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Note: Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 Flash

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Buttons not working on iPlayer, Flash.

gksudo gedit /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/i386/linux/npviewer

Add this line:

export GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS=1

Before this line:

. /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/noarch/npviewer

Example:

#!/bin/sh
TARGET_OS=linux
TARGET_ARCH=i386
export GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS=1
. /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/noarch/npviewer

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March 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Note: Ubuntu Default Folders

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To change the default folders edit this file:

gedit ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

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Here is an example from the Lucid Beta1 LiveCD:

user-dirs.dirs

# This file is written by xdg-user-dirs-update
# If you want to change or add directories, just edit the line you're
# interested in. All local changes will be retained on the next run
# Format is XDG_xxx_DIR="$HOME/yyy", where yyy is a shell-escaped
# homedir-relative path, or XDG_xxx_DIR="/yyy", where /yyy is an
# absolute path. No other format is supported.
#
XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"
XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Downloads"
XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/Templates"
XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/Public"
XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documents"
XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Music"
XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/Pictures"
XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"

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March 21, 2010 at 3:48 am

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Taking A Chance On Lucid 10.04 Beta 1 :-)

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The Game Is Afoot.

Downloading:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/lucid/ubuntu-10.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso

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Check List.

  • Downloaded LiveCD – Done
  • Tested in TestDrive – Done
  • Backup – Done
  • Burn CD – Done
  • Check CD Integrity – Done.
  • Partitions Screenshot (send to web)- Done

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The LiveCD Installation.

Very well designed, great to be able to browse the web while installing the OS.

As you can see below the Lucid Installer is open on the left and Firefox on the right.
This allows me to consult the previously saved screenshot of my partitions.
Double checking is a good ideas at this point!

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First Impressions.

Well I am back up and running!

Lucid looks great and seems to be performing well so far…

  • Wow purple… well that’s a bold choice :-)
  • I wasn’t planning on using that dark a theme, but now I have seen it, I may be able to live with it.
  • Controls on the left… yep I can retrain myself to use them, hopefully there is a good reason for the change. I wonder what the plans are for the space on the right :-?

Notes:

  • I was running Karmic 9.10 64bit.
  • Hardware: Intel Quad Core, 8GB/1.5TB, NVIDA.
  • I am performing a Clean Install not an Upgrade.
  • My /home is on its own partition.
    This enables me to keep 99% of my configuration information,
    (Application Settings, Desktop, Panels, etc.) and is a huge time saver.

Post Install Tasks:

  • I ran the script cleanstart-packages.list.sh after the install of Lucid.
    This reinstalls all of my favourite packages from a list.
  • I reset my background to the default Purple.
  • I selected the new Ambiance Theme.

Things I Noticed:

  • My sound applet in the top panel has gone missing (Solved).
    Its called the “Indicator Applet”, no mention of Sound at all.
  • At 32 pixels the top panel looked odd, with a grey bottom edge.
  • Nautilus, F3 Gets you an Extra Panel nice!

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The Thrilling Conclusion.

You know I think I like it :-)

Lucid has been the easiest, least problematic, Ubuntu OS to install yet.

Come on in, the water’s fine :-)

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Addendum.

Bugs.

Bug #542365 Indicator applet needs renamed appropriately so people can find it (Some reference to Sound Control needed).

Bug #532101 “You can receive files over Bluetooth into this folder” always visible on XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR folder, even without a Bluetooth device.

Bug #532309 Light-themes: panel-background isn’t scaling.
Confirmed workaround:
sudo gedit /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
sudo gedit /usr/share/themes/Radiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
Comment out bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = “panel_bg.png” e.g. #bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = “panel_bg.png”
Log out then Log in again.

Miscellaneous.

The menu to Check CD Integrity is only available for a second or two at startup.

Theme changed from Ambiance to Radiance, loved the Ambiance theme but it was too dark for me. I now use Radiance, with the Ambiance Window Border.

Customised Theme Tooltips to yellow (#F5F5B5) with black text (#000000). Firefox’s Boox, amongst others, looks odd otherwise. Right Click on Desktop > Change Desktop Background. Theme (Ambience) > Customise > Colour >Tooltips.

