Category Archives: Linux

Eastern Plateau Expedition 2015, Mount Kinabalu

We went up the Eastern Plateau of Kinabalu last weekend. Managed to shoot a lot of photos and some short videos.

For your information, I used Openshot video editor, an open source application in my Dell Ubuntu 14.04 laptop. Photos and videos was shot using a China made video cam, Action Cam RD990.

I hope you enjoy the video!

How to connect Garmin Forerunner 210 to Linux Mint 14

I have been using Linux Mint 14 for my main operating software for my Dell Inspiron 15 since I bought it in February. I am very happy with the performance and ease of use of Linux Mint, as I can do almost all my daily office and clinic work in it. However, when I started to use Garmin Forerunner 210, I had a difficult time connecting both devices together. The need to connect both device is important, as I have to upload all my GPS tracking data for my run in Forerunner 210 to Garmin Connect website.

After working on the issues for few days, I found the best way to connect both devices together without any hassle.

So, if you have similar problem like me, you may want to check out the steps that I took to get things working perfectly.

Things that you may need:

  • Garmin Forerunner 210 with the data cable connector
  • Linux Mint 14 (or if you are using Debian/Ubuntu based OS, you may find this steps quite similar)
  • Firefox web browser
  • Your own Garmin Connect account. You should have your own account to upload all your activities. If you still do not have the account, please get one here: http://connect.garmin.com/
  • Garmin plugin from Synaptic package manager
  • Garmin forerunner tools from Synaptic package manager

First and foremost, install Linux Garmin Communicator Plugin. As the plugin is NOT available in Synaptic by default, you need to install it from the developers PPA here: http://www.andreas-diesner.de/garminplugin/doku.php. Fire up your terminal and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andreas-diesner/garminplugin
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install garminplugin

The above steps should install garminplugin in your Linux Mint 14. If you are not sure whether it was installed correctly, just open up your Synaptic package manager and search garmin.

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At the same time, you also need to install garmin-forerunner-tools from synaptic. Just tick garmin-forerunner-tools and click apply to install it.

Now, you should have both garminplugin and garmin-forerunner-tools in your Linux Mint 14.

Now, open your Firefox web browser. Click Tools>Add-ons, and search Garmin Communicator. It will automatically install Garmin Communicator Extension, a free Internet browser add-on that transfers data between your Garmin GPS device and your computer.

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Now close all windows, and plug in your Garmin Forerunner 210 connector cable to your USB port and your device. If you want to know whether your device is read by Linux Mint 14, fire up your Terminal and type:

lsusb

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It will show all your devices that are connected to your Linux Mint 14. You should see that your device is connected properly. A triangular Garmin icon will appear on your desktop if all the steps above are done correctly.

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Now fire up your Firefox, and login to your Garmin Connect website. Click Upload, and you will see that your device is detected properly.

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Now get out and get running!!!

Where to ask for the best Linux Distribution?

I know, when you would like to try Linux, you do not know where to ask to get the best distribution for you. Linux distribution (aka Distro) is a variety or options for your computer to run Linux. As an example, if you choose Windows, you can only have XP, Vista, 2000 or 98 (Although it’s not a good example). That’s about it. But, for Linux, you can have thousands of options (distro) to choose.

You will ask me, which one do I know that will suits you? Well, it depends on what do you want to do with your daily computer usage. Because of the nature of Linux distro, you can choose from hundreds of distro that are available for you to use, and you will get the same Linux kernel advantage with a different graphical use interface.

DistrowatchDistrowatch is the place for you to go if you decided to try Linux and get the distro that is suitable for you. It is a website that also features the latest Linux distro in this world.

I went to Distrowatch about 2 years ago, and get my first copy of Linux distro – Knoppix Live CD, that took me nearly 6 hours to download from my slow internet connection. But it was worth it. I then download Xandros OCE 3.0.2 and managed to install it in my only notebook – and dual-boot! The journey with Linux was difficult initally, but when you ready to learn something new everyday, it was really a joyride.

Are you a Linux User? Get yourself counted!

The Linux Counter is started as a “for fun” project to find out how many Linux users there are worldwide. The basic idea is for people to register themselves as being a Linux user. Of course, this way you won’t get all Linux users counted as not every Linux user will register himself at the Linux Counter site.

