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Introduce Myself

Hello everyone, Just wanted to post my first blog and introduce myself to everyone here. My name is Eric and I'm from Newport News, Virginia USA. I finally got the cuts to move into the Linux world and join the great helpful community. A quick background of myself is I have been touching on a keyboard since I have been 7 years old which was a old Epson computer, LOL Also I was a great Windows Fan in my begining days and thought Windows was the greatest operating system ever. Until I started to grow up and do more on a computer I came realize that Windows was not. So I've seen in first hand Linux at work and one day I decided to put in Red Hat Linux with no idea what it was or anything. All I knew was I could download it for free and it was Operating System. Well I did'nt enjoy it not because Linux Stink to me, Just because I was not ready. So I continue to use Windows and then I got very frustrated and then I decided to start look else where for a Operating System that I could enjoy using and not have to worry about all these crazy things that Windows gave me from Virus to BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH!!!  So I finally made a move to Apple OS and now I really enjoyed this operating system very stable and great and all I could say is I learned alot from this Operating System. So now I meet a couple of people in the forums and they told me about Ubuntu Linux, now being my past experience with Linux which was years ago. So I looked into it and finally had them send me some discs but my for Mac Mini. Now not to long ago about 4 days now, I have been running Ubuntu Linux and so far I'm loving it! Great to use the community is great and I'm really enjoying myself with this Operating System. It is amazing how big Linux has grown and how everyone and the communities out there have been into Ubuntu Linux and are enjoying it as well.

Hello World.

I have been using Ubuntu for a few months now. Its pretty good I must say, as a former Slackware fan the transition was pretty easy for me. I have my machine all setup, my web server all setup, and my fileserver all setup. That pretty much leaves me with no real problems to solve or ideas to post. When I move into my new place next month I’m going to redo everything. Setup a Ubuntu based machine to handle all my downloads and file sharing.  I'm also into the idea of a Ubuntu based storage cluster, but that might not pan out.  I'll post something useful sometime. -ech0.


Ron down at the computer repair shop showed me this trick on his Red Hat system to run screensavers as a desktop background. Works on Ubuntu also.

  • From the settings program open "desktop/behavior" check the field to "allow programs in desktop window".
  • Open terminal and navigate to cd /usr/lib/xscreensaver
  • Enter dir and select a filename.
  • Insert filename into this code ./filename -root &
  • The ampersand at the end sends the command to the background and gives you a pid number. Type kill replacewithpid# to stop the process.
  • Depending on the capabilty of your system, you may be able to run multiple screensavers at the same time.
  • entering ./filename --help will give you more options for individual screensavers.

Webcollage is an xscreensaver that grabs images from the web and uses them to form a collage in the root window.

  • Assuming you are still in the /usr/lib/xscreensaver directory enter ./webcollage -root -dictionary /usr/share/dict/american-english to run.

Install .rpm Files in Debian and Ubuntu

Some time you might find some applications are having only .rpm files but you want a .deb package for your debian,Ubuntu and other debian derived ditributions.If you can’t find .deb debian package in any of the debian,ubuntu repositories or elsewhere, you can use the alien package converter  to install the .rpm file.http://www.debianadmin.com/install-rpm-files-in-debian-and-ubuntu.html

Running Internet Explorer in Debian and ubuntu Linux

No clicks needed. No boring setup processes. No Wine complications. Just one easy script and you’ll get three IE versions to test your Sites. And it’s free and open source.This may be very helpful for software developers and web developers to test their applications.http://www.debianadmin.com/running-internet-explorer-debian-and-ubuntu-linux.html

Partition Easily using Gparted Live

Well, well, well, it's been about 45 days since I last booted in to my XP partition so I decided to shrink it and make space for new partitions in order to install the latest Edgy knot.

  1. Downloaded Gparted Live 0.3.1-1 Burned as ISO using K3B.
  2. Booted into XP and verified that I had all my music, videos, and documents backed up to the fat32 partition. Deleted all copies on ntfs partition. Opened add remove programs and uninstalled all the Windows versions of programs that I also have on Ubuntu and all programs that I rarely used. Retained all programs that I might use if I ever boot into XP again. Opened and ran disk cleanup wizard. Ran disk defragmenter about five times.
  3. Rebooted with Gparted Live disk. Wow! Amazing program. Only 85MB on the disk and loads linux to ram in less than two minutes! Resized ntfs from 97GB to 40GB.
  4. Decided to use some of that 50GB of free space to try Edgy Eft Knot3. Downloaded, burned as ISO (K3B again), and rebooted. Booted live Edgy disk, clicked the install icon, and ran into a little problem. My disk already had four primary partitions and the newly freed space was not in the extended partition. Was unable to proceed using installation partitioner.
  5. Rebooted with Gparted Live disk. First, I moved my second primary partition (/home) as far left as I could enlarging it by about 10GB as I did. This placed the free space next to my extended partition. Second, I enlarged the extended partition to encompass the free space.

