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Saturday, 8 May 2010

Essential Software You Must Install On Ubuntu Lucid Lynx

Ubuntu 10.04 has been released finally, thanks to Varun Kashyap we have a complete guide to the best software to install after a fresh installation of your Lucid Lynx distro. 

This ubuntu distribution looks to be smooth fast and secure, and would arguably be the best realese of Ubuntu so far. In making that statement I must also comment my disgust in regards to the location of the minimize and maximize icons within Nautlius now located on the left hand of the screen. If any of my readers know of a way to place the icons on the right hand side of the Nautilus panel please leave a comment!

Normally when a new release comes out, a lot of people (myself included) like to start over with a fresh install.
There are 3 reasons for doing it this way:
  • Distro updates sometimes work, sometimes fail and at other times they “sort of” work leaving you with a system that is not as snappy as it should be or has some other trouble which was not there before the upgrade.
  • You just need to backup the home folder and you are good to go, even that is not required if you have the home folder on a separate partition.
  • Installation takes about 20-30 minutes, all of which you can spend on Facebook/Twitter if you are installing using the Live CD.
This time around Ubuntu 10.04 is touting some great UI and design changes. Moreover, this being an LTS release, there are all the more reasons to go with the fresh install route. So if you decide to do so, come the 29th, here are some of the Ubuntu applications that you might want to install on a fresh Lucid Lynx install.

Ubuntu Restricted Extras

While not strictly an application in the true sense, Ubuntu Restricted Extras takes care of a number of software and codecs that other Ubuntu applications may require and that cannot be shipped with Ubuntu for legal reasons. All you have to do is fire up a terminal and issue the following command
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
This will install Java, Flash, some proprietary fonts and a bunch of codecs, enabling you to view most video files and play your favorite audio formats and a lot more essential software that you may not use directly but is important all the same.

Google Chrome

Yes, Ubuntu ships with Firefox and to some Firefox is good enough, but Google Chrome is definitely the faster of the two and a good choice for an alternate browser if not the primary browser. It is not uncommon to have more than one browser on a computer.
Ubuntu 10.4 applications
Installing Google Chrome is easy, head on over to the Google Chrome Page, click on the big Get Chrome button, choose the 32-bit or the 64-bit deb package depending upon your computer, when the download completes double click to install Chrome. Google quietly adds its repositories to software sources so that you can get automatic updates.


Ubuntu no longer installs GIMP out of the box. They say the GIMP is aimed at intermediate to advanced users, and not everyone’s cup of tea. While that makes sense, I think it is too useful a software to not have on your computer.
Installation of this Ubuntu application is easy – you can use the new Ubuntu Software Center (Applications > Ubuntu Software Center), search for The GIMP and click install or a quick sudo apt-get install gimp would suffice as well.
Ubuntu 10.4 applications
If using the Ubuntu Software Center you can also install additional GIMP plugins and brushes while you are at it.


One of the best media players out there. Not only does it play a variety of file formats you can also do a lot more with it, as this Lifehacker post would no doubt show you. The this Ubuntu application is available via Ubuntu Software Center.


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Ubuntu 10.04 includes what is called the MeMenu. Justin wrote about it a few days back. While it does an excellent job of integrating chat, Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, it is nice to keep tabs with your Gmail account(s) as well.
Sure you can configure evolution to sync with your Gmail account, however if all you need is a notification when a new mail arrives you can try Checkgmail. It supports multiple accounts and Google Apps accounts as well as labels within your Gmail. Available via Ubuntu Software Center or a simplesudo apt-get install checkgmail.

Gnome Do / Launchy

Gnome-do and Launchy are Ubuntu application launchers that can help you start applications without having to find your way around the menus. You hit a hot key, type in the first few characters of the name, hit enter and the application is there. In addition both of these can do additional work like calculations, Twitter updates etc via plugins. While Gnome-Do is available via the Ubuntu Software Center, you would have to download a deb package to install Launchy.


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Beagle gives you desktop search on Ubuntu. It indexes your files and allows you to search within file contents as well. Beagle is also available in the Ubuntu Software Center. Once installed, give it some time to build up the index, then you can search.


best ubuntu applications
Cheese is a software for your webcam. It allows you to use your webcam to record videos and take photos. What makes it interesting are the different types of effects that you can play with while clicking photos. It gives you live previews of the photo with the effect applied. Very cool.


best ubuntu applications
If you like a little eye candy you should get one of the many docks available for Ubuntu. Docky, which was originally available as a plugin for Gnome-do is our favorite and most feature rich. Other alternatives include AWN dock and Cairo dock.

