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Minggu, 28 Februari 2010

Upgrade Rhythmbox To Version 0.12.7 In Ubuntu Karmic

rhythmbox 0.12.7 screenshot

Normally we would have waited for Rhythmbox to be updated on GetDeb.net but unfortunately GetDeb is down for a few days and because Rhythmbox is a great music player and probably a lot of people are waiting to upgrade to the latest version, we have added Rhythmbox 0.12.7 "It's a hectic world" (yes, that's it's code name) which was released just this morning, to the WebUpd8 PPA.

Rhythmbox 0.12.7 gets two new plugins: a new ReplayGain plugin which actually works as opposed to the old one and a Nautilus-sendto plugin (which can be activated through Edit > Plugins > Send Tracks) which you can use to simply right clicking a track and select "Send to" and you can send the track to a IM client, email, removable media or CD/DVD-RW:

rhythmbox nautilus sendto

Other changes in Rhythmbox 0.12.7 include:

  • Support for Magnatune streaming and download accounts
  • Support for pidgin in the IM status plugin
  • Context pane plugin now uses the GTK+ font settings
  • Support for artist and album sort names
  • As GSEAL-ready as we can make it for now
  • Compatible with the new totem-plparser save API
  • Disentangled 'delete', 'remove', and 'remove from playlist' actions
  • Improvements to display of mixed-direction text
  • Simplified selection of audio CD tracks to extract
  • Playlist creation should work on more generic player devices now
  • and lots of bugs fixed.

For a complete list, see the Rhythmbox mailing list.

To install Rhythmbox 0.12.7 in Ubuntu Karmic, simply add the WebUpd8 PPA:

Before adding the PPA, I have to remind you that there are some bleeding edge versions for some applications such as VLC 1.1.0 from GIT, gThumb 1.11.2 and so on, so add the PPA at your own risk!

To add the PPA, paste this in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

And then install Rhythmbox 0.12.7 (the install command also works for upgrade so you can use this even if upgrading):
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install rhythmbox rhythmbox-plugins rhythmbox-plugin-coherence rhythmbox-plugin-cdrecorder

Gnome Subtitles 1.0 Ubuntu .deb Download

gnome subtitles 1.0

Gnome Subtitles is a subtitle editor for the GNOME desktop. It supports the most common text-based subtitle formats and allows for subtitle editing, translation and synchronization.

Version 1.0 has been released not so long ago and it's the fist stable release. The new version includes lots of new features and improvements, such as:

  • Added drag-and-drop support for loading subtitle and video files
  • Allow to set new options in the preferences:
    • Whether to save the translation when saving subtitles
    • Default and fallback character codings for opening files
    • Default subtitle format, character coding and newline type for saving files
    • Allow to remember the last used settings
  • Fixed a timings synchronization issue when "Sync All Subtitles" was used
  • Activating (double-clicking) a sync point in the synchronization dialog now selects the corresponding subtitle and seeks the video to its position
A complete list of changes can be found HERE.

Since I couldn't find an Ubuntu .deb file anywhere, I decided to pack Gnome Subtitles 1.0 in the WebUpd8 PPA. The PPA has packages for Ubuntu Karmic: 32bit and 64bit and Ubuntu Lucid: 32bit only (I am still trying to get the Lucid 64bit package to compile but there is something wrong with Launchpad for now as it doesn't want to install some dependencies).

To add the WebUpd8 PPA, paste this in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

Then install Gnome Subtitles 1.0:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-subtitles

Alternatively, you could simply download the Gnome Subtitles 1.0 Ubuntu .deb files:

Ubuntu Karmic (9.10):
-32bit: gnome-subtitles_1.0-1~ppa1~karmic1_i386.deb (343.2 KiB)
-64bit: gnome-subtitles_1.0-1~ppa1~karmic1_amd64.deb (343.2 KiB)

Ubuntu Lucid (10.04):
-32bit: gnome-subtitles_1.0-1~ppa2~lucid1_i386.deb (346.3 KiB)

You can also give Subtitle Editor a try (which we've also uploaded to the WebUpd8 PPA).

6 Amazing Gnome Shell Themes (And How To Install Themes In Gnome Shell)

Here are the first (probably the first ever) 6 Gnome Shell Themes (download link at the end of the post):

Marine Gnome Shell Theme:

gnome shell marine theme

Heat Gnome Shell Theme:

gnome shell heat theme

Gradients of Grey Gnome Shell Theme:

Gradients of Grey Gnome Shell Theme

Purpleish Gnome Shell Theme:

Purpleish Gnome Shell Theme

Forest Gnome Shell Theme:

Forest Gnome Shell Theme

Update: and a 6th Gnome Shell theme called Smoke in which techno-mole added lots of comments to the CSS file so you can understand how to theme it yourself. Also, instead of HEX values for the colors he used RGBA so you can set the opacity (the theme already has some transparency - you can notice my wallpaper behind the Gray Gnome Shell UI):

smoke gnome shell theme

If you don't know how to install Gnome Shell, see THIS post (towards the end).

