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blogilo in Ubuntu 11.10

Best Blogging Client for Ubuntu/Linux

If you are one of the bloggers who publishes articles too frequently then publishing directly from desktop in a few clicks may be easier than publishing from the web interface (although Web interface has evolved into lot better now a days and most of the desktop blogging client lacks even basic features, except Windows Live Writer (but we can’t change Operating System just for Live writer :) )).

On Ubuntu or other Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, Fedora, PCLinuxOS, OpenSuse etc, There are few desktop blogging softwares are available for blogging that supports Blogger, Live Journal, wordpress, wordpress (self hosted or called as Movable Type), Tumblr, Posterous etc but none of them are even little closer to Live Writer. In this post you will learn about Two great software – one a KDE blogging client called as Blogilo and the other one is ScribeFire, a plugin for Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

Blogilo : Blogging Client for Ubuntu (11.10/12.04)

blogilo in Ubuntu 11.10

Blogilo is a KDE blogging client, it works well with Gnome 3 or other Desktops. It is the most advanced blogging software in Ubuntu. it is very easy to use and supports a lot of blogging platform.

Important features of Blogilo

  • Post Preview (you can also preview in blog style – for some reason it wasn’t working for me (probably due to caching) but give it a try)
  • a good visual editor
  • Insert image from your computer or remote location (although drag ‘n’ drop style is not supported)
  • HTML editor
  • Post categories (although creating new categories is not supported right now)
  • local draft (that you can write even you’re offline)
  • permalink customization options
  • post tagging
  • time stamp modification
  • auto save (default is 5 minutes but you change it under settings)

How to install Blogilo in Ubuntu

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute –

sudo apt-get install blogilo

Publishing an article with Blogilo

adding a blog in Blogilo

#1 : It’s quite simple, go to Settings -> Configure Blogs -> Blogs -> Add

#2 : Then specify the URL (address of your blog), enter the login details (username and password) and click on Auto-Configure button.

#3 : Click on New Post icon, write post and when you’re done – hit the submit button. That’s All, check out the new entry in your blog!

ScribeFire : Blogging Add on

scribefire-screenshot on Chrome (Ubuntu 11.10)

ScribeFire is a very simple and easy to use blogging tool – available as a plugin for all modern Web Browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera etc. ScribeFire has a lot of cool features – including the most basic features – tagging, categories (creating new categories is also supported), Excerpt, Custom Fields, WYSIWYG editor etc. Some advanced features – including Zamanta Integration (which will allow you to get relevant meta data – such as images from Wikipedia, Flickr etc, for the posts; and it’s free), Markdown support etc. Initially it was available – only for Firefox but from its vs 4.0, it’s available for all popular browsers, and so it is platform independent!

Install ScribeFire in Ubuntu

Go to http://www.scribefire.com and click on Install Button (it should automatically detect your browser, otherwise click on individual links give below for each browser)

Audacious Music player

Best Applications and Tweaks for Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 (Alias : Oneiric Ocelot) released last week, If you are using an older version of Ubuntu or not using it at all (I mean you have never used Ubuntu or any Linux based OS, possibly you are a mac or Window user), then probably you are missing a lot of Fun and Joy! Better upgrade your existing version of Ubuntu to 11.10 or install Ubuntu 11.10 on a new partition (hey! non-Ubuntu user, just give it a try, you will love it; don’t think too much – it isn’t going to hurt anyway, as you can install it as Dual Boot without altering your existing operating system or even you can give it a try using Live CD or USB without installing it on your hard disk).

After a fresh installation of Ubuntu 11.10 you might be looking for some cool tips, tricks, hacks or customization tips so that you can enjoy Ubuntu in your own way. That’s a good thing and of course, this post will help you a lot, in customizing Ubuntu 11.10.

Just After fresh installation of Ubuntu 11.10

If you are new to Ubuntu, then you might have noticed that a lot of basic applications, codecs and plugins are missing (for example mp3 decoders – it means you can’t play mp3 files without it). Most of those programs/softwares are proprietary, that’s the reason why they aren’t included with default installation (Although from 11.04, there’s an option to install those package during installation) – to avoid copyright problems. Another obvious reason is, in order to make the size of installation file (ISO archive) as minimum as possible.

I’ve already written a post about the programs/downloads that is mandatory after a fresh installation of Ubuntu 11.10, so I’m not going to repeat that here, Just follow the link : things to do after installing Ubuntu 11.10 and come back when you’re done!

