Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Best of 2008 : Help For Linux

The end of the year is near and it is time to thank each and everyone of you for their visit here at Help For Linux. Here is a collection of our best posts from 2008.
1. 5 GIMP Tricks Everyone Should Know : Our most popular article this year, even Lifehacker featured this one.
2. Mombuntu - Ubuntu For Your Mom : Our first big hit! Give your mom the gift of Ubuntu.
3. 7 Reasons Why KDE Sucks : The most hotly debated article of the year.
4. 7 Things to do After Installing KDE 4.1 : Make your KDE experience better with these 7 tips.
5. 7 Shit Ass Reasons For Using Linux : Successful people use Linux, yeah....
6. Install Puppy Linux Along Side Ubuntu : Enjoy the fast and snappy Puppy Linux along with Ubuntu.
7. Install RAR Support : Extract and Compress Rar atchieves.
8. 5 Gmail Notifiers For Linux : Never miss another Gmail

9. The Best Music Player For Gnome : Know more about Exaile music player.
10. Automount Hard Drives in Linux : Hard Drives don't get loaded on startup? Here is the solution.
11. Install Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu Without Any Hacking : Install the world's best office suite in Ubuntu without any hacking.
12. Opera Mini in Ubuntu : Use the world's best mobile browser Opera Mini in Ubuntu
13. 10 Lamest Reasons For Giving Up On Linux : Top 10 (lame) reasons why people don't use Linux.

My last wish is that you will continue to post comments on my blog. I hope you will continue to enjoy coming to my website as much as you enjoyed it in 2008.
Have a nice, rewarding and peaceful 2009.

Install Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu Without Any Hacking

Few weeks ago I wrote about how Codeweavers lets you install vital applications like Microsort Office, Excel, Adobe Photoshop etc..
Well now I want to tell you of an even easier method of Installing Microsoft Office for FREE!
Yup, now you don't have to waste $40 on CrossOver Linux or pirate it.
Google and others have been pumping in money to make Wine more usable. Finally Wine has come to such a stage that no hacking is required to install Microsoft Office 2007.
To install Office in Linux do this:
Install latest version of Wine, anything above version 1.1.03 would do..
Here is a detailed explanation of how to install the latest version of Wine for Ubuntu.
Now go to the folder where the setup file for Microsoft Office exists.
Double click on the .exe file.
The Office installer will pop up, provide the usual password and let the installation begin.
Thats it, you have installed Office 2007 on Ubuntu.
But there is one problem, on starting Word, you will find ugly crossbars like these:
To get rid of them do this:
Go to the Office button -> Word Options -> Advanced -> Show document content -> uncheck "Show crop marks".
Here is a working screenshot:
If you found this useful please Digg It..

Saturday, December 27, 2008

VLC Christmas Easter Egg

Today on 27th December, I used VLC media player to open a video file and I was amused to see the notification icon. The VLC cone was wearing a Santa Claus cap!
I don't know whether it came with an update, easter egg or any other reason.
Did any of you too noticed this Santa version of VLC?

Here is the close up of the icon:

Please Digg this article if you found it useful and if you think it could hit the first page!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Hello, I'm wishing you all a Merry Christmas And Happy New Year 2009! Hope next year will be a much better year and bring us a peace and joy!
Be safe. Have fun and have a great New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Install Vista Fonts in Ubuntu

Many people hate those ugly fonts which come with Ubuntu. Ubuntu comes with many fonts, most are so ugly that you will wonder why have they put them in the first place? There are some quality ones like Ubantang, which looks like SegoeUI, however to use Vista or XP fonts do this:
Go to Home folder, then turn on the 'view hidden files' option (Ctrl+H). If you can see files with a . preceding the folder name like in '.compiz' then the 'view hidden files' option is ON.
Next search for the folder .fonts, if its not there then create a new folder and rename it to .fonts
Now download the fonts you want. If the fonts are compressed, extract them and now place the .ttf files you will have in the folder '.fonts'.
Now all these fonts will be available for normal use.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Install Borland Turbo C++ in Ubuntu

Normally in India majority of schools and colleges have Turbo C/C++ as the default IDE. Most students are younger than the Turbo C/C++ compiler they use at colleges. I checked our college's Turbo C++ and it was made in 1993. Back then George Bush Sr. was the president of the USA and Windows 95 was still 2 yrs away.
I tried using Turbo C in Vista but I couldn't use it in maximized state. Then I  tried Wine but it didn't work, I wondered why, but then someone suggested this amazing piece of software called DOSBOX which helps run software made for your dad when he was young and had long hair.
Go to the terminal:
sudo aptitude install dosbox
APT will now download and install DOSBOX.
You can also use Synaptic as usual.
Download Turbo C/C++ here
You have to register, but they don't nag and it is hasslefree.

