HELP: MX Apt-notifier

MX-Updater (formerly called apt-notifier) checks the repos to look for package updates. A cronjob (a scheduled task using cron) does a check at a random time between 5 and 35 minutes after bootup if it’s been more than 24 hours since the last check. If the machine is then left running continuously, the cronjob runs … Read more

Working with Android

Sharing files with an Android device. Many phones up to Android 8.xx include mtp capability, and you can use the following procedure. Connect phone, and make sure storage option is set to mtp. Open Thunar. When the upper left pane (Devices) shows your phone’s name (or: Storage), click on it. If you don’t see it, … Read more

Orage

Introduction Tralala Installation Installed by default through MX-18x. MX-19 will ship Xfce 14.4 for the first time, which will not include it because it has not been ported to GTK3. It should nonetheless run normally, since the new panel can accommodate both GTK2 and GTK3 apps. Links How to link orage to your Google calendar … Read more

Dual monitor setup

Connection In addition to the standard single connection commonly used, so that the switching is controlled exclusively by the software, it is often possible to make use of two separate connections. Depending on the particular machine and the BIOS, you may be able to connect to two different ports–for instance, one VGA and the other … Read more

HELP: MX System locales

In case the user neglected to select system locale during installation or from the Login menu, missed setting it up on the Live session, or just needs to make a change, this little app provides an easy way to carry out that operation from the Start menu. To use a terminal instead, enter the command: … Read more

HELP: MX System keyboard

In case the user neglected to select system keyboard during installation or from the Login menu, missed setting it up on the Live session, or just needs to make a change, this little app provides an easy way to carry out that operation from the Start menu. It could also be changed in a terminal, … Read more

Microsoft office

Microsoft products are not FOSS, yet many users need or want to have access to the, especially for business, institutional and other such contexts. Although Microsoft Office suit applications can’t be natively installed under Linux, Microsoft’s Office365 (paid service) or On-line Office (free) are just regular web pages that run fine inside any modern browser … Read more

Wacom

Introduction Wacom is a Japanese company that produces graphics tablets  that enables a user to hand-draw images, animations and graphics, with a special pen-like stylus.  Installation [Debian Wiki] Wacom tablets are auto-detected and natively supported on Debian. Check if the device is detected correctly: xsetwacom –list dev You should get something like this: Wacom Co.,Ltd. Cintiq … Read more

Trim

Introduction On traditional magnetic drives, deleted files are not completely removed from the disk at the time of deletion. This is why you can recover deleted files. Essentially, the filesystem just references the location of a file on the disk, and when a file is deleted, that reference is erased, allowing you to write new … Read more

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