Ubuntu 16.04 LTS virtualization and customization

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has been released last month. LTS is an abbreviation for “Long Term Support”: while a new Ubuntu Desktop is released every six months, the LTS versions are released every 2 years and receive a 5 years support. An ideal solution for anyone looking for stability. Ubuntu has nine flavours and dozens of localised and specialised derivatives, but we are focusing today on the main ‘official’ version.

While I wasn’t fond of Unity, Ubuntu’s default desktop environment, a few years ago, it has been greatly improved lately and may become a solid solution for a light and punchy virtual machine.

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Ubuntu 15.10: Unity desktop customization

The next LTS (long term support) version of Ubuntu – 16.04 – is about to be released in a few days. It will bring a new feature (among others), totally unnecessary and long awaited: the possibility to move the Unity launcher from the left of the screen to the bottom. Be sure I will jump on this new release on day one. In the meantime, let see how we configured our current Ubuntu 15.10 desktop.

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Make Openbox your window manager in Ubuntu

Autumn is here, it’s time to change our wallpaper! And our distro as well… Today we’ll see how to tweak Lubuntu, the lightest and simplest of the *buntu releases to make it run smoother than ever and look a bit nicer.

To do that we’ll use the Openbox window manager, a highly configurable WM that “allows you to change almost every aspect of how you interact with your desktop and invent completely new ways to use and control it.” I’ve already mentioned it a few time on this blog, while doing some testing on the brilliant Crunchbang Debian distribution. And as the spiritual successor of Crunchbang, BunsenLabs, is about to be launched, it seems an excellent timing to have a new look at Openbox.

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Install Linux on an Asus Rog (Windows 8.1)

This post is a complete step-to-step guide to install Linux on a Windows 8.1 Asus Rog (G551), in dual boot of course. The goal is to create a perfectly integrated Linux system with all hardware detected and functionnal. By default the Windows system will be loaded, but maintaining a key while the computer starts will bring a boot screen allowing the user to choose his system.

Windows 8 and 8.1 come with a new optional boot feature called Secure boot, which is “a security standard developed by members of the PC industry to help make sure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer.” Great, and it is activated by most of the manufacturers by default. We’ll need to get rid of that. Continue reading “Install Linux on an Asus Rog (Windows 8.1)”

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