Upgraded to Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.10

… and that’s it.

Absolutely no problems at all. I didn’t even have to reinstall GRUB as some sites warned me I’d have to.

That’s a dual boot machine, partitioned flash drive.

I don’t know what else to say, I almost feel cheated. Both upgrades took about 15 minutes.

Looks like I’ve got no excuses for not filling in my tax return now.

Install Mediatomb on Ubuntu 15.04

Now that Ubuntu 15.04 has moved to systemd, Mediatomb no longer runs from the dash.

If you want to run it on a per user basis, open a terminal and enter

$ mediatomb

However, if as I do, you prefer to run it system wide, it’s better to use systemd

$ systemctl start mediatomb

To run Mediatomb on bootup

$ systemctl enable mediatomb

Note that it now runs on port 50500, for whatever reason.

I’ve learnt a lot about systemd over the past couple of weeks, mainly from the Archlinux wiki. Here are a couple of links:



Ubuntu 15.04 + Chillblast Fusion Quasar

I’ve installed Ubuntu 15.04 on my new PC with little difficulty. The machine came with 64bit Windows 8.1 pre-installed, I partitioned the SSD and HDD drives appropriately and Ubuntu went on with no problems…

… once I’d managed to get the usb drive with the installer to boot in the correct mode.

Windows had been installed in legacy boot mode, the usb kept booting in UEFI mode. First I changed the BIOS settings so that devices booted in legacy mode only. This meant that the PC wouldn’t boot from the usb at all. I eventually found an option in the BIOS to force boot from usb and everything went fine.

So far everything is working okay apart from printing from usb (network printing is fine) and Geeknote connection to Evernote. I did have problems getting the Linux Spotify client to work, but the following post gave a solution: http://www.webupd8.org/2015/04/fix-missing-libgcrypt11-causing-spotify.html

I hope the above is of some use to someone!

Update 10/5/15: Had to download the latest hp-lip to get usb printing working. All sorted now

My Ubuntu Set Up

Installing Ubuntu is quite straightforward. One thing that stumps many new users, however, is which programs to install next. Windows users can find themselves faced by a bewildering range of programs, many of which appear to do the same job.

The following are the applications I install. I’m not saying they’re the best, but they will get you started with a system that does most of the things you require. I’ve included applications already included in the Ubuntu install for the benefit of those using other distros. These pre installed applications are marked like this

  1. Install Ubuntu

  2. Check for software updates

  3. Install the things that will help me install everything else

    • Dropbox: for access to my files
    • Emacs: Text Editor
    • Lastpass: password manager
    • Chrome: because waiting for Firefox to install updates each time its opened is really irritating.
  4. Install encfs: encrypts Dropbox files

  5. Install productivity and entertainment applications

    • Libre Office: Word Processor, Spreadsheet etc
    • Shotwell: Photo Manager
    • Gimp: Image Manipulation (like Photoshop)
    • Shutter: Print Screen
    • Geary: Lightweight email client
    • VLC : Media Player
    • MediaTomb: UPnP Media Server
  6. Install a number of useful drivers and utilites
    sudo apt-get install…

    • aptitude: alternative to apt-get
    • nautilus-open-terminal: right click in nautilus to open current location in terminal
    • nautilus-image-converter: right click in nautilus to quickly edit image
    • gparted: Graphically edit disk partitions
    • nmap: Scan networks
    • vim: Old text editor
    • feh: fast and flexible image viewer
    • filezilla: ftp client
    • ubuntu-restricted-extras: support for such things as mp3, avi, mpeg, TrueType, Java, Flash, Codecs
    • sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh: Play restricted DVDs
    • Deja dup: Simple backup software
    • backintime: snapshot backup software
    • openssh: Networking
  7. Install Wine, the Linux windows emulator, and the Chrome UA Spoofer app. The spoofer app fools the browser into thinking it’s running on a different machine. This makes it easy to download and install the Evernote Windows client

  8. Install the following External Packages

    • Tomahawk: Unified Media Player
    • Calibre: ebook management
    • Spotify Client: Not really needed now I use Tomahawk…
    • Kodi (formerly XBMC): Media Player/Home Theatre
    • Handbrake: Video ripper and transcoder