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converting ubuntu 13.04 to mint 15

Link: http://blog.shaffner.net/how-to-convert-ubuntu-12-04-to-linux-mint-13/

Partial (only the looks, still on Ubuntu):
sudo add-apt-repository
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install mdm mint-mdm-themes mint-themes mint-x-icons     

The Works (the real deal):
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade
sudo reboot now

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ olivia main upstream import backport romeo #Linux Mint 15 Olivia"
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y --allow-unauthenticated install linuxmint-keyring && sudo apt-get update

sudo -E wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu

sudo apt-get -y install mint-info-cinnamon mint-meta-cinnamon mint-mdm-themes mdm cinnamon-themes non-free-codecs deborphan synaptic
sudo reboot now

sudo apt-get autoclean && sudo apt-get -y autoremove

Optional Steps:

If you like MATE instead of Cinnamon run:

sudo apt-get -y install mate-core mate-desktop-environment mint-info-mate mint-meta-mate mint-mdm-themes mdm non-free-codecs deborphan synaptic

Removing left over Ubuntu / Unity junk:

sudo apt-get -y purge unity unity-2d* unity-asset-pool unity-common unity-lens-* unity-scope-* unity-services indicator-messages indicator-status-provider-mc5 indicator-appmenu appmenu-* lightdm unity-greeter overlay-scrollbar liboverlay-scrollbar* zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-datahub activity-log-* libunity-misc4 libunity-core-5* globalmenu* update-manager update-manager-core gir1.2-unity-5.0 usb-creator-gtk ubuntu-wallpapers* ubuntuone-* ubuntu-mono light-themes adium-theme-ubuntu ubuntu-sounds nautilus nautilus-sendto-empathy

sudo apt-get autoclean && sudo apt-get -y autoremove && sudo apt-get -y purge `deborphan`

This is a dirty method of upgrade, it's not for the faint of heart and non-tekkie people, it's only for troubleshooting machines that are too new and are unable to use normal deployment methods via USB or DVD.

The correct way to upgrade is to backup your existing profile, and install a clean distro from a DVD or USB.

Massive Clean-up required after this "upgrade" method, specially coming from 12.04 LTS,
for additional reference follow the link posted above to Jeff's Blog

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Customizing ubuntu & mint LiveCD distros


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Intall Packages

wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add - && sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list'

wget -q "http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ $(lsb_release -sc) free non-free"

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add - && sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freefilesync/ffs && sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java && sudo add-apt-repository ppa:amsn-daily && sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots && sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y

sudo apt-get install gdm vinagre emesene gedit-plugins gedit-developer-plugins opera chromium-browser chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra flashplugin-nonfree-extrasound file-roller arj unace p7zip-full p7zip-rar filezilla oracle-java8-installer oracle-java8-set-default lm-sensors hddtemp psensor xsensors freefilesync filezilla gparted vlc smplayer mplayer gnome-gmail gnome-shell gnome-session-fallback indicator-applet-appmenu gnome-tweak-tool alien app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu w64codecs libdvdcss2 ia32-libs google-talkplugin skype amsn lsb-core playonlinux

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/./install-css.sh


cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

cinnamon nemo-dropbox nemo-seahorse

libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder mpeg2dec vorbis-tools id3v2 mpg321 mpg123 libflac++6 ffmpeg totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 libjpeg-progs flac faac faad sox ffmpeg2theora libmpeg2-4 uudeview flac libmpeg3-1 mpeg3-utils mpegdemux liba52-0.7.4-dev libquicktime2 gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-gnonlin gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly totem-plugins-extra gstreamer-dbus-media-service gstreamer-tools ubuntu-restricted-extras ttf-mscorefonts-installer


wget -c http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb

wget -c http://repo.steampowered.com/steam/archive/precise/steam_latest.deb
sudo dpkg -i steam_latest.deb

sudo echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer 



Remove Packages

sudo apt-get remove thunderbird thunderbird-globalmenu thunderbird-locale-en thunderbird-locale-en-gb thunderbird-locale-en-us tomboy gnome-screensaver vino pidgin pidgin-data pidgin-libnotify pidgin-microblog pidgin-otr transmission-common transmission-gtk virtualbox-guest-* icedtea-* openjdk-* empathy gnome-games-data aisleriot gbrainy gnome-mines gnome-sudoku evolution-data-server evolution-data-server-common gnome-mahjongg lightdm compiz remmina

Clean up

sudo apt-get autoclean && sudo apt-get autoremove -y

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Question #1 every boss asks "How do I prevent employees from taking company data to removeable medias?"

Link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555324

The following solution is based on MS KB555324

Their answer cater to the big guys with big budgets with a skimped IT department in house; but what about the small shops with plain P2P LAN, without an IT guy hanging around to do your biddings?

Here's an easy one.

1st. BACKUP your Registry of the machine you are about to lock down, and then create & use any of the following registry entries that applies to your needs:

"Disable USB"
There are 2 methods you can use, kill the driver but that will also prevent you from reading data from any USB device.


default is = 3
disabled USB = 4

So, the alternative is to keep the driver enabled, but only restrict writes to the USB media.


default is = 0
disabled write = 1

"Disable CD-ROM"


default is = 1
disabled? = 4

"Disable Floppy"


default is = 3
disabled? = 4

"Disable High Capacity Floppy"


default is = 3
disabled? = 4

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"Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window."

Link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2022778

Yet another typical issue for Outlook users.

This problem can occur when file that maintains the Navigation Pane settings becomes corrupted. This file is called profilename.xml, where profilename is the name of your Outlook profile.

Apparently this one is so common MS even created a quick fix for it.

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Another technology stolen by Apple

Link: http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_han_demos_his_breakthrough_touchscreen.html

Here's something else stolen by Apple: "Multitouch Screen Technology" Aug 2006 vs Jun 2007 (when iPhone was released) Apple went on to register and patent that technology as their own... then again, the US of A patent system is a joke.

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MD5 checksum script for Gnome

nice, simple, clean and elegant

credits goes to penguin007 from this old topic http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1394388

it still works with the latest Linux releases, as long as Gnome & Nautilus are installed.

copy the script below to .~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts

if you are on Mint 13 or newer the new location has changed to .~/.gnome2/nemo-scripts

if [ $# = 0 ] ; then exit ; fi 
    md5=`md5sum $1` 
    zenity --info --text $md5 

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