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.

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Songbird for Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Songbird is a free and open source audio player, available for Mac and Windows. It no longer supports GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, But the songbird project has been forked and imported to GNU/Linux platform (not only that it is also available for Mac OS X and Windows) with the name – Nightingale. So if you were missing songbird on Ubuntu 12.04/11.10 (or older versions or any other GNU/Linux distro such as Linux Mint, Fedora etc) then it’s time to cheer up as Nightingale – The New Songbird has arrived!

Nightingale – Songbird forked for GNU/Linux and other platforms

Nightingale has added some new features and done some significant performance improvements, such as faster search of music and improved user interface. A lot of cool add ons (listen to Last.fm radio, SHOUTcast Radio or edit lyrics using MLyrics in your right side pane) are available to add some missing features or something else you want to have.

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Download and Install Nightingale in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

On Ubuntu, the easiest way to install a third party application would be using PPA but unfortunately the PPA for Nightingale is not available right but some work is going on, so when the PPA will become available, I’ll update this post accordingly. It means, right now if you want to try it on Ubuntu or any other GNU/Linux OS, then Download the Archive and install it (or just run the executable).

Now, Go to Preferences and customize it as you want e.g add some cool add-ons for some extra features, web integration settings, media importer settings etc.

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That’s All – now import all your music stuffs and enjoy! :)

How to Tweak Unity Settings in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Unity is the default desktop in Ubuntu 11.10 (current stable version) or 12.04 LTS (upcoming, although beta 1 has released), so if you’re a new Ubuntu users and want to tweak some default settings (e.g fonts, icons, themes, behavior, launcher etc) of Unity Desktop, then try the Application called – MyUnity, very similar to what Gnome Tweak Tool does for Gnome Shell interface.

MyUnity – Customize Unity in Easy way!

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MyUnity is a simple tool for customizing Unity desktop in Ubuntu. The user interface has been updated according to the new look of Ubuntu, so it looks more native in Ubuntu 12.04 or 11.10 (or older versions but some features won’t be supported). So using MyUnity you can change the default look/layout, in one simple click. The above snapshot – explores the options to customize the unity launcher, while other random snapshots (below) will give you an idea – about the things you can configure using MyUnity.

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How to install MyUnity on Ubuntu

In Ubuntu 12.04, it’s there by default, in official repository so just execute the single command or search in Ubuntu Software Center.

sudo apt-get install myunity

11.10/11.04 users can install via a PPA –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install myunity

Update! (Sep 04, 2012) – I forgot the cool app – Unsettings

Unsettings

Another great app for changing the default behavior of Unity. Using Unsettings, you can easily change various unity settings such as Unity panels, launchers, Dash and of course the other desktop attributes such as GTK icons, themes, cursor, fonts etc. If you don’t like the global menu in Unity, then you can easily turn it off, and get back the classic style menu.

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Install Unsettings in Ubuntu [12.04]

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unsettings

How to setup Google Public DNS on Ubuntu (11.10/12.04)

DNS i.e Domain Name System is a Naming System responsible for translating the human friendly domain names to I.P address. In most of the cases, by default – you would be using your ISP’s DNS server which may be slow or some geographical restrictions might be there. In such cases, it’s often recommended to use DNS service provided by third party such as OpenDNS (refer to article about setting up OpenDNS in Ubuntu, basically the process are same – only the I.P address of the servers are different) or the Google Public DNS, did I forget to mention that both DNS service are Free! (in general). it supports IPv4 as well as IPv6.

So, if you are not sure where to use ISP DNS server or Google Public DNS then you must know about some additional benefits of using Google Public DNS –

  • Faster DNS Lookup
  • Improved Security (Protection from phishing sites/domans)
  • No redirection (additionally, you can also access the sites blocked from ISP DNS Provider)

Change your Internet Settings to use Google Public DNS

Although the tutorial is primarily targeted for Ubuntu users but it should also work well on similar GNU/Linux distributions such as Debian, Linux Mint, OpenSuse etc. Just follow the simple steps and enjoy faster web surfing with Google Public DNS.

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#1. Go to Network -> Edit Network Connections

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#2. Select your Network connection, you want to setup with Google Public DNS and click Edit. Then go to IPv4 Settings tab and select “Automatic (DHCP) addresses only ” in the Method section.

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#3. Now, specify the IP address in DNS Servers field and click on SAVE. Then restart your Router to start using Google Public DNS servers.

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Recommended Reading(s) and Reference(s)

Best FTP/sFTP Client for Ubuntu (11.10/12.04)

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client is a must have software for most of the web developers or webmaster. Web Masters using GNU/Linux based operating systems such as Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc often manages their web servers without any graphical or C-panel like interface, rather they use SSH (Secure Shell). FTP comes in handy in both of the cases – it doesn’t only upload files to remote servers but can do a lot of other things such as Deleting a File, Changing File Permission, editing/saving file directly, in an easy way.

FileZilla – The Best FTP Client for Ubuntu

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Filezilla is the most popular cross-platform FTP Client. It is a sophisticated FTP Client with simple and easy to use GUI. The program has been written in C++. The most useful features are –

  • supports FTP, FTPS (FTP over TLS/SSL) and SSH (SFTP)
  • IPv6 support
  • available in 20+ language
  • Drag and Drop
  • Site Manager and Bookmarks
  • Supports large files (4GB+) with resume option
  • Multiple connections tabbed in one window
  • Remote File editing

Refer to official site for all features.

How to install FileZilla on Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 LTS

Open a terminal and type (or you could search in Software Center) –

sudo apt-get install filezilla

Now, you can open the FileZilla and you will get a window like this –

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Adding a New Site/Host in FileZilla

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Click on Site Manager Icon (Top Left corner) -> New site and add the FTP/SSH account details such as host name, port (leave it default/empty if you are not sure), FTP or sFTP (Recommended, because it is more secure, but it may be little slower).

VLC 2.0 for Ubuntu 11.10

VLC Media Player version 2.0 (Twoflower) is out, with a bunch of cool features and changes. It’s one of the major release, after a long time. Now, VLC can decode videos more faster, it supports more open formats and Higher quality videos – some interfaces (Web and Mac) has been written from scratch.

According to Ubuntu Release plan – you won’t get the latest version of VLC Media player i.e vlc 2.0 by default on older/current stable version of Ubuntu i.e in 11.10/10.10 etc (Although in 12.04 LTS, it will be there in the official package repository). So if you want to try VLC 2.0 then either install from source which may be very annoying due to some weird dependencies or use a PPA (that’s what you’re going to do).

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Install VLC 2.0 on Ubuntu 11.10

Fire up a terminal (hit Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the following commands –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc

That’s All, Enjoy :) watching cool videos with the ‘All in One’ player – VLC vs 2.0.