Before installing any theme, make a backup of the original Gnome Shell theme on your Desktop. If you install Gnome Shell from the PPA:
cd /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme
tar -cf ~/Desktop/original-theme.tar *.*
cd /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/
cp dash.js dash.js.old

Besides the images in the Gnome Shell theme, the last command also backs up the dash.js file in the same folder as dash.js.old.

If you installed Gnome Shell from source instead of the PPA, the theme folder can be found in /home/<user>/gnome-shell/source/gnome-shell/data and I assume you already know how to backup, etc.

If you installed Gnome Shell from the PPA:

To install a theme, you must copy all the files in each theme to the /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme except the dash.js (if it exists) file which has to be copied into the /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/ folder. To be able to do that, you must run Nautilus as root, so type this in a terminal:
sudo nautilus

then navigate to the folders I was telling you and copy / paste the contents of the themes (after you extract the archives), overwriting the original files.

If you installed Gnome Shell from source, again the folders are different and you can find them in /home/<user>/gnome-shell/source/gnome-shell/data/

Once you "apply" a new theme, you must restart the Gnome Shell. To do this, simply press Alt + F2 and enter:

Theming Gnome Shell is easy and it involves some basic CSS knowledge and a bit of GIMP so if you don't like these themes, try creating one yourself. For more info regarding the Gnome Shell theme installation and how to theme Gnome Shell, see techno-mole's post.

Some things you should know:
  • for now there is no way to install multiple themes, so each time you install a theme you must overwrite the previous one
  • when you upgrade Gnome Shell, it will revert to the default theme so you must install the theme again

And a final note: sorry about the huge screenshots but I have a very big screen resolution.

All the themes in the screenshots can be downloaded from Ubuntuforums (most of them have been created by techno-mole so all the credits go to him; the Forest theme was created by keth.). These are the only Gnome Shell themes that exist for now (that I know of), but a lot more themes will be created soon for sure.

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Last Weeks Top Posts (Week 8, 2010)

  1. Gnome Shell 2.29.0 Released [What's New And Screenshots Inside]
  2. 3 Linux Console File Managers You Should Try: Midnight Commander (MC), Last File Manager (LFM) And VIFM
  3. How To Install Go-OO 3.2 In Ubuntu Linux
  4. Lubuntu (w/ LXDE) 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 Released With 4 New Default Apps And New Artwork (Screenshots)
  5. The Best Linux Web Browser -> don't forget to cast your vote!
  6. VLC 1.1.0 And gThumb 2.11.2 Updated In The Web Upd8 PPA
  7. Confirmed: Ubuntu 10.04 Supports iPhone / iPod Touch Out Of The Box
  8. [How-To] Listen to Pandora And Spotify Outside US / UK In Linux, Using TOR
  9. Sorbet - New Community Proposed Ubuntu Lucid Theme And Mockup
  10. WinFF Is A Great Audio / Video Converter With Presets For iPod-iTunes, Google Android, Blackberry, Etc. [Windows, Linux]

Special thanks to rkv once again! 2 of the top 10 posts this week have been his idea, a 3rd post was written by him and for another one he contributed with screenshots (iPhone)! Thanks also to Bruce Ingalls for the WinFF suggestion and how to get the latest version working.

Install The Proposed Community Themes Package (.deb) From Ubuntu Lucid In Karmic

ubuntu lucid community themes

We've seen lots and lots of proposed community themes for Lucid but only a few were actually included in the "community-themes" package in Ubuntu Lucid. In fact, most are updates like Kin, Night Impression, Impression, Hanso and Turrican (but the updates look amazing). But there are also 2 of the proposed community themes: Wasp and Sorbet (a borderless theme) and also the Homosapien Metacity theme.

To install this package in Ubuntu Lucid, all you have to do is run the following command:
sudo apt-get install community-themes

For Ubuntu Karmic and older, you must install the latest Murrine engine:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:suraia/ppa

sudo bash -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/suraia/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 1D9D38E5

sudo bash -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/suraia/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 1D9D38E5

sudo bash -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/suraia/ppa/ubuntu hardy main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 1D9D38E5

Then for any Ubuntu version, to upgrade to the latest Murrine engine:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Or if you don't have the Murrine engine installed:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine

Alternatively, you can build the latest Murrine engine from GIT:
git clone http://git.gnome.org/browse/murrine/
cd murrine
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr --enable-animation
sudo make install

Then you can download the community-themes .deb package from here (for a direct download link, click here).

Note -> in the screenshot you can see the latest Impression theme with a custom Homosapien Metacity theme (built with the online tool) and Nautilus Elementary with RGBA transparency.

Nautilus With Gnome Activity Journal (Zeitgeist) Integration [Mockups]

Ian Cylkowski posted some AMAZING Nautilus mockups on his blog:

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

His mockups are based on Nautilus Elementary mockup by DanRabbit.

