is your SSD connection interface to your computer. This determines the Read/Write speed of the SSD. As I have said about USB flash drives, the same is also true with SSD’s. Not all SSD’s are created equal.

In a nutshell…


FASTEST - NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory)

Red Hat Linux ad on a Apple podcast called iMore.

The advertisement starts at 13:40 minutes.

Linux Screen Resolution Using Parallels Desktop 10 and Ubuntu Mate 15.04

By default Ubuntu Mate 15.04 running in Parallels Desktop 10 sets a screen resolution of 800x600.

This solution worked for me using 1440x900 resolution on my 13" MacBook Air.

Hi , I had same problem and here is a workaround that worked with my install (MacBook air, Parallels 9 (last fix), Mint 17 Cinnamon).
After install Mint 17, I got the message after 1st login : "Software running in rendering mode" => to solve this, just re-install Parallels Tools (boot VM, go to Menu "Virtual Machine" and "Install Parallels Tools".

The for changing resolution , let's say 1024x768 (or like me for the 13' MBA : 1440x900) :

edit the default grub cfg file :

#sudo vim /etc/default/grub

change, uncomment, or add:


update grub:
#sudo update-grub

reboot !

May 7, 2015 Notes

Windows software and the Linux equivalents and alternatives

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501

Lenovo ThinkPad Stack

All the Ubuntu Linux 15.04 flavors were released on Wednesday, April 23, 2015. The Ubuntu 15.04 release is NOT a LTS (Long Term Support) release. Ubuntu Linux 15.04 will be supported until January 2016. The next LTS release will be Ubuntu 16.04.

Ubuntu 15.04 Released, This Is What’s New

11 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 15.04

How to install the System76 Driver
Once you’ve upgraded Ubuntu, you’ll need to download and install the System76 Driver. Open the Terminal app (search Terminal from the Ubuntu dash or press Ctrl+Alt+T), then enter the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:system76-dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install system76-driver

Cutting Edge Technology
NVM Express, NVMe, or Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification (NVMHCI) is a specification for accessing solid-state drives (SSDs) attached through the PCI Express (PCIe) bus.

Run Windows, Linux and other OS's on a Mac
using Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac.

I created 2 Windows 10 Insider Previews build 10074 using Parallels (a virtual machine) on my MacBook Air.

I have multiple OS's: Windows 8, 2 Windows 10, ChromeOS, Parted Magic, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu Mate 15.04. All of these boot up and run FAST on my MacBook Air which has a Core i5, 8GB RAM and a SSD.

Here's a screenshot of the Parallels Desktop Control Center.

Is Ubuntu moving away from .deb packages?

PiDP-8/I: Recreating the PDP-8/I

April 10, 2015 Notes

is a terminal emulator and can be compared with other popular terminal emulators such as gnome-terminal (Gnome), Konsole (KDE),
xterm and many others.

Plank is a Lightweight Application Dock For Linux.

Cairo-Dock is a desktop interface that takes the shape of docks, desklets, panel, etc. It's available from the Ubuntu repository.

Mushkin Ventura Ultra - is the fastest native USB 3.0 flash drive on the planet.

Alan uses the Mushkin Ventura Ultra 120GB Flash Drive - about $75.00
Read speed: up to 445MB/sec
Write Speed: up to 440MB/sec

Available from:

Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus - is a USB Flash Drive with both performance and functionality at a price that can’t be beat.

Alan uses the Mushkin Ventura Ultra 16GB Flash Drive - about $12.00
Read speed: up to 200MB/sec
Write Speed: up to 25MB/sec

Available from:

Intel Announces Insanely Fast 750 Series Solid State Drive Line

Intel SSD 750 Series 1.2TB PCIe and 2.5" SFF Review - NVMe for the Consumer

Alan's Living Room Entertainment Setup

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit with WiFi (Latest Version Raspberry Pi 2 + WiFi + Original Preloaded 8GB SD Card + Case +
Power Supply + HDMI Cable)

Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a small Linux distribution built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer
into a Kodi (previously XBMC) media center.

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be
installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It
allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the

To get started with Raspberry Pi you need an operating system. NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) is an easy operating system install
manager for the Raspberry Pi.

iPazzPort Gamer H7 2.4Ghz Mini Wireless Keyboard and Multi Touchpad for PC Android TV Box PS3 and HTPC IPTV

Intel Compute Stick - Available May 1, 2015

Intel Compute Stick - Linux, 32GB ($109) - ($109)

Intel Compute Stick - Win 8.1, 32GB ($149) - ($149)

3 Things You Need to Know About Google Inc.'s Tiny New Chromebit Computers

Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV into a Chrome PC for Under $100

How to Make a Windows 10 USB Bootable Flash Drive

Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

Make a USB Flash Drive Bootable
From a administrator command prompt...
list disk
select disk ?
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs quick label=”WINDOWS 10”

Microsoft’s Nano Server is All About the Cloud

9 Questions New Linux Users Always Ask

Ubuntu MATE 15.04

- is a screen recorder for Linux. Despite the name, this program is actually quite complex. It's 'simple' in the sense that it's easier to use than ffmpeg/avconv or VLC :).

System76 Introduces The Broadwell-Powered, Ubuntu-Loaded "Meerkat" 

Review: Intel’s Broadwell mini PC is a next-generation Ultrabook in a box

Intel NUC5i5RYK Review: A Broadwell-U UCFF PC for Enthusiasts

Intel NUC

Intel NUC5i5RYK SFF Review: This Week in Computer Hardware 304

Intel CPU Codenames

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft - I’m putting more trust in communities than corporations.

March 5, 2015 Notes

Southern California Linux Expo

Southern California Linux Expo YouTube videos

SCALE - Linux Action Show from the floor

Shuttle SH67H3 running FreeNAS

FreeNAS presentation at SCALE by Dru Lavigne


FreeNAS YouTube Videos

FreeNAS User Guide 9.3

FreeNAS Community

Tails presentation at SCALE by Kyle Rankin

Tails above the Rest: the Installation

Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu phone

HP ships one Linux server every minute

The Real Story about Server Market Share

Intel Broadwell (microarchitecture)

Intel Skylake (microarchitecture)

Internet of Things

February 5, 2015 Notes

Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 Server
(A Home Server running Windows 8.1)
This home server can also be configured to run Linux, FreeBSD, etc.

It is simple, cheap and effective...

January 8, 2015 Notes

Intel Compute Stick

What recent computer was released using this technology?

ANSWER: The Apple 2015 Macbook