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Monday, October 25, 2010

Mount networkshares in FSTAB

I read a tutorial on this site: Ubuntu
It is about mounting networkshares permanently is FSTAB.

For me, on a Ubuntu Lucid Lynx or Maverick Meercat machine it was only necessary to add one line is FSTAB: (make sure it is ONE line). 

//  /media/networkdrive  cifs  username=yourname,password=yourpassword,dmask=777,fmask=777  0  0

This line makes the share read/write for all users. Make sure that /media/networkdrive does excist. (gksu nautilus in a terminal and create a new folder in /media with this very name)

All the files needed were already available. It too works on my laptop with a WIFI connection when the WIFI is available for all users.

The tutorial gives extra information about security, but that's only needed when other people have acces to your fstab file, since they can read the password to your share in it. Use the credential file if security might be an issue though!

A manual of rsync can be found here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

“IBM office suite Lotus Symphony 3 released”

On OMG Ubuntu I read this interesting article:
The latest version of IBM's based office suite 'Lotus Symphony' has been released.
Lotus Symphony 3 boasts many new and enhanced features; benefits from the OpenOffice 3 codebase and introduces new sidebars for .
Utilizing the Eclipse framework Lotus Symphony offers a different user experience to that of traditional office suites.

IBM Lotus Symphony in Ubuntu 10.10
Lotus: The LD
IBM Lotus Symphony is a free multi-platform suite of office applications consisting of:
  • IBM Lotus Symphony Documents – a word processor
  • IBM Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets – a spreadsheet program
  • IBM Lotus Symphony Presentations – a presentation program
The suite also has integration with IBM's Lotus Notes product.
Files compatability
Being based on OpenOffice 3 Symphony supports most formats you can chuck at it including OpenDocument, Microsoft Office and OpenOffice and Office Open XML file formats.


Lotus Symponhy is free 'registerware' requiring you to enter your e-mail address and other info before being granted access to the download section.
The 32bit only .DEB installer, whilst named as being for 'Hardy 8.10′, will install on later versions of Ubuntu. I installed it on Ubuntu 10.10 where it works without issue.

Annoyingly IBM don’t provide a native installer for 64bit users so, typically, a bit of hacking is needed to to get it up-and-running without issue.
Thankfully very awesome reader  Dylan has packaged up a 64bit .deb especially for you – no fuss, no hassle. Thanks Dylan!

If you don´t use .deb ´s made by others for security reasons, 64bit users need a bit of hacking to get the suite to run.

Installing Lotus Symphony 3 in Ubuntu 64bit

The following guide is thanks to Mark Greaves over on the forums.
1. Download the 32bit .deb installer linked above and save it to your home folder.
2. Open a terminal and issue the following command to install needed dependencies:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libstdc++6 ia32-libs ia32-sun-java6-bin
3. Now download the following package, saving it to your home folder: -
Now to open the libxkbfile package. We'll use Ubuntu's default archive extracter 'file-roller'.
4. In the terminal issue (as root)
sudo file-roller ./libxkbfile1_1.0.4-1_i386.deb
Open the 'data.tar.gz' file in the window that opens followed by "." folder then "usr", then the "lib" folder.
Select the following two files:
  • 1.0.2
Click "Extract" choosing the output path as '/usr/lib32′.
5. Now force install the Lotus Symphony 3 package: -
sudo dpkg –force-architecture -i symphony_3.0-1hardy1_i386.deb

Thanx to OMG Ubuntu

Friday, October 15, 2010

Install Skype in Ubuntu 10.10

How to install Skype in Ubuntu

Add repository to Sources.list

$ sudo gedit   /etc/apt/sources.list

Uncomment the following

deb maverick partner
deb-src maverick partner
Save the file and exit gedit. Now in a terminal:
$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt-get install skype

Echofon for Firefox

In Ubuntu, Echofon for firefox stopped working a while ago. There is no support anymore. That's a pity, allthough there are some other nice proggies in Ubuntu to use for your tweets.

