Saturday, October 31, 2009

How to Play DVD in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

There is no default support od DVD in Ubuntu 9.10. You have to install the following for getting the DVD Support.

First You Have to add the medibuntu repositories
Howto add medibuntu repository

Then open a terminal and run the following Command

$ sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 && sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/./
Now your system is DVD Ready. Play and Enjoy DVD Movies.

Friday, October 30, 2009

How to make Ubnutu 9.10 Karmic Koala Multimedia Ready

Ubuntu 9.10 Required the following steps to Run Multimedia files like MP3, AVI, Mpeg, 3gp etc...

In Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", the universe, multiverse and restricted repositories are activated by default.

For installing Multimedia files you need to add medibuntu repositories.

Run the following in command mode it will add medibuntu repositories in your sources list

$ sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

then Add the GPG Key:

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update


$ sudo apt-get update

Now you can Install non-free-codecs

$ sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs

It will enables your system to support for MP3 and various other audio formats, unrar. Java runtime environment, Flash plugin, Microsoft fonts, w32codecs etc!

You can install more codecs and DVD Support by using

$ sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder

It will help you to run DVDs, AVI files and other mpeg codecs.

Now Install Famous VLC player and Mplayer

$ sudo apt-get install vlc mplayer

You can Install following interesting and useful utilities

Audio Editing Software Audacity

$ sudo apt-get install audacity

Adobe Acrobat Reader

$sudo apt-get install acroread acroread-plugins

If you have problem with any package add the following to you repositories

open /etc/apt/sources.list and add the following

deb karmic main
deb karmic main

OR Open Applications -->Ubuntu Software Center and then select
Edit --> Software Sources and Then Select the tab
Other Software and ADD the above repositories
Run the Following Commands for avoiding Key Problems
$ sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 0DA7581859566E92
$sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver D739676F7613768D

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Howto make deb file from source code in ubuntu / debian Linux with Checkinstall

First You have to install checkinstall

$ sudo apt-get install checkinstall ( Or Install from synaptic Package manager)

Download the source file, such as example.tar.gz and extract it.

$ wget
( Or use any common method you have used for download a file)

Now Extract the tar.gz file (it will automatically create a folder with first part of filename)
(for getting # prompt type sudo su and give your password)
#tar -xzvf example.tar.gz
#cd example

#sudo checkinstall

Now it creates a deb file and the package will install automatically.

See the man page more details about checkinstall , please man it.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 ( Karmic Koala) What is New in it : Review

The main features of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

Faster Bootup & Faster Shutdown
Upstart the new speed boot technology is one of the main attraction of ubuntu 9.10. Upstart is used for replacing the old System-V init system that is commonly used on most of the Linux distributions. Upstart will give a lightning fast boot up to ubuntu.

XSplash replaces USplash
XSplash will solve rhe problems of usplash and this is a major step towards the ten-second boot process Ububtu aimed in Ubuntu 10.04, which is expected in April of 2010.

EXT4 File System and GRUB2
Finally ext4 is the default filesystem in Ubuntu 9.10. Ot will increase the speed and performance of Operating System. Supports 1 Exbibyte drive Capacity.
Grub 2 is now used for your boot menu.

New Kernel: 2.6.31
Ubuntu 9.10 uses the latest kernel 2.6.31 with Kernel Mode Settings enabled for Intel graphics cards, it also protects from rootkit attacks.

Gnome 2.8
  • Features of Gnome 2.8 : New Bluetooth module to help users manage their Bluetooth devices. it supports hundreds of Bluetooth devices, it also supports Internet through mobile phone.
  • New Time Tracker applet, which helps you track your time and tasks.
  • Another big change is that the replacement of Pidgin Instant Messenger with Empathy.
  • The webcam photo and video application Cheese has been improved as well.
Software Center
This is one of the major addition, Software center replaces Add/Remove Software tool and Synaptic package Manager. Now Software installation become professional and user-friendly .

