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Peppermint Linux OS

I fell over a GNU/Linux distribution called Peppermint today, when I was searching after something Linux Mint 9 LXDE (Me and Joliclound 1.0 didn’t work out that well). I haven’t tried Peppermint yet but when I read on their webpage it seems really interesting:

System Requirements:
* i386 or derivative processor (AMD64 and x86_64 are fine as well)
* 192 MB of RAM
* 4 GB hard drive space (this is an overestimate just for good measure)

Under the Hood:
* Pcmanfm 0.9.7
* Openbox 3.4.11.2
* Xorg 1.7.6
* Lxsession 0.4.3

Peppermint is based on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx or to be more specific Lubuntu, but it seems like they have used something from Linux Mint as well, and the default desktop environment is LXDE. It’s focusing on cloud computing and wants everything to work out of the box. It comes in two flavours: One and Ice. The only main difference seems to be that One relies on Firefox and Mozilla Prism while Ice uses Chromium as it’s default browser and uses a custom Ice tool to link to cloud applications on the desktop.

Default Installed Applications One: Firefox, Drop-Box, Exaile, Prism, X-Chat and Transmission

Default Installed Applications: Chromium Web Browser, Drop-Box, Xnoise, Ice, X-Chat and Transmission

You can find more information on their webpage: Peppermint Linux

Think I will try it on Vesla (Asus Eee 900) soon, and maybe write you a little review?

A little screenshot from their webpage:

22/08/2010 at 18:51 1 comment

How to watch encrypted DVDs in Ubuntu?

This is one of the questions people often ask me when they are trying Ubuntu for the first time. For in Ubuntu, unlike in Linux Mint (one reasons why I recommend Linux Mint for those who new to GNU/Linux), watching encrypted DVDs doesn’t work right out of the box. This is because this feature is a part of the package repository Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) that isn’t included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc).

I’m just going into show you how to install the package that let you play encrypted DVDs and not how to add the Medibuntu repository (but if you want to you cant read about how to do that here: Medibuntu.

The GUI Way

  1. Open Synaptic (System >Administration > Synaptic Package Manager ) or Ubuntu Software Centre if you’re using Ubuntu 10.04 (Applications -> Ubuntu Software Centre)
  2. Search for ubuntu-restricted-extras (Ubuntu users), kubuntu-restricted-extras (Kubuntu users) or xubuntu-restricted-extras (Xubuntu users) and install this package
  3. Then search for the package named libdvdcss2 and install it
  4. You should now be able to watch encrypted DVDs on your system :) If you didn’t find libdvdcss2 try the Terminal Way’s step

The Terminal Way:

  1. Open the Terminal:
    Ubuntu: Applications > Accessories > Terminal
    Kubuntu: KMenu > System > Terminal Program (Konsole)
    Xubuntu: Applications menu -> System -> Terminal
  2. Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras with this command:
    Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    Kubuntu: sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras
    Xubuntu: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras
  3. Then install try to install libdvdcss2 with the command sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 if it didn’t work try the command below that’s matching your system (if you don’t know which one, try the one for i386).
    i386:

    1. wget -c http://packages.medibuntu.org/pool/free/libd/libdvdcss/libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_i386.deb
    2. sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_i386.deb

    amd64:

    1. wget -c http://packages.medibuntu.org/pool/free/libd/libdvdcss/libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_amd64.deb
    2. sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_amd64.deb

    PowerPC:

    1. wget -c http://packages.medibuntu.org/pool/free/libd/libdvdcss/libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu2_powerpc.deb
    2. sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu2_powerpc.deb
  4. And there! You should now be able to watch encrypted DVDs!

And in case someone is wondering: I recommend using VLC for watching DVDs in Ubuntu (you can find it in Synaptic and Ubuntu Software Centre or you can just install it by using this command: sudo apt-get install vlc).

16/06/2010 at 21:24 4 comments

How to re-enable Ctrl+Alt+BackSpace in Ubuntu

In my last post I wrote about what to do when when Linux hangs or completely freezes. In the same post I mentioned that the key command [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[BackSpace] was switched to [Alt]+[PrtSc]+[K] in Ubuntu. This is was done because of the fact that DontZap is no longer an option in the X server and has become an option in XKB instead. This guide is meant for old Ubuntu users and those that have migrated to Ubuntu from other Linux distros.

Before we begin you should note that all these methods will re-enable the [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[BackSpace] key command, but not disable the new [Alt]+[PrtSc]+[K].

These methods should work for Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 (and hopefully for the future versions of Ubuntu).

The Easy GUI Way

GNOME

  1. First go to: System > Preferences >Keyboard menu
  2. Then select the Layouts tab and click on the Layout Options button
  3. Then find and select Key sequence to kill the X server and then select Control + Alt + Backspace
  4. And yey! You can now use [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[BackSpace] to kill the X server!