But, when you really 'd like to tweet from within firefox, use version  and install it via one of these links:


All versions

From version Echofon for Firefox works again in Linux! That is very good news! Theere is no need to install any older version anymore!

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)

This tutorial is the textversion of the original found here:  link

This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.
I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

1 Preliminary Note

To fully replace a Windows desktop, I want the Ubuntu desktop to have the following software installed:


  • The GIMP - free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop
  • F-Spot - full-featured personal photo management application for the GNOME desktop
  • Google Picasa - application for organizing and editing digital photos


  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Flash Player 10
  • FileZilla - multithreaded FTP client
  • Thunderbird - email and news client
  • Evolution - combines e-mail, calendar, address book, and task list management functions
  • aMule - P2P file sharing application
  • Transmission BitTorrent Client - Bittorrent client
  • Vuze - Java Bittorrent client
  • Empathy IM Client - multi-platform instant messaging client
  • Skype
  • Google Earth
  • Xchat IRC - IRC client


  • OpenOffice Writer - replacement for Microsoft Word
  • OpenOffice Calc - replacement for Microsoft Excel
  • Adobe Reader
  • GnuCash - double-entry book-keeping personal finance system, similar to Quicken
  • Scribus - open source desktop publishing (DTP) application

Sound & Video:

  • Amarok - audio player
  • Audacity - free, open source, cross platform digital audio editor
  • Banshee - audio player, can encode/decode various formats and synchronize music with Apple iPods
  • MPlayer - media player (video/audio), supports WMA
  • Rhythmbox Music Player - audio player, similar to Apple's iTunes, with support for iPods
  • gtkPod - software similar to Apple's iTunes, supports iPod, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod photo, and iPod mini
  • XMMS - audio player similar to Winamp
  • dvd::rip - full featured DVD copy program
  • Kino - free digital video editor
  • Sound Juicer CD Extractor - CD ripping tool, supports various audio codecs
  • VLC Media Player - media player (video/audio)
  • RealPlayer - media player (available for i386 systems only)
  • Totem - media player (video/audio)
  • Xine - media player, supports various formats; can play DVDs
  • Brasero - CD/DVD burning program
  • K3B - CD/DVD burning program
  • Multimedia Codecs


  • KompoZer - WYSIWYG HTML editor, similar to Macromedia Dreamweaver, but not as feature-rich (yet)
  • Bluefish - text editor, suitable for many programming and markup languages
  • Quanta Plus - web development environment, including a WYSIWYG editor


  • VirtualBox OSE - lets you run your old Windows desktop as a virtual machine under your Linux desktop, so you don't have to entirely abandon Windows
  • TrueType fonts
  • Java
  • Read-/Write support for NTFS partitions
Lots of our desired applications are available in the Ubuntu repositories, and some of these applications have been contributed by the Ubuntu community.

As you might have noticed, a few applications are redundant, for example there are two CD/DVD burning applications in my list (Brasero, K3B). If you know which one you like best, you obviously don't need to install the other applications, however if you like choice, then of course you can install both. The same goes for music players like Amarok, Banshee, Rhythmbox, XMMS or browsers (Firefox, Opera).
I will use the username falko in this tutorial. Please replace it with your own username.

2 Installing The Base System

The installation of the base system is easy as 1-2-3 because the Ubuntu installer doesn't offer a lot of options to choose from, so you cannot go wrong.
Download the Ubuntu 10.10 desktop edition iso image from, burn it onto a CD, and boot your computer from it:

Select your language and click on the Install Ubuntu button to start the installation:

On the next screen you see a few requirements for the Ubuntu 10.10 installation (the system should have at least 2.6GB available drive space, should be plugged into a power source (to make sure that the system doesn't shut down during installation because of an empty battery), and should be connected to the Internet). Please check the Download updates while installing and Install this third-party software (this will install the software necessary to process Flash, MP3, and other media files) checkboxes and click on Forward:

