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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bad Blocks or sectors on a harddisk

A bad sector is a sector on a computer’s disk drive that cannot be used due to permanent damage (or an OS inability to successfully access it), such as physical damage to the disk surface.
There are two ways to detect bad sectors in Linux: you can use the Disk Utility GUI, or if you are a command line geek like me, you can use the badblocks command to check your hard disk for bad sectors:
sudo badblocks -v /dev/sda2
Badblock will give you the number of bad sectors in our hard disk.

jeroen@laptop:~$ sudo badblocks -v /dev/sda2
Checking blocks 0 to 56477867
Checking for bad blocks (read-only test): 2543654 done, 4:41 elapsed
4326543 done, 9:26 elapsed
done
Pass completed, 2 bad blocks found.
You have two options when you see bad blocks. You can either look for a new hard disk, or mark these bad blocks as unusable hard disk sectors. This involves two steps:
First we have to write the location of the bad sectors into a flat file.
sudo badblocks /dev/sda > /home/jeroen/bad-blocks
After that, we need to feed the flat file into the FSCK command to mark these bad sectors as ‘unusable’ sectors.
sudo fsck -l bad-blocks /dev/sda
or one reader suggested it should read:

sudo mkfs -c bad-blocks /dev/sda

read more detailed information at http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/37659/

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Convert odd CDimages to ISO

If you want to burn CD images to CD usually you use the ISO format.
However, there are other formats containing raw date of an CD image.
These formats are NRG, IMG, CUE/BIN and MDF.

to convert these images to ISo you need to install software thats found in the universe and multiverse repository. These software programs are command line programms. If you're not comfortable with it, it's not for you.

To enable this repository navigate to [System] > [Administration] > [Software Sources] on the applications menu.

Enter your superuser password.

The software sources window should appear. Enable the "Community maintained open source software (universe)" and "Software restricted by copyright or legal issues (multiverse)" option.

Now you have the universe/multiverse repositories enabled!


to install the software needed for the conversion install these packages:
bchunk (CUE/BIN to ISO),
ccd2iso (IMG to ISO),
mdf2iso (MDF to ISO),
nrg2iso (NRG to ISO),

so open a terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install bchunk ccd2iso mdf2iso nrg2iso

enter your password and there you go.

Here's what to do to convert from...
open a terminal, go to the folder where the file is located (using the cd command) and type one of the following commands:

IMG to ISO: ccd2iso filename.img filename.iso
MDF to ISO: mdf2iso filename.mdf filename.iso
NRG to ISO: nrg2iso filename.nrg filename.iso
CUE/BIN to ISO: bchunk filename.bin filename.cue filename.iso

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Get rid of unity, install another desktop manager

Some do and some don't like the new unity interface that Ubuntu offers by default. Since this version of Ubuntu uses the new GNOME 3 desktop manager as well, things have changed a lot in the look and feel of your system.
I still don't like a lot of unity. It's not easily customizable and [I don't like that. I understand that from a point of view of helpdesk service provider that's nice, because every desktop behaves the same.

What are the choises.

First of all there are the standard derivatives of Ubuntu you could install.

Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Lubuntu  will work fine. But what if you allready installed Ubuntu and don't want to reinstall the lot. This is what you can do:

For running KDE use one of the following commands in a terminal. Aftrer sudo you have to type your login password. It is not shown when you type it.:

for a full blown system (about 2 Gb extra harddrive use) use:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-full

for a smal laptop without plenty of resources use:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-mobile

for a normal system use:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

for a KDE only system without the kubuntu artwork:
sudo apt-get install kde-full
or
sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop
or
sudo apt-get install plasma-netbook


For running XFCE (from Xubuntu) use this command:
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

if you don't want the xubuntu artwork us this instead:
sudo apt-get install xfce4

For running LXDE (from Lubuntu) use this command:
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

if you don't want the xubuntu artwork us this instead:
sudo apt-get install lxde


When you're running a localised version of Ubuntu, sometimes you should add the language modules to your installation. E.G. for Dutch systems thats done with these commands:

for KDE systems:
sudo apt-get install kde-l10n-nl language-pack-kde-nl language-pack-nl language-pack-kde-nl-base

for GNOME systems:
sudo apt-get install language-pack-gnome-nl language-pack-nl language-pack-gnome-nl-base

As far as I could discover XFCE and LXDE don't have separate language modules. To be sure run this:
sudo apt-get install language-pack-nl


For german system change nl into de, for french into fr etc.

After this you have to logoff and logon again. When logging on press the button next to your name and choose the desktop manager of your choise.

Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot


In this section I show different tricks to install additional things in Ubuntu and fine tune the system for different needs.Things I really want out of the box is multimedia support and a lot of software. Tools, science, games and browser plugins. I explain here how to make a nice working system. You can run one script to change the lot, or pick out the things you like and tweak your system the way you like.
For more and other tips you can read the Muktware manual.

I installed a lot of software that's not installed by default. It's all explained in this section. For my convenience I made a script to install the basics on both my laptops and desktop. Here is the script: DOWNLOAD  to do it all in one except the things I noted below. The script is no more than a batchfile running a lot of installationcommands from the standard repositories and sometimes adds a new one. It's all explained below.
When you do run the script, don't forget to check for hardware drivers.
To execute the script save it in the download directory in your home directory and make it executable. (Use Nautilus, right click and select properties, rights and enable the executable bit)
or in a terminal type:
sudo chmod +x  /home/yourname/downloads/ubunruinstall-11-10.sh

And change yourname to your real loginname
Many things about this post will be similar to my previous write up on things you need to do after installing Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. and things you need to know after installing Natty Narwall But not everything. Ubuntu with classic GNOME desktop is now defunct and Ubuntu Unity has come to replace it. Unity is the new face of Ubuntu and there will be no more special desktop and netbook editions of Ubuntu. Instead, Ubuntu Unity will simply took its place. Now, let's take a look into the things you need to do after installing Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.

