All four authors here on *nix Windows are either using Arch Linux or have expressed an interest in trying it out. As a regular Arch user myself, I think Arch Linux is a great distro and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to try it out. However, just like with any other distro, Arch might be less suitable than others for certain use cases.
Beginners on Linux will probably encounter a file system check or mount fail at least once throughout their experience. I know I did. Multiple times. But it’s hard to get around hard shut downs when your computer just freezes! Now some people might just press
i to ignore every time. Others blindly follow guides, unaware of the effects on their computer.
I for one want to know what the commands I type actually do. So without much further ado, with reference to Simon Richter’s reply on an Ask Ubuntu thread, here’s how you can resolve the issue permanently (complete with explanations of each command):
Step 1: Boot up Computer
Press that power button. 😉
Step 2: Enter Manual Recovery Mode
In the GNU GRUB boot loader, press
m to enter manual recovery mode.
Step 3: Remount the System
Remount your system to read-only mode. This will prevent the kernel from writing any permanent changes that could harm your system.
mountis the command.
-oallows you to specify mount options.
rois the read-only option.
remountis the option to remount an already mounted system.
/is the mount point for the entire system.
mount -o ro,remount /
Step 4: Repair the System
Run the file system consistency check and interactive repair. You do not need to understand all the underlying semantics of
fsck but understand that
fsck possesses a set of standards for file systems and ensures all the files on your system follow that standard.
fsckis the repair command.
-fis the flag to also check clean files.
Step 5: Write the Changes
Write the changes to your system by using a sync.
Step 6: Reboot Computer.
Reboot the system and all changes should be implemented.
Next time you turn on your computer, everything should be running smoothly!
Happy New Year everyone!
A lot happened in 2015 for me, especially in the computer side of things.
My Hewlett Packard (HP Pavilion m6 w/ AMD Quad Core A8 4500M APU @ 2.0GHz and AMD Radeon Dedicated Graphics (1GB) w/ 8GB RAM) finally gave up on me. To summarize, I dropped my laptop in high school and damaged the left hinge. By construction, the fan is placed underneath. As much as this truly sounds like a problem, during that time I didn’t think too much about it.
Any Linux user should be familiar with package management systems. After all, they are a key component of every Linux distro.
Package management systems are an effective way to organize packages for installation, upgrade and deletion.
Package management systems have three sub-components: repositories, packages and package managers. A repository is a database of packages that users can search, download and install. A package contains the files for a particular program along with metadata that includes the package’s name, size and dependencies. When a user wants to install a package, the package manager will automatically search the repositories and install any missing dependencies.
As a user of Linux Mint, the package manager I’m familiar with is APT/dpkg through Synaptic. While I have no experience using existing elements to integrate into my own programming, I can comment on the advantages and disadvantages that a package management system for a Windows-adapted user.
1) Easy installation, upgrade and deletion.
One of the most annoying parts about installing, upgrading or deleting anything on Windows is browsing through all the different options available and figuring out which programs go hand-in-hand with one another.
This summer I’m learning to develop applications.
I found a tutorial that is quite good by retired IT professional, Ridzwan Abdullah. However, since some of the commands have been updated, the site is a bit outdated.
So it’s been a couple months with PCLinuxOS, and all the problems I previously had have been ironed out, for the most part. I figured that I’d give you my thoughts on using PCLOS now that I have been able to gather my thoughts without worrying about display drivers and whatnot. Continue reading
Ask a newcomer about Linux and they’ll probably mention something about Ubuntu. Someone a little more knowledgeable about Linux will know that there are many flavours, called “distributions” (or “distros”, for short), of Linux. There are over six hundred distributions out there, and they’re all labelled as “Linux”. What makes one distro different from the next, and how do you choose one?
Attempting to first install PCLinuxOS turned out to be a bigger hassle that I originally anticipated. In fact, the way I have the OS currently running is definitely not optimal for my computer. I never thought installing a new OS would be this difficult and cause this much of a headache.