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Sunday, 12 September 2010


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Saturday, 8 May 2010

Install Songbird On Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx comes with the perfectly serviceable Rhythmbox media player, but the Songbird player is growing more and more popular. It’s quite easy to install on Ubuntu, though the procedure takes a bit of work at the command line. Here’s how to do it.
First, you’ll need to download the tarball from Songbird’s site at Once the file is finished downloading, go to a Terminal prompt and type this command (note that these commands assumed the Songbird file downloaded to your Downloads folder in your Home directory; if it went to a different directory, change the commands accordingly):
tar -zxvf ~/Downloads/SONGBIRDTARBALL
(Note that the actual name of SONGBIRDTARBALL is probably something like Songbird_1.4.3-1438_linux.i686.tar.gz, and will probably change depending on the release version. Replace SONGBIRDTARBALL in your command with the actual name of the tarball. So the command will look like tar -zxvf ~/Downloads/Songbird_1.4.3-1438_linux.i686.tar.gz .)
The tar command will extract the Songbird files and leave them in a directory called Songbird in the Downloads directory. However, you probably don’t want to run executables out of your Downloads directory. Create a permanent home for the Songbird files with this command:
sudo mkdir /usr/bin/Songbird
Next, copy the Songbird files to their new directory:
sudo cp -R ~/Downloads/Songbird/* /usr/bin/Songbird
Now change the user and group ownership of the Songbird files to root, which will protect them from accidental deletion:
sudo chown -R root.root /usr/bin/Songbird
Now you’ll need to mark the Songbird files as executable, so that all users on the system will be able to run them:
sudo chmod -R 751 /usr/bin/Songbird
You’re ready to run Songbird for the first time. Launch it with this command:
You may see some error messages in the Terminal window, but these can (usually) be ignored. The Songbird first run wizard will appear, and you can enter the default values.
Odds are, however, you don’t want to launch Songbird from the Terminal every single time. To avoid that, create a launcher for the program on your Desktop by right-clicking on your Desktop and selecting Create Launcher. In the Command field, enter /usr/bin/Songbird/songbird. To change the launcher’s icon to the Songbird icon, click on the default generic icon in the Create Launcher dialog box and navigate to the Songbird icon file, /usr/bin/Songbird/songbird-512.png.
And with that, Songbird is installed on your Ubuntu system, and you can launch it by double-clicking on the launcher you’ve just created.


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