Category Archives: Ubuntu 11.04

All about Ubuntu 11.04 – Natty Narwhal, Applications, Softwares, Tips and Tricks, How to guides.. and other stuffs related to Ubuntu 11.04.

picasa-snapshot on Ubuntu 11.04

How to install Picasa on Ubuntu 11.04

Picasa is a photo management Application from Google Inc. Picasa is a free software, available for all platforms – Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. Picasa (probably named after great painter, drawer and sculpturist – Pablo Picasso) runs using Wine on Ubuntu 11.04, so it lacks some features, but still it’s a great apps for photo editing, organizing and sharing  picture, on Ubuntu.

On Ubuntu 11.04, you can also F-spot photo manager (Open Source and free Apps for managing pics), available in Ubuntu Software Center. Picasa has a lot of features that’s why most users prefer Picasa over Fspot. Picasa will never delete any pictures, and it won’t upload any picture to the web without your permission. Picasa 2.7 is the latest stable release for Linux based OS, or you can also try Picasa 3.0 Beta, if you want; download links are given below and the installation procedure is same in both the cases.

New Features in Picasa 3.0

  • Easy to add watermark or text to photos
  • better integration with Picasa web Albums
  • easy to upload pics
  • advanced retouch tools to improve photo quality

picasa-snapshot on Ubuntu 11.04

Installing Picasa on Ubuntu 11.04

step #1 : Download the Debian Package for your computer architecture (32 or 64 bit).

Download Picasa for Ubuntu

step #2 : Right Click and open the file with Ubuntu Software Center (or simply double click on the file) to begin, then click on install button and wait until the installation is complete.


step #3 : That’s All.. Now you can find it in the main menu (Top Left Corner)

Install Picasa from command line

Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type the following commands –

For 32 bit

sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb

For 64 bit

sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb
installing rar-tools-ubuntu-11-04

How to Open RAR File on Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 (Code named as ‘Natty Narwhal’) has some good applications, installed by default but still a lot of apps isn’t, due to some licensing problem. RAR (short for Roshal ARchive, a proprietary archive file format ) compression tool is a shareware software, that’s why it’s not installed by default.

Ubuntu 11.04 has support for some common compressed files formats like tar, bz2, gz, zip etc, but not for rar. So if you will try to open a ‘file_name.rar’ file, then an error message will be displayed saying that – ‘File Format Not Supported!’. That’s why, you need to install RAR Compression/uncompression tool. You can install it from command line or Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager.

Installing RAR compression/uncompression Tool from Ubuntu Software Center

#1 : open Ubuntu Software Center (from the left icon panel) and search for ‘rar’.

installing rar-tools-ubuntu-11-04

#2 : Then click on install button to install the rar package.

#3 : That’s All..wait until the installation is complete. Then right click on the file, and extract it or just double click or select extract here to begin the uncompression process.

installing eclipse ide on ubuntu 11.04

how to install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 11.04

Nowadays, IDE i.e Integrated Development Environment is used by most of the Programmers and software developers, as it provides sophisticated software development environment; features like – auto code completion, easy testing and debugging, syntax coloring, framework integration etc. So IDE creates a layer of abstraction, that is certainly helpful for production environment, but may not be good for novice programmers (due to abstraction layer created by IDE, they might lack some background concepts).

There are a number of IDEs available in the Market, but few open source IDE like Eclipse and NetBeans are the most popular. Eclipse IDE is a multi-language software development environment, written in java and available for all platforms like Linux based OS, e.g Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), Debian, Linux Mint, etc, Windows and Mac OS X. Eclipse is a free and open source software (Available under Eclipse Public License, very close to GPL), developed by FOSS community.

Eclipse is the most popular IDE among the Java developers. Eclipse architecture is very flexible and modular, so eclipse is well suited not only for Java programming (with JDT (Java Development Tools) ), but also for C/C++, with CDT (C/C++ Development Tools) components. Most of the frameworks and environments are well suitable with Eclipse; functionality can be easily added with plugins. On Ubuntu 11.04, you can use synaptic package manager or Ubuntu software center or shell to install eclipse in few clicks.

Installing Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 11.04

Install Eclipse IDE from Ubuntu Software

#1 : Go to main menu (Top Left Corner) and search for ‘ubuntu software center’ or just open it from left econ bar.

#2 : Now, search for ‘eclipse’ in quick search bar.

installing eclipse ide on ubuntu 11.04

#3 : Click on more info (if you want to know more(like Ratings, reviews) before installing, generally recommended), then click on install to begin (You may have to enter your login password), wait until the installation is complete.

#4 : That’s can access it from the main menu (just type ‘eclipse’).

Download and install

Get eclipse from its official website and extract it to any directory (say ‘home’) and make it executable using chmod command, add a path variable (to access directly) if required.

Download Eclipse IDE

Then extract it to the directory ‘/home/your_username’ and make the file executable using the command-

sudo chmod +x

Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 11.04

empathy : Equivalent to gtalk

gtalk for Ubuntu 11.04

gtalk or Google Talk is an instant messaging and VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) application (Client Apps), developed/maintained by Google Inc. it’s free to use and available only for Windows (Xp, Vista or 7). gtalk uses XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) , an open standard communication protocol based on XML (Extensible Markup Language).

Features of gtalk at a Glance

  • Instant Text Chat
  • Instant Voice Chat(Audio/Video)
  • Encrypted data transfer between the client and server
  • Offline Messaging

but Gtalk is available only for Windows (Although Google had a plan to make it available for all platform, but..), so on Ubuntu there is another equivalent apps Gnome Talk(gtalk) that you can use, or You can also install gtalk(Google talk) on ubuntu 11.04 using Wine.

empathy : Equivalent to gtalk

Empathy – Instant Messaging Client : Equivalent to gtalk

Empathy is a free and open source instant messaging client Apps for Ubuntu 11.04. it has almost all features, as you can find in gtalk. Empathy supports for ‘Google talk’, yahoo, AIM, MSN, Facebook and many instant messaging protocols. it’s installed by default, on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). So in order to start chatting just open it and enter the account details (protocol, username and password). That’s all, now you are ready chat (Text/Audio/Video) with gMail or Facebook friends.