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Old 23. Sep 2009, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Post Hints and Tips

This thread contains a number of Linux hints and tips tested under Ubuntu 9.04 that have previously been posted in the Editor's forum. They come from a number of people and we thought it would be a good idea to share them.

Please feel free to add your own, I'm sure we'll all benefit from them.

Last edited by rikmayell; 23. Sep 2009 at 11:33 AM. Reason: Left something out
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Old 23. Sep 2009, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Post Resources for Ubuntu

You probably know this already but just in case others don't I found this a huge resource for themes, fonts, meters and other stuff.

http://www.gnome-look.org/
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Old 23. Sep 2009, 11:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Post Useful Linux apps

Just saw this link make its way through the twitterverse. Thought someone may have a use for these apps.

http://www.smashingapps.com/2009/09/...for-linux.html
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Old 23. Sep 2009, 11:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Post Ubuntu and Virtualisation

Anyone looking to run virtual machines under Ubuntu should check out Sun's VirtualBox. I have it running Windows 7 x64 under Ubuntu 9.04 64 bit and it works a treat.

In addition to installing Windows I have added Avira, CIS, SuperAntiSpyware Firefox 3.5.3, Thunderbird, and a number of development tools that I regularly use. They all work flawlessly.

Peformance is much the same as you'd expect from a commercial product under Windows, pretty good, and beat virtual XP running under Windows 7 by a mile.
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Old 23. Sep 2009, 11:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Post Windows Roboform users

Although it is possible to run Roboform under Ubuntu using Wine, it takes a lot of messing about and you don't get browser integration anyway.

What I've done is imported everything into KeePassX following these instructions:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=722102

Sure it doesn't have the functionality of Roboform, but at least you still have access to all your logon info and it's protected.
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Old 23. Sep 2009, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Post Free Window fonts, installing under Ubuntu

Some of the Windows Vista fonts are in the public domain. I can't remember the exact terms of the license but it's along the lines of 'don't sell them or we'll sue you'

The script below will download and install these additional fonts for you.

Before you run it you must from a terminal window run:

sudo apt-get install cabextract

Installation script:

#!/bin/bash
# Copyright (c) 2007 Aristotle Pagaltzis
#
# Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
# of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to
# deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the
# rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or
# sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
# furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
#
# The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
# all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
#
# THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
# IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
# FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
# AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
# LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING
# FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS
# IN THE SOFTWARE.

set -e

exists() { which "$1" &> /dev/null ; }

if ! [ -d ~/.fonts ] ; then
exec 2>&1
echo 'There is no .fonts directory in your home.'
echo 'Is fontconfig set up for privately installed fonts?'
exit 1
fi

# split up to keep the download command short
DL_HOST=download.microsoft.com
DL_PATH=download/f/5/a/f5a3df76-d856-4a61-a6bd-722f52a5be26
ARCHIVE=PowerPointViewer.exe
URL="http://$DL_HOST/$DL_PATH/$ARCHIVE"

if ! [ -e "$ARCHIVE" ] ; then
if exists curl ; then curl -O "$URL"
elif exists wget ; then wget "$URL"
elif exists fetch ; then fetch "$URL"
fi
fi

TMPDIR=`mktemp -d`
trap 'rm -rf "$TMPDIR"' EXIT INT QUIT TERM

cabextract -L -F ppviewer.cab -d "$TMPDIR" "$ARCHIVE"

cabextract -L -F '*.TT[FC]' -d ~/.fonts "$TMPDIR/ppviewer.cab"

( cd ~/.fonts && mv cambria.ttc cambria.ttf && chmod 600 \
calibri{,b,i,z}.ttf cambria{,b,i,z}.ttf candara{,b,i,z}.ttf \
consola{,b,i,z}.ttf constan{,b,i,z}.ttf corbel{,b,i,z}.ttf )

fc-cache -fv ~/.fonts

# -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Old 23. Sep 2009, 11:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Post Useful stuff

Also found some very useful stuff at this link if anyone's interested

http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/inde...t-1166096.html
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Old 23. Sep 2009, 11:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Post Ubutuzilla

Ubuntuzilla is a python script that allows you to install the latest versions of Mozilla applications, including Firefox, even though the software hasn't yet been added to the official Ubuntu repos.

The main page for Ubuntuzilla is here:

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawik...itle=Main_Page

it includes a download link and instructions.

I've installed it here and it works a treat. I'm running Firefox 3.5.3 with no problems at all.
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Old 24. Sep 2009, 09:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Post Minimise Mozilla apps to the system tray

If you don't want to mess about with alltray and would prefer something that gives you a bit more feedback, especially for Thunderbird, try Firetray, which you can download from here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/4868

Easy, and it does exactly what is says on the tin.
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Old 24. Sep 2009, 12:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Post Boot Ubuntu from a persistent USB stick

If you're trying Ubuntu out by booting the live CD you may be interested to know that you can boot the OS from a USB stick and therefore save your settings between sessions.

The following link gives details of how to go about this:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent

PLEASE NOTE:

Don't try and use the package manager to download all the latest Ubuntu updates. The way the USB stick is partitioned will mean you won't have enough space. You can though update Firefox, install Thunderbird and other non-OS applications.

Booting from a USB stick is much faster than using a live CD. Give it a try.
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