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Topics - Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)


Firstly, do yourself a favour and consider getting rid of the default Linpus Lite operating system, and installing Peppermint 3 instead .. this will give you easy access to all the latest software including the latest version of Firefox, and a more familiar (Windows like) desktop interface ..see the link below:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=10313.0 (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=10313.0)

But if you MUST stick with the old/outdated/crippled/unsupported Linpus Lite .. carry on reading ..

These instructions are for the default version of Firefox 2 that comes pre-installed on the Acer Aspire One... NOT for Firefox 4, 5, 6, or 7 failing to start after an update... for that, click this link:

Install Firefox 7 on an Acer Aspire One running Linpus Lite Linux (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=9707.0)


If your Acer aspire One with Linpus Lite (Linux) was suddenly powered OFF with Firefox 2 (as used in Linpus Lite) still open, the browsers lock files may still exist, so Firefox won't start, and you may get a message saying Firefox is still running.

The fix is to rename the hidden ~/.mozilla directory....

Be Aware - This will remove any bookmarks, addons, and customisations you have made to Firefox, and restore it to its default state.

1.) Open a terminal... you can do this by hitting Alt+F2 and then typing terminal and clicking the Run button

2.) In the terminal enter:
and hit enter.

3.) When thunar opens hit Ctrl+H to display hidden files. (files/folders that start with . are hidden by default)

4.) Look for the folder called .mozilla

5.) Right-click the .mozilla folder, select "Rename"... and change its name to .mozilla-old

Firefox should now start without issue... (*may* require a reboot to kill any already running Firefox processes).

If after renaming the ~/.mozilla directory, Firefox starts ONCE, but fails to open again...

Ask yourself these 2 questions -
Did Firefox stop working immediately after a system update?
Where you asked to enter settings for the GoogleToolbar when Firefox started?

If the answer to both questions is "Yes"...

This appears to be due to an incompatibility between the new GoogleToolbar addon and Firefox 2 (as used in Linpus Lite).

The fix is to delete the ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxx .default/GoogleToolbarData directory, and the ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxx.default/extensions/{long giberish name} directory.
(where "xxxxxx" is a bunch of letters and/or numbers)

1.) Open a terminal... you can do this by hitting Alt+F2 and then typing terminal and clicking the Run button

2.) In the terminal enter:
and hit enter.

3.) When thunar opens hit Ctrl+H to display hidden files. (files/folders that start with . are hidden by default)

4.) Look for the folder called .mozilla, and enter it.

5.) Look for the folder called firefox, and enter it.

6.) Look for the folder called xxxxxx .default, and enter it.
(where xxxxxx is a series on letters and/or numbers)

7.) Look for the folder called GoogleToolbarData, and DELETE it

8.) Look for the folder called extensions, and enter it.

9.) Look for the folder called {long giberish name}, and DELETE it.
(where "long giberish name" is a long string of numbers and/or letters)
If there is more than one folder... you can either delete them all which will require you to reinstall any Firefox addons you use, or try to work out which one contains the GoogleToolbar extension.

Firefox should now start without issue... (*may* require a reboot to kill any already running Firefox processes).

Or you could try starting Firefox in "safe mode" then deleting or disabling the GoogleToolbar addon.
(I haven't tested this method, so can't say for sure that it works).

First reboot your PC (to kill any already running firefox processes), but when it starts, DON'T attempt to open Firefox normally... insted, follow these instructions.

To open Firefox in SAFE MODE...

Hit Alt+F2... in the resulting dialogue (text) box enter:
firefox -safe-mode
now click the Run button.
(don't miss out the space between the "x" and the "-", and it MUST be all lower case)

In the resulting dialogue, put a tick in "Disable all addons" (or similar)... then click "Continue in safe mode" (or similar).

Then if Firefox starts... Go to Tools>Addons>PlugIns (or Extensions), and delete or disable the GoogleToolbar plugin/extension.

Close Firefox, and restart it normally.