Compiz Settings Manager

If you have a relatively new computer you can take advantage of the eye-candy Compiz offers. While some of the effects are enabled by default and you can choose to use “extra” effects via System > Preferences > Appearance, you get real control using Compiz Config Settings manager. It is available via the Ubuntu Software Center (search for “ccsm”) or you can do a quick sudo apt-get install ccsm. Once installed you can tweak Compiz to your liking getting all the effects like you want.
There are so many other Ubuntu applications that we can write about. We have tried to include the apps most users would like to have on their computers. You can definitely find tons of software for any niche you are interested in. I for one like to install VIM as soon as I can, while Eclipse, Inkscape, Conduit, Dropbox are some of the other favorite ones. Ubuntu tweak is also a great software that lets you tweak various aspects of Ubuntu.
How about sharing some love and letting us know what you like to put on a fresh Ubuntu install?


Saturday, 17 April 2010

Top 10 Ubuntu eBooks

Ubuntu seems to change the way one thinks about Linux. Ubuntu is one of the fastest growing Linux distributions available.  I won't say it's because Ubuntu is 100% free, there's much more to it. But most of you use just a fraction of its power.  It's one of the most up-to-date and stable operating systems for any average Linux user. Above all, it offers broader focus on usability. Ubuntu allows you to do virtually anything - create spread sheet, discover the world of Linux games, create graphics, write document just to name a few. Well if you don't know how, the tutorials are there to help you out.
Here are the top 10 tutorials that'll help you to do what you have never done with Ubuntu

1. Ubuntu Unleashed By Andrew Hudson, Paul Hudson

It incorporates vital and latest information for intermediate to advanced Linux users. There's lot to learn about installation, configuration, system administration, server operations, and security. Moreover you get the hot topics in Ubuntu Linux like wireless networks, and programming in PHP, Perl and others. This is not all there is whole world of Ubuntu Linux to be explored.

2. Moving to Ubuntu Linux By Marcel Gagné

So you are a Windows buff who is working on Linux. Linux expert Marcel Gagné discloses the secrets of Ubuntu and helps you in a smooth shift from Windows much faster than you could ever think of.

3. Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional

This one most downloaded ebooks. Designed for beginners, it take teaches you how to become a Ubuntu Linux pro. For more, with it you'll know how to configure every piece of tech hardware like the 3D graphics cards, Bluetooth devices, Internet connection.

4. Ubuntu Hacks By Bill Childers, Jonathan Oxer, Kyle Rankin

This could be the best finding if you're a hacker or one of those power users. It's your key to simplify things in Linux with the help of applications, package manager and  tweaking stuffs. What's most interesting is the 100 quick tips and tricks for all users of all technical levels.

5. The Official Ubuntu Book By Benjamin Mako Hill, Jono Bacon, Corey Burger, Jonathan Jesse, Ivan Krstic

Ubuntu is one of the most demanded Linux distribution now. This book teaches how to install and customize Ubuntu for your home or small businesses. This open source power can be deployed in schools, government, or by corporations, and is suitable for both desktop and server use

6.  Hacking Ubuntu by Neal Krawetz

It's where you see the author discussing about the latest released Dapper Drake 6.06 LTS version of Ubuntu.  It also informs about features-usability, security, and support-in one distribution.

7. How to Do Everything: Ubuntu (How to Do Everything)  by Jeffrey T. Orloff

It's a step by step tutorial that takes you through the Ubuntu UNIX interface, the built-in applications, and the impact of instalment printers and another peripherals.

8. Ubuntu Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks by Keir Thomas

It's award-winning Linux author Keir Thomas attempt to simplify the intricacies of Ubuntu in his 300 concise tips. It your hack to increase the productivity, avoid annoyance and make the most out of Ubuntu.

9. Review: A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux (Versions 8.10 and 8.04) 2nd Ed by Mark G Sobell

It's where you can expect discover just about everything that you can possibly do with Ubuntu. From the very basics of installation to what FOSS is, and the 2.6 Linux kernel it has a lot to teach.

10. Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks by Rickford Grant

As the name suggests it a great gudebook for the newbies. This one's got loads of tricks, tips and helpful pointers to make non-geeks feel at home.

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