Feb

28

Posted by : Arun | On : February 28, 2008

Kubuntu team has released Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron alpha with KDE 4.0.1. Kubuntu now carries two different alpha versions for Hardy Heron. One is, commercially supported KDE 3.x version and the other one is community supported KDE 4.x version. KDE 4.x version of Kubuntu 8.04 is still under heavy development, so use with caution. Some items need more polishing like KNetworkManager, which won’t start when system boots. You have to manually start it.

To download the CD image for Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 4.x, click here.

Kubuntu Kde4 Alpha Wee

Source: Kubuntu.

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Feb

28

Posted by : Arun | On : February 28, 2008

Bloglines team is in the process of adding the following features to their Bloglines beta product.

1. Bloglines beta to includes Ask.com’s related searches results on the right hand column of the search result page. The team is also planning to add CPC oriented advertisements in the future.

Search Results

2. Flickr photo feeds to include preview mode.

Flickrview1

3. Bloglines’s add or import feeds page will let you track packages (?), monitor weater or check recommended packs.

Add Page

News and Photo source: Bloglines.

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Feb

27

Posted by : Arun | On : February 27, 2008

Mozilla released an update (Thunderbird 2.0.0.12) to their Thunderbird email client. The update contains the following 5 security fixes:

  • Heap buffer overflow in external MIME bodies
  • Possible information disclosure in BMP decoder
  • Directory traversal via chrome: URI
  • Privilege escalation, XSS, Remote Code Execution
  • Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.8.1.12)

Source: Mozilla.

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Feb

26

Posted by : Arun | On : February 26, 2008

I bought Acer 320U scanner long time back. I didn’t use it for sometime. I thought I would start using it since my Dell All-in-one A962 printer/scanner didn’t work with Ubuntu. Ubuntu got XSane image scanner program installed by default under Applications -> Graphics. I thought once I connect my scanner, I should be able to start working with it immediately. I was wrong. XSane did detect my scanner as show below in the picture.

Acer 320U



















When I selected Acer from the list and clicked OK, I got the error below.

XSane error











Here are the steps I followed to get it to working. Thanks to Ubuntu forum for the tips.

1. Download the zip file from the following location that contains the firmware for the scanner and the program acerfirm – to upload the firmware. Once it’s downloaded, double click that file and extract u34v101.bin and acerfirm to a local directory.

http://jaycee212.freeweb7.com/AcerScan320U.zip

Update: If the above link doesn’t work, Click here.

2. Open Synaptic Package Manager from System -> Administration menu and search for sane, sane-utils, libsane and libsane-extras. Make sure they are installed. If not, install them.

3. Connect your scanner to the computer and switch it on.

4. Open the terminal from Applications -> Accessories menu.

5. Lets check if your computer detected the scanner. Type sane-find-scanner and press enter in the terminal. It’ll display lots of lines and you should find one similar to one shown below among those lines.
found USB scanner (vendor=0x04a5 [Color], product=0×2022 [ FlatbedScanner 13]) at libusb:003:002

Continue further if your system detects the scanner.

6. Type sudo gedit /etc/sane.d/snapscan.conf and press enter. This will open the snapscan.conf file in the text editor.

7. Comment the line that says firmware /usr/share/sane/snapscan/your-firmwarefile.bin.

8. Add /dev/usbscanner bus=001 and firmware /etc/sane.d/u34v101.bin (use u34v110.bin if you used the second link to download the file) to the file. Your file (first paragraph under General heading) should look similar to the lines below:

#—————————— General ———————————–

# Change to the fully qualified filename of your firmware file, if
# firmware upload is needed by the scanner
##firmware /usr/share/sane/snapscan/your-firmwarefile.bin
/dev/usbscanner bus=001
firmware /etc/sane.d/u34v101.bin (u34v110.bin if you used the second link to download)

# If not automatically found you may manually specify a device name.

9. Save and close the editor.

10. Go to the folder where you extracted the zip file by using cd command. eg: cd /home/username/folder1 (You can skip this step if you used the second link to dowload the bin file).

11. Upload the firmware by typing ./acerfirm /dev/usbscanner u34v101.bin (or ./acerfirm /dev/usbscanner u34v110.bin if you used the second link to download) in the terminal.

