• Backup,  Gnome,  GUI,  KDE,  Linux,  Linux Desktop,  Open Source,  PersonalBlog

    There’s a Gnome in the KDE

    I’m refreshing a laptop that I’m giving to a family member and I want to image the shiny new Ubuntu 20.04 onto a USB3 thumbdrive to send with the machine as a secondary backup to the Ubuntu Linux already installed as primary boot on the laptop as primary backup to Windows10home. For myself, I just use dd from the command line. I’ve found that bit of magic that does notification as dd does it’s thing so you have an idea of it’s progress, so it’s just too convenient these days. But occasionally I’ve wanted to show other people how to ‘burn’ onto a thumbdrive, or onto an SD card for…

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    Brain dropping: NMAP

    I’m starting a ‘brain droppings’ thread. As I do searches for one thing or another I will try to place the actionable results here. For me mainly because if I looked it up once, I will likely be needing it eventually again…and as a public service of sorts in case someone else is looking this stuff up. NMAP on Ubuntu 20.04 The nmap utility is present on Ubuntu 20.04 just as you would expect. However, zenmap is not present. There are ways to get it, such as downloading the .RPM from nmap.org and using alien to convert it into a .deb for installing with dpkg. There is another GUI for…

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    Notes in the Aether

    I had a need to change the boot order in GRUB to hide the fact that Linux is present on a laptop I am giving to a relative. When Windows borks, not if, I want to be able to help her rescue her machine over the phone or possibly even remotely. So while I’m refreshing myself on the wonders of GRUB2, I thought I’d make some notes to collect a good explanation of GRUB here while I’m at it. When adding groups or such to your account, instead of ‘logging out and back’ in just initiate a switch-user to your username. Part of moving to a new user is accepting…