Category Archives: Ubuntu

How to Install XBMC Media Center in Ubuntu 10.04

how to install xbmc media center in ubuntu 10.04

If you are one of the users who just migrated from the window7 or vista then probably you are searching some softwares which will act as a substitute for corresponding windows application and Media Center is surely on of them.In fact there is good substitutes available for almost all the windows application in Ubuntu 10.04 and of course for media center.XBMC is a great application which is just equivalent to the windows media center.So you can install XBMC on your ubuntu 10.04 in few steps.XBMC is an open source and free media player with excellent design and interface.XBMC is a cross platform application i.e available for all the major operating system like Linux,MacOS and windows.It supports all the popular video and audio format.It can also play CD,DVD or Image files or even compressed file(ZIP and RAR formats are well supported).It is very simple to use and allow you to organize the media collections and library in efficient way.

steps for installing xbmc media center in ubuntu 10.04

Install XBMC from Synaptic Package Manager

To install xbmc from Synaptic package manager first you have to add some repository related to xbmc.Then you can install it in normal ways.Follow these steps to install it from Synaptic Manager :
step1: Open Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager).
step2: Click on settings and then on repository.Now click on other software,next on +add(Left Bottom) to add extra repository i.e software package source.
step3: A small window will come then in address place put ppa:team-xbmc .
step4: Now click on reload to refresh the package information.Next,search for xbmc.
step5: Check the xbmc box to install and click on apply changes to begin the installation process.
step6: XBMC installation will complete within few minutes.Run XBMC from Application->Sound & Video->XBMC.


Install XBMC from Command Line

Actually it is just similar to the above method.We will do the same work from linux shell.Open terminal(Type CTRL+ALT+T in Ubuntu 10.04).Then type the following commands –
1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc to add the repository.
2. sudo apt-get update to update the package information and softwares list.
3. sudo apt-get install xbmc to install the xbmc media center on your computer.
4. That’s All..
I think you have successfully installed XBMC on your Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Lucid Lynx)…if any problem occurs let me know through comments.

E-mail client for Ubuntu 10.04

e-mail client for ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 users who have come from the windows-xp or vista or 7 may be searching for a suitable mail client like Microsoft outlook.In Linux/Ubuntu world there are lot of mail client available in contrast to the outlook.In this post I will try to explore an excellent e-mail client,that is probably the best.Although the evolution,a robust application,is installed as default mail client in ubuntu 10.04.But it is not necessary that every user should stuck to a single application where ,a lot of applications are waiting with some unique features.So you can try different mail clients and after that choose whatever you like.(Don’t forget to do some experiment in linux/Ubuntu;then surely you will enjoy and learn more)

Mozilla Thunderbird : The best Mail Client for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
This is an robust e-mail client developed by Mozilla foundation.Since it is free and open source you can install it on your Ubuntu 10.04 very easily.It has a lot of features like easy mail account setup,tabs,e-mail archiving,folders to manage you e-mails more efficiently.It’s latest version 3.04 has released and you can install it on your system.It is a cross platform mail application i.e you can install it on Ubuntu or other Linux distribution as well as on Windows and MacOS.It’s new version cam with a lot of features and it is very fast and flexible because its functionality can be easily extended through plugins(A lot of plugins are available free on the Internet).It gives a great attention on security i.e you can easily set up encrypted connections with your mail server so that your mail account password and other sensitive information can’t be filtered through sniffing or Man in Middle attack.
Go to its official website for more details on its features

How to install Mozilla Thunderbird in Ubuntu 10.04
Actually the installation is very simple and it will take les than few minutes to complete,in ubuntu 10.04 LTS.There are many ways to install Thunderbird – using command line or By using Ubuntu Software center or by using Synaptic Package Manager.Installing Thunderbird from Ubuntu Software Center is very simple.

1.First,Open Ubuntu Software Center(Application->Ubuntu Software Center).

2.Search for Thunderbird.

3.Click on install.

4.It may ask you to authorise first if so then enter your password(Ubuntu login account) to begin downloading installation process.

5.Wait for the installation to complete.

6.You are done! Now open the Mozilla Thunderbird from Application->Internet->Mozilla Thunderbird Mail/News to configure your mail account(s).Enter the required information like mail account ID,password etc.That’s all…

Credit : Mozilla Foundation

Download Manager for Ubuntu 10.04

download manager for ubuntu 10.04

For Ubuntu 10.04 LTS ,a lot of download manager is available so it isn’t so easy to choose a good one.This post is aimed to explore about a good download manager for ubuntu 10.04.

Multiget : Download Manager recommended for ubuntu 10.04

Multiget is a free and open source download manager with easy to use and decent graphical user interface.Multiget is developed using c++ and it is a cross platform application(available for Linux/Windows/BSD/MacOS).

