Friday, October 5, 2012

Mount, Encrypt, And Manage Disk Images/Hard Disks With eMount - Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 13

eMount is a free tool with GUI that allows Linux users to easily manage disk images and hard drives. For your right to privacy, you can use eMount to encrypt your files and keep them secure from unauthorized access, which is very important when working on computers shared with other users. You can also use eMount to mopunt/unmount disk images and physical hard disks.

Here are some features of eMount:

Encrypt hard drives and disk images

Create encrypted disk images using these file systems: ReiserFS, XFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, NTFS, FAT-16/32, and  HFS/HFS+

Mount/unmount iso files and other disk image formats as well as hard drive partitions

The possibility to enlarge disk images having the following file systems: ReiserFS, XFS, ext2, ext3, and ext4, etc.

For more information, you can refer to the home page of eMount here. In this tutorial we will see how to install eMount in the following Linux distributions:

  • Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10
  • Linux Mint 13/12
  • Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"
eMount Installation

The latest version of eMount is 0.11.3, you can install it with the following commands from the terminal:

   1. i386/32-bit system:

cd /tmp

wget -c -O emount_0.11.3-1_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i emount_0.11.3-1_i386.deb

   2. amd64/64-bit system:

cd /tmp

wget -c -O emount_0.11.3-1_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i emount_0.11.3-1_amd64.deb

You can now start the application with this command:

sudo emount

For any bugs encountered, you can report it here.

How To Install MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) On Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 13

MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is an emulation software that allows users to play classic arcade games in modern computers and platforms. The emulator supports more than 7000+ arcade video games from the 1970's era until now.

In this tutorial we will help you install MAME in the following Linux distributions:

  • Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)
  • Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
  • Linux Mint 13
1. MAME Installation

Open the terminal under Ubuntu/Linux Mint and run this command to install MAME:

sudo apt-get install mame mame-tools gnome-video-arcade sdlmame sdlmame-tools

2. MAME Configuration

Start now MAME with this command so that a hidden folder (.mame) is created in your home directory which will contain all emulator settings:


You can now close the emulator. Run this command to create the configuration file for MAME:

cd ~/.mame && mame -cc

The "mame.ini" file will be created in the ~/.mame folder. Edit now this file with this command:

gedit ~/.mame/mame.ini

For Linux Mint:

pluma ~/.mame/mame.ini

In "rompath", you can set your own ROM directory path or leave default paths:

Next, create the following directories in the ~/.mame folder:

  • nvram
  • sta
  • roms
  • memcard
  • inp
  • comments
  • snap
  • diff
You can create them all with this command:

mkdir  ~/.mame/nvram memcard roms inp comments sta snap diff

You can access the rom folder with this command to place your downloaded roms in:

nautilus ~/.mame/roms

As for player controls, you can easily configure them from the main interface of MAME (Configure General Inputs):

Note: While playing a game with MAME, you can exit fullscreen mode by pressing ALT+Enter.

Cinnarch 2012.10.01

Alex Filgueira announced the release of Cinnarch 2012.10.01 earlier this week. As the name suggests, Cinnarch is an Arch-based Linux distribution featuring the user-friendly Cinnamon (a fork of GNOME Shell) as the graphical desktop; it is also a live CD image with a simple text-mode installation program. From the release announcement: "Cinnarch 2012.10.01 released. Changelog: systemd as a system and service manager, no initscripts, the boot process is now faster with the parallelization capabilities; Welcn, the new welcome screen for Cinnarch is present, but the graphical installer button is de-activated; quiet boot; CLI installer - other operating systems added to GRUB, fixed Intel drivers in Lenovo laptops; cinnarch-wallpapers now contains some wallpapers from deviantART; changed the default wallpaper; packages - Linux kernel 3.5.4, Cinnamon 1.6.1, LightDM 1.3.3, Xnoise 0.2.11, Pantheon-files 0.1, Hotot, Chromium 22." Download (MD5) links: cinnarch-2012.10.01-netinstall-i686.iso (624MB), cinnarch-2012.10.01-netinstall-x86_64.iso (653MB).


Nanni Bassetti has announced the release of CAINE 3.0, an Ubuntu-based live DVD offering a complete digital forensic environment in a friendly graphical interface: "CAINE 3.0 is out! CAINE (Computer Aided INvestigative Environment) is an Italian GNU/Linux live distribution created as a project of digital forensics. Changelog: Linux kernel 3.2; MATE desktop 1.4; rbfstab - a utility that writes read-only entries to /etc/fstab so devices are safely mounted for forensic imaging/examination; mounter - a GUI mounting tool that sits in the system tray, left clicking the system tray drive icon activates a window where the user can select devices to mount or un-mount; scripts that are activated within the Caja web browser designed to make examination of allocated files simple; root file system spoofing patch...." Visit the project's home page to read the release announcement and to see a few screenshots of the new release. Download: caine3.0.iso (1,252MB, MD5).