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Ubuntu 9.10 karmic koala repositories with Medibuntu

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The actuall repositories of karmic koala contain all softwares you need for your ubuntu, from media players to graphics tools to games …and more, the installation now is getting more easy with the ubuntu software center where with a simple click you can find hondred of softwares and click to install, but if we look how many softwares we will have to add repositories and then add keys before to install, or the ones that we will have to download from official website of the software ? So many examples exist, like opera , google earth, w32codecs, skype , realplayer and more .

To make life easy, you need just to add Medibuntu repositories, so what is Medibuntu ?

Medibuntu is a packaging project dedicated to distributing software that cannot be included in Ubuntu for various reasons, related to geographical variations in legislation regarding intellectual property, security and other issues:

  • patentability of software, algorithms, formats and other abstract creation
  • legal restrictions on freedom of speech or communication
  • restrictions on the use of certain types of technical solution, such as cryptography
  • legal restrictions on imports of software technology, requiring for example specific permissions
  • etc.

Now after you adding Medibuntu repositories you will be able to install many software(Google earth, Opera , Sun Java ,Acrobat Reader…) that are not included in the ubuntu software center and you will stop wasting time looking for for the right package and from where to download the package … because you will be able to install the package by simple typing :

sudo apt-get install <package name >. 

Now let`s see how to ad Medibuntu repositories :

1- Add the Medibuntu repository.

echo deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ karmic free non-free | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

2- Add the verification key

wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add – && sudo apt-get update

Now you will be able to install softwares by simple using this command :

sudo apt-get install <package name >

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Windows 7 Transformation Pack for Gnome & Ubuntu

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Here is a theme package of windows 7 for the people that like to change the look of their ubuntu looks like Windows7, for me is not usefull because i like how looks ubuntu .

This Package contains:

GDM theme*
Icons Theme*

GTK Theme
Gnomenu theme*
Panel Backgrounds*
Cursor theme

For sound will not be installed , you will have to copy them to /usr/share/sounds ,this will replace the sounds of ubuntu.

Download Win7 Transformation Pack for Ubuntu

and downlowd WallpaperPack

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How to Set Up Conky On Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 !

I was not using Conky at Ubuntu Jaunty until now, because i am too lazy to even edit pre defined conky configs : ).Today i found a couple of simple and cool conky configs so i want write a blog post at the same time i am installing and editing my conky.

Yep we are going to use the conky config at the screenshot you see(it is not taken from my desktop, i am installing it same time i am writing this blog post 🙂 ).Also i will give the ultimate conky source which is located at the ubuntuforums.You can find different configs with screenshots, you can solve your issues at that thread also.

Let’s add the repository first :

For Ubuntu Jaunty :

$sudo wget -q http://www.kaivalagi.com/ubuntu/ppa/m-buck-conky-jaunty.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/m-buck-conky-jaunty.list

For Ubuntu Intrepid :

$sudo wget -q http://www.kaivalagi.com/ubuntu/ppa/m-buck-conky-intrepid.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/m-buck-conky-intrepid.list

For Ubuntu Hardy :

$sudo wget -q http://www.kaivalagi.com/ubuntu/ppa/m-buck-conky-hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/m-buck-conky-hardy.list

Add the repository public key :

$wget -q http://www.kaivalagi.com/ubuntu/ppa/m-buck-conky-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Now update your repository list and install packages we need :

$sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install conky

Download this config file to your home directory :

$cd && wget -c http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/83257/.conkyrc

Create “scripts” directory under your home directory and download the scripts (extract, copy there) under scripts directory :

PS : Before entering that damn long commands,you should know that i did not zip those files, sorry for the long commands : ) I am just configuring/installing it same time i am blogging 🙂

$cd && mkdir scripts && cd scripts && wget -c http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/83257/conkyscripts.zip && unzip conkyscripts.zip && rm conkyscripts.zip && mv conkyscripts/*.* ~/scripts/ && rm -rf conkyscripts

Now download the fonts and move them to ~/.fonts directory :

$cd && wget -c http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/83257/conkyfonts.zip && unzip conkyfonts.zip && cp ~/conkyfonts/*.* ~/.fonts/ && rm -rf ~/conkyfonts && rm conkyfonts.zip

Now open your .conkyrc file (you will re-open it a lot 🙂 ) :

$gedit ~/.conkyrc

And look for this line :

${execpi 300 python ~/scripts/gmail_parser.py yourgmailusername yourgmailpassword 3}

Change yourgmailusername and yourgmailpassword with your Gmail username and password.(be sure nobody is using your computer with your username because the password and the username is not encrypted as you can see!Be warned, it is not secure to write your username and password to a plain file.However you can remove that line, so you can disable the gmail feature at the config.)

