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Ubuntu MeMenu to Encourage Social Media Broadcasting

It seems that a huge segment of the world’s population has gone Twitter and Facebook crazy. People are busy updating their statuses, sending each other links, and trying to see how many “friends” and “followers” they can get.  We are becoming social “broadcasters”, constantly bombarding our “friends” with 140 character chunks of information. In reality, these social networks are all about making “ME” feel good about myself, tricking us into thinking that people care about what we say … or maybe they really do care?

While sociologists are studying the effects of this social network phenomenon and what it means for society, there’s no doubt that social networks are big, really big!  Not to be left out of the bit “ME” craze, the upcoming Ubuntu 10.04 release will include the “MeMenu.” The MeMenu will be your one-stop spot for sending out all your social media broadcasts right from within Ubuntu.

Plans for the MeMenu have been posted on Ubuntu’s wiki. According to the wiki, the MeMenu should “let you broadcast to social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, set your status for instant messaging, and access settings for instant messaging, microblogging, and Ubuntu One.” They include mockups of the interface, which honestly, looks pretty cool.

The latest daily builds of Ubuntu 10.04 show that substancial progress is being made on the MeMenu. It seems that Canonical and the Ubuntu community are serious about getting this done before the final release. Currently, you need to install the Gwibber package manually before the MeMenu “Broadcast Accounts” work.  Once Gwibber is installed, you can post directly to Facebook, Twitter or Identi.ca from the MeMenu.

From a technical standpoint, this seems like a great idea. It also appears rather risky. Who will people blame when Facebook or Twitter change their APIs and the MeMenu stops working? They’ll blame Ubuntu, of course, even if it’s not their fault. If Canonical is going to include these social features as part of the core Ubuntu LTS release, I hope they’re ready to quickly fix bugs as social networks change APIs and break Gwibber and the MeMenu.

If executed well, these plans could turn into a great addition to the Ubuntu desktop. Perhaps Ubuntu will benefit by helping its users to become “Social Broadcasters” … hopefully they’ll be broadcasting about how great Ubuntu is and not posting things like “stupid MeMenu is not working again” or “No audio again in Ubuntu, need to reboot!”

How to enable password protection in Burg

Burg is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB. It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS. It also has a highly configurable menu system which works in both text and graphic mode. We did show you in a previous post how to install and configure burg in Ubuntu. Today we will see how to enable password protection in burg.

configure user and passwords
To add/edit user, use burg-adduser , for example :

sudo burg-adduser --super admin
sudo burg-adduser user1

The –super option is used to specify super user.

To remove user, use burg-deluser :

sudo burg-deluser user1

The password is stored in /etc/default/burg-passwd.
Setup GRUB_USERS variable in /etc/default/burg
Here is an example:


This means user1 can boot Ubuntu, no password is needed for Windows, user1 and user2 can boot other OS besides Ubuntu and Windows. Superusers can boot any OS and use system-wide hotkeys like `c’ to enter console mode.
Generate burg.cfg with update-burg

sudo update-burg

You can use burg-emu to check the configuration before reboot:

sudo burg-emu

Wine 1.1.39 Released

The Wine development release 1.1.39 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Support for registry symbolic links.
  • Many MSI fixes.
  • Build process improvements.
  • MSXML cleanups and fixes.
  • A number of MSHTML improvements.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

I’m BACK, But….


I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted here. It seems like it was just the other day, but alas … it’s been a while! It is truly amazing at how some things in your life just take a back seat as you go through the rigours of life.

It’s not for a lack of things to post about, or a lack of desire to share with you some of the exciting and not so exciting happenings in my life, or a lack of things happening in the world and in our region that have warranted many rants and comments,  but I WILL GO TO ARMY AGAIN 😦  SOON … ( About 6 months ) !

I’m sorry to have missed the months !! it’s a long time !

Now i’m here 😉


February 2010


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