Monday, January 16, 2012

Must have apps / software for ubuntu

Ubuntu comes with handful of free applications which satisfies use of a regular user. but for those ones looking for the extra quotient, there are plenty of applications available in the web, as a ubuntu user from 4.10, I am listing some must have software a Ubuntu user must have.

As ubuntu is used by netisons, Browsers are the most used application in any linux distro. most of the popular browsers are available for ubuntu too. here is the most used bowsers.

Google chrome:
Firefox is coming with ubuntu. but google chrome is the most preferred  browser, anyone can download chrome from googles download mirrorsfor free of cost.
Opera is the next option for a big number of web users. opera, firefox and chrome are now sharing the market of browsers with huge shares. we can also install Internet explorer in ubuntu using Wine. Wine will be described later in this post.

Wine is translation layer which is capable of running Windows applications.  Though not all applications can be installed using WINE, yet it is the best choice for some Windows only software to run under Ubuntu.  Learn more about WINE at

Media Players
Everyone needs a fine media player in his machine. for ubuntu, Movie player comes built in but VLC is the Best options Because it does not require any additional plugins to open any files VLC works fine with most of the media formats. click here for more about VLC

SMPlayer another multimedia player for Ubuntu which is available in ubuntu software center for free of cost. SMPlayer is basically a Qt based MPlayer front-end. SMPlayer remembers the settings of all files you play. Smplayer also features a video resume function So, when you restart a video after quitting SMPlayer, it will start from the exact same position. click this link to Install SMPlayer from Ubuntu Software Center.
Media Management
Kino video editor: Kino: Kino is an ideal video editing application on Ubuntu.  It supports firewire to capture video from your camcorder and to transfer videos from them for editing purpose as well. Vfx can also be added, though initially it feels a little hard to work with this.  Definitely a must have for all video editors. Get kino

GIMP Image Editor: GIMP ican do anything adobe photoshop can do,in short GIMP is Adobe Photoshop for in Linux but FREE.    You can  even extend its capabilities with free plug-ins.

Audacity: Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
You can use Audacity to Record live audio, Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together and Change the speed or pitch of a recording etc. get GIMP

Office suite OpenOffice is the Linux alternative for Microsoft Office on Windows.  OOo came as the default Office application on Linux till last year.  It is very powerful office suite which includes Word (Word Processor), Excel (Spreadsheet), Presentation, Drawing, Database and other applications.  Other than that you can install add-ons too to make it even more powerful.

Calibre ebook managerCalibre E-book Library Management

Calibre manages your e-book collection for you. Calibre is a free and open source tool as well. It even supports e-book syncing with a variety of popular e-book readers out there.
Install Calibre from Ubuntu Software Center

Calibre manages your e-book collection for you. Calibre is a free and open source tool as well. It even supports e-book syncing with a variety of popular e-book readers out there.Install Calibre from Ubuntu Software Center


FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. It is not only easy to use but also boasts load of features like IPv6 support, Drag and drop, pause and resume file transfer and remote file editing etc.
Bluefish : Bluefish is a powerful HTML editor targeted towards programmers and web designers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.
KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-useWYSIWYG web page editing. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

[Solved] Ubuntu Hibernate not working

For some laptop models, ubuntu installations show up by not hibernate in expected way. I have dug up in google about this issue and found some solutions.

this post.was the most relevant one thanks to the author,

make a script under /etc/pm/sleep.d/. 

sudo gedit /etc/pm/sleep.d/20_custom-ehci_hcd
paste the following code into the file you have just created:

#inspired by

DRIVERS="ehci xhci" # ehci_hcd, xhci_hcd

unbindDev() {
  echo -n > $DEV_LIST 2>/dev/null
  for driver in $DRIVERS; do
    for dev in `ls $DDIR 2>/dev/null | egrep "^$HEX+:$HEX+:$HEX"`; do
      echo -n "$dev" > $DDIR/unbind
      echo "$driver $dev" >> $DEV_LIST

bindDev() {
  if [ -s $DEV_LIST ]; then
    while read driver dev; do
      while [ $((MAX_BIND_ATTEMPTS)) -gt 0 ]; do
          echo -n "$dev" > $DDIR/bind
          if [ ! -L "$DDIR/$dev" ]; then
            sleep $BIND_WAIT
    done < $DEV_LIST
  rm $DEV_LIST 2>/dev/null

case "$1" in
  hibernate|suspend) unbindDev;;
  resume|thaw)       bindDev;;
save the file and exit back to terminal.
Give execution permission:
sudo chmod 755 /etc/pm/sleep.d/20_custom-ehci_hcd
Now your system must work well with hibernate option.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Macubuntu, make ubuntu look like macOsX: for 10.04 and 10.10

some of unix lovers want to get the entire Mac OSX look in Ubuntu. For that, you can use Macbuntu a ubuntu customization script which is very easy to use.

