2010 February Archive - Arun's Blog

Feb

26

Posted by : Arun | On : February 26, 2010

You might have read the news in the web that Ubuntu is planning to launch a music store named Ubuntu One music store. Ubuntu has released an FAQ on that. You can find the FAQ here.

Ubuntu One Music Store will be driven by 7Digital. The songs will be DRM (Digital Rights Management) free, so you can copy the songs to your music player, burn them to a CD or copy them to any computer you want. The songs will be available in high quality 256Kbps MP3 and some songs might be in higher bit rate.

Ubuntu One Music Store will be integrated into Rythmbox. This helps you download the songs and copy them to iPod or other music players. Ubuntu is also planning to release the integration as a plugin, so users using Banshee or Amarok or other music player would be able to use Ubuntu One Music Store.

The following are the features you can expect from Ubuntu One Music Store.

  • Search by artist, album, or track
  • Browse recommendations and genres
  • Discover new releases or just released songs each week
  • A convenient shopping basket
  • Support for a variety of payment options

To purchase the songs, you need Ubuntu One account. If you already have an account, you are ready to go. If not, you can easily create one. You also get 2GB of online storage free with your Ubuntu One account. Purchased songs are automatically transferred to your cloud storage, synchronized to all of your computers, and added to Rhythmbox. Customers will find a new library that contains purchases from the Ubuntu One Music Store.

Customers can download the purchased songs 3 times maximum from the music store. This will help in case they lost the songs they purchased due to error or hardware issue or some other unknown issue.

In order to use Ubuntu One Music Store, you have to have Ubuntu 10.04 installed (which will be released this April).

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Feb

25

Posted by : Arun | On : February 25, 2010

Feb

25

Posted by : Arun | On : February 25, 2010

Ubuntu team has released the 3rd alpha of Ubuntu 10.04 code named Lucid Lynx. Alpha 3 brings the following enhancements:

  • Ubuntu Lucid Alpha 3 includes the latest GNOME desktop environment.
  • Alpha 3 includes the 2.6.32-14.20 kernel based on 2.6.32.8.
  • Alpha 3 of Kubuntu features the new KDE SC 4.4.
  • Lucid Alpha 3 sports full removal of the hal package, making Ubuntu faster to boot and faster to resume from suspend.
  • The likewise-open package, which provides Active Directory authentication and server support for Linux, has been updated to version 5.4.
  • The Nouveau video driver is now the default for nVidia hardware.
  • Built in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook, and other social networks with the MeMenu in the panel.
  • The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud installer has been vastly improved in order to support alternative installation topologies.

You can download Ubuntu 10.04 alpha 3 from here. Kubuntu 10.04 alpha 3 can be downloaded from here.
Since it’s an alpha release, please read the known issues below before downloading.

Known Issues:

  • On video hardware that supports KMS, the live CD sometimes does not reboot successfully, instead displaying the boot logo indefinitely.
  • When running on Ubuntu Server, the plymouth boot splash screen does not exit after the system is booted. To get to a console login after boot, you must press Ctrl-Alt-F1 to switch to VT1.
  • Console keyboard selections made at install time may not be correctly respected on reboot, leaving users with the default US keyboard map. This issue affects all images, but is mostly of concern to users of Ubuntu Server.
  • Because of the new alternatives system used for nvidia driver packages, the nvidia installer from NVIDIA’s website currently doesn’t work.
  • The fglrx binary driver for ATI video chipsets does not yet support the X server in Lucid. As a workaround, users should use the open source -ati driver instead.
  • OEM setup mode does not work from the Alpha 3 Desktop CD, because the post-reboot configuration tool is not present. As a workaround, users can use the alternate CD for OEM installs.

Source: Ubuntu.
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Feb

25

Posted by : Arun | On : February 25, 2010

Kwaak3 is a project that ports the famous Quake 3d to Android. Most of the code were written in C. Kwaak3 is currently not available in Android market, but the developer said it should be there soon. You can still install Kwaak3 from the developer site. Some of the Kwaak3 features include

Kwaak3 was tested by the developer on Motorola Milestone, but the game is optimized for any Android device running Android >= 1.6 and has a physical keyboard. This eliminates Nexus One and other phones which are purely touch based. To install and run the program, check the information here.

