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Find The IP Address Of A Linux Mint Computer

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Every computer connected to a network receives an IP address, and you might need to know your computer’s IP address for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, Linux Mint makes it easier to find your computer’s IP address through the System Settings utility.

To find your Linux Mint computer’s IP address, first launch the System Settings application by clicking on its icon in the mintmenu. After System Settings launches, scroll down to the Hardware section and then click on the icon for Network .

This will bring up the Network utility. In the left-hand pane of the window, the utility will list all of the available network connections on your computer. In the right-hand pane, it will show details of the currently selected network connection. To find the IP address for a specific connection, left-click on the connect for which you wish to find the address. The right-hand pane will then show the details, including both the IPv4 and the IPv6 addresses.

Create A Bootable Linux Mint Flash Drive

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When you installed Linux Mint on your computer, you might have you used a burned DVD-ROM to do it.

But, let’s face it – DVD-ROMs are a pain to use. Compared to hard drives or USB flash drives, they’re quite slow, since even the fastest optical drive can’t keep up with a hard drive or a flash drive. They’re also quite noisy, and it can become annoying to listen to the optical drive endlessly grinding away.

And depending on the age of the computer, there’s an excellent chance the optical drive might just break down. One of Linux Mint’s strengths is that it has lower system requirements and can be installed on older machines. But optical drives have motors, and motors break down. Occasionally attempting to install Linux Mint on an older machine will cause the optical drive break down from the strain of attempting to boot off a DVD

This is where a bootable USB flash drive comes into the picture. Linux Mint includes a utility that lets you turn a USB flash drive into a bootable USB disk. Using this modified flash drive, you can bypass the DVD-ROM drive entirely and boot a computer into Linux Mint using the flash drive (assuming the computer’s BIOS supports booting from the USB ports, of course). Flash memory has no moving parts, so it’s less likely to break down, and it’s also faster and quieter than a DVD-based installation. These flash drives are also useful for troubleshooting purposes – if you have a Windows system that won’t boot, for instance, you can boot it up from a Linux Mint USB flash drive, and copy any critical documents to an external hard drive.

Here’s how to create a bootable Linux Mint USB flash drive.

To create the bootable USB flash drive, you’ll need two things. The first is a USB flash drive, obviously, and it needs to be one gigabyte or larger in size. The second is an ISO image of a desktop Ubuntu disc. You can get the latest version of the desktop Ubuntu installation disc at this web address:

http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

Once you’ve got both the ISO and the flash drive, you can begin. First, connect your flash drive to your Linux Mint computer. Then click on the mintmenu and search for “USB Image Writer” in the search field.

When the utility starts, it will ask for a Linux Mint installation disc. This is where the ISO file comes into play. Navigate the utility to your ISO file and then click the Write button.

You’ll then see a progress bar as the utility copies the Linux Mint files to your flash drive.

Note that this process may take several minutes.

Once it’s done, you’ll see a message informing you that the installation is complete.

You can now use your flash drive to boot a computer into Linux Mint.

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The Ubuntu Beginner’s Guide

The Linux Command Line Beginner’s Guide

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Manage Disks With The Disk Utility In Linux Mint 18

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When using Linux Mint, there are many different ways to manage your disks, both your hard drives and your removable drives. However, there is one centralized location where you can manage all the drives connected to your computer. Using the Disks utility, you can format, eject, and view the used space on all your drives from one application.

To launch the Disks utility, click on the mintmenu. Once the mintmenu appears, type “disks” into the search field, and then click on the Disks icon when it appears. Linux Mint will then launch the Disks utility.

The Disks utility has two panes in its window. The left-hand pane lists all the drives, both internal and removable, connected to your computer. The right-hand pane displays details about whichever drive is currently selected in the right-hand pane.

The right-hand pane will show the type of drive, and the volumes upon the drive. It will also display the serial number, the total size of the disk, and the amount of free space on the drive. Additionally, it will list the serial number and the health status – if Linux Mint detects problems with the disk, it will display them here.

In the upper right-hand corner of the right-hand pane, you will see a gear button. Click on the button, and the Disks utility will list the available actions for that drive. Usually, they include ejecting the drive, formatting the drive, and creating a disk image based upon the contents of the drive. Finally, if the drive is removable, there will be an Eject button next to the gear button. Clicking on the Eject button unmounts the drive so you can safely remove it from your computer.

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The Ubuntu Beginner’s Guide

The Linux Command Line Beginner’s Guide

The Ubuntu Desktop Beginner’s Guide

Find The IP Address From The Command Line In Linux Mint

 

Finding the IP address of your Linux Mint computer takes a few clicks of the mouse when you do it in the graphical interface. However, it’s actually quite a bit easier to find your computer’s IP address from the Terminal, Linux Mint’s command-line interface. To find the IP address from the Terminal, first launch the Terminal by going to the mintmenu, searching for “Terminal”, and then clicking on the icon for Terminal when it appears. You can also launch the Terminal by hitting the CTRL+ALT+T keys simultaneously.

Once the Terminal launches, type this command and then hit the ENTER key:

ifconfig

The ifconfig command will generate an output with a great deal of information.

Fortunately, most of it is useful. The “eth0″ refers to the first Ethernet connection on your system. The “indet addr” displays your system’s IP address, while “Mask” shows the subnet mask. “HWaddr” shows your Ethernet adapter’s MAC (Media Access Control) address, which is (theoretically) unique to each adapter. (Some wireless networks require you to supply your MAC address before allowing your system to connect.)

You can pipe the output from the ifconfig command to grep to quickly find the specific item you want. Let’s say you just want to find the IP address:

ifconfig | grep inet

This time, the output will limit itself to just the IP address.

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The Ubuntu Beginner’s Guide

The Linux Command Line Beginner’s Guide

The Ubuntu Desktop Beginner’s Guide

Eject Removable Media In Linux Mint

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When using removable media on a Linux Mint computer, you will have to “eject” the removable devices from your computer. This term is a holdout from the old days of floppy disks when you would have to press a physical button to eject the disk from the drive. This holds true with optical discs, which still need to be physically ejected.

It is still a good idea to eject your USB drives before physically unplugging them from your Linux Mint computer.

Why not just yank out the USB flash drives and hard drives? When you connect a USB storage device to your computer, Linux Mint mounts the device as part of the filesystem. When you eject the device, Linux Mint first checks to make sure there are no open files or folders on the device, and then unmounts it from the system. By simply unplugging the device, you risk the chance of interrupting Linux Mint in the middle of writing to or reading from a file, which can cause data loss. It is better and safer to eject the device first. Fortunately, this doesn’t take much time at all.

There are two ways to eject devices. The first is to find the device’s icon on the Desktop and right-click on it. Select “Eject” or “Unmount” from the menu that appears (the actual term may vary by device) and Linux Mint will eject the device, allowing you to remove it safely. The second is to open a Nemo file manager window and look for the device you want to eject under the Devices heading in the left-hand pane. Next to each ejectable device you will see a small arrow. Click on the arrow button, and Linux Mint will eject the device, allowing you to remove it safely.

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The Ubuntu Beginner’s Guide

The Linux Command Line Beginner’s Guide

The Ubuntu Desktop Beginner’s Guide