Kubuntu 6.06 LTS Installation Walkthrough with Screenshots

Kubuntu is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle and part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.http://www.debianadmin.com/kubuntu-606-lts-installation-with-screenshots.html

Combine .rar files using unrar

Download all parts rar to desired folder.
(cd /download/folder/)
(unrar e part01.rar)
of course, you must enter the correct filename.
You will only need to unrar the part01.rar.
Unrar will extract and combine all parts and write completed file to your /download/folder/.
If there are broken parts, unrar will not save the combined file.
In that case add the -kb switch.
(unrar e -kb part01.rar)
I clean up the folder using
(rm *.rar)

Mepis DVD

On the advice of this edition of linux magazine I trialled Mepis for the first time today. Now let me start out by saying that the computer I tried it out on was always going to struggle. It's a laptop supplied by work, and it hasn't exactly got the spec of the century. It's a celeron 1.5Ghz533Mhz processor with 256Mb RAM. By rights I was daft to even attempt a live CD. But the disk does claim to be a "Desktop on Steroids". Having played with it for a good few hours, nothing convinced me to give this a fully fledged go. I wouldn't even trouble my VMWare with it. For starters it's supposed to be based on a Debian/Ubuntu style core.Except that it clearly wasn't made with as much care because even in comparison with a full Ubuntu liveCD, this lags. The first time I madeit in, the system didn't even make it through the desktop load before freezing on me. I booted the liveCD about eight times all in all,

Debian Network Utilities and tools With Examples

This is the list of debian network utilities and tools for administrators and users to check the network related traffic, monitor network.This includes installation of each package with man pages.This full list devided in to two parts check for  part1 http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/networktools1.htm and part2 http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/networktools2.htm

Install Google Earth on AMD64 via chroot

Some people are able to install Google Earth on AMD64. I was unable to. Here is a method to install it in a 32 bit chroot:

  1. Step 1:Follow the instructions at: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=24575 to install a 32 bit chroot.
  2. Step 2:Download Google Earth from http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html
  3. Step 3: Move downloaded file, GoogleEarthLinux.bin to /chroot/home/user/ where "user" = your user name.
  4. Step 4:Open terminal and cd to /chroot/home/user/
  5. Step 5:enter dchroot
  6. Step 6:enter chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin
  7. Step 7:enter ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin
  8. Step 8: Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

unable to install amarok

hii have just switched over to linux, so forgive me if i ask 'basic' questions!i followed the procedure given to install amaroksudo apt-get install amarokafter the files were extracted i got a message some files missing. use apt-get upgrade.i did that and was successfully completed. however, amarok is not installed as yet.please help!

6.06 New Graphic Install Very pretty but no use for me.

    I had been using Kubuntu up until a few weeks ago, but I'm not a great KDE fan soI bought a book with 5.10 distro included and off I went. Great!, installed like a dreamran the updates then it tells me about 6.06. OK!, Pity I did'nt know that before I boughtthe book. Anyhow I decide to download the 6.06 DVD iso image. Three hours later off Igo and install it. New graphic install screens and the whole process is really great.Pick the language, pick the time zone etc., etc., partition my disks, install proceeds,install finishes, I wait to be asked where I want to put GRUB, I wait and I wait and thenwe go into re-boot. I am definitely NOT impressed with the fact that Ubuntu now decideswithout asking me, that my MBR is where it's going to install Grub. I use WINDOWS XPas well as SuSE 10.1 and I want to decide where my boot loaders go. I had to go back againand re-install in text mode to get what I wanted. I'll be staying with text installs until they

Debian etch beta 3 graphical mode installation with screenshots

Debian etch beta3 installation using graphical interface this is really nice installation walkthrough with each step screenshots.This is new feature in debian upcoming release version called etch.http://www.debianadmin.com/debian-etch-beta3-graphical-mode-installation-with-screenshots.html


I would love the repositories to allow me to easily install Compiz on amd64 with ATI Radeon. I've followed dozens of installation guides, reinstalled everything, and finally given up (for now). My one consolation is that the xserver-xgl package by itself improves/enables transparency in KDE.