instantbird-setup in ubuntu

how to install Instantbird on ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Instantbird, the next generation Instant Messenger application, is now available to download and use. Instantbird has a lot of new exciting features, and so you must give it a try – anyway it’s free and open source! Instantbird focuses on simplicity and efficiency of the user interface. Instantbird is highly customizable and extensible i.e it provides a lot of options which allow you to configure/customize the application as you want. e.g you can change the color of a particular buddy, just in a click.

All the common protocols e.g: Google Talk, ICQ, IRC, MSN, XMPP etc are supported with instantbird. It has a lot of cool and exciting features. Instantbird vs 1.0 has released today, with cool and amazing features that you wanted to have with a chat client. So chatting is more Fun! with Instantbird. The Application has been powered by Mozilla (because the code written by Mozilla community has been used in this IM project), while a small team of developers has developed this application.

This post has specifically written about installing Instantbird on Ubuntu 11.04(Natty Narwhal) or 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), but it should also work with other Linux based distributions such as Linux Mint, Debian, Fedora etc.

Installing Instantbird on Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04

#1 : Download Instantbird for Ubuntu, or go here for all download options (including other OS and languages)

#2 : Extract the archive and move on to that directory, either in Nautilus (or other File browser, whatever you use) or from terminal (CTRL+ALT+T).

#3 : Now, execute the ‘instantbird’ file, which is executable shell script, to begin the installation process (Right click and run in terminal or drag the executable file and drop it to terminal window or type the command(s)).

cd Downloads
tar -xf instantbird-1.0.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2
cd instantbird
./instantbird

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#4 : Now, few window will open and you need to setup the chat accounts with Instantbird by providing the authentication details (usually the username and password, but in case of facebook you need to enter unique username not the email address).

instantbird-account-setupThen select the protocol or network and proceed.

instantbird-account-wizard

Then enter your account details (e.g facebook username), you only need to fill the first input box in most of the cases. (leave rest of them as it is)

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Now, enter password and continue ..

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Finally… you can enjoy chatting with Fun!

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#5 That’s All.

instant-bird for ubuntu 11.04

Instantbird for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

What is Instantbird ?
Instantbird is a lightweight, fast, free and open source instant messaging Application i.e a IM chat client (similar to Google Talk or Yahoo Messenger), powered by Mozilla Community. Instantbird is a cross-platform application i.e it’s available for Mac,Windows as well as for Linux based operating system such as Ubuntu (11.04, 10.10, 10.04 or any older versions), Fedora, Linux Mint etc. Instantbird is very simple to use (probably due to elegant and efficient graphical user interface) and highly extensible, with a lot of cool and Innovative features.

Instantbird 1.0 is also available in languages other than English, so you might get it in your native language. it supports a variety of networks and protocols. The features of the Instantbird can be easily extended using a lot of plugins available. The version 1.0 has released today!

instant-bird for ubuntu 11.04

Supported Networks/Protocols by Instantbird

  • Google Talk
  • Facebook Chat
  • AOL Instant Messanger (AIM)
  • Yahoo Messanger
  • Windows Live Messanger
  • XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, formerly known as Jabber)instantbird-chat-in-ubuntu

New/Exciting Features in Instantbird

  • Change a friends color in a private conversation based on their name
  • Conversations can be easily customized
  • Get notification of certain words during the chat (as they were your nicknames)
  • Vertical and horizontal tabbing is supported so it’s easy to manage a lot of conversations
  • color the nick names in multiuser chat
  • Easy to reply, just double click on nick name
  • Tab completion of nick names and commands

Installing Instantbird on Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04… or other Linux based OS

it’s very simple – just follow the simple steps :

#1 : Download Instantbird for Linux based distro such as Ubuntu.

#2 : Then extract it (Right click and select Extract Here).

#3 : Now, launch the application by executing the ‘instantbird’ script. You can do that in many ways – e.g: double click and run in terminal or open a terminal, then drag that file to terminal and hit enter. That’s all.. Now enter you account details and continue to enjoy the next generation of Instant Messaging Software with a lot of Fun!

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Opera 11.50 for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Opera is one of the most popular web browser on this planet. The mobile version is prbably the best browser for small devices such as Mobile Phones and desktop version is also popular due to some exciting features such as Live Speed Dialing. Opera seems to be optimized for faster web browsing with next generation browsing experience. The latest version of opera i.e 11.5 has released (today).

Opera 11.50 or swordfish (code name) is available for Windows, Mac and Linux distributions such as Linux Mint or Fedora or Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)/10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)/10.04 (Lucid Lynx), it’s a cross-platform browser.

You just need to download the correct package if you want to try Opera on your system , Debian package (*.deb) is available for Ubuntu. Then install it either from command line (using dpkg) or just open it with Ubuntu Software Center. (See below, detailed explaination is given, follow whatever suite best to you – I always recommend Command).