It *may* be better to disable the addon rather than delete it, as it *may* get reinstalled if you delete it... but that's for you to discover, I haven't got an AA1 so I can't test it. ;)

If anyone tries the "safe mode" method for disabling the GoogleToolbar addon, and finds it works or not, could you please let us know... for the benefit of future readers... thanks.

Another option would be to install Firefox 7.0.1 and the latest Flashplayer:
Install Firefox 7 on an Acer Aspire One running Linpus Lite Linux (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=9707.0)
(click the link above)
For an "Offline" install of b43-fwcutter and firmware in Ubuntu...
(ie. without an working internet connection on the Ubuntu PC)


New instructions for Ubuntu 12.04 can be found at this link:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=5842.msg81040#msg81040 (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=5842.msg81040#msg81040)


[EDIT 2]

New instructions for Ubuntu 14.04 can be found at this link:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=5842.msg104688#msg104688 (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=5842.msg104688#msg104688)


Supported models include:
BCM4301 BCM4306/2, BCM4306/3, BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4318, BCM4320

Install b43-fwcutter:
With the Ubuntu CDROM inserted... navigate on the CD to:
and double-click the b43-fwcutter .deb package contained there.
When the Ubuntu Software Centre opens... click "Install"

Install patch:
With the Ubuntu CDROM inserted... navigate on the CD to:
and double-click the patch .deb package contained there.
When the Ubuntu Software Centre opens... click "Install"

On a separate PC that has a working internet connection, download these 2 files:

http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/wl_apsta- (http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/wl_apsta-
http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl- (http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-

Now transfer them to your Home folder on the Ubuntu PC.

Open a terminal and enter these 6 commands.
cd ~
tar -xjvf broadcom-wl-
sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-
sudo b43-fwcutter --unsupported -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-
sudo chmod 775 /lib/firmware/b43
sudo chmod 775 /lib/firmware/b43legacy

hitting enter after each line, and your password when asked.

at this point, you *may* need to reboot.

Now see if the b43 driver is available for activation in System>Administration>Additional Drivers

Most of this is in the "b43 - No internet access" section here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx)

Except for the 2 chmod 775 commands which I found were necessary... at least for me.
It appears to be a regression in the Maverick (and Natty alpha) kernel... it was fine in Lucid.

Try adding:


as a kernel boot parameter.

BE AWARE - When using intel_idle.max_cstate=0 keep an eye on whether your netbook is getting hot during suspend... if it is... try a cstate with a higher value such as intel_idle.max_cstate=3 .. See below for explanation.

Further info:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/640100?comments=all (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/640100?comments=all)
Comments #115 onwards.


1.) Edit the /etc/default/grub file... in a terminal enter:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

2.) Find the line:
and change it to:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash intel_idle.max_cstate=0"

3.) Save and exit gedit.

4.) Now update GRUB... back in the terminal enter:
sudo update-grub

5.) Reboot.

Also read comment #129 (onwards) on the above link.
for other working cstate options.

Some people say the following cstates work:


For an explanation of CSTATE's, and why higher is usually better for battery life... see here:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/611 (http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/611)

It would be VERY helpful for future readers if people would post which cstates work for which Samsung models... TIA :)
First, make sure the Universe, Multiverse and (if you want) Partners repositories are enabled...

Go to System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager (or wherever they hide the Synaptic Package Manager in the netbook edition)

To open Synaptic in Unity...

Click the Application lens icon on the "Launcher" sidebar (magnifying glass with + sign in it)... enter synaptic in the search box... click on the Synaptic Package Manager icon

When Synaptic opens, go to Settings>Repositories>Ubuntu Software (tab)
Put ticks in:
Community maintained Open Source software (universe)
Software restricted by copyright or legal issues (multiverse)
and while you're at it
Proprietary Drivers for devices (restricted)

Also whist you're here, you might want to enable the "Partners" repositories
(which will give you access to extra software in the future, stuff like skype, and sun java, etc.)

