Could not resolve debian.linuxmint.com

The open dns addresses: 220.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220

If you want to make the open dns addresses to be more permanent, you may try this option, which requires you to open a terminal:

1. Edit /etc/resolv.conf:
sudo pluma /etc/resolv.conf

2. If any nameserver lines appear, write down the IP addresses for future reference.

3. Replace the nameserver lines with, or add, the following lines:
prepend domain-name-servers 220.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220

4. Save and exit.

5. Restart any Internet clients you are using.

I do not guarantee that the above will work. Problems with connecting with the repositories are varied and so are the solutions.

Installing Linux Distros Should be More Newbie-friendly

My first venture into Linux was Ubuntu, specifically version 8.04. My laptop with Windows in it was running slow and it was frustrating me no end. Then, one day, I read an article in the newspaper about Ubuntu. I liked what I read and immediately without even trying the live CD, I installed it. Since then I have come to love Linux.

If you have been following my posts, you would have learned that my netbook now runs with Linux Mint Debian Edition.

Just recently a friend of mine gave me an old PC that he was no longer using. It had a 30 gb hard drive with 1 gb of RAM. It was running on Windows XP Pro. But I decided to install a Linux distro that uses the least amount of resources. In my search I came upon Linux Puppy Racy, which promised the use of very little resources for the PC.

So I booted the PC with a bootable flash drive. And immediately I like the Linux Puppy Racy desktop, which was what they call, Enlightenment. I immediately opted to install the OS into my hard drive. But, for the love of me, I simply was unable to do it.

I am not a Linux expert, but I am no novice either. You see, at the end of the installation process, the system flashes a note that mentions GRUB. All I know about GRUB is that it boots the system. And it asked me where I wanted to place GRUB. I answered the question with /dev/sda1, but when I booted my PC it couldn’t find GRUB. So I had to boot my machine with the flash drive again. This time I went to my netbook to find a step-by-step tutorial. I found a video and followed it to a tee. It turned out I actually did it right the first time. Still, my machine couldn’t find GRUB when I rebooted it. I tried installing it again for the third time, but to no avail.

I gave up. At least for the meantime. Maybe I’ll try again some time later.

This is unfortunate because I really liked Linux Puppy Racy. And I would have recommended it to others. However, if a newbie would try to install it, I imagine it would be a hair-pulling experience. And this is what the developers should address. The distro should not be difficult to install. The other distros that I’ve tried –Ubuntu, LMDE and PCLinuxOS– installed automatically, which included GRUB. There were no codes to mess around with.

Ubuntu uses the catchphrase, “Linux for humans.” It’s a good catchphrase because Linux used to be seen as software limited only to geeks. But more and more people are now switching to Linux and the various distros that are being made available out there is refreshing. So I believe that developers should make it a point to make installations newbie-friendly.

Otherwise, what’s the point in developing a distro if it’s not for public consumption?

Switched OS Yet Again to Linux Mint Debian Edition

You just got to love Linux!

There are so many Linux distros out there for people to try and use based on the individual’s computing habits and needs.

So, a reader suggested I try using Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), because I wasn’t quite satisfied with PCLinuxOS. It takes a while before discovering what distro fits you.

PCLinuxOS was working for me until I discovered that it was too restrictive in installing software. For instance, if there was a software you wanted to install, you would have to search for it in the PCLinuxOS repositories. If it wasn’t there, you would have to make a request in the PCLinuxOS support forum. You could not just download the software and install it yourself.

In a way, this restrictiveness is ok because it protects the system. But it sorts of reminds me of Windows which frowns upon software that it doesn’t recognize as suitable for its system. Moreover, if you wanted to use the software immediately and it wasn’t in the PCLinuxOS repositories, you would have to wait until the developers deemed it as suitable for their system.

Another glitch I found in PCLinuxOS, was that its Bluetooth wasn’t working properly. My netbook has an internal bluetooth. But PCLinuxOS couldn’t find connecting devices. LMDE can and does connect to devices, particularly my cellphone.

