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how to uninstall ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04

Uninstall Ubuntu ? Huh! Are you kidding? not of course, in this post you are going to learn – about uninstalling or removing ubuntu completely from your computer (Desktop , Laptop, Notebook or whatever); although it’s a different fact that when you will enjoy any flavor of Linux based operating system such as Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx), 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 11.04(Natty Narwhal, the latest stable version), it won’t be easy for you to move back to the proprietary OS such as Windows or Mac.

Ubuntu is the most popular GNU/Linux based desktop operating system probably due to the ease of use. For example, if we look back around 10 years ago, the Linux based distributions were limited to ‘tech-geeks’, but Ubuntu or other Linux distro such as Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS etc has made the Linux popular among common desktop users.

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The simple reason is – easy to use GUI (common people don’t like command line or terminal) e.g Gnome, KDE, XFCE etc, free substitute of proprietary software, security etc but there are still some major problems with Ubuntu, which may be the reason that you want to uninstall it. Some of the obvious reason is – poor graphics performance (which indirectly implies that ‘gaming is not fun on Ubuntu’) and other hardware compatibility problems, instability (Frequent release cycle of Ubuntu, twice in a year – makes it almost unusable for production environment) as compared to any other OS such as Windows 7 or Mac OS X. If you don’t have much experience in Ubuntu and uninstalling it in hurry, then it may be better that you better try for few more days and understand the problem instead of just quiting it. As a Linux distro, Ubuntu deserves little more time and effort to use it effectively, as compared to other OS.

Anyway, if you really want to uninstall Ubuntu for any reason then it’s OK. It’s very simple, just create a backup of all your important data and proceed to the next step.

Important! : You are strongly recommended to create a backup of all your important data before going for the installation procedure.

Uninstall/Remove Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04 Safely

Case #1 : Uninstalling/Removing Ubuntu from Single Boot

If you have only one operating system i.e Ubuntu is installed on your computer , then it’s very simple because after removing ubuntu you will surely want to install another, you just need to follow this simple steps –

step 1 : If you want to install windows after removing Ubuntu, then simply create the bootable disk or USB that you will use for installing Windows 7 or vista (or XP).

step 2 : I assume you have already copied (otherwise login to Ubuntu and backup your data) all the data safely to another device or online back up such as Dropbox. Next, restart the computer and boot it from the Windows installation disc.

step 3 : Now format the ubuntu partition (if you had installed ubuntu on a particular partition) or the harddisk and install windows, follow on screen instructions..and you are Done! That’s All.

Case #2 : Uninstalling Ubuntu from Dual Boot (with Windows 7)

You might be using Ubuntu as a dual boot along with Windows 7. Now, the the next step depends on how you had installed Ubuntu along with Windows 7. The most simple technique is to install Ubuntu using Wubi Installer, which installs Ubuntu on Windows as a program. If that’s the case, then you can uninstall Ubuntu just like any other program from Windows 7 or Vista. It’s quite simple.

On the other hand you might have installed Ubuntu on the other partition in dual boot mode. So now, if you delete or format the ubuntu partition then the windows boot-loader will no longer be available because when you installed Ubuntu it has replaced it with GRUB. So you won’t be able to boot into your Windows OS after deleting or formatting the Ubuntu partition.

step 1 : Insert the Windows 7/vista/xp DVD and restart your computer.

step 2 : Go to recovery windows/console and execute the following command(s) :

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot

to overwrite the MBR (Master Boot Record).

step 3 : Now, remove the installation disc, restart the computer and format ubuntu partition (ext3/4 file system) to a windows file system such as NTFS or FAT.

step 4 : That’s All. You are Done!

Audacious Music player

Winamp for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/11.10

Winamp is a media player for Windows XP/Vista/7.. and now it’s also available for Google Android. Winamp is one of the most popular and powerful media player among windows users. Winamp is specifically known for it’s playlist, skins, and a bundle of advanced features that allow you to customize it effectively. Winamp is a freeware application i.e basic version is available free but you need to pay for it’s pro-version.