Ubuntu One
Ubuntu One is a simply to sync files and folders on more than one PC. For Using Ubuntu One you will have to sign up for an account. Two type of Accounts are available in Ubuntu One, free account (which gives you 2GB of space) or, for $10.00 USD per month, you can get 50GB of space.

More More..........
  • Another new feature in Karmic is the addition of the Gnome-Disk-Utility, also known as Palimpsest Disk Utility .
  • Network manager has undergone some nice beautification, now it is more user friendly, WIFI spots and security-key's has been very much simplified.
  • Font Installation now takes just one click .
  • Karmic Koala ships with Firefox 3.5.3 as the default browser.
  • New Bootscreen, Themes, Wallpapers and Icons
  • 6 Step Installation
  • New options are also available during install – such as creating an encrypted home partition.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

31 High Resolution Windows7 Wallpapers

31 good looking wallpapers for Windows7. Architecture (6) , Characters (6 ),Landscapes (6), Nature (6 ) , Scenes (6 ) ,Windows (1) Resolution : 1920x1200 Size : 38.6MB


Collection of Animated Wallpapers for Mobile Phone

Collection of 400 Animated Wallpapers for Mobile Phone

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Run Ubuntu as an Windows Application : Portable Ubuntu

Portable Ubuntu is a Free application Software for Windows, runs an entire Linux operating system as a Windows application. It is superb, and it is portable application , so you can carry it on your thumb drive. You can run Linux applications on your Windows desktop, Portable Ubuntu is a stand-alone package.

download the package from here

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

5 useful pdf manipulating tools for ubuntu / debian Linux

PDFedit is free and open source tool for manipulating PDF documents. You can use it to read, change and extract information from a PDF file.PDF Editor is run in english language by default, but by setting environment variable LANG before launching the program, you can tell PDF Editor to look for specific language file.

Howto install pdfedit in ubuntu / debian
open a terminal
$sudo apt-get install pdfedit ( or open synaptic package manager and search for pdfedit)

poppler-utils is a package contains pdftops (PDF to PostScript converter), pdfinfo (PDF document information extractor), pdfimages (PDF image extractor), pdftohtml (PDF to HTML converter), pdftotext (PDF to text converter), and pdffonts (PDF font analyzer). After installation all the utilities can be used in command line.

Howto install poppler-utils in ubuntu / debian
open a terminal
$sudo apt-get install poppler-utils ( or open synaptic package manager and search for poppler-utils)

Pdftk is pdf tool kit for doing everyday things with PDF documents. pdftk can be used for Merge PDF Documents, Split PDF Pages into a New Document, Encrypt Output as Desired
Fill PDF Forms with FDF Data or XFDF Data and/or Flatten Forms, Apply a Background
Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document, Unpack PDF Attachments, Burst a PDF Document into Single Pages, Repair Corrupted PDF (Where Possible).

Interface used is Command Line

Howto install pdftk in ubuntu / debian
open a terminal
$sudo apt-get install pdftk ( or open synaptic package manager and search for pdftk)

Merge Two or More PDFs into a New Document
$ pdftk 1.pdf 2.pdf 3.pdf cat output 123.pdf

More Help Here

QPDF is a command-line program that does structural, content-preserving transformations on PDF files. It could have been called something like pdf-to-pdf. QPDF is capable of creating web-optimized) files and encrypted files. QPDF also supports a special mode designed to allow you to edit the content of PDF files in a text editor.
Interface used is Command Line

Howto install qpdf in ubuntu / debian
open a terminal
$sudo apt-get install qpdf ( or open synaptic package manager and search for qpdf)

see more here

pdfsam is an open source tool designed to handle pdf files. Pdfsam basic is a simple tool designed to split and merge pdf files. It's written in Java and it provides a Graphical interface (GUI) and a shell interface (Console). It's platform independent and it runs on every platform where a Java Virtual Machine is available. It’s released in 2 versions.

split your pdf documents (into chapters, single pages, etc.). merge many pdf documents or subsections of them. extract sections of your document into a single pdf document. save and load your environment to automatize your recurrent jobs.

