September 2013 Issue 376

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As of last month's meeting, MLCUG is "drawing a line in the sand" and recommending to members transitioning to Linux or wanting to test Linux that they start by trying or using the Linux Mint distro with Mate desktop. Like the sands of time, our recommendation may shift with time.

As a followup to last month's Live CD topic we will be taking a brief look at running Linux Mint as a Live CD on a Windows laptop where we may face the challenge of getting WiFi working. We'll be showing you where to get the ISO image to create that CD.

We next plan to install Mint on the laptop's hard drive and turn the laptop into a dual boot computer capable of running either Windows or Linux Mint. We'll take a look at the boot manager to see how it lets you choose which OS to boot. We'll also want to show you how to manage your WiFi connection in Linux Mint. Time permitting, we'll take a look at some of the applications included with Linux Mint and maybe make some minor config tweaks including how to add favorited apps to the launch bar to make starting those apps easier and quicker.





13 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, August 10th. One of the 13 attendees was a virtual attendee via Google+ Hangout video chat.

Main Meeting Q&A:
We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements:

Rich T -

Ed C -

John M -

Peter W -

Layton F -

Pat S -

Ted K -

Tom J -

Bill B -

Main Meeting Program:
The main meeting presentation topic was "Make Live CD from ISO" and was presented by John D. The presentation notes can be found at:

John's focus was on making Windows users aware of one way of creating a Live CD / DVD from an ISO file and why they might want or need to do this. John demonstrated the creation of an AVG live antivirus CD using a small utility for Windows called ImgBurn and noted that Windows still lacks after more than a decade the level of support for ISO files natively included with Linux and Mac operating systems!

Besides booting the AVG live CD, he also briefly demonstrated a Linux Mint 15 live CD with the XFCE desktop he created prior to the meeting. He was able to demonstate Mint's excellent support of the Windows NTFS and the Mac's Journaled HFS+ foreign file systems on his dual-boot MacBook.

As of this meeting, MLCUG is "drawing a line in the sand" and recommending to members transitioning to Linux or wanting to test Linux that they start by trying or using the Linux Mint distro with Mate desktop. Like the sands of time, our recommendation may change with time. For full functionality be sure to get the download with CODECs and check to determine whether the computer you intend to use supports the 64-bit version. Most modern computers do.



This section contains web links & other info related to the club or some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and main presentation.


(for Windows computers; list updated 1st quarter of 2013)

A rescue CD is an additional tool provided by most antivirus companies to assist in removing difficult-to-remove malware without booting in to Windows. This is especially useful when the computer is so badly infected that Windows couldn’t be booted up, or is crawling really slowly and you can hardly run any diagnostic tools inside Windows to investigate and clean the virus.

A huge advantage in using a rescue CD compared to the antivirus installed on your computer is the chances of a successful removal is much higher because the malware is inactive since Windows is not even loaded in the first place. Unlike when a virus is active on the system, it can be very resilient and block any security tools from being run, making it really difficult even for experienced users to delete it from the system.

Rescue CD’s mostly come as an ISO image file that can be written to a compact disc (CD) or installed to USB flash drive which is then used to boot up the computer to run the live operating system in memory. Most of the rescue CD’s provided by the antivirus companies are free while there are a few that are exclusively available only to their paid customers. Here is an extensive list of 26 available rescue CD’s that can be downloaded and used for free.

Read more:



The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

Started in 2006, Linux Mint is now the 4th most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Canonical's Ubuntu.

Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:



HiSense Sero 7 tablet

Hisense Sero 7 PRO 7" Touchscreen Tablet PC:


Technical Specifications:

Additional Features:

Software and Applications:

What's in the Box:


(for Windows users)

This web site describes one method to migrate the data on an SDcard to a larger SDcard using a Windows computer. For the complete procedure refer to the web site.

Some Smart Phones only have 1 memory card option. In that case all installation and configuration files are also on this one memory card. If you would like to replace this memory card by a bigger memory card these files and configurations should be copied also. In this tutorial we would like to explain how to do this.

The goal is to copy (clone) the “partition” to the PC harddrive as one file. After that, the created file should be restored to the new memory card and the “partition” needs to be extended. Now we will explain how to do that in just a few steps.


You will need the following:

Note the last requirement! If you intend to upgrade from a 32GB SDcard, you will need to use 32GB of hard drive storage space. Rich T reported that this storage file is not automatically removed when HDD Raw Copy Tool completes its task.



(FREE, Windows)

ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!

It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:

Note: take care when installing to use custom mode rather than accept default mode so as to avoid installation of additional third party software.


(FREE, for Windows)

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition is a free partition manager software designed by MiniTool Solution Ltd. Our partition manager supports 32/64 bit Windows Operating System including Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Home users can perform complicated partition operations by using this powerful yet free partition manager to manage their hard disk. Functions include: Resizing partitions, Copying partitions, Create partition, Extend Partition, Split Partition, Delete partition, Format partition, Convert partition, Explore partition, Hide partition, Change drive letter, Set active partition, Partition Recovery.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition is designated for home user only, to use MiniTool Partition Wizard in a business environment, MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition is required.

Main Features


(FREE, for Windows)

Supported OS: MS Windows XP, Vista x32/x64, 7 x32/x64, Server 2003, 2008, 2008R2

HDD Raw Copy Tool is a utility for low-level, sector-by-sector hard disk duplication and image creation.

HDD Raw Copy tool makes an exact duplicate of a SATA, IDE, SAS, SCSI or SSD hard disk drive. Will also work with any USB and FIREWIRE external drive enclosures as well as SD, MMC, MemoryStick and CompactFlash media.

The tool creates a sector-by-sector copy of all areas of the hard drive (MBR, boot records, all partitions as well as space in between). HDD Raw Copy does not care about the operating system on the drive – it could be Windows, Linux, Mac, or any other OS with any number of partitions (including hidden ones). Bad sectors are skipped by the tool.

If your media has a supported interface then it can be copied with HDD Raw Copy!

In addition, HDD Raw Copy can create an exact raw (dd) or compressed image of the entire media (including service data such as MBR, Boot records, etc). Again, all filesystems (even hidden) are supported.



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