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Getting instant internet access from your iPhone with Linux!

February 26, 2013

Some people are aware that Apple’s “i” products are made from the same source code that it’s desktop and portable products are made from. A version of the Unix operating system. iOS is a branch of MAC OS X. It’s just a smaller version is all.

Linux is also a version of the Unix operating system as well.

Why is this important?

Well, I happen to get an iPhone 4 GS recently. I do not have a broadband internet connection. I happen to have the capabilities on my phone to get access via a HotSpot, which almost never works on windows. Not even Windows XP.

Well, this weekend, I formatted my laptop and installed Linux Mint 13 (Mate desktop) on the whole drive. I wanted to see if Linux would see my iPhone any different than Windows. When you plug the iPhone into a Windows XP not a lot comes up. When I plugged my Android phone into Windows XP, I saw the whole folder structure. The DCIM folder and many other folders related to it.

So when I plugged my iPhone into Linux Mint, not only did it show me the folder structure similar to Android, but since my HotSpot was turned on on the iPhone, Linux Mint instantly gained the connection and I was on a very decent speed access line!

It was instantaneous and I didn’t have to configure anything at all. I simply plugged the iPhone in via a usb cable and BAM! the connection was granted!

This didn’t even work with the Android with Windows XP. I tried, thinking the connection would be direct via the USB. It was not. It didn’t make a difference.

So I began thinking. If people who have iPhones and the HotSpot option available on their iPhones, Linux is a wonderful, free, and backwards hardware compatible operating system that works perfectly with your phone.

I also tried this in Ubuntu. Same results.

So Linux works with “i” products. Interesting. And it works flawlessly. In fact, it’s working right now as I’m writing this blog. I’m using Linux Mint, Firefox, WordPress and a HotSpot connection from my iPhone.

So I thought I’d share my experience with Linux newbies and maybe even people who do in fact have “i” products who are finding that it’s difficult to use with Windows operating systems. The alternative? Linux. And because if your a minimal PC user, you can grab an old machine or an old laptop and install Ubuntu or Mint and be able to use your “i” products just as easy


Question : Why don’t youtube videos show up in temp files in Ubuntu anymore?

February 26, 2013


Downloading video from Youtube was not a big deal for Linux users. Every Youtube video used to get stored in the temp folder until the user closed the browser. But if you try the same approach now you won’t get anything in your temp folder. You used to just play the video on Youtube and see the temp folder copy that video into your hard disk. You copy and paste it elsewhere on your drive (say in the music folder) and you’ve got it!)

So what happened?
It’s got nothing to do with Linux itself. This is because of update of flash 10.2. So if you have upgraded your flash player you might be the victim of this problem.

Question : What is Tomato?

February 10, 2013


a partially free (GPL license) linux core
firmware distribution for use on a range of
Broadcom chipset wireless routers.

such as Linksys wrt54G, Buffalo Station, Asus
Routers and Netgears wnr3500L.

The UI is based on AJAX as well as a an XML
based graphical bandwidth monitor.

It was a firmware project for the Linksys
WRT54G and WRT54GS wireless routers based on
the stock linksys firmware.

Tomato is based on the GPL source code
released by Linksys, but includes proprietary
binary modules from the chipset manufacturer
Broadcom. Portions of the code are licensed
under the GNU General Public License, but the
source code for the user interface is under a
more restrictive license, which forbids use
without the author’s permission.

The original purpose of the HyperWRT project
was to add some features (like power boosting)
to the latest linux based linksys firmware,
thereby extending it’s possbilities but at the
same time staying close to the official

Over time though, it continued to be updated
with newer Linksys firmware and added many
more features that are usually found in
enterprise routing equipment.

Now, like most other third-party firmware,
HyperWRT is not compatible with the later
(2006) WRT54G v5.0 (“CDFB” serial number
prefix) and WRT54GS v5.0 (“CGN7” serial number

These model versions do not run Linux by
default, although you may use vxworks-killer
firmware images to run stripped down linux
versions like “dd-wrt.v24_micro_generic” or
replace the flash memory 2MB chip with 4MB.

Linksys currently produces WRT54GL for running
3rd party firmwares.

The original HyperWRT project was started in
2004 by Timothy Jans (aka Avenger 2.0), with
continued development into early 2005. Another
programmer called Rupan then continued

HyperWRT development by integrating newer
Linksys code as it was released.

Tomato is the direct upgrade path from

What is it?
Simply put a network monitoring software that is more extensive than most consumer gateways.
It has more features than your standard firmware has in the way of options. It’s for people who wish to have more enterprise functionality on their routers.

It’s partially free and an update of the original HyperWRT project as mentioned above. The link below has articles that describe rules on installation if your interested in downloading it and taking it for a spin.

Please note though: it seems that these are one of those tricky installation processes. Please be sure to approach with caution. They say do not install (upgrade) on a wireless connection to your router because any information that is lost or corrupted may brick your router. Proceed at your own risk, preferably with an old router.

Question: Is there a way that you can use bootcamp on Macs to dual boot a Linux OS instead of Windows on a Mac?

February 10, 2013


Question: Is it possible to format a mac computer and install Ubuntu on it, instead of MAC OS X?

February 10, 2013