Ubuntu Desktop

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what is/are preventing Linux from being more popular

Linux is much better than Windows in many ways, as I mentioned in my previous post, but unfortunately the market share of Linux desktop has not increased much. As a matter of fact, the market share of Linux desktop from 01/01/2018 to 08/31/2018 even decreased comparing to the same period of last year, from 2.25% to 1.98%, according to Net Market Share: So, if Linux is so much better than Windows, why is it not […]

[Fix] ‘grub-efi-amd64-signed’ package failed to install into /target/

[UPDATE 07-18-2018] It seems that some people still get the same error message after unchecking “Install the third party software” option. If that is the case for you, you can try the following: 1. Reboot your computer with Live USB and start Ubuntu (or Linux Mint) installation again 2. At the “Installation type” step, choose “Something else” 3. Delete all partitions (since you already have trouble installing Ubuntu, I don’t think you need to worry […]

10 Reasons Why Linux Is Better Than Windows

Linux has grown from an enthusiast’s toy hobby to a viable alternative to Windows in recent years, thanks to the effort and the commitment of many selfless volunteering developers around the world and of some large companies such as RedHat and Concanical. With more and more security breaches happened to Windows computers, it is time to seriously consider Linux over Windows. Here are 10 most compelling reasons why Linux is better than Windows. 1. Linux […]

Get Ready for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

According to the official release schedule for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, a RC (release candidate) build was released yesterday and the final release is only one week away: April 26, 2018. Are  you ready for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS? But why Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is so important? LTS stands for Long Term Support and a LTS release of Ubuntu means Canonical (the company who created Ubuntu) will provide support for 5 years until April 2023 which a […]

[Solved] How to install Realtek rtl8812au WiFi Driver in Linux

[UPDATE August 15, 2018] The Github repo in the original post has been fixed, now you can follow the steps in the original post to install the Linux driver. [UPDATE June 7, 2018]: If you are using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or any distro with kernel 4.15 (or above), then the following steps will not work. The build will fail with kernel 4.15. Hopefully someone will update the source code to be compatible with the latest […]

How to switch to Linux from Windows gradually

This post is for those who had some experience with Linux or had tried Linux before, but never made up mind to switch to it. Linux has become better and better in every aspect of the operating system, especially with the new release of Ubuntu 17.10 and Linux Mint 18.3, I think it is the right time to dive into Linux and eventually switch to Linux from Windows. However, if you think you are still […]

Useful programs and tools in Ubuntu

Recently I started to work on some research projects, and if you are familiar with academic research, then you will know that Linux, especially Ubuntu is very popular. So I have to start using Ubuntu and I have to say it is quite challenging to make the switch for a long time Windows user. Here I would like to share my experience and I hope it can help some other people who are deciding if […]

Use X2Go to remotely connect to Ubuntu 14.04 from Windows 7/8

In my previous post, I described how to use xrdp to enable Windows 7/8 computer to remotely connect to an Ubuntu 14.04 computer. The biggest advantage of this approach is that there is no need to install anything on the client Windows computer because the user will use the built-in Remote Desktop Connection in Windows to establish the remote connection. However, there are several features missing when using xrdp. Firstly, the connection speed is very slow even with […]

How to remotely connect to Ubuntu 14.04 from Windows 7/8

[UPDATE]: If you are trying to remotely connect to your Ubuntu box from Windows computer, then I highly recommend X2Go, which enables you to access a graphical desktop over a low bandwidth (or high bandwidth) connection. It works much better than other remote control programs. Check my post for more information. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Recently I am working on a research project that requires me to use Ubuntu, so I installed Ubuntu 14.04, the LTS (Long Time […]

Are you ready to switch to Linux?

The official support for Microsoft Windows XP ended one month ago, and if you are still using Windows XP, then you really should either upgrade to Windows 7 or higher, or switch to another OS. You may have been recommended to switch to Linux, but the question is “are you ready to switch to Linux”? Linux is an excellent open source operating system and can replace Windows for sure, but Linux is not for everyone to […]