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K3b on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04

K3b on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04

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Mplayer on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04

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Access Windows and MacOS drives

There is a neat utility out there, which is capable of searching for available HFS+, NTFS and FAT32 partitions. It creates mount points for them and adds them to /etc/fstab, so they will be mounted everytime you boot.

Instructions for use:
- Download and save this file on your local hard drive as winmac_fstab
- Open a terminal and type "sudo bash winmac_fstab"
- If sudo asks for a password, use your own password
- Your windows and mac partitions will now be mounted everytime
you boot. You can delete this script now if you like (with "rm winmac_fstab")

There also exists a similar script for Samba network shares (the ones Windows uses). Download the script here

Linux Hardware Compatibility List

There exists a document where most of the hardware components (not whole computers) known to be supported or not supported under Linux are listed. So reading through this document you can choose the components for your own Linux computer and know what to avoid. As the list of components supported by Linux changes constantly, this document will never be complete.

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Hardware-HOWTO/

How to install the free Microsoft truetype fonts

Prerequisites: add universe and multiverse repositories.

This posting describes how to install the Microsoft free truetype fonts, including Arial, Comic Sans, Times New Roman and many other. Many websites make extensive use of them, so it is a good idea to install them. After installation they can be used in every Gnome (or even KDE) program systemwide.

Open a terminal window and type in:
sudo apt-get install xfonts-intl-arabic
sudo apt-get install xfonts-intl-asian
sudo apt-get install xfonts-intl-chinese
sudo apt-get install xfonts-intl-chinese-big
sudo apt-get install xfonts-intl-european
sudo apt-get install xfonts-intl-japanese
sudo apt-get install xfonts-intl-japanese-big
sudo apt-get install xfonts-intl-phonetic

How to change the "default application" for a certain filetype

That's easy and exactly where it should be found :)
Right click on the file of the certain filetype, choose properties and it's the "open with" tab.

How to install Add-On applications

Prerequisites: add universe and multiverse repositories.

You can install add-on applications easily, see: http://www.ubuntuguide.org/#add-onapplications

If you don't like the command-line, just use the GUI called Synaptic. It can be found under System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager. Before use you should refresh the list of known packages.

If Synaptic isn't there, it can be easily installed with the command-line "sudo apt-get install synaptic".

Learning the shell

You have your Ubuntu up and running. The GUI is working fine, but you are getting tired of changing your desktop themes. You keep seeing this "terminal" or "shell" thing, but you have no idea how to use this command line.

LinuxCommand.org is a Linux education and advocacy site devoted to helping users of legacy operating systems migrate to linux. Visit their site to learn some linux commands and how to handle the shell.

Hardware & Drivers - Setting up and Configuring Hardware

Here you'll find documentation about how to setup different hardware and drivers.

* KernelCompileHowto - How to compile kernels
* BinaryDriverHowto - install support for your new ATI or NVIDIA graphics card
* HowToSetUpNdiswrapper - install and setup ndiswrapper to make difficult wifi cards work
* WiFiHardware - Links to help on installing WiFi hardware in your Ubuntu system.

new Ubuntu wallpapers

I've found some nice Ubuntu wallpapers in 1600x1200

Wallpaper 1
Wallpaper 2
Wallpaper 3
Wallpaper 4

some more

Windows XP user switched to Ubuntu

Hi fellows,

I've done it. Yesterday I fully switched to Ubuntu (the new public beta version 5.10 Colony 3)! I tried it several times with the bootable Live-CD and was so excited, that i decided to install it on my harddisk. First of all I made some new partitions, one for tmp (1GB), one for home (140GB) and one for the rest (20GB). By seperating /home on a extra partition I have some possibilities like encrypting my personal data without touching the operating system, and when upgrading or re-installing Ubuntu my personal data in home stays untouched as well. In the future I want to inform you in my blog about experiences made with Ubuntu, maybe problems, maybe even new exciting possibilities that I hadn't with Windows XP before. As a RSS feed is offered on this site, you can subscribe to this blog by clicking on the orange RSS logo (in most browsers on the right bottom corner). Then every new entry will be published in your internal RSS reader or bookmarks manager. But there are also external programs like RSS Bandit for Windows or Syndigator and Liferea for Gnome. KDE brings its own RSS reader aKregator.

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Ubuntu 5.10 Beta 3 released!

The Ubuntu developer just released the third beta named Colony 3 of the upcoming Ubuntu version 2005.10 Breezy Badger. It can be downloaded as live or installer-CD from their website. New are some new eyecandies (e.g. a graphical boot screen) and improved Bluetooth- and notebook-support. Breezy Badger will be released on the 13th of October. You can look at some screenshots at http://shots.osdir.com/slideshows/slideshow.php?release=414&slide=2