Thus, the only way to “know” the number of Linux users worldwide, is to make a guess, preferably a not-too-wild guess of the number of Linux users. Not making wild guesses there is only one way to go: statistics.

So, the main purpose of the Linux Counter is to deal with statistics on all kinds of numbers related to Linux usage. It started with statistics on the number of Linux users and it extended to statistics on Linux users, the machines they use, software they use and in what part of the world Linux users are actually living.

Linux CounterA second purpose of the Linux Counter is to make it possible for Linux users to find each other. The Linux Counter is reporting Linux users sorted per almost any place in the world. So, when Linux users want their information to be public, you can quite simply find those users who live in places near you.

I am counted!

Linux For You – Best available offline magazine for Linux and Open Source

Linux For You - Best available offline magazine for Linux and Open SourceI just feel that having a physical true magazine or books is cool. I like the feel and smell of new book or magazine that I buy. It’s not the same feeling as you read an online magazine. There are many RSS feed on Linux and Open Source in the internet, but I still feel the good-old-style of book and magazine is still the way things are. That is why, I like to buy and read a true affordable magazine about things that I like most – Linux and Open Source.

I have been buying and reading Linux For You – The complete magazine on Open Source for the past 6 months, and I am very impress with the presentation and content. It’s a magazine that is published in India, but easily available here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. I really respect the production team, as I could not find a similar magazine about Linux and Open Source in Malaysia, not even close. Even Singapore don’t have one like this.

LFY January 2007With the price of RM16.90 or Rs100, the magazine is fully loaded with more than 100 pages of latest information and development on Linux and Open Source. The contents of the magazine is written with various level of Linux user in mind – from the newbie to geeks. So, it is suitable for anybody, especially for those who have been using Windows for the past gazillion years who like to seek an alternative.

The best part of buying this magazine is getting the latest Linux distro in DVD, without having to pay extra. It saves me from hunting through various Torrent downloading for the distro that I need, which usually took me almost one whole day (you know how sucks Streamyx is).

Up till now, we Malaysian still have to read about Linux and Open Source offline by having this magazine (I think). I am not sure when will we have our own magazine, a Linux and Open Source that is “Made in Malaysia”. Although with “Malaysia Boleh!” slogan in mind, I don’t think that it will be materialize in the near future.

Oh, I forgot to mention. Magazine and books that you buy is tax deductible (up to RM700 for Malaysian). Keep the receipt as a proof when you submit your income tax.

My Linux Xandros OCE 3.0.2 Screenshots

I just would like to share with you (especially other doctors) who would like to see what Xandros Linux looks like. I hereby show you 10 screenshots of my Desktop (notebook to be precise)…

Launch Menu Launch menu = Start Menu in Windows.

Xandros File Manager Xandros File Manager = Windows File Manager.

Solitaire in Linux Solitaire in Xandros.

PowerPoint in Open Office Presentation PowerPoint in Open Office Impress.

Xandros Network Xandros Network, where you download Xandros compatible software and applications.

Xandros Desktop Help Xandros Desktop Help.

Xandros Control Center Xandros Control Center, where you can configure your desktop environment.

CD and DVD burner K3b, where you burn your discs.

Email application KDE Mail, your simple email application.

Xandros logout and shutdown session Xandros logout and shutdown page.

That’s it for now. If you would like to know more on Xandros, just go to http://www.xandros.com/

Linux For You Magazine & Free Knoppix 5.0.1 Live DVD!

Last week, while I was window shopping in one of our local bookstore, I grabbed a magazine called “Linux For You” August Edition. I have seen the magazine for few times in that bookstore, but I was not keen to buy it then. But, when I saw it has free Knoppix 5.0.1 Live DVD, I could not resist to pick it up. It cost me about RM17, but never mind, I can claim from my yearly tax benefit.

The unique thing about this magazine is, it is publish in India. It is magazine dedicated tor linux and open source software. And, they publish it every month!. I wonder if Malaysia community have this kind of magazine.

They also give you free Live DVD! Do you know any PC or Windows magazine which gives you free Windows XP CDROM (installer?). If you can fine one, tell me and I will buy it from you! The DVD was functioning flawlessly, without any hassle and I manage to play Sudoku from the DVD!

If you would like to know more about Linux For you, this is the link;
http://www.linuxforu.com

For free Live DVD;
http://www.knoppix.org

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