Category Archives: Linux

Remove search engines and other Firefox, Chromium and Opera customizations on Linux Mint 14

Linux Mint LogoLinux Mint 14 has been released yesterday. From end users perspective Cinnamon environment looks and behaves beautifully, much better than Ubuntu 12.10 with it's Unity interface abomination. But if you leave end user stuff aside and take a look under the Linux Mint hood, there is high probability that you won't like what you find there. For the most part Linux Mint is using override system to run over Ubuntu files and apt triggers to override new files upon installing updates to Ubuntu packages of interest. This override system is also used to shove Linux Mint search engines and other revenue oriented browser customizations down your throat on every update of your favorite browser like Firefox, Chromium or Opera.

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Fix "Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name" when starting Apache server on Ubuntu

Apache logoUsing Apache 2 development environment on your Ubuntu machine most likely involves looking at "Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName" message each time your machine boots. Here's how to make this irritating message disappear when starting Apache 2 server by specifying ServerName inside Apache 2 configuration files.

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Lubuntu change fonts DPI when using proprietary Nvidia driver

Nvidia LogoRecently during my Lubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal review I've noticed that after installing proprietary Nvidia driver my fonts were a little too small. Since I've discovered the problem was in fonts DPI value, in this article I'll show you how to specify your fonts DPI manually inside your xorg.conf.

Proprietary Nvidia drivers are smart enough to access your monitor EDID to detect it's panel DPI settings. Unfortunately that DPI makes my fonts too small because I like my fonts at standard 96 DPI. Most desktop environments come with GUI tool where you can specify your font size and DPI. LXDE from Lubuntu unfortunately doesn't have this tool so you must specify your fonts DPI manually inside your xorg.conf.

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Lubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal review

Lubuntu Quantal Quetzal CD WalletThis is that time of the year when Cannonical drops its autumn Linux based operating system package on our desks. I will not waste my keyboard buttons on the latest Ubuntu image because I believe I wrote everything in one of my previous encounters with Unity (like this one and this one). Instead I'll review the latest Lubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal featuring LXDE environment on top of Linux 3.5 kernel.

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