Category Archives: Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) – the latest stable version of Ubuntu – the most popular Linux based operating system for common desktop users as well as server.


XBMC 11.0 Eden for Ubuntu 12.04/11.10

XBMC version 11.0 EDEN has released! If you’re already using XBMC on Ubuntu 11.10 or 12.04 (or older versions) then you may update it, on the other hand if you haven’t tried it yet, then give it a try! It’s the coolest Media Center. The new version of XBMC has released with a lot of cool improvements, specially in the default skin and add-ons. Now, it’s faster, better library and networking support and the JPEG decoder has been updated and a lot of other things has changed/improved!

XBMC is a Media Center Application – (like Windows Media Center, but actually it is far better than Damn WMC), it has lot of features – so you can enjoy the Home Theater experience with XBMC.


Update XBMC to 11.0

If you’re already using XBMC then you can update it by executing the commands (if the PPA you’re using are no longer maintained or updated then you might want to install it again from the PPA given below)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Install XBMC 11.0 in Ubuntu 12.04/11.10 from PPA

I’ve already explained in detail about installing XBMC Media Center in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04; in short all you need to do is to add the PPA, update the package cache and install it.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nathan-renniewaldock/xbmc-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc

Django 1.4 for Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Django is one of the coolest web application development framework, for Python developers. Django is a free and open source web development framework (released under BSD license). Django is easy to learn and allows Rapid Development with clean and pragmatic approach (in design).

Recently Django version 1.4 has released but in Ubuntu 12.04 beta or 11.10 or any older versions you can’t get the latest version from the official package repository (In 12.04 Beta 2, the latest version was 1.3). So if you want to try latest version of Django on Ubuntu, then you must install it either from a PPA or manually from source code or by other means.


How to Install Django in Ubuntu

Django 1.4 requires Python 2.5 or later but you shouldn’t wory about that because in Ubuntu, Python 2.7 is installed by default. Open a terminal and execute these commands (you need sudo privilege, just enter your login password) :

wget ""
tar xzvf Django-1.4.tar.gz
cd Django-1.4
sudo python install

Gnome 2 style Desktop in Ubuntu 11.10 : Try Cinnamon

Cinnamon is Gnome shell fork, done by Linux Mint community; if you’ve used any latest version of Linux Mint then you might have actually seen it because Cinnamon is the default Desktop in Linux Mint 12. Gnome Shell is a totally different desktop, from its predecessor version 2.3 which was quite popular. In Gnome shell. most of the people didn’t like the new way of handling small things like – switching windows; in fact it wasn’t just so productive.

So if you’re an Ubuntu 11.10 user (or 12.04, but stable is not out yet, Cinnamon is not available for 12.04 LTS yet) and want to enjoy Gnome 2 experience on Gnome 3, then you must give Cinnamon a try – because it may help you in restoring the productivity you may have lost in Gnome Shell or Unity interface. The project is very new but the user base is growing well due to its simplicity and ease of use. The New version Cinnamon 1.4 was released a week ago, and it’s available for a number of GNU/Linux distros including Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora 16, ArchLinux, OpenSuse 12.1, Gentoo etc.


How to install Cinnamon on Ubuntu 11.10

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command(s) –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon


Visit Official Page for more information and download options (if you’re using another GNU/Linux distribution)


How to install XBMC in Ubuntu 12.04/11.10

XBMC is a free and open source media player – more precisely a Media Center Application with a bunch of cool and exciting features, which can be easily extended using freely available plugins. It’s a cross-platform application – available not only for Ubuntu or other GNU/Linux distributions (including Linux Mint, Fedora, ArchLinux etc) but also for Windows and Mac OS X.

The fancy & cool UI (user interface) and ease of use made it an award winning Application – an complete Entertainment Hub; so it’s perfect for Home Theater Experience. XBMC supports all kinds of popular media formats and it can play from anywhere i.e either remote files or local files from your hard-disk (but it must be mounted, e.g if you’ve some media files on a partition that is not mounted on startup then obviously you have to mount those partitions manually before trying to access those partitions from XBMC Media Center).


Install XBMC on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 11.10

Open a terminal and execute these commands –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nathan-renniewaldock/xbmc-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc

In Ubuntu there are already great media players available – the default one, VLC, etc but XBMC is some what different! If you’re running Ubuntu 11.10/12.04, then you must give it a try!

Here is few random snapshots of XBMC running on Ubuntu 12.04 (right now, i’m using Beta version, but stable will be out within a couple of months)

Installing Cool Add Ons in XBMC Media Center –

TV Guide – it’s a simple add-ons which will give you an overview about current TV programs.


Playing a mp3 song – from my music collection (Hard-disk)


Browsing Pictures in XBMC –


XBMC Settings


Recommended Reading(s)

  • XBMC.ORG – Visit official site for more goodies like – XBMC skins, plugins and scrips to customize it for complete Fun! 🙂
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How to install Git on ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Git – is the fast, simple and easy to use version control system, and of course it’s a free software! Git is basically a distributed version control system (unlike subversion, which is a Centralized one) and you can even work offline, because network access is required only when you want to sync project files (using push, pull or fetch command). If you are new to version control system, then you must give it a try, it will make your development work less painful.

Ubuntu has now become a popular choice for development platform, so if you’re new to Ubuntu, then in this article you will learn how to start using git on Ubuntu 11.10/12.04/or older versions.

gitk snapshot

Install Git from Official Package Repository

it’s the most easy and recommended way to install Git on Ubuntu, but sometimes you may not get the latest version from the package repository, so unless you have strict version requirements/dependencies go for this method.

open a terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install git-core

After installing Git, you may like to install gitk for visualizing commits in graphical way.

 sudo apt-get install gitk

Installing Git from Source

If you install git from source, you will always get the latest version. You may have to install some dependencies such as curl, zlib etc before installation procedure.

Install dependencies

sudo apt-get install  devl expat openssl zlib1g zlib1g-dev

Download the latest source code from the official site, and extract it. Then execute the commands (from the directory) –

make prefix=/usr all
sudo make prefix=/usr install

That’s All, now you can start using git for your project. e.g

cd your_project_directory
git init
git add .
git commit -m "It's my first commit"

Recommended Reading(s)

  • – A good Reference/Tutorial for git
  • Intro to Git – Good introduction to Git, available in Video and PDF formats