So many Linux’s for Windows, so little time. Microsoft Linux subsystem?

Get started with the Windows Subsystem for Linux

How many flavors of Unix can co-exist on a Windows system?  I have been using the CYGWin version of Linux on my Windows system, for quite a few years, to get my daily Linux fix.  When I installed GIT for version control I got another Linux in the form of the GIT BASH command.  I use MobaXterm to do 95% of my network connections and management and it has a Terminal environment which is yet another Linux command line.  Now comes the “Reborn Microsoft” with the Linux subsystem for Linux (WSL) where you can pick from a couple of the standard Linux distro’s, including Ubuntu to run in your Windows 10 system.

This Get started with the Windows Subsystem for Linux article from InfoWorld is a good introduction to the process.  Can any of these Linux on Windows environment be a replacement for an actual Linux platform? No, not really but they can help keep a mixed environment shop (Windows, Mac, Linux) be more productive, with no additional hardware or virtualization.

I’ll be taking WSL for a test drive and will publish a video on my YouTube channel in the near future.  GeekMustHave YouTube

 

 

 

 

Ubuntu 17.10 TIP Install Visual Studio Code GMH 067

Install Microsoft Visual Studio Code GMH-067. Visual Studi Code aka Code is one of best editors I have used. The main reason is that there is a vast collection of extensions the community has provided. Any language you write in has a syntax highlighter and possibly Intellisense. Ther are even some extensions that provide for an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) like C++ for Arduino. Code is a cross-platform application that runs on the Window, Mac and Linux platforms I use for work. I believe it is written in JavaScript, NodeJS, and Electron. Basically Code is a web page that has been “compiled” to be usable on any platform that supports JavaScript and Node. Code is not the fastest editor as a number of other YouTubers have demonstrated. Sometimes speed is not the only consideration for an editor. Code is plenty fast for the work I do.

Like most applications Code can be installed with a download from a web page followed by using the Ubuntu Package Installer or using the Terminal and entered the commands. I’m using the first method as it is a bit easier.

I will create a very short PowerShell script and install the Code Extension to make Powershell coding go quicker. Code has an Integrated Powershell console to help in the development and testing of your coding efforts.

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Ubuntu 17.10 TIP Install Chrome for better browser experience GMH-065

Direct Video Feed: Non-YouTube direct link to video Ubuntu 17.10 tip on background, dock and Icon size GMH-064. This video is on how to change your background or desktop image, move the dock to the bottom of the screen, where it belongs ;-), finally change the Icon size to be a little smaller. This is really a preparation video for the rest of the videos I’m doing on Ubuntu 17.10. I like to have my desktop environment as clean as possible and be all Geekized. I work primarily in Windows and teach others in Windows so I find it easy to have the dockable Icon bar at the bottom. I also reduce the size of the Icons from comic book size to something smaller.

You might notice the (X11 VNC) icon in the upper left corner. That Icon is there because I am using VNC Viewer on my Windows system to remote desktop into the Ubuntu 17.10 system. Then I use Windows Camtasia to record the video and voice over at the same time. I did it this way because there were some issues with the default Ubuntu 17.10 new Wayland display server and most of the Linux based screencast capture software. They either didn’t work at all or were intermittent. I could have switched to the X11 display server but then some of the new things that make the Wayland display server would be missing from the videos.


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then click on that LIKE button.

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Now… go build something or go code something…

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Ubuntu 17.10 TIP Install Microsoft PowerShell GMH 066

GMH-066 Ubuntu 17.10 Tip Install Powershell Install Microsofts Powershell on Ubuntu 17.10 Aadrvark. Why Powershell when Ubuntu has the power of Bash? I have been torn between where to focus my efforts on and looked at the ecosystem of both Bash and Powershell. Bash beats Powershell is sheer numbers but Powershell seems to be drawing the interest some very innovative folks.

Professionally I work in a Windows environment, my soul works in Linux. In this case, I’m bilingual and I need to speak the language of the country (Environment) I’m living in. I have written some pretty cool Powershell scripts and I’m helping others move from the Windows CMD line into Powershell.

To help me in my withdrawal from Linux, I have installed CYGwin on most windows systems and use the GIT BASH window frequently. I also use a networking tool called MobaXTerm which also has the heart of CYGWin in it. Some of the future videos in this series will have references to Powershell so installing it is important. Some folks find it difficult to dip their toes into the Linux Terminal. For many, this video is a short visit to that strange place. To others, I am boring the shit out them. I promise it will get more interesting in the future.