Unpack the achieve

Keep the installation files inside a folder of your home directory named "setup".
Open up dosbox, its under Applications > Games
Type in :
mount c ~
cd setup
This will start the setup of Turbo C.


After setup is finished , do this:
cd TC\bin


Now everytime you want to run Turbo C++ start DOSBOX and then type in the following:
mount C ~
cd TC\bin 

To maximise full screen hit 'Alt+Enter' and to go back to medium size again hit 'Alt+Enter'. DOSBOX has a habit of capturing the mouse pointer, once you click within DOSBOX you cannot move it away from the winow. To go back to Ubuntu hit 'Alt+Enter' twice.
'Alt+X' will close Turbo C.
Hope I have helped :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Get Flash Working in Flock Browser in Ubuntu

Many readers complained yesterday that Flock browser I reviewed about yesterday [here] had one major problem - It cannot play flash content. I too faced the same problem and finally here is the solution:
Fire up the terminal and paste this in it:
sudo nautilus
Navigate to the folder:
usr/lib/firefox/plugins and copy the only file present there ''
to this folder:
Restart Flock and you will have flash working.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Install Flock in Ubuntu

After reading a lot about flock the new browser based on Firefox known for its tight integration with modern social web sites, I decided to give it a try.
I must say
I am impressed, Flock's tight integration with web 2.0 services like Digg, Flickr, Picasa, Blogger etc is amazing.
The default theme is a nice looking blue one. The first thing you are bound to notice is the large star button next to the address bar. The function of this button is to bookmark pages. The default homepage is ‘My World’ which hosts all your feeds from blogs and favorite websites. All the menus and options are just as in Firefox and Firefox users would be completely at home with it Flock. 

Another big addition is the sidebar from which you can access your friends feed from Facebook. It also has many tricks up its sleeve when it comes to Facebook. There are options available to upload photos directly to online sites like Flickr and Photobucket. You can also view the feeds from streaming media like Youtube . The address bar has an envelop icon next to it, you can send the address of the website you are currently on by email. Flock also has an Blog Writer, the process of setting up the blog writer is extremely simple. You merely have to sign in to your blog with Flock to set it up. As simple as that! Highlight any text on a Web page and drag it to the blogging panel (which pops up when you click a blogging toolbar button), and your blog entry becomes instantly formatted with the highlighted text featured as a quote, nicely formatted in blockquote. The page link is bundled into the entry as well when you drag text. All of this displays in flawless WYSIWYG, and the whole presentation is pretty as a morning flower. Since its based on Firefox Flock can support mast but not all extensions used in Firefox.
The current version 2.02 of Flock corresponds to Firefox 3. Unfortunately the Flock devs don't provide a single .deb file to work with, rather they give you a tar ball to compile from. Even Synaptic doesn't have Flock in its repositories. However GetDeb guys have compile a .deb package for all of us. It is 14 MB in size and works perfectly in Ubuntu. Their photo uploader is damn sexy! I liked Flock so much that I have made it my default browser.

You can download Flock here.
Save it to some location and then install it by double clicking on the .deb file.

Note: In case after installing Flock you have some problem with flash content follow this tutorial
Get Flash Working in Flock Browser in Ubuntu

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Run MS Paint in Linux

MS Paint is one of the first programs we ever used on PC. Finally I have managed to run the worlds best image editing program on my Ubuntu, this definitely beats the shit out of Adobe Photoshop and GIMP :p 
Well, it'd be fun to try it out just for the sake of it. MS Paint has virtually remained unchanged for the last 13 yrs since it was first released. Whenever people think of Microsoft they think about Ms Paint and all those ugly images they had drawn with it.
To run MS Paint do this:
1. Download paintnt.exe here
2. Install Wine from Synaptic or from the terminal by typing
 sudo apt-get install wine
3. Create a new folder and place the paintnt.exe file in it.
4. Run it with Wine, now all the required files will be extracted and you can use it as any normal program.
 Here is a screenshot:

Here is an image drawn in MS Paint:
(It took him 500 hrs to draw it)

and the ultimate master at MS Paint:

Please Digg this if you liked it....

