Episode 75: Is Linux Mint Unique?

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Main Topic

  • 0:31:27 What’s Unique About Linux Mint?


Website of the Week

  • http://lowfatlinux.com/
    This website is a free course for learning Linux, a version of Unix that runs on ordinary personal computers. The author, Bob Rankin, known as “Doctor Bob” in the online world, created it for people who want to learn the basics of using Linux, and thereby Unix, without getting bogged down in too much detail or technobabble. Rankin is a writer and computer programmer who enjoys exploring the Internet and sharing the fruit of his experience with others.

Tip of the Week

  • Here’s a tip from lowfatlinux.com – To stop a process that is running in the background, first find out the process ID, or PID, from the command “ps” in a terminal. This will print the PID of the offending process. If the process you’re looking for doesn’t show up, you can try “ps -A” to list all processes. Now you can stop the process with the command “kill [PID]”. If the process refuses to stop, you can use “kill -9 [PID]”, which issues an exit command that can’t be blocked (you may lose unsaved data). Both ps and kill have detailed man pages that provide a lot more detail.


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8 Replies to “Episode 75: Is Linux Mint Unique?”

  1. brokenpike


    Try “apt-get install pavucontrol” to fix your audio problem.

    I recently did a fresh install of aptosid imera as stepping stone to gnome3 desktop (a blended experimental, sid and squeeze system). After I got a gnome 3 environment going I noticed that I had no hardware (and adjustment options) in my gnome 3 sound settings. I began to install various sound packages rather willy nilly to to good effect. As best I could tell the install of pavucontrol pulled in much of the pulse audio infrastructure and then populated the option under the “sound setting” under system setting.

    Neither aptosid xfce not gnome-session experimental seemed to pull in pulse audio. Even most of alsa seemed to be absent out of the box. That said aptosid xfce is rather lean at 450mb on the iso.



  2. Andrew

    Another great ep.

    Though I installed LM 11 on my ThinkPad about a half hour before tuning in, you can still take the credit for wooing me from Ubuntu Studio 😉

  3. BostonPeng

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the #1 selling point for a lot of Mint users: No Mint releases are put out before their time.

    There may be an easier way to stop processes. Simply call up the system manager, go to the Processes tab and you can kill any process with a click or two of your mouse. I don’t remember how your do it in Gnome but in KDE4 you bring up the Run Command Interface (normally by pressing Alt-F2), then just click on the second icon from the left. That will open the System Activity window and all you have to do is select the process and click “End Process…” You can also right click on the process and send one of eight different messages to the process.

  4. Ray Woods

    I was a bit disappointed by the belittling of the Nottingham LUG on this Podcast. Yes, you may be all from the States but, if the listeners reflect the users registered on the Community site then Europe out numbers those from the States by over 2:1! (There are 1337 from the USA and 2667 registered in European sphere.)

    I know that you have been brought up in a society that is not very interested of happenings outside of your national boundaries but there is an awful lot of us out here in this void.

    Considering the Mint Community is a Worldwide phenomena perhaps this item should have started with, “for those of you in Europe (or even in the UK)…”

    Sorry, just my two penny worth.

    • Scott

      Our apologies if it came across that way. That certainly was not the intention. We talked about it in the podcast episode that we recorded last night that will be out next week, so hopefully we have been able to set things right.

      As an aside, I have friends up in Sheffield that I’ve gotten to visit several times in the last few years, and have spent a little bit of time in the Nottingham area. Always enjoyable.

      Anyway, thanks for the feedback.

      – Scott

      • Ray Woods

        Thanks Scott. It is so easy to forget to look over the garden fence before opening our mouths, I do it too frequently myself! We do have to remember we live in a worldwide community.


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