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Monday, February 25, 2008

HowTo: Speed Up Linux in Two Easy Steps

You might want to read this first before you do this.
Open this file using a text editor in super user mode

#sudo [insert text editor name] /etc/sysctl.conf

Append or write at the end of the document this:

vm.swappiness=1
vm.vfs_cache_pressure=50

Friday, February 22, 2008

HowTo: Install Tremulous Backport in Linux

RAR!!! AS3!! AS3!! Take down those teslas and replace them with turrets! OMG! Noobs! Don't decon the RC. Aw, FFS. We've been deconned. GG?

It's okay for you not to understand the ramblings of a tremulous player.

Unarguably the BEST Open Source First Person Shooter with elements of RTS in the whole galaxy.

Now, enough of that and on to the beef of this post. These are the steps to INSTALLING the TREMULOUS.TJW BACKPORT in any Debian based Linux box. That means you too Ubuntu.

If you don't have it installed yet install it.

#sudo apt-get install tremulous


Now download the x86 file that would replace the executable you have

#wget http://tremulous.tjw.org/backport/linux/tremulous.x86

To be sure, make a backup of the old executable file.

#sudo mv /usr/lib/tremulous/tremulous /usr/lib/tremulous/tremulous_old

Move the new file to the proper directory

#sudo mv tremulous.x86 /usr/lib/tremulous/tremulous

Change the file to be executable.

#sudo chmod +x /usr/lib/tremulous/tremulous

Now what? Close your browser. Add me as your friend.

I AM JAGUAR PAW, I am a hunter. This is my Beer Garden, KOR, KOR Layouts, KOR Unlimited, Dretch Storm, OPP ATCS Battleground
, and my sons will hunt here with their sons long after I am gone.

#tremulous

Oh btw, doing this gives you the following features to the game.

This is a backport of some important additions to ioquake3 to Tremulous 1.1.0.

A backport is required because the current Tremulous client built from SVN
is no longer compatible with the 1.1.0 data files and vms.

This is based on the Tremulous SVN version 755 with the following additions:

* cl_guid (because I'm a shameless self promoter)
* May 8, 2006 security fix for COM_StripExtension()
http://lists.grok.org.uk/pipermail/full-disclosure/2006-May/045906.html
* WinXP SP2 NX-extension fix
* June 2, 2006 security fix
http://www.derkeiler.com/Mailing-Lists/Full-Disclosure/2006-06/msg00112.html
* R1CH's Alt-Tab fix (you need to set win_allowAltTab 1 for this to work)
* win32 builds add a "home path" in /Documents and Settings
* cURL support for HTTP/FTP downloads. cl_allowDownload and cl_wwwDownload
both need to be set to 1 (the server also needs to be patched and configured
for this to work).
* OpenAL sound tracking fix (bug 2893)
* added cl_guidServerUniq. When set to non-zero a different cl_guid is sent
to each server you connect to to prevent guid theft by malicious server
admins.

I strongly recommend backing up your existing binaries in case these
don't work out.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

[UPDATED] I am NOT Ditching Firefox in Favor of Epiphany

[UPDATE] Ok Ok, I concede. Firefox is not the slow poke here it's my sloppy Linux configuration that is causing all the trouble, well at least most of it. So, forget about the picture below and Google, don't take my $ 1.50 Adsense earnings away from me anymore. I'm supporting Firefox again! Woot!

I recently made my Debian fox faster through adjusting swappiness. Whatever that means. This is how it is done.

[OLD ARTICLE] It's I'd hate to go against my (used to be) favorite browser, but I am an honest guy. Firefox just doesn't cut it anymore for me. Sure it has over a bazillion add ons that could make life easy. Sure it has over a bazillion themes that could make it transform into over a bazillion other things. But. Yes but.

It is so painfully slow.

Okay, so my PC runs on an ancient Pentium III 650 MHz with 256 MB RAM. Okay, I am running Debian Etch 4 r 3 on KDE. But, still you'd have to admit that what used to be Michael Jordan criss crossing on the court running circles around everybody suddenly turned into the doughnut chomping Homer Simpson.

