PiTiVi - An Awesome Video Editor Based on GStreamer

There is a new video editor called PiTiVi on ubuntu PPA repositories. It uses newer gstreamer packages with bug fixes.


Add following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gstreamer-developers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gstreamer-developers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Execute following command to install gpg keys.

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 688F8FE67057C366AFA97270C0B56813051D8B58

Now do an apt-get and install PiTiVi package.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y install pitivi

Features offered by PiTiVi

  • Multilayer support.
  • Trimming/Cutting , Ripple/Roll, Slip/Slide support.
  • API for writing extensions.

PiTiVi features
Launchpad page for PiTiVi

FTP Servers for Ubuntu


ProFTPd is one the easiest ftp server to install and configure. Use following command to install ProFTPd server.

sudo apt-get -y install proftpd

Now open /etc/proftpd.conf file and change root to something like below.

DefaultRoot ~/ftp

Above configuration option tells ProFTPd to use ftp folder in your home for storage purpose. So don't forget to create the folder. Now restart ProFTPd using following command.

sudo /etc/init.d/proftpd restart

Now your Ubuntu FTP server is ready.


vsftpd is another ftp server which is available right out of Ubuntu repositories. Install vsftpd using following command.

sudo apt-get -y install vsftpd

vsftpd has numerous number of configuration options available and you can use these options to control every aspect of your ftp server. You can modify /etc/vsftpd.conf to change behavior of your ftp server.

Learn more about vsftpd server configuration options.

Enable Keyboard shotcut for restarting xserver

Latest version of Ubuntu comes up with the handy shortcut to restart xserver using keyboard. Here is a way to enable that option.

First install dontzap package.

sudo apt-get -y install dontzap

Now add following three lines to /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.

Section “ServerFlags”
     Option “DontZap” “false”

After restarting Ubuntu you can use Control+Alt+Backspace keyboard option.

QT Repositories

QT is officially available under LGPL and as promised Nokia opened up their repositories to outside people. You can now checkout QT code using git. Use following git command to get QT code.

git clone git://gitorious.org/qt/qt.git

Official QT git repository.

Get Firefox 3.6

Firefox 3.6 beta 4 is in testing phase and it makes browsing a breeze. The following are the advantages of using latest Firefox.

  • Has native JSON support/web worker threads.
  • TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • Private Mode Browsing (aka Porn Mode).
  • Support for animation in XUL toolkit.
  • Better integration of web standards.
  • Many stability & security bug fixes.

Download & Install Firefox 3.6

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa

Now update your repositories and install Firefox 3.6.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install firefox-3.6

Now start Firefox using the command firefox-3.6

emacs starter kit - emacs made easy

emacs starter kit comes up with beginner friendly defaults and makes emacs learning much pain less. It sets some good default settings to get started.

Get emacs starter kit

Use following command to start downloading emacs starter kit.

git clone git://github.com/technomancy/emacs-starter-kit.git

Now start emacs using emacs starter kit.

emacs -q -l ./emacs-starter-kit/init.el