Linux tools

a list of good/important linux tools:


  • apt-get install vlc hellanzb texmaker g++ gcc mysql-server wipe mercurial gparted rsync p7zip skype subversion maven2 dropbox octave penguintv gpodder stunnel imagemagick rar unrar par pdftk wine mplayer git gdebi ssh acroread nfs-kernel-server samba nfs-common apache2 php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-gd scribus pdfedit gprename soundconverter bchunk calibre network-manager-vpnc vpnc desktopnova desktopnova-tray desktopnova-module-gnome mysql-workbench
  • on linux mint 13 (maya) i had to execute sudo apt-get -f install
  • use xserver-xorg-video-intel for AcerTM 3002
  • truecrypt
  • mendeley desktop
  • netbeans
  • in case hellanzb does not start exchange lines 14 and 15 in file /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7/Hellanzb/HellaReactor.py w/
    from twisted.internet.posixbase import _NO_FILENO
    from twisted.internet.posixbase import _NO_FILEDESC

    (src1, src2)


  • gpar2 gprename pdfedit scribus vlc freemind texmaker
  • dropbox


  • penguintv
  • gpodder

recording the desktop

  • istanbul
  • gtk-recordmydesktop
  • glc



  • service tomcat6 start|stop|restart|status
  • if necessary change port in /etc/tomcat6/server.xml
    adapt usernames and roles in /etc/tomcat6/tomcat-users.xml e.g.:
    <role rolename="admin"/>
    <user username="admin" password="admin" roles="admin,manager"/>


  • GUI’s: seahorse, gpa
  • encrypting a file with gpg -o encrypted_file.gpg --encrypt -r original.file
  • decrypting a file with gpg --decrypt filename.gpg
  • clear signing a file gpg --clearsign filename.txt
  • encrypt and decrypt file with a passphrase gpg -c filename.txt, gpg filename.txt respectively

desktop background rotator

  • desktopnova desktopnova-tray desktopnova-module-gnome

if Skype doesn’t recognize your web cam
source: community.linuxmint.com

  • vim /usr/local/bin/skype
  • 32-bit:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so /usr/bin/skype
  • 64-bit:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l2convert.so /usr/bin/skype
  • chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/skype

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