Saturday, November 14, 2009

Install Real Player Gold on Ubuntu

alperesin-realplayer-256We try to cover as many music player as possible for Linux. Good part is there is always a good mix of choice from which you can choose the player of your taste. Let’s see how to install, Real Player Gold on Ubuntu. Real player if you know has been around for a long time and is very popular music player in Windows. However, off late it’s also been developed and made available for Linux.

Features of Real Player Gold for Ubuntu

  1. Play Windows Media files: RealPlayer for Linux allows you to play more video, including popular Windows Media files, RealMedia files and more.
  2. Create Personal Playlists: Easily create, save, edit and manage different playlists for any event or: mood.
  3. Enjoy 5.1 Surround Sound: Turn it up and play it loud! Updated multi-channel stereo sound allows you to enjoy 5-channel audio plus a dedicated sub-woofer channel for streaming or playback through either your ALSA or OSS sound system.
  4. Control Live Streams: Need to take a break from a live stream? Just click pause. Perfect Play automatically buffers streaming content. So you can pause, rewind and fast-forward through live broadcasts without missing a thing.
Install Real Player Gold on Ubuntu
1. In order to install Real player gold for Ubuntu, you need to download the deb file. Download link is at the end of the post.
2. Double click on the downloaded deb file to install real player gold on Ubuntu.


Emerillion:Desktop Map Viewer For Ubuntu

This post appeared on the OMG! Ubuntu! blog
Emerillon is a map viewer for GNOME that uses OpenStreetMap data (a wiki for maps) to display custom "views" such as transport, cycle routes and terrain as well as the general "street" view.

Given that the application has yet to release a stable version I was incredibly surprised by how stable, usable and, most importantly, helpful it was to use. Even my dinky ol' town in the United Kingdom has data on-board OpenStreetMaps and works flawlessly in Emerillion. Kudos to the developers behind it.

The different "views" (as i shall refer to them as) are really helpful and give the user something Google Maps doesn't offer as of yet to desktop users.

Cycle route view

They can be cycled through using the ALT+1,2,3,4 keys making it even easier.

Another feature of this nifty map viewer are 'placemarks'. These are simply bookmarks for locations. You can add as many as you like, wherever you like and they can easily be accessed via the placemarks menu. (Note: You need to enable the placemarks plugin via preferences to use this features.) 

Netbook Friendly
Emerillon is a perfect application for netbooks, too. not only is it quicker to get to and use than Google Maps, but the "data" it uses isn't as large to download making it feel snappier over all.

First things first, the default set up of Emerillion is lame - there is no working search bar and no easy way for a new user to figure out how to use the application. One must first manually enable four plugins in order to gain a search bar, place-marks, co-ordinates and web links. Going to View - Toolbar helps somewhat and searching via this auto-opens the sidepane so you can sift through results.

An alas, poor Emerillion doesn't seem to have an icon yet!

The Future
Some other cool plugins and features are currently being worked on for Emerillion (yes i am tired of typing that out now). These include: -
  • Wikipedia Plugin to display information on area
  • Weather plugin - displays current conditions of area in viewer
  • Telepathy Integration - allow you to see your friends location or to "share the app" and use it together
  • Displaying available free wifi hotspots from
  • Local time of location in viewer
  • GPS integration
  • Personal markers support

If you want to try out Emerillion - bearing in mind that it's not a stable release yet - you can do so by adding the following PPA. Note that it only supports Karmic:-


The PPA also includes the package "ethos" which is a dependency for Emerillion.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Keep Wallpapers In Sync Between Linux and Windows and Macs

There are plenty of wallpaper-changing applications out there, and plenty of them can tap into photo sharing sites like Flickr and Photobucket for access to a plethora of images. Still, not many of them are quite as well-connected as Wally.

Even fewer are cross-platform. Wally, though, is happy to share its background-rotating skills with Windows, Mac, and Linux users alike. It's built using Nokia's Qt4 framework and supports an insane number of image sources: local and remote folders (via FTP), and popular photo sites like Flickr, Yahoo!, Panoramio, Pikeo, Ipernity, Photobucket, Buzznet, Picasa, Smugmug, and Bing. You can use any combination of sources you choose by adding and removing them on the settings screen.

Customization options are plentiful, from specifying the delay between image changes to tweaking the size of your local image history store. Images from the 'net are pulled in based on the search terms you specify - and yes, you can shut off Bing's adult filter if you want to.

Wally is free and open source, and pre-compiled downloads are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The project is also mirrorerd over at Sourceforge.

Google's Chrome OS Arriving Next Week?

It seems a little birdy told TechCrunch that Google's Chrome OS has an early version launching next week. Here at Download Squad, we've been searching for clues about what this new browser-centered OS might look like. Early screenshots proved to be fake, and later ones seemingly depicted the browser component of the OS. Sources inside Google have said there's more to Chrome OS than that.

One thing we DO know is that the browser in Chrome OS will be able to mount drives and function as a system navigation tool. How will hardware support be in these early builds, though? Not good, TechCrunch speculates. Although Google and device manufacturers are on the case writing drivers for your favorite peripherals, don't count on all your devices working with Chrome OS right away.

