Install Brave Browser in Debian-based system like Ubuntu

How Does Brave Browser on Windows Compare?

Brave is a great privacy-focused browser with built-in (optional) crypto functionality. It blocks trackers and ads without an extension and it’s the only browser I know of that blocks Youtube ads. Very useful!

There’s only an X86 version as of now, so it will not work with Raspberry Pi yet. I am running it on my work iphone and my de-googled android.

sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl gnupg

curl -s | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/brave-browser-release.gpg add -

echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list

sudo apt update

sudo apt install brave-browser

Migrate from Windows to Ubuntu with 3 lines in a terminal

You can obviously tailor this list to your needs, but with this post you can install at once these programs in a Debian-based distribution (x86 or Raspberry Pi!):
FTP, audio editor/streamer/player/tagger, office suite, radio streamer, remote desktop client, video editor, web browser, social media, disc utility, bit torrent client, email client, virtual machine, photo editor, CAD, CD burner, comic/ebook reader

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

sudo apt install filezilla audacity vlc rhythmbox thunderbird lynx mc krita libreoffice brasero gparted picard freecad transmission remmina obs-studio kid3-qt sound-juicer snapd p7zip-full p7zip-rar

sudo snap install freac foliate telegram-desktop

At the end of the page is an explanation of which programs do what.
Note: Every program on this list works on almost any Debian-based Raspberry Pi distribution, including Kali, Ubuntu Mate, Ubuntu Desktop, Raspberry PI OS

Tip for games and tweaks:
There’s a CLI program called pi-kiss that can install multiple games, emulators, system configurations, tweaks, tools, scripts, etc.

curl -sSL | bash

Launch the program:
cd /root/piKiss

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Install nifty Raspberry Pi Imager program on any Debian distro

The Raspberry Pi Image program that comes with Raspberry Pi OS allows you to install an OS (similar to Etcher but with Pi images incorporated into it) to SD card, SSD, etc. Has lots of stock images, including Retropie, several Ubuntu variants, Raspberry Pi OS and more. You can also flash a custom image and wipe drives.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install rpi-imager

Mount an Apple APFS drive in Ubuntu

Mount an Apple APFS drive in Ubuntu

Install ‘fsapfsmount’:

sudo apt install libfsapfs-utils

List your drives:

sudo disk -l

Look for the drive you want to mount. Example:

Device      Start        End    Sectors   Size Type
/dev/sdb1      40     409639     409600   200M EFI System
/dev/sdb2  409640 2000409223 1999999584 953.7G unknown

/dev/sdb2 is the drive we want to mount

Issue the command to mount the drive:

sudo fsapfsmount -f 1  [directory to mount at]

sudo fsapfsmount -f 1 /dev/sdb2 /media/usb

The drive contents will be inaccessible to all but the root user. 

Protonmail in eMail client

So far, Protonmail has evaded us with eMail client support.

Now the option exists via the Protonmail Bridge, which is available for Mac OSX, Windows 10 and GNU/Linux.

Here’s how I set it up in Ubuntu:
From the page, click on the GNU/Linux to download the .deb file. Double-click on it and launch the software manger. Install.
Unfortunately, right now the only email client that works with this Protonmail Bridge is Thunderbird, which is a Mozilla product. I had previously deleted this app out of protest of Mozilla’s anti-speech behavior but since it’s free and open source, and the only option for now, I will have to live with it. If you do not have this program, in a terminal, type:

sudo apt install thunderbird

Before you setup Thunderbird, you will need to launch and configure the Protonmail Bridge. All of the instructions for configuration are here:

Then to setup Thunderbird, go here for instructions:

Ubuntu wifi broken? Try this:

My Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS wifi (no adapter found) on my Mac Mini (Intel i5-3210) was broken and I tried many things to fix it without luck.

This was the fix. It might work for you if you are having the issue. First go into settings, about, software updates and turn off the broadcom driver under ‘additional drivers’. Then open a terminal (Ctrl-T) and type :

sudo apt purge bcmwl-kernel-source

sudo dpkg -i bcmwl-kernel-source_6.30.223.271+bdcom-0ubuntu7_amd64.deb

My64 – mini ITX system in a *new* c64 case

This is a project that I definitely WILL do early next year:

I thought the whole setup was great except for one annoying thing: I don’t like cables coming out the sides of anything.  I know this is standard procedure – even a macbook pro costing thousands of dollars does this. Would have been nice to have the power on the back. But this is a clean setup, looks great and isn’t too expensive, relatively speaking.
When I got to the end and saw what the function keys did I almost spit my coffee.
The mainboard/CPU mini-itx combo was really interesting. I didn’t know those existed, especially at that low price. I tried to find the board and they are out of stock everywhere but even better – the highest end version of the board is available for only $120:
Now that ARM processors are coming to the market for desktop computing, I wonder what kind of mini-computing setups we will see in the near future. I can picture something that looks like a 5″x5″x1″ shape that people shove behind a monitor that has Windows 10 and an SSD drive for under $200. We’ll see…

Using ProtonVPN with Ubuntu 20.04

If you are using ProtonVPN for your cell phone, you can also use it on an Ubuntu Linux installation. Here is the official guide, and I can confirm that it works and the guide is excellent.

Essentially installation on Ubuntu 20.04 involves going into your Ubuntu settings and selecting “network”, and hitting the “+” at VPN. From there you will “Import from file” and select the VPN config file you downloaded from the official guide. Once this file is selected, you can enter in your ‘OpenVPN / IKEv2 username’ from the ProtoVPN Dashboard “Account” section. Your new VPN configuration is ready and can be selected in the upper right-hand network icon.