Archive for the ‘Ubuntu’ Category

Karmic Koala (Beta) with ATI Radeon HD3650

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

I have noticed that people are searching for Karmic Koala and the video card ATI Radeon HD3650. As a user of both (the os and the card) I can say that they work great. The only problem with mine was that when I installed the driver The screen resolution was too big for my screen and in between flickers of my screen I set the resolution low enough for my monitor. In the end it works out though I couldn’t use Ubuntu 9.04 on the computer with the ATI Radeon HD3650 because it did not support it.

I find it is good to know since I use this computer a lot and is in need of being really fast. I find Ubuntu much faster then any other OS that I have tried except Xubuntu which is a lighter weight OS.

Ryan Orser.

How to install Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 (VirtualBox)

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Things you need for this to work:

  1. Virtualbox
  2. Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4

Before using this read the disclaimer:

  1. Install Virtualbox. If you have it installed then go to the next step.
  2. After your iso image of  Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 has been downloaded, you will need to set up a virtual machine.
  3. To do this open Virtualbox.
  4. Click new.
  5. A dialog box will open.
  6. Click next.
  7. The second dialog box will come up saying you need to name it.
  8. Type the name you want into the textbox.
  9. Now change the OS type to Linux.
  10. The Version will automatically be Ubuntu.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Now the dialog box asks how much memory you want to allocate to this virtual machine.
  13. I would not recommend going below 256 mb which is the recommended amount of RAM.
  14. Click next.
  15. You will want to create a new hard disk.
  16. Click next.
  17. You now are in the create hard disk mode.
  18. Click next.
  19. If you have limited hard disk space click fixed sized hard drive and that will take you to an advanced menu… but for purposes of keeping this as easy as possible click next.
  20. Now it asks you to name the new hard drive and leave the size as it is at 8 GB (it is not going to be that size as I have checked a number of virtual machines that I have used.)
  21. Click Finish.

Now you will have to get the image to load on the virtual machine:

  1. Single click the Virtual Machine you have made in Virtualbox.
  2. Now click settings.
  3. Click CD/DVDROM.
  4. Click the square box saying you want to mount CD/DVD Drive.
  5. Click on ISO Image File
  6. Click the folder beside the text box.
  7. Click Add.
  8. Now you have to go to where you have downloaded the iso file.
  9. After you have clicked the file click open.
  10. Select the iso image by clicking it.
  11. Click select.
  12. Click OK.

You are now done the setting up of the Virtual machine. You are now going to install Ubuntu

  1. Double click the Virtual machine you created.
  2. Click the language that you are going to use to install. If you do not in 30 seconds it will choose English automatically.
  3. Hit Enter on Install Ubuntu.
  4. It will load the Ubuntu Installer called Ubiquity.
  5. When Ubiquity has loaded some legal will come up: This is a pre-release of the Ubuntu live CD installer. It is not a final release; that will come with the final release  of Ubuntu 9.10 in October 2009.
  6. Click Forward.
  7. Choose you language. Then Click forward.
  8. Choose you Region and then your time zone.
  9. Ubiquity will suggest a keyboard layout.
  10. After you have chosen click Forward.
  11. Ubiquity now starts the partitioner. For simplicity just click forward but bewarned it will erase the virtualbox hard drive.
  12. It will ask you for your name, name you will want to login as, password, the password repeated, name of the computer and if you want to login automatically or require a password on login. After this is done click Forward.
  13. Ubiquity may say that the password is weak. You can continue or you can return to change your password.
  14. After this you can click install.
  15. At the end of the install it will ask you to restart. Just click the button.
  16. It will begin to shutdown. at the end it will ask you to take the cd out of the tray (if any) and then click enter.

You have finished the installation. Have fun using it.

Ryan Orser.

Review: Ubuntu 8.04.3

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I have installed Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS in a virtual machine. The specs of the virtual machine are the same as they always are:

  • 512 mb of RAM
  • 8 GB Hard Drive

When I installed the OS it was a no brainer as it was so easy. I tend to forget how easy it is to install Ubuntu or its’ derivatives since I do not install Linux distributions all that much.  Since the install was no problem I had nothing but the easiest thing to do… wait. It only was installing for 5 minutes and then it was done.

After the install came the restarting and booting up of the VM. All I had to do was login and then I installed the updates. There were no problems and everything worked.