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Search For Movies With Totem

Normally all of us usually navigate to the the folder where we store all our movies/videos and then double click to play them. However I found this nifty Totem trick which will help you save your time by not having to search for video files before playing them

First of all open Totem from Application > Sound & Video > Movie Player
Now go to Edit > Plugins
Search for the plugin called Local Search. Enable it by clicking on the check mark box click on OK.


Now in the side pane click on the drop down box which says Playlist, select Local Search from the options. You can now perform search for any local video. For this feature to work you must have either Tracker (the searching & indexing tool which ships with Ubuntu) or Beagle (similar to tracker but better) up and running.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Use Opera Mini in Ubuntu

Opera Mini on Ubuntu
I love Opera Mini browser, it is the best way to browse internet on your cellphone. I had found a tutorial which showed how to use Opera Mini on Windows. I tried to run Opera Mini on Ubuntu. It has been a lifesaver. Thanks to the heavy compression done by Opera Mini servers pages load within one second. This makes Opera Mini very useful for those on slow internet connection.When my internet speed dips, say when I am downloading softwares etc I use Opera Mini. I love Opera Mini on Ubuntu.


So here is how you can run Opera Mini on your Ubuntu (or any other Linux distro):

Downloading and installing the software you need:
  1. go to
  2. download the latest release (you can pick the snapshot as well, doesn't really matter)
  3. unzip the archive on your PC
  4. Download the Opera Mini .jar and .jad files from
  5. Install Java. Go to Applications > Add/ Remove  and now type java in the search box. You will find two packages OpenJDK Java Runtime and OpenJDK Java 6 Webstart. Click on them and install them by clicking on Apply Changes. It will take some time as these packages are about 30 MB in size.

Starting and configuring the software:
  1. Navigate to the folder where you have extracted the microemulator file. Now locate the file 'microemulator.jar', right click it and select 'Open With' tab now click on the Add button, a new window will pop out clcik on 'Use a Custom Command' now paste this thing in it: /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/bin/java -jar . Double-click "microemulator.jar" to run it.
  2. go to "Options > Select device", click "Add...", navigate to "microemulator\devices" and select "microemu-device-resizable.jar"
  3. select the "Resizable device" profile you just added and click "Set as default"
  4. click the "Resize" button in lower right to set the size you want
  5. go to "File > Open JAD" and choose the Opera Mini jad you previously downloaded
  6. "Opera Mini" now appears in the list of apps you can start, click the "Start" button to launch it
Create a Shortcut in Applications Menu
1. Go to System > Preferences > Main Menu
Navigate to Internet submenu and clcik on 'New Item'. Here fill in the proper details like this:
Type: Application
Name: Opera Mini
Command: This is very important!!!
First copy this in the box:
/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/bin/java -jar
Now navigate to the folder where you have extracted the microemulator.jar and right click on it. Select Properties. In the Basic tab you will find location, copy it and then paste it after the above given command in the box like this:
 /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/bin/java -jar /media/sda3/Software/Opera/microemulator-2.0.2
there should be one space between the two commands.
Here is a screenshot:


[Image]Icon: Select any icon you want, here is my icon, I selected it because that was the closest thing which resembled the Opera Mini icon O

You can now browse the web using Opera Mini on your Ubuntu.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Salute You Mumbai.... & Your Heroes

Today I won't blog about Linux, today I want to blog about those heroes who achieved martyrdom while fighting those terrorists who attacked my Mumbai. For the past four days we have been constantly reading & watching how terrorists had held the entire country to ransom.
Starting with CST (Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus), then moving on to hotel Taj and Oberoi and then Nariman house the terrorists attacked many places which were Mumbai's identity. It took 60 hours before all baring one terrorist could be sent to the gates of hell.
Mumbai lost many of its bravest cops in this fight. Normally many in this city would speak bad about our Mumbai police, words like Pandu are used with impunity. However very few people realise that it is the same Mumbai police which keeps them safe. Mumbai police is often said to be second only to the Scotland Yard. As compared to the rest of the country which kidnaps occur in broad daylight Mumbai remains safe only because of its dedicated police force. Sure there are few bad apples, but still we cannot deny that our police force is amongst the best in the world.
I would like to thank all those brave souls who keep us safe. Thanks for fighting the terrorists. Here are few of those brave police officers who laid their lives for their country:

Hemant Karkare: The head of Maharashtra's ATS (Anti-Terrorist Squad) he was in the line of fire for carrying out un-biased investigations about Hindu Terrorists by political partys like BJP. However when he got the news of terrorist firings, this 54 yr old lead his men against the terrorist, without caring for his life. He didn't wait for NSG commandos to come, NSG commandos came after 9 1/2 hrs, who knows what might have happened by then...