Features of Multiget Dwonload Manager
It has suppports for FTP/HTTP protocols,so it fullfils the requirements of most of the users.
It supports multithreading on multi server.
you can also resume downloads(Assuming that the corresponding web server supports it).
you can also increase the security by using proxy as it supports SOCKS 4,5 proxy,http proxy and ftp proxy.
Now it supports P2SP(Capability of combining different files downloaded from multiple servers)

How to Install Multiget Download Manager in Ubuntu 10.04
In Ubuntu 10.04 it can be installed in few clicks by using software center or synaptic package manager.Go to Software center and search for multiget then click on install.It may ask for the password.Then enter your account(Ubuntu 10.04 login account) password;then installation will begin and complete within few seconds.Now you are ready to enjoy high speed downloading by using multiget.You can start it from Applications->Internet->Multiget.

If you are running other distro of linux then you may like to download and install it mannualy from its afficial site.
Download Multiget

Credit : http://multiget.sourceforge.net/

3D Desktop Effects in Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Code Named as Lucid Lynx) is gaining popularity very rapidly and now it is probably the best linux distro that focuses on desktop experience.When we talk about desktop experience then it can’t be completed without describing about the advanced 3D desktop effect that can be achieved by using some software and hardware(Graphics Card).

So this post is going to explore some cool and pleasant desktop effects which can be enabled in ubuntu 10.04 very easily(So I assume that you have already a good graphics card for enjoying all the 3D effects if no then it is recommended to buy one, If you want some simple effects then a simple 84 or 86 series of Nvidia Graphics Card(with Asus or any other chipset) will be sufficient, on the other hand if want to play some heavy games then better buy a good one(it also depends on your computer configuration)).

cool desktop effects for ubuntu

Compiz : For Cool Desktop Effect in Ubuntu 10.04

3D Desktop effects are done on any linux platform(Here Ubuntu 10.04) by using a software – Compiz window manager in the supported desktop environment.So Compiz is extensively used to produce cool and impressive effect in the windowing environment by using the graphics card’s processing power.You can also add some more functionality to the Compiz with the help of plugins.

ccsm : Ubuntu 10.04

How to Install Compiz in Ubuntu 10.04

In the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS,Compiz is installed by default otherwise go to Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager) and search for Compiz and click to install.

Installing Compiz-Config-Settings-Manager in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Ubuntu 10.04 users have to install only one supporting software CCSM(CompizConfig-settings-Manager) from the Synaptic Manager,for controlling(Enable and Disable) the desktop effect .After checking the box for installation click on apply changes to install it.Now you are ready to enjoy cool 3d desktop effects.First go to ccsm(System->Preferences->CompizConfig-Setting-Manager) and now you are able to enjoy.Select the features and effects you want(By checking the box).Adjust the settings according to your desktop environment either GNOME or KDE.There are so many options click and try..do some experiment on them then you will know better about the effects and it  will surely help you in learning more about some funny and cool effects.That’s all.

Emerald for cool windows effects

3D effects can be increased by installing emerald on ubuntu 10.04.

web blogging client for ubuntu 10.04

web blogging client : Blogilo

The number of blogs on the Internet/web are increasing exponentially and of course the number of bloggers too.Now wordpress and other open source CMS(Content Management System) has made the blogging seamless and efficient.But sometimes you may like to publish your post directly from your desktop(Specially if the frequency of the post is high),in that case web blogging client is necessary so that you can publish your post more quickly from your desktop.For Ubuntu 10.04 there are lot of options due to availability of many web blogging clients.

wordpress blogging client for Ubuntu 10.04

Blog Entry Poster : A Simple blogging client

Blog entry poster or Gnome blog is a panel object used for publishing articles for web blogs.It works well with wordpress ,blogspot and liveJournal.It has many special features like spell checking,WYSIWYG styled text support and drag and dropping facility in handling with images.

Installing Blog Entry Poster in Ubuntu 10.04 :

Go to software center and install it in one click.After installing the software you will have to provide some information related to your blog account.After that you will be able to post directly from your desktop in one click.

Blogilo : KDE blogging client
An Open source web blogging client with very simple interface and easy to use with a lot of features.
It has support with wordpress blog,Blogger and others.It’s feature include WYSIWYG editor,easy image attachment and auto spell checker.You can also edit and modify post as well as post scheduling and drafts are also available.
Fore more details on its features you may like to visit its official website

how to install blogilo in Ubuntu 10.04 :
It is very simple and will take few minutes to install.First open software center or Synaptic Package Manager and search for blogilo.Then click to install it.Wait for a minutes for completion of downloading and installation process.
That’s all enjoy blogging.

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