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How to install Audacity 2.0 in Ubuntu 12.04/11.10

Audacity vs 2.0 has been released, and in Ubuntu 11.10 or older versions you may not get the latest version from official update, in that case you can install it either from the source (get it from official site) or a PPA. Obviously the first choice is not for everyone, specially if the second option is available. Audacity is one of the coolest application for editing/creating/recording sounds, and of course it’s a free software – available for all platforms. It’s fast, easy to use with a lot of features!

audacity for ubuntu

What’s New in Audacity 2.0 ?

  • Improvements in sound effects specially in Normalization, Equalization and Noise Removal.
  • Timer Record Feature
  • Improved Label tracks with sync lock track feature, and more keyboard shortcuts to control selected tracks
  • New device toolbar to manage inputs/outputs
  • fast import of media files

Install Audacity 2.0 from PPA

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:audacity-team/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacity

See official page of Audacity for more detail or if you want to download Audacity for other OS or in other formats.

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MINIX 3.2 Released! Download it Now!!!

MINIX 3 is a free and open source operating system (released under BSD-type license), designed for high reliability, flexibility and security. It is based on a small (only 10k lines of code) and lightweight microkernel, that runs in kernel mode. so MINIX 3 is a good choice for you if you’re going for an embedded system project (it doesn’t matter where it’s a research project or a commercial one).

Minix Logo

Features of MINIX 3

MINIX 3 is well suitable for Microkernel market but you can install on your computer or laptop or using Vmware. It will run fine with very low resource consumption, so if you’ve a very old computer or Netbook then MINIX may be a good choice for you. It has XWindow system, i.e Graphical User Interface for easy use of the operating system, TCP/IP networking. You can write programs for MINIX in many programming language such as Python, Perl, C etc. It is a POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface, it’s basically  a IEEE standard for maintaining compatibility between operating system) complaint with a NetBSD Userland.

Download MINIX 3 (latest version : 3.2, is around 360MB)

Recommended Reading(s)

  • – visit Official site for information about MINIX OS.
  • Installation Guide – Checkout the official manual if you’re going to try MINIX 3

Play – (Web Development) Framework version 2.0 Released!

Play Framework – A Web Application Development framework for Java/Scala Programmers with the taste of Ruby on Rails. So you can easily create High performance and scalable web application in a fun way (unlike the java way which is supposed to be sophisticated and fun-less) – much like Rails. So if you are already familiar with Rails then it would be a great advantage for you, additionally, in the new version of Play (i.e Play 2.0) you can code either in Java or Scala.

So Play is recommended for Java programmers who want to be more productive while developing Web Applications, specially those who got stuck in JSP/Servelet box. It’s a whole new world, optimized for the programmers happiness (borrowed from Ruby on Rails). The deployment of Play Applications are now much easier, you can easily deploy our play applications to cloud, the official TODO list tutorial explains well about deploying a simple Play Application to Heroku.


Features of Play Framework

  • Lightweight
  • Fast
  • Stateless
  • Optimized for resource consumption
  • scalable
  • Reactive Model (Event Driven, non blocking IO)
  • Highly Productive
  • It’s Fun!

Download Play Framework 2.0

Recommended Reading(s)

  • – go to official site for more details about the API, Documentation etc.
  • Scala – Wikipedia page explaining about Scala programming language

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).


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.

Linux Mint 12 with KDE 4.7

Try Linux Mint 12 with KDE Desktop

Great news for KDE lovers! Linux Mint 12 KDE RC version – got released few weeks ago. The default version of Linux Mint was already available with Gnome 3 and Mate desktop but it’s for those who love KDE or don’t like Gnome anymore (probably due to some major changes in Gnome 3/shell interface). The final and stable version should arrived in within few upcoming weeks.

Linux Mint 12 with KDE 4.7

Cool Features of Linux Mint 12 KDE

  • The default desktop is KDE 4.7.4
  • Linux Kernel 3 and upstream components/features of Ubuntu 11.10
  • Hybrid ISO Images
  • Search Engines

In Linux Mint 12, KDE 4.7.4 makes the desktop experience more pleasant and comfortable. Hybrid ISO images can be used to create a bootable media such as USB stick/DVD/CD in one simple command (dd command), without any applications you might have used to make bootable media, and the most important advantages is that – it is much faster and if you want to go with old technique such as a Startup Disc creator apps then also it’s fine as the hybrid ISO are also compatible with such applications. But you should remember one thing that the new method for creating live bootable media will erase all the files present on your pen-drive.

First Download Linux Mint 12 KDE version, then you can use the dd command to create bootable disk.

The structure of the command is

dd if=<source> of=<target> bs=<byte size>


dd if=/home/userx/Downloads/mint.iso of=/dev/sdb2

Warning! You should also remember one thing about the DD command, that – it will delete all the files/contents from the usb drive. Therefore, you must use the DD command very carefully!

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