Vijay Salaskar: He was an encounter specalist, whille he lived he killed many goons who were a threat to public security. During the 1980s Mumbai was under the rule of underworld Dons. A special encounter squad was created for fighting them, since as in many developing countries criminals would get out despite getting caught by the police thanks to their political connections. So the encounter team would zap them instead of keeping them alive...and all Mumbaikars support them. He killed 75 criminals in his life time. It is such a big tragedy that he had to die in a gun fight.
Here is a link to one of his interview:
Who can predict what tomorrow will bring?
He said in that interview.....

Ashok Kamte: During his distinguished career as an officer of the Indian Police Service, Mr Kamte went after criminals and stood up to corrupt politicians earning an unusual following of civilian fans, even a fan club page on the social network, Orkut. By various accounts, his peers and civilians knew him as an extraordinarily-brave, outstanding and honest officer.
Here is an link to one Ashok Kamte tribute site:

Sandeep Unnikrishnan: He was a Major in the Indian Army serving in the elite National Security Guards (NSG) who was killed in an encounter with terrorists in November 2008 Mumbai attacks.
“Do not come up, I will handle them.” These were probably the last words which Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan told his men as he was hit by bullets while engaging terrorists inside the Taj Hotel, Mumbai during the Black Tornado operation.
During the operation, when a commando got injured Major Unnikrishnan arranged for his evacuation and started chasing the terrorists himself. The terrorists escaped to another floor of the hotel and during the chase Major Unnikrishnan was seriously injured and succumbed to his injuries.

I salute them....

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Install Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu

I am a big fan of Microsoft Office 2007. The ribbon interface is very productive and MS Office 2007 was the first 'real' upgrade to the venerable quarter century old Office suite. However after switching to Ubuntu I thought I wouldn't be able to use Office 2007. I tried using Open Office but Open Office isn't half as good as MS Office 2007. I tried to search various forums and tried to install Office 2007 but couldn't. I took it as Wine's failure. However today I managed to install Office 2007 and that too without using any software hacks, I didn't even have to use the terminal. I managed to install Office 2007 by using a brilliant software called 'Crossover Linux' it is an commercial app which makes installing various Windows softwares a snap. You must have read about Crossover Linux, recently the company was giving away free versions of its software for free. Many of you must have downloaded it that day. CrossOver Linux won't let you install every windows software but it has been tailor made to install the most popular Windows software.
Well so here is how I installed my favorite MS Office on Ubuntu along with few screenshots:
1. Install Crossover Linux. It costs money, but  with Google and determination, you can find anything :p
2. Open Crossover Linux form Applications > CrossOver > Install Windows Software

3. Select Microsoft Office 2007 (or whichever you want to install) from the list. Hit Next.
4. If you have the CD then select the option of CD ROM or else select the option of Other Installer File, now browse to the place where media is situated. Hit Next.
5. CrossOver will create a new bottle (most probably XP). Hit Next.
6. CrossOver will now start the installations. Here is where it truly steps in. It will install various fonts which are required for installation and msxml3.exe which is very important for the installation to continue.
7. The MS Office installer will begin. Complete the installation process as usual. Wait for some time to make sure that the installation is over, or else it will corrupt CrossOver Linux.
8. CrossOver will do a virtual reboot.


9. You will find all the MS Office programs like Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc under Applications > Windows Applications > Microsoft Office


10. You can use them without having to do a reboot!


Thankyou Codeweavers!
MS Office is performing very well, there are few gripes such as:
1. Word cannot open .mht files because that requires Internet Explorer.
2. I cannot move the application window. It remains in a static position.
3. When I started the applications for the first time it crashed often, but now it is stable.

Still I am glad to have Office working under Ubuntu. It rocks!
If you don't have CrossOver, Wine can help. Here are few links to other tutorials which promise to install Office under Ubuntu. I tried some of them unsuccessfully, but it might just work for you.


Along with Word I was able to install all other applications ion the Office Suite like Excel, PowerPoint etc.
CodeWeavers is amazing! May be Wine developers should also consider adding such scripts in their next version so that installing Windows software becomes even more easier.

