Sunday, January 19, 2014

Install Mate 1.6 in Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Lubuntu/Kubuntu 13.10

Although I am partial to XFCE, I decided to try Mate recently and it really has come a long way. I didn't do any extensive memory/performance testing, but it seemed at least as quick and light as the XFCE I know and love.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update

If you just want the Mate core    
sudo apt-get install mate-core

Full Mate Install
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Install Whisker menu in XUbuntu 13.10

The Whisker menu is the same menu that you get in Mint Xfce and I really like it, but would rather use it with XUbuntu than Mint because every time mint has a new version, you re-install rather than just upgrade like in *buntu. Here is how to do it.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa -y && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin -y

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fix Google Chrome install issues in Xubuntu/Ubuntu 13.04

I did a clean install of xubuntu and noticed that chrome has a dependancy that isn't int repos. This isn't good for me, as I use chrome as my main browser to maintain consistency across machines with bookmarks, open windows (using TabCloud) and also using various extensions I love (HELLO Feedly  & Evernote!) Here is how to fix it after a clean install. (didn't affect me upgrading from 12.10 to 13.04 beta because I already had it)

Note: I just did a fresh install of xubuntu 13.04 and I also had to install libgconf2-4

sudo apt-get install libgconf2-4

32bit installs:
wget -P /tmp
sudo dpkg -i /tmp/libudev0_175-0ubuntu19_i386.deb
rm /tmp//libudev0_175-0ubuntu19_i386.deb

64bit installs:
wget -P /tmp
sudo dpkg -i /tmp/libudev0_175-0ubuntu13_amd64.deb
rm /tmp/libudev0_175-0ubuntu13_amd64.deb

Update: just installed Lubuntu on another laptop, follow the above directions, but also

sudo apt-get install libgconf2-4

Sunday, March 31, 2013

UPDATE: Installing Aircrack-ng and Reaver in Ubuntu 12.04 12.10 13.04

Much easier now to install reaver and aircrack in Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:pi-rho/security; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install -y aircrack-ng

Using reaver to test your security:

1)Set up an interface in aircrack on wlan0: if you are not sure of the name of the interface, type ifconfig at the command prompt and look for a wlanX

 sudo airmon-ng start wlan0

2) Get the mac address of your own AP

sudo airodump-ng mon0

Look for the name of your AP and copy the mac down.

3) Run reaver and sit back:

sudo reaver -a -i mon0 -b --dh-small -vv

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cuttlefish automation tool for Ubuntu/Xubuntu 12.10

Cuttlefish is one of those must have apps you can use to automate automatic reactions to things like running a script at WLAN/LAN connection,application startup/close, Bluetooth connections and usb connections.

Too bad it is only in the 12.04 repos, here is how to add it to 12.10 easily. Note you will need the JRE for it to run.

echo ' deb precise main  ' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cuttlefish

Have fun!

Friday, October 26, 2012

If you are sick of hearing about the crap on TV that is 'Ancient Aliens'.. check this out.

There is also a companion website at
Also Check out.. (from the video)

In case you need a quick laugh...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dynamic DNS updater behind a router.

I use Dynamic DNS to be able to communicate to/from my laptop to the LAN. I recently noticed that when it was plugged in at home, the address it was updating was a DHCP issued by my router. Here is the fix I used to make it work correctly.

replace the use= line in your /etc/ddclient.conf with the following.

Sample /etc/ddclient.conf :

use=if, if=eth0