Installing Restricted Extras and Updating Repositories During Ubuntu Installation
  • You can now install restricted codecs package(which include Adobe Flash, MP3 codecs and such) during installation of Ubuntu OS itself.
Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04
  • Notice the arrows pointing to the boxes in the screenshot above. If you tick both of them during the Ubuntu installation process(make sure you are connected to the internet before doing so), restricted extras package will be installed automatically and you will be able to play mp3's and watch flash videos(YouTube videos for example) out of the box. 
  • But there is a catch. If you have a slow internet connection(which is very rare these days), ticking the boxes shown in the screenshot above will unnecessarily lengthen the installation process. I for one prefer to do all that after installing Ubuntu. If you are like me, the next two steps are for you.
Update Repositories
  • After you install brand new Ubuntu 11.10, the first thing you need to do is to update repositories and make sure you have the latest updates installed(Like I said before, you need to do this only if you haven't ticked the boxes shown in the above screenshot).
  • Open Terminal(Ubuntu 11.10 Classic Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + T) and copy-paste the following command into Terminal.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Done. Ubuntu repositories have been successfully updated. 
Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras
  • Install the "ubuntu-restricted-extras" package. This will enable your Ubuntu to play popular file formats like mp3, avi, Flash videos etc. Click Here OR simply copy-paste the command below into Terminal to install the package(You need not do this also if you have ticked the 'right' boxes).
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • Done
Enable Full DVD Playback(Dual Layer DVD Support)
  • Though installing the restricted extras package will solve most of your problems, you may not be able to play dual layer dvds yet in your Ubuntu.
  • For that, you need to install libdvdcss2 package from medibuntu repositories. Simply do the following in Terminal.
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
  • Done.
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Check For Availability of Proprietary Hardware Drivers

Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04
  • In my case, the hardware drivers including Nvidia graphics, sound and wireless drivers were enabled automatically. I didn't have to install the Nvidia drivers by hand anymore.
  • Check for additional drivers available and activate the ones you want. In 90% of the cases, this will do the trick. Those who were not able to get their hardware drivers enabled yet will have to do fair amount of digging through ubuntuforums.
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Install Compiz Config Settings Manager


Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04
  • Compiz desktop effects are available in your Ubuntu by default and if you have any kind of 3D acceleration available(graphics driver ie), you are good to go with Compiz.
  • Now to tweak Compiz desktop effects in Ubuntu, you need to install "compizconfig-settings-manager" package. Click Here OR simply copy paste the following command into Terminal to install "compizconfig-settings-manager".
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  • Done. Compiz Config Settings Manager(CCSM) is significant as far as Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot is concerned. I will get to that later on.

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Software I can't do without
Some of the applications that I regularly use in Ubuntu are not available by default. And all of them are available in the default Ubuntu 11.10 rep except these with a *. For these programs you need an alternative repository that can be added to your system using a ppa. Read on:

xsane (easier scanner GUI)  
GFTP (Easy file transfer)

Samba (to share folders on your local network)

Eye of Gnome plugins,  (to make EoG better)

Exaile music player,  (An easy to use music player)

Sound Juicer (cd rip tool)
VLC DVD player (A very versatile media player. It plays anything)
Audacity (The best audio editor)
The GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program)
Keepassx (Manage your passwords crossplatform)
Chromium web Browser (The open source version of Chrome, the Firefox alternative)
Stellarium  (Your own planetarium) (You may also install a newer version with its own ppa)
Kompozer (To make HTML pages with wysiwig)
Mozilla Thunderbird  (Read and write email)
Grsync (Sync directories in your system)
Klibido (Read usenet binaries) (Alas not available anymore)
Gwenview a kde viewer
Geeqie another versalite viewer 
Thunar the XCFE filebrowswer with an awesome batch rename function
PDFshuffler split and merge pdf files 
fcrackzip to crack ZIP passwords
k9copy copy DVD's and reduce them to max 4.5 Gb
k3b a versatile CD and DVD burning tool. 
Celestia A multi view planetarium
Phatch A batch renamer and photo resize. manual
UMplayerA versatile media player, including youtube recording. 
QTQr* A Qr encoder and decoder using the webcam
YPPAmanager* a program to manage additional program repositories
PiTiVi a new versatile video editing program
Lives for better video editing
Transmagedon another great video editor
UNrar and 7zip for unzipping and zipping files.





Install them using a terminal with this command:
sudo apt-get install transmageddon unrar-free p7zip-full pitivi lives umplayer phatch celestia-gnome celestia celestia-common-nonfree k3b k9copy gftp fcrackzip pdfshuffler sound-juicer thunar gwenview geeqie gparted system-config-samba xsane eog-plugins exaile vlc audacity gimp keepassx stellarium chromium-browser kompozer thunderbird grsync 
And some games for the children:
sudo apt-get install tuxpaint gcompris kbreakout kollision ktuberling ktron kspaceduel planets frozen-bubble supertux supertuxkart  extremetuxracer gnome-breakout  pacman torcs micropolis lincity-ng  pychess

Install Dutch language libraries using a terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get install gimp-help-nl kde-l10n-nl language-pack-kde-nl-base  language-pack-kde-nl childsplay-alphabet-sounds-nl chromium-browser-l10n gcompris-sound-nl thunderbird-locale-nl 
And the tools with a separate PPA:
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QTQR, Y-ppa-manager

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qr-tools-developers/qr-tools-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager qtqr


Back in time backup software



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install backintime-gnome

Install DockBarX 0.44 in Ubuntu from the WebUpd8 PPA


As usual, DockBarX is available in the main WebUpd8 PPA for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04. It also works under Ubuntu 11.10 but not as a GNOME3 panel applet.