If so, click the "Other Software" (tab), and put ticks in:
Canonical Partners
and (if you want)
Canonical Partners (Source Code)

Click Close

Now click the "Reload" button on the toolbar.

Now you need to install the "ubuntu-restricted-extras" package.

Still in Synaptic, type: ubuntu-restricted-extras into the "Quicksearch"box.

Look for it in the "Package" column in the main right-hand panel.

Click the little box to the left of ubuntu-restricted-extras and select "Mark for Installation"... click "Mark" on the next window that opens.

On the main Synaptic toolbar, click the "Apply" button.

That will download and install the flashplayer plugin and some other useful stuff like support for mp3's etc.

Close Synaptic (you MUST close Synaptic or the next commands won't work).

Now to enable playing of commercial DVD's... open a terminal and enter:
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
Hitting enter after each command, and your password when asked.
How to istall the drivers and firmware for a Pinnacle Hybrid TV Tuner PCTV 330e (aka. WinTV-HVR 900 (R2)) in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (and probably other versions).

You're going to use Kaffiene and/or VLC as the DVB-TV player(s).

First make sure the "Universe" and "Multiverse" repositories are enabled... Follow the instructions in this post:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/frequently-asked-questions/install-flashplayer-java-and-mp3-support-in-ubuntu/msg38852/#msg38852 (http://linuxforums.org.uk/frequently-asked-questions/install-flashplayer-java-and-mp3-support-in-ubuntu/msg38852/#msg38852)

Now make sure Synaptic, Ubuntu Software Centre, and the system Updater are all closed...

Then you'll need to install some other packages, so in a terminal enter:
sudo apt-get install mercurial build-essential linux-image-$(uname -r) linux-headers-$(uname -r)
sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree dvb-apps libncurses5-dev
sudo apt-get install vlc kaffeine libxine1 libxine1-all-plugins phonon-backend-xine

Next you need to download, patch, edit, build and install the driver, so enter these commands hitting enter after each line...

cd /usr/src
sudo hg clone http://kernellabs.com/hg/~dheitmueller/v4l-dvb-drxd
cd v4l-dvb-drxd
sudo wget http://xgazza.altervista.org/Linux/DVB/Drivers/drxd_2_6_35.diff
sudo patch -p1 < drxd_2_6_35.diff

Now you need to generate the .config file, so run:
sudo make menuconfig
When an ncurses GUI opens, dont change anything, just "Exit" and "Save" changes.

Then continue with:
sudo sed -i 's/CONFIG_DVB_FIREDTV=m/CONFIG_DVB_FIREDTV=n/' ./v4l/.config
sudo make
sudo make install

The next thing you need to do is add some firmware files to the /lib/firmware directory...

cd /lib/firmware
sudo wget http://kernellabs.com/firmware/drxd/drxd-a2-1.1.fw
sudo wget http://kernellabs.com/firmware/drxd/drxd-b1-1.1.fw

Next you need to download the Windows drivers and use the extract_xc3028.pl tool to extract the xc3028-v27.fw firmware from the Windows hcw85bda.sys file then move it to /lib/firmware

cd ~
wget http://www.steventoth.net/linux/xc5000/HVR-12x0-14x0-17x0_1_25_25271_WHQL.zip
unzip -j HVR-12x0-14x0-17x0_1_25_25271_WHQL.zip Driver85/hcw85bda.sys
cp /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/Documentation/video4linux/extract_xc3028.pl ~/
chmod +x extract_xc3028.pl
sudo mv xc3028-v27.fw /lib/firmware/xc3028-v27.fw

Now reboot.

Kaffeine should now recognize your hardware as a digital tv receiver.
First, make sure the Universe and Multiverse repositories are enabled...

Go to System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager

When synaptic opens, go to Settings>Repositories>Ubuntu Software (tab)
Put ticks in:
Community maintained Open Source software (universe)
Software restricted by copyright or legal issues (multiverse)

Click Close

Now close Synaptic (you MUST close Synaptic or you won't be able to run the following command)

Install the lame, ubuntu-restricted-extras, and sound-juicer packages...