Extract and Create RAR Files in Ubuntu

[Image]Rar is the second most popular zipping format after .zip unfortunately ubuntu doesn't ship with any utility to either create or extract rar files . Rar support isn't included in Ubuntu because rar is an closed format, like MP3. So here is how you can install rar support in Ubuntu.
To extract rar archives in Ubuntu do this:
Open a terminal and past this command in it

sudo apt-get install unrar

Or if you are using Firefox click here.
This won't install another software on your PC, rather Ubuntu's Achieve manager will get the ability to work with RAR files. Unrar is a small 99 KB package.
Note that unrar isn't an opensource project, so those who live by opensource ideology won't like to install this.
Tombuntu blog has posted another opensource solution here. However the opensource unrar doesn't work with all rar files.

Friday, November 21, 2008

7 Things to Do After Installing Kubuntu & KDE in General

[Image]I installed Kubuntu and tried it for few days, here are some tips for you if you are planning to instal Kubuntu. Kubuntu is the distant cousin of Ubuntu and uses KDE as its desktop environment. Canonical doesn't pay as much attention to Kubuntu, Kubuntu is generally regarded as one of the worst KDE based distros. I've heard that OpenSuse is a better option to try KDE. Here are few quick things to setup in Kubuntu:

1. Install Flash 10
To install the official Adobe Flash plugin (Flash 10) for Firefox, install the adobe-flashplugin package:

sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin

2. Install Java 6.0
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin

3. Install GIMP: I don't know why KDE doesn't ship with GIMP. It is obviously the best image editor other than Photoshop. One of the reasons for this could be that GIMP is an GTK based app.
sudo apt-get install gimp
Initially GIMP will look ugly but we can change that easily later on.

4. Turn off Wallet: The wallet must be one of the most irritating thing ever made for PC. It keeps on nagging for your password after every 5 min. So here is how you stop it.
K Menu > Applications > Settings > Wallet Management
Now look in your System Tray (it is normally at the extreme right side on your panel) for one brown colored icon. Right click on it and select configure wallet and then uncheck Enable KDE wallet subsystem.

5. Play DVDs:
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

if this doesnt work for some reasons use this command:
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/

6. Make GTK Apps Beautiful: If you try installing Gnome apps like GIMP, Firefox in KDE they will look ugly because they are based on GTK. To make them look like a normal (and beautiul) KDE app type this in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install gtk-qt-engine-kde4
Now got to K Menu > System Settings > Appearence > GTK Styles and Fonts

Here select the option Use my KDE style in GTK applications
also select  Use my KDE fonts in GTK applications

Now your Gnome apps will start looking pretty too. After using the above settings my GIMP started looking good before using that GIMP looked like some Windows 98 software :P
[thanks Tombuntu]

7. Add Avatar:  You can add cool avatars for your account.
Go to Settings >  About Me > Password and User Account

Well KDE 4.1  motto says 'Don't look back' well I have decided that from now on I won't ever try KDE. On the very next day Plasma crashed and I had to reinstall Ubuntu.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

10 Lamest Reasons For Giving Up On Linux!

Last time you read "7 Shit Ass Reasons for Using Linux" now here are "10 Lamest Reasons For Giving Up On Linux! "
1. No start button.

2. No Notepad, Paint or Internet Explorer.
Things you can do with MSPaint:

3. All others use Windows

4. I found it to be unusable, when I tried it 5 yrs ago

5. It is very slow! (when trying it out from a live cd)

6. It is Free.

7. I have heard that it is illegal, it is also made by hackers.

8. "I can get Windows free too (illegal copy)"

9. There is another OS apart from Windows?? (Gasp!)

10. I hate Penguins!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

7 Shit Ass Reasons Why People Should Try Linux

Linux fan boys are know to be ardent supporters of Linux. They constantly try to find various ways by which to get their Windows friends to get on the Linux ship.
"Virus? Linux has no virus", "AERO?, Compiz kicks AERO in the teeth". As always some reasons are valid where as some are utter shit! Here is a look at 7 such shit ass reasons people try to sell spread Linux for:

1. Successful people use Linux, Why don't you?
General Comment:
Did you know great people use Ubuntu? Like DELL founder and CEO Michael Dell.
Why don't you to start using Ubuntu like great people do?
This is Michael Dell:

Whats Wrong:
While I do admit that Mr. Dell is rich, successful and has few achievements like selling most number of "un-innovative beige boxes" , but great? Has he invented sliced bread?
Michael Dell also uses Macs along with Windows, so should I start using them too? In all he uses 5 computers, should I order 4 more for me?

