Kategorie: unity

Ubuntu 16.04 Compiz Hang Kernel

After Ubuntu published the latest Kernel Patches for Meltdown and Spectre the Kernel 4.4.0-104/109-generic let Intel Graphics freeze or hang on Compiz with Unity. Howto fix: Install the latest Kernel 4.4.0-112-generic do: sudo apt-get install linux-image-4.4.0-112-generic sudo apt-get install linux-image-extra-4.4.0-112-generic reboot then: sudo apt-get autoremove –purge -y This removes older kernels and save Space! Do test the PC for hanging again!!!

Debian: without sytemd

If you run Debian Servers, you read last weeks about security problems of systemd service manager. On several tests i have seen much systems having problems on service starts on boot like on debian, raspian .. This is a result of not clean redesigned scripts of the services by the Maintainers like the Proxy Server „privoxy“ Package… For Tests i decided to try the new Debian Fork Replacement DEVUAN  for Desktop and a standard Debian Server Setup without systemd! Howto purge Systemd on a Debian System read this external Wiki: http://without-systemd.org/wiki/index.php/How_to_remove_systemd_from_a_Debian_jessie/sid_installation or try Devuan for Server and Desktop: https://devuan.org/ Remark: […]

Security: Disable USB Drive mount for Users

If you share your Systems and you want to disable USB Drive connects there is a small solution. By default the gvfs Service handle all automounts and drive scans. On old Linux Systems you could purge the complete gvfsd „Backend“ but Ubuntu-Desktop forces some pakets to the default Desktop Package! If you purge it the working Desktop can be destroyed! It’s easier to disable the „USB Drivers“ called Modules from load on Start! Cause Rules are „Software“ and can FAIL unknown!! Howto? Edit the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and add: blacklist usb_storage blacklist uas Update initramfs (Kernel Image) update-initramfs -u -k all reboot […]

Security: Isolated Browser eMail Programs

If you want to be more secure, on Linux you can isolate used programs on different Users! All you need is installed by default! Howto: Add a new User for eMail and Browser to the System with: $sudo adduser mailuser $sudo adduser webuser now install if not installed by default „gksu“ User Switch $sudo apt-get install gksu copy now the default App Links to webuser’s Home Desktop, for mailuser enter mailuser’s name $cp /usr/share/applications/firefox-esr.desktop /home/webuser/Desktop/firefox-esr.desktop edit the firefox-esr.desktop by right click on nautilus or a editor and change command line: old: /usr/lib/firefox-esr/firefox-esr %u to: gksu -u webuser -w "/usr/lib/firefox-esr/firefox-esr %u" […]

Chrome Browser: Disable Password Passphrase Autologin Seahorse

Today i got a call and was asked how to STOP Seahorse from asking with a Passphrase Popup after opening Chrome or Chromium Browser: Seems that google implementated a new Tool for Security to Prevent Access to STORED Browser Passwords, BUT this won’t work on Desktops with USER AUTOLOGIN like Lightdm! Howto: open a Terminal an enter ln -s /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop /home/username/Desktop/google-chrome.desktop Now open the new Icon on the desktop with the mouse right click Change Command Line for Chrome : google-chrome-stable –password-store=basic %U or for (chromium): Now open the Browser with the new Icon Link On Ubuntu you can hold the Icon […]

Linux: Bash Script Time Saver Session Timer

If you use daily the Internet you know how fast the Time passes. The Internet Research can grab a lot of time without that you feel it. Thats wasted time! For saving Time on Linux you display a Timer Message on the User Screen after some Time, which let you remark that XX Minutes are gone. The Linux Tool who can offer this is called „gxmessage“ Howto: Install gxmessage if not installed with $sudo apt-get install gxmessage open the root Crontab with $crontab -e Enter this code (Username = User!): */10 * * * *    sudo -u username DISPLAY=:0.0 […]

Ubuntu: Release Change

If you use Ubuntu on your Systems, you perhaps read last weeks about a new Release Version. I am often asked, must i upgrade now? My answere at first is not really, cause the new Versions are not cleaned up by all bugs and the User or Admin must recheck against the new advantages of the new Releases for production usage. I prefer to wait 3 Month after a Release by Ubuntu is published. But if you setup a very new Hardware your are often forced to take the LAST Release Version, cause it supports newest Hardware Chips by the […]

Ubuntu: Deja-Dup Backup Freeze Desktop

If you use Ubuntu Desktop 16.10 you will run sometimes into freezes of the Desktop with a Default Setup. Background: Theres a known Bug of the Deja-Dup Backup Service which is started by Cron. The Service take 100% Ram and 100% CPU usage. This did my PC with 16GB Ram too! Only HARD RESET helps to get back Control! Solution: Purge the deja-dup service with: $sudo apt purge deja-dup Use instead the „rsync“ tool by command line with users crontab to Backup your User Homes to external or 2nd. Disk. This should fix the problem.