Open a terminal, and enter:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install lame ubuntu-restricted-extras sound-juicer

Create an mp3 encoding profile in Sound Juicer, using a constant bitrate of 320kbps...

Open Sound Juicer from the Applications>Sound & Video>Audio CD Extractor menu item

In Sound Juicer, go to Edit>Preferences>Edit Profiles>New

Give the new profile a name, such as MP3 (CBR-320), click Create

Highlight the new profile and click Edit

Give it a description (if you want)

In the GStreamer pipeline field enter:
audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=enc vbr=0 bitrate=320 ! id3v2mux

(That will give you a constant bitrate of 320 kbps, adjust the bitrate=320 parameter if you want... eg. 192 or 256 etc.)

In the File extension field enter:

Tick the Active? box

Click Close

Now you'll need to restart Sound Juicer before the new profile becomes available, so close Sound Juicer and restart it.

Go to Edit>Preferences and select the Output format: profile you just created.

You should be ready to rip. :)

Further Info -

I'm now using Asunder to rip audio CD's as its CDDB lookup is more accurate than Sound Juicers, and if necessary the CDDB server can be changed.

That said, Sound Juicer is definitely quicker at ripping, and doesn't seem as resource hungry.

Asunder is available in the Ubuntu repos, and can be installed with:
sudo apt-get install asunder
Have you have ever wished that the Ubuntu LiveCD came with different software packages, or had the ubuntu-restricted-extras (flash, mp3 support etc.) and b43-fwcutter (Broadcom wireless firmware/drivers) packages installed by default ?

You can easily create your own custom Ubuntu LiveCD using the Ubuntu Customization Kit (http://uck.sourceforge.net/) (UCK).

For a tutorial, see here:
http://linux.co.uk/2011/01/ubuntu-customization-kit-uck-2-4-3-released/ (http://linux.co.uk/2011/01/ubuntu-customization-kit-uck-2-4-3-released/)
General Discussion / It all becomes clear...
January 15, 2011, 12:47:18 PM
Ahh... now I see why Mark Shuttleworth moved the Maximise/Minimise/Close buttons to the left in Ubuntu.

Here's a screenshot of Unity in 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), showing an Apple style "Global Menu"

(Click pic to enlarge)
[smg id=1012 type=preview]
New "Global Menu" in Ubuntu 11.04 Unity

He seems intent on turning Ubuntu into OS-X.

Brown to Purple. (although I personally prefer the purple)
Max/Min/Close buttons to left.
Global Menu.
Gnome to Unity with its dock bar.

I know it's a personal thing, but I don't really want an OS-X clone.

He missed the opportunity to call 10.04 Like Leopard .. although I suppose 11.10 may still be called Ostensibly OS-X ;)

Any other suggestions ?

Maybe 10.10 should have been Meddling Muppet ?
The Amilo M 7440 doesn't only use a hardware switch, it needs a software driver to turn the wireless on/off.

fsam7440 is a module for Linux Kernels 2.4/2.6 that allows you to change the status of the wireless card on a Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M 7440 Laptop.

First, make sure you have the linux-headers-generic and build-essential packages installed.
Open a terminal, and enter:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential

Now to install the fsam7440 - RF Kill Switch Driver for Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M 7440 in Ubuntu 10.xx.
(this should work for 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, and 10.10, and later versions)

Go here:
http://fsam7440.sourceforge.net/down.html (http://fsam7440.sourceforge.net/down.html)
and download the Fsam7440 v0.4 Source Code (http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/fsam7440/fsam7440-0.4.tar.bz2?download)

Place it in your Home directory

To extract it... in a terminal enter:
tar -xjvf fsam7440-0.4.tar.bz2

Next for it to compile without errors you need to edit 3 lines in the fsam7440.c file (in your ~/fsam7440-0.4 directory)...