As to which computers you'll be able to run it on, TechCrunch guesses it'll probably be a small group, including EEE PCs. Google's partners on the project are Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba, but that doesn't mean hardware or software from other companies won't be compatible.

via Download Squad

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Get CheckGMail to Use Ubuntu Notifications

My favorite application for checking GMail on my computer isCheckGmail as you can control the unread messages from the system tray without needing to open an application.

My only issue with it is I don't like the notification window that lets you know you have new emails, I would much rather have the native notifications from Ubuntu.

This is how that can be done:
First you need the the libnotify package which is easy in Ubuntu (sudo apt-get install libnotify) now you can make your own notifications by typing notify-send "Hello World"
If you now go into the CheckGmail preferences and set the pop up time to 0 secs to and put the following into "Command to execute on new mail":

if [ %m = 1 ] ; then mess="Message"; else mess="Messages"; fi; notify-send "You have %m New $mess" -i ~/bin/gmail.png
The %m is a variable of how many emails you have just recived so a lot of the code is determining whether to use the plural or not. The last bit is a link to a Gmail icon.

Mandriva Linux 2010 - The Best Linux Release Of The Year?

This article originally appeared on

sl_mdv10_kdeMandriva Linux 2010 was recently released and brings lots of nice improvements to an already nice system. Mandriva has a long and distinguished history in the Linux distribution arena. They began over a decade ago using Red Hat as their base and quickly became the preferred choice of the new Linux user.
Although many changes have occurred to the company over the years, and ultimately they’ve lost their crown, Mandriva Linux remains a solid choice in an alternative operating system.


Mandriva is primarily a KDE distro, although they do give GNOME and others almost equal development time. This release features KDE 4.3.2 and GNOME 2.28.1 as well as several lighter choices. Linux, Xorg X Server 1.6.5, and GCC 4.4.1 form the foundation underneath. Traditionally, the outstanding features of Mandriva are its installer and system control panel – which are rivaled by few, but this release hopes to offer some amenities to appeal to users of newer trends in technology such as semantic desktop and netbook support.

The Mandriva Linux installer sets the standard in user-friendly Linux installers. They were the first to use a pretty framebuffered graphical interface but perhaps the most useful element was the partitioner. To this day it remains the easiest to use due to the manner of the visual representation of your hard disk layout. Many others have used Mandriva’s installer for inspiration in their designs, but Mandriva’s reigns supreme.
The Mandriva installer
The Mandriva Control Center again was ground breaking at it the time of its unveiling and again, it has few equals to this day. From within the control center a user can perform the whole range of Linux configuration. From hardware to software to kernel to boot to users, it can be found in this handy compact system tool.
The Mandriva Software Management system is capable and easy to use as well. It will install software from a aptly stocked software repository, apply package and system updates, as well as removing unwanted software. Packages are categorized by function and can be sorted by their install status, package classification, or by search results. Information such as release data, changelog, and included files can be reviewed for each package. Checking the tick box and clicking apply is all that’s required to install a package or set of packages.
The software manager also includes a System Tray applet to check for updates and inform the user of any available. When available the applet icon will will alert the user and upon clicking a window will open listing the updates giving the user the choice of applying them or not. At first boot the user will be asked to configure a remote update and software source, which entails just a few mouse clicks.
Mandriva Linux is available in three basic formats: an installable live CD, a free install DVD, and an all-inclusive commercial PowerPack edition. The installable live CD comes in your choice of KDE or GNOME, your choice of languages, and ships with some convenient proprietary code such as Wi-Fi drivers, 3D graphic drivers, Flash, and some browser plugins. This is the recommended version for most users.
Advanced users may wish to use the free install DVD because it provides more desktop environments, several kernels, support for various hardware architectures, and developmental tools; but lacks proprietary drivers, codecs, and Flash. The commercial version has all sorts of extra goodies and is available at Mandriva Store.
All Mandriva Linux formats come with a nice set of applications. Web browsers, email clients, office programs, multimedia players, chat and messaging clients, photo and image management and manipulation apps, games, and utilities are found in the menu. The online software repositories contain thousands more waiting to be installed. Mandriva is one of the largest and most complete Linux distributions available.

2010 Improvements

For those familiar with Mandriva this release brings some great improvements. The best two so far have been the increased stability and performance. Mandriva may have had a reputation for being a bit crashy in the past, but it appears those days are gone. In the several days since a fresh install only one application crash has occurred here, and this application is known to be unstable across distributions. This new-found stability comes with even better speed as well. Not only does Mandriva boot quicker, but desktop performance has improved noticeably. Applications open and function faster, including the two heavyweights and Firefox. There is virtually no graphic artifacting and redraws are immediate. In addition, the 2010 graphics are just beautiful.
Some new features include a Live Upgrade for current users which allows them to update to 2010 without doing a fresh install. The installer now features a handy graphical initial partition layout screen before starting the actual partitioner, and the partitioner now has a file browser that lets you look at your current partitions’ data before making any decisions. Most of Mandriva’s original tools have seen lots of improvements in usability and efficiency and Ext4 is now the default filesystem. New guest user allows you to let others use your computer without risking your data.


