BIOS update with Linux Mint

Updating your BIOS on Linux Mint 18 can be as easy as on Windows. If your computer is listed on the Linux Vendor Firmware Service, then all you have to do is: ~ $ sudo apt install fwupd ~ $ fwupdmgr get-updates ~ $ fwupdmgr update

Linux Mint 19.1: Lightning Calendar in English, but dates in the 24-hour time format

I like having the user interface of my Linux Mint 19.1 in English, but the regional settings such as numbers and currency in a different language such as Swiss German. Unfortunately, the date and time settings are set as part of the Language Settings and can not be controlled individually. As a consequence, the Lightning […]

VirtualBox 6: How to enable symlinks for shared folders

For security reasons, creating symbolic links in a shared folder is disabled in the guest OS (ticket 10085 and manual 5.3 Shared Folders). If you trust your Linux guest OS, you can enable symlinking from the host OS with the following command: ~ $ VBoxManage setextradata “VM_Name” VBoxInternal2/SharedFoldersEnableSymlinksCreate/Folder_Name 1 Replace VM_Name and Folder_Name with your […]

How to update Composer on Linux Mint 18.3

When you install Composer (the dependency manager for PHP) globally on Linux Mint 18.3 with the package manager… $ sudo apt install composer $ composer -V Composer version @package_branch_alias_version@ (1.0.0-beta2) 2016-03-27 16:00:34 …you’ll get the totally outdated version 1.0.0-beta2. The problem is that this version does not support extracting compressed package files ‘tar.gz’. It also […]

How to automount your virtualbox shared folder to /var/www

After adding the shared folder Websites to fstab by adding the line Websites /var/www vboxsf rw,uid=33,gid=33 0 0 and giving the right permissions, I always got the following error during my virtual Linux Mint boot: keys:Press S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery All I had to do was add vboxsf on a […]

Linux Mint 17: Install php_oci

Quick cooking recipe to install PHP oci8 on Linux Mint 17 / 18. Download the Instant Client from the Oracle Website and follow the instructions at the bottom of the download page. Download the Instant Client SDK from the same location, unpack it and move the SDK folder to the same folder where the Instant […]

Linux beginners trick: mount root shell to read-write

If your Linux (Mint) fails to boot because you broke the /etc/fstab, for example, you’ll end up with a ready only root shell. The trick is to mount the root partition to as read-write without actually unmounting it: # mount -o remount,rw / After doing that, you wil be able to edit /etc/fstab, correct the […]