Yes, Homer Simpson.

I realize that Google might ban me for running something utterly attrocious as this blog post, but this is after all a free world. Besides, I've been running this blog for more than a year now and the most I have gotten from Adsense is 1.49 US dollars. There another disclosure rule violated. Bah, humbug. I don't rely on my Google Adsense earnings to earn a living. And I'm used to strong arm business tactics. Sure, turn my 1.49 Google adsense earnings to 0.00. Hah!

Anyway, with Firefox turning into Fatfox, I'd sooner go for a browser like, let's say Angel Locsin. Fit, firm and fast. Fast? Like a fast rising star.

So, who or what is this Angel Locsin like web browser?

Yes, click the link to know. I'm that annoying to point out that its name is on the title of this blog post.

Unfortunately, themeing this baby still is a no no. And scrolling to another tab you've opened could be quite click intensive.

But, for a browser that could just doh it for you. Youtube, Gmail, Yahoo, Blogger and other script heavy sites, it could handle them well just like Manny Pacquiao in his heydays.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Need for WM Unification

I never really understood the need for partisan politics nor animosity between Gnome and KDE. They're both good things in their own right. I might come out as being naive owing to the fact that I don't really know the underlying issues concerning this, but one thing is for sure, and that is
We don't want our desktops looking like Frankenstein



The Frankenstein description stems from the lack of a cohesive approach to the overall look of a Linux run compputer.

Consider this, I remember marvelling at the first time I used Windows XP. I noted then that even pre-WindowsXP applications looked like they were something new because of the uniform effect that Windows XP forced on them.

Uniformity ALWAYS gives the impression of professional conduct as well as appearance. As the ad people would always say
IMAGE IS EVERYTHING



As a Linux user I have always straddled and tiptoed the line between Gnome and KDE. Gnome has a lot of good offerings in terms of performance, simplicity and utility, whereas KDE boasts of their extreme customizability. However as a Linux 1 Year old, I still find it difficult to make my desktop look cohesively KDEish. Every now and then I would install necessary GNOME applications such as GIMP and of course my favorite browser Firefox - which unfortunately spews out ugly GNOME menus and interfaces that looks like - well Frankenstein.

Sure I could change their exterior appearances via themes and what not, but come saving or uploading time, I would be confronted with the strange gnome icons and strange arrangement of the buttons and directories. It's like being left handed ina right handed world.

I don't mean to be so brash and abrasive but I AM HONESTLY BRASH AND ABRASIVE, I CAN'T HELP IT. I just hate the default gnome look and feel of things, No matter what I do to customize and tweak KDE they automagically present themselves at precisely the most opportune of moments.

This ruins my mood. Aw crap. It's like seeing an undesireable acquaintance at work - where you are are forced to smile. That is just the psychological effect of seeing something different.

Of course you might argue that there is a need for tolerance. FSCK tolerance. These are my icons that you are talking about. There are many things that I have no control over in this life - and I do tolerate them. Howeever, this is just one of those that I believe I have or I am entitled to control.

So, I am taking this step to make the world know even if they don't care that I want my Gnome applications to look like KDE applications.

UPDATE: I officially give up. Despite the noble efforts of berbae, I believe that I have allotted enough time to this little concern. I give up. I'm just going to implement a working if not better solution to my concern.

sudo apt-get remove iceape
sudo apt-get remove iceweasel
sudo apt-get remove gimp



UPDATE: I partially solved the problem. Using two solutions the GTK-Qt solution that and a similar one in Psychocats

Unfortunately, the solution by psychocats also uninstalled a lot of things without confirmation! I lost all my games and some other applications. Weird.

Anyway, the icons in my firefox are now KDEish.

I discovered too that the icons' name in firefox is Nautipolis and Littlefox. File manager which appears when clicking Save As is Nautilus with Gnome icons.....

