If you like to try out different flavors of Linux as well as other distros, install them in a virtual environment like VirtualBox. In this way you avoid messing up your system since installation will be inside a container. VirtualBox can run in Windows, Mac and Linux. I’m currently running it on Linux Mint 19. If you are curious, the instructions are here to install VirtualBox 6 in Linux Mint 19.
Archives for January 2019
How to check for an argument in a script in Bash.
if [ -z "$1" ] ; then echo "there are no arguments" else echo "there is an argument" fi
Perform this command to reset a Linux account that has been locked out due to multiple login failures. This involves resetting the pam_tally back down to zero. Some systems use pam_tally2. First, check what’s the current tally.
pam_tally --user=username pam_tally2 --user=username
pam_tally --user=username --reset pam_tally2 --user=username --reset
Just got done installing Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa Cinnamon edition. It’s a long-term support release with support until 2023. Here are some of the new features. I use Etcher on the Mac to write to the USB. I then booted via USB to install Linux Mint on the new machine. Linux Mint was done installing in less than 10 minutes. I went with Cinnamon since it was a darker theme.
Etcher allows you to safely and easily burn images to SD and USB drives. It has a simple interface, and and exclusively available on the Mac OS platform. Burning an image has never been easy. Just select an image (ISO), select a drive, and flash the image.