The game is controlled using the keyboard, touch screen and trackball (if available). The most important controls are:

For more information, visit kwaak3 site.


Credit: Kwaak3.

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Feb

24

Posted by : Arun | On : February 24, 2010

Feb

23

Posted by : Arun | On : February 23, 2010

Feb

22

Posted by : Arun | On : February 22, 2010

Feb

22

Posted by : Arun | On : February 22, 2010

Google Earth is now available for Android, but what sucks is, it’s available for Android 2.1 only. That means anyone who’s not using Nexus One won’t be able to install it, including Droid users. According to Google, this is their fastest mobile version of Google Earth yet, with a smooth framerate and 800 x 480 resolution. Google Earth for Android also contains the Roads layer, which lets you get a better sense of where you are with road labels drawn on top of the satellite imagery.

Google Earth also supports voice commands. With Google Earth for Android, Google has brought together Google Search by voice with the power of Google Local Search to make it easier than ever to navigate the globe and find whatever you are looking for. As with other versions of Google Earth, you can also browse photos, places, and local businesses.

I don’t understand why they can’t release it for Android 2.0. As reported in the web, it seems like Google gives special preference to Nexus One owners before they release it to others? Next step, release Android 2.2+ to Nexus One owners and any new application released after that will support Android 2.2+ only and others won’t get Android 2.2+ for few months?


Credit: Google Mobile.

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Feb

22

Posted by : Arun | On : February 22, 2010

OpenOffice 3.2 was released 10 days back. It has some new enhancements including faster startup. I wanted to install the new version, but it won’t get into Ubuntu repositories soon. Here is what I did to install OpenOffice 3.2 in my Ubuntu 9.10 desktop. The steps below will remove the current installation of OpenOffice and installs the new one.

  1. Go to OpenOffice website and click on “I want to download OpenOffice.org”. If you use the Firefox browser in your Ubuntu installation, it will download the file “filename_deb.tar.gz”. When I used the Google Chrome browser, I believe I got a non deb version. Make sure you get the deb version. My download includes Java JRE, so it took longer to download than the non JRE version.
  2. Once you download the file, go to the downloaded directory using Nautilus and double click the downloaded file. The file extractor will show a directory OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483 or something similar to that. Extract the directory to wherever you want (Desktop or Download folder or Home folder etc.).
  3. Open a terminal by clicking Application -> Accessories -> Terminal.
  4. Copy, paste the highlighted command in the terminal and press the enter key. (don’t include the quotes for any of the commands in this tutorial). This command will remove the current installation of OpenOffice. Say ‘Y’ if it asks for confimation. “sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*”
  5. Now copy and paste the following command and press enter. “sudo dpkg -i ~/directory_name/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/*.deb” where directory_name is the directory where you extracted the downloaded file. If you had extracted it to the desktop, then enter sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/*.deb. If you extracted it to your home directory, then enter sudo dpkg -i ~/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/*.deb. ‘~’ stands for home directory. This will install all installation files under that directory.
  6. Copy and paste the following command in the terminal and press enter. This command will install OpenOffice integration package for Ubuntu since we uninstalled the OpenOffice that came with Ubuntu. “sudo dpkg -i ~/directory_name/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.2-debian-menus_3.2-9472_all.deb“. Again the directory_name is where the file was extracted.
  7. Type exit and press enter to exit the terminal.

You can now open the new version of OpenOffice from Applications – Office menu. You are all set. When you open the Office applications the 1st time, it might ask you to enter your name and register the application.

Credit: Ubuntu Forums.
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Feb

22

Posted by : Arun | On : February 22, 2010

Did Google change their search result page? When I did my search today, I got the result as shown below instead of the usual Google search page. I have seen this test layout before, but I’m not sure if it’s changed or Google is doing some random test.

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