Download in Geek Style: Use Wget (Part 1)

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I was getting questions about wget from my friends who have recently joined Linux. So, I am writing this article illustrating wget, for an average Linux user, in a little Geeky way.
In this article we will discuss several wget commands and split this article into two parts:
Basic Use 
Advanced Use

Starting with Wget – Basic Use:

Starting a Download with wget

It is easy, just write wget in terminal followed by the url of the file to download (download link)
wget "download link" (quotes not needed)

How to Create Bootable CD/DVD From Installed Ubuntu System

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“…Hocus-pocus…” and a Live CD/DVD jumps out from nothing…
Hate Gossip?? Jump straight to Tut…

One day I was sitting in my room with my lovely Linux machine, when I got a call from my girlfriend (a girl who is my friend). She had to give a presentation in college within an hour,but her Windows Laptop got crashed giving every Windows lover’s favorite message:
“…bla….bla….bla….Windows Crashed…bla….bla…bla….”
Suddenly lightening of wisdom struck her head and she said, “Hey, I know a super genius guy(me) who can solve my problem”, and she gave me a call.
All right !! She didn’t say that, but she did call me.

Keryx Tutorial: Download Software for GNU/Linux(Ubuntu) Without Pain

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Linux Operating System uses a system of shared libraries in which different software share same libraries for their ‘under the hood’ work. This is a really useful and powerful thing and is in accordance with the Unix theory, ”Do one thing and do it very good” (or something like this).
But this system become irritating when you are not connected to internet and need to get some software, as you can’t straight way download them for some reasons. This happen to me sometimes as I spend most of time in my college and I don’t have a fast Internet connection to download everything in minutes. So I needed some way to download my favorite software from Windows machines in my College and install them on my Linux machine at home. But the problem was dependencies, I could download the software but who will look after their dependencies. 
So I decided giving Keryx a try. Keryx is a software developed for downloading software for your GNU/Linux machine from anywhere and from any other system.
Actually Keryx download software from Ubuntu repositories (it supports only Debian based systems for now). We can add other sources also. Here is how it works.


Aptoncd Tutorial:How to Backup Your Installed Software on Ubuntu Using Aptoncd

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Being a distro hopper, I keep changing my desktop Operating System frequently, and it is really irritating when I have to download and install same software every time (it take a lot of time on my slow Internet connection). Aptoncd save me from this trouble by backing up all the software I’ve installed using apt-get (or other apt-get front ends like aptitude, synaptic etc.), to a CD/DVD which I can install when I re-install  my Operating System. What aptoncd actually do is that it copies all the software present in apt archives and burn them into a .iso file. It can also make meta packages which binds software and their dependencies into one package simplifying their installation.
Aptoncd comes inbuilt with Linux Mint and can be installed on your Ubuntu machine using command:
  sudo apt-get install aptoncd
Once downloaded and installed, aptoncd can be accessed through its GUI interface (which is nice enough to get an admiration from command line geeks (including me)). So overall, what we have to do after its installation is this:

Manually Copy software(.deb Files) From Apt-get Archives for Future Installs/backup

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Only for Debian based distros; Ubuntu, Mint etc.

It is easy (and yes, possible as well) to copy software which are installed using apt-get\aptitude\synaptic etc. and save them for future install on other computer or just for backup. For this do the following:

  • You need to be root to copy files from archives, so start a root session of nautilus. Open the terminal and type
    sudo nautilus 
    and then enter password when prompted.
  • A nautilus window will open up (don’t panic. it is just your file manager). Navigate to /var/cache/apt/archives/

How to Use Linux:Problems You’ll Face Using Linux Offline and Solutions

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Hate theory? Go straight to solutions

Using Linux Operating System can be a real headache for early beginners when they are not connected to Internet. So I am writing this article covering major problems faced when one has to install software on an offline Linux machine and solutions to them.
When I first met Linux, thing I was screaming for was, where to find the setups of software. As I used to do in Windows, downloading and saving software setups for future installs is quite handy than downloading it every time. But it is hard to do this in Linux for a number of reasons.

  1. Many so called user-friendly Linux Distributions like Ubuntu come without software people (new to Linux) expect preinstalled e.g. Ubuntu come without mp3 plugins and other codecs. So when offline, it is really irritating when one can’t even play his/her favorite music. These include a large number of files which are hard to fetch manually.

Why Do I Hate Linux ?

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Justifying why Linux SUCKS….

I was playing with GNU/Linux for a while and being a negative minded  jerk I found some very disgusting features of GNU/Linux which fortunately are absent on my dumb windows machine.Here are some reasons satisfactory enough to convince me to hate Linux OS. 

Way too stable
                      After trying for a much longer time I could not manage to crash my system. Well a system which is used by giant companies like Google and Facebook due to its time tested reliability and stability is a big headache for me. I am so happy with the pleasing messages saying “Windows Crashed” or blah..blah that I can’t stand with such a highly stable system. I have to hate it.