If you have just installed the Ubuntu 10.04 on your computer and wondering for a software to open .RAR file ..this post will surely help you.The fact is that,after fresh installation of ubuntu 10.04 you will have to install some extra software(like Adobe Flash player,VLC player,CSS library for encrypted dvd playback..) for basic needs(If you have installed Ubuntu 10.04 from standard CD).
Install RAR Compression and Decompression Tool in Ubuntu 10.04
To Open RAR file(or to make rar file) you will have to add an application to Archive Manager so that it can handle with RAR files.Follow these steps to install RAR application-
1. Open Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Manager and Search for RAR.
2. Click on install to proceed for installation.
3. Wait for few minutes to finish the download and installation will begin automatically …and finish within few moments.
4. Installation completed successfully…now to open .RAR file,just click(right) on them and open with archive manager(or use double click).Everything will work expected and you would be able to extract rar files easily.
Ubuntu Control Center is developed(Inspiration is inherited from Mandriva Control Center) specially for new users or those who are coming from windows XP vista or 7 because it’s purpose is to control the system applications and programs centrally like Windows Control Panel.Since Ubuntu 10.04(Or its older versions) is primarily focused on desktop experience,that’s why the application management and administration may become much easier and more efficient after installing UCC(Ubuntu Control Center).
Install Ubuntu Control Center
step1 : In order to install ucc first you have to install another software(Dependent Software)-Font Manager.You can install font manager by using Gdebi Package Installer.First download the package(e.g font-manager_0.5.3_i386.deb).
download Font Manager
Then install it by opening with Gdebi Package Installer or save it to your computer and later double click(Or right click to open with Gdebi Package Installer).It will hardly take few minutes.When it installs successfully then proceed to next step.
step2 : Now you can install Ubuntu Control Center.First download the appropriate package(e.g ucc_i386.deb).
download Ubuntu Control Center(ucc)
Then install it in the same manner(described in step1) either by selecting open with Gdebi package installer or by double clicking on it.
You can also install it from the Command line.First Open the ubuntu shell/terminal and then go the directory in you have placed the .deb package.Then Apply the following command to install any debian(.deb) package.
sudo dpkg -i package_name.deb
Now you can access it from Applications->System Tools->UCC.One more screenshot of UCC :
If you are one of the users who just migrated from the window7 or vista then probably you are searching some softwares which will act as a substitute for corresponding windows application and Media Center is surely on of them.In fact there is good substitutes available for almost all the windows application in Ubuntu 10.04 and of course for media center.XBMC is a great application which is just equivalent to the windows media center.So you can install XBMC on your ubuntu 10.04 in few steps.XBMC is an open source and free media player with excellent design and interface.XBMC is a cross platform application i.e available for all the major operating system like Linux,MacOS and windows.It supports all the popular video and audio format.It can also play CD,DVD or Image files or even compressed file(ZIP and RAR formats are well supported).It is very simple to use and allow you to organize the media collections and library in efficient way.
Install XBMC from Synaptic Package Manager
To install xbmc from Synaptic package manager first you have to add some repository related to xbmc.Then you can install it in normal ways.Follow these steps to install it from Synaptic Manager :
step1: Open Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager).
step2: Click on settings and then on repository.Now click on other software,next on +add(Left Bottom) to add extra repository i.e software package source.
step3: A small window will come then in address place put ppa:team-xbmc .
step4: Now click on reload to refresh the package information.Next,search for xbmc.
step5: Check the xbmc box to install and click on apply changes to begin the installation process.
step6: XBMC installation will complete within few minutes.Run XBMC from Application->Sound & Video->XBMC.
Install XBMC from Command Line
Actually it is just similar to the above method.We will do the same work from linux shell.Open terminal(Type CTRL+ALT+T in Ubuntu 10.04).Then type the following commands –
1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc to add the repository.
2. sudo apt-get update to update the package information and softwares list.
3. sudo apt-get install xbmc to install the xbmc media center on your computer.
4. That’s All..
I think you have successfully installed XBMC on your Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Lucid Lynx)…if any problem occurs let me know through comments.
Ubuntu 10.04 comes with Document Viewer(Installed by default) which is a robust application(Good for reading e-book or pdf document) so it is not necessary to search for any other e-book reader.But one fact is that- Document Viewer is a basic application designed for general purposes uses and contains only the basic features like text selection,text search,zoom and others.If you have ever used Foxit Reader in windowsXP or 7 then you will feel the difference between Foxit reader and document viewer.Foxit reader is an excellent pdf reader with many advanced features and it is available free for all platforms(Linux,window..).That’s why you would like to use Foxit reader on ubuntu 10.04 too.Foxit Reader is also available FREE for Linux operating system in different package format(e.g debian package is available for Ubuntu) and installing procedure is extremely simple! Just few steps..
How to Install Foxit Reader in Ubuntu 10.04 :
step1 : Go to the download page of foxit software’s official website.
Download Foxit Reader
step2 : On the website search for the text “Foxit Reader for Desktop Linux”.Just Below- click on more download.Then different package options will come.Select .deb(3.61MB).
step3 : Now a small window will appear with the message similar to “Open with GDebi Package Installer”,Click OK.Now downloading will begin and wait for the download to complete.When the download will complete then a window will open automatically(as in above picture).click install package to install the foxit reader.It will take few seconds.
step4 : Foxit reader is now installed on your computer.To open it you may go to Applications->Office->Foxit Reader or right click on the pdf Document and click on “Open with Foxit Reader”.
step5 : End of The Statement..Now Enjoy reading books with Foxit Reader!!
Credit : www.foxitsoftware.com
Why would you choose XFCE desktop in ubuntu 10.04? Ubuntu 10.04 has already GNOME latest version with some extra charming themes.That’s right,but you may like to use XFCE over its default desktop GNOME if
1. You are feeling that GNOME is not so fast according to your expectation,then XFCE is good for you because it is a lightweight desktop environment and it is designed for productivity.
2. Your graphics or primary memory is low.Since it is optimized for performance without so much graphics and heavy design,so you can run it with fewer memory or graphics capabilities.
3. You just want some experience with XFCE desktop environment.
How to install XFCE in Ubuntu 10.04
step1 : It can be installed by using synaptic manager or using bash terminal or you can manually download the file fr0m www.xfce.org.Using synaptic manager is the most simple method.Open synaptic package manager(system->administration).Type xfce in search box and mark the box for installing.
step2 : Now click on apply changes.The downloading will be start and after the completion the installation will be automatically start.(It may take 5-10 minutes @512Kb/s)
step3 : After some moments installation will complete successfully.Now log out fr0m the current session,and choose xfce session(options is on the bottom of screen at login prompt) to log in.
step4 : That’s all.Now you can choose whatever desktop you want(GNOME/XFCE/KDE..) at the login prompt and log in to enjoy.