Thanks Canonical for having the last LTS to work so well and not give any problems like the 2 that came after it (8.10 and 9.04.) Those have had many problems and I have Ubuntu for a server to run these websites. I have had no problems with 8.04 at all.

Ryan Orser.

Brasero: The Default Ubuntu CD/DVD Burner

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Brasero DVD Burner is a nice looking, easy to use burner application for people who just like to have the default applications that come with the OS. (Operating System). I do like Brasero, though I would use the program GnomeBaker as I find it faster and easier to use then this program. Overall this is a great program and I would give this one a 4.5/5.

Ryan Orser.

DeVeDe: A DVD Authoring Tool

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Well you may be asking what type of program is DeVeDe? It is a DVD authoring program where you can put video clips or movie files into a DVD that will playback your movies or clips. I found this program in the Ubuntu Repositories along which I will be reviewing a few others along with it over the next few days or weeks.

DeVeDe is very easy to use. I opened it up clicked on a few files to put them in changed a few settings and then press create. It is really that simple to create a DVD that will work in Linux.

I really am liking this program a lot. I have not been able to do this before in Linux and I hope this great program gets even better. Many people might even try this out which would be great for the developers to get some bug fixes in.

Thank you for reading,
Ryan Orser

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How To Install Wireshark in Ubuntu 8.04 Beta

Monday, April 14th, 2008

As usual I take no responsibility for anything that may or may not happen. This is a step by step walk through on how to install Wireshark in Hardy Heron Beta.

Step 1: Open Synaptic Package Manager
Step 2: Type in this wireshark in the search box
Step 3: Go down to wireshark-common and wireshark.
Step 4: Select both to install.
Step 5: Click apply.
Step 6: The packages will download and install.

Now to run Wireshark in Ubuntu 8.04 Beta:
Step 1: Press alt+F2
Step 2: type in this command: sudo wireshark

That is all you have to do to get wireshark installed and running.

Hardy Heron on schedule for 2 1/2 weeks until deployment

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Wow! 2 and a 1/2 weeks away stated the ubuntu-devel-announce Digest that I recieved at 4 AM this morning. The article states that the release archive is going to be frozen by this Thursday April 10th, 2008. Remember only the critical changes should be uploaded to the main after being approved by the developers.

The critical bugs, that need to be fixed are here so you can help confirm them or what would be most helpful is if people could try to fix them. Additional bugs that are considered “targets of opportunity” for the release are found at:

Please, if you are running Hardy Heron, report those bugs or confirm the ones that are already there.

Have a great day.

Ubuntu: Disable the System Beep

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

This articles’ commands are based upon this article:

 Here is how to disable the system beep in Ubuntu:

Step 1: Open terminal

Step 2: copy and paste this command: sudo rmmod pcspkr
Step 3: To regain the System Beep type in this command: sudo modprobe pcspk

There you go an easy step by step way of turning off terminal beep!

Please let me know if this works on all the Ubuntu derivatives.

How to get your iPod working in Ubuntu

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Here are these simple steps to getting your iPod working in Ubuntu using the application GTKPod. As usual I take no responsibility for whatever happens to your computer and/or iPod.

Step 1: Back up your iPod’s songs, podcasts, photos and contacts.
Step 2: Restore your iPod to factory settings.
Step 3: Plug in your iPod into your computer.
Step 4: Go and start up your GTKPod.
Step 5: Find your mount point of your iPod and tell the computer where to find it.
Step 6: Tell what kind of iPod you have, for me, it is under 5th generation white nano.
Step 7: Create directory structure.
Step 8: Load up your iPod with your songs, photos, contacts, and podcasts. (If you did not already know you cannot use the songs bought from iTunes unless they are DRM-Free)
Step 9: Click on the save button.
Step 10: you have your iPod full of what you like…. Enjoy!

How to install KDE 4.0.2

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Here are a few simple steps to installing KDE 4.0.2. As usual I do not take any responsibility for anything that might go wrong.

This is how to install KDE on Ubuntu Gutsy:

  1. Open your sources.list file from the terminal to add the new repository to the file:
    gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
  2. Paste this line of code to the end of the file to add that repositort to the file sources.list:
    deb gutsy main
  3. Save the file, then close the text editor.
  4. Now you have to update apt:
    sudo apt-get update
  5. Now install KDE 4.0.2:
    sudo apt-get install kde4-core

All you have to do is log out and log in in a session of KDE.