Writing telugu(transliteration) using ibus in ubuntu 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10 uses ibus by default and scim is having some problems for telugu-rts(phonetic,transliteration typing). Other Indic scripts(Hindi, Tamil etc.) might have the same problem. For idiosyncrasies of working with indic transliteration, see this explanation. The following procedure works for telugu-rts.

$ sudo apt-get install ibus-m17n m17n-contrib
$ im-switch

Select ibus in the available input methods.
Logout and login. ibus daemon should to be started(ps xa | grep ibus).

$ ibus-setup
In "Input Method" tab,  tick "Customize active input methods"
In "Select an input method" drop-down, select Telegu -> rts(m17n)
In some app(gedit etc. ), press ctrl+space(to select ibus) and start typing...

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tixati: what uTorrent should have been

tixati is a cross platform (Linux, windows) torrent client with some good features. I am especially impressed with it's automatic bandwidth limiter (uTP). Also allows you to categorize torrents and manage transfers efficiently. It also provides deb packages and standalone executables and can run in portable mode. It lacks few features like remote control API and WebUI. But these things are in development queue. It looks promising and could become de facto BitTorrent client.

Download tixati from following link.

apt-fast: Speedup ubuntu package downloads

apt-fast is a tool that allows you to download multiple packages at the same time. This speeds up installing/upgrading the packages. Execute following commands to add apt-fast ppa repository and install dependencies.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apt-fast/stable
sudo apt-get -y update
sudo apt-get -y install apt-fast axel aria2

During installation choose either axel/aria2 for download manager and accept remaining defaults.

From now on use apt-fast in place of apt-get in package management commands. 

Kernel with 200 line patch to improve responsiveness

Use following command to get new kernel version 2.6.37-8 with autogroup scheduler enabled.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.37-8 linux-headers-2.6.37-8-generic linux-image-2.6.37-8-generic