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Ubuntu will soon play Windows Media files (WMV9)

A Norwegian programmer called Jon Johansen, also knows as DVD Jon, has developed a tool for removing some encoding surrounding the Windows Media Player, in order to give open-source media players a chance to access the streams.
Therefore it will soon be possible to play Windows Media (WMV9) files with the VideoLAN Client (VLC). Here's a
instruction for compiling VLC with VC-1 (WMV9) support (especially for Ubuntu Breezy) by Jon Johansen. For further information check the ZDnet news site.

How to change the root password in Ubuntu

As default Ubuntu has no password set for the root user. To gain root access you have to type in your own user password. This is the password you set for the first user while installing Ubuntu.

To manually set a password for the root user, type in the following in the shell:
sudo passwd

After that you are asked to type in the new root password twice. Finally, your root user has its own password.

Ubuntu Lite: Ubuntu power for slow machines

There is a new distribution based on Ubuntu under development which is called Ubuntu Lite. The idea of Ubuntu Lite is to bring the power of Ubuntu across to the users of legacy systems.
So not just to make a small linux as this has been done before (Puppy Linux, Damn Small linux, the Rule Project). Nor to make a usable linux based desktop Operating system (that has been done with Ubuntu Linux, Beatrix). The idea is to bring the power of Ubuntu to the typical users of legacy hardware.

There are three core aims of the Ubuntu Lite Project:

1. easily used by people with minimal computer skills
2. usable on a resurrected system
3. able to satisfy a typical users requirement of applications and functionality

If you run older computer hardware, just give it a try!

How to install an Ubuntu-Desktop on low memory systems

Ubuntu installs by default with the Gnome Desktop and other memory-intensive applications. So if you do not have a fast and powerful machine (Pentium 4 and 512 MB of RAM) your system will be quite slow. The following document explains the steps, how to install Ubuntu and a GUI on a low memory system, so that you can use it as a Workstation for your daily work. It is aimed to the average SOHO-user (Small Office/Home Office).

See the Ubuntu/Debian-Sarge Mini-RAM HOWTO

K3b on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04

K3b on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04

Mplayer on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04

Mplayer on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04

VMware on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04

VMware with Windows XP Sp1 on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04

Free Linux related eBooks

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.


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.

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