Linux Related

Here you will found information about different topics that are helpful to the successful use of LINUX, right below are some of the links with useful information.

How to use Linux: Link1

Youtube Channels:


Basic Software that I use:

  • Synergy
  • Dropbox
  • Simple Screen Recorder: Link
  • Cheese (webcam): LInk
  • VLC Player
  • QMMP Audio Player
  • Clip Grab: Link
  • Skype 4.3 for Linux: Link
  • Kden Live (Video Editing): LInk    Uninstall
  • Atom: Link


Make LInux Faster:


Chrome eats up your memory(RAM) so much. You have to disable hardware acceleration in chrome settings

Steps A:

  • Go to chrome://settings
  • Untick “use hardware acceleration when available”

Steps B:

  • Go to chrome://flags
  • Disable “GPU Rasterization”

also check how chrome uses memory ( Shift + Escape )
–Because extensions uses more memory too. If you find high memory usage in extensions (Adblockers are memory hogs), remove them too. That would help.

This would reduce the memory usage significantly.


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LInux Hard-Drive Memory Swaping:

Note: before you execute the following make sure to install “gedit” => sudo apt-get install gedit

How do I make my Ubuntu – Mint faster. (Applies for Desktop, Laptop and Note Book)
By default, Ubuntu, unfortunately too much tendency to start using the swap (virtual memory on the hard disk). Useful for servers, but not for normal use.
This speaks Ubuntu, especially with 512 MB of RAM or less, the swap too quickly. Who writes on the hard drive slow ubuntu considerably. Virtual memory on the hard disk is simply much slower than the “real” RAM.
The swap tendency may have a value of 0 (fully off) to 100 (swap is constantly used).

First check the current tendency of your Ubuntu swap:


Probably the tendency to swap 60, which is only for servers is a good value. For normal home use is far too high.
Reduce the swap tendency therefore as follows:


The previous command will open the file in gedit.
Add at the bottom of that text file, the following lines (copy and paste):

  • Save the text file and exit Gedit.
  • Restart Your Computer: And now it’s done at 10.

Home rule is a workable example Ram = 1 GB or more 10.
Less than 1 GB Ram = 1.
So I gave him 10 standing.


Installing Flash on FireFox for VUDU.COM

LInk with instructions: LINK


Using “SOLAAR” as a substitute of “Logitech Unify”

Once again the Open Source community to the rescue, with the creation of Solaar. an opensource solution for paring Logitech Wireless devises with the receivers, the address of the project: Solaar.

To take advantage of this software use the following commands:

after that you can open the graphical interface to do the paring, you might need to unplug and re-plug the receiver. Once again thanks to the Linux Community for this.

Printer Installation:

I got this instructions from the following: Link


01- Installing CUPS

To Install CUPS open the terminal and type:  sudo apt-get install cups


02- Downloading the Drivers:

Go to the official Brother page Link and download the .deb version of the CUPSWRAPPER and LPR.

To make my life easy I save those files in my GitHub. you can download from there: MFC-7360N


03- Installing the printer drivers

Open the terminal, CD to the folder whit the files, type the following commands one at the time:

and the printer is install.


04- Change the printer to be Network.

Click: Menu / Control Center / Printers

There Right click to the printer: MFC7360N / select “Properties”

in the line: “Device URI:” click the button “Change”

in the following window from the options select from the list in “Network Printer” (if not populate wait a minute)

Select: Brother MFC-7360N  the option that says: AppSocket/JetDirect network printer via DNS-SD.

apply and save the changes.


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For more information see this link: Link  –  Link2


Manual Installation using Cups Local Host

01- In a browser type in the address bar:  localhost:631  to open CUPS.

02- Click “Addint printers and classes”

03- Use the menu to install the Printer.


Need to know space available in your computer?

Basically use the command

For more information use df command + one of this options:

Installing MFC-7360N Network Scanner

Here a page with some Free Scanning Software for Linux: Link

Well I did so many thing and follow so many instructions in internet, and finally I found the following instructions:

Note: I do not know if some of the other things I did are actually required for this to work, so, follow this instructions and if this do not work well “GOOGLE IT” Good Luck.

