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Getting used to PCMan file manager when i was using LXDE Desktop, really quick file manager, with many features check the features list for last stable release 0,5 Here.
Installing PCMan file manager on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
Download the deb package from here for Ubuntu, also you will find more download options for other distributions Debian, Fedora, FreeBSD, Suse.
Or, download the source code from here and compile it with these steps.
sudo make install
That’s it for now.
Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1 Maverick Meerkat you won’t notice a big difference between it and 10.04 LTS, fixed many bugs check bug tracking on launchpad for more information.
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Main Enhancement On Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1
- check the Blueprints for Maverick to know fixed bugs and upgraded packages for Maverick
- upgraded to gnome 2.31 and for Kubuntu KDE upgraded to version 4.5 beta 1
- Kernel version 2.6.34-5.12 based on Kernel 2.6.34
Download Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1
Testing Environment using Vbox with these Hardware specification:
- Single core processor 2.1 Ghz
- 384 MB of RAM
- 12 MB of video memory
Same looking as Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, quick booting time, same installed default themes, and backgrounds, but many applications upgraded to last release.
Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1 screenshots
Overall about Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1
still quite early for this release to notice changes between it and older version 10.04 LTS. but it’s working really good i didn’t got any problem with at all so far.
Waiting for Alpha 2 according to schedule will be released July 1st, That’s it for now.
it’s quite good to take control of your machine using your phone with bluepad application the idea of the application two packages 1st one installed on your distribution for example Ubuntu 10.04 and the 2nd one the phone and will list the supported phones for this application.
Using Bluepad on your phone will let you to do a lot of things to control you machine such as control multimedia files for playing audio and movies files, presentations files for open office, even games you use this application as game pad.
check this video show how Bluepad working
Here some screenshots
This is the supported devices for BluePad
- Benq-Siemens EF81 – Tomas R
- Motorola V360 – Claudio
- Motorola Razr V3x – ourselves
- Motorola Razr V3xx – Michael Ellis
- Nokia 5300 – Samuel Sieb
- Nokia 6126 – Samuel Sieb
- Nokia 6131 – Alejandro Lázaro
- Nokia 6230 – David
- Nokia 6230i – Lars Friedrichs
- Nokia 6234 – Juan
- Nokia 6280 – Patrício Fernandes
- Nokia 6288 – ourselves
- Nokia 6300 – Phil (despo)
- Samsung E390 – Nelson Vinagre
- Sony Ericsson k610 – Ruben Silva
- Sony Ericsson k750 – Anna Filipova
- Sony Ericsson k510 – Anna Filipova
- Nokia 6110 Navigator – ourselves
- Nokia 6680 – ourselves
- Nokia E51 – Tito Garrido
- Nokia E61 – Tomasz Dominikowski
- Nokia N80 – Vitor Nogueira
- Nokia N95 - Mike Cronenworth
For more information about Bluepad follow this link
Inform Bluepad community if you tested this application on other devices listed up there.
That’s it for now.
Puppy Linux 5.0 or called Lucid Puppy it a minimal distribution based Ubuntu 10.04 LTS release, built on binary packages on Lucid Lynx. comes with a lot of installed packages even you can get more using “Puppy package manager”, using JWM desktop really cool window manger ” Joe’s window manger ” to get more information about JWM desktop follow this link
Using it as a live session on SUN VirtualBox with this hardware specification
- Single core processor 2.1 Ghz
- 384 MB memory RAM
- 12 MB Video memory
Really quick release with a really small size distribution just 128 MB it’s not the smallest distribution released but it comes with a lot of installed great packages and internet applications,
Graphics packages ” light inkscape application “, Network manager, Multimedia applications “burn ISO to cd/dvd, Pburn for cd/dvd/blue-ray, ISO master to modify ISO files. and a lot of multimedia application ” Asunder audio CD ripper, Gxine media player, Pmusic player, Pcdripper CD songs ripper, Zmixer audio mixer, mhwave edit audio recorder/editor ” default writing application abiword, Gnumeric spreadsheet application.
First run configuration window comes up with first time boot up that help you out to modify you keyboard layout, languages, Location, time and date, and resolution setting.
when first used it felt it’s messy a little bit with all these icons on the desktop and after using it for a while and getting used to JWM desktop you will find out that distribution is really cool.
Chthemes GTK themes chooser with GTK+ 2.0
Installing extra packages using Puppy packages manager. you will find a lot of recommended applications listed under many categories and Repo s ” Ubuntu lucid-main, Ubuntu-Lucid- multiverse, puppy-woof, puppy-5″
before turn off the live session it will ask you to save your files and settings you already done on the live session.
Who should use this distribution
This distribution is really light weight distribution, if you have an old laptop or any machine with really low hardware specification this will be a really good choice for you, cause it’s totally awesome and quick. that’s not mean decent computers can’t use it. working great on all.