So back in the terminal enter:
gedit ~/fsam7440-0.4/fsam7440.c

When gedit opens, find the line:
#include <linux/autoconf.h>
and change it to:
# include <generated/autoconf.h>

Now you need to change the 2 instances of &proc_root to NULL

so find the Line:
remove_proc_entry(DRV_NAME, &proc_root);
and change it to:
remove_proc_entry(DRV_NAME, NULL);

and the line:
dir_base = create_proc_entry(DRV_NAME, S_IFDIR, &proc_root);
and change it to:
dir_base = create_proc_entry(DRV_NAME, S_IFDIR, NULL);

Save the fsam7440.c file.

Or, I've uploaded a pre-modified version that will compile properly here:
fsam7440-0.4.tar.bz2 (http://bit.ly/f4eY9M)

To compile/install the driver... back in the terminal, enter:
cd ~/fsam7440-0.4
sudo make install

Now to test it works... still in the terminal, enter:
sudo modprobe fsam7440

If it works, but doesn't survive a reboot...

Add the line:
to your /etc/modules file.
General Discussion / MOVED: Spare Mobo?
November 12, 2010, 02:12:49 AM
This topic has been moved to The Penguin's second hand Linux Emporium (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?board=172.0).

a) This ONLY applies if you have an NVIDIA card that supports GPU hardware accelerated decoding (VDPAU)

b) You are going to need a video player with VDPAU support, so install gnome-mplayer (or mplayer) and/or vlc
sudo apt-get install gnome-mplayer vlc

c) You will need to install the official NVIDIA drivers for your graphics card:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html (http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html)
or from the Ubuntu repositories (synaptic ect.)

d) Install the libvdpau1 and vdpau-va-driver packages:
sudo apt-get install libvdpau1 vdpau-va-driver

e) Set up your player to use the VDPAU support -

In GNOME MPlayer, go to -
Edit>Preferences>Player (tab)>Video Output:
and select vdpau from the drop-down menu.

In VLC, go to
and make sure ther is a tick in Accelerated video output (Overlay)

1080p playback should now be much smoother :)
If you have an Acer Aspire One running Linpus Lite, and the Network Center won't open and/or the Network Manager icon is missing, and/or it won't accept your wireless password (key) after an system update try this...

Open a terminal...
you can do this by hitting Alt+F2 and then typing terminal and clicking the Run button.

When the terminal opens, enter:
sudo gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /system/networking
and hit enter, then your password if/when asked... to clear all the root network connections.

Then back in the terminal, enter:
gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /system/networking
and hit enter... to clear all the user network connections.

reboot... network center should now work.

Be Aware - This will clear ALL network settings, so be prepared to have to re-enter your wireless settings etc.

If you are having problems getting your Web Browser (Firefox 2) to open on your Acer Aspire One running Linpus Lite... see here:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/netbooks/acer-aspire-one-linpus-lite-firefox-web-browser-wont-open/ (http://linuxforums.org.uk/netbooks/acer-aspire-one-linpus-lite-firefox-web-browser-wont-open/)
General Discussion / Cheap PogoPlugs
October 11, 2010, 01:02:46 PM
Just in case anyone's interested... PCWorld are offering PogoPlugs for £49.99
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/pogoplug-personal-cloud-storage-device-06605507-pdt.html (http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/pogoplug-personal-cloud-storage-device-06605507-pdt.html)

Too late, they've put them up to £69.99 now :(

PogoPlug homepage
http://www.pogoplug.com/home-en.html (http://www.pogoplug.com/home-en.html)

Standard features (before you install PlugBox Linux)
http://www.pogoplug.com/home-en-whats-pogoplug-pogoplug-features.html (http://www.pogoplug.com/home-en-whats-pogoplug-pogoplug-features.html)

PlugApps... what else they can be used for :)
http://plugapps.com/index.php5?title=Main_Page (http://plugapps.com/index.php5?title=Main_Page)
ie. install Plugbox Linux :)

Quote from: PlugAppsThe Plugbox Linux operating system boots from a USB drive. It's a natively-compiled Arch Linux-based, full Linux system. You get a new unlocked bootloader, new kernel, and a full Linux installation. However, you cannot run the my.pogoplug.com connector on Plugbox Linux due to Cloud Engines' restrictions. However, you can reboot back into Pogoplug firmware and run it just like an unmodified Pogoplug.