Add the PPA and install DockBarX 0.44 using the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dockbarx dockbarx-themes-extra


To also install the Avant Window Navigator DockBarX applet, use the following command:



sudo apt-get install awn-applet-dockbarx

Then, to use DockBarX:
  • with GNOME 2.x Panel: right click the panel, select "Add to panel" and add "DockBarX".
  • with Avant Window Navigator: in the AWN preferences, add DockBarX to your dock
  • as a stand-alone dock: press ALT + F2 and enter: "dockx".

For configuring DockBarx, a new "DockBarX Preference" entry should be available in your menu.


Furtherone you may need a PDF stitcher if pdfshuffler doesn't suit your needs:  Couturier
You can download the .deb file and install this program. It offers the option of stitching PDF files into one larger file. Direct link
Second direct link
Parental control
The nanny project may suit your needs. Read more about it here
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nannysudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nanny


A nice wallpaper called Xplanet


The DEB Packet is available via repository. Please keep in mind to never trust external repositories!  Even though I will never upload any shit to this repo I recomment the old scool way regardless: add the RSS to your favorite feed reader and fetch the package from the header of this website. The repository is signed (same goes for the packages, too) so you can be kind of “shure” that the stuff is what it is expected to be.


sudo wget -O - http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/PublicKey | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/ /" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xplanetFX
If you want to download a .deb or a .rpm please go to:

Early Feb 2011 there was a new release with many improvements. Some of these include: -
  • Consistency between tabs, padding and buttons used throughout
  • ‘Display’ now gives a more accurate preview of changes
  • ‘View’ Position widget has colour, a new grid, more
  • The application has a new Splash screen and application icon
Amongst those changes come a few new features, notably: -
  • Ability to change corona blur
  • Star field can be zoomed
  • More shadow options
  • Faster rendering time

Download

The latest release of XPlanetFX, provided pre-packaged as a .deb, can be downloaded @ mein-neues-blog.de/files/xplanetFX/xplanetFX-latest_deb
Once installed the application can be launched the from the ‘Applications > Accessories’ sub-menu.


PPAmanager

This is a simple tool that allows you to search for PPAs and install them without hitting the terminal. It also allows you to manage (add/remove/purge) your existing PPAs with a few clicks.

Usage

Open a terminal (hopefully this will be the last time you install PPA via the terminal) and type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager
Once installed, go to “Applications -> System Tools -> Y PPA Manager“.

Grub Customizer for customizing Grub2 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

To use it, you have to right click on the panel and select “Add to Panel” From the window that pop up, select “Recent Notification”.
You should now see a new applet in your Gnome panel.
Simply click the applet and it will show a window with all your past notification 

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Linux Mint 11 installation tips:

In Linux Mint there is a lot working out of the box. A lot more than in the corresponding Ubuntu version. But not everything i want in my Mint is installed by default. So follow me:


Use this batch file, save it, make it executable (sudo chmod +x  /home/yourname/installmint11.sh) an run it or do it yourself:


Update Repositories
  • After you install brand newLinux Mint 11, the first thing you need to do is to update repositories and make sure you have the latest updates installed(Like I said before, you need to do this only if you haven't ticked the boxes shown in the above screenshot).
  • Open Terminal(Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + T) and copy-paste the following command into Terminal.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Done. Ubuntu and Mint repositories have been successfully updated. 
Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras
  • Install the "ubuntu-restricted-extras" package. This will enable your Ubuntu to play popular file formats like mp3, avi, Flash videos etc. Click Here OR simply copy-paste the command below into Terminal to install the package.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras


DVD playback is installed by default so lets go on:


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Check For Availability of Proprietary Hardware Drivers

Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04
  • In my case, the hardware drivers except graphics, sound and wireless drivers were enabled automatically. I had to install the Nvidia drivers by hand.
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Software I can't do without
Stellarium

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases to your system's Software Sources.

If you're using the most recent version of Ubuntu (or any version from Ubuntu 9.10 onwards), you can add a PPA to your system with a single line in your terminal:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases  
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install stellarium


Some of the applications that I regularly use in Ubuntu are not available by default. And all of them are available in the default Ubuntu 11.04 and Linux Mint 11 repo.

xsane (easier scanner GUI)  
GFTP (Easy file transfer)
Samba (to share folders on your local network)
Eye of Gnome plugins,  (to make EoG better)
Exaile music player,  (An easy to use music player)
Sound Juicer (cd rip tool)
VLC DVD player (A very versatile media player. It plays anything)
Audacity (The best audio editor)
The GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program)
Keepassx (Manage your passwords crossplatform)
Chromium web Browser (The open source version of Chrome, the Firefox alternative)
Stellarium  (Your own planetarium allready installed if you did anbove)
Kompozer (To make HTML pages with wysiwig)
Mozilla Thunderbird  (Read and write email)
Grsync (Sync directories in your system)
Klibido (Read usenet binaries)
Gwenview a kde viewer
Geeqie another versalite viewer 
Thunar the XCFE filebrowswer with an awesome batch rename function
PDFshuffler split and merge pdf files 
fcrackzip to crack ZIP passwords
k9copy copy DVD's and reduce them to max 4.5 Gb
k3b a versatile CD and DVD burning tool. 
Celestia A multi view planetarium
Phatch A batch renamer and photo resize. manual  
UMPlayer a versatile media player including youtube recording function.


