Showing posts from December, 2008

Find Aliens / Find Cure for Cancer / Heat Your Room

Crowd computing has been popular for some years and Its being used in finding a cure for cancer, detecting radio signals sent by aliens and finding next largest prime. BOINC client is popular in crowd computing and its run on millions of consumer computers to crunch numbers.For some reason I am not able to use BOINC client in ubuntu repository. So you have to download BOINC client from official homepage. I am using it to crunch numbers for SETI and at the same time to heat my room.Download BOINC client.

helvetireader - Theme google reader with beautiful typography


Yo Frankie! - A Funny Furry Game

What is Yo Frankie ?Yo Frankie was initially known as project apricot. Project apricot was initiated to know whether it's possible to produce commercial quality professional game using opensource tools. And it was a success. During project apricot execution some extreme improvements were added to blender. And today you can write games inside blender with little effort. Get Yo Frankie!Download Yo Frankie!Yo Frankie! used crystal space rendering engine to render effects. If you are interested may be you can start coding your own Linux game from there.

gsmartcontrol - Hard Disk Health Checker

Installing gsmartcontrolDownload binary debs from following location and install them. And then use following command to start gsmartcontrol. sudo gsmartcontrolgsmartcontrol shows all the info about health status of your HDD's. And allows you to perform health checks.Download gsmartcontrol.

unetbootin - Install Your Favourite Distribution To USB or Partition

unetbootin allows you to install Linux distros to USB drive or an hard disk partition. These are the following distros supported by unetbootin.UbuntuFedoraDebianLinux MintopenSUSEArch LinuxDamn Small LinuxPuppy LinuxFreeBSDNetBSDPCLinuxOSGentooCentOSMandrivaetc...These are the tools supported by unetbootin.Partition MagicSuper Grub DiskBacktrackFreeDOSetc...Download unetbootin.

Setting up lighttpd + PHP

lighttpd is lighter, faster http server available out there and now its much more easier to setup.Install lightysudo apt-get -y install lighttpd Enable FastCGI modulesudo lighttpd-enable-mod fastcgi sudo /etc/init.d/lighttpd restart Install PHP supportsudo apt-get -y install php5-cgiSetup MySQLsudo apt-get -y install php5-mysql mysql-server phpmyadmin cd /var/www ln -s /usr/share/phpmyadmin/ phpmyadmin sudo /etc/init.d/lighttpd restart Goto http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ and enjoy mysql management console.Thats it, now you have a lighttpd server that can crunch PHP pages.

Get Tons of Cool Fonts

Use following command to get some really cool fonts. sudo apt-get -y install ttf-larabie-deco ttf-larabie-straight ttf-larabie-uncommon Restart your gui session and you should have some really cool fonts.

Disable IPv6

If you are facing router problems or any other issues with ubuntu. First try to disable IPv6 support built into Ubuntu as majority of the current home hardware doesn't support IPv6 at the moment.Open the file /etc/modprobe.d/aliases and change the following linenet-pf-10 ipv6tonet-pf-10 ipv6 offReboot the system and check if you are still facing the issue.

Ubuntu Laptops

These are the laptops which come with Ubuntu pre-installed. System76Visit System76 Product PageSylvaniaVisit Sylvania GNET28001SN Amazon PageAcer AspireDell

DapperFox - Custom RSS Feeds

DapperFox allows you to create RSS feeds from sites which won't offer any RSS feeds. You can even customize existing feeds and share feeds with the members of the dapper community. Get DapperFox Firefox Extension

pidgin-facebookchat - Facebook Chat Inside Pidgin

pidgin-facebookchat allows you to access the new Facebook chat from inside pidgin. Download pidgin-facebookchat.

debtree - Generate Package Dependency Graphs

debtree allows you to generate graphs using graphviz.Installing debtreeFirst checkout code from the source repository todo that execute following command.git clone git:// debtreeNow cd into the directory debtree. And execute following commands to generate sample graph ./debtree dpkg > dot -T png -o out.png gnome-open out.png Enjoy the dependency graphs.

epidermis - Download and Apply Theme Packs in one Click

Epidermis allows you to download and apply pigments in one click. Here a pigment is a pack of wallpaper, gtk theme, window manager theme, splash screen, gdm theme,etc... Installing epidermisDownload epidermis deb package from this page and install it.Using epidermisStart epidermis from command line and start updating epidermis repo to find new themes. And apply any pigment that you like.

playonlinux - Play Windows Games on Linux

playonlinux is one of the tool that answers the question "How to play windows games on Ubuntu Linux ?"playonlinux seems to be similar to cedega except that playonlinux is open-source and free. playonlinux supports around 11 Linux distros. Although there is no package for Ubuntu Intrepid but adding Ubuntu Hardy sources file to my intrepid seems to be working fine. Installing playonlinuxUse following commands to configure sources and install the playonlinux package.sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install playonlinux Supported GamesStar Wars : Jedi Knight II : Jedi OutcastMax Payne 2 : The Fall of Max PayneStar Wars : Jedi Knight : Jedi AcademySteamGuild WarsHalf Life 1Legacy Of Kain : DefianceRagnarok OnlineStarcraftStar Wars - Episod 1 : RacerStar Wars : Knights Of The Old RepublicWarcraft IIIWorld Of WarcraftFable …

Making Atheros AR242x Wireless Chipset work with ndiswrapper

This only works for 32bit linux. And I can't gurantee about 64bit ubuntu machines. Clean up previous installations of ath drivers and ndiswrapper.First add following lines to your /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file.blacklist ath_pci blacklist ath_hal Now delete files left by previous installation of ndiswrapper. sudo rm -fr /etc/ndiswrapper/ Now open System >> Administration >> Hardware Drivers and disable all atheros drivers.Install ndiswrapper sudo apt-get -y install ndiswrapper-common Download 32 bit driver. Extract the archive and execute following command from the folder where you extracted the contents.sudo ndiswraper -i net5211.infUse following command to see whether the driver is correctly installed.sudo ndiswrapper -lExecute following command.sudo ndiswrapper -ma Now add following line to the file /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper at the end.alias wlan0 ndiswrapperReboot and enjoy using your wireless lan network.Seems like this fix is working with following machines.Ac…

Elisa - Media Center for Ubuntu

Elisa is a OpenGL powered media center solution for Linux and its also available on other platforms too. Elisa comes up with numerous plugins and features and competes with commercial quality software.Installation of Elisasudo apt-get -y install elisa elisaFeatures Watch pictures, movies and video clipsPlay music with visualizations and automatically fetch album art from Internet.Tune into Internet radio stations.Supports vast number of audio and video codec's.Access Media servers located on LAN.Flickr & Youtube integration.

Remote Control Firefox

Using both JSSH and FireWatir you can remote control Firefox browser and do complex web tasks which can't normally do. Here is the guide on how to get started. Install JSSH for Firefox 3Visit OpenQA JSSH installation page to install JSSH. Install Ruby FireWatirsudo gem install firewatirTest FireWatirCopy following code into some ruby file and execute the file to test the setup.require 'rubygems' require 'firewatir' include FireWatir ff = ff.goto("") ff.close