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Peppermint OS correction for appropriate handling of opening downloaded files with Chrome/Chromium

in the console:

sudo nano /usr/bin/xdg-open

Change:

    generic)
    open_generic "$url"
    ;;

to:

    generic)
    open_lxde "$url"
    ;;

Howto Upgrade your kernel the easy way (Ubuntu/LinuxMint)

First check what kernel you have:

uname -a

to determine if you have a i386 or amd64.

NOTE: In case you have an new ATI graphics card you will very probably need to update to the latest drivers first for your Xorg to work with the newest kernels!!!

you have to install the 3 .deb files from http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline exactly in the following order:


Kernel .deb files

Kernel .deb files





















1) Install linux-headers-XXXXX_all.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-XXXXX_all.deb

2) Install linux-headers-XXXXX_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-XXXXX_amd64.deb

3) Install linux-image-XXXXX_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-image-XXXXX_amd64.deb

After that just reboot.

Howto install Ubuntu Software Center on LinuxMint10

Try this:

sudo nano /etc/lsb-release
change “DISTRIB_ID=LinuxMint” for “DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu

Save changes

Then do the following:

sudo apt-get install software-center
sudo nano /usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/distro/__init__.py

find line 112 in the _get_distro() function:

distro_id = subprocess.Popen([“lsb_release”,”-i”,”-s”], stdout=subprocess.PIPE).communicate()[0].strip()

And just change it to:

distro_id = “Ubuntu”

Then run software-center, it should work now!

After making sure that it works, just fix back what you changed before:

sudo nano /etc/lsb-release

change “DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu” for “DISTRIB_ID=LinuxMint

Save changes

Now Ubuntu Software Center works!!!

Open Standards in Europe: BSA letter

Old news, but still I though I should briefly describe what happened:

1) On October 7th the BSA sent a letter to the European Commission.

Basically they don’t like Open Standards, since they want to impose their their proprietary standards.

2) So the FSFE (Free Software Foundation Europe) didn’t like that at all, so they reacted sending the following letter to the EU Commission.

And then published their Analysis here:

3) Open Standards in Europe: FSFE responds to BSA letter [LWN.net]

4) And they have a basic description of open Standards.

So in general, BSA conformed by many SW Companies, is afraid that Open Standards will be established in Europe.

Cheers!