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installing kde desktop on ubuntu

how to install kde in ubuntu 10.04

installing kde desktop on ubuntu

Ubuntu 10.04 uses GNOME desktop as their default desktop.If you want to use only KDE desktop then there is special KDE version of Ubuntu known as Kubuntu(KDE+Ubuntu).But you may like to test all the desktop of ubuntu as each has its own taste and significance then you can do that in few steps.Actually all different versions of ubuntu like Kubuntu,Xubuntu,edubuntu,Mythubuntu,Ubuntu Studio or others differs only in their default desktop and the basic applications installed by default.So if you want to use other desktops then use synaptic manager to install them and you will be able to use all desktop in single installation(e.g in ubuntu 10.04 you can enjoy kde,xfce,edubuntu,UbuntuStudio etc.).

Simple Steps for Installing KDE desktop in Ubuntu 10.04 :

step1: Open Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration) and search for “kde desktop”.Now you should decide whether you want to use kde as a primary desktop or secondary or just for changing taste.In first case you can choose full kde from Synaptic Package Manager but in the second case minimal kde or base kde is fine.

step2: Check the box of the selected package for installation.

step3: Now click on apply changes.It may ask you to ask for other dependent softwares.Click ok(yes) and proceed to installation.Installation will begin and finish within few minutes depending on your connection bandwidth.

step4: You have installed KDE successfully…Now this is the time to enjoy KDE.Next logout fr0m the current session and go to the login prompt.Enter your username and password as usual but select the Desktop as KDE fr0m the menu(select your desktop from the menu which says GNOME by default..(Just right after the session, at the bottom of your login window),When you click on that menu then many options will come..now select KDE or other,whatever you want) .

step5: End… I hope you are enjoying KDE…

You can also manually download this from the kde official website(see below,link is given) and install it in ubuntu 10.04 or other linux versions.

Download KDE

how to play encrypted dvd in ubuntu 10.04

playing dvd in ubuntu

After installing the Ubuntu 10.04,some extra softwares i.e is not installed by default(Due to license problem) is necessary to install.. like adobe flash player, and library for playing encrypted dvd.

In general all the commercial DVDs use CSS(Content Scramble System),a digital right management(DRM) scheme which uses a proprietary 40 bit stream cypher algorithm.The CSS key sets are licensed by DVD copy control association to manufacturers so that they can incorporate them into their products like DVD movie releases,players and driver softwares.CSS key is nothing but a combine term for all the keys such as authentication keys,disc keys,player keys,title keys etc.

Due to this reason ubuntu can’t ship css library so it is not able to play encrypted DVD by default.
Hence in order to play dvd you have to install the libdvdcss2 or libdvdcss library(A free software library,part of Video Lan project for accessing and unscrambling DVD;encrypted with CSS).In ubuntu 10.04 you have to install libdvdread4 package.you can to install it by either command line or using synaptic manager.

Using Command Line
step1 : Open the terminal(CTRL+ALT+T).

step2 : First, run the command

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 (It may be installed,if so then move to next step).
step3 : Next, run this command :

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
step4 : Now remove the dvd fr0m the tray and insert it again.Now Mplayer will open it automatically(If no then check the options).You can also play with VLC player.
step5 : That’s all…enjoy.I hope you are playing your dvd..if no then you may leave a comment about the problem.

Using Synaptic Package Manager(Recommended for older version)
step1 : Go to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager.
step2 : search for ubuntu restricted extras.
step3 : check the box for installation.
step4 : Install the restricted packages by clicking on Apply changes.
step5 : Installation will complete and then you would be able to play you dvd well.
step6 : that’s all…

how to install xfce in ubuntu 10.04

xfce desktop for ubuntu 10.04

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.

how to install adobe flash player in ubuntu 10.04

installing adobe flash in ubuntu

Adobe flash player is necessary for modern browsing experience because more than 65% of the websites on the Internet have flash contents.For playing youtube video you need latest version of adobe flash.After the fresh installation of ubuntu 10.04,you can install the adobe flash player(It will work For atleast these browsers-Mozilla,Crome,Opera,SeaMonkey and Midori) by following these steps :

step1 : Download the .deb package fr0m the adobe’s website.Its size is 3.84 MB.
Download URL : http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

step2 : If you have selected the default option at the time of downloading like -“Open with – Gdebi package installer” then installation will be automatically started after the completion of downloading,otherwise go to the location of downloaded file and right-click(default) on it to open with “Gdebi Package Installer”.

step3 : After some moments an option- “Install package” will appear on the right corner of a window.Click on “install package”,it may asks for user password,if so then enter your user account(Ubuntu login) password.

step4 : Wait for few minutes until the installation will complete.Now, Open the browser and open youtube.com to play a video.If no problem is there, then your work is done otherwise click on reinstall the package.

step5 : That’s all ..I hope you installed the adobe flash successfully in your Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Lucid Lynx).

how to take screenshot in ubuntu 10.04

how to take screenshot in ubuntu 10.04In ubuntu 10.04 distribution package there is one software i.e installed by default(In accessories) called- “Take Screenshot” with some basic features,can be used to take screenshot.Suppose you want to take screenshot for some selected region then you start annoying with this.One week ago,while I was messing around software center,a new software Ksnapshot came into the mind.I installed it and Now I think this is what I was looking for weeks.Ksnapshot is an excellent software I recommend you to use it for taking snapshots and enjoy.It is better not only in features but it is also more stable then the “Take Screenshot”.