UPDATE: I also posted in Linuxquestions.org to show the failure I got when trying to use the command #dpkg-divert



google643f9c8c65446736

Don't read this experimental post.

I just read Jehzlau's post about search engine optimization and would like to try an experiment. Well, it's sort of weird that sites could become famous just because of that. For example, he said that PinoyMoneyTalk is a piranha. Wow. I mean, if that is how you optimize a search engine, then shiver me timbers the Internet should shut down and reboot a new idea... Strange, now I am beginning to write like that.

Really. A website's relevance or Page rank or whatever the hell you would like to call it should be based on the amount of cash thrown away by the owner. Google probably spent billions of dollars on its operation therefore it's very relevant. Well, this free blog, is free, so in my paradigm, it should be worthless. Just like the Inquirer libre that you pick up in the station.

Monday, February 18, 2008

FILIPINO: Ano ang Linux?

Sa aking mga kababayan, sa abroad at sa Pinas, may pera o wala, maganda o panget, sexy o mataba, mayaman o mahirap, marunong o wais, lalong lalo na sa kabataang nalululong sa mga MMORPG, heto na ang mga kasagutan sa mga tanong na parati niyong tinatanong sa akin tuwing ito ay binabanggit. ANO ANG LINUX?

Marahil ay naririning ninyo ang mga salitang ito - "Linux" "Open Source". Ano ba yang mga sors sors na yan??? Pa open open pa?

Okay, pagpapalagay ko na lang na puro mga bata ang nagbabasa nito. Isipin mo na lang ikaw ang bata. Okay???

Alam mo ba kung ano ang Windows? Hindi yung bintana. Yung nasa loob ng computer mo. Oo. Yan may XP, may 98, may 2000 at may VISTA. Yan ang mga klase ng Windows. Pag pumunta ka sa mga Muslim na nagtitinda ng mga games sa Baclaran, Quiapo o Virra Mall, malamang meron din sila niyan. Sabihin mo lang "Windows" at bibigyan ka nila ng Pirated CD sa halagang 100 pesos. Pwede mo pang tawaran, "Ate, nagtatrabaho po ang uncle ko sa NBI."

Ngayon ang tawag sa Windows ng mga matatalino ay "Operating System" o kaya "OS". Yan ang nagpapatakbo ng computer mo. Yan ang nagpapatakbo ng YM mo. Yan ang nagpapatakbo ng Ragna mo. Yan ang nagpapatakbo ng Counter Strike, ng Lineage, ng Warcraft, ng Flyff, ng MS Office, at ng kung ano ano pa na dina-download mo sa internet. You see, ang "Operating System" o ang "OS" kasi ang nakikipagtalakayan o kaya nakikipagusap doon sa computer na bagay. Isipin mo na lang na ang "OS" ay ang manibela ng computer mo. Kumbaga sa kotse, yan ang nagliliko liko ng mga gulong.

Ngayon po mayroon tayong problema. Ang Windows na OS ay "CLOSED SOURCE" Ibig sabihin, yung code niyan, ay hindi mo maaaring baguhin o kaya ipamigay o kaya kopyahin o kaya ibenta. Actually, hindi mo nga PAG-AARI yan e. Binili mo tapos hindi pa rin sayo.

"HA??? WADAHEL?! Anong ibig mo sabihin, gumastos ako ng 5000 tapos hindi akin to??? Binili ko ito o MAY RESIBO pa. Orig yan no."

"Opo, hindi po sa iyo yan. Ang term po diyan e - ni license lang sa iyo."

"Anong pakialam ko sa code code na yan?" tanong mo.

Ibig sabihin lang naman e, na bukod sa may bayad iyan pag bibilihin mo yung CD - pirated man o hindi, ay WALA KANG KARAPATANG baguhin ang mga nilalaman ng OS na yan. Pwede mong i-hack pero bawal at gagawa at gagawa ng paraan ang kumpanya na gumawa ng Windows na yan para hindi mo mapakialaman ang code niyan. Example, gusto mong i-customize ang computer mo. Para ma customize mo ang computer mo, kailangan mo pang bumili nanaman ng pirated software o kaya magdownload ng freeware na malamang ay may virus o kaya spyware.