Howto install pdfsam in ubuntu / debian
open a terminal
$sudo apt-get install pdfsam ( or open synaptic package manager and search for pdfsam)

Friday, October 16, 2009

How to Install IDLE ( Python tool) in ubuntu / debian Linux

IDLE is an integrated development environment for Python, which is bundled with python for Windows since 2.3. It is not included in the python included with most of Linux distributions. It is completely written in Python and the Tkinter GUI toolkit.

For installing IDLE in ubuntu

$sudo apt-get install idle3 ( for python3 users)
$sudo apt-get install idle idle-python2.6 (for old version python)

Registration Started for Ubuntu 9.10 ( Karmic Koala) Free CD

The New Version of Ubuntu is available free of charge, you will get a CD of the latest version (9.10 (Karmic Koala)) with no extra cost, but the delivery may take up to ten weeks, so you should consider downloading the CD image if you have a fast Internet connection.Don't Misuse this facility.

Click Here for Registration

Monday, October 12, 2009

Howto record desktop activities in Ubuntu / Debian with Recordmydesktop

If want to make a simple video tutorial, you can easily do it with a simple utility RecordMyDesktop. This will record all the screen activities with sound. You can control quality of video and audio. when you press on record button it will start recording, disappear the windows and appear an icon shown bow in taskbar. Output file format is .ogv. You can convert it to any format like avi, 3gp etc..
When you press stop button in the taskbar, it will stop recording and show a screen below. Wait for complete encoding.

Now your screencast is ready.

Howto install recordmydesktop in ubuntu

open a terminal and type
$ sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop ( Or you can use synaptic package manager and search for ' recordmydesktop' and select gtk-recordmydesktop.

recordmydesktop is a command line utility, gtk-recordmydesktop is its frontend.

Howto convert .ogv to .avi
$ mencoder -idx out-2.ogv -ovc lavc -oac mp3lame -o output.avi

Thursday, October 8, 2009

5 Useful Tools to Access Linux Partition from Windows

If you currently have Windows OS running and you need some files for your work which you have stored on the Linux installation, you no longer have to shut down Windows and boot Linux!


Explore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems. It runs under all versions of Windows and can read almost any ext2 and ext3 filesystem.
Download From Here

Latest Version : 1.7 Size : 380 KB

Ext2 Installable File System For Windows (Ext2IFS)
It provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access). It also support ext3 File System. This may be useful if you have installed both Windows and Linux as a dual boot environment on your computer.

Read More & Download

DiskInternals Linux Reader
DiskInternals Linux Reader is a program plays the role of a bridge between your Windows and Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems. This easy-to-use tool runs under Windows and allows you to browse Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems and extract files from there.

Download From here

Ext2Fsd is an ext2/ext3 file system driver for Windows 2000, XP, Vista. It’s a free software and everyone can distribute and modify it under GPL2.
Download From Here

rfsd : Access RiserFs from Windows

ReiserDriver is an Installable File System Driver (IFSD), used to easily read ReiserFS disk partitions under Microsoft Windows (2K/XP) by allowing ReiserFS partitions to appear as additional disks to the Windows operating system.

Download From Here

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How to Use Multiple Templates in Joomla Site

Most of the Joomla sites use single template for all the pages. But Joomla supports more than ONE Template in a site. The following steps help you to use more than one template in a joomla site.

First of all, you need to install all the templates that you want to use (Extensions --> Install/Uninstall and upload the template package). After installation, you can assign them to the pages/menus/components where you want to use the different templates.

You Can assign Different templates to Different Menu items. Click on Extensions--> Template Manager. Now Select the Template which you want to assign to a particular page (menu item). Once you have Selected the template, e.g. FSUG, on the left side of your screen you can l find a Menu Assignment window.Here, click on Select from List, and then choose the menus / pages where you want the template to use and click Apply or Save. This can be done for each template that you want to assign to the different pages. Make a New Look and feel for your web site and Enjoy.