Other links -

Installing PlugBox Linux on Pogoplug (http://plugapps.com/index.php5?title=PlugApps:Pogoplug_Setboot)

PlugBox Linux portal (http://plugapps.com/index.php5?title=Portal:PlugBox_Linux)

PogoPlug review (http://www.pocket-lint.com/review/4607/pogoplug-personal-cloud-computing-devices)

1) On the panel (taskbar) click the Network Manager icon (by the clock).... normal click, not right click.

2) Select "your" wireless network from the displayed list of detected networks.

3) Enter your Network Key... usually on a sticker somewhere on your router.

4) Click Connect.

All Done :)

BEFORE continuing... read this posting:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/ubuntu/how-to-install-ibm-lotus-symphony-in-ubuntu-10-04-64bit/msg31012/#msg31012 (http://linuxforums.org.uk/ubuntu/how-to-install-ibm-lotus-symphony-in-ubuntu-10-04-64bit/msg31012/#msg31012)
there is now a .deb package of version 3.0 (final) available if you want to try it.
if you are trying to install version 1.3  (for Lotus 123 compatibility) continue reading.

This also works for 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) 64bit... obviously the partner repositories URL's will be:
http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu (http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu) maverick partner
http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu (http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu) maverick partner (Source Code)
instead (see below).
[End EDIT]

OK, IBM don't do a native 64bit version of the IBM Lotus Symphony (http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.nsf/home#page=1) Office productivity suite, so you'll have to force install the 32bit version, but I've tested it and it works perfectly... it opens faster than OpenOffice (3.2), and IMO has a nicer interface, it's compatable with Lotus 123 docs (or so I'm told... I've not tested this), and Open Standard formats such as those used in OpenOffice, as well as M$ Office docs.

It even has a simple built in web-browser for downloading clipart, templates, tutorials, plug-ins, etc. from the IBM website, but it can be used to browse other sites too :)

Info - I've been told Symphony 1.3 is compatable with Lotus 123 docs, but 3.0 beta 4 isn't... again I must stress I haven't tested this.

Neither version overwrites OpenOffice, or affects it in any way.

To install Symphony 32bit version in Ubuntu 10.04 64bit.

Download either Symphony 3.0 beta 4 from:
http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/download/preconfig.jsp?id=2010-02-02+09:58:12.499225R&S_TACT=104CBW71&S_CMP= (http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/download/preconfig.jsp?id=2010-02-02+09:58:12.499225R&S_TACT=104CBW71&S_CMP=)
Symphony 1.3 from:
http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/download/preconfig.jsp?id=2009-11-02+07:06:55.609917R&S_TACT=104CBW71&S_CMP= (http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/download/preconfig.jsp?id=2009-11-02+07:06:55.609917R&S_TACT=104CBW71&S_CMP=)

and place the downloaded file (symphony_3.0-1hardy1_i386.deb or symphony_1.3-1hardy2_i386.deb) into your home directory.

Next there are a few things you need to do.

First you will need to activate the "partner" repositories (see EDIT at top for 10.10 maverick)

Go to System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager
when Synaptic starts, go to Settings>Repositories>Other Software
put a tick in:
http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner
http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner (Source Code)
Click "Close".

Then you will need to install the following packages.