The mockups look great but a default "elementary Nautilus" would confuse many people, with so many buttons missing and all. What I really like and find to be a great idea is the Zeitgeist and Gnome Activity Journal integration:

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Unfortunately Ian is not a programmer so he cannot make his mockups become reality. However, Seif Lotfy (a Gnome Activity Journal developer) says:

So if someone can link me with a tutorial how to extend the nautlius sidebar I will add the “commonly accessed” functionality within an hour or 2!


So at least part of this mockup, if not all, can become a reality. I can't wait to see how this will turn out!

What do you think of these mockups?

Image credits: Ian Cylkowski.

Sabtu, 27 Februari 2010

Findwild Is A GUI Wildcard File Search Application For Linux


Findwild is a file search (search in files) utility allowing extensive wildcard selection and exclusion criteria which comes with a GUI interface and can recall past searches.

The following search criteria are available:

  • directory path to search, with multiple wildcards ( * ? ) placed anywhere
  • file name(s) to search for, with multiple wildcards anywhere
  • file name(s) to exclude, with multiple wildcards anywhere
  • file content string(s) to search for, with multiple wildcards anywhere
  • file content string(s) to exclude, with multiple wildcards anywhere
  • file creation/modification date within a desired range
  • your choice of delimiters for search strings (defaults provided)
  • search the list of files produced by the previous search

Search criteria can be saved and recalled. It is relatively easy to modify a query incrementally, to zero-in on the results you need.

Download Findwild: source files | .deb and .rpm files

Confirmed: Ubuntu 10.04 Supports iPhone / iPod Touch Out Of The Box

Yesterday we wrote about a post on ubuntuforums where a user reported that the latest Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 supports his iPhone 3GS out of the box.

Just a user wasn't enough, as every journalist knows (I'm not one, but anyway) that you always need at least 3 sources to confirm a news story. But snyd23 confirmed this in a comment to our original post and now WebUpd8 reader rkv just confirmed that both Nautilus and Rhythmbox work with his iPhone without any additional applications / tweaking. He also sent us some screenshots:

iphone ubuntu 10.04

rhythmbox iphone ubuntu lucid

nautilus iphone ubuntu lucid

nautilus iphone contents ubuntu lucid

Regarding the iPhone iPod Touch "support": basically the iPhone mounts with read/write access so you can copy/delete stuff. You can also transfer music using Rhythmbox (at least according to some users). For more regarding this, read the user comments below.

Please note: I'm not sure if this is an Ubuntu or Gnome feature, but since only Ubuntu users have reported this so far, I figured it has something to do with Ubuntu.

Update: thanks to Karl whom I am going to quote below, we find out that this is in no way thanks to Canonical:

It happened thanks to Marcan (and the other fellows) from usbmuxd. The libgpod and GNOME integration is mainly from Bastien Nocera of GNOME and Fedora fame. usbmuxd/gtkpod/libiphone etc. are the one who deserve credits for that.

He also says it works on Fedora 13 and it will probably work with most distributions upcoming releases.

And another update: actually, Ubuntu did contribute to this (thanks to Paul Sladen). Here is the list of contributors to libimobiledevice:

 Zach C.
 Jonathan Beck
 Matt Colyer
 Martin Aumueller
 Christophe Fergeau
 Martin S.
 Paul Sladen
 Patrick Walton
 Zoltan Balaton
 Nikias Bassen
 Todd Zullinger
 Bastien Nocera

See also the post @ ubuntuforums.

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Jumat, 26 Februari 2010

Is Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) iPhone / iPod Touch Ready?!?

Robin Nixon, an UbuntuForums.org user has reported that the latest Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3 worked out of the box with his iPhone and he was able to browse everything using Nautilus. He also reports Rhythmbox "working like iTunes".

Not only that, but his iPhone is not even jailbroken. In case you are interested, he uses an iPhone 3GS 32Gb with the latest 3.1.3 firmware. You can read about all this HERE.

Have you tried browsing your iPhone / iPod Touch with Nautilus in Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3? If so, did everything work out of the box? How about Rhythmbox?

6 Heroes of Newerth Beta Invites (Real Time Online Strategy Game Based on DoTA) For WebUpd8 Readers [Windows, Linux, Mac OS X]

Heroes of Newerth is a real-time online strategy game based on DoTA, currently in closed beta. It runs on Windows, Linux (native!) and Mac OS X.

Before requesting for an invite, consult the minimum system requirements (they are kind of high).

We have 6 invites which will give away to the first 6 WebUpd8 readers which will comment to this post using a valid email address (it must be an email address because I must enter your email address on the Heroes of Newerth website).

