[LINUXLOG 003]: Going Great – Mint+XP+Win7

With classes started, me teaching with DevC++ and Visual Studio had to install Windows – but did it so in Virtual Machine and apparently I had to install both XP and Win7 just to show the students the same environment as they are using.

Also, finally started to use git from Linux terminal, it is even great than the windows app, though it was easier, but this just feels more better.. typing in everything.

LinuxLog git repo at: https://github.com/zaidpirwani/LinuxLog

For now, maybe the next Linux log entry will come late, unless I do some big changes to my system – atm, am quite happy with my RasBhariPi and my Mint and I hope to keep on it.

NOTE: saw a book, found out it was free, downloaded, maybe I will read through it too.

The Linux Command Line
Second Internet Edition
William E. Shotts, Jr.

[LINUXLOG 001]: Initial Hurdles of Linux

So far so good, LMD (Linux Mint Debian) is turning out to be clean and simple, or maybe it is cause am not doing much work as I was on Windows8, but waiting for the regular classes to start, then will need the Windows software I have been using.

Got a MATLAB related task to do, skipping it cause of no MATLAB, but will install octave and use it instead for future work, or MATLAB if I ever get around to install Windows as dual boot or virtual.

I had to use Arduino, AVRDUDE but both gave permission errors, so for the time being, used sudo but should fix it for proper use. As I had to copy some Arduino library files, I needed to find out where Arduino was installed and still I am not clear on how Linux stores files, so used commands locate and whereis, both are search related commands, whereis is I think specifically for searching where a command binary actually is and locate is for commands/folders and files everything (I think). Also, at first I just tried locate Arduino and it gave such a long list that the terminal window didn’t show it all, so used | less to paginate the output (not sure what less is actually, man defines it as opposite of more .. :) very helpful).

  • whereis some_file_name
  • locate avrdude
  • add | less at end of whereis command if result is too long, whereis some_file_name | less


Also need to install F.Lux on Linux (I just can’t look at the white screen now after so many years of using F.Lux on windows, can’t install. Installed RedShift (similar) – have to configure.

Update: Arduino is working now, maybe just needed restarting… though GUI glitches still there (selected items in sub-menus have invisible text) – AVRDUDE to test later.

[LinuxLog 000]: Linux on Laptop as Primary OS

Finally decided to ditch my dying(dead) Win8 and install something else, wanted to install Windows7 but not having a 64-bit copy and wanting to try out Linux as a primary OS, decided to install Linux Mint Debian, not much of a selection as this was the ISO which I had on my system already.

My system specs  are: Dell Inspiron 1564, core i3 with a 250GB HDD and 6GB RAM – yes it is an OLD system

I still intend to install Win7 and dual boot it, but telling myself still that I will keep Mint as the Primary/default OS for boot (normal usage), so partitioned the HDD accordingly with gparted using the LinuxMint Live USB before starting the installation.


the 200GB partition is for Windows and any other data, am hoping I will NOT need to resize anything – still weighting options to run windows virtually or dual boot it.

The only and only and the problem I didn’t think of was that my WiFi driver does not come pre-installed (proprietary stuff) so had to install it without having Internet access on the laptop, used cell phone to search for a solution, download files and copy commands…

Keeping a record of all am doing, will make a GitRepo for keeping the log.

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