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System Requirements for ubuntu 11.04

system requirements for Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 (or Natty Narwhal) or most of the Linux distribution has usually a lower hardware/system requirements as compare to Windows or Mac OS X, and of course Linux based operating systems are more compatible with older hardwares, so in general you don’t need to worry about these minimum hardware specifications and requirements, unless you are using a very old computer. Anyhow, before going to install Ubuntu 11.04 from USB or CD/DVD , you are recommended to check this minimum system requirements.

For Ubuntu 11.04 system requirements may vary depending on the need i.e the purpose for which you are using Ubuntu 11.04. Suppose, if you want to play games (heavy games which requires 3D acceleration..) then of course you would need much RAM as well as a dedicated graphics card such as Nvidia, ATI etc (i.e a separate GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ), this will be true for similar other jobs which need high graphics capability. If so then get a best graphics card for Ubuntu Desktop.

System Requirements for ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04 System requirements

The system requirements for Ubuntu 11.04 is same as compared to it’s predecessor 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx),  although Unity may not be supported (or it will run with very poor performance, if that’s the case then switch to Gnome and turn off all those fancy desktop effects) in 3D mode on older computer with low graphics capability, in that case it will fall back to Unity in 2D Mode (or to Gnome in older versions of Ubuntu).

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium or better processor (such as Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, i3, i5,i7… )
  • 384 MB of primary memory (RAM) although, at-least 512 MB is recommended
  • 5 GB of harddrive space but it would be better if you have more than 10GB (unless you are installing Ubuntu 11.04 , for testing or any specific purpose)
  • Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port (or both)
  • a Graphics Card if you want to use the Unity in 3D Mode, which is the default mode of Ubuntu 11.04, although it’s optional because you can still use Gnome 2.* efficiently by turning off the compiz or desktop effects which consumes a lot of resources
  • A monitor (CRT, LCD-TFT, LCD-LED or whatever) capable of displaying output at Resolution (Min) : 800×600
  • Internet Connection is not necessary but it’s recommended

That’s All.


how to setup OpenDNS on ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04

What is OpenDNS ?
OpenDNS is a DNS (Domain Name Resolution, it’s basically a naming system which maps human friendly domain name (e.g sudobits.com) to I.P (Internet Protocol) address e.g ). Each time ( if it’s not cached ) when you visit a website, your browser sends a DNS lookup query to the DNS server, most probably to your ISP DNS but you can configure your computer to use some other DNS servers such as OpenDNS for name resolution purposes, if you want. So in the end of this post you will learn how to use OpenDNS on your Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) or any other Linux based operating systems such as Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian etc (Procedure is almost same).

A typical ISP (Internet Service Provider) DNS server works well in general but there are few extra advantages with OpenDNS, some of the important features are –

  • Open DNS is very fast (may not be true for non US users e.g if an Indian users will use OpenDNS instead of the BSNL DNS server, then it will be slow because BSNL DNS servers usually takes 400ms to resolve an I.P address while OpenDNS would take more than 1000ms due to high latency)
  • It protects you from the phishing attacks
  • Content filtering features are also available which can be used to block unwanted sites
  • it’s free for personal use

Setup OpenDNS on Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04 in few simple steps

#1 : Right Click on Network icon -> Edit Connections.


#2 : Then click on Add button to add a network or exist the existing one (Auto eth0) but it’s better to give configure a new one so that you can use both DNS depending on the need.

Network connections : open DNS

#3 : Next, click on IPv4 settings and select “Automatic (DHCP) Address only” (DHCP ( Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) servers are used to allocate I.P address(usually Dynamic I.P Address) to the users) in Method. You can check the box if you want to connect automatically when your computer starts, better leave it uncheck. Give it a human friendly name e.g ‘OpenDNS’.


In ‘DNS servers’ field put these I.P Addresses :,

Finally click on Apply button to complete the OpenDNS configuration process.

#4 : Now, left click on the network icon (Top Right of the panel) and select the network (as created in above steps) by clicking on the name of the connection and wait for few seconds. That’s all.. now you are ready to enjoy the surfing with OpenDNS.

instant-bird for ubuntu 11.04

Instantbird for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

What is Instantbird ?
Instantbird is a lightweight, fast, free and open source instant messaging Application i.e a IM chat client (similar to Google Talk or Yahoo Messenger), powered by Mozilla Community. Instantbird is a cross-platform application i.e it’s available for Mac,Windows as well as for Linux based operating system such as Ubuntu (11.04, 10.10, 10.04 or any older versions), Fedora, Linux Mint etc. Instantbird is very simple to use (probably due to elegant and efficient graphical user interface) and highly extensible, with a lot of cool and Innovative features.

Instantbird 1.0 is also available in languages other than English, so you might get it in your native language. it supports a variety of networks and protocols. The features of the Instantbird can be easily extended using a lot of plugins available. The version 1.0 has released today!

instant-bird for ubuntu 11.04

Supported Networks/Protocols by Instantbird

  • Google Talk
  • Facebook Chat
  • AOL Instant Messanger (AIM)
  • Yahoo Messanger
  • Windows Live Messanger
  • XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, formerly known as Jabber)instantbird-chat-in-ubuntu

New/Exciting Features in Instantbird

  • Change a friends color in a private conversation based on their name
  • Conversations can be easily customized
  • Get notification of certain words during the chat (as they were your nicknames)
  • Vertical and horizontal tabbing is supported so it’s easy to manage a lot of conversations
  • color the nick names in multiuser chat
  • Easy to reply, just double click on nick name
  • Tab completion of nick names and commands

Installing Instantbird on Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04… or other Linux based OS

it’s very simple – just follow the simple steps :

#1 : Download Instantbird for Linux based distro such as Ubuntu.

