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Using Oxford Brookes University WIFI (eduroam) on a Linux machine

I'm keen to promote the use of Linux based operating systems and with the University currently providing no official WIFI documentation for Linux users I decided to write my own unofficial guide*.Note: I have verified that these instructions work under Linux Mint 18.2 at Wheatley and Headington**. Instructions for other distributions will be similar (particularly if you're running a Ubuntu based distribution) but may not be exactly the same as these instructions.
Step 1 Search for and open "Network Connections" from your programs.

Step 2 Click "Add". Then, when prompted to select a connection type, choose "WIFI". Then click "Create...".

Step 3 Enter a connection name into the text field marked "Connection name:" e.g "Brookes WIFI".
Step 4 Enter "eduroam" into the text field marked "SSID:".
Step 5 Click the tab marked "WI-FI Security".
Step 6 You should see a dropdown marked…

Easily detect a physical Android device with a Ubuntu PC

Setting up a Ubuntu machine to detect a physical Android device can be a complex process particularly for new Linux users. Thankfully there's a easy way to do it using this project. Setting up your Ubuntu machine for Android application debugging would usually involve creating something called a udev* rule for your device yourself. However, thanks to the maintainers of the project linked above, these rules have been created for you.

You can check if your device is supported by going to the 51-android.rules file in the project repository and searching the comments for the name of your device.
For example, here's my phone (Nexus 6P):

You then simply have to run the commands listed in the project document under "Ubuntu"**. I've included them as they were at the time of writing below. It's a good idea to check the latest version of README linked above as there's a chance the commands you need have changed.
I spent a long time getting Ubuntu to reco…