Now we come to the partitioning of our hard disk. Usually Erase and use the entire disk is a good choice, unless you need custom partitions and know what you're doing. Erase and use the entire disk will create one big / partition for us:

Select the hard drive that you want to use for the Ubuntu installation:

Then choose your time zone:

Change the keyboard layout, if necessary:

Type in your real name, your desired username along with a password, and click on Forward:

Afterwards, Ubuntu is being installed. This can take a few minutes, so be patient:

After the installation, you will be asked to reboot the system. Click on Restart Now:

Your new Ubuntu system starts. Log into the desktop with the username and password you provided during the installation:

This is how your new desktop looks:

Now the base system is ready to be used.

Now it's time to check for updates and install them. You can start the Update Manager by going to System > Administration > Update Manager:

The Update Manager tells you which updates are available (you can click on the Check button to refresh the list). Click on Install Updates to install them:

Type in your password:

The updates are being downloaded and installed (this can take a few minutes):

When the update is complete, click on Close (if a new kernel was amongst the updates, a system restart is required to make the changes effective. If this is necessary, you will see a Restart Now button. Click on that button to restart the system.).

The system is now up-to-date.

4 Flash Player And Java

If you have checked the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation, the Flash Player and Java should already be installed on the system.
To check this, open Firefox and type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.1 r85)...

... and the IcedTea (Java) plugins among them:

5 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus to see which of our needed applications are already installed:

You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, whereas [ ] is an application that is missing):
[ ] The GIMP
[ ] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[ ] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[ ] Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[ ] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[ ] Amarok
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[ ] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[ ] gtkPod
[ ] XMMS
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[ ] VLC Media Player
[ ] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[ ] Xine
[x] Brasero
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Ubuntu 10.10.

6 Configure Additional Repositories

Some packages like the Adobe Reader are not available in the standard Ubuntu repositories. The easiest way to make such packages available to your system is to add the Medibuntu repository.
First we open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

First off, we edit /etc/apt/sources.list...
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
... and enable the maverick partner and Ubuntu Extras repositories (if they are not already enabled):
## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository.
## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
deb maverick partner
deb-src maverick partner

## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
## developers who want to ship their latest software.
deb maverick main
deb-src maverick main
Then save the file.
To enable the Medibuntu repository, please do the following:
Import the repository:
sudo wget$(lsb_release -cs).list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
Import the gpg-key and update your package-list:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
Then run
sudo update-apt-xapian-index
to make Synaptic display packages from third-party repositories.

7 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, open the Synaptic Package Manager (System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager):

Type in your password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick search field to find packages. To select a package for installation, click on the checkbox in front of it and select Mark for Installation from the menu that comes up:

Click here to find out more!
If a package has a dependency that needs to be satisfied, a window will pop up. Accept the dependencies by clicking on Mark:

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. gstreamer* means all packages that start with gstreamer):
  • amarok
  • f-spot
  • gimp
  • flashplugin-installer (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • amule
  • audacity
  • vuze
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer* (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • gtkpod
  • k3b
  • kino
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • virtualbox-ose
  • skype
After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button:

Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply:

The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:

You might have to answer a few questions:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:

8 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like OpenOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:

9 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

Our inventory should now look like this:
[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[x] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

Open a browser and go to; select Ubuntu as the distribution and then default package and click on the Download Opera button:

A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with Ubuntu Software Center (default):

A Ubuntu Software Center window comes up. Click on the Install button to install Opera:

Type in your password:

Opera is now being installed. Afterwards, you can close the Ubuntu Software Center window:

11 Google Picasa

Go to and select the right .deb package for your architecture (i386 or amd64):

A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with Ubuntu Software Center (default):

Then install the package exactly as shown for Opera.

12 RealPlayer (For i386 Systems Only)

(RealPlayer is available for i386 systems only. If you are on an x86_64 system, please skip this chapter.)
Open Firefox and go to Click on the Download DEB Installer link:

A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with Ubuntu Software Center (default):

Then install the package exactly as shown for Opera.

