Little Girl's Mostly Linux Blog


Crisco! Isn't he beautiful?Thanks for visiting! This site is intended as a handy reference for anyone who uses Ubuntu or one of its derivatives. Most of the pages are guides for common tasks. There are also some cheat sheets and Bash scripts, and much of the content uses the command line or Bash scripting.

There’s still plenty of content for those who prefer the GUI, though, and there are even a couple of pages that are completely unrelated to Linux or Ubuntu (as suggested by the blog’s name!). If I’ve missed anything, or if you’d like to see a page on a topic that hasn’t been covered here, feel free to let me know.

Enjoy your stay!

Featured guides

  • Graphics:
    • NvidiaDriver – Install the NVIDIA display driver in Ubuntu or Kubuntu.
  • Networking:
    • NFSHowTo – Network two computers together using NFS.
    • NoNetwork – A guide with possible solutions for when your network connection isn’t working.
    • StaticIP – Choose and assign a static LAN IP.
  • Newsreaders:
  • Package Management:
  • Sessions:
    • TTYSessionHowTo – Run multiple Linux sessions at once with TTY sessions.
  • txt2tags
    • txt2tagsCheatSheet – A cheat sheet with examples of almost everything you could ever want to use the txt2tags markup language for.

Featured scripts

  • Backup:
    • Universal Backup Script – A script that will create individual zip files to back up your files and directories.
  • System Files:
  • System Reports
  • Writing


  • D&D
    • BattleMap – A JavaScript stand-alone battle map.
  • Writing


  1. Hi there, caught your work on the ubuntu forum regarding getting virtual pc 2007 to run ubuntu. I have spent the past week checking out ubunt 8.04 ubuntstudio 9.04 ubunt 9.04 and ubunt studio 8.04 in virtual pc 2007.

    I have found with pretty much the same steps you advised that i was able to get ubunt 8.04 working good in vpc 2007 with good high res working internet and sound however ubunt studio 9.04 would not have working sound nor would ubunt studio 8.04

    I did however get my good ubunt 8.04 virtual machine updated into ubunt studio 8.04 using this post and it worked a treat even the sound works still.

    I have now finished my first encounter with linux albeit using virtual. I now plan to get virtual installed and see the difference and then onto vmware workstation.

    Your wordpress is looking good and i see other topics you cover i know i will need in the future so i will be sure to come back. Also seems many people writing about linux and virtual pc are using wordpress, any reasons why you moved to wordpress?


    Comment by Mark — August 6, 2009 @ 8:35 am

    • …I have now finished my first encounter with linux albeit using virtual. I now plan to get virtual installed and see the difference and then onto vmware workstation…

      should read

      I have now finished my first encounter with linux albeit using virtual pc. I now plan to get virtual box installed and see the difference and then onto vmware workstation.

      Comment by Mark — August 6, 2009 @ 8:37 am

      • For the record, my participation on the Virtual PC 2007 page of the Ubuntu wiki was only to categorize the page – I didn’t actually write any content. I’m happy to hear the instructions there worked for you, though, and that you’re exploring the joys of Ubuntu!

        As far as the sound problems go, see if your Virtual PC 2007 has some individual audio options for each virtual machine. You should have Alsa, OSS, and PulseAudio among the choices, and any one of those may do the trick for Ubuntu Studio 8.04.

        When you try VirtualBox, I’ve got a couple of pages here that might be helpful in case you run into any snags with it, or just as a general guide for some of the things you can do with it.

        Thanks for the kind words about my blog. My reason for moving to WordPress was that my Google page is being moved any day now whether I like it or not, and the new location doesn’t work at all like the old Google pages did. The Hostrator site I tried to move to for a while wasn’t reliable.

        I wanted a stable, reliable place that is trusted and used by some big names. WordPress is used by CNN, People Magazine, Dow Jones, and the NFL. I figured if they trust it, I can trust it. It turns out to have been a good decision, and it’s been a lot of fun setting it up and keeping it going. It also offers a level of interaction with my visitors that I didn’t have before through these comments.

        Let me know if you run into any trouble in your explorations of Ubuntu, or if there’s a particular topic you’d like to see covered here. Meanwhile, enjoy it. The freedom is absolutely delicious. (:

        Comment by mostlylinux — August 9, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

  2. Excellent! Attractive format, and efficient access to helpful resources you’ve created and are hosting.

    Comment by fpirrone — August 10, 2009 @ 1:25 am

  3. Whoah! You are a Linux guru too? Now we GOTTA get married ;)

    Awesome works and tuts! Ill definitely be coming back here when I get the Linux itch again!

    Comment by Shane G (aka Vaporlung) — June 22, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    • LOL, Fancy meeting you here! The marriage is ON! Enjoy the Linux stuff, and feel free to set me straight if any of it is wrong or badly worded. :)

      Comment by mostlylinux — June 22, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  4. Hi,

    You wrote to my Ash Hole site recently suggesting I am remiss for not writing more about the author of an e-cig study from Virg. Common. Univ.

    If you could please supply a link to the researcher’s about face that you are claiming, I’d be glad to write a post about it. Please send the link to my email address, or worse yet, post it to the Ash Hole blog.

    I’ve just searched him on google anew and there is nothing new coming up for dozens and dozens of returns. Not even my blog post comes up any more.


    Comment by mike franolich — July 19, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

  5. Thanks. Good luck in whatever you do, you didn’t blog for a while. Hope (and wish) you doing fine.

    Comment by Alex — December 17, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    • Thanks for the good wishes – I hope all is well for you, too! Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while. I’ve made the occasional update to existing pages, but there really hasn’t been much new content. Is there any particular topic you’d like me to cover?

      I recently switched from Kubuntu to Debian with KDE and I’m loving it, but it’s not much different, functionally, from Kubuntu, and most of the instructions in the pages of this blog apply to it. If I come across any task that’s exceptionally different or interesting, I’ll definitely write it up. :)

      Comment by mostlylinux — December 18, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

      • I’m using your excellent txt2tags cheat sheet. Thanks!

        As for other stuff i’m mostly windows guy, and while playing with Linux a little i’m stuck to ZenWalk and XFCE. Didn’t have a chance to look through your other guides, but pretty sure they are great.

        Comment by Alex — December 20, 2010 @ 10:19 am

        • I’m glad you like the cheat sheet! It needs to be updated, though. Hopefully I’ll get to it pretty soon. I’m not familiar with Zenwalk, but XFCE is very nice. It’s good that you’re exploring Linux even a little bit, and maybe you’ll eventually be a mostly Linux guy. :)

          Comment by mostlylinux — December 22, 2010 @ 9:29 am

  6. Thanks for any other excellent post. The place else may just anybody get that type of information in such an ideal manner of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I am at the search for such information.

    Comment by judsonlisterlcveymu — June 12, 2013 @ 8:28 am

  7. Hi, I check your blog like every week. Your humoristic style is awesome, keep up the good work!

    Comment by lucillelooneypycntv — June 12, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

  8. Why lucillelooneypycntv checks this blog every week if you stopped posting in November 2009?

    Comment by Téssio — August 25, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    • Maybe in the hopes that I’ll update a certain page or pages. Some of the pages haven’t been collecting dust since 2009. The NFS How To page and the NVIDIA driver pages, for instance, got a bit of love not too long ago, and I’m currently working on the Static IP page, although that’s a big job and is taking a while. (:

      Comment by mostlylinux — August 25, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

  9. If you, or anyone else, ever feels compelled to write a tutorial on how to automatically turn on Num Lock _before_ the main login screen, please let me know. Thanks!

    Comment by tb — November 26, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

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