This is part of my series on installing Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop. In the previous post, I configured my hybrid graphics card. In this post, I am walking through various settings and utilities that I like to install to make the final tweaks on my installation.
This is part of my series on installing Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop. In the previous post, I worked through installing Virtualbox for VMs. In this post, I am working through installing the video drivers for optimal use of the video cards. My laptop has a hybrid graphics card, so I attempted to use Nvidia Prime. When that didn’t work, I dropped back to Bumblebee.
Just so you can see what I have, I looked in lspci. Here’s the Nvidia controller:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK107M [GeForce GT 650M] (rev a1)
Here’s the Intel controller:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
Here’s what I did…
This is a continuation of my series on installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr. My previous post covered going through the different media programs that I installed back onto my laptop. In this post, I’ll install Virtualbox to allow using virtual machines. If you would like to see the complete list of posts, check out my Ubuntu 14.04 install page.
Last time, I just downloaded the deb package from Virtualbox’s Download website. This time, they showed that they have a respository. By installing from the repository, it should keep Virtualbox up to date.
This is a continuation of my series on installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr. My previous post covered installing programming environments and applications. In this post, I’ll go through the different media programs that I installed back onto my laptop. If you would like to see the complete list of posts, check out my Ubuntu 14.04 install page.
One of the most important programs that I use now is Shutter. It allows me to easily take screenshots of what I am working and edit the screenshots. The shutter package is easily installed from the Software Center. Once installed, I tweaked a few of the settings in Edit > Preferences.
First, I changed the path for the screenshots from the Pictures folder to a new folder that I created called screenshots.
In addition, I checked the first two options on the “Behavior” tab to allow it to start when I boot up the computer.
I installed the following other programs for working with visual media:
- Gimp: for editing photos
- Inkscape: vector-based drawing
- Xournal: has features that allow marking up a PDF
These are the programs I use for playing and editing video:
- mplayer – nice general video/music player from the command line
- vlc – video player
- kdenlive – video editor
- openshot – video editor
- avidemux (GTK+): Great for converting video, for example see Why Can’t the Users Just Rotate Their Screen?
- cheese – nice for testing to make sure the webcam works (already installed)
This installed many different things for media. For example, I noticed that it installed True Type fonts. It also installs codecs for playing videos, etc.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
In addition, I installed the libdvdcss to get the restricted formats. That was simply by installing this package…
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
Then, I ran the script…
Finally, I determined that I had to use the /dev/sr0 as the device for playing my DVDs. Like this:
If you are following along with the complete install, check out my next post about Virtualbox. Or, you can go to the list of posts in this series (Installing Ubuntu 14.04).
This is a continuation of my Ubuntu 14.04 Install. In the previous post, I covered all of my notes on installing network/Internet-related configuration. In this post, I’ll cover setting up my programming environments and applications. If you would like to see the list of posts in this series, you can look at the Ubuntu 14.04 Install page.
This is a continuation of my previous post on my install of Ubuntu 14.04. In this post, I took notes on restoring files from my backup. You can see the complete list of posts on Ubuntu 14.04 on my main install page.
Before installing, I had used Deja-Dup and duplicity to back up my laptop before I installed it. I’ll blog screenshots of backing it up eventually. The first thing after reformatting and installing is to restore my files back onto the laptop. On my last install, I used the command-line to install. This time, I wanted to try a GUI method.
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Time to upgrade again. Each time Linux comes out, I try to install everything from scratch. I could upgrade, but this keeps me consistent in backing things up and helps me revisit my install steps.
This post is just simply going through the installer and selecting the different options. If you want to follow along with the other steps in my install, check out the main installation page:
So, here’s what I did…
I’ve been trying to back up my computer, and I have a virtual machine that is rather large. I am using a Samsung Blu-Ray burner, and I am having trouble. Brasero just bombed out at the beginning of the burn. So, I went back to K3b. That did the trick mostly, but I ran into issues at the end of every disk. So, I found a nice article on Ubuntu Forums.
Here are my notes on implementing the fix…