Ubuntu 14.04 installation on Dell Vostro 1000 (Broadcom BCM4311)

Enable ethernet networking

Problem: after the installation the ethernet network doesn’t work anymore

  1. Open the Ubuntu “Software Center” and search for “Broadcom”.
  2. Remove the STA driver (bcmwl-kernel-source) in the terminal:
    sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source
  3. Reboot.

The network is restored.

Wireless Install
Terminal: sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

How to convert a VMware image to VirtualBox

It is very easy to convert a VMware image to VirtualBox. Just use VBoxManage which is incuded in Virtualbox.

VBoxManage clonehd –format vdi old_vmware_image.vmdk new_virtualbox_image.vdi

Adding the converted image to VirtualBox:

  1. Add a new project in VirtualBox.
  2. Move the converted image new_virtualbox_image.vdi into the new directory /home/$USER/VirtualBox VMs/NameOfYourNewVirtualbox created by VirtualBox.
  3. Select this image with the file selector.

In my case it was important to leave the MAC address predefined as suggested by VirtualBox.





Virtualbox sharing folders (with NFS), Ubuntu 13.10

After quite some hassles trying to activate the regular Virtualbox folder sharing (between host and guest operating system) I decided to try NFS. Actually it worked pretty well. You can use all the benefits of NFS. I set the guest operating system to the “Bridged networking” to access my guest box via an internal ip. The following information works for a Linux host and guest.

Guest OS:
sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

add this line to /etc/exports (e.g. IP of host OS)

Host OS:
sudo apt-get install nfs-common

mount the NFS drive (e.g. IP of guest OS)
mkdir /home/username_host_os/sharedfolder
sudo mount /home/username_host_os/sharedfolder

unmount the drive when you don’t need it anymore
sudo umount /home/username_host_os/sharedfolder

Remark: The IPs can be easily looked up via the network manager applet.

Virtualbox Installation, Ubuntu 13.10

As VMware sometimes has problems supporting the newest Linux kernel (in my experience), I moved to Virtualbox which seems better suited for the cutting edge Ubuntu version.

First of all I would recommend installing the newest software package from the Virtualbox website: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

When adding a repository you can use the raring repository for Ubuntu 13.10:

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian raring contrib

Virtualbox has quite a good manual online for installation issues: https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/

For stuff like USB 2.0 support it is necessary to install the VirtualBox Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack (Note the correct link “All supported platforms”!).

To let the guest vm use the USB devices of the host system you will have to add your host user to the vboxusers group:

sudo usermod -G vboxusers -a $USER

Afterwards it is might necessary to log out and start your windows session again.

Add your USB device that you want to use in Virtualbox and start your vm guest system.

pdftk update_info with XML numerical entities / UTF-8

Option A – UTF-8 characters with update_info_utf8

pdftk original.pdf dump_data_fields_utf8 output metainfo.txt

Remark: If the metainfo.txt is empty, use:
pdftk original.pdf dump_data output metainfo.txt

Edit the generated file metainfo.txt:
InfoKey: Title
InfoValue: Übergeek

pdftk original.pdf update_info_utf8 metainfo.txt output new.pdf

Option B – ASCII characters and XML numerical entities with update_info

pdftk original.pdf dump_data output metainfo.txt

Choose your XML numerical entities:
List of XML and HTML character entity references

Edit the generated file metainfo.txt:
InfoKey: Title
InfoValue: Übergeek

pdftk original.pdf update_info metainfo.txt output new.pdf
The PDF now has the metainformation Title: Übergeek.

Epson Perfection v500 Photo Installation, Ubuntu 12.04

Tested on Ubuntu Linux 12.04 Precise Pangolin (working). (2012-08-02)

  1. Be sure that the scanner is switched off and that the USB cable is disconnected from the pc.
  2. Fill in the survey of the EPSON website http://www.avasys.jp/lx-bin2/linux_e/scan/DL1.do
  3. Download the file iscan-data_1.13.0-1_all.deb
  4. Download the two deb files (32bit or 64bit) package [libltdl7] (for Ubuntu 8.10 or later) – iscan_2 and iscan-plugin.
  5. Install the three files:
    sudo dpkg -i iscan-data*.deb
    sudo dpkg -i iscan_2*.deb
    sudo dpkg -i iscan-plugin*.deb
  6. Connect the USB cable of the scanner with the pc and switch the scanner on.You can now start the scanning applications XSane or Image Scan!

Comment by Peter: (December 2012)
You need all three of these:
for Precise Pangolin 64bit.