Update: there are no more invites left

Lubuntu (w/ LXDE) 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 Released With 4 New Default Apps And New Artwork (Screenshots)

lubuntu alpha 3 live cd screenshot

The most important changes in Lubuntu Alpha 3 are 4 new default applications: Chromium for the browser, gnome-mplayer as the default media player, Wicd has been replaced with the Network Manager and Pcmanfm2 as the default file manager but we've already told you about that about a week ago.

pcmanfm2 lubuntu 10.04 screenshot

Lubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3 new artwork

-A new menu icon and basically a whole new look for the panel:

lubuntu lucid 10.04 overall look screenshot

-A new default theme: Clearlooks with Elementary Monochrome icons:

lubuntu 10.04 lucid theme

-A new login screen:

lubuntu 10.04 lucid new login screen

The new artwork made by Rafael Laguna.

Lubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 Netbook Session

Lubuntu Alpha 3 also comes with a netbook session (lxlauncher). To try it out, log out and select Lubuntu-Netbook, enter "ubuntu" for the username and no password:

lubuntu lucid netbook session

To set icons only for the taskbar window list, simply right click the panel and select Taskbar "Window List" Settings and then "Icons Only":

lubuntu lxde icons only taskbar

And unlike the Gnome Panel, the Lubuntu (LXDE) panel can be set to 16 pixels in height which is simply amazing for netbooks:

lubuntu lxde panel settings

To view some screenshots with the previous alpha (2), see our Lubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 post.

More info and downloads for Lubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3.

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Kamis, 25 Februari 2010

ManageTwitter Is A Great Way To Manage The People You Follow

managetwitter screenshot

We've written about lots of Twitter web apps for managing you followers, but one by one they all stopped working. But a new such service has been launched: ManageTwitter and it's great at it's job: to unfollow people.

Basically ManageTwitter lets you clean up some of the people you follow by different criteria such as: inactivity period, talkative or quiet or simply because they aren't following you back. You can also automatically deselect verified or popular users.

ManageTwitter also has a feature most (if not all) other services of this kind don't have: the ability to undo any action.

Selecting the users you want to stop following can be done manually (selectively) from a category or mass unfollowing all the people which match a certain criteria.

ManageTwitter works great and without any flows so far, but there is one problem to it: it can only process the most recent 5000 people you followed due to Twitter API limits.

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 Released

ubuntu lucid lynx 10.04 screenshot

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 has just been released. We already went through most of the visual changes so there's no reason to do that again:

In case you were wondering, no - there's no new theme yet.

Technical details and download: http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/lucid/alpha3

Banshee Media Player 1.5.4 Has Been Released

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(image credits: Gabriel Burt, as Banshee 1.5.4 is not yet available in the PPA)

Banshee 1.5.4 has just been released and the new version features the release of Banshee Community Extensions as well as support for Nokia N900 phones and more.

The Banshee Community Extensions include Alarm Clock, Lyrics, Mirage (which calculates the acoustical similarity between songs) and several other extension. The most interesting is the Mirage extension which doesn't use the Automatic Playlist Generator anymore, and instead it is now integrated into the playback controller either by adding shuffle-by-similar or fill-by-similar:

banshee shuffle by similar

Other improvements in Banshee 1.5.4 include:
  • Wikipedia context pane extension enabled by default
  • Anonymous opt-in usage data
  • Equalizer presets
  • Add support for Nokia N900 phones
  • Coverart for unicode artist/albums now supported
  • Dropped glade-sharp dep; GNOME 3.0 ready
  • Add columns showing track sample rate and bits per sample
  • Option to sort an artist's albums by year, not title
  • Fixes to GIO backend
  • Many crash/startup fixes for OS X build
  • Fix several memory leaks

The next version of Banshee (1.5.5) is expected on March 10, followed by the release of Banshee 1.6.0 on March 31.

Install Banshee 1.5.4 in Ubuntu

Banshee 1.5.4 is not yet available in the Banshee PPA but should be uploaded very soon (hopefully). When it will be available, you can install it in Ubuntu by running the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:banshee-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install banshee banshee-extension-alarm banshee-extension-lirc banshee-extension-mirage banshee-extension-lyrics

If you feel adventurous, you can add the Banshee Daily Builds PPA (also add the Banshee Stable PPA for dependencies) but the latest build is from 2 days ago.

For other Linux distributions and source code, see the Banshee download page.

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta 3 (32bit) Released [Ubuntu Installation Instructions]

Adobe just released the 3rd beta of their Flash Player 10.1 plugin.

To install this latest version in Linux, simply paste this in a terminal:

1. Download:
wget http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer10_1_p3_linux_022310.tar.gz
tar -xvf flashplayer10_1_p3_linux_022310.tar.gz

2. Install Flash Player 10.1 Beta 3

Installing Flash Player 10.1 Beta 3 manually depends on the package you used. For example, in Ubuntu you could have installed Flash Player from the repositories or directly by downloading a .deb from Adobe website.

But fear not, it's very easy to find out which you used and where to copy the Flash Player plugin file. Simply paste the following two lines in a terminal:
ls /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/
ls /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/

One of the two commands above will have the output of "libflashplayer.so" and the other one "Cannot access ... No such file or directory". Of course, the command with the "libflashplayer.so" output is the right one so copy that path and use it for the next command. If for instance the libflashplayer.so was found in "/usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/", run the following commands to install the new Beta 3:
sudo mv /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so.old
sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/

The first command above will make a backup of the libflashplayer.so file in case you want to revert this upgrade and the second command will copy the recently downloaded Flash Player 10.1 beta 3 to the right folder.