Direct Download link for Linux Puppy 5.0
10 free GNU/Linux Administration Books
Linux based distributions have a lot of different administration options and privilege options, Books listed here will help you with administrations privilege for different distributions debian, fedora, redhat, ubuntu, gentoo, opensuse, mandriva, …..
Also other books for security administrations, and files system directory hierarchy, software help you to secure you system, securing VPN servers,…
## so here we go…
This documentation will attempt to summarize the installation and configuration, as well as the day-to-day administrative and maintenance procedures that should be followed to keep a Linux-based server or desktop system up and running. It is geared to an audience of both corporate as well as home users. It is not intended to be a full overview of Unix operations, as there are several good texts available as well as on-line documentation which can be referred to in cases where more detailed information is required.
The Linux System Administrator’s Guide, describes the system administration aspects of using Linux. It is intended for people who know next to nothing about system administration (those saying “what is it?”), but who have already mastered at least the basics of normal usage. This manual doesn’t tell you how to install Linux; that is described in the Installation and Getting Started document. See below for more information about Linux manuals.
The filesystem standard has been designed to be used by Unix distribution developers, package developers, and system implementors. However, it is primarily intended to be a reference and is not a tutorial on how to manage a Unix filesystem or directory hierarchy.
There are numerous definitions for “computer security”, and most of them are correct. Essentially computer security means enforcement of usage policies, this must be done since people and software have flaws that can result in accidents, but also because someone may want to steal your information, use your resources inappropriately or simply deny you the use of your resources.
This manual assumes the reader is familiar with using a Unix system and/or understands Debian User Reference Manual. Additional reading for System Administrator is Debian GNU/Linux Network Administrator’s Manual. Both of these are available from the Debian Documentation Project. Another useful book is “Linux System Administrator’s Guide” by Lars Wirzenius, available from Linux Documentation Project, http://metalab.unc.edu/LDP/ .
The target audience of the book is anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of how computer systems work, as well as anyone who is likely to become involved with the technical aspects of computer intrusion or system analysis. These are not only system administrators, incident responders, other computer security professionals, or forensic analysts, but also anyone who is concerned about the impact of computer forensics on privacy.
Call it the Linux fallacy. It’s the conventional wisdom that says Linux/UNIX gives you lots of power and reliability in exchange for far more complex and costly systems management. But in fact Linux/UNIX shouldn’t be a tradeoff–as long as you also implement a set of proven best practices.
The GNU/Linux systems have reached an important level of maturity, allowing to integrate them in almost any kind of work environment, from a desktop PC to the sever facilities of a big company.
In the course Systems Administration. It is an attempt to give you an overview of the course and more importantly of computing, Linux and Systems Administration.
Many students commented that they felt lost in the detail of Linux without having an overall picture of how it fits together. Hopefully this chapter will go some way towards solving this problem, and will provide some sort of small map and compass so you have an idea of where you are and where you are going.
The aim of this book is to get you up to speed with GNU/Linux and to deliver a fun and productive environment. It guides you through the many different regions of a GNU/Linux system with a focus on getting your desktop environment to do what you want it to do. It is comprehensive with basic support for the user who installs and maintains the system themselves (whether in the home, office, club, or school). It provides insights and step-by-step procedures that deal with specific tasks in setting your system up and maintaining it. The book covers many of the core features of a GNU/Linux system and you will gain the knowledge to enjoy and use one of the most comprehensive and useful developments in the history of computing.
webcam applications for capture photos, videos, multiple photos, and security cameras
One of the most common application located on gnome project, first it was written by google summer code project. really liked effects you can add using cheese ” noir, edge,warp,dice,hulk,….
also you can use this applications for talking multiple photos or videos, customize to specific resolution you want, working in many different distributions you can find many download options for debian based distributions, fedora, ubuntu, mint, …..
2. Camera Monitor
simple tool notify you if your camera is on or off. designed to work on gnome desktop work as well on KDE and Xfce
simply you can install it by terminal
sudo apt-get install cameramonitor
camorama is a program i wrote to learn gtk and v4l. as you can see, i am still learning . it is pretty simple at the moment, and i hope to make it much more complete. i also plan to make it more generic, as i initially wrote it with only my own creative webcam 3 in mind. hopefully it will work with other cameras. i will test on anything i can get my hands on, but that might take a while. right now you can change the video settings using the gui and apply some crappy filters i wrote to mess around with. it runs at a reasonable speed, but i would like to get the fps up as high as possible. still figuring that out. as for requirements, you will need at least gnome 2 and v4l. i haven’t used anything else crazy, and that should do it.
