Thursday, April 30, 2009

Try Ubuntu Netbook Remix On Desktop Ubuntu

Canonical -the company behind Ubuntu- released a remix version of Jaunty which is tailor made to run on netbooks.
Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix comes with faster boot speeds, and with a built-for-purpose interface that means that favourite applications and websites are just a click away. Ubuntu Netbook Remix makes a great choice for netbook users.

If you're running the standard desktop edition of Ubuntu 9.04 you can switch to a netbook interface quite easily, but be warned: it might take a little effort to return your desktop to the way it was!

Warning: if you're using Compiz (aka "desktop effects") please turn it off now. UNR doesn't need them, and in fact it may collide with its own deskop effects system.

Open up a terminal window and run this command:
sudo apt-get install go-home-applet human-netbook-theme maximus netbook-launcher window-picker-applet

When you enter your password, that command will pull in various dependencies required to make UNR work. Now reboot your PC, and you should come back to a desktop that has the two largest parts of UNR working - the netbook-launcher app (the thing that now owns your desktop) and maximus, the window maximiser. But this is only the beginning of the transformation - to get the full effect, you should do the following:
  • Remove from the top panel the Ubuntu menu (Applications/Places/System) from the left and the switch user applet from the right, plus any app launchers you don't want. Just right-click on things and choose Remove From Panel to get rid of them.
  • Right-click on the top panel, choose Add to Panel, then add Go Home and Window Picker, moving them to the left and centre of the panel respectively.
  • Remove the bottom panel entirely - right-click and choose Delete This Panel.
  • Now go to System > Preferences > Appearance and choose the Human-Netbook them
Those of you who have installed Ubuntu on their EEEPC might want to give this a go!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What if Microsoft Made Everything

I am not a Microsoft hater, however this is too good to miss. ran their Photoshop contest with the theme, 'What if Microsoft Made Everything' theimages were hilarious as usual. Here is the link:
What if Microsoft Made Everything

The winning image:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Upgrade Ext3 File System To Ext4 File System In Jaunty

Hard Disk

Image by Air Force One via Flickr

Most of you have installed Jaunty by now. Some might have decided to experiment with the bleeding edge Ext4 which offers benefits:

The biggest advantage to ext4 is the support for larger volumes (up to 1 exabyte) and larger files (16 terabytes). There are other improvements that ext4 regarding allocation. Both pre-allocation and delayed allocation have been added. These improvements deal with how space is allocated for files. The former will boost performance for systems like streaming media and databases. The latter will improve fragmentation.

To those of you regretting not enabling Ext4 here is how you can convert your Ext3 into Ext4 without reinstalling.


Note: This thing can be only by those with super geek powers. If you are new to Linux wait till Ubuntu 9.10, which will come with Ext4 baked in.



1. Boot the computer from the Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop CD.

2. Once you are booted into the live environment, run the following command replacing /dev/DEV with the drive partition that you want to upgrade.

tune2fs -O extents,uninit_bg,dir_index /dev/DEV

[where O is the capital letter O, not zero]

3. You then need to run fsck to fix up some on-disk structures that tune2fs has modified. Run the following command:

e2fsck -fD /dev/DEV

4. Next, mount the drive. Run the following command:

mount -t ext4 /dev/DEV /mnt

5. Edit fstab and change ext3 to ext4 on the drive you upgraded.

UUID=xxxx / ext4 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1

6. Finally, you need to run grub-install on your new partition. The version of grub that shipped with Ubuntu 8.10 cannot boot from ext4 partitions so if you skip this step, your computer won’t boot.

grub-install /dev/DEV –root-directory=/mnt –recheck

7. Reboot to see the effect.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Install Java in Ubuntu 9.04 'Jaunty Jackalope'

Java (programming language)

To install Java Runtime Environment in Ubuntu do this.

Open the terminal and run the following command:

 sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts

Soon you will come across Sun Operating System Distributor License for Java screen, hit Enter.

Next you will come across the DLJ licence terms, select 'yes' and hit Enter.

Ubuntu will now install JRE.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Xmind: Best Mind Maping Software For Ubuntu

A mind map is a diagram representing ideas and related words that center around one central idea or word.

It is widely used to collect all aspects of a topic and put those aspects into relation. It could be about a company and all of its products, a website and its category or a tv series and its cast. Xmind can be used to create basic mind maps in minutes. It does come with advanced options to include images, relations, attachments, hyperlinks, notes, boundaries and structures to create advanced mind maps that can be used for presentations.