Install them using a terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get install umplayer phatch celestia-gnome celestia celestia-common-nonfree k3b k9copy gftp fcrackzip pdfshuffler sound-juicer thunar gwenview geeqie gparted system-config-samba xsane eog-plugins exaile vlc audacity gimp keepassx stellarium chromium-browser kompozer thunderbird grsync

And some games for the children:

sudo apt-get install tuxpaint gcompris kbreakout kollision ktuberling ktron kspaceduel planets frozen-bubble supertux supertuxkart  extremetuxracer gnome-breakout  pacman torcs micropolis lincity-ng  pychess

Install Dutch language using a terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get install gimp-help-nl kde-l10n-nl language-pack-kde-nl-base  language-pack-kde-nl childsplay-alphabet-sounds-nl chromium-browser-l10n gcompris-sound-nl language-support-nl thunderbird-locale-nl 

Install DockBarX 0.43 in Ubuntu from the WebUpd8 PPA

DockBarX 0.43 is not yet available in the official DockBar PPA, but as usual they've uploaded the latest version to the WebUpd8 PPA (for Ubuntu Karmic, Lucid, Maverick and Natty). Add the WebUpd8 PPA and install DockBarX 0.43 using the following commands:



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dockbarx dockbarx-themes-extra

 
The above command will install both DockBarX and an extra themes package. If you want even more themes (and you use Avant Window Navigator / Faenza icons), see: DockBarX Theme Pack For Avant Window Navigator / Faenza Users.


To be able to use the Helpers, you also need to install the following packages:
 
sudo apt-get install dockmanager dockmanager-daemon libdesktop-agnostic-cfg-gconf libdesktop-agnostic-vfs-gio 

For Zeitgeist support, add the Zeitgeist PPA and upgrade to the latest Zeitgeist:



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


And finally, if you want to use DockBarX in Avant Window Navigator, you need to install the AWN DockBarX applet:



sudo apt-get install awn-applet-dockbarx
Tip: to be able to use the Window Previews feature, firstly enable it from DockBarX (Applications > Accessories > DockBarX Preference, on the Window List tab enable "Show previews") and then in CompizConfig Settings Manager make sure the "KDE Compatibility" plugin is enabled and that both options for this plugin (Support Plasma Thumbnails and Support Present Windows) are enabled.
As soon al DockbarX wil be implemented in de dockbar ppa use these commands instead:
To install Dockbarx to implement taskbar buttons like Win7 has

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dockbarx


Now add the dockbarX to your Gnome panel by right clicking on it an select it. After that remove the windowlist applet by right clicking right to the left of it and select the remove option. You may resize the Gnome panel by right clicking on it, select the properties and resize the panel.



Furtherone you may need a PDF stitcher if pdfshuffler doesn't suit your needs:  Couturier
You can download the .deb file and install this program. It offers the option of stitching PDF files into one larger file. Direct link
Second direct link




A nice wallpaper called Xplanet


The DEB Packet is available via repository. Please keep in mind to never trust external repositories, unless you know what you're doing! 


sudo wget -O - http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/PublicKey | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/ /" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xplanetFX


If you want to download a .deb or a .rpm please go to:


Early Feb 2011 there was a new release with many improvements. Some of these include: -
  • Consistency between tabs, padding and buttons used throughout
  • ‘Display’ now gives a more accurate preview of changes
  • ‘View’ Position widget has colour, a new grid, more
  • The application has a new Splash screen and application icon
Amongst those changes come a few new features, notably: -
  • Ability to change corona blur
  • Star field can be zoomed
  • More shadow options
  • Faster rendering time

Download

The latest release of XPlanetFX, provided pre-packaged as a .deb, can be downloaded @ mein-neues-blog.de/files/xplanetFX/xplanetFX-latest_deb
Once installed the application can be launched the from the ‘Applications > Accessories’ sub-menu.


PPAmanager

This is a simple tool that allows you to search for PPAs and install them without hitting the terminal. It also allows you to manage (add/remove/purge) your existing PPAs with a few clicks.

Usage

Open a terminal (hopefully this will be the last time you install PPA via the terminal) and type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager
Once installed, go to “Applications -> System Tools -> Y PPA Manager“.


Grub Customizer for customizing Grub2
 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer



Grub Customizer will now show up in the Applications/System Tools menu.




Redent NotifyOSD in Ubuntu,


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install recent-notifications

To use it, you have to right click on the panel and select “Add to Panel” From the window that pop up, select “Recent Notification”.
You should now see a new applet in your Gnome panel.
Simply click the applet and it will show a window with all your past notification 


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VirtualBox


if you need the Closed source virtualbox read this and use this:


Debian-based Linux distributions

Note: VirtualBox has been moved from non-free to contrib with 4.0, so please adjust your repository settings.
Add one of the following lines according to your distribution to your /etc/apt/sources.list:


type: sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
and add one of these lines to your file and save it.


deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian natty contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian maverick contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian karmic contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian hardy contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian squeeze contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lenny contrib non-free
(Up to version 3.2 the packages were located in the non-free section, starting with version 4.0 are located in the contrib section)
The Oracle public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here. You can add this key with
 
sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox.asc


or combine downloading and registering:
 
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -


The key fingerprint is
 
7B0F AB3A 13B9 0743 5925  D9C9 5442 2A4B 98AB 5139
Oracle Corporation (VirtualBox archive signing key) <info@virtualbox.org>
(As of VirtualBox 3.2, the signing key was changed. The old Sun public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here.)
To install VirtualBox, do
 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0