13 Google Earth

At the time of this writing, the was no Google Earth .deb package available from the Ubuntu/Medibuntu repositories as it was the case for previous Ubuntu versions, but we can simply install the Google Earth package for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) from the Medibuntu repositories - it works on 10.10 as well. Go to and select the right package for your architecture (i386 or amd64). A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with Ubuntu Software Center (default):

Then install the package exactly as shown for Opera.

14 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:
[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

Easy Blue-ray playback in Ubuntu

Watch Blu-Ray discs in Ubuntu – with next-to-no effort required – thanks to a new script by Scott Duensing.

Other methods for play-back of Blu-Ray discs in Ubuntu do exist – we've even covered some before – but as the Ubuntu wiki page on restricted and DRM-laden formats notes: they can be a little on the 'cumbersome' side.

Scott decided to make his – and thusly your – life easier by creating a small script that 'glues' together one of the less-demanding Linux blu-ray playback technologies with the familiarity of VLC.

"After playing with MakeMKV and VLC for awhile, I put together a little script that glues the two together.

"It's free, I did it for myself, and I thought I'd share it."

The result allows for easy playback of a large number of Blu-Ray movies in Linux.

The script

Scott's 'script', apart from requiring Blu-Ray hardware and media to be useful, requires the pre-installation of two pieces of software:

MakeMKV describes itself as a 'one-click solution' for the playback of patent-encumbered formats. It works by using a decryption key to decode encrypted discs and transcoding the data (video, chapters, extras, etc) to the free MKV format

The application is 'shareware' and costs around £50 but it does comes with a 30 day free trial during which time all features – including Blu-ray decryption and processing – are free and fully functional to use making it worth a perfect punt for finding out if it is the salve to painless playback.


The script, links to download MakeMKV and information on how to run it can be found @

How to add more apps to the Ubuntu Messaging Menu

The Ubuntu Messaging Menu is a fantastic idea: it contains handy 'launchers' for supported applications and stores notifications from them until you're ready to act or respond.

By default Ubuntu comes with three Messaging Menu entries: Evolution (Mail), Empathy (IM Client) and Gwibber (Social Client) and we've previously covered how you can add full Thunderbird, GMail & other application support to it.

But what about applications that show no-sign of integrating?

Mario Tomljenović sent us the following tip to add custom entries to the menu. Whilst this won't provide notification support – which is sort of the point of the Messaging Menu – but it's nevertheless an easy way to insert a simple launcher to a 'messaging' application within it.

Say we want to add popular MSN application Emesene to the menu. We need to open Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and enter the following command to 'create' the menu entry:

gksu gedit /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications/emesene

Next we we would specify the path to the .desktop file in the text editor:


Save the document and the entry now appears in the Messaging Menu, like so: -

You can add pretty much any application you want to the menu so long as it has a launcher in /usr/share/applications.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Elementary Nautilus

Why have regular Nautilus when you can have a much sleeker, lightweight Nautilus-Elementary?
Features include:
  • Only one toolbar with navigation, breadcrumbs and view style
  • Nicer breadcrumbs
  • A simplified sidebar
  • Hidden menu bar
  • Gloobus preview
Install it by punching these commands into a Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Change the default of fonts in Ubuntu

As you should know by now, Ubuntu 10.10 comes with a new default font commissioned by Canonical and designed specifically for Ubuntu by the Dalton Maag type foundry.
I found the default setting a bit large for my screen and ended up settling on the following settings. Obviously it will vary depending on your screen size, resolution and of course eyesight!
  • Font size 9
  • Subpixel rendering
  • 92 dpi resolution
  • Subpixel smoothing
  • Slight hinting
  • RGB subpixel order

Saturday, October 9, 2010

How to get an Addthis button

Go to this site: Addthis

Select the kind of button you need:

Get the code and paste it into any HTML section of your site or blog.

Install rpm packages in Ubuntu

This post shows how to convert rpm packages to .deb.