 Macbuntu is not only  a theme. It can also install: Global Menu, Docky, Ubuntu-Tweak, Cheese, Compiz Extras and will change the look of the Login screen, Metacity, set Compiz effects and modify the top panel completely.

To install Macbuntu, you can either manually download the archive, extract it and then run the "" script via a terminal or copy/paste the following commands in a terminal to download and run it:

for Ubuntu 10.04

open terminal and execute the following commands

wget -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz
tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04/

for Ubuntu 10.10

wget -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz
tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10/

follow the instructions and answer the questions to complete the installation.
restart your computer and enjoy the new looks of your computer.

How to set up a firewall in ubuntu

To protect your computer against unauthorized access by people on the Internet or your network,you can set up a firewall in your ubuntu. Firewalls block connections to your computer from unknown sources, which helps to prevent security breaches. If you use a router to connect to the Internet, the router may already have a firewall configured which regulates connections from the Internet to your network.

following post briefs the set up procedure of firewalls in ubuntu.

Most users will prefer to use Gufw, which is a graphical user interface program to configure UFW(uncomplicated firewall).

Click the below link to install and enable Gufw:

then the below shown dialogue box appears.

click on launch application and agree to install the package.

Now, to start Gufw, choose System → Administration → Firewall configuration

To enable the firewall, simply check the box next to Enabled under Actual Status.
The default configuration is to deny connections. This means that a program attempting to connect to your computer will be denied. Certain programs or services which use the internet may require you to add an exception.
To add an exception:
  1. Click Add.
  2. You can choose from Preconfigured options for common programs and services, or you can manually add port exceptions in the Simple or Advanced tabs.
  3. To find out what type of exception a particular program requires, you should consult the help for that program.

[Solved] ubuntu asks for keyring password whenever user log in.

Problem: Ubuntu gnome(especially ubuntu 10.04) keeps on asking me to enter keyring password for each time I log in to my system. It is irritating to enter password twice as prt of the login process. Here is the solution.

You may be asked for a password every time you log in so that you can connect to a network. You can stop this from happening like so:

Right click the Network Manager icon and go to Edit Connections.

Go to the Wireless tab, select the connection you are using and click Edit.

Check Available to all users and click Apply. Enter your password when asked.

The next time you log in, you should not need to enter your password in order to connect to your network connection.

Monday, January 2, 2012

[Solved] connecting your Samsung Galaxy Tab with ubuntu

Like all other android devices, galaxy tab also  can be connected with Ubuntu Linux. you can simply connect your galaxy tab via its data cable provided. you can connect your tab in mass storage mode as well as you can tether your galaxy tabs internet connection through USB. unlike ipad, contents can be simply copied from your computer running Ubuntu to you tablet, if you connected your tab in mass storage mode.

Another awesome feature comes with your Android tablet is, you can tether you internet connection using the internal WiFi device, that turns your tablet into a mobile AP, this link provides more info about android to Ubuntu internet sharing.

Ubuntu server, a cost effective solution

Ubuntu server is the ideal solution for you if you are looking forward into deploy you business with latest technology but in a cost effective way. whether you want to deploy a webfarm or a cloud ubuntu has its solutions for you.

Ubuntu releases every six months, but its release cycle is stable as you can depend on it, it is recommended to choose LTS (long term support editions). which will be the most stable releases and will get free updates to a long term as up-to 3 years. and you can upgrade to next LTS version, all for free.

Ubuntu server supports almost all the hardware and software. and definitely this makes an optimal businessman to go for ubuntu server.

Choosing Ubuntu Server helps you bring the best that open source can offer to your business - a strategy that's driving the world's most successful organisations.
  • No licence fees
  • Free upgrades
  • The latest and greatest applications
Also, ubuntu offers techincal support from canonical, its makers and the largest ubuntu service provider with  a cost as low as $320 per server per year.

to read more about ubuntu server follow this link. Ubuntu opnsource server

[Solved] Installing C and C++ compilers in Ubuntu

Definitely you will be in need of a compiler collection if any bit of you is a programmer. Like all Linux flavours, Ubuntu is also enables users with native C and CPP programming facility.

to install the compilers if they are not installed run the following code in Terminal.

sudo aptitude install build-essential

This will install essential compiler collection , usually gcc in your ubuntu installation. Now all you need is to create your C program and compile it. to open a file from terminal, type

vi program1.c and press enter.

you will be provided with the most popular vi editor after typing your code, type

Esc  :  wq and pres enter.

then type

gcc -o out program1.c and press enter

the output executable will be saved as, out and to execute the latter, type

./out and press enter. that's all.

you can also use gedit(GUI text editor) to type in your programs. to compile the same, cd to the directory in which the program is saved and repeat last two steps