Replace virtualbox-4.0 by
  • virtualbox-3.2 to install VirtualBox 3.2.12
  • virtualbox-3.1 to install VirtualBox 3.1.8
  • virtualbox-3.0 to install VirtualBox 3.0.14
  • virtualbox-2.2 to install VirtualBox 2.2.4
  • virtualbox-2.1 to install VirtualBox 2.1.4
  • virtualbox-2.0 to install VirtualBox 2.0.12
  • virtualbox to install VirtualBox 1.6.6
Note: Ubuntu/Debian users might want to install the dkms package to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next apt-get upgrade. For Debian it is available in Lenny backports and in the normal repository for Squeeze and later. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:


sudo apt-get install dkms


What to do when experiencing The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG ... when refreshing the packages from the repository?
# sudo -s -H
# apt-get clean
# rm /var/lib/apt/lists/*
# rm /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/*
# apt-get clean
# apt-get update
 
Indicator-Virtualbox offers a quick way to launch virtual machines via the desktop panel.

Indicator virtualbox for Ubuntu
The applet, created by astrapi, sits in your panel and, on opening, lists all the virtual machines configured in Virtualbox. Selecting an entry launches the machine without the need to call the main virtualbox window.
The Indicator can be installed from astrapi‘s PPA
  

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa 
sudo apt-get- update
sudo apt-get install indicator-virtualbox


To launch press ALT + F2 (or use Synapse) and type: -
indicator-virtualbox
or add the indicator to the list of automatically started programs.


Choqok Twitter client


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neversfelde/experimental
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get-install choqok 




Openshot video editor


To install OpenShot 1.3.0 in Ubuntu 9.10 or higher add the following PPA to your software sources: -
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install openshot


Grub Customizer for customizing Grub2
 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer


Grub Customizer will now show up in the Applications/System Tools menu.




Redent NotifyOSD in Ubuntu,


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install recent-notifications

To use it, you have to right click on the panel and select “Add to Panel” From the window that pop up, select “Recent Notification”.
You should now see a new applet in your Gnome panel.
Simply click the applet and it will show a window with all your past notification 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ubuntu 11.4 installation tips

After reading this site I did partly something else:

Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal


You can download this script to do it all in one except the things I noted below.


Many things about this post will be similar to our previous write up on things you need to do after installing Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. But not everything. Ubuntu with classic GNOME desktop is now defunct and Ubuntu Unity has come to replace it. Unity is the new face of Ubuntu and there will be no more special desktop and netbook editions of Ubuntu. Instead, Ubuntu Unity will simply took its place. Now, let's take a look into the things you need to do after installing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.

Installing Restricted Extras and Updating Repositories During Ubuntu Installation
  • You can now install restricted codecs package(which include Adobe Flash, MP3 codecs and such) during installation of Ubuntu OS itself.
Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04
  • Notice the arrows pointing to the boxes in the screenshot above. If you tick both of them during the Ubuntu installation process(make sure you are connected to the internet before doing so), restricted extras package will be installed automatically and you will be able to play mp3's and watch flash videos(YouTube videos for example) out of the box. 
  • But there is a catch. If you have a slow internet connection(which is very rare these days), ticking the boxes shown in the screenshot above will unnecessarily lengthen the installation process. I for one prefer to do all that after installing Ubuntu. If you are like me, the next two steps are for you.
Update Repositories
  • After you install brand new Ubuntu 11.04, the first thing you need to do is to update repositories and make sure you have the latest updates installed(Like I said before, you need to do this only if you haven't ticked the boxes shown in the above screenshot).
  • Open Terminal(Ubuntu 11.04 Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + T) and copy-paste the following command into Terminal.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Done. Ubuntu repositories have been successfully updated. 
Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras
  • Install the "ubuntu-restricted-extras" package. This will enable your Ubuntu to play popular file formats like mp3, avi, Flash videos etc. Click Here OR simply copy-paste the command below into Terminal to install the package(You need not do this also if you have ticked the 'right' boxes).
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • Done
Enable Full DVD Playback(Dual Layer DVD Support)
  • Though installing the restricted extras package will solve most of your problems, you may not be able to play dual layer dvds yet in your Ubuntu.
  • For that, you need to install libdvdcss2 package from medibuntu repositories. Simply do the following in Terminal.
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
  • Done.
FROM HERE THIS IS NOT DONE BY THE SCRIPT 

Check For Availability of Proprietary Hardware Drivers

Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04
  • In my case, the hardware drivers except graphics, sound and wireless drivers were enabled automatically. I had to install the Nvidia drivers by hand.
Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04
  • If you are among the not-so-lucky, open Applications dash from Unity dock (Ubuntu 11.04 Keyboard Shortcut: Super + a) and select 'Additional Drivers' application(see the highlighted app in the screenshot).
  • Check for additional drivers available and activate the ones you want. In 90% of the cases, this will do the trick. Those who were not able to get their hardware drivers enabled yet will have to do fair amount of digging through ubuntuforums.
Install Compiz Config Settings Manager


Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04
  • Compiz desktop effects are available in your Ubuntu by default and if you have any kind of 3D acceleration available(graphics driver ie), you are good to go with Compiz.
  • Now to tweak Compiz desktop effects in Ubuntu, you need to install "compizconfig-settings-manager" package. Click Here OR simply copy paste the following command into Terminal to install "compizconfig-settings-manager".
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  • Done. Compiz Config Settings Manager(CCSM) is significant as far as Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal is concerned. We will get to that later on.
Essential Ubuntu Unity Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Productivity can be increased significantly in new Ubuntu Unity desktop if you know the essential Unity keyboard and mouse shortcuts.
Enable Transparency of Unity Top Panel
  • Launch CCSM. Hit Super + a and search for CCSM.
Enable Transparency of Unity Top Panel
  • After launching CCSM, select Ubuntu Unity Plugin from 'Desktop' category. Now choose the Experimental tab from above.
  • There you will see the 'Panel Opacity' option. Change it to the value you like.
Increase/Decrease the Launcher Icon Size
  • Just as before, Launch CCSM(Super + a and search for CCSM) and then browse to Ubuntu Unity Plugin. Choose 'Experimental' tab.
Increase/Decrease the Launcher Icon Size
  • Adjust the value of 'Launcher Icon Size' by simple scrolling. The default value of 'Launcher Icon Size' is 48, but I like it around 40.
Change Desktop Size


Change number of workspaces in Ubuntu natty
  • By default, Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal gives you four workspaces to play around. Keyboard shortcut for activating the four workspaces is Super + s. Now, if you want to increase/decrease that number do the following.
  • Launch CCSM yet again, and select General Options from the category 'General'. Select the tab 'Desktop Size' and choose the values you want. Simple as that.
Install Nautilus-Elementary in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal


Nautilus-Elementary in Ubuntu 11.04
  • I can't use Nautilus these days without implementing the improvements brought about by the Nautilus-Elementary hack. So here is how you install Nautilus-Elementary in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. Also read our Nautilus-Elementary in Ubuntu 11.04 review.
  • Copy paste the following commands into Terminal to install Nautilus Elementary in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
nautilus -q
  • Done. If sudo apt-get upgrade doesn't work, try sudo apt-get dist-upgrade instead of it.
Install Some Incredible Themes in Ubuntu 11.04


Equinox Evolution themes + Faenza icon theme in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty
  • For me, nothing beats Equinox Evolution themes + Faenza icon theme combination. As an added advantage, both are available from the same PPA as well. Latest Equinox Evolution themes update brings with 3 new themes taking the total count to 5.
  • To install Equinox GTK theme collection and Faenza icon theme in Ubuntu 11.04, you need to do the following in Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme faenza-icon-theme
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Software I can't do without
Stellarium

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases to your system's Software Sources.

If you're using the most recent version of Ubuntu (or any version from Ubuntu 9.10 onwards), you can add a PPA to your system with a single line in your terminal:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases  
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install stellarium


Some of the applications that I regularly use in Ubuntu are not available by default. And all of them are available in the default Ubuntu 10.10 repo.

xsane (easier scanner GUI)  
GFTP (Easy file transfer)
Samba (to share folders on your local network)
Eye of Gnome plugins,  (to make EoG better)
Exaile music player,  (An easy to use music player)
Sound Juicer (cd rip tool)
VLC DVD player (A very versatile media player. It plays anything)
Audacity (The best audio editor)
The GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program)
Keepassx (Manage your passwords crossplatform)
Chromium web Browser (The open source version of Chrome, the Firefox alternative)
Stellarium  (Your own planetarium allready installed if you did anbove)
Kompozer (To make HTML pages with wysiwig)
Mozilla Thunderbird  (Read and write email)
Grsync (Sync directories in your system)
Klibido (Read usenet binaries)
Gwenview a kde viewer
Geeqie another versalite viewer 
Thunar the XCFE filebrowswer with an awesome batch rename function
PDFshuffler split and merge pdf files 
fcrackzip to crack ZIP passwords
k9copy copy DVD's and reduce them to max 4.5 Gb
k3b a versatile CD and DVD burning tool. 
Celestia A multi view planetarium
Phatch A batch renamer and photo resize. manual
UMplayerA versatile media player, including youtube recording. 





Install them using a terminal with this command:
sudo apt-get install umplayer phatch celestia-gnome celestia celestia-common-nonfree k3b k9copy gftp fcrackzip pdfshuffler sound-juicer thunar gwenview geeqie gparted system-config-samba xsane eog-plugins exaile vlc audacity gimp keepassx stellarium chromium-browser kompozer thunderbird grsync klibido


And some games for the children:

sudo apt-get install tuxpaint gcompris kbreakout kollision ktuberling ktron kspaceduel planets frozen-bubble supertux supertuxkart  extremetuxracer gnome-breakout  pacman torcs micropolis lincity-ng  pychess




Install Dutch language using a terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get install gimp-help-nl kde-l10n-nl language-pack-kde-nl-base  language-pack-kde-nl childsplay-alphabet-sounds-nl chromium-browser-l10n gcompris-sound-nl language-support-nl thunderbird-locale-nl 



Back in time backup software



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install backintime-gnome


Install DockBarX 0.43 in Ubuntu from the WebUpd8 PPA

DockBarX 0.43 is not yet available in the official DockBar PPA, but as usual we've uploaded the latest version to the WebUpd8 PPA (for Ubuntu Karmic, Lucid, Maverick and Natty). Add the WebUpd8 PPA and install DockBarX 0.43 using the following commands:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dockbarx dockbarx-themes-extra

 
The above command will install both DockBarX and an extra themes package. If you want even more themes (and you use Avant Window Navigator / Faenza icons), see: DockBarX Theme Pack For Avant Window Navigator / Faenza Users.

