Archive for September, 2010

How to install Xine Multimedia player in ubuntu

Xine is a free multimedia player. It plays back CDs, DVDs, and VCDs.It also decodes multimedia files like AVI, MOV, WMV, and MP3 from local disk drives, and displays multimedia streamed over the Internet.It interprets many of the most common multimedia formats available – and some of the most uncommon formats, too.
Using this command in terminal (Applications->Accessories->Terminal) to install Xine:

sudo apt-get install xine-ui libxine1-ffmpeg

You can also goto its homepage to download xine,or get more information.

After installation,you can open up xine from Applications->Sound&Video->Xine.

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How to Install Ubuntu 9.10(Karmic) from USB stick

1.Install Unetbootin.Unetbootin is an easy-to-use GUI tool that you can easily create bootable live-usb.

You can download from its homepage,or read this post for installing unetbootin on ubuntu.

2.Download Ubuntu 9.10 iso image from

3.Open up unetbootin from Applications->System Tools->UNetbootin(For Windows,click to run the exe file you downloaded).Select Diskimage and click marked button to select downloaded iso image.

Click on Ok to start create the bootable live-usb.

4.Once the installation complete,click on Restart Now.Select boot from USB in BIOS,and choose default when you get into an graphical interface.

5.Now,you should boot up ubuntu 9.10 just like boot from live-CD.

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How to install Real Player in ubuntu

This tutorial will tell you how to install Real Player and enable firefox plugin,remove imposed audio icons optionally in ubuntu.
First,download Real Player by execute following command in a terminal window:


then, in terminal go to the directory where you download the file,make the .bin file executable by command:

chmod a+x RealPlayer11GOLD.bin

execute command:

sudo ./RealPlayer11GOLD.bin

press any key when prompted,after installed you can open Real Player at
Applications–>Sound&&Video–>Real Player11

For enable mozilla firefox plugin,type following command:

cp /opt/real/RealPlayer/mozilla/ ~/.mozilla/plugins/ && cp /opt/real/RealPlayer/mozilla/nphelix.xpt ~/.mozilla/plugins/nphelix.xpt

And remove imposed audio icons by:

sudo /opt/real/RealPlayer/postinst/ uninstall

Update:Another easy way,install realplayer from medibuntu.Just add medibuntu to your ubuntu sources and then use this command to install realplay

sudo apt-get install realplay

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12 Ways To Customize Ubuntu Netbook Remix For Better Usability

Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) is a modified version of Ubuntu specially for the netbooks. The latest version of UNR runs Ubuntu Karmic in the backend, but the interface has been heavily customized to make it looks/functions good in small screen. Recently, I installed UNR on my netbook (as a replacement for WinXP). While I like the interface, I find that there are still many places that can be improved for better usability and performance. Here I will highlight several of my own customizations.

1. Complement Maximus with Namebar

Maximus is a desktop daemon used in UNR to automatically maximise the windows when they are opened and also hide the title bar to save space. While this is a good feature, it doesn’t give you any option to minimize/unmaximize the window. NameBar is an applet that puts the name list of the top-most maximized or the focused window in the gnome-panel so that it doesn’t take up precious space elsewhere. It also adds the minimize/unmaximize option to the namelist.

To install namebar, download the deb file.

Double click the deb file to install.

Once the installation is done, open a terminal and type:

  • killall gnome-panel

Now right click on the top panel and select “Add to Panel”. Scroll down until you see Namebar Applet. Add it to the panel.

Before Namebar

After installing namebar

(You have to remove the window picker applet from the panel to achieve the full effect of the namebar)

2. Replace the window picker applet with DockbarX

The window picker applet is the default window management app that allows you to switch between windows. One bad thing about this applet is that it doesn’t group similar windows together and can take up a lot of space as you open more windows.

DockbarX is a better replacement for the window picker applet. It groups all the similar window together and only displays them all when you mouse over. In addition, you can also pin applications onto it.

To install DockBarX, add the following Ubuntu PPA to your UNR:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa

In the terminal, type

  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install dockbarx

Remove the window picker applet from the top panel. Add the DockbarX applet onto the panel.

3. Hide the date

The date/time applet in the top panel is taking up far too much space. Personally, I don’t need to keep myself reminded of the date all the time, so it is a redundant information for me. The best thing is to remove it.

Right click on the time/date applet and select Preferences. Uncheck the box “Show date”

4. Make Top Panel autohide

If you value your screen real estate very much, you may want to autohide your top panel so that it does not take up any screen real estate when not in use.

Right click on the top panel and select Properties. Check Autohide.

5. Add CPU freq scaling applet to the panel

The CPU frequency scaling applet allows you to change the frequency of your CPU and save your battery life. Follow the usual method to the applet onto the panel.

6. Remove Game from the side pane

On the main screen, you will see the menu on the left and the respective applications on the right. I don’t play game on my netbook, so the Game section is kind of redundant. To remove it, scroll down to System section and select the Main Menu application. Uncheck the box “Game”. Free feel to uncheck any other categories that you have no use for.

7. Install swiftfox

Swiftfox is an optimized build of Firefox and it performs much faster than Firefox. To install swiftfox, open your terminal and enter

  • sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line to the end of the file

Save and close the file. Back to your terminal:

  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install swiftfox-i686

Note: In a standard Intel laptop configuration, you should install swiftfox-prescott. However I find that swiftfox-prescott does not work in Intel Atom netbook. Swiftfox-i686 works fine
8. Install meerkat extensions for Firefox

Meerkat is a Firefox extension that optimizes the Firefox interface to make it more netbook friendly. What it does is:

– Hides the status bar when there is no activity
– Removes the menu bar, rebuilt into a drop down button placed on the navigation bar
– Adds downloads and bookmarks buttons to the right of the location bar, followed by above mentioned menu bar button
– Reduces the navigation bar icon size to the small setting

9. Install Google Chrome

If you are willing to ditch Firefox, I would recommend installing Google Chrome. It runs much faster than Firefox/Swiftfox, especially when you have a lot of tabs opened.

10. Reduce the number of startup items

The number of startup applications determines how fast your netbook boots up. Also, the more background tasks you run, the faster your battery drains.

Go to System->Preferences -> Startup Applications

You can safely uncheck the following:
– Bluetooth Manager (optional. Leave it checked if you are using the bluetooth function)
– Check for new hardware driver (unless you change your hardware regularly)
– Evolution alarm notifier
– Gnome login sound
– Gnome setting daemon helper
– Print queue applet (if you use your netbook for printing, don’t remove this)
– User folders update
– Visual Assistance

11. Rearrange your Favorite items

The Favorite section, as its name implies, should contain all your favorites (and frequently accessed) applications. The default list of Favorites Items is not useful at all. What I have done is to remove all the items and manually add my own favorite items into the list.

To add item to your Favorites, simply navigate to your favorite apps and click the ‘+’ symbol at the top right of the icon.

12. Disable the touchpad when typing

If the touchpad always disturb your typing, you can use syndaemon to disable it while you are typing.

Syndaemon is pre-installed in UNR, so you need only to add the following to your startup entry:

Name: Synaptics Touchpad Syndaemon
Command: syndaemon -i 1 -d
Comment: Disable the touchpad when typing

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