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Tips and News about Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat


how to install Mac theme on ubuntu 10.10

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) comes with GNOME as a default desktop(Actually GNOME desktop is used in most of the Linux based distributions).GNOME is a open source,free and fully customizable.

The default look and appearance of Ubuntu 10.10 is very appealing(because there are lot of good looking themes,installed by default e.g Radiance,Ambiance,NewWave,Dust,clearlooks etc) but there is nothing wrong in doing some experiment in customizing it(Since there is no limit on how much we can customize an open source application on an open source operating system;it is fun!).

If you have ever used Mac OS then you probably understands why it is so popular(may be due to its highly appealing look).So won’t it be interesting if we make a Hybrid version of OS by combining the best features of Mac OS X and Ubuntu 10.10 ? Surely Yes!! Okay lets do that.

appearance of Mac OS X  +  performance of Ubuntu 10.10  =  Macbuntu 10.10(it really rocks!)

Let’s take a look on how your Ubuntu will look like,after installing the mac theme – A snapshot of my Ubuntu 10.10 with Mac Theme


Mac OS X Theme for Ubuntu 10.10

To get the mac appearance on Ubuntu 10.10, you need to download and install the macbuntu-10.10(complete package for transforming the default look of gnome desktop into mac like look and appearance) is free and will take a couple of minutes.Just follow the steps –

step #1 : Download the Macbuntu-10.10 theme package(Link is given below)

Download Macbuntu-10.10 theme

step #2 : Install the Macbuntu Theme

First,Extract the theme and move on to that directory.Then open terminal ( hit CTRL+ALT+T ) and execute the ‘’ script(as a normal user i.e without sudo),that you get within the theme package(After Extraction).Just drag the,and drop it to terminal,then hit enter.

rkjha@rkjha-desktop:~$ '/home/rkjha/Macbuntu-10.10/'

Then you will have to answer some simple questions during installation ,if you are not sure then select the default(hit Enter or answer y in y/n case).That’s have installed the mac os x theme on Ubuntu 10.10.You may want to restart the system for optimal performance.(although it is not strictly required)


how to install dropbox on ubuntu 10.10

Dropbox is a great Application that allow you to synchronize files between multiple computers and devices; One most important feature is that ‘it will always save a copy of your files on it’s own server, which you can access from its website’. So Dropbox  is also good(probably the best) for backup purposes(Specifically if you are a programmer, working on a project then it is really very easy to share files and folders with drag/drop interface).I always keep a backup of my important wordpress critical files related to this blog.Dropbox provides 2GB space (with a bandwidth limit of 10GB/day) without any cost,for all users.

Dropbox for Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)

For Ubuntu 10.10/10.04(Lucid Lynx) users, a lot of other backup tools are available like luckybackup but Dropbox is something different(because luckybackup tool is specially useful for os backup,dropbox is best for file backup). Since Dropbox is also available for mobile devices so you can access your files(pictures,iTunes,mp3…) right from your pocket.

Now lets come to our point that how dropbox can be installed on Ubuntu 10.10. You can install dropbox either using APT or directly by downloading the nautilus-plugin that will provide an GUI layer for dropbox. The second one is the easier method for installing dropbox on Ubuntu 10.10 so better stick with it.

Installing dropbox on ubuntu 10.10

Installing Dropbox on Ubuntu 10.10

#1 : Download the dropbox installer(*.deb package) for Ubuntu 10.10 from its official website.

Download Dropbox

#2 : Then open the file(*.deb file that you have downloaded in the above step) with Ubuntu Software Center and click on install to begin the installation procedure.

#3 : Then Restart the Nautilus.

#4 : Click on start Dropbox.Then enter your dropbox account details. Open an Account if you don’t have any Dropbox  account yet.

#5 : That’s All..Have Fun! Here is one screenshot of my dropbox folder –

Dropbox on Ubuntu 10.10


how to install handbrake on ubuntu 10.10

What is Handbrake ?

A free open source software that will generate required video format(for the most of the common devices) from the particular source formats.Basically it is a video converter that you can use on Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)/10.04(Lucid Lynx) to transcode the target video type for ipod,iphone and mobile devices at zero cost! Actually Most of the Windows users don’t want to try Ubuntu 10.10 because they feel uncomfortable with the incompatibility problem of their favorite devices/Applications with Linux Environment,so handbrake is very useful for a lot of users.The Latest release is Handbrake 0.9.5,released on Jan,2011.

Features of Handbrake Video/Audio Converter

  • it’s available for All platforms e.g windows,Linux,Mac.
  • it is a multithreaded video converter
  • Handbrake supports DVD,VOB,blue ray formats as input
  • it can convert the source file in to variety of formats e.g mp4(m4v),mkv,MPEG-4(ffmpeg),Theora(libtheora),mp3,AAC,Vorbis etc.
  • Live Video Preview
  • video cropping and scaling
  • subtitles,srt,ssa etc
  • + a lot of extra features

handbrake on Ubuntu

Installing Handbrake video transcoder on Ubuntu 10.10

#1 : Download the .deb(Debian Package) of the handbrake software(Debian because here I’m dealing with Ubuntu 10.10,if you are using other flavor of Linux then choose the appropriate package from the list).

Download Handbrake for Ubuntu 10.10

or go to it’s official website.

#2 : After downloading the correct package,open it with Ubuntu Software Center;click on install to proceed.

#4 : When the installation is complete,go to the Applications menu and start using it.

For,Ubuntu a lot of free open source video converters/tools are available and all have some distinct features so try out alternative apps if some one doesn’t work well for you.If you have any idea regarding the open source video transcoding tools then you might want to share it though comments.Have Fun!!

gtalk for ubuntu 10.10


Google Talk or in short gtalk is an instant messaging and voice chat application developed by Google.Officially it’s available for windows or Mac-OS X only but you can use web based gtalk from your gmail by installing a simple plugin in Mozilla Firefox.If you want desktop based application then there are two ways :


#1 : Install Google Talk Prism in Ubuntu 10.10

Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for ‘google talk’ or ‘gtalk prism’ or ‘google talk prism’ and select the required package and don’t forget to click on yes if it prompt for additional dependencies(after checking the box).Then click on Apply button to installation the selected packages.It will hardly take a couple of minutes.That’s all ..your prism web application for gtalk is ready to use;open it from Applications –> Internet –>Google Talk Prism and enter your account details to begin.

#2 : Installing Google Talk using Wine

First Install Wine and then open the google talk executable(*.exe) with Wine Windows Program Loader to install gtalk in Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat).Rest of the steps are similar to above.