Google Chrome / Chromium "Wasp" Theme

wasp google chrome theme

Wasp is one of the proposed Ubuntu Lucid proposed themes and it features a really nice Metacity theme which you can now "use" for Google Chrome / Chromium too, through a theme especially designed for it.

Download Wasp Google Chrome / Chromium Theme

[How-To] Listen to Pandora And Spotify Outside US / UK In Linux, Using TOR (With Country Specific Exit Nodes)

This is yet another guest post from RKV. We've seen how to get an invitation for free on Spotify UK and now that you have an account, you must log in using a UK proxy every 14 days or your account gets blocked.

To log in to Spotify (and while we're here, also for Pandora, with a different set of Exit Nodes) using an UK proxy, you'll have to configure TOR to use some specific exit nodes. Here is the exact step by step how-to for Linux (Ubuntu).

Step 1: Install Vidalia Bundle [Tor+Privoxy]

Add the tor ppa repo:
echo "deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org experimental-$(lsb_release -sc) main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 886DDD89

(or add the stable Tor repository - see HERE, although I recommend the experimental repository!)

And install them:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install tor vidalia privoxy

Step 2: Configure Tor to use US exit nodes
sudo gedit /etc/tor/torrc

Note from Andrew: that didn't work for me for some reason, but editing the ~/.vidalia/torrc file worked, so if the first one doesn't work for you either, try this second file.

And paste this at the bottom of the file:

a) For US exit nodes (Pandora):
ExitNodes desync,whistlersmother,lefkada,bettyboop,croeso,TorLuwakOrg,nixnix,inap1,redpineapple,cronic,sasquatch,slowturtle2,moria1,moria2,torxmission,augrime,err,foundry,peertechdata,sasq,0xL37N1Tor,agrippator,3x0rcyst5p4dd3dc311,52c5eSH5,703server,allium,amendment10,Blackmage,BostonUCompSci
StrictNodes 1
CircuitBuildTimeout 5
NumEntryGuards 6
KeepalivePeriod 60
NewCircuitPeriod 15

b) For UK Exit nodes (Spotify):
ExitNodes 0000000000Marauder,anonion,colinwillsdorkyahoo,gigatux,gerkin,devasdfasdf,Persepolis,ephemer2,000000000000haven,Alice
StrictNodes 1
CircuitBuildTimeout 5
NumEntryGuards 6
KeepalivePeriod 60
NewCircuitPeriod 15

Step 3: Configure Privoxy to use tor
sudo gedit /etc/privoxy/config

Navigate to the bottom of the file, and add the following line:
forward-socks5   /      .

Yes, with a space and a dot at the end!

Step 4: Restart the services

Restart the Tor and Privoxy services of the changes to take effect:
sudo /etc/init.d/tor restart
sudo /etc/init.d/privoxy restart

Step 5a: Use Pithos to listen to Pandora (Recommended)

We have covered Pithos, a client for Pandora here (and I just Love It!).

Follow the above link to find instructions to install pithos, after installation, Pithos needs to configured to use tor.

pithos proxy

Open up Pithos (Applications > Sound & Video > Pithos), insert your Pandora login details (if you don’t have one, just register it for free. Follow the step5b and then head on to Pandora.com to register). Then insert the proxy details as “

Step 5b: Use Firefox to listen to Pandora

pandora screenshot

I would suggest installation of FoxyProxy as it automatically will redirect Pandora to use Tor, whereas other sites will use normal connection.


After installation of the FoxyProxy addon, double click on “FoxyProxy” in the right lower corner. Click “add new proxy”, Under “Manual Proxy Configuration” enter ip address as and port 8118.

foxyproxy pattern

Then go to the “URL Patterns” tab and click “Add New Pattern”. Give pattern name as “Pandora” and URL pattern as “*pandora.com/*” (without quotes). Leave the rest as it is. Click ok, ok and come out. Make sure that Foxyproxy is set to use the “Patterns” profile.

Now just navigate to www.pandora.com and enjoy!

PS: As of writing this tutorial, I was not able to signin using pithos (it worked earlier), but I could, using Firefox. So in case you encounter any problems, use Firefox and try with Pithos later on.

Step 5c: Setting TOR for using Spotify.

spotify proxy

The Spotify application is only available for Windows. But it can run on Linux by using Wine. Complete details to setting everything up can be found on THIS page.

The first thing you need to do is get a Spotify account. To get an invite, see THIS post.

Then you need to set up a proxy for Firefox (using TOR) to create the account. Since you've set up everything like in the above steps, all you have to do is to go to Firefox preferences (Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Network) and enter "" as the SOCKS IP and "9050" as the port. Then proceed to creating your Spotify account.