"E ano ngayon? May AntiVirus at May AntiSpyware Naman!!" sabi mo.

Hello!!! Pag kailangan mo ng Antivirus o Antispyware, kailangan mong MAGBAYAD.

"E ano ngayon? May free naman na AntiVirus a???" sabi mo.

Hello!!! Nakakasigurado ka ba na matatanggal ng FREE ANTIVIRUS MO YAN? Bandang huli, mapupuno ng mapupuno yang VIRUS CHEST mo ng mga VIRUS at SPYWARE hanggat sa humantong na KAILANGAN mo ng Ireformat at reinstall nanaman yang Windows mo.

Tsk. Tsk. By da way, alam mo ba na ang isang Windows CD ay pwede mo lang iinstall sa ISANG COMPUTER. Oo, pwede mong i try na install sa iba - kasi magaling ka di ba? ---Ingat ka lang sa NBI o sa BSA. Mwahahahaha.

Yan po ang kagandahan ng "CLOSED SOURCE" o ng "WINDOWS".

Binabayaran mo ang isang kumpanya na gumawa ng produktong depektibo para ipaayos mo sa mga PARTNER nila, ahem McAfee, ahem...

-para bumili ka ng antivirus,
-para bumili ka ng registry cleaner,
-para magdefragment ka,
-para bumili ka ng antispyware
-para bumili ka ng firewall
-para bumili ka ng anti identity theft
-la la la
-la la la

Naaalala ko tuloy yung kumandant namin noong ROTC. "MASAYA KAMI DAHIL MAY NPA, ABU SAYAP at JI. Kung wala ang mga yan E DI WALA NA KAMING TRABAHO!!!!"

Ganun din sa COMPUTER, "MASAYA KAMI DAHIL SA MGA VIRUS NA YAN, KUNG WALA IYAN E DI HINDI NA KAMI MAKAKABENTA NG ANTIVIRUS, FIREWALL, ANTISPYWARE, etsetera, etsetera.

Hehe.

So, malamang alam mo na ang ibig sabihin ng "CLOSED SOURCE" at ng "OPERATING SYSTEM" at ng "WINDOWS". Masaya ka pa ba?

Alam natin na ang mga pinoy - kahit yung mga mayayaman, ay mga gahol sa pera. Ni ultimo kendi tinatawaran - "Ano piso isa??? Tatlo dos yan ano..."

Hindi ko naman sinasabi na, mga kuripot kayo lahat - sinasabi ko lang na, ehem, COST EFFICIENT at COST CONSCIOUS ang mga Pinoy, lalo na ang mga Ilokano.

Ngayon, siguro dahil alam mo na ang ibig sabihin ng CLOSED SOURCE, at alam mo na ang WINDOWS ay CLOSED SOURCE. May idea ka na kung ano ang OPEN SOURCE. Mayroon ba? Hello? Gising ka pa ba?

Okay, so sabi mo, sino namang dakila ang mamimigay ng libreng bagay na may gamit. Ano sila, hilo?

Actually, hindi sila mga hilo. Actually, kumikita din sila sa pamamagitan ng ibang mga paraan. Syempre kailangan din naman kumain nung mga tao. Actually yung ibang mga tao, pinopondohan ng sarili nating gobyerno - The Republic of the Philippines. Wow. Palakpak. May nagawa ang ating gobyerno na may kinalaman sa IT bukod sa ZTE at CyberEducation. WOW. PALAKPAK.

Ang OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE ay ginagawa ng mga mababait at magagaling na tao. Karamihan sa kanila ay mga ordinaryong tao tulad mo at tulad ko, at ang ilan naman sa kanila ay yung mga tinatawag na da best. Hindi nila nais maging sakim tulad ng ibang mga kumpanya. Ang tanging nais nila ay ang gumawa ng isang bagay - mga program na makakatulong sa sarili nila at bukod doon ay makakatulong sa ibang mga tao. Gusto lamang nila i-share ang kanilang pagiging da best. They share instead of selling.

