Category Archives: Linux

Backup and restore the Master Boot Record


How to do this is referenced over and over again.  I intend to test this soon.  (backup and restore; on a virtual machine first)



Quickly testing Linux distros

If you like to test Linux distros, know that there’s a very quick way to do this.

Just check out, select VirtualBox or VMware and choose the distro you’d like to test, download and unpack the file from this distro and load it in VirtualBox or VMware Workstation.

The Linux distros are already installed – it’s free – quick – easy – what do you want more 😉

(of course you can still download the appropriate ISO from the distros’ site, use the LiveCD and/or install the OS)


Installing Linux applications from terminal

Quick and easy: here are some Linux (*) commands to install applications from the terminal prompt

(*) Linux Debian (and other Debian based distros like Ubuntu, and Ubuntu based distros)

Some funstuff:

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And some more usefull stuff 😉

Clementine (excellent music / internet radio player):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-davidsansome/clementine
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install clementine

Double Commander:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexx2000/doublecmd && sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install doublecmd-qt

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

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Uninstalling Linux with GRUB2 on dual-boot Linux-Windows 8.1

After some testing with Linux I figured I didn’t need it on this machine.  As a 128GB SSD is not that gigantic I wanted to reclaim the diskspace it used.
The configuration was pretty basic: 2 partitions for Windows 8.1 (350MB system reserved partition and a large Windows partition) and 2 partitions for Linux (swap and ext4).  Simply deleting the Linux partition rendered the system to an unbootable state.  After resizing the Windows partition again and reinstalling Linux the system booted again.

Some time later I continued my quest for disk space reclaiming.  Basically I used the procedure on

To be a little more on the safe time now I removed GRUB2 first: I booted from my Windows 8.1 USB install disk.  When the first dialog came up (language selection) I pressed Shift-F10 to open a Cmd prompt.  I ran the “bootrec.exe /fixmbr” command and after reboot GRUB2 was indeed gone.

I deleted the Linux partitions with the Windows Disk Management.  Then I booted from a Linux Live USB disk and increased the Windows partition size again with GParted.