To set up Spotify for use with TOR, navigate to Edit > Preferences in Spotify, and under Proxy select "Socks5", enter: "" (or "localhost", it's the same) as the IP and "9050" as the port. Spotify can also use Pirvoxy meaning you can just set it a http proxy on "localhost" with "8118" port and since you've installed Pirvoxy too, use whichever you want.

For Spotify you only have to log in using TOR with UK exit nodes every 14 days. So basically you can simply use your normal internet connection for listening. But don't forget to log in using TOR with UK exit nodes every 14 days!

This is a guest post written by WebUpd8 reader rkv (thanks!). Credits for the post and screenshots: rkv. Browse all the posts by rkv.

Rabu, 24 Februari 2010

Move A Window To A Specific Monitor Using A Keyboard Shortcut [Ubuntu]

multiple monitors ubuntu

Compiz has can be used to do basically everything using multiple desktops but unfortunately it doesn't includes any option for moving a window to a specific display (monitor) when using multiple monitors.

wayfarer_boy @ ubuntuforums.org has come up with a way to move a window to a specific display using xdotool and a script he created. Using his tutorial, you will finally be able to move windows between monitors using a keyboard shortcut.

You can find the complete how-to, HERE.

The Best Linux Web Browser

WebUpd8 reader Rkv suggested more than once that we start a "hive five" post series, where the readers will be able to vote for their favourite application.

For the first post of this series we will ask our readers to vote for the best Linux web browser. Here are the 5 contenders:

Firefox (also includes optimized versions such as Swiftfox, etc) - has been the most used web browser for Linux in years, but Google Chrome / Chromium is getting closer and closer (with some 20% of WebUpd8 readers already using it). Is Firefox still chosen because it's the best browser, or just because everybody is used to it and don't want to change?

Opera - the browser which brought many innovations into the browsers world, but oddly it still has a very small market share. The latest 10.50 (still alpha for Linux) version seems like a major improvement but does Opera have what it takes to become Linux users favourite browser?

Epiphany (includes both gecko and webkit) - it's fast and lightweight. I'm really interested on how many people use this not-so-famous but amazing web browser.

Google Chrome / Chromium - has made many people switch from Firefox: it's faster, already have a lot of extensions, etc. Basically there's nothing to be missed when switching from Firefox to Chrome. Or is it?

Konqueror - it was developed to be a universal file manager, web browser and file viewer for KDE. Even though many KDE users switched to Chrome or Firefox, it will be nice to see how many still use Konqueror.

You can also explain your vote in the comments!

Install Gnome Disk Utility (Palimpsest) 2.29.0 In Ubuntu Karmic

Both the installation instructions and the packages for Gnome Disk Utility in the PPA have been removed due to a bug which made USB memory drive automount to stop working. The post was not removed so that you know how to revert the changes.

There are two ways of reverting to the original Gnome Disk Utility from Ubuntu Karmic:

a) Use PPA Purge which will automatically remove any software from WebUpd8 PPA and install the versions from the official Ubuntu repositories.

b) Search for gnome-disk-ulility, libgdu-gtk0 and libgdu0 in Synaptic (search for them in this exact order), select each and then under the Package menu, select "Force version" and then select the version from Karmic (you can also remove udisks if you want: sudo apt-get remove udisks). Then if you want to keep using the WebUpd8 PPA, select "Lock version" (which is also under the "Package" menu) for each of these 3 packages. If you're not interested in keep using the WebUpd8 PPA, simply remove the WebUpd8 PPA from System > Administration > Software Sources.

Selasa, 23 Februari 2010

Install Subtitle Editor 0.36.0 In Ubuntu Via A PPA

subtitle editor linux

Subtitle Editor is a GTK+2 tool to edit subtitles for GNU / Linux / *BSD. It can be used for new subtitles or as a tool to transform, edit, correct and refine existing subtitle. This program also shows sound waves, which makes it easier to synchronise subtitles to voices. There are a lot of changes from version 0.30.0 which is in Ubuntu Karmic (by the way, even Lucid has version 0.30.0 and not 0.36.0) and the latest version. You can see all the changes and features @ Subtitle Editor homepage.

Ricardo @ pplware sent us an email about three weeks ago about adding the latest Subtitle Editor 0.36.0 to our PPA because Ubuntu Karmic is about 6 versions behind the official release of Subtitle Editor. I initially though it cannot be done for Ubuntu Karmic because of a dependency (version) which was missing even in Lucid. But now that package has been added to Lucid, I've uploaded it to our PPA for Karmic so now you can basically install Subtitle Editor 0.36.0 in both Ubuntu Karmic and Lucid using the WebUpd8 PPA.