Whats Right:
Did you know that great people like Jack the Ripper never used computers? Why don't you stop using computers like great people do?
This is Jack the Ripper:
2. Terminal is Way Cooler Than Boring GUI
General Comment:
Instead of doing boring repetitive click work you can use powerful tools like the terminal. Normal work which requires several minutes of mouse work, you can do the same work using one terminal command!
Introducing 'The Terminal':

Whats Wrong:
Theres nothing much wrong about it, the terminal is a powerful beast, except that
"It is year 2050 and we are on Moon (with our favorite dog), dammit!!!"
No one wants to waste time in front of the shitty terminal. Sure most users use keyboard shortcuts to speed things up, but thats as far as our keyboard love goes. If the terminal is your first love, go rip apart that pesky mouse and go use your mighty keyboard.

4. Install Applications Easily via Synaptic
General Comment :
In Windows you first read a review of the software, then you Google it up to find its homepage, then you go to the download page and scan for the correct version and then download it, then you have to find the folder where you have downloaded the softwares and then double click the .exe, then you have to reboot before you login to finally use the software. Your Linux friend tells this in a horrified tone as if he was reading all crimes against humanity committed by you. You installed Firefox by double clicking the .exe file? OMG!!!
It is also one of the main reasons why Windows users shake their heads and look other way.
Whats Wrong:

Well, I do agree Synaptic does makes installing applications very easy, but only on Linux. Thanks to all the jumbled garbage of commands and those pesky tar balls it get a lot confusing to install software using the terminal. I never have yet been able to successfully compile an tar ball myself. Without Synaptic, I would have been back in XP land.

Whats Right:
Keeping mum about Synaptic, before they actually try and install anything on Linux.

3. You don’t have to wait for years for the bugs to get fixed. You can track them down in Linux
General Comment:
Did you know that in Linux you can see the source code of the OS, you can check the code for any bugs and submit fixes. Microsoft keeps its code hidden, so you won't know if there are any bugs in it. Since Linux and its applications are open source, programmers from anywhere on the globe can find out mistakes!
Whats Wrong:
Yeah, tell that to my grandma. She'll help you with your recipes. Apart from coders nobody has time to read those yummy recipes (codes), forget making changes and submitting fixes. Most users are only interested in surfing, listening to those mp3s and watching movies. However, not everyone has the "dig in and fix it" mentality. They want to use their computer, not fix it. And that's perfectly normal.

Whats Right:
Forget the recipes, GIVE ME THE COOKIES!

5. Oh, Look We Have a Wonderful Community!
With Ubuntu if you have any problem, you don't have to pay for call customer care, you can simply use the forums where, friendly and wonderful people will help you!

Whats Wrong:
This is an fundamental flaw in trying to get your friends start using Linux. You are basically telling him, that pal with Linux, many times your PC will get screwed, but don't worry, PC support is free with our excellent forums!
Yeah, people want a PC which just works! not trawling through your friendly forums. Besides even on Ubuntu forums many times based on your luck, karma, the time in US when you take your breakfast, and the number of spelling mistakes you make, your questions go unanswered.
It is rumored that Jack the Ripper lurks on Ubuntu Forums.

Whats Right:
Because if you don't I won't help you with tech support.

6. Play hundreds of games for $0!
General Comment:
You might not be knowing this, but Linux too has a large collection of games, which unlike Windows are completely free! Most Linux distros ship with a default set of exiting games, you can always add more for free! And using Wine you can play amazing games like WoW!
Whats Wrong:
Well, what your Linux friend tries to hide from you is that the games available for Linux would have been hip if it was 1990. The default games shipped with most distros are minesweeper, sudoku, card games, chess etc hardly stuff worth drooling about. It is akin to telling people to upgrade to Vista because it has stunning 3D games like 3D Chess.

Whats Right:
You can play all your favorite flash games on Linux!