As it comes from the name “terminal command” or “console command” should be executed in Terminal: open Gnome Terminal in your Ubuntu menu to go on.

Convert .rpm packages to .deb equivalents

Both .rpm and .deb files are binary packages containing pre-compiled software and all necessary components including configuration files etc. RPMs are supported by Redhat, Fedora, Centos, Suse and other Linux distributions while DEBs are for Ubuntu, Debian and related distros. Sometimes it happens that you found certain .rpm but not .deb so it looks like a problem you cannon install this package on your Ubuntu. Thankfully there is smart utility named alien that can convert .rpm to .deb. This approach is not a panacea but usually helps to install application packaged into .rpm on Ubuntu. Install it using aptitude:

sudo aptitude install alien

Convert .rpm package into .deb:

sudo alien --to-deb somepackage.rpm

Once finished you will get somepackage.deb package ready for installation via dpkg or Gdebi.

As an alternative way you can install rpm command and try installing .rpm package in your Ubuntu without converting them to .deb:

sudo aptitude install rpm

CTRL-ALT-DEL for the Gnome system monitor

Ubuntu newbie? Wondering where is something like Windows XP task manager in Ubuntu? See below how to assign Ctrl + Alt + Del keyboard combination for Gnome System Monitor! It makes it possible to see list of running processes, cpu/memory utilization and related stuff by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del.

1. First of all make sure Gnome System Monitor is installed in your system, open Terminal and type the following command:

type gnome-system-monitor

You will see the following output in case of success:

gnome-system-monitor is hashed (/usr/bin/gnome-system-monitor)

If it is not installed you will see something like below:

bash: type: gnome-system-monitor: not found

Here is the quickest way to get Gnome System Monitor installed:

sudo apt-get install gnome-system-monitor -y

2. Open System –> Preferences –> Keyboard Shortcuts and press Add button there:

Fill in opened windows as shown at the screenshot below and press Apply:

Now you can assign Ctrl + Alt + Del (or any other keyboard shortcut) for Gnome System Monitor. If Ctrl + Alt + Del combination is already taken (it is usually assigned to Log Out) just disable it by pressing Backspace:

Select Gnome System Monitor action, apply Ctrl + Alt + Del shortcut to it and press Close button.

From this point you can try pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del to make sure Gnome System Monitor starts. Now you can see list of running processes, kill any of them (depending on your rights of course), look through general information about your system like CPU load or RAM usage.

Statistics for browsers and OS's

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

A favicon of your own in Blogger

To make an own favicon for your blogger website follow this tutorial:

First, choose a.png file (of any size) that you deem nice enough to put as a blog icon.
Then, upload the.png to and download the resulting file in.ico
After downloading the.ico file to your computer, upload it to or, and obtain a direct link for the file after it is uploaded into the website's storage.
Log into your Blogger account and select: Dashboard>Layout>Edit HTML.
You will see a window with all the HTML mumble-jumbles you do not understand. Fret not, you only need to find the code right at the top, that should look like this

(in this example the ( represents < and the ) represents > )

(b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/)

After the line of code:

(link href='' rel='shortcut icon' type='image/'/)

(change ( for <  and ) for >

Now you should see your own favicon.

Instead of the .ico you could also use the animated_favicon.gif

Java returns to Ubuntu 10.10

Early Ubuntu 10.10 adopters left curious/frustrated by the inability to easily install the 'sun-java6′ package can breathe a sigh of relief: Java has been uploaded to the 'Canonical Partner Repository' for 10.10.

Until now users of Maverick Meerkat have had to rely on other means of installing the popular runtime environment – most commonly from adding the Ubuntu 10.04 Partner Repository.

The move ensures that users of applications or website requiring java to be installed can once again access them at liberty from Ubuntu, with installation no more than a click or two away.

