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Month: November 2011

Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

Searching the Software Manager of either Ubuntu or Linux Mint, you will not find Google Chrome, my favorite web browser. While you could always just download it from the site, the Update Manager will not know about it, so you’ll be forced to manually check for and install updates. There is a better way.

The first thing we need to do is get the software signing key from the Google Linux Repository. That is done with the following command:

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | 
sudo apt-key add -

Then, we’ll add the repository for Chrome’s stable releases to the repository.

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/
stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'

From here, you can go back into your Software Manager, search for Chrome and install it normally.

The Winner is: Linux Mint

After playing around with all those distros in VMWare Player, I’ve decided on Linux Mint. It’s interface is familiar enough for Windows users, is similar to Ubuntu under the hood, and has a large user-base.

So far, the only thing I haven’t got to work is Minecraft, which I’m attributing to it running in a VM. There are plenty of people who have it working on real machines, so I’m not too concerned.

EDIT: It runs REALLY hot. Don’t know if I can keep it around.

Searching For a Linux Distro

So, I plan on getting a new laptop in the near future and have decided that I would like to dual-boot it with Linux. The problem is that I’ve been out of the Linux desktop game for a little while now and my formerly beloved Ubuntu is not something I enjoy anymore. This Unity desktop environment is a nightmare.

So, I’m taking a look at Kubuntu, which is essentially Ubuntu running KDE. Considering that its Ubuntu underneath, this is an attractive option.

I’m also looking at Linux Mint. It, like Ubuntu, is Debian-based and is the most popular Linux distro behind Ubuntu. The ISO for this one is downloading as this posts.

Nowadays, Linux on a laptop is easy to do and the laptop I’ve selected has some common components, which will mean better driver support. I’m not too concerned about one distro working on it any better than another.

EDIT: I’m also looking at Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

New Skin for the Airsoft Site

This weekend, I’ll be getting the skin, mojoPortal’s term for a theme or template, finished for AirsoftOahu, the community site I’m building for airsofters on Oahu.

I’ve decided on the Branched Tones color scheme from Design Seeds. I think it has the “earthy” feel I was going for and incorporates a little red in the browns, which isĀ prevalentĀ here.

Of course, there will be a new post when its up.