Xmind comes with the possibilities to share the mind map online but also enough options to export the mind map into another format like images, html or text. It is also possible to save the mind map as a template to reuse it for future projects.
There is only one negative aspect that has to be mentioned. The mind mapping software cannot be downloaded before the user creates an account at the website or uses an OpenId to log in.

Installing Xmind

Installing Xmind on Ubuntu is as easy as it can get. All you need is to download the deb file and double click it to install it. You can download XMind MindMap deb for Ubuntu from here.

Once you download the deb file just double click to install it.

Once you have installed it you can start it by going to Applications > Office > XMind

 I must admit, I have been hooked on to Xmind and it is one of my most favorite software. Do give it a try, it will definitely increase your productivity!

Xmind Home Page

Saturday, April 25, 2009

5 Things To Do After Installing Jaunty

Powered by Ubuntu Linux (Sticker)

Enjoying the latest and greatest that Linux has to offer? Here are 5 things you should do to get even more from your Ubuntu 9.04

1) Configure Firewall

If you are concern about your security, then it is pertinent that you activate the firewall and prevent any unauthorized access to your computer.

UFW is installed by default, but if you need a graphical interface, install GUFW.
sudo apt-get install gufw

2) Enable the repositories

Every time I do a fresh install of Ubuntu, the first thing that I do is to enable the universe, multiverse, backport and Canonical’s ‘partner’ repositories. These repositories open up new application choices and allow you to install popular third party software easily and quickly.

Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager.

Click on Settings -> Repositories.

Check all the boxes.

Go to the Third-Party Software tab. Check all the boxes.

Click on Close button and press the Reload button at the top left corner to update the repositories.

3) Wine

Wine is a must-have application for those who can’t live without their Windows applications, It allows you to install your Windows application in your Ubuntu machine and run them like native Windows apps.
sudo apt-get install wine

Once you have installed Wine, remember to run the configuration (Applications -> Wine -> Configure Wine) before attempting to install your favorite Windows app.

4) Ubuntu-Restricted-extras

YouTube, LLCCan’t listen to MP3? Can’t watch Youtube video? Can’t run Java? Don’t worry, all you need to do is to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package and it will install all the necessary files/codecs for you. Some common applications in the package include MP3 codec, Adobe Flash player, Java runtime and Microsoft core fonts.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

5) Download Ubuntu Tweak and VLC

Download Ubuntu Tweak here and install it by double clicking the .deb file

Download VLC by this command

sudo apt-get install vlc

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ubuntu 9.04 Torrent Download Links

Here are links for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu torrents 




Ubuntu Studio


Turnoff the Caps Lock Key in Ubuntu

I hate the Caps Lock Key! Many times I type my blogs without looking at the screen and after typing in couple of sentence I realize my mistake.
Typing in 'jOHN sMITH' makes me feel like a monkey.
Damn...I hit the CAPS key 
If you find yourself sometimes accidentally hitting the Caps Lock key, use this tip. 
Temporary Solution:
Just open a terminal and type xmodmap -e "clear Lock" to disable it. 
Permanent Solution:
Open your .profile file in Gedit (gedit ~/.profile) and add the command as a new line at the end of the file. Save the file.
You will have to log out and then login to notice changes.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

6 Ways to Make Ubuntu Fast

1. Remove Network Manager if you do not need it “sudo apt-get remove network-manager”. If possible give yourself a static IP in /etc/network/interfaces like so:
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
Having a static IP helps with boot time as your machine doesn’t have to communicate with the router/dhcp server as much to obtain an address.
2. Also remove firestarter or whatever graphical firewall frontend you’re using.Learn to control iptables at boot up and shutdown. It’ll be much snappier.
3. Install bum, “sudo apt-get install bum” and run it with root access. Shut off all unnecessary services. If you’re not sure about a service research it before shutting it off. Also, install sysv-rc-conf. Run the application as root. This will allow you to control, in an easy way, what services start at which run level. It’s like bum, but more detailed. Be very careful with which services you are removing from which run-level. If you don’t know what you’re doing here, research it or don’t touch it. After you do this you may want to reboot to make sure you didn’t break anything.
4. Turn off usplash in grub. (Mind you, you’re bootup won’t be as pretty as the splash will go away).
  • vim /boot/grub/menu.lst
  • on the kernel line delete the words “splash” and “quiet”
  • Reboot to see the changes.
5. If you have a dual core processor, you can decrease your boot time with concurrency.
  • sudo vim /etc/init.d/rc
  • and find the line CONCURRENCY=none and change it to:CONCURRENCY=shell
  • Reboot to see the changes. (tired of rebooting yet?)
6. Remove some TTYs
I could easily do this by editing /etc/inittab and then commenting the extra TTYs there. With the new upstart mechanism in place, things are a little different.
You have to edit /etc/default/console-setup file. This file defines how many ttys should you get.
Change ACTIVE_CONSOLES=”/dev/tty[1-6]” to the number of consoles you want. Lets say, 3 ttys, then change it to “/dev/tty[1-3]“.
And then goto /etc/event.d/ and change the ttyx files that you DONOT want. Edit them and comment lines starting with “start on runlevel”. So, in this case, you’ll comment the start line in tty4..tty6 files.
Rebooting shoud minimize the number of consoles for you. Worked for me!! Good luck, NOTE: Even though you’ve reduced the tty number, X is still on Alt-F7. Again, go ahead and reboot to make sure you didn’t break anything.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Install Codecs Flash JRE Without Internet In Ubuntu