Best Free Applications for Ubuntu 11.10 users

Here are some cool and best open source applications that you must try on Ubuntu 11.10. It’s not necessary that the collection of best Apps will be in a harmony with your favorite ones but it’s worth trying as it is based on my few years of experience with Ubuntu and community ratings/reviews over the web. Anyway, if you have some cool apps to share then do share it through comment.

1. Audacious : The Best Music Player

Audacious is a simple and easy to use audio player with a lot of cool features. The look is very similar to Windows’s Winamp player specially when you will choose the appropriate theme in preferences option. You may try other music players such as Clementine or Amarok (for more sophisticated features) but Audacious works great and It just works!

sudo apt-get install audacious

Audacious Music player

2. Google Chrome : Best Web Browser

Although, Firefox’s performance has improved a lot on Ubuntu but Google Chrome(or try Chromium, it’s there in the Software Center) is the best web browser. Latest cutting edge features, a lot of plugins/extensions and other cool features makes Google Chrome the best. To install chromium use the command –

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

or read more about installing google chrome in Ubuntu 11.10.

google-chrome-snapshot

3. VLC : Best Video Player

VLC is one of the most popular open source and cross-platform media player, the best thing is that – it is a some sort of All in One player. A lot of free plugins are available to add more functionality and features. It is available in Ubuntu Software Center so you can install it in one simple click or just type the command at terminal –

sudo apt-get install vlc

playing-vlc in Ubuntu 11.10

4. FileZilla : Best FTP Client

FTP(File Transfer Protocol) client is a simple GUI application that will allow you to upload/download or manage remote files, typically hosted on your shared or Private(VPS/Dedicated) web server. It is a must have application for web developers because it is very useful in editing remote files in real time, in nice and easy to use interface, with your favorite code editor such as gedit. FileZilla is cross-platform application. It also supports file transfer in secure(encrypted) mode i.e SFTP.

sudo apt-get install filezilla

filezilla-snapshot

5. gedit : Best Text Editor

gedit is the default text editor for most of the GNU/Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc. It is a simple text editor with a lot of powerful features, and flexible enough to make it suitable for any work you want. e.g I use gedit as a code editor for Ruby on Rails development, to make it look like Textmate (the Most popular rails IDE) – there is a plugin gmate, which tends to make it more programmer friendly (as it adds a lot of plugins for better productivity; like auto bracket completion, code snippets, highlighting embedded codes etc). To install gmate execute these commands –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-on-rails/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gedit-gmate

That was just one example, a number of free plugins are available to customize it as you want.

gedit-text-editor

6. Geany : Best Lightweight IDE for web developers

Although, there are number of sophisticated IDE (e.g Eclipse, Netbeans, Aptana, BlueJ etc) are available for Ubuntu but Geany is for you if you are looking for a simple and lightweight IDE that just works. It has a lot of good features (such as code completion, folding, embedded terminal etc) for web developers – php lovers will probably love it. It is there in the repository so if you want to install Geany IDE on Ubuntu (or other similar distributions), then fire up a terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install geany

geany IDE

7. GIMP : Best Image Editor

GIMP : For Advanced user/graphics designers
If you’ve been using Adobe Photoshop and looking for an open source alternative on Ubuntu, then try GIMP Image Editor. It has lot of sophisticated features like Adobe Photoshop (Some Photoshop users might not agree here), and it’s very simple to use. Although, it doesn’t have a lot cool brushes/effects installed by default (unlike Photoshop) but There are lot of good plugins and brushes available there on Web – so just Google it. To install gimp, open terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install gimp

gimp image editor

If you want some more brushes and plugins like Save for Web (image optimizer, may be useful for those who want to publish graphics work on web), then install that in one simple command –

sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

Pinta : For beginners
If you want to get started with image editing business then probably Pinta will be sufficient for you. it is far simpler than Gimp and it does have nice features. Its look is very similar to MS paint. To install Pinta on Ubuntu, execute the command –

sudo apt-get install pinta

MyPaint : For Digital Painters

If you’re a digital painter, then MyPaint is the best. It is an open source and cross-platform application, with a lot of cool features for painters. To install MyPaint, open terminal and execute the command –

sudo apt-get install MyPaint

8. Tomboy Notes : Best Note taking Application

Tomboy Notes is one of the coolest default application, included with Ubuntu 11.10 (may be it will also be available in the upcoming version – 12.04). If you have ever used Evernote or other similar application (such as Nevernote – an open source clone of Evernote) then you need no explanation about what really it is. As the name suggest – it’s a simple application that will allow you to take small notes, you do not need to hit save button or Ctrl+S, just write it on a note and you’re done. It will even synchronize it with the Ubuntu One cloud (or other local or remote location of your choice). I use it daily – for writing new post ideas or tips for this blog.