To install Subtitle Editor 0.36.0 in Ubuntu Karmic or Lucid, you must firstly add our PPA. To do this, paste the following command in a terminal (be aware, WebUpd8 PPA comes with some bleeding edge versions for some applications, such as VLC, gThumb, etc.):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

Then, install Subtitle Editor 0.36.0:
sudo apt-get install subtitleeditor

How To Use TestDrive With VirtualBox [Ubuntu]

TestDrive is an Ubuntu application that is especially designed for non-technical users to easily download and run the latest Ubuntu development daily snapshot in a virtual machine. We've covered TestDrive (as well as installation istructions) HERE.

TestDrive runs the daily Ubuntu .ISO in QEMU by default so if you also have VirtualBox installed, it is a bit messy as you will get the following error each time you try to run VirtualBox:

VirtualBox can't operate in VMX root mode

(error which we talked about HERE).

The above error can be fixed but you must run a command each time you run TestDrive and then VirtualBox.

For this reason you may want to use TestDrive with Virtualbox (both OSE and non-free). This can be done very easy. After installing TestDrive, simply paste this in a terminal:
cp /etc/testdriverc ~/.testdriverc
gedit ~/.testdriverc

And in the newly opened file, uncomment the line which says <#VIRT = "virtualbox"> (that's line 29 on my computer). Basically after editing it, it should look like this:
VIRT = "virtualbox"

Then save it.

There are a lot of other possible configurations for TestDrive which you can do using this testdriverc file, like setting the VM hard disk or memory size, the cache path, disk file and so on.

And as a final note, don't forget the command to fix VirtualBox once you've used QEMU:
sudo modprobe -r kvm_intel

3 Linux Console File Managers You Should Try: Midnight Commander (MC), Last File Manager (LFM) And VIFM

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(in the screenshot above, you can see Lfm on top, Mc on the bottom left and Vifm on the bottom right corner, all running in Terminator)

GNU Midnight Commander (MC), Vifm and Last File Manager (Lfm) are 3 visual file manager applications for the Linux console. All of these 3 applications will remind you of Norton Commander - with the main interface consisting of two panels which display the file system -, but each has something special. Read about these 3 great console file managers for Linux and let us know your favourite in the comments!

1. Midnight Commander

midnight commander

Midnight Commander is probably the most well-known application of this kind and probably the most easy to use due to being the closest to Norton Commander and having the most common operations displayed at the bottom.

In Midnight Commander (MC), arrow keys control file selection, the insert key is used to select files and the Function Keys perform operations such as renaming, editing and copying files. It also supports mouse operations.

Midnight Commander's features include multiple file renaming (using wildcard characters), the ability to view the contents of RPM and DEB package files, to work with common archive formats as if they were simply another directory, an editor called mcedit and to function as an FTP or FISH client.

Mcedit seems really useful and it can be executed as standalone program or from Midnight Commander using F4 key. mcedit's features include syntax highlighting for many languages, macros, code snippets, simple integration with external tools, automatic indentation, mouse support, clipboard and more.

If you want to try Midnight Commander (and learn more about it), download it from HERE. Ubuntu users can install it by simply running the following command in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install mc

2. Last File Manager

lfm last file manager

Last File Manager (Lfm - based on curses and written in Python) is yet another easy to use console file manager which comes with 1-pane or 2-pane views. It's strongest assets are vfs for compressed files (so you can view archives just as if they were folders - just like MC, except Lfm doesn't seem to handle .deb and .rpm files), dialogs with entry competition, bookmarks, history, files colored by extension (although using the mime-type would sound more fair but that's nice anyway) and tabs.

Of course, those are just a few of Lfm features and you must try it out to see how great it is. I can tell you two other features which I love the most: direct find/grep integrations (and other tools) and a fast file viewer - pyview - with text and binary mode.

To download Lfm and learn how to use it, see it's HomePage. Ubuntu users can install Last File Manager using this command:
sudo apt-get install lfm

3. Vifm

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We couldn't forget Vim lovers. Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like key-bindings. Vifm is not for the average user and if you're not comfortable with Vim, it will take a while before you get used to it. However Vifm documentation page provides a few keyboard shortcuts to get you started.

You can set Vifm to either a 1 pane or 2 pane view, with the 2-pane view being able to serve either as two different classic panels, or one of the panels being used as quick file properties viewer (you can set quick file views in the pane with the :view command or view full screen file info with Ctrl + g).

For those who never used Vim, Vifm lets you cut with dd, paste with p, and rename a file with cw. Movement keys are the standard hjkl, with h and l ascending and descending the directory tree.

In the vifmrc configuration file you can set up your own commands and define simple rules regarding file types and the program to open them.

For more info on using Vifm, after installing it, type ":help" (you will also need vim installed).

Download Vifm from HERE. Ubuntu users can install Vifm using the following command:
sudo apt-get install vifm vim

So, do you use any of these console-based Linux file managers? If so, which is you favourite? Or maybe you use another one?

This post was suggested by rkv, so many thanks to him!

