Be The Master Of Your ownCloud Data, Installing ownCloud And Run A Similar DropBox Service Privately For Free

Dropbox and various online third party cloud services are great and free to certain expectations, but to truly have all you can eat buffet kind of expectation is definitely not the kind of thing that these cloud services can provide.  Right off the bat, one thing for sure that these third party cloud services cannot provide is the best privacy level that one could get with having storing data within one’s own private network.  Want to have more cloud space than the so called free space?  It’s not free, and you have to pay more for how many more Gigabytes you want and so forth.

ownCloud is a free, open source software which acts like DropBox, but you can download, install, and use it freely.  I think ownCloud does give you the opportunity to be 100% in control of your data’s privacy.  If you know how to implement robust security measures such as proper firewall and port-forwarding, you can even allow yourself to roam the seven seas and still be able to sync with your local data securely.  Unlike DropBox and other third party cloud services, you know you’re the master of your own data in the cloud when it comes to ownCloud those data.  OK, I begin to rant on unnecessarily.

Anyhow, want to know how to install ownCloud and use it?  Check out the video right after the break, I show you how to install ownCloud on Linux Mint.  Of course, you can follow the video’s instruction to do the same for Ubuntu, because Linux Mint is just an Ubuntu based distribution.  Enjoy!!!

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How To Connect And Mount iSCSI Onto Ubuntu And Linux Mint

In the video right after the break, I show you how to connect to iSCSI target and mount iSCSI LUN onto Ubuntu and Linux Mint.  Enjoy!!!

How To Permanently Mount Network Share Onto Ubuntu And Linux Mint

In the video right after the break, I briefly talk about how to permanently mount a network share onto Ubuntu and Linux Mint.  Enjoy!!!

Things You Should Do After Installing Linux Mint 14

Even though Linux Mint 14 is already so awesome, but you can make it even more so if you apply the tips within the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Introduction To Linux Mint 13 (Video)

Español: Logo Linux Mint

Español: Logo Linux Mint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Linux Mint 13, codename Maya, is the latest Linux distribution that is brazenly showing off its Cinnamon desktop theme, and I’m glad that it actually does so.  How come?  Linux Mint 13’s Cinnamon desktop theme is sleek and amazingly fast.  To tell the truth, so far I have only experienced Cinnamon desktop theme inside a virtual environment, and yet I was and still is amazed at its responsiveness and ease of use.  Probably, Cinnamon desktop theme had incorporated parts of the Gnome 2 look and Gnome 3 features together that has got me wishing for more of Cinnamon desktop theme.

Besides the sleek, beautiful look and ease of use that have attracted me to Cinnamon desktop theme, Linux Mint 13 is basically Ubuntu 12.04.  And if you have followed my blog or videos quite often enough, you know how I really love Ubuntu right?  (I loved Ubuntu even when many people hated Ubuntu for it first go at releasing the Unity desktop theme…)  So, I’m very much impressed with the latest release of Ubuntu (Ubuntu 12.04), therefore Linux Mint 13 can do no wrong for me personally when it actually based on Ubuntu 12.04.

Ubuntu 12.04 is the latest LTS (Long Term Support) Ubuntu release, and not so surprisingly that Linux Mint 13 is also the latest LTS Linux Mint release.  For those who are not so familiar with Linux Mint, it has always been a little brother/sister of Ubuntu.  So, it’s not so surprisingly for us to see Linux Mint 13 has so many similar features and underlying packages (software) that we have found inside Ubuntu 12.04, and the LTS is always a welcoming choice.  How come?  Especially for corporations and people who aren’t so energetic about updating/upgrading to the newer releases of their Linux distribution, LTS will assure them that the developers of their Linux distribution will continue to push out newer patches to fix various bugs and security issues for at least 5 year long.  This is why even after couple years into the future, you can always go back to Linux Mint 13 to use it without worrying that it’s already outdated in term of getting software/package supports.

There are few major differences between Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu 12.04.  The obvious ones are the desktop theme and so on… but Linux Mint 13 doesn’t have one major feature which brings a lot excitement to Ubuntu 12.04 is the HUD (Head-Up Display).  Without HUD, we might eventually see Linux Mint continues to partway from Ubuntu as things move ahead into the future, because Ubuntu is striving to have HUD replaces all the menus and buttons and whatever that sticks out like thorns on Unity desktop theme.  Nonetheless, I sure hope that Linux Mint 13 can continue to either use excellent underlying codebase of Ubuntu or push out their own codebase in a major way (to innovate and strive to be better than Ubuntu).

Lucky you?  I like Linux Mint 13 enough to create an introduction video for Linux Mint 13.  Please enjoy it right after the break!!!

Listen To Spotify On Ubuntu 11.10

Wanting to run Spotify on Ubuntu 11.10?  By following the instruction from Cnet‘s article “Get Spotify on Linux,” I’ve got Spotify to run on Ubuntu 11.10.  Here is one caveat, Cnet suggests that only premium and unlimited users can make this work, because Spotify for Linux is still a preview version which has no ad support.  To put this in another way, free users cannot run Spotify on Linux even though they follow the instruction from Cnet’s article “Get Spotify on Linux” to the letter!  Enjoy!