And here’s another curious discovery. With Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS. my netbook would give off this whirring sound every time I use either of the two distros. With LMDE there is no whirring sound. Strange but true.

Perhaps Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS are too top heavy even for Linux standards, requiring a lot of power. LMDE, however, is light, loads quickly and doesn’t require too much power.

LMDE also makes it easy to install updates as it notifies you of the latest ones available. But the best thing I like about LMDE is the Cinnamon desktop, which I find really cool.

The only glitch I came across was I could not at first download updates or software using Synaptic or its Software Center. I was getting the error message, “Could not resolve debian.linuxmint.com,” which meant that the system was not able to connect with the repositories. A search in forums let me know that I had to change my servers to Open DNS servers. I did and everything worked fine. I believe this should be addressed by the developers or this might tear the hair off newbies.

In any case, I will continue to check out new distros as they come along. But, so far, LMDE is the OS I’m riding with. I appreciate your comments.

To get a glimpse of LMDE’s features, here’s an excellent video I found in YouTube: http://youtu.be/DFGo0BFlnrY”

Finally, A Truly Free Logo Maker

I like making simple company logos for friends. And I use Gimp, the free open source graphics tool.

But there are times I get stumped on designs and lettering. So I go to the Web to look for free logo makers from where I can create a logo, download the logo and tweak it.

I have found a few by searching for the term, “free logo maker,” but they are not really free. They are free to design online, but you cannot download the finished design without paying for it; and the fees are quite high. So there’s a bit of a deception in those sites. Technically, you are free to make the logo, but that’s about it. You won’t be able to download it.

So I was extremely delighted when I found this particular site that allowed me, not only to design a logo, but to download it. They do ask for a donation when you click the link to download your finished design, and the minimum donation is $10, but they don’t force it on you. And they have a collection of pretty cool designs and lettering. Certainly, $10 is so much affordable compared with the $50+ that other supposedly “free” sites ask for.

The site is called Logo Snap. Here’s the link:Logo Snap. There is no hidden affiliate code in that link. They don’t offer one. I just wanted you to know about this terrific service.

What Do You Know About the Android OS?

The new Android phone has probably been seen or heard in some advertising you’ve been exposed to recently. The new Google phones have been the topic of recent conversations but you want to know more. The Google phone is the next generation in phones using the Android Operating Systems (referred to as the Android OS). The Google phone is unlike other phones using the same OS.

An informed decision must be made before choosing a phone using the Android OS. The good news is that, if you are using an Android or Google phone, you have your hands on a smart phone! Smart phones are no longer being held back by the limitations of the iPhone and Blackberry, the market is expanding! There are many interesting facts to explore about the Android OS here are a only a few if you’re interested.

According to one website Google is not the original creator of the Android OS. We are very aware of the fact that Google is given all of the credit for creating this OS and these phones. In fact many people simply call them “Google phones” when they are checking them out. Rich Miner and Andy Rubin, according to the research we’ve done, are the actual creators of the OS. It was actually invented in 2003 by these guys who then sold it to Google for a tidy profit. Even though they bought it in 2003, they didn’t release it right away and, instead, chose to spend a few years on further developments so that it would be better prepared for the mobile market.

If you aren’t happy with your iPhone handset that’s too bad. There are some options to choose from if you do not like the Blackberry headset. If you decide that you don’t like one of the handsets that uses the Android OS you have a lot of other options to choose from. If you like having a lot of options available to you, you will want to choose one of the Google phones. This is because all of the major cell phone manufacturers are starting to use the Android OS in their phones so whatever your handset preference is, there is going to be a Google phone for it.

Recent studies show that, especially where Android OS phones are concerned, men use smart phones more than women do. It actually doesn’t matter what kind of smart phone it is, women are not as likely to buy smart phones as men are. The numbers are closer together when the iPhone is study. A tiny bit more than half of the iPhone users are male. Almost three quarters of Android OS users, however, are men. We are not sure why this is. Maybe because men seem to be far more likely to buy new technology as soon as it is released? There is no definitive reason for the study numbers to be what they are.