NOTE: In the recording of this video, the remote desktop connection from the X11VNC server kept crashing after 5-10 minutes. I had to cut out all the cuss words. You might alow notice the cursor highlighting disappears from time to time

Reference: https://austin.cady.io/install-micros…

# Install Curl sudo apt-get install curl # Import the public repository GPG keys curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/m… | sudo apt-key add –

# Register the Microsoft Ubuntu repository curl https://packages.microsoft.com/config… | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft.list

# Update apt-get sudo apt-get update

# Install PowerShell sudo apt-get install -y PowerShell

# Link to Missing libicu55
http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo…

NOTE: This version of the lib is for an AMD system like the one I’m using. If your system is different you may need to locate the proper lib.

# Install libicu55 using CLI package installer
sudo dpkg -i ./libicu55_55.1-7ubuntu0.3_amd64.deb

# Start Powershell pwsh

# Simple command to test PS
write-host “Hello there GeeMustHave fans.” -foregroundcolor yellow

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Any questions or feedback are greatly appreciated.

Now… go build or code something…

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GitHub: https://GitHub/GeekMustHave

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Ubuntu 17 10 TIP Change desktop wallpaper, dock location, Icon size GMH-064

Ubuntu 17.10 tip on background, dock and Icon size GMH-064. This video is on how to change your background or desktop image, move the dock to the bottom of the screen, where it belongs ;-), finally change the Icon size to be a little smaller.

This is really a preparation video for the rest of the videos I’m doing on Ubuntu 17.10. I like to have my desktop environment as clean as possible and be all Geekized. I work primarily in Windows and teach others in Windows so I find it easy to have the dockable Icon bar at the bottom. I also reduce the size of the Icons from comic book size to something smaller.

You might notice the (X11 VNC) icon in the upper left corner. That Icon is there because I am using VNC Viewer on my Windows system to remote desktop into the Ubuntu 17.10 system. Then I use Windows Camtasia to record the video and voice over at the same time. I did it this way because there were some issues with the default Ubuntu 17.10 new Wayland display server and most of the Linux based screencast capture software. They either didn’t work at all or were intermittent. I could have switched to the X11 display server but then some of the new things that make the Wayland display server would be missing from the videos.

I hope you enjoyed this video and if you liked it or my escapades then click on that LIKE button. Do this Geek a favor, SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel. I would really appreciate it! Any questions or feedback are greatly appreciated. Now… go build or code something…

YouTube: https:YouTube/c/GeekMustHave

Blog: Https://GeekMustHave.com

GitHub: https://GitHub/GeekMustHave

Facebook: https://goo.gl/QqFZgF

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/geekmusthave

 

The Geek has moved…. to a new server.

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The Geek has moved to a new server.  The old one was working just fine but Phoenix Workgroup LLC, the company who provides me with space, needed a larger, faster server for some new projects they are working on.  There hasn’t been any posts or videos for the past few days while we waited for the dust to settle and do the first thing after a new move “Locate the iron” in our case the SSL certificate.

We are experimenting with some new video production techniques to help make the process easier and improve the quality.  Thank you to Phoenix Workgroup LLC and everyone who follows me on this blog and my YouTube channel .

How to Install RubyMine IDE for Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu

RubyMine is by far the most intelligent Ruby and Rails IDE on the market. Some of the features:

  • Runs on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux
  • Intelligent Ruby Editor with completion, code snippets and automatic refactorings On-the-fly code analysis throughout the project tree with type inference and quick-fixes
  • Rails Models Diagram, Rails Project View and other specialized project/file views for faster overview & navigation
  • RSpec, Cucumber, Shoulda, MiniTest & Test::Unit coding assistance and GUI-based test runner
  • iOS development with RubyMotion
  • Web Development with all Ruby on Rails framework versions from 2.x to 4.x
  • Cutting-edge Ruby development stack support: Bundler, RVM, rbenv, pik, etc.
  • HTML, CSS and JavaScript editing with auto completion and refactorings. Plus CoffeeScript, HAML, SASS, and LESS
  • Zen coding snippets for productive HTML/CSS authoring
  • JavaScript/CoffeeScript debugger based on Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
  • Ruby Debugger: Ruby/Rails applications and tests debugging in a easy-to-use interface even in Windows
  • Git, Subversion, Mercurial, Perforce and CVS integration with a unified UI
  • Diff, merge, history views and changelists for every supported VCS
  • Bundled Textmate, NetBeans, Eclipse & Emacs keyboard schemes, plus Vi/Vim emulation plugin

Downsides:

  • It’s not always free. Being free for OSS projects and classrooms, they charge between $199 and $29 for a new license. Renewals are much cheaper, though.
  • You’re obviously a Rubist, you might find the fact it is written in Java as downside (I hope you won’t).
  • Some bugs here and there (nothing critical and they are getting fixed fast once reported).

