Installing Linux Mint 8.3 on Dell Inspiron 11

Linux Mint 8.3 will not load on the Dell Inspiron 11 because of UEFI, which stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. This is a Microsoft pushed standard and is very unfriendly to anything but Windows. If you can avoid getting it on your computer, do so. It will block installing smaller Linux Distributions. Even Linux Mint 8.3 will not install on it. Even switching to Legacy in the bios doesn’t help.

The only thing that worked was leaving the defaults as they are in the bios and installing Linux 8.2. Then upgrade to Linux Mint 8.3.


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Invalid Filename Extension

I am using Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64 bit and recently got this error,

“Ignoring file ‘getdeb.list.bck’ in directory ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/’ as it has an invalid filename extension”

So fix this I used this simple command. It moves all the files ended with .bck in /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory to your ~/Desktop directory.

sudo find /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ -type f -name "*.bck" -exec mv {} ~/Desktop \;

Facebook Chat Not Working in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

The Facebook XMPP API is being turned off. Trying to connect to Facebook Chat using an application like Pidgin or Empathy will no longer work and will throw a connection error. A replacement API for accessing Facebook Chat has not been announced.

This does not affect the ability to chat on the Facebook website or using Messenger. But you won’t be able to use unofficial apps such as Empathy, Pidgin and Kopete.

Happy with Linux Mint 17

I have been using Linux Mint 17 now for a while. I have to confess it is the best Linux distro I have used so far. The stability has had an unfortunate side effect – little or no posts. Most of my pasts posts have been about problems that I was having with some Linux distro or program.

I originally posted my Linux stuff on and then moved it to I have finally moved it again today to All this moving has had the sad consequences of losing most of my readers. I am hoping many will re-find me.

But that doesn’t help the fact that I am posting much less and don’t see that changing. I am currently working what amounts to two full time jobs. That will limit my time for writing on Linux related topics. I hope you understand.