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Conky in Linux Mint v18

locked-computer-cartoonConky changed between Linux Mint v17.1 and v18. While the transition requires mostly copy/paste new code to the top part of your .conkyrc file and leaving the bottom part as is, certain things no longer work.

For example, reporting the status of certain important background tasks, SSH & Apache2, stopped working because UpStart is no longer a part of Linux Mint v18 so “status ssh” no longer works: “Systemd” is now the thing. Don’t get me started on their choice to muddle the ethernet port names ‘to make them more predictable’. “Eth0” worked really well for me in my one-port only systems.

Back to the topic. Typing “service ssh status” will work as a normal user (you need no longer be root to use it), but the output takes up several lines, which I don’t want: I want a simple “Yes it is running” or “No it is not running”.

$ service ssh status
● ssh.service - OpenBSD Secure Shell server
 Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/ssh.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
 Active: inactive (dead)

Sep 10 20:57:00 pops systemd[1]: Starting OpenBSD Secure Shell server...
Sep 10 20:57:00 pops sshd[28133]: Server listening on 999.999.999.999 port 98765.
Sep 10 20:57:00 pops systemd[1]: Started OpenBSD Secure Shell server.
Sep 10 20:58:13 pops systemd[1]: Stopping OpenBSD Secure Shell server...
Sep 10 20:58:13 pops systemd[1]: Stopped OpenBSD Secure Shell server.
$

Here is how I fixed it.conkyrc-screencut

${color FFAA00}Process Status ${hr 2}$color
 SSH: ${exec service ssh status | sed -n '/Active:/p' | cut -c 11-27}
 Apache: ${exec service apache2 status | sed -n '/Active:/p' | cut -c 11-27}

Available Linux Mint/MATE v18

locked-computer-cartoonLinux Mint with MATE desktop version 18 is now available. This is a long term support release good through 2021.

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” MATE Edition. Linux Mint 18 Sarah MATE Edition Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable   http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3052

There are some tweaks that can be done to improve on any install and one author’s extensive list and step by step implementation details are here: 10 things to do first in Linux Mint 18 Mate on the Sites.Google.Com  Easy Linux tips project

Congratulations, you have installed a brand new Linux Mint 18 Sarah, with the Mate desktop! What’s best for you to do, first of all?

I’ve made a list of the things to do, which I’ve divided into three categories:
– 10 absolutely essential ones (part 1);
– the recommended ones (not essential, part 2);
– the maybe useful (part 3).


Windows 10 Upgrade Change

locked-computer-cartoonMicrosoft has changed their position on encouraging users of the old Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade to the Windows 10 platform. Windows 10 will effectively be the “last” Windows as there will not be replacements, rather merely updates and upgrades as in Linux.

As such, those who miss this opportunity to upgrade will eventually end up paying money to buy Windows 10 Readmore..


Steam Not Working on Linux Mint / MATE 17.3 64-bit

locked-computer-cartoonAll I  wanted to do was try Factorio under steam. Psi.

Any one know how to fix this problem with Steam?

$ steam
Running Steam on linuxmint 17.3 64-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(0_client)
libGL error: unable to load driver: r600_dri.so
libGL error: driver pointer missing
libGL error: failed to load driver: r600
libGL error: unable to load driver: swrast_dri.so
libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast

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GRUB Re-Install after Windows

Fix for the various instances in which the GRUB boot loader on a multi-boot system gets trashed, by way of example but not by way of limitation, when installing Windows. A different process that inspired these steps I found here http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/245. Being a basic old, grouchy, lazy IT guy, I did it this way instead. Notes below.

  1. Boot from the Memory Stick into MINT, Ubuntu, or whatever
  2. Open terminal
  3. Readmore..