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My old tiny laptop stated to have a hard time under windows 7, and its small disk forced me to reinstall. So reinstalling for reinstalling, let's go Linux! Under the advice of a friend of mine (thanks Ivan), I installed a Linux mint 17.3 "Rosa".
It's a good distribution, and over the last 20 years Linux made so much progress from those debians or redhats I installed when I was 15 (ah youth). Come to think of it that was also under the suggestion of my Linux senpai "Christophe".
Enough rambling, down to business...


Use synaptic to do the installs unless otherwise specified:
  • arduino
  • eclipse (article about avr dev under eclipse and another about Arduino and eclipse cohabitation)
  • avr-gcc and most of the avr* packages, avrdude, etc...
  • binutils and binutils-avr (should be installed as dependency anyway)
  • emacs
  • htop
  • iBus for Japanese input
  • keepass2
  • git
  • owncloud client

Additional setup

Using USB ports

You need to be sudoer to use the usb ports :( Found the explanation here. Problem is udev that is acting a bit.
  • You need your user to be in the group dialout
  • You need to add a rule in /etc/udev/rules.d/ folder. Basically copy the following code in a file like 10-local.rules to override rules by default. You can find the details of your USB programmer with lsusb -v (mine is a avrisp mkII and has Product ID 2104)
  • SUBSYSTEM!="usb", ACTION!="add", GOTO="avrisp_end"
    # Atmel Corp. JTAG ICE mkII
    ATTR{idVendor}=="03eb", ATTR{idProduct}=="2103", MODE="660", GROUP="dialout"
    # Atmel Corp. AVRISP mkII
    ATTR{idVendor}=="03eb", ATTR{idProduct}=="2104", MODE="660", GROUP="dialout"
    # Atmel Corp. Dragon
    ATTR{idVendor}=="03eb", ATTR{idProduct}=="2107", MODE="660", GROUP="dialout"
  • a small restart of udevd might be needed, but the README file in the config folder says not needed... anyway, unplug and replug your programmer, you don't need to sudo anymore
  • Burnin CD/DVD on USB

    Found that on the net, used on the Xbmcbuntu pc, should work the same:
    sudo growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/sr0=whatever-iso-you-want-to-burn.iso
    /dev/sr0 is my DVDRom, might be different. Use dmesg to see where it's mounted for you.

    OwnCloud client

    The default one coming with Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa is totally outdated and can't connect to resent OwnCloud servers, like the one I set up recently. So I found these simple commands on this site that worked like a breeze! Thank you for sharing!
    I copy those below for memory (in case).
    sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
    sudo sh -c "echo 'deb /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud-client.list"
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install owncloud-client


    Just install google Chrome and you're done. Go to and you're done...


    My usual shortcuts to add to .profile for instance...
    alias als="ls -alF"
    alias gitpush="git push origin master"
    alias gitadd="git add -A"
    alias gitcommit="git commit"
    alias gitALL="gitadd;gitcommit;gitpush"
    alias gitupd="git pull origin master"

    Disable root login via SSH

    First, disable root login. Just make sure you have another sudoer user somewhere, or you'll just lock yourself out of the admin mode.
    passwd -l root
    Then, to be clean, disable root login in /etc/ssh/sshd_config:
    PermitRootLogin no


    It doesn't work and I fixed or worked around it. So if it helps you...

    ⇒ My Linux Mint keeps on loosing internet (Mint 18.1 Serena)

    Situation: in fact Wifi does work, try putting an IP and you're good. Restarting your wireless connection fix the problem. So it drills down to "DNS resolution failing after a few minutes".
    Guilty: dnsmasq.
    Solution: deactivate that "addition" by editing /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf and #comment out the line dns=dnsmasq, and reboot (you can restart the NW manager only but ...)

    ⇒ My Linux Mint lost Windows 7 in double boot

    Situation: you finally decided to give up on Windows 7/8/10 and install mint, double boot setup but no "Windows" option on the grub boot.
    Guilty: grub
    Solution: update grub: sudo update-grub and that should fix it. If not, enjoy updating grub manually...
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