To re-install the grub2 bootloader in Debian 6.0 , you need to be chrooted into the filesytem, this can be done from the installation DVD or an Ubuntu Live CD. Once you are sitting at a root prompt on the Debian system, you need to type: grub-install /dev/sdagrub-install /dev/sda Then if you have installed a …

I have recently corrupted a hard disk on my machine by accidentally typing fdisk -I /dev/ads:12 in FreeBSD and overwriting the partition table. Therefore I am using testdisk from http://www.cgsecurity.org. I got this installed on Sabayon by typing emerge testdisk and waiting a couple of minutes. After this, I selected the /dev/sda device and performed …

This is a good question, should they add the traditional Gnome 3 layout in Ubuntu 11.10? Linux Mint are staying with the traditional layout when they switch to Gnome 3 and Ubuntu should keep the traditional layout as well, the simpler design of Gnome 2 over Unity is why I prefer to stick with it …

I have found a blog here: http://www.webupd8.org/2011/05/gnome-shell-is-finally-available-in.html that has an interesting article about the Gnome Shell that is now available in the repositories for Ubuntu 11.10. The Gnome Shell is available in Fedora 15, and is arguably better than the bloated and buggy Unity desktop. The screenshot on the page even looks just like Fedora …

This is a command that will list the contents of your crontab file if you have one. You need to use the sudo command as unprivileged users are not allowed to list the contents of this folder. The best way to view the contents of your crontab file is to use the crontab -l command. …

There is a very useful posting here: http://rationallyparanoid.com/articles/ubuntu-10-lts-security.html That gives many useful tips on how to secure your Ubuntu distribution during installation and how to properly configure it afterwards. There are tips on setting the title-bar buttons back to the right of the window and how to properly re-enable the root user.

There are many useful Linux commands that are fun to use and can do some very cool things. cat mysongpart2.mp3 >> mysongpart1.mp3cat mysongpart2.mp3 >> mysongpart1.mp3 Using /bin/cat to append the second part of a MP3 file onto the first part, making one large file that will play seamlessly from part one to part 2. vmstat …

The best thing about Debian at the moment is not that the Unity/Gnome3 desktop is in absentia, it is that it is the most stable and secure distribution of the Linux operating system. I have used other distributions of Linux and I am promoting Ubuntu quite a bit even though I am not running that …

Just finished rewriting the kernel compilation page on my website to give instructions for building a vanilla kernel source package on Debian Squeeze. This needed to be done, the information there was dated and needed to be replaced. Having up to date information is a good way to keep your visitors coming back. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluxbox I …

Is there a real reason the Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Linux Mint & Fedora have to be so bloated? The Debian distribution is very fast and usable compared to the Ubuntu distribution that has moved from the Gnome 2.32.1 desktop environment to the Unity desktop that has created some controversy of late. The Ubuntu 11.10 …

Linux is not Windows. http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm This is a very good web page that explains the fundamental differences between Windows and Linux. There are many fundamental changes you need to make when making the switch from Windows to a Linux machine, the major changes difference is that Linux is not as susceptible to viruses as Windows …

I have just loaded up the Crunchbang Statler Linux distribution and it is a very good first impression. It uses a very simplistic and fast desktop comprising the Openbox window manager and Conky that gives information about the status of your computer. The Tint2 panel resides at the bottom of the screen and, this provides …

Checking the /var/log files is very important. This can show you a lot of information about what is happening with your Linux system. The below command shows how to get a list of previously installed programs on a Debian based system. [email protected]:~$ cat /var/log/apt/history.log | grep install Commandline: apt-get install nasm Commandline: apt-get install urlscan …

To change the default console font, type: setfont /usr/share/consolefonts/Lat7-TerminusBold32x16.psf.gzsetfont /usr/share/consolefonts/Lat7-TerminusBold32x16.psf.gz at the text console and then if you are happy with the size of that font, then type: sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setupsudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup and set the same font there as you selected before, and then the initial ram disk will be rebuilt for the running …