tomboy-notes

9. OpenShot : Best Video/Movie Editor

There are lot of open source video/movie creators/editors available for Ubuntu but OpenShot is the best one. It is very simple, stable and powerful. it has a lot of features such as Drag and Drop support with Gnome desktop, unlimited tracks/layers, a number of audio/video formats are supported, cool transition effects, 3D animated titles, digital zooming of video clips, high definition video support (HDV, AVCHDV), plus a lot of other features that you can expect from a modern video editing software. To install OpenShot, execute –

sudo apt-get install openshot

openshot-video-editor

10. Shutter : Best Screenshot program

If you want to take a screenshot of whole screen then a PrtScn button on your keyboard may do the job easily, but that’s not all you want always. In some cases, you will need to select a portion of the screen after a delay or some other complex case might occurs then you will need a dedicated screenshot program. That’s where shutter comes into mind. Shutter is the best screenshot program because of its ease of use and a bunch of cool features – multiple screenshot, delay, region selection with co-ordinates, editing features (to draw arrow or watermarks) and the most cool feature is effects (collection of plugins to apply some cool effects such as 3D reflection, Shadow etc). To install shutter – simply execute the command –

sudo apt-get install shutter

11. Handbrake : Best Video converter

handbrake

Handbrake is the most popular video converter application and it’s a cross-platform application. It has a lot of cool features which makes it the best, and of course it’s very easy to use (you don’t need to read a lot of manuals in order to get a video for your iphone or ipad or whatever). To install Handbrake, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute these commands –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake

12. Pidgin : Best Chat client

Pidgin is the most popular chat client (or instant messaging application) among Linux users. The reason is – it has cool features with lot of options and it is very simple to use. It supports a lot of protocols and allow you to chat using Google Talk , Facebook, AIM, IRC (Internet Relay Chat), ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, MySpace etc. The default chat application ‘Empathy’ is also good. To install pidgin, open terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install pidgin

That’s all, now you can add an account to starting chatting with your buddies.

pidgin

13. Thunderbird : Best Email Client

Thunderbird is the most popular open source and cross-platform application for sending and receiving email right from your Desktop i.e it’s an Email client. You enter your email provider details and send/receive emails in one click. A lot of plugins are also available to extend the core functionality (according to your need). It is already installed in the latest version of Ubuntu 11.10 (in other versions of Ubuntu or other Linux distro search in Software Center or synaptic package manager).

thunderbird

14. K3b : Best Disc (CD/DVD) Burning Application

K3b is a great DVD/CD burning program for Ubuntu or other Linux distributions. It is specially useful for beginners. It has very simple and easy to use interface with default configurations that just works. To install K3b, open terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install k3b

k3b - dvd burner
DeVeDe – To create video DVD/CD
If you want to create DVD for your DVD players, then DeVeDe is the best. Install it in one click from Ubuntu Software Center or just execute the command –

sudo apt-get install devede

What about Tweaks ?

I’ve already covered a post about that – so you are supposed to follow the link –

Tips, Tricks and Tweaks for Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

Chrome 14 released

Best Browser for Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 (code named as Natty Narwhal) is the latest version (Released few months ago) from the Canonical. This post is aimed to choose the best browser among the current web browsers available for Ubuntu 11.04. Ubuntu users typically use – Firefox (It’s installed by default on all versions of Ubuntu), Google Chrome, Opera, Chromium (almost similar to Chrome) for their common tasks such as – surfing, web Apps, web development etc.

So I’m going to help you in finding the best web browser for you (of course on Ubuntu platform it may vary on other Operating systems such as Windows or Mac OS X), based on your tasks and the way use it. The one simple truth is that – what is best for you? depends on a lot of other factors rather than few generic factors (that we will discuss here) so you can only decide the actual best stuffs for you and it’s not only with the browser but anything in your Life.

Best Web Browser for Surfing : Google Chrome

Google Chrome (Latest stable version is Chrome 12 ) is the best web browser but why ? Ok.. here are some points which makes Chrome a great web browser for internet surfers.

Chrome - The best Browser for Ubuntu

Why Google Chrome is Best for web surfing ?