Open a terminal and enter:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libstdc++6 ia32-libs ia32-sun-java6-bin

Now download this package:
http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/libx/libxkbfile/libxkbfile1_1.0.4-1_i386.deb (http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/libx/libxkbfile/libxkbfile1_1.0.4-1_i386.deb)
and place it in your home directory.
Open the libxkbfile package with file-roller (make sure to use sudo)
back in the terminal, enter:
sudo file-roller ./libxkbfile1_1.0.4-1_i386.deb

Open the data.tar.gz file in file-roller. You should be able to simply double click on the file to open it in file-roller. If you are prompted to select an application to open it with just type file-roller in the Application box and click Open.
Double click the "." folder then the "usr" folder then the "lib" folder.
Select the following files:


Click "Extract" and extract those files to /usr/lib32.
Close both file-roller windows

Back in the terminal, enter:
sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i symphony_3.0-1hardy1_i386.deb
for Symphony 3.0 beta 4
sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i symphony_1.3-1hardy2_i386.deb
for Symphony 1.3

After the installation is completed you'll have a new "IBM Lotus Symphony" menu item in your Applications>Office menu. The first time you run it you'll be asked to accept a software license from a terminal window. Just type 1 and then enter to continue.

To uninstall:
sudo dpkg --force-architecture -P symphony
the --force-architecture bit may not be needed but it doesn't hurt to include it.

Screenshots of IBM Lotus Symphony 3.0 beta 4 Word Processor.
(if anyone wants screenshots of the "Presentation" or "Spreadsheet" modules, let me know.)

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General Discussion / Argh, Canonical being daft again?
September 20, 2010, 03:25:30 AM
I hope this isn't true...

"Ubuntu 10.10 To Add A "Sent From Ubuntu" Signature By Default To Evolution."

http://www.webupd8.org/2010/09/ubuntu-1010-to-add-sent-using-ubuntu.html (http://www.webupd8.org/2010/09/ubuntu-1010-to-add-sent-using-ubuntu.html)

http://lucidfox.org/posts/view/621 (http://lucidfox.org/posts/view/621)

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/evolution/+bug/615300 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/evolution/+bug/615300)

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/evolution/+bug/642839 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/evolution/+bug/642839)

What are your thoughts?
News and Events / Linux From Scratch 6.7 released
September 20, 2010, 03:03:55 AM
Linux From Scratch 6.7 released.

Linux From Scratch homepage (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/)

Download Linux From Scratch 6.7 (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/downloads/6.7/)

"A free book that teaches how to build a base Linux OS from scratch, from an existing Linux installation or from a live CD. This release includes numerous changes to LFS 6.6 and security fixes. It also includes editorial work on the explanatory material throughout the book, improving both the clarity and accuracy of the text." Other major changes include update to GRUB 1.98, make 3.82, Perl 5.12.1, udev 161 and various small patches to fix compilation errors."

"Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system. There are a lot of reasons why somebody would want to install an LFS system. The question most people raise is "why go through all the hassle of manually installing a Linux system from scratch when you can just download an existing distribution like Debian or Redhat". That is a valid question which I hope to answer for you. The most important reason for LFS's existence is teaching people how a Linux system works internally. Building an LFS system teaches you about all that makes Linux tick, how things work together, and depend on each other. And most importantly, how to customize it to your own taste and needs."
News and Events / Mandriva forked
September 20, 2010, 12:07:06 AM
Mandriva Linux is being forked by a number of Mandriva contributors:
http://mageia.org/ (http://mageia.org/)

The Mageia site states -

"As you may have heard, the future of the Mandriva Linux distribution is unclear.

Most employees working on the distribution were laid off when Edge-IT was liquidated. We do not trust the plans of Mandriva SA anymore and we don't think the company (or any company) is a safe host for such a project.

Many things have happened in the past 12 years. Some were very nice: the Mandriva Linux community is quite large, motivated and experienced, the distribution remains one of the most popular and an award-winning product, easy to use and innovative. Some other events did have some really bad consequences that made people not so confident in the viability of their favourite distribution.

People working on it just do not want to be dependent on the economic fluctuations and erratic, unexplained strategic moves of the company".


"Mageia is a community project: it will not depend on the fate of a particular company.

A not-for-profit organization will be set up in the coming days and it will be managed by a board of community members. After the first year this board will be regularly elected by committed community members.