To be able to use the Helpers, you also need to install the following packages:

 
sudo apt-get install dockmanager dockmanager-daemon libdesktop-agnostic-cfg-gconf libdesktop-agnostic-vfs-gio 

For Zeitgeist support, add the Zeitgeist PPA and upgrade to the latest Zeitgeist:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

And finally, if you want to use DockBarX in Avant Window Navigator, you need to install the AWN DockBarX applet:


sudo apt-get install awn-applet-dockbarx
Tip: to be able to use the Window Previews feature, firstly enable it from DockBarX (Applications > Accessories > DockBarX Preference, on the Window List tab enable "Show previews") and then in CompizConfig Settings Manager make sure the "KDE Compatibility" plugin is enabled and that both options for this plugin (Support Plasma Thumbnails and Support Present Windows) are enabled.
As soon al DockbarX wil be implemented in de dockbar ppa use these commands instead:
To install Dockbarx to implement taskbar buttons like Win7 has

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dockbarx

Now add the dockbarX to your Gnome panel by right clicking on it an select it. After that remove the windowlist applet by right clicking right to the left of it and select the remove option. You may resize the Gnome panel by right clicking on it, select the properties and resize the panel.



Furtherone you may need a PDF stitcher if pdfshuffler doesn't suit your needs:  Couturier
You can download the .deb file and install this program. It offers the option of stitching PDF files into one larger file. Direct link
Second direct link




A nice wallpaper called Xplanet


The DEB Packet is available via repository. Please keep in mind to never trust external repositories!  Even though I will never upload any shit to this repo I recomment the old scool way regardless: add the RSS to your favorite feed reader and fetch the package from the header of this website. The repository is signed (same goes for the packages, too) so you can be kind of “shure” that the stuff is what it is expected to be.

sudo wget -O - http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/PublicKey | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/ /" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xplanetFX


If you want to download a .deb or a .rpm please go to:


Early Feb 2011 there was a new release with many improvements. Some of these include: -
  • Consistency between tabs, padding and buttons used throughout
  • ‘Display’ now gives a more accurate preview of changes
  • ‘View’ Position widget has colour, a new grid, more
  • The application has a new Splash screen and application icon
Amongst those changes come a few new features, notably: -
  • Ability to change corona blur
  • Star field can be zoomed
  • More shadow options
  • Faster rendering time

Download

The latest release of XPlanetFX, provided pre-packaged as a .deb, can be downloaded @ mein-neues-blog.de/files/xplanetFX/xplanetFX-latest_deb
Once installed the application can be launched the from the ‘Applications > Accessories’ sub-menu.


PPAmanager

This is a simple tool that allows you to search for PPAs and install them without hitting the terminal. It also allows you to manage (add/remove/purge) your existing PPAs with a few clicks.

Usage

Open a terminal (hopefully this will be the last time you install PPA via the terminal) and type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager
Once installed, go to “Applications -> System Tools -> Y PPA Manager“.

Grub Customizer for customizing Grub2
 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer



Grub Customizer will now show up in the Applications/System Tools menu.




Redent NotifyOSD in Ubuntu,


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install recent-notifications

To use it, you have to right click on the panel and select “Add to Panel” From the window that pop up, select “Recent Notification”.
You should now see a new applet in your Gnome panel.
Simply click the applet and it will show a window with all your past notification 



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VirtualBox


if you need the Closed source virtualbox read this and use this:


Debian-based Linux distributions

Note: VirtualBox has been moved from non-free to contrib with 4.0, so please adjust your repository settings.
Add one of the following lines according to your distribution to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

type: sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
and add one of these lines to your file and save it.

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian natty contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian maverick contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian karmic contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian hardy contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian squeeze contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lenny contrib non-free
(Up to version 3.2 the packages were located in the non-free section,  starting with version 4.0 are located in the contrib section) 
The Oracle public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here. You can add this key with
 
sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox.asc

or combine downloading and registering:
 
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

The key fingerprint is
 
7B0F AB3A 13B9 0743 5925  D9C9 5442 2A4B 98AB 5139
Oracle Corporation (VirtualBox archive signing key) <info@virtualbox.org>
(As of VirtualBox 3.2, the signing key was changed. The old Sun public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here.)
To install VirtualBox, do
 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0

Replace virtualbox-4.0 by
  • virtualbox-3.2 to install VirtualBox 3.2.12
  • virtualbox-3.1 to install VirtualBox 3.1.8
  • virtualbox-3.0 to install VirtualBox 3.0.14
  • virtualbox-2.2 to install VirtualBox 2.2.4
  • virtualbox-2.1 to install VirtualBox 2.1.4
  • virtualbox-2.0 to install VirtualBox 2.0.12
  • virtualbox to install VirtualBox 1.6.6
Note: Ubuntu/Debian users might want to install the dkms package to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next apt-get upgrade. For Debian it is available in Lenny backports and in the normal repository for Squeeze and later. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:

sudo apt-get install dkms

What to do when experiencing The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG ... when refreshing the packages from the repository?
# sudo -s -H
# apt-get clean
# rm /var/lib/apt/lists/*
# rm /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/*
# apt-get clean
# apt-get update
 
Indicator-Virtualbox offers a quick way to launch virtual machines via the desktop panel.

Indicator virtualbox for Ubuntu
The applet, created by astrapi, sits in your panel and, on opening, lists all the virtual machines configured in Virtualbox. Selecting an entry launches the machine without the need to call the main virtualbox window.
The Indicator can be installed from astrapi‘s PPA
  

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa 
sudo apt-get- update
sudo apt-get install indicator-virtualbox


To launch press ALT + F2 (or use Synapse) and type: -
indicator-virtualbox
or add the indicator to the list of automatically started programs.