  1. Chrome is the fastest web browser on Ubuntu.
  2. You can enjoy heavy surfing with a bunch of tab/windows open simultaneously (If you will do the same thing in other browser such as Firefox – then you will be pissed off).
  3. Chrome is the most stable browser on Ubuntu.
  4. It’s secure, in fact security has been the first preference in Google Chrome.
  5. It has a lot of useful and innovative features e.g Sync will store all your bookmarks in Google Cloud, you can access (go to Google Docs) and synchronize (just enter the Google Account login details) bookmarks, Themes, Password, Extensions, Apps etc. anywhere from this planet (I mean Earth, got it?).
  6. It supports modern web (web 2.0) standards and technology (such as HTML 5, CSS 3, OpenGL … ), so we can enjoy the next generation features and sites easily with Chrome.

Get Google Chrome for Ubuntu

Download Latest version of Google Chrome

Best Web Browser for Web Development : Mozilla Firefox

Firefox comes by default on Linux based distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc and Firefox is a very popular web browser but it has having hard time on Linux platform. Firefox rocks on Windows but if we compare the same version on Ubuntu, you might say that – it’s horrible. Despite of providing poor performance on GNU/Linux, Firefox is very extensible. A lot of exclusive plugins available for Firefox users makes it very popular among web developers. The latest version Firefox 5 is available now for Ubuntu 10.10/11.04 users.

Clementine Media Player

best music player for ubuntu

Note : It’s a very old article.

Ubuntu 11.04 (alias : Natty Narwhal) was released(stable/final version) around a week ago and now it’s the time to install some great and cool applications that you need in your daily life. In this post, I’ll write about few best ‘free and open source’ music player (both Audio and Video) that you may want to try on Ubuntu 11.04 for great music experience.

In fact every music lovers, those who uses Ubuntu 11.04 (or older versions like 10.10 or 10.04; or may be other Linux Distributions, then also this article will help you because the apps I’m going to write about, is platform independent and surely available for most common Linux distros like Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian, OpenSuse..and of course Ubuntu!), uses these applications to play music on Ubuntu (or other platform if it’s a cross-platform apps). There are lot of Music Players available free under open source License (like GPL) e.g VLC, Clementine, Amarok, Rythmbox, Juk, Quark, Muine, Exaile, Audacious, Banshee Media Player, Totem …you name it. So it’s not so simple to select a music player Apps from the Ubuntu Software Center.  Ubuntu 11.04 has banshee media player, installed by default, while 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) uses Rythmbox as default music player.

Best Audio Player for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10 : Clementine

Clementine is based on Amarok media player, and commonly used to play mp3,ogg songs. it has a lot of sophisticated features like smart/dynamic playlists, internet streaming, ..all the features you expect from a modern music player, with simple and easy to use interface. it’s a cross-platform,free and open source music player. Now, it as been added to Software Center/Synaptic package Manager.

Clementine Media Player on Ubuntu

How to install Clementine Media Player on Ubuntu

#1 : Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘clementine’ and click on install button (Then you may have to authenticate yourself, by entering your login password).. and wait for the installation to complete.

#2 : Sorry to disappoint you :) ..no more steps is required, Enjoy!

OR Enter the command at Terminal (hit CTRL+ALT+T to start a terminal)

sudo apt-get install clementine

(Update : One more Music Player Added)

Lightweight Music Player That You should Try : Audacious

Audacious Music player

Audacious is one of the most popular mp3 player among the Ubuntu users. It consumes very less resource and the audio quality is pretty good. The look is very similar to Winamp player (Most popular music player on Windows XP/Vista/7..). It has a lot of good features, with simple and easy to use graphical interface.

sudo apt-get install audacious

Best Video Player for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10 : VLC

VLC is the most popular video player on this planet. it is freely available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. VLC supports a lot of file formats (video/movies as well as audio stuffs), that’s why it is known as ‘All in One’ media player. VLC has been developed as maintained under VideoLan project. it’s available in Software Center, go there and install vlc in a couple of clicks. (If you are still not sure then go to – how to install vlc player on Ubuntu 11.04 for detail step by step instruction, specially written for novice users)

VLC Best Video Player for Ubuntu

If you use online music sites very frequently and need a tool for downloading SoundCloud music tracks then check out this SoundCloud Downloader

desktop-configuration-editor

Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 – Natty Narwhal is out now!, After fresh installation of Ubuntu 11.04, you need to install some basic application and packages to make your system usable, although some nice Apps are installed by default. In this post, you will get some basic and cool tips and tricks, for Ubuntu 11.04, and I assume that ‘it will be helpful for beginner, who has just installed the Ubuntu and wondering – what should I do now? how will I do that in Ubuntu?’, Relax.. everything is simple . if you have any problem/question or you want to recommend something then reply through comments.