If you want to use the Gmail feature, you also need to install this package :

$sudo apt-get install python-feedparser

Let’s continue…If you want to use HDD temperature and Cpu temperature feature, you also are going to install hddtemp and lm-sensors packages :

$sudo apt-get install hddtemp lm-sensors

When installing hddtemp, a couple of questions will be asked.Start the daemon at boot, and hit enter when it asks for IP and Port.Also configure your lm-sensors with $sudo sensors-detect command.(If you do not understand anything at configuration screen, just enter YES to everything.)

Now for weather part, you have to follow this link and enter your zip code OR your city.You will be forwarded to an URL like (This is for Ankara, Turkey and i am not living there.I just entered a random city from Turkey 🙂 )


Copy the location ID (in this example : TUXX0003 ) end edit pogodynka.sh :

gedit ~/scripts/pogodynka.sh

Search for kod=USID0025 at that file and replace the ID with yours.(I do not know who wrote this script either it’s language.Do not blame me, at screenshot it looks simple and cool 🙂 )

Before saving the file.If you want to use Celsius instead of Farenheit :

Find this line :

w3m -dump http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/"$kod".html | grep -A21 "Current" | sed 's/DEG/°/g' > $plik

And replace it with :

w3m -dump http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/"$kod"_c.html | grep -A21 “Current” | sed ’s/DEG/°/g’ > $plik

Save it.Now create an empty file at your home directory called weather :

$cd && touch weather

PS : I also gave chmod 777 to weather file, since i did not see any images near weather.

Now, you can customize your .conkyrc file for your needs.Default conkyrc file monitors eth1 as network.I changed it to eth0.You can also make another line for wlan0 or so
${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=16}v${font} Up: ${upspeed eth0} Kb/s
${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=16}r${font} Down: ${downspeed eth0} Kb/s

${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=16}M${font} Upload: ${totalup eth0}
${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=16}S${font} Download: ${totaldown eth0}

We need to add conky to start up now.Instead of just adding conky command to your start up, i advise you to make a script with sleep (look below) since i had problems with compiz at Ubuntu Intrepid :

I am creating a conky_start.sh file under home directory and add it to start up

$cd && touch conky_start.sh && chmod +x conky_start.sh && gedit conky_start.sh

And add these lines to that file and save it :

sleep 30 &&
exec conky -d -c ~/.conkyrc &

Now go to System > Preferences > Start Up Applications (Start Up Applications is renamed at Ubuntu Jaunty, older Ubuntu versions like Intrepid uses different name, if i remember correctly, it is sessions.)

Click Add.Name it Conky Start Up or what ever you want.For command browse the conky_start_sh.

Reboot your box and have fun!

You can always visit this thread to get some help, new configs etc.

How to Get Windows 7 Like Taskbar {DockbarX}

I used dozens of docks on Linux and Windows, and as you know there are really good docks like AWN, Gnome-Do with docky interface, cairo dock, kiba-dock and so on linux.Today i tried DockbarX and fall in love :). It is like Windows 7’s taskbar except windows’ previews, and you can use it with AWN (i did not try this but i will write the installation guide).Since i am using one gnome panel, it is better for me to delete all the docks i have and add it to my top panel (I am using 12″ notebook with Ubuntu Karmic Koala so i gain more visual space with this task bar 😉 ).You can read the features and changelog from here.You can use experimental or stable build, you can install it from Scott Barnes’s Launchpad repository, or you can compile latest branch.Since it is actively developed, the package at Launchpad repository is a little old and at this howto we will compile(we won’t even compile, just a couple of cp commands 🙂 ) it from branch.
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For the ones who want to install ubuntu package or from repository, here is Scott’s repository :


For the others who want to install from the branch, let’s start :

We are going to create a SVN/DockbarX directory on your home, and install required packages :

$mkdir -p ~/SVN/DockbarX
$sudo apt-get install bzr python-gnome2-desktop python-numpy

Now navigate to ~/SVN/DockbarX and download the branch :

$cd ~/SVN/DockbarX && bzr branch https://code.launchpad.net/~dockbar-main/dockbar/experimental && cd experimental