7. You will help a revolution by using Linux
General Comment:
Hi, I use Ubuntu and I have been a Linux user for 7 years now. I feel all of us should support Linux and open source technologies. Microsoft, Apple and other such closed source advocates follow an model which discourages progress and development of PC as a platform. Open source innovations like Firefox show that the future of Open source is the future of the world. So support Linux. Say no to Windows and start using Linux! And yeah, vote for Ron Paul, in 2012!
Whats Wrong:
Dude, most users don't give a shit about their softwares being open source or not. Sure being open source is all good and well but I will never choose any half baked application, simply because it is open source over some better alternative which isn't open source. Firefox is successful because it is an amazing browser and comes with tons of useful extensions which help me decide how I use the web (Adblock and Flashblock) rather than letting others dictate terms. What about Safari? It also uses the open source Webkit platform but sucks ass!

Whats Right:
Use Linux coz it is free, free as in thought and free as in Beer!

Hell I know nobody Diggs my articles, still Digg it!!! If you liked this you would like reading 7 Reasons Why KDE Sucks!

[I don't write for]

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Install Puppy Linux in Ubuntu

Like I said in my last post I have installed Puppy Linux on my hard drive. It did take some knuckle greasing and loads of forum searching, however finally I managed to get a working Puppy to show up in the boot menu. I still am searching for a way to get an Puppy entry in Vista's boot loader. Open source rocks! I have done a Frugal install. It means that Puppy will reside happily with your current OS, without doing any partition or stuff.
So here are the simple steps to get your own Puppy OS. You might want to read this review of Puppy Linux here.

Download Puppy: You should download the latest version of Puppy from here.

Burn A CD: Using any CD burning program you like, burn the downloaded .iso file to an CD. Preferably a shiny new CD. A DVD would work fine too.

Reboot: With the CD inside the CD drive restart the PC. If your BIOS settings are properly configured, your PC would boot into Puppy Linux. If your PC isn't configured to boot from CD and you end up booting in your Ubuntu, follow the simple tips given here. 

Select Proper Configurations: While booting in Puppy will ask you few question. Nothing difficult, just select the appropriate settings such as keyboard and video card. In case of selecting video card, if your PC is relatively modern go for Xorg or else if that doesn't work opt for Xvesa. You can preview the changes which will happen.

Try out Puppy: Before you install Puppy, I would suggest you to stop and take a look around, get a feel of the OS before you install it. 

Installation: All the steps from now on are related to installing Puppy.
1. Goto Menu > Setup > Puppy Universal Installer.

2. Select the appropriate drive. If it is relatively modern go for Internal (IDE or SATA) option if your PC is very old select the Ancient True SCSI option and likewise for other hard drives.


3. Choose which physical hard drive you want to install to.


4. Choose which partition you want to install Puppy onto. If you are unsure about it, don't worry even if you choose the wrong drive you can uninstall Puppy by simply deleting the Puppy folder. You can try later.


5. Sanity Check: Read the things given, if they don't make sense to you, hit continue.


6. Hit OK.

7. Select CD.


8. Choose 'Frugal'. With Frugal install you don't run the risk of losing any data. Puppy won't format your drive and will coexist peacefully with your primary OS.


9. Give any name you want. I have named the folder 'Puppy'.


10. Wait...

11. *Important*:
In order to save hassles later on do this. Goto Menu > Graphics > mt-Paint Snapshot Screencapture.
Take a screenshot of the following window.


12. Okay.

13. *VERY Important*
 Now navigate to the /tmp folder. Look for a file named NEWGRUBTEXT.
Use the file manager for this. Keep this window open. Now click on any one of the several drive icons displayed at the bottom row of the desktop. Now drag the NEWGRUBTEXT file from the tmp folder to the selected drive. Select 'Copy' in the pop-up menu.


14. Restart: Reboot into Ubuntu this time.

15. Terminal: Fire up a terminal, now type these commands in it:

sudo cp boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.backup

This is to backup your Grub, incase you muck things up.

 gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

This will open up the Grub bootloader in Gedit.

If you are on KDE use this command:

 kdesu kate /boot/grub/menu.lst 
If nothing happens navigate to the folder File System > Boot > Grub
Open the file menu.lst.

16. Navigate to the bottom line.

17. Read the step 13. Now go to the folder where you dropped NEWGRUBTEXT and open it.
You will find some text like this:
title Puppy Linux 410 frugal
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
kernel /Puppy/vmlinuz pmedia=atahd psubdir=Puppy nosmp
initrd /Puppy/initrd.gz

18. Copy all of it and paste it in the menu.lst file.

19. Hit save to make the changes.

20. That's it! You have successfully installed Puppy alongside Ubuntu.

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