Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Windows 8x

I don't use dual boot but for many its something which is very attractive, personally I don't care much for Microsoft, as nowadays pretty much anything can be accomplished in Linux. So while I'm strictly in the single boot brigade, dual booting is still popular.

However you're here because you want both...after all what-else would a super nerd want ?

Making this happen included a certain obstacle known as UEFI with secureboot. Alot of people are having trouble installing Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 8/8.1 on systems with the UEFI firmware (Basically all new devices) or post 2011.

Create a Live USB of Ubuntu 14.04

Universal USB Installer is suggested if you are doing this from Windows and UNetbootin if from Linux (use this guide here). Or I highly recommend Linux Live which is available here especially if you are coming from Windows 8/8.1

Make sure the USB stick is formatted fat32.

Make room for Linux OS

To create a partition in Windows 8/8.1 Open Control Panel and enter 'disk' in the search box (top right) then select "Create and format hard disk partitions" (right below Administrative Tools) 

Now from the Disk Management Tool, right click on the drive you want to partition (Most likely the C drive) select 'shrink volume' 

[Make sure you understand how your particular HDD is partitioned before messing around] After you create the free space, leave it as is for now.

Disabling 'Fast Startup' is recommended 

Go to:
Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > System Settings > Power Button options *uncheck 'Turn on fast startup box'

Disable secureboot [Mandatory]

Secureboot only allows bootloaders that are signed in to the UEFI firmware. 

How to disable secureboot

Move cursor all the way to the right of the screen so the settings menu pops out.

Select 'change PC settings'
Now things are a little different between Windows 8 and 8.1 from this point.

For Windows 8: 
Select 'general' under PC settings and then 'advanced startup'
then 'restart now'

For Windows 8.1:
select 'update and recovery' 
then 'recovery' 
then click 'restart now' under advanced startup

*this wont restart system right away. what it does is next time you boot, an options menu will appear.

How to access the UEFI settings

A blue screen should appear 'Choose an option'
select 'Troubleshoot'
In the 'Troubleshoot' menu, select 'Advanced Options'
In 'Advanced Options menu' select 'UEFI Firmware settings'
In the 'UEFI Firmware settings" select 'restart' which will reboot
system into UEFI settings

Once system reboots into UEFI utility
Use the arrow keys to navigate to [Boot]
Then navigate to [Secure Boot] Press ENTER to select it
Use +/- keys to change between enable/disable 
Change to 'Disabled' 
Confirm when prompted
Press F10 to save changes and exit

Next Windows will boot normally (secure boot disabled)

Install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 8/8.1

Insert Ubuntu Live USB

Change Bios Boot order
Restart system and hold down F2 
*Hold Delete button (Not backspace) instead of F2 on some systems

Once in BIOS, navigate to [Boot]
Arrow down to USB Drive and use +/- to move USB to top
Press F10 to Save and exit

Now you will Boot into Live USB

Click to install

Check 'Download updates while installing'
In the Installation Type Menu select 'Something else'

*Remember the free space we created earlier?

Select the free space then click + Sign on bottom left 

*We are now going to create a few partitions

First we need to create 'Root' partition

Size: 15-30 GB is good
Type: Primary
Location of partition: 'Beginning of this space'
Format/Use as: Ext4
Mount Point: Choose the forward slash symbol /
Select ok

Create next partition by clicking + sign again
This will be the 'Swap' or 'Linux Swap' Partition
Size: Should be double the amount of RAM 
*8GB of RAM would mean 16GB Swap
Location: Beginning of this space 
Use as: swap area
Select ok

Create Home Partition
*click + button
Size: Fill the remaining space
Type: Primary
Location: Beginning
Format/Use as: Ext4
Mount Point: Select forward slash+home /home
Select ok

Now Click 'Install now'
Select username/password

Once Installation is complete, restart computer

If everything was done correctly, you will get the purple grub screen!

*When you want to boot into Windows, when grub screen appears scroll down to *windows bootloader and select [Hit Enter]

How to create bootable usb for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

You can easily install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Linux Mint 17 from USB.

How to create bootable usb for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Linux Mint 17 on Windows or OS X with unetbootin. 

You can install unetbootin easily For WIndows and OS X, you can download unetbootin here

After You install unetbootin. Now open your unetbootin Application
How to create bootable usb for ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Linux Mint 17 on Windows or OS X

Browse Ubuntu or Linux mint iso file (1) Which you would have already downloaded before starting this, right ;)

Browse usb disk (2)
And finally click OK and wait until finish, and then restart
(Dont forget to set first boot on your bios to USB)
Note (USB format must FAT 32)

Monday, 16 June 2014

OnePlus One can now be yours via the OppoMart store TODAY !

You still need an invitation to buy the OnePlus One or as its sometimes knows as "The One" -  high self praise indeed. But if you are not keen on waiting for an invite you now have an alternative.....

The OnePlus One has recently come available for purchase through the OppoMart....hoorraaaahhh

The retailer has the 16GB Silk White version is available as of today, however there is a catch.

The OnePlus One (shipped through OnePlus) will be running a customized version of CyanogenMod, a kinda bastardised version UI thats ala Sony UI skin.  But in the case of the model you will be purchasing through OppoMart -- you will be getting a OnePlus One with "Color OS"

It does contain the Google apps and love we come to expect with Android however there are a few bumps with the build in software, apparently according to a few devs on XDA its a bit buggy in places. Its worth pointing out its very easy to move over to full CM when its ready. 

When we get our hands on one we will give it a proper review. 

Friday, 13 June 2014

Development Team wanted for Android OS

For those of you who are familiar, or maybe even caught a whiff of Android for the Desktop, then you would know that every project needs something. That something is coders, and sometimes UI designers, but, coders is what we need here.

This project which was started in March of 2013, began with one person, and began to somehow find who it needed somehow.

From that day forward the plan began to line up, the ideas began to be pushed, but it lacks coders. This is a mega plan that will, WILL, change the future of Android, but the desktop is lacking its core players.

Yes some coders exist, and some other important roles exist, but it isn't enough, and we need you. And by you joining this team I can guarantee you that you won't regret your decision.

Android will develop and move forward and become global on the desktop. Do not place doubt within yourself or the abilities we possess, do not let the internet tell you that Android doesn't belong on the desktop. That is the opinion of one person, don't let your path go that way. But here, you have a team who knows what is happening and what the future will be, and you will just have to trust our work and ideas and what we have planned for the future.

This isn't just another "android" on the desktop but it is on ARM or something else. This is a rewrite, a redesign a future 64bit OS for the desktop that will change Android. This isn't a knockoff, this isn't just a "go use android x86" situation. This is beyond all of that, beyond anything you have in your mind.

Join us now and be a part of the future. This is it!

The positions we are looking for include:

(Please provide some work if possible or a really good explanation of what you can or have done)

UI/UX Graphics designers
C / C++
PHP or JSON (implementation)

If you have any of these and are really good at what you do, please contact me on G+, I will be more than happy to fill you in with information :D

You can check the Android Desktop community here

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