KDE

  1. Open System Settings
  2. Select  Regional & Language
  3. Then select Keyboard Layout
  4. Click on Enable keyboard layouts (in the Layout tab).
  5. Select the Advanced tab
  6. Then find and select Key sequence to kill the X server and then select Control + Alt + Backspace
  7. And now you too should be able to kill the X server with [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[BackSpace] :D

The Terminal Way

Requires installation of a program

  1. Install the “dontzap” package:
    sudo apt-get install dontzap
  2. Type to enable [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[BackSpace]:
    sudo dontzap --disable
  3. And type this if you find out that you want to disable it later:
    sudo dontzap --enable

Does not require an installation (but it is kind of scary)

  1. Open the terminal and type:
    sudo gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  2. Then add these lines to your xorg.conf file, and then save.
    Section "ServerFlags"
    Option "DontZap" "false"
    EndSection
  3. Then log out (and then in again) from your account (or restart) to enable the changes

Do you know other methods to re-enable [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[BackSpace]? Please tell in a comment ^^

09/06/2010 at 19:37 Leave a comment

Check-list after installing Ubuntu 10.04 – Lucid Lynx

Today Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04) will arrive ^^ And as usual I’m making a little check list on what I’m going to do after I’ve upgraded with a fresh install.

Things you just need (found in Synaptic)
Note: It’s a possibility that the new version have different names on the packages or use different versions in Synaptic.

  1. Ubuntu Restricted Extras (ubuntu-restricted-extras): Gives you all the codecs you need :)
  2. Sun Java (sun-java6-bin, sun-java6-jre)
  3. Sun Java Plugin (sun-java6-plugin): After installing Ubuntu Restricted Extras
  4. Gufw (gufw): Graphic user interface for the firewall in Ubuntu
  5. Wine (wine1.2, wine1.2-gecko): Compatibility layer for running Windows applications
  6. Avast! (avast4workstation): Antivirus (it can be discussed if you need one or not, read more here: Antivirus)
  7. Gnome Format (gnome-format): A tool to easily format (erase and initialize) external
    memory media like USB sticks or SD/MMC flash cards for your PC

Must have Software (found in Synaptic and/or Ubuntu Software Centre)

  1. GIMP (gimp): The GNU Image Manipulation Program
  2. OpenShot (openshot, openshot-doc) The best video editor ever for Linux!
  3. CheckGMail (checkgmail): Gmail Notifier
  4. VLC (vlc): Media Player that can play almost everything
  5. Adobe Reader (acroread): I just can’t stand the default pdf-viewer…
  6. Okular (okular): The best pdf-viewer ever! (Why do you need two pdf-viewers you may ask? Because Okluar doesn’t show up in the browser)
  7. pdfsam (pdfsam): Split and merge pdf-files
  8. Calibre (calibre, calibre-bin): E-book converter and library management

Must haves that can’t be found either in Synaptic or the Software Centre (I think)

  1. Ubuntu Tweak: Makes life much easier :)
  2. Dropbox For syncing and sharing files. Can be used to share and sync files with Windows, Mac and Linux (Gnome) and smartphones. My favourite <3
  3. Caffeine Keeps your computer awake when your watching videos and other stuff :)
  4. Adobe Air and then Twirl (twitter client)
  5. Skype
  6. Moonlight: A free Silverlight clone (Norwegian users install version 1.0.1)

Another funny thing worth installing is Lucid Life

Other things that have to be done

  1. Enable Compiz Desktop Effects
    Open the Appearance window
    * System > Preferences > Appearance
    * Select ‘Desktop Effects’ Tab
    * Check either ‘Normal’ Or ‘Extra’
  2. Install more fonts by copying this into the Terminal
    sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1 && sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts && sudo apt-get install ttf-larabie-straight ttf-larabie-deco mplayer-fonts xfonts-terminus-dos xfonts-terminus xfonts-terminus-oblique xfonts-mona tv-fonts ttf-tuffy ttf-sjfonts ttf-sil-padauk ttf-sil-ezra ttf-paktype ttf-georgewilliams ttf-fifthhorseman-dkg-handwriting ttf-farsiweb ttf-essays1743 ttf-opensymbol ttf-nafees ttf-mgopen ttf-gentium ttf-freefont ttf-dustin ttf-devanagari-fonts ttf-dejavu-extra ttf-dejavu-core ttf-dejavu ttf-bpg-georgian-fonts ttf-bitstream-vera ttf-alee
  3. Remove Computer Janitor from the menu before you get tempted to use it (DO NOT USE IT! Use Ubuntu Tweak instead)
  4. In general make the system work and look as you want it to ^^

Must have add-ons in Firefox

29/04/2010 at 10:36 2 comments


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