Are you looking for Winamp on Ubuntu? In fact, Winamp is available only for Windows (and Android). That’s not exactly true because Winamp vs 3 (The latest stable version is Winamp 5.621, released few days ago) Alpha version was also released for Linux based OS (probably the RPM packages, for Linux distributions like Fedora) but it’s not available anymore for Ubuntu or any other Linux distros. So in this post you may notice some free and open source media players equivalent to Winamp not only in features but also in look and feel (by using Winamp skins).

A Media Player Equivalent to Winamp : Audacious

audacious-player with Winamp skin

Audacious is a free and open source (Released under GPL) media player (more precisely an audio player) and provides high quality audio output. The other main advantages is that it consumes very less computational resources and supports a variety of formats. Audicious started a fork (Forking in software development means starting an independent development on a project after getting the source code legally from the original developer) project the BMP (Beep Media Player, which also started as a fork project of XMMS)

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Features of Audacious at a Glance

  • it’s very simple and efficeint
  • playlists, visualization, skins (a lot of Winamp skins are available to try) ..plus a lot of other advanced features
  • it supports a lot of input formats such as MP3, Vorbis, AAC, WMA, Flac, Wavpack, ALAC (Apple Lossless) etc.
  • A lot of plugins are available to extend the features, in a couple of click

How to install audacious in Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/11.10

Audacious is available in the packages so it’s very simple to install. Open Ubuntu Software Center, search for ‘audacious’ and install the required package (You may need to enter ubuntu login password for authentication) or simply open terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type :

sudo apt-get install audacious
Android

Android SDK for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/11.10

Ubuntu – The most popular Linux distribution for desktop users (with an exponential growth in past few years) and Android – one of the most popular mobile operating system, also based on Linux kernel; developed by Google Inc.

Ubuntu 11.04 (alias : Natty Narwhal) or older versions such as 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) is now becoming the dominant choice for programmers and web developers probably due to the features (cool desktops (window manager, e.g Gnome, KDE..), open source applications, tools, no licensing cost…) and flexibility available on Linux based operating systems. Android stable version 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) was released a day ago.

Android SDK

Do you want to develop android apps using Linux based distributions, then this post will explain you about installing Android SDK (Software Development Kit) on Ubuntu, despite of that you can apply the same procedure in installing android sdk on other Debian based GNU/Linux OS such as Linux Mint.

Before diving into installing steps for android sdk in Ubuntu 11.04, I assume you have already installed –

  1. JDK (Java Development Kit)
  2. Eclipse IDE

If my assumption is wrong (I mean you haven’t installed the Java SDK and Eclipse IDE) , then follow these link :

how to install JDK on Ubuntu 11.04
how to install eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 11.04

After installing those packages, come back here to proceed.

How to Install and Configure Android SDK with Eclipse IDE

Now, you can install Android in two simple steps :

step #1 : Download and install the android package(s).

Download SDK Starter Package
Then extract the package(s) either by right clicking -> extract or do it from Terminal :

Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and move on (use cd target_directory) to the directory where you have downloaded the packages.

tar -xf android-sdk_r12-linux_x86.tgz

android-sdk*/tools/android

Android SDK and AVD Manager will be started with the above command,

Android SDK and AVD Manager
now you just need to select the packages (first one you get after expanding Android Repository, is probably mandatory and select the SDK platform version for your targeted device, documentation, sample apps…or any third party Add ons if required) you want to install, then click on ‘Installed Selected’ button; wait for the Download/Installation to complete. (Since the selected packages will be fetched from Internet you need an active internet connection during installation procedure)

step #2 : Install and configure the ADT (Android Development Tool) plugin

start Eclipse and go to Help > Install New Software, then click on Add. Enter the ADT Plugin in name and the following address (in case of any problem, try http instead of https (The secure version of http protocol).. or simply click on archive and locate the manually downloaded ADT plugin file ) as Location.

https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/

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Then click on Next -> select developers Tools -> Next -> Finish.

Now, it’s time to configure ADT Plugin, Click on Window -> Preferences -> Select Android in left panel and locate the Android SDK directory, and hit Apply/OK.

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That’s all.

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best music player for Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X is one of the most popular operating system (probably due to its robust and cool GUI/applications, it’s is specifically most popular in U.S) on this planet. Few days before, the Mac vs 10.7 i.e Mac OS X Lion was released and available to download/upgrade ( check the system requirements for Mac OS X Lion if you want to upgrade your Mac OS X Leopard to Mac OS X Lion ) from the App store. This post explains not only about the select best music player but also about some other good alternative media players.