#2 : Then extract it (Right click and select Extract Here).

#3 : Now, launch the application by executing the ‘instantbird’ script. You can do that in many ways – e.g: double click and run in terminal or open a terminal, then drag that file to terminal and hit enter. That’s all.. Now enter you account details and continue to enjoy the next generation of Instant Messaging Software with a lot of Fun!

Opera snapshot

Opera 11.50 for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Opera is one of the most popular web browser on this planet. The mobile version is prbably the best browser for small devices such as Mobile Phones and desktop version is also popular due to some exciting features such as Live Speed Dialing. Opera seems to be optimized for faster web browsing with next generation browsing experience. The latest version of opera i.e 11.5 has released (today).

Opera 11.50 or swordfish (code name) is available for Windows, Mac and Linux distributions such as Linux Mint or Fedora or Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)/10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)/10.04 (Lucid Lynx), it’s a cross-platform browser.

You just need to download the correct package if you want to try Opera on your system , Debian package (*.deb) is available for Ubuntu. Then install it either from command line (using dpkg) or just open it with Ubuntu Software Center. (See below, detailed explaination is given, follow whatever suite best to you – I always recommend Command).

New/Exciting/Cool Features in Opera 11.50

  • Live Speed Dialing allows you to get updates from your favorite blogs in easier way, right from the speed dial in a new tab.
  • synchronization of  passwords is easy using ‘Sync’
  • easy to install new plugins
  • improvements in support with latest web standards and technology

Opera snapshot

Install Opera 11.50 in Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04

#1 : Download Opera 11.50 for Ubuntu or other Linux based OS.

#2 : Install it by ‘Right Click -> Open with Ubuntu Software Center’, then a new window will appear, click on install button to proceed (you may have to authenticate using your Ubuntu login password). or open terminal (CTRL+ALT+T or you can find it in Application->Accessories->Terminal) and just type the following commands (first one may changes depending upon the location where you have downloaded the debian file) –

cd Downloads
sudo dpkg -i opera_11.50.1074_i386.deb

#3 : That’s all..Have a lot of Fun, browsing with Opera 11.5.

Set up ruby-on-rails

install Ruby on Rails in ubuntu 10.10/11.04


‘Ruby on Rails’  (ROR) is one of the most popular and productive open source framework that allows you to develop web applications very quickly with a lot of fun.

Ruby is a scripting language (like PHP) that focuses on ease of development and beautiful code. Ruby on Rails or simply ‘Rails’ is a web Apps development framework for Ruby programming language.

Rails is a cross-platform – web Apps development framework and this post will guide you in installing ‘Ruby on Rails’ framework on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) LTS..procedure is same for all versions. gedit text editor is enough for ruby programming – (usually better than heavy weight IDE’s), you can also customize gedit to look like TextMate (very popular (text editor) among ruby developers who uses Mac OS X).

Ruby version 1.8.7 is installed by default, in most of the Linux based operating system or distributions such as Ubuntu, so what you need to install is – ‘Rails’ , Gems (Gems are modular components or libraries very similar to Package in java), git (git is one of the best – free and open source version control system (developed by Linus Torwalds), it is not strictly necessary but recommended) and curl. Before you move on for installing ROR, Apache (Not necessary because ROR ships with WEBrick, the default HTTP server for rails apps) and MySQL or SQLite should be installed.

Installing Ruby on Rails in Ubuntu

#1 : Install git (not necessary but recommended), the version control system.

sudo apt-get install git

or install from source – Download git (Latest Version : Then extract the archive and move to the extracted directory and type the following command(s) to install it –

make && sudo make install

#2 : Install Curl (Command Tool for transferring data with URL Syntax).

Download it (Latest version : 7.21.7) and install in the similar way as you installed git (in step 1, using source)

#3 : Install  Ruby Version Manager (RVM), a command line tool which allows you to run multiple versions of ruby – such as 1.8.7 as well as 1.9.2. Gem will be installed along with this, if not, then install rubygems before proceeding to next step.

bash < <(curl -s https://rvm.beginrescueend.com/install/rvm)

Then type the command given below, to check whether it has been correctly installed, the output after executing the command will be – ‘rvm is a function’

type rvm | head -1

#4 : Install Ruby 1.9.2 (1.8.7 is installed by default)

rvm install 1.9.2
rvm use 1.9.2

#5 : Install Rails

gem install rails

#6 : Install SQLite3 (Not necessary if you want to use MySQL but ROR uses SQLite database by default, so you need to install ruby and sqlite related packages and ORM libraries).

gem install sqlite3

That’s All..now you are ready to rock with ‘Ruby on Rails’. Create new Application using simple command and start the server.

rails new apps_name
cd apps_name
rails server

Now open your browser and type the following address in the address bar –

Learning Rails ?

Check out this interactive video course on Ruby on Rails at Treehouse.

Update! Checkout my rails application: Railyo – job board for rails Freelancers!