Installation

  • Go to the RubyMine web site  https://jetbrains.com/ruby/download , current version is 7.1 (04/29/15).
  • Download the GZ zipped file.
  • Unzip it using whatever tool is your favorite unzipper.
  • Locate the BIN directory and run the script in a Terminal window named:

This will do a complete install. default configuration settings and create a RubyMine shortcut on your Ubuntu desktop.

Special Thanks to

http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/721/ruby-on-rails-ide-for-ubuntu

How to install LibreOffice 4.4 in Ubuntu; LinuxMint; ElementaryOS

libreoffice_logoLibreOffice is a free and open source office suite which was forked from OpenOffice in 2010. LibreOffice 4.4 was released last week by The Document Foundation and you can read about it in this post LibreOffice 4.4 Released With Improved UI.

 

LibreOffice 4.4 is the 9th major release of the free office suite with improved UI, improved Interoperability with OOXML file formats, improved source code and a significant list of other improvements.

UI Improvements in LibreOffice 4.4

  • Redesigned Menu bars, Tool bars & Status bars
  • Redesigned Context Menus
  • Redesigned Ruler
  • New Color Selector
  • Improved Sidebar that Integrate Smoothly with Menus
  • Improved Status Bar

LibreOffice 4.4 also features an improved right-click menu that features ‘Cut, Copy & Paste’ at the top. The right-click menu now also features a new ‘Paste Special‘ option that allows the user to paste copied text as Unformatted text and also has more advanced options.

Download & Install

LibreOffice 4.4 (not even 4.3) is not yet available in the Official Ubuntu repositories. The latest version of LibreOffice available in the Official Ubuntu repository is 4.2.

So if you want LibreOffice 4.4, you can install it via a PPA. A PPA is just a third-party repository maintained by an individual or a team. In this case, the LibreOffice PPA is maintained by the LibreOffice team.

Here are the steps to download & install LibreOffice 4.4 in Ubuntu / LinuxMint / ElementaryOS.

Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Elementary OS

First we have to add the LibreOffice 4.4 PPA by running the following command,

After adding the PPA, we have to update the system running the following command,

Before installing LibreOffice 4.4, lets upgrade the system so that all the latest packages are downloaded & installed.

Now we can install LibreOffice 4.4 by running the following command,

Special Thanks to

http://www.dailylinuxnews.com/blog/2015/02/install-libreoffice-44-in-ubuntu-linuxmint-elementaryos/

How to install Cinnamon as replacement for Unity on Ubuntu

If there’s one area of Linux that gets more scrutiny than any other, it’s the desktop. From every corner, the haters and detractors abound. Nearly every publication that offers any focus on the Linux desktop at some point posts a piece about getting rid of the default Ubuntu desktop. Cinnamon is one of the primary replacement contenders.

Cinnamon is the default desktop for Linux Mint and, quite frankly, it’s one of the main reasons why Mint has gained so much popularity. Why? Because it has the user-friendliness of Ubuntu and a desktop that dares to harken back to nineties-era Linux — with a few modern touches.

With that said, let’s install Cinnamon on your Ubuntu 14.04 desktop and find out if it’s a worthy replacement for the metaphor defying Ubuntu Unity.

Installation

Note: This installation shouldn’t break Unity. I have successfully installed Cinnamon and retained full use of Unity.

To install Cinnamon, open up a terminal window and enter the following commands:

When the installation completes, log out of Unity, select Cinnamon from the desktop selector (to the right of the username in the login window), enter your password, and hit Enter. When the desktop finally appears, congrats — you’ll be using Cinnamon.

 The question

Is Cinnamon a worthy replacement for Unity?

In my opinion as a Windows, MAC and Linux user…. YES!

Special Thanks to

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/is-cinnamon-a-worthy-replacement-for-ubuntu-unity/