This really is a banner release for Mandriva. It’s been a long time since I could recommend it too much, but it’s moved way up my list with 2010. For new users the complete experience with Mandriva One live CD will convince you better than my words and for loyal users, well, you already know. It might be too soon to say, but it feels like this release will go down as Mandriva’s best ever – and perhaps it just might be the best Linux release of the year.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fix CheckGmail Unable To Login Problem

I found this tutorial here.
This small tutorial would help you fix the issue where checkgmail( which is an application which shows you all your latest gmail mails on your desktop) fails to login . The app repeatedly asks you for your username and password saying that you've entered the wrong username/password . So here's how you fix that : 

Step 1 : Go to the Terminal(Applications->Accessories->Terminal)
Step 2 : Now type checkgmail -update

Step 3 : Ubuntu would now look for the latest update of checkgmail which would definitely have a fix for the bug
Step 4 : Once the update process is finished , restart checkgmail

Step 5 : Checkgmail should now login and work as usual!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I Cannot Click On Flash In Ubuntu : Solved

If you're experiencing the current annoying bug with Adobe Flash not registering mouse clicks (e.g. on YouTube, etc) then you'll be pleased to hear that there is a relatively easy fix (for now).

I must thank MrPantucci for making me aware of this. The solution comes from the official bug report for this issue.

  • Hit ALT+F2 and enter
  • gksudo gedit /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/i386/linux/npviewer
  • add the following line BEFORE the last line of text
  • Save.
  • Restart any applications using flash
Originally Posted at OMG Uuntu

Use VLC to Open VCD

This is very simple tutorial how to open VCD using VLC Player

Method 1
Run the following command from terminal
/usr/bin/vlc vcd://
Method 2
Open your VLC Player Go to Media—> Open Disc—> Select SVCD/VCD option
If you have any other idea please share it with us.

Originally posted at Ubuntu Geek

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Play Tetris in Ubuntu Terminal

Here is a cool way to play tetris in your terminal when you are bored.
TINT is a WINE like recursive name which stands for TINT Is Not Tetris.

sudo apt-get install tint

To run Tint, type tint in the terminal.
Here is a video:

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ubuntu Tweak Released!

The UbuntuTweak team have released a new version of the oh-so-popular all-round desktop tweaking application to celebrate the launch of Karmic Koala.
It brings new PPA’s & Updated sources – some only available for Karmic Koala. It also see’s the removal of some depreciated PPA’s and features.
New PPA’s
  • Gartoon Redux icon theme
  • GMPC
  • Mingming’s PPA
  • Rico Tzschichholz’s PPA
Updated Third-Party Sources
  • osd-lyrics
  • Dropbox
  • Amarok
  • Blueman
  • Christine
  • Smplayer
  • PlayOnLinux
  • XMBC
  • Vlc
  • Clutter
  • Gloobus
  • Bisigi
Sources Removed
  • Ubuntu-CN
  • Transmission daily
  • Bug fixed
  • Personal>Folder menu error on opening (LP: #461666)
A new “Theme” sub menu has been introduced so you can install even more themes: -


if you already have UbuntuTweak and have enabled the Ubuntu Tweak PPA then you’ll find this new version waiting in Update Manager.
Or you can download a  .deb for double-click installation @

This post originally appeared at: OMG Ubuntu

Upgrade Kubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) to 9.10 (Karmic)

This tutorial provides instructions on upgrading to KUbuntu 9.10 (code name “Karmic Koala”), the most recent release of KUbuntu, released on the 29th of October 2009.
Procedure to Follow

One your desktop notifies will inform you about the 9.10 update

If it has not prompted you you can make it run the upgrade. Type Alt-F2 and type into the box

update-notifier-kde -u

Follow on screen instructions


If you get an error stating one of these possibilities:

* Upgrading to a pre-release version of Ubuntu

* Running the current pre-release version of Ubuntu

* Unofficial software packages not provided by Ubuntu

try executing the following:

’sudo dpkg --configure -a’ in a terminal.

Afterwards, reboot, and try the upgrade again. This should help to fix any broken packages that are missing due to upgrade problems.

More details check here

CD/DVD/Bittorrent Download Links for Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)

This is the list of CD/DVD images download links for Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)

For Ubuntu Users

CD Images

DVD downloads

Don’t be confused, even though DVDs can hold far more data than the typical Ubuntu CD, the main benefit of the DVD downloads is to get access to all of the available language packs. Most people will be fine with the standard CD installer. There are fewer download locations for the DVD images and this list is updated less frequently than for the CD images.

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer download network that sometimes enables higher download speeds and more reliable downloads of large files. You will need to install a Bit Torrent client on your computer in order to enable this download method. You may then use one of the following links to download the Ubuntu cd image:

For more download locations check here

For Kubuntu Users

CD Images

Bittorrent Links

For more Download locations check here

For Xubuntu Users

CD Images

For More Xubuntu Mirrors check here

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