Category Archives: Raspbian

Configuring X Windows on a Virtual Machine

When using X windows on a virtual machine I have found that the screen resolution is detected automatically it can often default to a maximum resolution of 1024×768 pixels – sometimes you can select a better resolution (by navigating to … Continue reading

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Configuring wireless networking using MATE

I’ve been using MATE as my main desktop for some time so when it came to installing Linux on my new laptop (an HP 6470b that I picked up second-hand) it was the obvious choice.

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Installing updates from behind a firewall

If you are behind a web-proxy then installing packages or updating your system requires that the environment variable http_proxy is defined first – this then tells the system to use a web-proxy.

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Compairing version numbers

There are differences between versions of some of the relatively common utilities that occasionally make it necessary to check which version is installed in a script, but comparing version numbers in a script is quite hard – fortunately if you … Continue reading

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Set Linux Console Height and Width

On my Raspberry Pi and my much older AlphaServer have configured the system to use the serial port as the console, as this means I can use them ‘headless’ without having to plug-in a screen or keyboard (very useful if … Continue reading

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