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MFC-7360N Network Scanner

Go to the official website to get drivers: Link

On the Download Page select: OS: Linux(deb)   &   Scanner driver 64bit (deb package)  there press “Agree to the EULA and Download” 

For Instructions in how to Install driver and Set-Up Network Scanner: Link

After this just reinstall Simple-Scan to make sure that is updated and will recognize the Scanner

Here is another site with some information: Link, Link2.


Acouple of thing that I did that I do not know if it was helpful, do this after the previous instructions fail:

install xsane
sudo apt-get install xsane

more instructions; (go to the scanner section down in the page)
Ctrl + F (Configuring a Network Scanner)

How to set up a USB network printer and scanner server on Debian


If after doing this is not working, well “GOOGLE IT”, and Good Luck.

To find out what Linux Distro and version is install in your machine, in the terminal type: cat /etc/*-release   also:    cat /etc/linuxmint/info


Reinstall Linux:

Get the ISO version that you want, the one that I use is:

DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 18 Sarah”
GRUB_TITLE=Linux Mint 18 MATE 64-bit

Then get the software to put it on a USB

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Plug in the USB flash drive and determine the device it’s mounted on with the command:

sudo fdisk -l

This time around it was /dev/sdc1 for me, so I’ll use that as my example.

Umount the device

umount /dev/sdc1

The next step is to copy the iso. copy to the device not partition (i.e copy to sdc not sdc1) as shown below :

sudo dd if=filename.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4M


  • For some distros that support making a bootable USB via DiskDump, you can use sudo dd if=/path/to/filename.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M to make USB installation media.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you replace sdX with whatever your USB drive corresponds to (you can find that using lsblk).

now perform final steps :


sudo eject /dev/sdc

That’s all . 🙂

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after this test your drive and it should work

How to find your IP Address:

in the terminal type: ifconfig

Audio & Microphone Manipulation

To use open the terminal and type: alsamixer

Instructions in how to use it: LINK

Format a USB

  1. Click Menu & search for: disks
  2. Select the USB & Click the Gears icon
  3. Select: “Format Partition”

Installing the USB-Monitor

how to install the driver:

I follow the instructions on the site above.
when installing the generc fail
sudo apt-get install linux-generic-lts-utopic xserver-xorg-lts-utopic libegl1-mesa-drivers-lts-utopic xserver-xorg-video-all-lts-utopic xserver-xorg-input-all-lts-utopic
after fail I read the error and and install
sudo apt-get install linux generic
then I run the previus command and it work.
then sudo apt-get install dkms
then Log in to the folder where I had the newest driver:
prepare the driver for installation by
01- open the visual folder right-click Properties/permisions/allow-files-execute-as-program
02- then in the terminal chmod +X
03- install the driver: sudo ./

then I restart the computer
then sudo apt-get update

and it worked


How to uninstall DisplayLink Ubuntu software
sudo displaylink-installer uninstall

more trobleshouting

how to install the .run files
Right click on the file in the file manager and click ‘Properties’. Click the ‘Permissions’ tab and tick the box that says ‘Allow executing file as program’.

Terminal Method

Assume the file is called and is in the folder /home/user/Downloads. You will need to modify these instructions to fit your situation.

Open a terminal (Applications->Accessories->Terminal).
enter cd /home/user/Downloads
enter chmod +x
enter ./
if step 4 fails with a message including ‘permission denied’, try entering sudo ./ (you will need to enter your password for this).
testing — trobleshout

to chekc the version of kernel and Xorg in Terminal:
‘Xorg -version’ for Xorg
‘uname -a’ fro the kernel

Installing Fire Fox Nightly

Official page for Download: LINK

For a slick installation using the Terminal:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install firefox-trunk

There is info on the packages here:

More information and instructions in how turn off the: xinstall.signatures.requred  to false so you can install unsigned add.ons jut type this in the browser:  about:config

or read more info about: LINK



Installing MySQL in Linux

Site with Information: LINK

Video with Instructions: LINK

Installing LEMP stack: LINK

Increase Volume to Videos

This is a command line terminal software no user gui interface.
Name of software: FFMPG 
Software Page
other links:
How to install:
How to use:
Terminal Commands:

Few seconds latter you will have the new file with higher audio.


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Posted February 27, 2017 by Edmundo in category "Miscellaneous