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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.

Ubntu installation problem

Hai,I have installed ubntu on my system.I am using a P4 intel processor and 40 Gb HD,Mercury motherboard.When i have installed ubntu on my system it is directly going to the command mode.But i want to set GUI mode as my default mode.I have seached for commands like "startx" in ubuntu but i couldnt find out.Any body know how to solve this problem.Please help me:RegardsVijesh

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.

firefox browser problem

 I am having a problem with fire fox.  My Page (GUI) breaks up and falls apart on the screen.  I don't have any other problem with any graphic screen in Ubuntu.Can it be my graphics card (using an old agp savage 3 card)?  if this is problem is there any updated drivers for my card Thanks Dok

Need help getting Screamer Radio working under Wine on Kubuntu

Hi, this is my first post on this forum, and I'm hoping someone can help me. I use Kubuntu (have been for ~2 months, though I still feel like a rank beginner) and find it works very well, but there are some programs that I use under Windows that have no direct (k)ubuntu equivalents. For the most part I have been able to run these under Wine, but every now and again something just doesn't work and I'm not sure exactly why.

The one that is most galling to me is this: There is a program called Screamer Radio that works under Windows. It is a streaming audio player (of which there are many in Linux) but its claim to fame is that it will buffer the last five minutes of the stream you are listening to, and it will allow you to record these streams to disk. So, if you listen to news feeds (as I sometimes do) and are only half listening and realize you just missed something significant, you can click record and it will begin recording from a point five minutes BEFORE you clicked the button. This is great for those "WHAT did he just say?" moments.


This is my first attempt to use Linux so assume i know NOTHING. Installed Ubuntu and works fine but i am unable to change the screen res. from 640x480 to anything else. (No the drop menu has no other options other than the one mentioned.) Can anyone give me a heads up on my problem? I can't find a current driver and even if i could i have no idea how to install one on Ubuntu.

Metasploit 2.0 beta 2

Does anyone have any experience running the Metasploit Framwork 3.0 beta 2 on Unbuntu Dapper?  If so, I could really use some help. I've installed all the ruby libraries and have extracted the Metasploit tarball to my computer (home folder-not sure if this has anything to do with it but I've tried extracting to / as well) .  When I attempt to run both the msfweb and msfconsole programs, I get a "command not  found error". I've tried the following syntax:

  • user@computer:~/framework-3.0-beta-2-svn$./msfweb)
  • user@computer:~/framework-3.0-beta-2-svn$sudo ./msfweb
  • usr/bin/env: ruby: No such file or directory (error I get)
  • user@computer:~/framework-3.0-beta-2-svn$msfweb
  • user@computer:~/framework-3.0-beta-2-svn$sudo msfweb
  • bash: msfweb: command not found (error I get)

Besides the fact that I'm a newb, does anyone know what I'm doing wrong?  Any help is greatly appreciates.-Newguy

Question From A NOOMG WHAT IS THIS? (Universe repository install w/o Internet)

Hello All, I am a somewhat (i.e., very) new person to Ubuntu and Linux in general. THe install has so far gone very well, with everything running and all well (not to be confused with the All in the opening of the message)... Please, please excuse my bad jokes. 4 hours in front of alternating screens of Gnome and Windows have an odd effect on the mind... However, I have hit upon one difficulty. Whilst looking to get my Internet connection up, I have found a guide to configuring my hardware... Linky: url=https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx/Dapper... Fantastic! A couple of quick changes, some playing with that scary console thingy, and all is well... Sadly, as I should probably know by now with Linux, that was not to be so. "First, enable Universe repository" hmm, ok... The UNiverse repository requires... wait for it... an internet connection... So the question is (hopefully) simple. Where and how do I install repositories from, say, an external Hard Drive, or even CD? The customary Google searches have revealed nothing, so thus I turn to You...

Can't install because of partitioning or kernel (?)

Hi guys, I've already posted to the regular Ubuntu forums and nobody posts back to help, so I"m trying here.  I have a new Sony VAIO S660/B notebook, and I have tried Dapper, Breezy, and even Edgy Beta to no avail.  Dapper freezes at 15% of the installation and I have to hard reboot, Edgy's installation freezes as well, but doesn't lose keyboard and mouse response, and Breezy installs all the way until it reboots to finish configuring and I get *ata1: Bug: timeout without command*.I think its because I"m running a SATA hard drive, I've read a lot of troubles with SATA drives and Ubuntu for some reason.  I've read to use the "ata_piix" kernel module, but I"m unsure on how to use this while installing Linux, can someone help me and I'll try that?  I've already tried the "noapic" and "acpi=off" options at the end of the string when you hit F6 on install.  If someone could help me with this, or have any other suggestions, I would be greatly appreciative.  Thanks!

Latex editor

I just downloaded Kile using Synaptic package manager and tried running existing Latex files. It gave me an error message saying that the necessary packages (ie. \usepackage{natbib} )haven't been installed? Is there any way that I can download everything I need to do abstracts, papers, posters and presentations?Shuo

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

Shockwave Player - Ubuntu / Linux

I have discovered a way to get Shockwave working under Linux.  I am using Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake), Wine 0.99.22, Firefox, and Shockwave

  1. Install Wine.  For those who don't know, this is a program which will allow you to run Windows-based programs from within Linux.  Wine will automatically associate .exe files with itself.  More information on Wine is available at http://www.winehq.com .
  2. Download the Windows version of Firefox and install.  Wine will ensure the installer functions correctly.
  3. Install the Windows version of Shockwave for Mozilla.  I downloaded and installed it manually (slim install).

After these steps, I had a working Shockwave player from within Firefox.  Note that to use the Shockwave player, you must start the Windows version of Firefox, which will be running under Wine support.

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

Installation Of Ubuntu from live cd

Friends,I have been facing problems since last month to get this Ubuntu live Cd installed on my Pc.The live CD boots, takes time but when the intall icon is clicked the next interface is displayed. This continues upto stage 5 of 6. The moment the three options of partitions are displayed, selecting any one, I had tried all options numerous times, just hangs the pc, nothing happens!As the way I had put up the question you will understand that I am new to linux, in Fact after installing I will get the feel of linux for the first time. I had requested for the cd in Ship it they had done that thankfully. But I am helpless now.I had xp when I started the installtaion, I thought may be it is obstructing the installation, so I swtched to win 98 now. I will paste the details below for you to check it.Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A Upgrade using Full CD /SrcDir=G:\WIN98 /IQ /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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