Ubuntu restricted extras offline installer is a cool script that installs ubuntu-restricted-extras even on computers with no internet.

Note: this installer also includes libdvdcss (required to play most commercial DVDs) .This script only works on Ubuntu 8.10

Script includes the following programs
  • Adobe Flash player
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Various additional multimedia codecs (including MP3)
  • Support for playing DVD-movies (codecs + CSS decrypter)
  • Microsoft TrueType core fonts
  • unrar
Download Ubuntu restricted extras offline installer
Download this script from here
Torrent link from Here
Installation Instructions
  • Download and unpack/extract
  • Double-click the file “” on folder “offline-installer”
  • Select “run in terminal”
  • Enter your password if the installer asks you
  • Acept Java license when that appears
  • When program finishes, close the window and remove the folder “offline-installer”
Install VLC Media player offline in Ubuntu 8.10
First you need to download VLC offline installer from here
INstall instructions same as above
Thanks to for this script.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Use Hotmail In Evolution

This tutorial will explain how to Configure Evolution to use Hotmail in Ubuntu 8.10.This is much easy tutorial than we have already discussed here
* Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10)
* Evolution 2.24
* xinetd (eXtended InterNET Daemon) instead of inetd

Install the following packages
sudo apt-get install hotway hotsmtp xinetd
This will complete the installation.
Edit the hotwayd using the following command
sudo gedit /etc/xinetd.d/hotwayd
copy and paste the following save and exit the file
service hotwayd
disable = no
type = unlisted
socket_type = stream
protocol = tcp
wait = no
user = nobody
groups = yes
server = /usr/bin/hotwayd
server_args = -r
port = 110
Edit the hotsmtpd using the following command
sudo gedit /etc/xinetd.d/hotsmtpd
copy and paste the following save and exit the file
service hotsmtpd
disable = no
type = unlisted
socket_type = stream
protocol = tcp
wait = no
user = nobody
groups = yes
server = /usr/bin/hotsmtpd
#server_args = -r
port = 25
Now edit your hosts file
sudo gedit /etc/hosts
add the following lines save and exit
Now restart xinetd using the following command
sudo /etc/init.d/xinetd restart
Testing Configuration
Enter the following command from your terminal (For SMTP)
sudo telnet localhost 25
the output you’ll get should be similar to the following
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is ‘^]’.
220 test SMTP hotsmtpd v0.8.4. ESMTP-HTTPMail Gateway based on hotwayd.
now type the following command
and hit the Enter key.
you’ll get the following output
221 Service closing transmission channel
Connection closed by foreign host.
Enter the following command from your terminal (For POP3)
sudo telnet localhost 110
the output you’ll get should be similar to
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is ‘^]’.
+OK POP3 hotwayd v0.8.4 -> The POP3-HTTPMail Gateway. Server on test active.
now type the following command
and hit the Enter key.
you’ll get the following output:
+OK see you later!
Connection closed by foreign host.
Configuring Evolution
Open Evolution and go to Edit -> Preferences. In the Preferences window you will be looking at the Mail Accounts. Click on Add. You’ll be in the Identity tab. Fill in the information in that tab.
Now go to Receiving Email. There you need put the following info:
Server Type: POP
Username: (full hotmail address, including
Use Secure Connection: No Encryption
Authentication Type: Password
Check Remember Password if you want.
Now go to Sending Email. There you need to put the following info:
Server Type: SMTP
Check Server Requires authentication
Use Secure Connection: No Encryption
Authentication Type: Plain
Username: (full hotmail address, including
Check Remember Password if you want.
Click OK
That’s it now You should be able to send and receive e-mail through Hotmail.

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