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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”