Quick terminal in Nautilus

Quick terminal for Ubuntu

nautilus logoIf you are fan of command line like me and agree that in many situations it's better/easier to use terminal than graphical interface, you should try terminal plugin for nautilus file manager. This smart plugin makes it possible to open popup terminal in any directory you opened in nautilus and use it for file manipulations or anything you want. If you still don't have it installed you definitely should.

Here is how nautilus terminal plugin looks like in action:

nautilus terminal

The installation procedure is extremely easy as corresponding package is already included into Ubuntu official repository, so open Ubuntu Software Center, Synaptic Package Manager or simply type the following command in Terminal:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal

Once installation is finished you should restart nautilus process that sits in memory when Gnome desktop environment is started:

killall -9 nautilus

In a few moments nautilus daemon will be automatically restarted so you can start nautilus file manager from Ubuntu main menu or by double-clicking on some directory on your Desktop — terminal plugin will start automatically.

Dropbox Android App Review

On Make Tech Easier I read this article:

dropbox-logoIn MTE's previous Dropbox article, I highlighted that Dropbox had released apps for the Android, iOS and Blackberry platforms. These enabled Dropbox users to access their data while on the move. However, the apps, especially the Android one, was very much in its infancy and there were a lot of basic functions that it lacked.
Dropbox has recently updated its Android app and I thought it was a good time to review the app.

1. Set-Up

After installing and launching the app you will land on the start page. Here you can choose to login or set-up a new account.

2. Basic Usage

Once you have logged in you will be presented with the list of folders that are in your Dropbox account.
Browsing these folders is just like browsing the folders in the Dropbox folder in your home computer or through the web browser. You can click on any folder to browse the files inside.
For example, I clicked on the "Photos" folder to browse the pictures I had uploaded onto Dropbox.
The name and size of the files are prominently displayed. However, considering this was the "Photos" folder I expected there to be a gallery view to easily browse the image thumbnails, such as the one that is accessible on the web interface of Dropbox.
Nevertheless, browsing and downloading the files is very easy. To download a file, long click on a file until the context menu appears and from there select "Download".
Additionally, you can "Open" the file which basically launches an app to try and read the file (this does not work with most files, such as .docx files), you can share the file (see below) or you can delete the file.
A short click on the file gives you similar options.

3. Upload a file

Dropbox's real power is its ability to easily sync different files across different devices. The Dropbox Android app makes this easy with the ability to "Upload" any file you want. Simply hold down the menu button until the options menu appears.
Here, simply select the "Upload" button. This will give you a list of file-types you would like to upload.
Select a file-type and you can browse your phone's memory to find the appropriate file and have it upload to your Dropbox account.

4. Create a File

If you don't already have a file to upload, you can create your own. Simply click on menu and "New". From the create menu you can create various media files (pictures, video and audio), a basic text file or a folder.
The media options automatically launch your camera or camcorder app, while the "Text file" option gives you the option to launch a native text creation application or the Dropbox specific one.
The "DB Text Editor" is a fairly basic text creation tool, with only the ability to create and edit a text file.
Once you are happy with the text file you can save it, by clicking on menu and "Save file".
You will then be given the option to create a name for your file.
The file will immediately sync with your Dropbox account and appear on your computer and the Dropbox web interface.

5. Sharing Options

Lastly, it is possible to share a link of your files and folders by long clicking a file or folder and selecting "Share a link".
There are a number of sharing options available here.
dropbox-sharing options

6. Settings

The settings menu has a few limited options.
The main option is the ability to enable file-status icons, which can show whether a file in your Dropbox folder has been downloaded onto your phone.
  • Ability to access all your files on Dropbox
  • Can easily create and share public links of any folders
  • Can delete any file from your Dropbox account
  • Ability to create media and text files
  • No way to sync files to your mobile device (can only download individual files)
  • No gallery for images in the "Photos" folder
  • Inability to download folders

Bottom Line

The Dropbox app for the Android mobile platform is a solid start for an app that prides itself on its ability to do seamless syncing. However, the addition of a few more essential features would make this the ultimate app to have.