Choqok Twitter client


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neversfelde/experimental
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get-install choqok 




Openshot video editor


To install OpenShot 1.3.0 in Ubuntu 9.10 or higher add the following PPA to your software sources: -
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install openshot



Top Additional Applications to Install After Installing Ubuntu 11.04


Top Applications for Ubuntu 11.04

Top additional applications I install after installing Ubuntu hasn't changed much from last time. But this list is subjective and depends largely on personal preferences. Anyways, here is mine.
We have already featured a post dedicated to things you should do after installing Ubuntu, now lets take a look at the applications/softwares to install after installing Ubuntu. Please bear in mind that this is a post meant for newbie Ubuntu users primarily. Top 18 applications to install after installing Ubuntu.

ubuntu lucid
[image via ubuntu wallpapers]

This article have the following sub categories
My favorite multimedia applications for Ubuntu include,

VLC Media Player
VLC media player is arguably the most comprehensive multimedia application available for Ubuntu. It is fast and has support for almost all multimedia formats.

VLC Ubuntu
SMPlayer - Incredible MPlayer Frontend
SMplyer is another awesome media player application for Ubuntu which is basically a nice and simple frontend for award winning MPlayer multimedia player for Ubuntu/Linux.

SMPlayer ubuntu
Banshee Music Player - The Default Music Player for Ubuntu from Next Release
Most of you will be aware of this already, Banshee will most probably become the default music player for Ubuntu from the next major release, Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal ie. Banshee is already the default choice for many among Ubuntu users and and you might also want to give it a try.

banshee ubuntu
  • If you want to install the latest version of Banshee instead, instructions here.
DeadBeef - An Extremely Lightweight Music Player Alternative
I was deeply impressed by this nice little music player which is extremely good at syncing *very* large music collections quickly and without any stability issues. DeadBeef is what you need if you are looking for something basic and simple.


Dead Beef Ubuntu
Boxee - Incredible Open Source Multimedia Center 
Boxee is one of the most popular open source projects and it is also probably the best media center application for Ubuntu.


boxee ubuntu


Boxee is based on yet another awesome media center application called XBMC. And if you might want to learn more about XBMC, read our XBMC review and installation instructions.


  • To install Boxee, you need to download latest DEB package for Boxee from here and then simply double click to install Boxee in your Ubuntu.
Minitube - Youtube Desktop Client for Ubuntu
Minitube is a flash free YouTube desktop application for Linux and Mac OSX. Minitube is perhaps one of the cleanest looking YouTube desktop client I have ever used in Ubuntu.


minitube ubuntu
Top Internet Applications for Ubuntu
Here are my favorite internet related applications for Ubuntu,


Chromium Web Browser
Chromium is the Open Source web browser project from where Google Chrome is derived from. To put it straight, Google Chrome is a rebranded version of Chromium. You might want to learn more about the difference between Google Chrome and Chromium.


chromium ubuntu
Deluge Bit Torrent Client
Default bit torrent client for Ubuntu is Transmission and it is more than enough for your day to day use. Deluge is a very good alternative bit torrent client for Ubuntu though.


deluge ubuntu
JDownloader - The Best Download Manager Available
JDownloader is a simple cross platform download manager which probably is also one among the most popular download manager for Linux platform. JDownloader is Open Source and written entirely in Java.

JDownloader ubuntu
Pidgin IM Client
Pidgin was the default IM client for Ubuntu until last release, which was then replaced by Empathy IM client. Pidgin still is a power packed IM client and have support for almost all IM platforms.

pidgin ubuntu
  • If you want to install latest Pidgin build instead, instructions here.
Hotot - My Favorite Twitter Client for Ubuntu
There are plenty of twitter clients for Ubuntu available for free download. I have tried a lot of them, but nothing comes close to the functionality and ease of use aspects of Hotot IMO.

hotot ubuntu
Dropbox - Online File Syncing Application
Dropbox is probably one among the best online file syncing/sharing tool available for Ubuntu. And unlike Ubuntu One, the default online file syncing app for Ubuntu, Dropbox is cross platform as well and a lot less buggier.

Dropbox in Ubuntu
This is something every newbie Ubuntu user should be looking for, a more eyecandy desktop. Well, I got to tell you there are plenty of desktop configuration options available. But here we are going to discuss about themes alone. 

Equinox GTK Theme + Faenza Icon Theme
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you must probably knew about my addiction for this particular theme combination already.

Equinox+Faenza theme ubuntu
Orta GTK Theme is as Good or Even Better
Equinox is not the only theme that can be used with Faenza icon theme, Orta GTK theme is my other favorite theme for Ubuntu and its absolutely superb.


orta theme ubuntu ppa
  • And if you are interested in more desktop eyecandy, you should check out our collection of most amazing GNOME GTK Themes and Icon Themes for Ubuntu. 
Miscellaneous Applications
Here are a bunch of applications for Ubuntu which belong to the 'others' category,


Cheese - Take Photos and Record Videos Using Webcam
Cheese is a must install especially if you are a laptop user, since most laptops/netbooks have a webcam these days. Cheese is a simple application that lets you take photos and record videos using your webcam. Cheese have some even cheesier effects also to make your photos and videos look, well, different.
cheese
Avant Window Navigator(AWN)
Avant Window Navigator is an awesome dock application for your Ubuntu desktop. AWN is simple and it was one of the first dock application for Ubuntu which featured easy drag and drop functionality of different AWN apps.


AWN Lucido Ubuntu PPA
Docky - Yet Another Dock Application
Docky is another really good and simple dock application Ubuntu and it is well integrated into the GNOME Desktop as well. Docky provides an application launcher, running application management, and various "docklets" including a CPU monitor, weather report, clock etc.


  • Or you might want to install bleeding edge version. Instructions here.
Synapse - One of Its Kind Launcher Application for Ubuntu
I was never a fan of third party launcher applications since I was quite satisfied with the default ALT + F2 functionality of Ubuntu. But everything changed once Synapse happened.


synapse ubuntu launcher