How to Format a USB Drive With FAT32 File System in Debian or It’s Derivatives

It’s not like FAT32 is superior to EXT4 or something. But the thing is, you cannot easily use EXT4 file system in Windows. That’s why, when you have to work cross-operating system, you would better go with FAT32; at least for now. Maybe EXT4 or later version would be the de facto file system in future for both world.

However, to format a USB device in FAT32 file system format, insert the USB drive, open terminal window and execute the following command:


This would show you all the block devices for your system. Find your USB device from the list, based on either the name or size, or both. Find it anyway. In my case, my USB device was in /dev/sdc. So I executed the following command in terminal:

sudo mkfs.fat -F 32 -I /dev/sdc

This did the job for me. If your device is located in /dev/sdXX, then execute the command accordingly.

For mkfs.fat to work, you need dosfstools to be installed in your system. dosfstools come pre-installed in Debian. If your Debian derivative distro doesn’t come with dosfstools pre-installed, which is unlikely, then execute the following command to install it first, and then execute the previous command to format your USB device.

sudo apt-get install dosfstools

No Sound in quodlibet in Debian 8 jessie Xfce

After a fresh installation of Debian 8 jessie Xfce edition everything was working just fine, except the sound in quodlibet player. Sound was working just fine in VLC player and others, but not in quodlibet. I just couldn’t hear anything while playing songs in quodlibet player. The solution was simple though. I installed gstreamer1.0-alsa package and the sound was working again.

Open the terminal and execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-alsa

This would solve your sound problem in quodlibet player.

How to Play MP3 Songs Using gmusicbrowser in Xubuntu 15.04

Xubuntu doesn’t come with necessary codecs pre-installed to play mp3 files due to some legal restrictions in some countries. To be able to play MP3 files in gmusicbrowser, install the gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly package using terminal emulator. Open terminal and execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly

After this is complete, you’ll be able to play mp3 music files in gmusicbrowser. Enjoy!