6 Lightweight Linux Distros That Are Great For Older PCs

If you have older PCs that are no longer compatible with Windows, then they can still be made useful by installing various Linux distros. These can run well on older hardware and can even be sufficient for very basic tasks like web browsing, emails, and so on. Let’s take a look at six such distros based on the popular and widely used base distros Debian and Ubuntu. These lightweight distros can...

Quickly Generate Dummy Files Of Different Sizes From Linux Command Line

It can be useful to create sample blank or dummy files of various sizes for testing and other purposes. In Linux, there are different ways to do this from the command line but an easy one for this is to use the fallocate command. This command simply allocates disk space for files based on the size specified. The common syntax for this is : fallocate -l filesize filename The -l parameter is the input...

How To Display The System Countdown Timer In Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa

Linux Mint 20.1 has an option of displaying a system countdown timer on PC shutdown or when logging off.   Here is how to enable it:   Open the Linux Mint menu (Cinnamon 20.1 in this example) and choose Preferences > System Settings.   Then select General.   Over here, from under the Miscellaneous Options, select the Enable timer when logging out or shutting down option.   The default...

How To Add Websites As Web Apps In Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa

Linux Mint 20.1 ‘Ulyssa‘ now includes Web Apps. With this, you can add any website as an app that will run in the preferred browser. It is similar to Peppermint OS‘s feature of SSB ( Site Specific Browser). Adding Web Apps: Here is how to use the Web Apps feature: Open the Web Apps manager from the Internet section. (This example uses Linux Mint 20.1 Cinnamon edition.) Click on the...

Compress PNG Images From The Command Line In Linux Mint

To optimize PNG images in Linux Mint using the command-line, pngquant is a useful tool. It uses the Floyd-Steinberg dithering algorithm to achieve compression and reduce the image size. Install it by opening the Terminal and typing in: sudo apt install pngquant After it is installed, it can be directly used from the Terminal. Here is how: To compress an existing PNG image, the syntax is: pngquant...