12. Restart your system and your scanner should work fine now. Open the XSane image scanner program and select Acer if you are provided with an option. Click OK and you should see the screen as shown below.

XSane

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Feb

23

Posted by : Arun | On : February 23, 2008

Ubuntu has released the 5th alpha version of Ubuntu 8.04. I was going to upgrade to aplha 5 thinking they would have fixed the bugs that existed in alpha 4, but alpha 5 carries the same bugs plus a lot more. I’ll now wait till beta is released before upgrading.

Here are some highlights of alpha 5.

  • Alpha 5 includes the 2.6.24-8.14 (2.6.24.2-based) kernel.
  • Alpha 5 includes PulseAudio enabled by default.
  • With Alpha 5, PolicyKit integration is visible in the administrative user interfaces.
  • Firefox 3 Beta 3 replaces Firefox 2 as the default browser in Alpha 5.
  • The GTK version of the popular Transmission BitTorrent client comes with Alpha 5. It’s set to replace the Gnome BitTorrent downloader.
  • The new Vinagre VNC client is installed by default in Alpha 5, replacing xvnc4viewer.
  • WinFOSS and the Windows open source software have been replaced by umenu, a simple launcher that lets the user install Ubuntu from Windows using Wubi.
  • There is a new installation option for Windows users. Wubi allows users to install and uninstall Ubuntu like any other Windows application.

Download Alpha 5 here .

Here are some issues related to alpha 5:

  • The kernel in Alpha 5 is unable to access CD-ROM devices in some configurations, which means some users who were previously able to install Ubuntu will not be able to install this alpha from CD media. As a workaround, users can boot the installer with the additional "all_generic_ide" boot option.
  • Video problems have been reported with the 64-bit (amd64) version of Edubuntu desktop.
  • Video problems have been reported with the 64-bit (amd64) versions of Ubuntu desktops and some NVIDIA graphics cards.
  • Users with an older ATI Radeon graphics card might have video problems.
  • Due to the switch to GVFS, which is not feature complete, the "Network" item in the Places menu doesn’t work, and Nautilus can behave erratically, especially in trash operations.
  • The desktop launcher for Firefox does not work in Alpha 5, as a consequence of the change from Firefox 2 to Firefox 3.
  • Printing from Firefox beta 3 does not work.
  • Problems running Wubi, the Windows Ubuntu installer, with the 64-bit (amd64) version of Ubuntu have been reported.
  • Suspend (to ram) and hibernation do not work in a Wubi installation. Even if those options are available on the desktop, you should avoid using them.
  • When running Wubi from a Kubuntu CD, the KDE desktop will crash and the user will be left with just a X cursor, however the install will continue and it will reboot automatically upon completion.

Source: Ubuntu Wiki

Feb

21

Posted by : Arun | On : February 21, 2008

Our office is closed due to ice storm warning. Hooray!!!

Feb

20

Posted by : Arun | On : February 20, 2008

Mark Shuttleworth announced in the Ubuntu mailing list today that the successor to Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron will be code named Intrepid Ibex. He wrote that Ubuntu will be concentrating on user interaction model and pervasive internet access for Ubuntu 8.10. It’s expected to be released in October 08.

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Feb

19

Posted by : Arun | On : February 19, 2008

Toshiba today made an official announcement that it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. In other words, HD DVD is dead. I’m little sad because my brother gifted me a HD DVD player few months back.

Toshiba will continue to provide full product support and
after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products. For more information, read the press release.

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Feb

19

Posted by : Arun | On : February 19, 2008

Watch this funny youtube clip about Microsoft’s Windows Vista.

Source: Digg.

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Feb

19

Posted by : Arun | On : February 19, 2008

You might have read the news few months back about Mozilla‘s plan to move Thunderbird to a separate organization settings. Mozilla has created a new subsidiary namely Mozilla Messaging which will take care of Thunderbird development starting with Thunderbird 3.0. Thunderbird 3.0 will integrate Lightning calender with the email client, better searching capability and user interface changes.

The aim of Mozilla Messaging is not just email. As the name implies, Mozilla Messaging might integrate/interconnect in future, all messaging applications like email, RSS, instant messaging, SMS, social networking sites etc. For more information, refer to David Ascher’s blog (CEO) and Mozilla Messaging website.

Mmessaging

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