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how to install Skype on Ubuntu 11.04

Skype is a freeware (limited) Application that is used in Instant messaging, voice calls (VoIP,Voice over Internet Protocol) and video conferencing. You can also call to mobile or landline telephones with some charges (Debit type). Skype (originally called as : sky peer-to-peer) is one of the most popular apps for video calling.

Skype is different from other VoIP software, due to its architecture, other VoIP software are based on client server system (e.g Google Talk) while Skype uses peer to peer system (probably that’s the reason why Skype consumes a lot of bandwidth in comparison to other VoIP application). On Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), empathy is installed by default, but it’s video/audio quality is very poor, skype is better than that. This article will explain you – how to install skype (Latest beta version : 2.2) on a freshly installed Ubuntu 11.04. Since Skype is a proprietary application, you can’t find it in Ubuntu Software center or Synaptic Package Manager, so it can be installed after downloading the package (Debian Package, with extension .deb).


Features of Skype

  • Instant Messaging
  • Audio/Video Calling
  • Video Conferencing
  • File Transfer
  • Screen/Desktop Sharing
  • Facebook News Feed
  • call transfer
  • group calling

Installing Skype On Ubuntu 11.04

#1 : Download the *.deb file (select latest version of Ubuntu and your computer architecture) from it’s official website –

download Skype for Ubuntu or 32bit || 64bit


#2 : Install skype – either by ‘Right Click -> Open with Ubuntu Software Center ->Install’ method or from command line using dpkg, Type the following command(s), followed by your user account password (Here I assume your computer architecture is 32 bit, if you have other package, then just change the command according to that):

sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_2.2.0.25-1_i386.deb

#3 : Wait, until the installation is complete. That’s all..access it from Main Menu (Top Left) or pinch it to the letf icon panel (as a launcher), if you use it frequently.


Video Converter for Ubuntu 11.04

we uses a lot video file formats in our daily life, but probably with different devices (e.g ipod, PC, iPhone..), so the devices need the input files in specific formats (or in their native file formats), that’s where the video converters are required. Video Converter simply convert a video file format in to another video file format. so it acts like a format conversion tool.

On Ubuntu 11.04 (natty Narwhal), a lot of free and open source softwares are available in package repository but only few of them are quite usable. This post will explain about a simple video converter – ‘Transmageddon’ that you can find in Ubuntu Software Center, so the installation will be quite easy (Actually Installing Application or softwares in Ubuntu or most of the Linux Distribution, is very easy nowadays, Linux based Distros are becoming much user friendly due to the arrival of Ubuntu and Linux Mint).

Transmageddon – Video Converter for Ubuntu 11.04

Transmageddon is a video converter (of course it’s free and open source) specially developed for generating video file formats, for mobile devices. it’s very use, specify the input file and select the mobile device for which you want to generate output file. Most common supported video file formats are –

  • AVI
  • FLV
  • MP3
  • FLAC
  • Vorbis
  • DivX5
  • MPEG 4
  • Quick Time

Installing Transmageddon Video Transcoder/Converter on Ubuntu 11.04

#1  : Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘transmageddon’ or ‘video converter’.


#2 : Select Transmageddon from the search result.

#3 : click on install button (Enter the login password, if required) and wait for the installation to complete.

Transmageddon Video Converter


how to install Adobe reader in ubuntu 11.04

Adobe Reader (Formerly known as Acrobat Reader) is one of the most popular pdf reader. Adobe Reader is a freeware Application developed and maintained by Adobe Systems. Adobe Reader is primarily used in the reading and printing PDF (portable document format) Files (Although it as some pdf creation functionality, but it can be neglected in general).

Ubuntu 11.04 (alias : Natty Narwhal) has ‘Document Viewer’ installed by default, which is sufficient for viewing pdf documents or ebooks. But it’s a very basic application, so it doesn’t have any advanced features. That’s why you want to go for some third party PDF readers like Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader. Here I’ll explain about Adobe PDF Reader. Adobe reader has improved its user interface, now it’s much simple to use and navigate. The application startup time has also been reduced and some security features has been integrated in the latest version. The overall performance has improved.

Installing Adobe Reader from Synaptic Package Manager

#1 : First, open synaptic package manager and click on Settings -> Repositories -> Other Software and check all the boxes (basically two upper boxes, because rest of them would be already checked) to add those software sources.


#2 : Now,click on Reload button, to update package information in the repository.

#3 : Then search for ‘adobe reader’ and select the packages, you want to install, then click on Apply button to begin the installation procedure, wait until the installation is completed.

install-adobe-reader-on-ubuntu 11.04

#4 : That’s All..you are done! Open it from the Main Menu and you can stuck it to the left icon panel (Right click on icon and select ‘Keep in Launcher’).

Installing from command line

After adding the software resources in step #1, you can skip above steps and install adobe pdf reader in one single command (you may have to enter your login password(if you haven’t entered recently at command prompt) ) –

 sudo apt-get install acroread

adobe reader on ubuntu 11.04


How to Upgrade from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04

Ubuntu 10.10 had released, few (~6) months ago, now Ubuntu 11.04 is the next version, scheduled to release on April 28, 2011. Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)/10.04 (Lucid Lynx) is based on GNOME Desktop, while Ubuntu 11.04 is using Unity Shell/Desktop (with GNOME Application suite). If you are thinking to upgrade your Ubuntu 10.10, to it’s next version, 11.04 (Natty Narwhal ), then First make a backup and wait for few days, until the stable version of Ubuntu 11.04 comes out.

Ubuntu 10.10 is based on gnome 2.3, if you will upgrade , then unity will become the default desktop. The new desktop ‘unity’ is the major change in the next version, everything else is almost similar to previous version, or else if you are bored with old classic interface of gnome 2.3 then you can try Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 10.10, gnome 3 also looks great!, so instead of upgrading the whole system, you can just upgrade the desktop.

Upgrading Ubuntu 10.10 to Ubuntu 11.04 in few simple steps

step #1 : First of all, prepare a backup of all the files (customized apps, e.g gimp fonts, brushes, plugins) and data, it’s strongly recommended. When you are ready, move to next step.


step #2 : Hit ALT+F2 , a small window will appear, write

update-manager -d

and click on Run Button (you just started the Update Manager Daemon).


step #3 : Now,  a new Window will appear, just click on Upgrade button (look at the snapshot, above), then move on..the upgrading will begin.

step #4 : Relax,until the upgrading process is completed. Restart the computer and enjoy Ubuntu 11.04!!

Here is a snapshot of the new Look of your Desktop (Unity with Ubuntu 11.04)!


installing rar-tools-ubuntu-11-04

How to Open RAR File on Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 (Code named as ‘Natty Narwhal’) has some good applications, installed by default but still a lot of apps isn’t, due to some licensing problem. RAR (short for Roshal ARchive, a proprietary archive file format ) compression tool is a shareware software, that’s why it’s not installed by default.

Ubuntu 11.04 has support for some common compressed files formats like tar, bz2, gz, zip etc, but not for rar. So if you will try to open a ‘file_name.rar’ file, then an error message will be displayed saying that – ‘File Format Not Supported!’. That’s why, you need to install RAR Compression/uncompression tool. You can install it from command line or Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager.

Installing RAR compression/uncompression Tool from Ubuntu Software Center

#1 : open Ubuntu Software Center (from the left icon panel) and search for ‘rar’.

installing rar-tools-ubuntu-11-04

#2 : Then click on install button to install the rar package.

#3 : That’s All..wait until the installation is complete. Then right click on the file, and extract it or just double click or select extract here to begin the uncompression process.