Ubuntu 11.04 is a free and open source – Linux Based Distribution, developed for common desktop users. I’ve more than two years of experience with Ubuntu (Since version 9.04). Few days before I’d installed the fresh stable version of Ubuntu 11.04, and finally prepared a list of few tips ‘n’ tricks that may help you in understanding, exploring and customizing Ubuntu as you wanted. Here is my favorite – and probably the best Tips ‘n’ tricks for a novice Ubuntu 11.04 users –

Top 10 collection of cool Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Ubuntu 11.04 users :

#1 : Remove Hard Drive Partition/Volume Icons from Desktop

Open Configuration Editor – hit ALT+F2 , then type gconf-editor and hit Enter. Then go to apps -> nautilus -> desktop and simply uncheck (select the row by double clicking on it) the box that says ‘Volumes Visible’. That’s all you will notice the instant effect, Then just close the window and Enjoy! Your Desktop looks much better now, due to removal of cluttered – drive icons.

desktop-configuration-editor

#2 : Mount Drives automatically when your computer starts

If you are using Ubuntu along with Windows in dual boot mode, then you may need to access NTFS partition frequently, so it’s not a bad idea to enable auto-mount of hard drive at system startup. PySDM is a simple ‘storage device manager’ application (based on PyGTK)  that allows full customization of hard drive mount points. To install you can search for ‘pysdm’ in synaptic package manager or Type the following command(s) given below – at Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) :

sudo apt-get install pysdm

storage-device-manager

Then open it from Applications -> System -> Storage Device Manager or simply search for it. Now you are ready to customize it – just select the drive or partitions and click on mount or any other options that you want to configure. Be careful, while tempering with your hard drive, a silly mistake might piss you off.

#3 : Aero Glass Effect in Window Border

translucent Window in Ubuntu 11.04

You just need to enable metacity opacity (by default opacity value is equal to one, Make it translucent by decreasing its value, less than .7 to get effective level of translucency) settings from the configuration settings. Again, open gconf-editor (hit ALT+F2 , type gconf-editor and press Enter)  and go to Apps ->gwd and double click on metacity_theme_opacity row, then change its value (1) to .7 or .5 (something less than 1).

gwd

#4 : Try Gnome 3 / Gnome Shell

Gnome 3 (The Next Generation of Desktop) is available through PPA (Personal Package Archive), although if you will install Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.04 – Natty Narwhal , then your Unity would break and this process is irreversible , so think once! before you do that.

gnome-3-snapshot

#5 : Switch to classic Gnome 2.3 desktop

Probably, Many of us do not like Unity Desktop, don’t worry, you can use your favorite classic desktop – ‘Gnome 2.3’ on Ubuntu 11.04 without any problem, it is installed by default. You just need to select the classic desktop option at login prompt, to run Gnome Desktop.

#6 : Install Cool Faenza Icons

Don’t you like cool icons on your desktop, I think so (with the Assumption that you are a Human! :)). Install Faenza icons from the command line – Then select it from Theme customize options (Appearance -> Themes, then customize any theme to use Faenza Icons and save the theme).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

faenza-icons-snapshot

#7 : Unlock Root in GUI mode

Although it’s not required because you can do the administrative task using sudo command, but – just for fun! if you want to enjoy root power in GUI mode then there is a simple trick to unlock root in Ubuntu 11.04. But you have to be – very careful while using Ubuntu as root, because a small mistake may break the system.

#8 : Tweak Ubuntu 11.04 settings as you want

Ubuntu is a free and open source OS, so it’s 100% customizable. If you want to tweak ubuntu settings then use some tools/utility like Ubuntu Tweak for customizing Ubuntu 11.04. Ubuntu Tweak (a free and open source application) will allow you to configure Ubuntu in easy way.

how-to-tweak-ubuntu 11.04

#9 : Configure Boot options – Grub

Install a simple utility –  StartUp Manager, to customize the GRUB and splash screens, in GUI mode. The command is –

sudo apt-get install startupmanager

startup-manager

#10 : Move the Windows buttons to Right Corner

Moving button to right

If you have the habit of using Maximize, Minimize and Close buttons in Right Corner, then you should change default windows button layout of Ubuntu 11.04. Open gconf-editor (hit ALT+F2 and enter ‘gconf-editor’) and go to apps -> Metacity -> General and select button layout field (Double click on the row) and change the default value to –

menu:maximize,minimize,close