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installing kde desktop on ubuntu

how to install kde in ubuntu 10.04

installing kde desktop on ubuntu

Ubuntu 10.04 uses GNOME desktop as their default desktop.If you want to use only KDE desktop then there is special KDE version of Ubuntu known as Kubuntu(KDE+Ubuntu).But you may like to test all the desktop of ubuntu as each has its own taste and significance then you can do that in few steps.Actually all different versions of ubuntu like Kubuntu,Xubuntu,edubuntu,Mythubuntu,Ubuntu Studio or others differs only in their default desktop and the basic applications installed by default.So if you want to use other desktops then use synaptic manager to install them and you will be able to use all desktop in single installation(e.g in ubuntu 10.04 you can enjoy kde,xfce,edubuntu,UbuntuStudio etc.).

Simple Steps for Installing KDE desktop in Ubuntu 10.04 :

step1: Open Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration) and search for “kde desktop”.Now you should decide whether you want to use kde as a primary desktop or secondary or just for changing taste.In first case you can choose full kde from Synaptic Package Manager but in the second case minimal kde or base kde is fine.

step2: Check the box of the selected package for installation.

step3: Now click on apply changes.It may ask you to ask for other dependent softwares.Click ok(yes) and proceed to installation.Installation will begin and finish within few minutes depending on your connection bandwidth.

step4: You have installed KDE successfully…Now this is the time to enjoy KDE.Next logout fr0m the current session and go to the login prompt.Enter your username and password as usual but select the Desktop as KDE fr0m the menu(select your desktop from the menu which says GNOME by default..(Just right after the session, at the bottom of your login window),When you click on that menu then many options will come..now select KDE or other,whatever you want) .

step5: End… I hope you are enjoying KDE…

You can also manually download this from the kde official website(see below,link is given) and install it in ubuntu 10.04 or other linux versions.

Download KDE

project management software for ubuntu 10.04

A tool for project management

Now a days it isn’t so simple to manage project time,resources,scope,revenue,risk and cost if you are one of the serious project managers.That’s why many people like to use some tools or softwares for reducing the complexity of project management.

Taskjuggler :

Taskjuggler,is probably the best project management software for Ubuntu 10.04.In ubuntu 10.04 you can install it in single click.Just go to software center and see the softwares in Office section.Then click install.You can also install it fr0m synaptic package manager or by manually downloading fr0m its official site(Link is given at bottom of this post).

Why Use Taskjuggler :

Because it is modern and powerful software for project management.It covers all the steps of project management fr0m scratch to end of the project.It works as an optimising sheduler which will compute your project time lines and resource assignments based on the outline of the project and the restrictions you have declared.Specially it is excellent for modern management strategies like Aglie project management and extreme programming.

Top 10 Features of Taskjuggler
(1). It is open source and free to use.
(2). It is powerful and flexible.
(3). It has Built in templates to get you started.
(4). You can track your project in a simple way.
(5). Easy to use and simple graphical user interface.
(6). status reporting in an easy way
(7). It has support for multiple time zones.
(8). You can analyze profit and loss in few clicks.
(9). Shift working is also supported.
(10).You can also analyze the risk.

There are many other features of taskjuggler that you can find it on its official websites.
More Features of Taskjuggler
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how to play encrypted dvd in ubuntu 10.04

playing dvd in ubuntu

After installing the Ubuntu 10.04,some extra softwares i.e is not installed by default(Due to license problem) is necessary to install.. like adobe flash player, and library for playing encrypted dvd.

In general all the commercial DVDs use CSS(Content Scramble System),a digital right management(DRM) scheme which uses a proprietary 40 bit stream cypher algorithm.The CSS key sets are licensed by DVD copy control association to manufacturers so that they can incorporate them into their products like DVD movie releases,players and driver softwares.CSS key is nothing but a combine term for all the keys such as authentication keys,disc keys,player keys,title keys etc.

Due to this reason ubuntu can’t ship css library so it is not able to play encrypted DVD by default.
Hence in order to play dvd you have to install the libdvdcss2 or libdvdcss library(A free software library,part of Video Lan project for accessing and unscrambling DVD;encrypted with CSS).In ubuntu 10.04 you have to install libdvdread4 package.you can to install it by either command line or using synaptic manager.

Using Command Line
step1 : Open the terminal(CTRL+ALT+T).

step2 : First, run the command

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 (It may be installed,if so then move to next step).
step3 : Next, run this command :

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
step4 : Now remove the dvd fr0m the tray and insert it again.Now Mplayer will open it automatically(If no then check the options).You can also play with VLC player.
step5 : That’s all…enjoy.I hope you are playing your dvd..if no then you may leave a comment about the problem.

Using Synaptic Package Manager(Recommended for older version)
step1 : Go to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager.
step2 : search for ubuntu restricted extras.
step3 : check the box for installation.
step4 : Install the restricted packages by clicking on Apply changes.
step5 : Installation will complete and then you would be able to play you dvd well.
step6 : that’s all…

Good Firewall for Ubuntu 10.04

good firewall for ubuntu 10.04

Why Need a Firewall?

Network based attack is increasing very rapidily today and installing a good firewall is always recommended(Although installing a firewall doesn’t mean that your computer is full secure ,rather it is just a tool to filter/block unwanted traffic/request and thus helps in protecting the system fr0m internet based hacks).After the fresh installation of ubuntu 10.04 , now lets try to make the system more secure.That’s why a firewall should be installed on ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Lucid Lynx),but the problem is that-there are many firewalls available then how to choose a good one according the need.For Desktop and Laptop users,Firestarter(open source and free of cost) is excellent.More details about the firestarter is given below.

Firestarter
An Open source Firewall with the simple and easy to use graphical interface,so that you can monitor visually.It is totally free of charge and available for linux users.In ubuntu 10.04 it is very smple to install.Just go to software center or synaptic package manager(system->administration) and search for firestarter.Then install it in single click.

Some important Features :
1. It is Open source and available free of cost.
2. It is very user friendly(Simple graphical user interface).
3. You can easily defined inbound and outbound access policy.
4. It can also allow you to monitor the intrusion attempts and events in real time.
5. Options for whitelist and blacklist traffic.
6. you can Monitor active connections.
7. you can easily enable the port forwarding in LAN.

Fore More Details on Features

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how to install xfce in ubuntu 10.04

xfce desktop for ubuntu 10.04

Why would you choose XFCE desktop in ubuntu 10.04? Ubuntu 10.04 has already GNOME latest version with some extra charming themes.That’s right,but you may like to use XFCE over its default desktop GNOME if
1. You are feeling that GNOME is not so fast according to your expectation,then XFCE is good for you because it is a lightweight desktop environment and it is designed for productivity.
2. Your graphics or primary memory is low.Since it is optimized for performance without so much graphics and heavy design,so you can run it with fewer memory or graphics capabilities.
3. You just want some experience with XFCE desktop environment.

How to install XFCE in Ubuntu 10.04
step1 : It can be installed by using synaptic manager or using bash terminal or you can manually download the file fr0m www.xfce.org.Using synaptic manager is the most simple method.Open synaptic package manager(system->administration).Type xfce in search box and mark the box for installing.

step2 : Now click on apply changes.The downloading will be start and after the completion the installation will be automatically start.(It may take 5-10 minutes @512Kb/s)

step3 : After some moments installation will complete successfully.Now log out fr0m the current session,and choose xfce session(options is on the bottom of screen at login prompt) to log in.

step4 : That’s all.Now you can choose whatever desktop you want(GNOME/XFCE/KDE..) at the login prompt and log in to enjoy.