Orkular is a KDE application with the goal of universal reader. It supports following formats.
- Fiction Book
- Comic Book
Orkular is a KDE application with the goal of universal reader. It supports following formats.
IDJC (Internet DJ Console) is one of the DJ application available for Linux. This DJ application is equipped with cross fading, volume controls, audio level meters.
The application provides two separate audio paths one for the listeners and other one for the DJ. So DJ can examine the effects without eating ears of listeners. :)
Goto Internet DJ Console site.
Mix music live with Mixxx
Conduit is a simple synchronization tool for gnome. You can synchronize videos, photos, mails, notes, calendar data, etc to another computer or to an online service or to your personal device.
You can access following services through Conduit.
You can use following devices as targets
Getdeb provides compiled binaries of popular games and applications in the form of deb packages. These applications are not available in official ubuntu repository. Until now you have to download individual deb packages and install them. And things just got better and we have a getdeb repository. Cut the following line and paste it at the end of your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
deb http://ubuntu.org.ua/ getdeb/
Now update your apt cache.
sudo apt-get update
This is noway official repository and you should be aware of risks.
getdeb announced a newer gamers ubuntu repostory. Will update this post as soon as its available. Mean while download compiled versions of game debs.
Enjoy Ubuntu ;)
flashplugin-nonfree_10.0.1 packages are available in ubuntu multiverse. If you can't install them using apt-get then go to the link specified at the bottom of this article. Download the deb package and install it.
ionice is io bandwidth priority manipulation command. It supports three scheduling classes.
If you want to move some heavy stuff around when io sensitive applications like movie, audio players are active then its best to make a new bash process with idle class.
This is how you apply idle class to a bash process. Open up your terminal and give following command.
sudo ionice -c3 -p`echo $$`
Now what ever you execute in this terminal will inherit idle class and won't disturb your movie/audio players.
You can use ionice to make disk intensive corn jobs to behave well with io sensitive applications that you are using in the foreground.
Some useful ubuntuforums.org threads on ionice. Using ionice with updatedb.
If you are one of that person who enjoy tuning boot process of ubuntu linux then this is for you. Bootchart is a small application used to generate detailed graphs of linux boot process. This timelined graph allows you to accurately see the CPU and IO loads on the system during kernel booting.
Using this utility you can identify boot services that are blocking other services or the services that are unnecessary.
Install bootchart by executing following command.
sudo apt-get -y install bootchart
Now reboot your system and check for a svg file in the folder /var/log/bootchart.
Visit Bootchart home.
Trust me your system won't explode.
You can follow gTangish icon theme development .
Download matching Die Hard 4.0 wallpaper .
Download Die Hard 4.0 emerald theme. As the DARKguy says use Clearlooks blackblue gtk theme for window controls.
You can Download Die Hard 4.0 theme pack in one click.
Ubuntu Satanic Edition 666.4 code named Headless Horseman has been released to balance good side of Ubuntu christian Edition.This is what their about section says.
“Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath because he knows the time is short…
Let him who hath understanding reckon the distro of the beast, for it is a Linux distro, its distro is Ubuntu Satanic Edition.”
Some of the highlights of headless horseman
First of all I want to hats off real networks for releasing new RealPlayer 11 for Linux. Their new player supports extensive list of video and audio codecs and they are really free to use on linux.
Download RealPlayer bin file from below link and execute following command in terminal. And make sure you are in the directory where you have downloaded the .bin file.
chmod +x RealPlayer11GOLD.bin
Run the bin by issuing following command.
Rest of the installation process is self explanatory.
Helix player is open source media player. RealPlayer for linux uses HelixDNA as a base with some proprietory codecs. Helix DNA is being developed for use on Computers, Mobiles and Living room devices. Helix DNA development contributors include Nokia, Motorola, Trolltech, Samsung, SonyEricsson, TI, Intel, ST Microelectronics and RealNetworks, opensource contributors.
Get Helix Player
I have prepared a python script which you can use to control brightness of your laptop. Download brightness.py and save the file some where on your system.
Install xbindkeys to map keyboard shortcuts.
sudo apt-get -y install xbindkeys
Execute following command to initialize your xbindkeys configuration file.
xbindkeys --defaults > ~/.xbindkeysrc
Now copy and paste following snippet at the end of your .xbindkeysrc file.
"python [script path]/brightness.py down" m:0x5 + c:100 Control+Shift + Left "python [script path]/brightness.py up" m:0x5 + c:102 Control+Shift + Right
Make sure you replace [script path] with the path of the folder that contains downloaded python script. Open up your terminal and execute following command to start xbindkeys.
Now test your shortcut keys Control+Shift+Left Arrow and Control+Shift+Right Arrow. Make sure you add xbindkeys command to ubuntu sessions so that xbindkeys is automatically started every time you login.
Enjoy ubuntu :)
As most of us know wine is used to run windows applications on linux. But setting it up always has been pain. For example if your windows program requires some prerequisites that aren't shipped or not implemented in wine then you have to go for hunting on net. Examples include mscore fonts, Internet Explorer, DCOM, etc. And this guide explains how to install winetricks on ubuntu.
Crossover office has a little wizard that will download install all the prerequisites of a particular software but It costs money to use. But there is one little known tool called winetricks which you can use to automate that stuff for free. Finally you can concentrate on something productive rather than hunting for some obscure stuff.
Use following commands to get winetricks and set it up.
wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks chmod +x winetricks
For example if you want to install Microsoft Core fonts use following command.
Following are wine application perquisites it can install.
Many people came to know about textmate through popular ruby on rails screencasts. Editing magic that you can do with textmate amazed minions of linux and windows users. Although you can do the same thing using emacs and vim plugins, lack of simple & powerful editor like textmate for non Mac platforms disappointed many people.