New/Exciting/Cool Features in Opera 11.50

  • Live Speed Dialing allows you to get updates from your favorite blogs in easier way, right from the speed dial in a new tab.
  • synchronization of  passwords is easy using ‘Sync’
  • easy to install new plugins
  • improvements in support with latest web standards and technology

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Install Opera 11.50 in Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04

#1 : Download Opera 11.50 for Ubuntu or other Linux based OS.

#2 : Install it by ‘Right Click -> Open with Ubuntu Software Center’, then a new window will appear, click on install button to proceed (you may have to authenticate using your Ubuntu login password). or open terminal (CTRL+ALT+T or you can find it in Application->Accessories->Terminal) and just type the following commands (first one may changes depending upon the location where you have downloaded the debian file) –

cd Downloads
sudo dpkg -i opera_11.50.1074_i386.deb

#3 : That’s all..Have a lot of Fun, browsing with Opera 11.5.

Set up ruby-on-rails

install Ruby on Rails in ubuntu 10.10/11.04

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‘Ruby on Rails’  (ROR) is one of the most popular and productive open source framework that allows you to develop web applications very quickly with a lot of fun.

Ruby is a scripting language (like PHP) that focuses on ease of development and beautiful code. Ruby on Rails or simply ‘Rails’ is a web Apps development framework for Ruby programming language.

Rails is a cross-platform – web Apps development framework and this post will guide you in installing ‘Ruby on Rails’ framework on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) LTS..procedure is same for all versions. gedit text editor is enough for ruby programming – (usually better than heavy weight IDE’s), you can also customize gedit to look like TextMate (very popular (text editor) among ruby developers who uses Mac OS X).

Ruby version 1.8.7 is installed by default, in most of the Linux based operating system or distributions such as Ubuntu, so what you need to install is – ‘Rails’ , Gems (Gems are modular components or libraries very similar to Package in java), git (git is one of the best – free and open source version control system (developed by Linus Torwalds), it is not strictly necessary but recommended) and curl. Before you move on for installing ROR, Apache (Not necessary because ROR ships with WEBrick, the default HTTP server for rails apps) and MySQL or SQLite should be installed.

Installing Ruby on Rails in Ubuntu

#1 : Install git (not necessary but recommended), the version control system.

sudo apt-get install git

or install from source – Download git (Latest Version : 1.7.5.4). Then extract the archive and move to the extracted directory and type the following command(s) to install it –

make && sudo make install

#2 : Install Curl (Command Tool for transferring data with URL Syntax).

Download it (Latest version : 7.21.7) and install in the similar way as you installed git (in step 1, using source)

#3 : Install  Ruby Version Manager (RVM), a command line tool which allows you to run multiple versions of ruby – such as 1.8.7 as well as 1.9.2. Gem will be installed along with this, if not, then install rubygems before proceeding to next step.

bash < <(curl -s https://rvm.beginrescueend.com/install/rvm)

Then type the command given below, to check whether it has been correctly installed, the output after executing the command will be – ‘rvm is a function’

type rvm | head -1

#4 : Install Ruby 1.9.2 (1.8.7 is installed by default)

rvm install 1.9.2
rvm use 1.9.2

#5 : Install Rails

gem install rails

#6 : Install SQLite3 (Not necessary if you want to use MySQL but ROR uses SQLite database by default, so you need to install ruby and sqlite related packages and ORM libraries).

gem install sqlite3

That’s All..now you are ready to rock with ‘Ruby on Rails’. Create new Application using simple command and start the server.

rails new apps_name
cd apps_name
rails server

Now open your browser and type the following address in the address bar –
http://localhost:3000

Learning Rails ?

Check out this interactive video course on Ruby on Rails at Treehouse.

Update! Checkout my rails application: Railyo – job board for rails Freelancers!

kde-desktop-logo

KDE version 4.7 RC released today!

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KDE Plasma Desktop version 4.7 Release Candidate is out now! it’s the first RC of the KDE 4.7, which is planned to release on July 27, 2011. KDE or K Desktop Environment is another popular open source window manager, platform and suite of awesome applications, similar to Gnome. KDE is based on Qt Framework.

If you are using Linux based system such as OpenSuse, then you must have enjoyed the cool and charming – KDE Desktop. it focuses on simplicity, it’s little heavier than other desktop Environment such as Gnome or XFCE, despite of that – users like it. I do use KDE with Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). The new version of KDE, has arrived with a lot of exciting features (and of course a lot of bugs got fixed in this version).

New/Upcoming Features in KDE – Plasma Desktop version 4.7

  • Kwin, the plasma’s window manager – which supports openGL ES 2.0, it will increase the performance on mobile devices.
  • Improved User Interface (UI) of the Dolphin File Manager
  • Marble, the Virtual Globe is more useful for mobile devices due to features such as offline Address search.
  • Grub 2 is supported with the login manager (KDM) of KDE