Configuring Pop!_OS – Keyboard lights, fonts, and more

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Font selection panel.

I’ve got a new laptop which runs Linux! These are mostly notes to myself. Fonts First, from the console, install Gnome Tweaks sudo apt install gnome-tweaks Run Tweaks and select “Fonts”. You can swap fonts, boost them, and generally have a good fiddle. Increasing the scaling factor is a good way to boost the size…

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Fix screen tearing on rotated external monitors (Ubuntu / POP!_OS)

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Pop up window with several login options.

I have a vertical monitor for my new Linux laptop. Because it is rotated 90 degrees, this causes problems with some graphics drivers on Linux (and Mac!). Here’s a solution I found for my Intel graphics card. Edit this file: sudo nano /etc/gdm3/custom.conf Find this line: WaylandEnable=false Change it to: #WaylandEnable=false Reboot. On Pop!_OS, there…

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Review – Clevo N151CU / Lafité IV / System76 Darter Pro / Entroware Proteus

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A laptop showing off its ports.

Sorry for the title gore. But it’s the only way to let people know that all four of these laptops are identical. Taiwanese manufacturer Clevo makes the N151CU laptop. They sell it directly to resellers, who in turn sell it on to consumers. It has excellent Linux support. Both Entroware (in the UK) and System76…

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Dude! I’m getting a (Linux) Dell! Maybe…

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Two Dell laptops next to each other.

I need a new laptop. My old one is dying a long, slow death. My requirements are modest – runs Ubuntu and charges via USB-C. Cheap would be a bonus – as would a num-pad – but I’ll take what I can get! Loads of people have recommended the Dell XPS13 series. I’m looking at…

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Using the Evoluent VMCR C Series Vertical Mouse with Linux

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Mouse with multiple buttons.

This is a quick guide for setting up your new mouse with Ubuntu. I’m a big fan of the Evoluent Mouse range, and I’ve agreed to publish this Linux guide in return for a review sample. The Basics The only way to configure this mouse is via the command-line. This may look a bit daunting,…

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Fixing Broken Zip Files from Bandcamp – File name too long

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I recently downloaded an album from Bandcamp. On trying to extract the zip file using Ubuntu, I got the error “File name too long.” This is a known problem with Bandcamp. If you have a problem with long filenames in zip files, here’s how to fix it. Quick Solution unzip -p -c whatever.zip “filename.ogg” >…

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Converting RAR to ZIP in Linux

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As ever, mostly notes to myself. RAR is a silly and proprietary format. I prefer free software and I find that ZIP files are smaller and decompress faster. Not everyone agrees, and that’s fine. Assuming you’ve downloaded a RAR file and want to convert it to ZIP, what’s the easiest way? Install P7Zip sudo apt-get…

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The Ubuntu Tablet – A Review of the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition

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I’ve been trying to find the perfect Linux laptop. I need something small, light, powerful, and with an ergonomic keyboard. Hmmm… Perhaps I don’t need a laptop. I could use a tablet and my new Bluetooth keyboard… Enter BQ’s Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition. It promises the Ubuntu experience in a convenient tablet package. I wanted…

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Generating Random Chiptunes on Linux

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I like to listen to music while I work. I find – especially in an open plan office – that it is an essential aid to concentration. That said, I find music with lyrics particularly problematic as my brain prefers to concentrate on the words rather than the task in hand. On long flights, I…

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Cheap BlueTooth Buttons and Linux

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Selfie sticks – like most modern inventions – are utter tosh. But they’ve rapidly brought down the price of Bluetooth buttons. So who am I to complain? Let’s take the venerable AB Shutter 3 – You can find it on Amazon for around £2 including postage – or around $2 on AliExpress. Frankly, that’s stupidly…

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