Choosing your next cellular phone used to be easy. You probably just accepted your free upgrade from your provider. Now you choose your provider based on its available phones. The good news for smart phone fans is that, thanks to the Android OS, you can have a smart phone no matter who your provider is! Aren’t you glad to learn that?

You will find also many tablet PCs operating on Android OS. One of them is Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Asus Eee Pad Transformer that is running on Android Honeycomb 3.2 is one of the bestselling tablet PC in Amazon.com. Find out more about this tablet from Asus tablet review at http://www.asustabletreviewed.com

I Switched to PCLinuxOS

I finally made the switch from Ubuntu 11.10 to PCLinuxOS. It took me some time because I wanted to make sure that a new Linux distro would be right for me.

So I read as much as I could reviews about the various Linux distros available. I was surprised to learn that there are a lot.

There are 2 major reasons why I gave up on Ubuntu and didn´t wait anymore for its upgrade set to be released on April. One, I did not like their Unity desktop, which was forced upon its users with the 11.10 version. Before this users had a choice between the classic desktop and Unity.

Many users disapproved of Unity, but the Ubuntu developers went on and forced it down our throats. It doesn´t bode well for developers when they don´t listen to their users. The least they could do was continue to give users a choice.

The second reason I gave up on Ubuntu is because I could no longer use RecordMyDesktop with the upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10. RecordMyDesktop is a screencast software that I use extensively for my tutorials. And nobody seems to know a solution. My post about this problem in the Ubuntu forum continues to be in Limbo. I know I´m not the only one with this problem.

So PCLinuxOs it is. My only disappointment is that Libre Office didn´t come in the package. It had to be downloaded and installed with what they call an lomanager. But that was a minor issue with me. Otherwise, PCLinuxOs looks good and is functioning nicely.

I made a video (yes, created with RecordMyDesktop) showing the PCLinuxOS desktop. It´s right below. As always, I appreciate your feedback.

Ubuntu 11.10 a Disappointment

Ever since I began using the Linux distro, Ubuntu (and this was v. 8.04), I’ve never been disappointed with their updates. That is until now.

I updated to v. 11.10, the latest, code-named, “Oneric Ocelot.” And, boy, am I disappointed!

For one thing, the developers removed the option of two interfaces, the classic interface and what they call the “Unity” interface (view the entry, The 2 Interfaces of Ubuntu 11.04. Now it’s just the Unity interface, which lets the user click too many times to get to and fro an application. There are even applications that I have installed but need to search for before using them.

Why the developers have insisted on using this interface when users have complained about it, I’ll never know.

Secondly, and this is a major disappointment, I can no longer use RecordMyDesktop, which is the best screencast app for Linux/Ubuntu. As you have already known, I have been creating videos about using Ubuntu. This was when I had earlier versions of this OS.

With v. 11.10, however, RecordMyDesktop loads, but when I click on the record button, I get this message: “recordmydesktop has exited with status: 3328.” And RecordMyDesktop won’t record. It shuts down.

I’ve gone to the Ubuntu and other Linux forums and posted my problem, but no one seems to have a solution. Another user complained that he tried to contact the developer of RecordMyDesktop, but never received a response.

So now I’m stumped. I can no longer screen cast until some good soul tries to do something about this problem because I’m not the only one who has it.

A third albeit minor disappointment is I could no longer use Kmail, which is an email app. With the latest version of Ubuntu, I also get an error message when I try to load Kmail. I didn’t bother posting this in forums as I just placed all my email inboxes in Thunderbird. But I still had to configure Thunderbird to receive the added inboxes.

So the Ubuntu developers are about to release a new version. I’m in a wait-and-see mode. If the new version will still carry the problems I have with this current version, I’m going to look for a new Linux distro.

Any recommendations?

Oh, by the way, Linux still hasn’t come up with a speech recognition software, open source or proprietary. So I still have an old desktop with Windows XP and installed within are Camtasia and Dragon Naturally Speaking, the former a screen cast app and the latter a speech recognition app.

So I’m using them again. Ironically, the only one preventing me from discarding Windows altogether is Linux.