Instead of compiling we will move a couple of files, and create some directories etc :

$sudo cp dockbarx.py /usr/bin/
$sudo cp GNOME_DockBarXApplet.server /usr/lib/bonobo/servers/

Now we will create a folder (~/.dockbar) and copy launcher_icon.png to this folder.For sistem wide installation you can copy it to /usr/share/pixmaps/dockbar (create if it does not exist : $sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/pixmaps/dockbar ) :

$mkdir ~/.dockbar && cp launcher_icon.png ~/.dockbar

After this, right click to a gnome panel, and select “Add to Panel”.Then select Dockbar Applet and click “Add”.You can move it to anywhere you want and you can find its preferences menu via right clicking the applet.

Here are some screenshots from Karmic Koala with Windows 7 theme (default properties , i did not touch anything at preferences for now.If it looks ugly, please blame the author of the Windows Vista icon pack :)) :

AWN installation guide (i did not try this, i am taking it from gnome-look’s page) :
1. Do a normal install (no need to add dockbarx to panel if you don’t want to, of course).

2. Copy everything from the AWN folder to ~/.config/awn/applets
3. Remove original taskbar/launcher applet from awn (optional, but recommended)
4. Set ‘Icon offset’ parameter to 0!
5. Restart AWN
6. Add DockBar applet

7. if you need wallpaper  downlowd WallpaperPack click here

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Howto Install Foxit PDF Reader On Ubuntu

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If you are familiar with PDF files, you probably heard a lot about Foxit PDF Reader on Windows OS.There is also a linux binary available for a couple of months, but i forgot to write a blog post about it : ) .I prefer it over Acroread because of its fast speed and size.Here are some features of Foxit Reader before we begin to install it to our box :
* PDF Viewing

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Includes Zoom In/Out which changes the page view by the percentage you would like. Page Move which moves pages forwards and backwards and Rotation which enable users to rotate clockwise or counter clockwise the book screen by 90-degree increment.
* Text Selection Tool
The Text Selection tool enables users to select horizontal and vertical text or columns of text in PDFs. The selected text will be copied to the clipboard automatically and pop up a prompt message box.
* Snapshot Tool
Use snapshot tool to copy individual images, text or both from PDFs to the clipboard, other applications, and other files. Then the text and images are pasted as an image.
* Work with friendly Bookmarks and Page Thumbnails
The navigation panel on the left side helps you browse through the PDF, which displays two navigation panels, bookmark panel and a page thumbnail panel. This allows users to jump to a specific place in the document with bookmarks or page thumbnails.
* View Document in Full Screen
In Full Screen mode, the document pane fills the entire screen, with Menu Bar, Toolbar, Status bar, Bookmarks and Page thumbnails hidden behind. But it provides a fixed toolbar which supports basic page view function: Rotation, Zoom In/Out, etc.
* Automatically Scroll
View documents without using the mouse or keystrokes and allowing users to choose a different scroll mode such as continuous scroll, as well as time-lapse scroll. Moreover, you can press the Shift key while scrolling the mouse wheel to control speed.
* Text View
Text View allows the user to preview the whole text content from a PDF file in Foxit Reader.
* Search PDF
Search for specific text you want to locate in PDF’s. The searched items will be highlighted at which point you can click Find Again or press F3 to continue searching.
* Support Hyperlinks
Support internal and external hyperlinks. Click links with the hand tool to take you to another location in the current document or other PDF documents, or other websites.
* Optimized Rendering
Supports progressive rendering and significantly reduces the response time from the user interface events.
* Add unembedded Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters support
It can properly display PDF documents containing Chinese/Japanese/Korean fonts on Linux platform.
* Improved print quality with anti-aliasing feature
Effectively fix the aliasing issue in the output file by replacing the previous bitmap output format with the postscript output one.
* Add Preview/Next view feature
Go back or forward one page view by pressing the Preview/Next view button
* Add Save as feature
Allow users to save a copy of PDF

Installation :

Navigate to this page and download the debian package (.deb).Install it via double click or at terminal via $sudo dpkg -i filenameofthedeb.deb . You can run Foxit Reader via Applications > Office > FoxitReader or FoxitReader command.

To make it your default PDF reader / viewer application, right click to a pdf file and select Properties.Then navigate to Open With tab and select FoxitReader

PS : The debian package tested on Ubuntu Jaunty and Karmic Koala put it probably works on all debian based distros.
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