This organization will manage and coordinate the distribution: code & software hosting and distribution, build system, marketing, foster communication and events. Data, facts, roadmaps, designs will be shared, discussed through this organization.

We will discuss and lay down details in the coming days.

Mageia distribution will be what the board makes it to be, with the help and contribution of the whole community. We already have ideas and plans for this distribution; we want to:

  • make Linux and free software straightforward to use for everyone;
  • provide integrated system configuration tools;
  • keep a high-level of integration between the base system, the desktop (KDE/GNOME) and applications; especially improve third-parties (be it free or proprietary software) integration;
  • target new architectures and form-factors;
  • improve our understanding of computers and electronics devices users.
You certainly have your ideas too. We will take the time to share these".

I for one, wish them luck and hope for a return to a more "Mandrake like" distro.
Adobe have just released a new 64bit (and 32bit) "Flash Player "Square" Preview Release", 10.2

http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html (http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html)

Available for Linux in both 32bit and 64bit versions... although its a "preview" release, it seems more stable than the last 64bit version.

Installation instructions here:

http://linux.co.uk/2010/09/adobe-release-new-flashplayer-32bit-and-64bit/ (http://linux.co.uk/2010/09/adobe-release-new-flashplayer-32bit-and-64bit/)
This tutorial is for a 3internet connection, but if you use another network all you really have to change is the APN and username/password.

1.) Insert your dongle into your PC .. it should pop up a "New 3G Broadband" window .. select the options you need and click next until the configuration is complete. Note that if you have a PIN set on your SIM card (which you REALLY should!) it will ask you for this when you come to connect... Continue from step 2

If nothing pops up, right click the "network Manager" icon in the system tray by your clock, and select "Edit Connections", click the "Mobile Broadband" tab, click "Add", select your device from the drop-down menu, click "Forward", select "Britain (UK)", click "Forward", select "3", click "Forward", select "Internet" as your Plan and "3internet" as your APN, click "Forward", click "Apply"... now in the window that opened... Continue from step 4.

2.) Now, before you try to connect (!) you will need to change a few settings .. if you right click on the network manager icon in your tooltray (top right) and select Edit connections, the network connections box should appear.

3.) Now click on the Mobile Broadband tab, highlight "3" (or whatever you decided to call your connection when it was auto-added) and click on Edit. Note in the example below I called the connection "Three" rather than "3".

4.) You should now see the screen shown below .. make sure you enter your PIN if there is one set up on your SIM card.
Next you will need to click on the "PPP Settings", this stage in particular is CRITICAL as to an extent, everything else we've done so far is common sense, whereas this is a show stopper unless you know it needs to be changed.

5.) You should now see the second screen as shown in the screenshots at the bottom of this post. First you need to limit the authentication methods to PAP, this is done by clicking on the 'Configure Methods' button and unticking the other unwanted methods.

6.) Next you need to turn off compression, in particular leaving boxes here ticked it likely to prevent the system from establishing a PPP connection with Three's servers, so although you will see a nice clean blue 3G light on your modem, it won't actually produce a working connection.

7.) Click on Apply and we should be ready to attempt a connection.

8.) Right click on the Network Manager icon in the tooltray and "3" should be listed under the connection name you chose. Select this option.

9.) Connecting will probably take around about a minute assuming it's working properly.

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a) I've waited a minute but I still see a green flashing light and have no connection
    - Check you're actually within range of 3's 3G service
    - Check your PIN setting / make sure it's clear if you have no PIN

b) I've waited a minute and have a blue 3G light, but no connection
    - You've connected to 3, but PPP failed, so check you've turned off your compression settings.

c) I have a connection, but want to disconnect and clicking disconnect on the tooltray item doesn't work
    - yup, bug. Just pull the USB modem from it's socket, works every time.  ;)

d) It worked once, but now when I try to reconnect it sits there
    - it can get confused, try removing the modem, then reboot the PC.