There are lot of music players available for Mac OS X Lion and if you want to select the best out of them, then the best answer would be – “it depends“, although some users might recommend a some cross-platform music player or any other media player which is available only for Mac platform.

iTunes : The Best Music Player for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

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iTunes is a proprietary media player which basically acts as a front end of Apple’s QuickTime media player. iTunes is used to play and organize music files on Desktop Computer (Macintosh computers), iPad, iPod and iPhone. Although iTunes is also available for Windows but the performance is very poor on Windows 7/vista as compared to the performance on Mac OS X (iTunes rocks on Mac!). iTunes is very popular due to its Sync feature (i.e you can easily sync your music files between your devices), and purchasing music from iTunes Store (Digital Music Store by Apple) is very simple; everything is available right there on your Desktop or iPod or wherever you are. iTunes version 10.4 was released few days before with some new and exciting features.

Why iTunes is the best audio/media player for Mac OS X Lion users ?

iTunes is best because of its innovative features and the fact that some other cool music players (usually cross platform apps) are not well compatible with Mac environment. Here are some of the great features of iTunes vs 10.4 :

  • it can play a lot of formats such as MP3, WAV, AAC, MPEG 4, AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format), Apple Lossless (or ALAC or ALE is an audio codec developed by Apple for lossless compression of digital music).
  • The Sync feature of iTunes is simply great!
  • It’s easy to organize and manage all your music collection, with iTunes
  • it’s well supported and compatible, because it’s one of the most stable and matured application for Mac OS X
  • Smart Playlist
  • Library Sharing using DAAP (Digital Audio Access Protocol)
  • You can subscribe to any Podcast using RSS feed URL, video podcasting is also supported.

Other Music Players You may want to try

VLC

If any format is not supported by any player, throw it at VLC it will play seamlessly. it’s a free, open source and cross – platform media player (specifically popular for playing video files).

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Download VLC for Mac OS X

Songbird

Songbird is a free and open source media player and web browser i.e a web player, available for Mac and Windows (Linux support was dropped in earlier versions). The latest version 1.9.3 is available for download.

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Download Songbird

 

System Requirements for ubuntu 11.04

system requirements for Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 (or Natty Narwhal) or most of the Linux distribution has usually a lower hardware/system requirements as compare to Windows or Mac OS X, and of course Linux based operating systems are more compatible with older hardwares, so in general you don’t need to worry about these minimum hardware specifications and requirements, unless you are using a very old computer. Anyhow, before going to install Ubuntu 11.04 from USB or CD/DVD , you are recommended to check this minimum system requirements.

For Ubuntu 11.04 system requirements may vary depending on the need i.e the purpose for which you are using Ubuntu 11.04. Suppose, if you want to play games (heavy games which requires 3D acceleration..) then of course you would need much RAM as well as a dedicated graphics card such as Nvidia, ATI etc (i.e a separate GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ), this will be true for similar other jobs which need high graphics capability. If so then get a best graphics card for Ubuntu Desktop.

System Requirements for ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04 System requirements

The system requirements for Ubuntu 11.04 is same as compared to it’s predecessor 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx),  although Unity may not be supported (or it will run with very poor performance, if that’s the case then switch to Gnome and turn off all those fancy desktop effects) in 3D mode on older computer with low graphics capability, in that case it will fall back to Unity in 2D Mode (or to Gnome in older versions of Ubuntu).

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium or better processor (such as Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, i3, i5,i7… )
  • 384 MB of primary memory (RAM) although, at-least 512 MB is recommended
  • 5 GB of harddrive space but it would be better if you have more than 10GB (unless you are installing Ubuntu 11.04 , for testing or any specific purpose)
  • Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port (or both)
  • a Graphics Card if you want to use the Unity in 3D Mode, which is the default mode of Ubuntu 11.04, although it’s optional because you can still use Gnome 2.* efficiently by turning off the compiz or desktop effects which consumes a lot of resources
  • A monitor (CRT, LCD-TFT, LCD-LED or whatever) capable of displaying output at Resolution (Min) : 800×600
  • Internet Connection is not necessary but it’s recommended

That’s All.