Monthly Archives: June 2016

Configuring a Basic Xubuntu 16.04 System (aborted)

I had decided to try setting up a Linux system that would serve primarily as a workspace in which I would run virtual machines (VMs), within my dual-boot system with Windows 7. Previous posts describe abortive efforts to use Linux Mint … Continue reading

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Opera in Linux: “W: Target Packages . . . is configured multiple times”

As described in another post, I was working in a new Xubuntu installation. I had just installed Synaptic, gedit, and the Opera browser. When I clicked Reload in Synaptic, I got an error message: An error occurred The following details are … Continue reading

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Configuring a Basic Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon System

I had decided to install a dual-boot system, Windows 7 and Linux. It seemed that, among the various flavors of Linux Mint, Cinnamon was the most stable. As indicated in a previous post, I planned to use it for the basic … Continue reading

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Favorite Windows Programs in a Linux Mint System

As described in another post, I was in the process of developing a Linux Mint system. Finding good programs was an important part of that project. A separate post presents a list of 95 Windows programs for which I had … Continue reading

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Installing a Brother DCP-7065DN Printer in Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3

I had a Brother DCP-7065DN multifunction machine. I wanted to use it with a new Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3 installation. This post describes the steps I took to get it to work. The following points convey my interpretation of advice found … Continue reading

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Configuring a Basic Linux Mint 17.3 Xfce System (aborted)

A previous post describes how I installed Xfce on an old 32-bit laptop. This post describes another installation, on a 64-bit desktop. The previous post contains information not repeated here (on e.g., the initial installation process). Other posts cited below … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Linux: A Windows Power User’s Perspective

In spring 2016, after reviewing the reasons for Microsoft’s aggressive efforts to make Windows 7 users switch to Windows 10, I decided it was time to switch back to Linux. I spent several months working through that transition. Along the … Continue reading

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Connecting Linux on an External Drive: USB? eSATA? Firewire? SSD?

As described in another post, I was thinking about running Linux, and a Windows 7 virtual machine (VM), from an external drive. I knew that an internal solid state drive (SSD) would be faster than an internal hard disk drive … Continue reading

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Windows 7 Apps in Linux: Wine; Cameyo/ThinApp; VM vs. Native

I was in the process of transitioning from Windows 7 to Linux. I had identified a substantial number of Windows programs for which I would be seeking Linux alternatives. As described in a separate post, I did not find good … Continue reading

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Cloning a Windows 7 VirtualBox VM – Avoiding Activation Problems

Contents Background The Problem Solution 1: Before Installing Windows: Configure the Original VM Solution 2: After Installing Windows but Before Cloning: Edit the .vbox File The Reinitialize Option Solution 3: After Making the Clone: Edit the .vbox File Solution 4: … Continue reading

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Using VMware’s ThinApp Trial Version to Virtualize Windows 7 Programs

As detailed in another post, I had made efforts to produce portable versions of a handful of Windows programs using Cameyo. There were some successes, among those programs, when I ran the Cameyo packages in Windows, but virtually no successes … Continue reading

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Creating a Clean, Basic Windows XP VM in VirtualBox – Overview

A previous post offers a detailed description of the process of creating a clean Windows XP virtual machine (VM) in VirtualBox. This post summarizes the steps in that process. Readers are encouraged to consult that other post for additional detail. … Continue reading

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Ways to Activate Windows XP

Contents Introduction How to Tell if WinXP Is Activated The WPA.DBL Activation Method The Registry Edit Method The OEM Key Method When You Can’t Get into Windows XP Other Methods . Introduction I had just installed Windows XP x32 SP3 … Continue reading

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Creating a Portable Version of Microsoft Office 2003 with Cameyo

This post describes an unsuccessful effort to virtualize Office 2003 using Cameyo. The details are here for anyone making a similar attempt, and also to invite suggestions. Introduction As part of my project to transition from Windows 7 to Linux, … Continue reading

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Experiences with Linux Mint Alternatives to Windows Programs

I was refining a new Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon x64 installation. In several other posts, I described how I looked for Linux (or cloud-based) alternatives to my primary Windows 7 programs, installed those alternatives, and — where no suitable Linux … Continue reading

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Using IrfanView in Linux via Wine – With and Without Cameyo

Introduction IrfanView was a well-known free multipurpose media tool in Windows. The WineHQ Applications Database indicated that several people had good luck when using Wine to run IrfanView in various versions of Linux. Since I had used IrfanView frequently in … Continue reading

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Installing Linux Alternatives to Windows Programs

I was in the process of transitioning from Windows to Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon x64. Obviously, programs were an important part of this transition. As described in another post, I had identified Linux programs (a/k/a packages) that seemed capable of … Continue reading

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