Install Terminator 0.90 Beta 2 In Ubuntu Karmic And Lucid From A PPA

terminator 0.90 beta 2

We covered Terminator 0.90 a while back so I won't introduce it again. The great news is that you can now install Terminator 0.90 beta 2 via a PPA:

Method 1 - the official test PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome-terminator/test

And then install it with:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install terminator

Method 2 - WebUpd8 PPA (newer build):

Terminator 0.90 was already available in our PPA too, but we never announced it. However, the version in the Web Upd8 PPA was 0.90 alpha 2, and today I updated it to the latest BZR version (which is newer than in the PPA above) and you can install it using the same sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install terminator command as above (make sure you have the WebUpd8 PPA added).

Due to the bug in version naming (I initially named Terminator wrong in the Web Upd8 PPA), to upgrade to Terminator beta 2 - latest BZR version as of today (if already installed the previous alpha version), you must run this:
sudo apt-get remove terminator
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install terminator

Update: Terminator 0.90 final has been released (installation instructions)

Gnome Shell 2.29.0 Released [What's New And Screenshots Inside]

Gnome Shell is the new core user interface for Gnome 3 which provides switching windows and applications but you've probably already heard of it by now so I'll skip the introduction. However, I would like to mention that this is still a VERY EARLY version of GNOME Shell and should not be taken of indicative of the final user interface or performance.

What's new in Gnome Shell 2.29.0 (w/ screenshots)

Gnome Shell 2.29.0 introduces a new message tray showing notifications sliding into the bottom of the screen. It includes a status area for past notifications, and also pulls in "urgent window" handled in GNOME 2 by flashing the taskbar. Basically this feels a lot like the notification system in Ubuntu:

gnome shell 2.29.0 notification system
(at the bottom of the screenshot you can spot the new notification system in Gnome Shell 2.29.0 - for the status area for past notification, look at the 3rd and 4th screenshots in this post @ bottom right corner)

The latest version of Gnome Shell also adds the ability to set your presence to the user status menu, yet another feature which will remind you of Ubuntu (I still don't understand what's going on here, why are so many Ubuntu features replicated in Gnome Shell? But I guess they found it very useful...):

gnome shell status menu

Another new feature is switching the overview between a grid and linear view of workspaces:

gnome shell grid workspace view
(Gnome Shell Grid workspace view)

Gnome Shell 2.29.0 Grid workspace view
(Gnome Shell Grid workspace view)

App switcher (Alt-Tab) improvements:

gnome shell alt tab

The volume notification is not new in Gnome Shell 2.29.0 but I never saw it so in case you didn't either, here's a screenshot:

gnome shell volume notification

But the above new features are just a few of the many improvements in Gnome Shell 2.29.0. Other changes (since version 2.28.0) in Gnome Shell include:
  • Redo the application browser to use a grid of icons
  • Initial version of the extension system
  • Initial support for RTL layout in ST and the shell
  • Add undo capability to overview, e.g., when removing favorites
  • New workspace switcher popup
  • Work on visual appearance to match mockups
  • Port most of existing code to CSS
  • Show a scaled-up excerpt from the application item in the panel
  • Minimize windows to 'Activities' button
  • Use a fixed ordering for well-known icons in the system tray
  • Nicer animation of hidden windows when transitioning to/from the overview
  • Draw a ripple when the hot corner is hit
  • Completion to the Alt-F2 run dialog
  • And many more

A complete list of changes can be found HERE.

How to install Gnome Shell 2.29.0 in Ubuntu

Ricotz has been providing a PPA for the latest Gnome Shell builds for a very long time and his testing PPA has been updated just a couple of hours ago with the latest Gnome Shell 2.29.0 for Ubuntu Karmic and Lucid users.

To add this PPA, simply paste this in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing

And then, to install Gnome Shell 2.29.0:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

Then, to use Gnome Shell, press Alt + F2 and enter:
gnome-shell --replace

To exit Gnome-Shell, press Alt + F2 and type (thanks to Paul):

Important note: due to problems encountered in testing GNOME Shell against Clutter 1.1, gnome-shell-2.29.0 still requires Clutter 1.0. Ricotz Testing PPA provides Clutter 1.0, so you just have to make sure you don't install a newer Clutter version from another PPA.

Update: you may also want to take a look at the first ever Gnome Shell themes.

The source code for Gnome Shell 2.29.0 can be downloaded from HERE.

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Senin, 22 Februari 2010

Sorbet - New Community Proposed Ubuntu Lucid Theme And Mockup

Sorbet is a new Ubuntu Lucid community proposed theme with subtle gradients and light colors. The Metacity buttons are based on the Homosapien theme (it seems more and more themes go "Homosapien") and the theme itself is an "loose interpretation" of the new Ubuntu Single Sign On look.

This is how Sorbet looks right now:


But the author wants to convert Sorbet to something like this:

sorbet mockup

The mockup above looks amazing, with one note though: some of the elements are way to big - hopefully the actual theme will be better proportioned.

You can download Sorbet from HERE (it currently looks like the first screenshot, not the mockup).

Please note that Sorbet uses the latest Murrine engine v0.91.0. To use it in Ubuntu Karmic, see THIS post.