Written by SilverWav

March 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

A Cleanstart for your new Ubuntu (Install Packages from a list)

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Clean Install

Each time Ubuntu brings out a new version I do a clean install.

I do this for a number of reasons, stability being the main one, but also to blow away all of the crud I have installed over the last 6 months.

If I don’t remember to reinstall it, then it wasn’t that important :-)

That said I do want my downtime to be as short as possible.

With that in mind I have a script (cleanstart-packages.list.sh) that reads a list of package names (packages.list) and installs them all at once.

As part of my preparation for the upcoming Lucid install, I have updated/retested the script and packages in a vm.

Quick Instructions and file downloads here.

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The code for the script is next, followed by my list of packages. Its simple but it does the job :-)

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March 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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Doing a Kamikaze run and Installing Lucid 10.04 Beta 1

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So thinking of taking a chance and installing the 10.04 beta1 tonight :-)

I did a backup and started to do a mental check-list of what I would need, before doing the deed.

Spotted this article on Arstechnica… nice! Also very handy, cheers Ryan.

I am on 9.04 64bit so… get TestDrive and install.
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Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:testdrive/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install testdrive

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Then run “TestDrive” (System Tools menu).

I went with the defaults:
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Terminal:

Welcome to Testdrive!

1. Ubuntu Desktop (lucid-amd64)
2. Ubuntu Server (lucid-amd64)
3. Ubuntu Alternate (lucid-amd64)
4. Ubuntu DVD (lucid-amd64)
5. Ubuntu Desktop (lucid-i386)
6. Ubuntu Server (lucid-i386)
7. Ubuntu Alternate (lucid-i386)
8. Ubuntu DVD (lucid-i386)
9. Ubuntu Netbook (lucid-i386)
10. Other (prompt for ISO URL)

Select an ISO to testdrive [1]:
INFO: Using KVM for virtual machine hosting…

INFO: Syncing the specified ISO…

rsync://cdimage.ubuntu.com/cdimage/daily-live/current/lucid-desktop-amd64.iso

receiving file list …
1 file to consider
lucid-desktop-amd64.iso
711749632 100% 936.46kB/s 0:12:22 (xfer#1, to-check=0/1)

sent 143 bytes received 711988704 bytes 957617.82 bytes/sec
total size is 711749632 speedup is 1.00
INFO: Creating disk image [/home/sil/.cache/testdrive/img/testdrive-disk-JbZ_w9.img]…

Formatting ‘/home/sil/.cache/testdrive/img/testdrive-disk-JbZ_w9.img’, fmt=qcow2 size=6442450944 encryption=off cluster_size=0

INFO: Running the Virtual Machine…

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5 minutes from start to finish and we have lift-off!

How Cool is that :-)

It even offered to install a bootable image to a USB drive (well we will see how successful that was later).

Now just waiting for the official 10.04 Beta1.

Some Screenshots to pass the time…

First Impressions

You know I think I like it :-)

  • Wow purple… well that’s a bold choice :-)
  • I wasn’t planning on using that dark a theme, but now I have seen it, I may be able to live with it.
  • Controls on the left… yep I can retrain myself to use them, hopefully there is a good reason for the change.

I wonder what Mark is planing for the space on the right :-?

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[Update 19th March 2010]

Release was postponed until the 19th!
But never mind, see the thrilling conclusion in my next post: Taking A Chance On Lucid 10.04 Beta 1 :-)

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March 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm

ShelveLogger 4.3.1

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ShelveLogger.html 4.3.1 – (Download).

Just click the download link to see a working example.
(It also allows you to see the lightning fast Filtering in action).

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Below is the sourcecode for ShelveLogger.html

Note: After the big changes in 4.3, 4.3.1 is mainly code clean-up.

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March 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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ShelveLogger 4.3

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ShelveLogger.html 4.3 – (Download).

Just click the download link to see a working example.
(It also allows you to see the lightning fast Filtering in action).

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Below is the sourcecode for ShelveLogger.html

Note: The priority for this version was to add the built-in help and to integrate the filtering code.

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March 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm

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