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:
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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.

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