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Call it curiosity or call it boredom but i recently decided to install Ubuntu14.04 on to an old Mac Book.

I guess i was just bored of Windows and Mac and wanted to keep myself busy with another project. I have used Linux before, mandrake, redhat, ubuntu, backtrack, kde, but most of the times, i just use them for 1 or 2 features to get a job done and i guess it just felt like the right time to try Linux out as a full blown OS. Sampling the free and easy world of software.

So i got Ubutu14.04 dual booted with OSX lion without much problems. I was surprised that everything sort of worked right off the box except the wifi drivers and bluetooth for Supermouse. Those were just a download of the right drivers away.

The super mouse managed to get detected but just would not connect! The problem was solved opening terminal and typing:

bluez-simple-agent

Then when the agent is running, attempt to connect the mouse and it will prompt for a PIN. So it so happened that the pin is 0000. 4 zeros in a row, nice APPLE. After that, the mouse works and you can close the simple agent program and lay all that to rest.

I even managed to get Eclipse working and now just finished setting up my Linux, Apache, Mysql, PHP (LAMP) server up.

I got a joomla 3 site to run without problems but finally found it annoying to have to access all my php files using terminal sudo commands because of permission problems to the /var/www directories.

So i found that if i gave group permissions to my user, i could easily solve this minor issue. Using terminal commands:

sudo adduser <username> www-data

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www

sudo chmod -R g+rw /var/www

Just simply log off the user and log back in for the new permissions to take place and then life will be so much easier to edit css or php files from the directory using gedit from the GUI instead of terminal commands.

I have to say that overall i am quite pleased with Ubuntu14.04, it sure made my old machines feel a little fresher than before!

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