Monday, October 5, 2009

dmesg: Command for Reviewing Boot Messages

The dmesg command displays the system messages contained in the kernel ring buffer. If you want to see the boot messages immediately after booting your computer you can use dmesg

dmesg ("diagnostic message") is a command on Unix-like operating systems that prints the message buffer of the kernel. This buffer contains a lot of important messages from those output during boot, this can be used for diagnostic purpose.

Howto use

open a terminal and type the following

$ dmesg

see sample part
$ dmesg |more
[ 0.000000] BIOS EBDA/lowmem at: 0009fc00/0009fc00
[ 0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpuset
[ 0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpu
[ 0.000000] Linux version 2.6.28-11-generic (buildd@palmer) (gcc version 4.3.3 (Ubuntu 4.3.3-5ubuntu4) ) #42-Ubuntu SMP Fr
i Apr 17 01:57:59 UTC 2009 (Ubuntu 2.6.28-11.42-generic)
[ 0.000000] KERNEL supported cpus:
[ 0.000000] Intel GenuineIntel
[ 0.000000] AMD AuthenticAMD
[ 0.000000] NSC Geode by NSC
[ 0.000000] Cyrix CyrixInstead
[ 0.000000] Centaur CentaurHauls
[ 0.000000] Transmeta GenuineTMx86
[ 0.000000] Transmeta TransmetaCPU
[ 0.000000] UMC UMC UMC UMC
[ 0.000000] BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Google voice - Offeres a Personal Telephone Exchange for Users - Challenge to Telecom Companies

Google Voice is all set to change the face of modern communication. This is a free service that uses VoIP calls to interconnect phone numbers. Google Voice is a service that gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail that is easy as email, and many enhanced calling features like call blocking and screening, voicemail transcripts, call conferencing, international calls, and more.

With Google Voice, you get all your calls through a single number. Just add your other numbers to Google Voice and then make your own rules for how your phones ring. Click the Settings link on the right side of the page and click the Phones tab to change your phone settings and add the numbers you want to forward your calls to.

Google Voice was launched in March 2009, now it is available in the invite only mode and only available in USA. Google voice is derived from Grand Central which was acquired by Google in 2007. All the previous members of GrandCentral were given an account along in Google Voice service.

Users of Google Voice are able to select a single phone number, from various area codes. When a Google Number is called, any phones set by the user will ring. The user can set a particular phone to ring based on the caller, time of the day etc. The user also has the option for voicemail, block calls, call forwarding etc.

Multiget: Graphical Download Manager for Ubuntu / Debian Linux

MultiGet is an easy-to-use GUI download manager for ubuntu / debian linux. It is Look and work like famous windows download manager flashget.

It supports resuming downloads, It supports HTTP/FTP protocols . It supports multi-task with multi-thread on multi-server. You can reconfigure the thread number without stopping the current task.

MultiGet runs natively on Linux, and it supports multiple operating system too. It was tested on many system such as : Windows XP, ubuntu ,kubuntu, xubuntu, Fedora, opensuse, mandriva, MEPIS , PCLinuxOS, CentOS, Puppy, FreeBSD, MacOS etc.

MultiGet is available from Ubuntu universe respository

Howto Install in Ubuntu
$ sudo apt-get install multiget

or you can use Synaptic Package Manager

Friday, October 2, 2009

Filelight: Graphical Disk Usage Analysis for Ubuntu / Debian Linux

Filelight is a little program that analyses your hard drive and shows the Disk Usage in Graphically, It Shows how much space each folder is taking up. Some large temporary files and used iso files will eat your harddisk space. You can easily find which folder is the culprit.
it's a very good graphical program that helps you look at and understand how much space different files and folders are taking up on your hard disk.

$ sudo apt-get install filelight or you can use synaptic package manager