This post will explain about some basic features of Picasa (=+Web Albums) along with the installation details on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.Picasa is a photo sharing/editing application developed by Google.Picasa allows you to organize all your pictures/photos in efficient/fast way.It’s free to use and 1GB(Giga Bytes) of free space is provided if you use Picasa web Albums.Picasa is available for Windows(xp/vista/7),GNU/Linux(e.g Ubuntu,Fedora,Linux Mint) and Mac OS X.
Installing Picasa on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat
The most simple way to install Picasa on Ubuntu would be to get the debian(*.deb) executable for Picasa.Simply follow the steps –
#1 : Download Picasa
download Picasa for Ubuntu 10.10
#2 : Install Picasa
Go to the location where you have saved the *.deb file and Right Click –> Open with Ubuntu Software Center,then click on install button and wait for the installation to complete.
#3 : Enjoy Picasa
Now,you can open Picasa from Applications –> Internet –> Picasa,then accept the license terms and select preferences…that’s All.
Important features of Picasa at a Glance
*Organize Photos in easily
*Good interface with Lot of fun effects
*Easy Sharing of Photos
*Edit pics. as you want
…..go to it’s official website for more details(link is given above).
Google Chrome is nothing but a modified version of chromium, an open source web browser.So On Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat you can also install Google Chromium from Software Center but Google Chrome has few extra features so you may want to try that.O.K,this post will explain you how to install Google chrome in Ubuntu 10.10 although it works for other debian based GNU/Linux system too.Google Chrome is the fastest browser on this planet..so without any delay ..go to the steps and install Chrome.
Although Ubuntu 10.10 comes with Firefox,installed by Default,the most popular open source browser in the world but it’s loosing it’s popularity due to some reasons.So in the upcoming versions of Ubuntu you may see Google Chrome as Default web browser.Number of features and the users share is also increasing rapidly for Google Chrome.Now,a lot of plugins are also available so that you can add some custom functionality to the browser.
step #1 : Get Google Chrome Debian package(*.deb)
Download the Google Chrome from the link given below.
Download Google Chrome
step #2 : Install Google Chrome
After downloading the .deb file from the above link,open the .deb package with Ubuntu software center,then click on install button to begin installation procedure.Wait for the installation to complete.
step #3 : Enjoy Google Chrome
That’s All ..you are done..open Applications->Internet->Google Chrome and enjoy fast browsing with Google Chrome.
Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Screenshot
Ubuntu 10.10 final was released on October 10,2010.Here is the look of Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop(Ubuntu uses GNOME as Window Manager).
The Extra Applications used here are Docky,Compiz ; the wallpapers/background/Themes used in this screenshot was installed by default.
On Ubuntu 10.10 you can’t have all the administrative or root power with the default user,created during the installation.If you want to login as root in GUI mode then use passwd command(Explained Below).If you think that why can’t I get all the root power with the default user,then the reason is obvious – the security policy of GNU/Linux or Ubuntu.It means that Ubuntu treats every user like a beginner if you are a advanced one then enable/hack and customize everything in the way you want.But this policy might be irritating some times specially while performing administrative task,but you can do that from Command Line by gaining temporary root power by using sudo commands.
On the other hand but if you don’t want to mess with commands,then other simple solution is to enable root login in gui mode,which can be done in few simple steps –
step #1 : Create Root user
To create ROOT user enter the following command at terminal(hit CTRL+ALT+T to open Terminal).Then enter a new password twice for root user.
ubuntuuser@ubuntuuser-desktop:~$ sudo passwd root
[sudo] password for ubuntuuser:
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully…..
step #2 : Login as Root in GUI mode
To use root power in gui mode ,logout from the current session and in login window select other user;enter root as username and in place of password enter the one as defined in step1.That’s all ..enjoy the real power of Ubuntu 10.10.
Caution : Always Remember that in gui mode ROOT power is very dangerous if you aren’t sure what you are doing..so use the root power carefully because one mistake can damage/corrupt you whole system & …..that’s why it’s recommended to come back in normal mode(non root) after completing the critical tasks.You can also use some tools like ubuntu tweak or ubuntu control center to gain root power.
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat or any Linux Based Operating System which uses GNOME or KDE as Desktop can enable funky 3D effects in a couple of clicks.So this post will eventually lead to the explanation of 3D effects on Ubuntu 10.10.To generate some elegant 3D effects ‘Compiz’ is used.Compiz is a compositing manager or in other words compiz enhances the overall user interaction by adding some fancy effects to your windows e.g Desktop Cube or Expo view.The other important point is that this will run with almost any hardware configuration.
On Ubuntu 10.10,compiz is partially installed only few components needed to be installed in order to work everything properly.Compiz Configure Settings Manager(CCSM) is specifically required to configure and manage the 3d effects.You can install it either from Command Line or from Synaptic Package Manager.
From Command Line
Open the terminal and Type the following command in the terminal followed by your ubuntu login password.
sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager
That’s All ..you are done!
From Synaptic Package Manager
Search for ‘ccsm’ or ‘compiz’ in the quick search bar of Synaptic Package Manager.Then Mark the packages you Required and click on ok if it asks for dependencies.Next,click on Apply button to begin the installation procedure….and wait until the installation step is finished.
Configuring Compiz for 3D Effects
After installing compiz and it’s other components like setting manager you need to configure it i.e you have to select which features you want or not if yes then how…..Rest of thing is self explanatory just move to System->Preferences->CompizConfig-Setting-Manager and change the settings as you like ..in a couple of clicks.I think you are enjoying funky 3D effects …still confused ..see here 3D Effects in Ubuntu.