Thoughts: Xubuntu 16.04 on my Satellite C55D-B5214

Microsoft is ever vigilant at trying to strong arm customers of 7 and 8.1 to upgrade to 10. So, I have vowed to use Linux on my laptop at least until the madness is over (as my laptop won’t upgrade). This past month I installed Xubuntu 16.04. How well does it work? Well, it may stay here until my machine is retired. Continue reading “Thoughts: Xubuntu 16.04 on my Satellite C55D-B5214”

Lopsided Sound In Linux: Fix Sound Balance Issues (Linux Mint 17.X)

So you been using Linux and changed hardware or have decided to make the jump and try out Linux on hardware directly.  Everything is working great, but sound is only coming from one speaker. What gives? Don’t worry, there is an easy fix for that. Continue reading “Lopsided Sound In Linux: Fix Sound Balance Issues (Linux Mint 17.X)”

Customize Linux: Cinnamon Desktop Environment – Clock Format

One of the best things about Linux is that you can customize it any way you like. So why not how the date/time displays? Continue reading “Customize Linux: Cinnamon Desktop Environment – Clock Format”

VirtualBox Basics

Want to run another operating system on top of your current one? The easiest solution is Oracle’s VirtualBox. This article will walk you through the basics of setting up your first VM (Linux Mint). Let’s begin! Continue reading “VirtualBox Basics”

How To Try Linux (Without Removing Your Windows or Mac OS)

Curious about Linux? If you haven’t heard it’s an operating system just like Windows and Mac OS. However, unlike those, it’s completely free and able to be installed on pretty much any PC hardware you have. It can do pretty much anything these other OS’s do as well. So, ready to give it a try? This article will tell you how you can try Linux without getting rid of your current Mac or Windows install. Continue reading “How To Try Linux (Without Removing Your Windows or Mac OS)”

How to Install Krita on Linux Mint 17.2

Recently I moved to Linux Mint 17.2 on my desktop. Using Adobe Photoshop CS 5.5 on Windows, it was time for me to find a new photo editor/painting tool. Krita has been something I have watched from afar so it was time to try it. Unfortunately it took some additional measures to get it installed properly. Continue reading “How to Install Krita on Linux Mint 17.2”

Thoughts: Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 – Installing Linux

I enjoy using Linux(or GNU/Linux as it’s preferred to be called by some. But that distinction is for another article. Let’s just agree that Linux here refers to a complete OS/Distribution). I have used it off and on as a choice operating system for my previous laptop throughout college and its life thereafter. As I now have a new laptop, I knew the day would come where I would try a version of Linux to see how well it would run. I have three top distributions of choice and tried each to see which runs out of the box on my new Satellite C55D-B5214. Continue reading “Thoughts: Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 – Installing Linux”