Linux Mint 18
As you can tell from previous posts, I’m having trouble with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on one of my machines. It’s an older machine and I suspect that Windows has broken a driver for the old motherboard. The latest version that worked properly was Version 1511 / 10586.545 and each time I restored to the last Restore Point, it went back to that. So apparently, the Anniversary Update 1607 / 14393.51 is the problem.
After going back to a Restore Point on two successive days, I turned off the Windows Update service and the machine was ok for a day, but I decided that this was too risky a state to leave the system. I have decided to move the system to Linux Mint 18, and this post is being typed into that system. It took about 2 hours to do the update, including installing a new system HD, and another couple of hours to set up Thunderbird email.
I have used Linux Mint for many years, and the latest is version 18. I prefer the Cinnamon version, but you may prefer another of the several window managers. For my choice, Cinnamon looks the most like Windows.
This machine is used for email, online shopping and document creation. It has two 1080×1200 monitors driven by an older GTX 270 card. Not the best for gaming, but just fine for it’s uses. Continue Reading
I recently added some SATA drives to my Linux Mint 17 system and ran into a few glitches and issues. This is a YouTube video that shows how to get around these issues using a USB Drive rather than a SATA drive, but the principles are the same.
Openshot Video Editor
Now that I have your attention, I’d like to describe what I have found out recently about capturing, editing and burning DVDs of videos using Linux. I have been editing video and burning DVDs for years on Windows. I started long ago when the tools were barely functional and finding a set of tools that understood a common set of file formats was quite a challenge. The situation on Windows has matured over the years and currently you can purchase for a very small price a set of tools that will allow you to capture, edit and burn both DVDs and BluRay disks with remarkable ease.
The situation on Linux Mint is almost that good. Currently I cannot find software that allows editing and burning the BluRay disk media with titles and menus, but one certainly can edit the videos themselves. Read on for the full story.
Samba Built In
Hurray! Windows File Sharing just works in Linux Mint 17!
It’s been a long time since I tried it. Back in 2010 when I was using Ubuntu, I wrote a post about how to set up Samba, and WinBind to get network sharing going and was quite disappointed that it wasn’t working. Well, that process was so cumbersome that I haven’t used it much over the years and in spite of the fact that about half of my computers are Linux, I haven’t bothered to set it up, or check to see how things have progressed. But I was sharing files recently and lo and behold, it works just fine!
As you can see from this picture, I am looking into a share from a Linux Mint 17 system into a Windows 10 system and can see and read those files. The Windows 10 system drives are shared read/only, as is the best practice. More about that later. But here is what you can expect if you have a mixed network, and how you can use Windows File sharing between Windows 10 and Linux Mint 17.
I use the Qt Framework to develop portable software for Windows and Linux. You can find my software on sourceforge. This post is going to record the installation instructions for Linux and Windows.
Linux Mint 17
I use Linux Mint 17 at this point and the installation differs slightly from the installation that I found on the net. See below.
Primary development of my software is done on Windows 7 and then the sources are moved to Linux to be compiled there.
Check the rest of this post for installation instructions:
Posted one year ago to keep it off the front page of the blog.
SOLVED – see below
I have a couple of hard drives. But I can’t get them to AutoMount. Used the post here to try to get it to work, but this does not work. The boot stops with a message to “Type S to skip mounting or M to Manually whatever”.
I set the options to LABEL= to match the old mount point, I hoped.
I can mount the drives manually using the little Arrow in the Disks program next to the partition.
According to this post under Ubuntu: You must uncheck the “Show In User Interface” option:
The drive[s] then show up as /mnt/YOURLABELHERE and rebooting remounts the drives properly.
But these are not the original mount points that were present when the disks were first added to the system. So I changed them and they still mount properly.
Corrected Mount Points
Back to the Original Places
And they appear in the user interface, as you can see. Voila! Why is this so complicated?
BTW, this was published for 2014 so that it does not appear on my first page of the blog. There is no other way I know to get things off the first page.
When DVD+R is Inserted
R-Click choices on ISO
When I choose Disk Image Writer, on LM17, I get a window for which I have no understandable choices. So the question is how am I supposed to use this interface to write an ISO the DVD+R that I have just inserted.
Oh. I see:
RClick on ISO and choose Brasero
Click Burn and away it goes
Verify with a checksum
Disk Image Writer is a backup program. Brasero is the ISO media writer program, among other things.
Thanks a heap,
@N200 ~ $ inxi -S
System: Host: N200 Kernel: 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 17 Qiana
BTW: Publishing this exactly one year ago is a hack to keep bug posts off the front page, for which there is no feature in WordPress.
QtSlidePlayer Shot Editor
I wanted to display images each with one or more pan / zoom shots. Both on Windows and Linux. I have a Zbox running Linux Mint that I use as a photo frame. As I looked around for programs, all of them created movies. I did a test with one of these programs and 5 slides took 2 minutes to render the 100MB video. This means that a slide show of 300 slides would take 5 hours to render a movie of 8GB. The images for this slide show are only about 200MB.
QtSlidePlayer allows building slide shows in a portable way and the program runs on either Windows or Linux. You can find the program at SourceForge.
Sorry. This is a support post. I used to be able to hide such posts from the front page. But not here. Continue Reading