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  • Posted July 28, 2015
    Back on dual boot :jump: Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS & Windows 8 Pro.

    It took sometime to get Linux to boot LOL The Windows 8, 8.1 & 10 boot loaders don't want to play nice with Linux!

    But with the mess they have made of Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 :( When they drop support for Windows 8 and if they haven't dumped all the forced logged into MS, METRO HUGE START MENU, SLOW PERFORMANCE... I'm pretty much done with Windows.

    I have most of the stuff I use daily-hourly LOL installed on Ubuntu x64. The Nvidia drivers were a little harder this time. :( The drivers that come with 14.04.2 LTS are before my Video card was released (300). You can install up to 333 pretty easy, but any 700 series or higher won't run on those either. :(

    But I did get 352's installed :) with a little sudo here and sudo there!
    Slimjet x64 with FVD speed dial, Privacy Badger, Adblocker :) VLC, TeamViewer, dual monitors lol see's my 32 inch monitors as 7 inch LOLOLOL

    So far all is good looking for FREE graphics software :) GIMP image editor comes installed and it's OK but not as good as MS PUB! :D (Just for Anne)

    Still working out a few bugs :( My mouse on the slowest setting IS INSANE if I look at it it jumps of the desk and runs out the door!
  • Posted July 29, 2015
    Well once I got rid of the Unity mess :) just more mobile junk. I'm using Gnome so much nicer! Uninstalled Libre Office and installed Apache Open Office, added a few more things :) I'm really liking Ubuntu 14!
    Very very FAST! VLC movies look 200% sharper in Linux.

    I have almost all my stuff working no MS PUB :( but I do have dual boot if I need to use windows LOL.

    Steam is setup :) on to TeamSpeak :)

    One thing that is bad :( When you're searching for software to replace it's windows counter part 98.9% of the software is all FREE! :D
  • Posted July 31, 2015
    This will be a long post LOL

    First you will need to download and install the basic Ubuntu with the horrible Unity
    (Mobile desktop can't customize much)
    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

    Then burn it to a CD or setup USB install (I used USB faster install and Live test drive)
    Have it install next to Windows or on it's own hard drive. I put it on it's own Crucial M550 SSD.
    Using dual boot Windows 8 Pro & Xubuntu. (BCD EDIT)

    First here is a screen shot of the built-in FREE photo editer and my customized desktops.
    And yes you can have desktops that change backgrounds as often as 1 minute.
    This is both of my monitors :) You can see on the left I have put all open programs
    on the top and all applications, folder short cuts, time date... on the bottom. Of course
    all my menus are also customized! And movies in VLC in Linux are SO MUCH nicer looking!
    This Xubuntu (click to see a larger picture)


    Next here are a bunch commands to help you add things without spending
    DAYS in DUCKDUCKGO searching! Yes some of us find things WITHOUT google! :D

    Remember with Linux EVERYTHING works out of the box and you have the internet!
    But if you're running fairly new hardware you will need to get and install new drivers
    Ubuntu will have drivers just not the newest :( Like for Nvidia newest are 333 which are
    older then my video card. But not to worry there are people out there making the drivers
    days after Nvidia releases them! (You can also download them from Nvidia)

    ANYTIME YOU UPGRADE ANY PPA DRIVERS YOU NEED TO DO THIS.
    This will revert it back to the original driver from Ubuntu
    (MOST OF THESE ARE TERMINAL COMMANDS)
    sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
    sudo ppa-purge ppa:
    You can see what you have installed with this.
    history | grep add-apt-repository

    If you have a newer video card you will need new drivers to get the full use of your card.
    install nvidia drivers.
    (Upgrading run this first) sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-352 nvidia-settings
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    Stable only updates
    (Upgrading run this first) sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    If anything goes wrong and Ubuntu won't boot after the install use a Live CD
    Choose "Recovery Console"
    This will remount root file system as writable
    $ mount -o remount,rw /

    This will remove all nvidia packages
    $ apt-get purge nvidia*





    As always any questions just ask. :)
  • Posted August 23, 2015
    If you need to run or test Windows while in Linux :)

    Monitor 1 Desktop 1 (You can have as many desktops as you like in Linux)
    You can see all my Virtual Machines :)


    Monitor 2 Desktop 1
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Spinny come to the Xubuntu side :)
  • Posted September 11, 2015
    I updated the beast-usa.com Linux page.

    I added ISO's to download for:
    CentOS 64bit
    Fendora 32 & 64bit
    Mint Cinnamon 32 & 64bit
    openSUSE 32 & 64bit
    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu Ultimate 32 & 64bit (has problems with Nvidia video cards)

    http://www.beast-usa.com/downloads/linux/linuxdownloads.html
  • Posted January 6, 2016
    Have you ever restored a Linux image?
    Then the horrible repairing of GRUB/2 LOL :D

    Well those days are gone!:yippy

    This cool little tool for 32bit or 64bit, USB, CD or DVD will fix it in a couple minutes!
    If you use Linux you will want this! :)

    boot-repair-disk
    A rescue disk that includes the Boot Repair tool

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/boot-repair-cd/files/