4. Gnome Security Camera “Gspy”
Gspy retrieves images from a video4linux device and processes these into a daily mpeg movie on the disk drive. Each image is recorded with a time stamp to insure accurate real world correlation. Special motion detection algorithms are used to reduce the size of the daily movies by eliminating pictures with similar content as well as the normal compression obtained via the mpeg process. The result is a time lapse video per day with nonlinear time compression using only the images of interest. This program will only run on Linux machines which support a video4linux-device in 640×480 capture size. This software has been tested with the 2.4.0-test1 kernel, 2.4.0-test4 and the 2.2.16 kernel with the usb backport patch. You should have the Berkeley MPEG Tools installed if you wish to generate the MPEG files. Gspy can be used without the MPEG tools, as it will fill a directory with jpg images that can be processed or viewed at a later time. Versions from 0.1.6 include a user defined command that is executed on each alarm. This command string can include a token(s) “%f%” that will get replaced with the alarm picture filename. Typical uses would be to copy the alarm picture to a remote site using ftp or scp, email the picture to someone, play a sound annoucement… “Step away from the keyboard!”, turn on lights using a parallel port or X10 interface, or ???. Have FUN
My favorite webcam application for KDE, support many webcams, able to capture photos, videos, multiple photos. you can easily share your photos and videos directly from the application to facebook and twitter.
that’s it for now.
so here we go,
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 2 review
Installed on virtual machine “sun virtualbox” application with this Hardware specifications:
- single core processor 2.1 GHz
- 512 MB of ram
- 12 MB of video memory
# Installation Process
boot it first time as live session it was working good, after the installation it was working super fast really good.
after the installation it boot super fast, really impressed with booting time about 9 second booting time at first time booting, usually any operating system after the installation it boot really quick but after the installing any extra application you their will be some lagging time to boot up.
Their is not a big difference between Beta 1 and Beta 2 themes, both of them looks the same but at bug report their a lot of reported bugs on radiance theme fixed on ubuntu 10.04 beta2
same main installed packages for applications.
Yahoo still the default search engine on firefox instead of Google search engine. with firefox version 3.6.3, it’s up to you can change the search engine later firefox options.
using last version of Gnome so far ” Gnome 2.30″ , Linux kernel v 2.6.32
security issues fixed, improvement on ubuntu one, ubuntu enterprise cloud, new default open source driver for nvidia hardware
I really like the new version of nautilus comes with Gnome 2.30 if you are not familiar with nautilus and gnome 2.30 visit this link
really like the splitting view on windows, split view come really handy on to open to directory side by side with difference icon view really good.
To activate split mode on opened windows press F3 or go to view menu and select it.
also you can drag and drop folders and files split view.
same new features included with ubuntu 10.04 beta 2 with menus and right click menu for copying files to and moving to.
Awesome booting time
Gnome 2.30 desktop really good with a lot of new features.
Ambiance and Radiance looks really good themes
none, with me so far working really good I don’t have any problems, also thinking to install it as default distribution.
and we waiting for ubuntu 10.04 LTS final version April 29th 2010 :)
Give it a try, as usual please report any bugs you got,
peace out :)
Common applications installed using synaptic package manager already installed by referring from default repositories added on ubuntu 9.10 or any other version it’s the same way to add extra repositories for other distributions such as ubuntu 10.04 LTS beta 1
Default repositories on ubuntu monitored by ubuntu community, so in this post i will show you how to add extra repositories for ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 LTS beta 1 as well.
1. Adding repositories
you can get access to it using:
a. synaptic package manger
System menu —> Administration —> Synaptic —> Settings —> Repositories
b. System menu —> Administration —> Software Sources
Common repositories already added on software sources by ubuntu and kubuntu. some application need to add extra repositories to be able to install it in your machine, will use this as example
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/moovida-packagers/ppa/ubuntu karmic main
access the software sources, will ask you for root password then go to other software and press add button and paste the apt line like this one up there
If you want to backup all repositories you already have type this command on terminal
sudo cp -i /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list_backup
This will copy you repositories list to this folder “./etc/apt/ ” with name called sources.list_backup
2. adding repositories key
some application need repositories key to get rid of so warning massages during the installations
so you will find more instructions on the website for installing this package and it will mention repositories key you can add it directly from the terminal.
That’s it for now.
Radiance theme ” light theme” for ubuntu 10.04 beta 1
Looks really good, also, their some reported bugs about this theme. please if you got any problem or any kind of crashes report it so the ubuntu community able to fix it on next release. enjoy it.
In this post I already showed you how to install/Uninstall DEB packages.
Now I will show you how to install/uninstall RPM packages, and how to install sources RPMs
Distributions such as Redhat, Fedora, and CentOS using packages with .rpm extension
1. Installing RPM packages
” rpm -uvh ” Will use this command to install packages
what’s uvh means ?
u : used for updating RPM packages to last version
v : show verbose messages while running command lines
h : Gives you hash “#” characters during installation process
Access the directory for downloaded package for example : cd download
2. Installing sources RPMs
Some packages you want to install required a source files to work with kernel version. Here is the command for installing source packages
Require root privilege
Your@username-laptop:~$ rpmbuild –rebuild package name ending with “.src.rpm” extension
3. Uninstalling RPM packages
Your@username-laptop:~$ rpm -e package name
- you will need root privilege to remove this package
- make sure you type package correctly with version if available as show on -qa command listing
That’s it for now.