Now ubuntu users can enjoy scribes editor. It works as simple & effective as textmate. Here is brief feature overview.
sudo apt-get -y install scribes
Some of the highlights.
Install gphpedit by executing following command.
sudo apt-get -y install gphpedit
Screem has each and every functionality a web developer ever need. Some of the highlights of screem.
Install screem by issuing following command.
sudo apt-get -y install screem
Qutanta+ is one of the state of the art all purpose editor around.Some of the highlights here.
Install quanta by running following command.
sudo apt-get -y install quanta
These are notepad's of linux except that notepad has to shame on itself. Both of them are lightweight and look simple in their first look. Here are some of the highlights of kate & gedit.
vim is one the fastest editor available on Ubuntu. Once you get comfortable with vim your will unlearn a mental decease "Arrow key syndrome".
Install gvim by issuing following command
sudo apt-get -y install vim-full
Get vim plugins.
Ubuntu has pretty impressive collection of docks available. The following docking applications are available out of Ubuntu hardy repositories which you can install right away. Following section covers each and every beautiful dock for ubuntu.
Awant window manager engine has two modes of operation one is Glass engine and the other one is pattern engine. Using glass engine you can apply arbitrary color gradients for background of dock. Where pattern engine allows you to apply images as dock background. Avant window manager works sort of like taskbar or opened window list. You can drag and drop things on to dock. Can also do pretty good transformations like bouncing & fading icons.
Install Avant Window Navigator, Extras & applets by issuing following command.
sudo apt-get -y --force-yes install avant-window-navigator-trunk awn-manager-trunk awn-extras-applets-trunk
Now run following command to start Avant Window Navigator.
You can change theme and other settings by right clicking on any empty area of Avant Window Navigator dock and selecting Preferences. To get 3D perspective look goto General > Bar Appearance and change the settings Bar angle, bar height & Icon offset.
Download Awant Window Navigator Themes.
Cairo dock packs up when its not in use. So it won't distract you while you are working on some thing else. It also works as opened window list as well as quick launch for frequently used applications.
Install cairo-dock by issuing following command.
sudo apt-get -y install cairo-dock
Gnome DO is a popular application launcher for linux and its latest version has a docking feature called docky. To install latest version of gnome do add following repos to your sources.list file.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
Now execute following command to update your repos.
sudo apt-get -y update
Execute following command to install gnome-do
sudo apt-get -y install gnome-do
alias net-pf-10 ipv6to
alias net-pf-10 offsave the file and close it.
sudo apt-get -y install dnsmasqOpen the file /etc/dnsmasq.conf as super user and change the line from
listen-address=127.0.0.1save the file and close it. Open another file /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf as super user. Find the following line and uncomment it.
#prepend domain-name-servers 127.0.0.1;save the file and close it. Restart the system for changes to take effect.
Although ubuntu is the most polished Linux distribution, you will occasionally need to do stuff that may be out of scope of your knowledge. Here are some commercial and free resource which you can use to make ubuntu usage a breeze.
Covers fundamental desktop and network operations. How to to use ubuntu for emailing, editing, printing, playing music & movies and games. It also offers step by step guide on how to setup wireless, how to manage your PDA and how to setup networks.
A CD-ROM comes bundled with this book. CD-ROM contains some cross platform applications like Abiword, Firefox, GIMP, etc... They work even on Windows.
Get Ubuntu Linux Bible from amazon.
Contains A to Z coverage of how to write bash scripts, bash scripting language constructs and very useful examples.
Get Advanced Bash scripting guide as a free PDF file. Or install it using following command.
sudo apt-get -y install abs-guide
This book is available out of ubuntu repository and you can freely install it. It covers how to manage both Redhat & Debian based systems, shell scripting, file system, hardware, services, c programming, networking, boot loaders, servers, etc... It's a one stop shop for learning about what Linux can do and how to do it.
sudo apt-get -y install rutebook
Covers all the aspects of Linux. Install sysadmin-guide.
sudo apt-get -y install sysadmin-guide
Need any help on understanding how a particular thing works in ubuntu ?, or have a problem with your hardware ?.
Feel free to jump in Ubuntu Forums and shoot questions or IRC channel #ubuntu to get live community support.
Install streamtuner by executing following command.
sudo apt-get -y install streamtuner
Font matrix is a really good font viewer and manager for Linux. You can install or uninstall fonts using fontmatrix. Its written in QT. Unfortunately its not in Ubuntu repository. You can get a Debian package from following site and install it.
Download fontmatrix from getdeb.net
We will use wget to save entire webiste. Syntax is
wget <options> http://yoursitename.com
Following are the useful options you can use with wget.
|-c / --continue||Resume interrupted download.|
|-nd / --no-directories||Don't create directory hierarchy.|
|-P / --directory-prefix=||Save downloaded files to specified directory.|
|-U / --user-agent=||Spoof user agent string.|
|-r / --recursive||Go crazy :)|
|-l / --level=||use 0 for infinite depth level or use number greater than 0 for limited depth.|
|-k / --convert-links||Modify links inside downloaded files to point to local files.|
|-p / --page-requisites||Get all images, css, js files which make up the web page.|
|-np / --no-parent||Don't download parent directory contents.|
I normally use following command to download a website.
wget -r --level=0 -convert-links --page-requisites --no-parent <url>
Create a new folder inside "/usr/share/fonts/truetype" and call it "myfonts". So target folder will be "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/myfonts".
Now copy your ttf font files to "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/myfonts". Execute following command to rebuild your font list.
sudo fc-cache -f -v
Restart the application that needs newly installed font.