GUSTO NILANG TULUNGAN LALO NA ANG MGA MAHIHIRAP SA MGA THIRD WORLD COUNTRY SA PAMAMAGITAN NG EDUKASYON SA COMPUTER.

Ang tawag sa kanila ay ang "Open Source Community".

Ngayon, ang Linux ay bahagi ng isang Operating System. Sabi ng iba, Operating System na ang Linux. Sabi naman ng iba, bahagi lamang ito ng GNU/LINUX Operating System.

Whatever, basta Open Source po ito.

Ibig sabihin, ang Linux ay parang isang masarap na recipe ng chocolate cake. Lahat ng matiyagang magluto nito ay pwedeng kumain nito. Pwede mong baguhin ang recipe para dagdagan, pwede mo rin namang bawasan. Pag luto na ay pwede mong i-share ang nagawa mong cake. Or, pwede mo rin namang ibenta. Pero, paano mo ibebenta yung cake mo kung meron naman libre.

Kailangan mong gawing special.

Yung iba naman, tulad ko, okay lang na kumain ng cake. Lamon lamon.

Lahat ng talento ay kinatutuwaan ng Open Source. Kahit hindi ka programmer ay maaari kang makatulong sa paggawa ng mga magagandang bagay. Halimbawa na lang:

-Ang mga magagaling gumuhit, ay pwedeng gumawa ng art.
-Ang mga magagaling tumugtog, ay puwedeng sumama sa mga proyektong may kinalaman sa multimedia
-Ang mga magagaling maglaro, ay puwedeng makilahok sa pagtest ng mga laro
-Ang mga magagaling mag-imagine, ay puwedeng makaisip ng mga bagong bagay
-at marami pang iba.

Siguro ang pinakamagandang masasabi ko tungkol sa Linux ay bibihira, malimit, kaunti ang mga virus dito, kung hindi ako nagkakamali ay wala pang 20. Bukod doon. Ang mga virus sa Windows ay hindi gumagana sa Linux. So, kunwari, nainfect ka ng I LOVE YOU VIRUS sa WINDOWS. Sa Linux. Wala lang yan. Parang text lang. Hindi babagal ang computer mo.

Bilib ka na ba? Kung hindi pa rin, okay lang. Sana ay masaya ka sa Windows mo, na nagbabayad.

Perpekto ba ang LINUX?

Hindi, tao rin lamang ang mga gumagawa at nagbibigay ng kontribusyon dito. Nagkakamali. So what? Chocnut! Kahit na ganoon, pag sinabi mong may sira ito. Mayroong makikining. Parating may nakikinig. At kung talagang wala. Ikaw mismo ang pwedeng makagawa ng solusyon. Pag sa WINDOWS, once na sira na ang computer mo. Siguradong dukot ka na sa wallet mo.

Sa Linux, kahit sino pwedeng tumulong kahit ikaw - pag magaling ka na. Pwedeng tumulong. Kumbaga e PAY-IT-FORWARD ang sistema dito.

Yun lang ba ang Linux? ISA LAMANG BA ITONG LIBRENG WINDOWS.?

Malaking. HINDEEEEEEEE!

Ito'y isang pilosopiya. Inaako nito ang pilosopiyang kayang gumawa ng mga tao ng magagandang bagay para sa sarili at para sa kapwa para sa ikatutuwa at pakinabang ng lahat.

Kasi, ang sabi nga nila, libre lang ang mangarap. Libre lang ang imahinasyon. Pero ang mga bagay tulad ng cake, hindi libre, kailangan nito ng asukal, tsokolate, marshmallow, icing, cream, lutuan, etsetera, etsetera.

Hindi tulad ng chocolate cake natin kanina, ang Linux ay nangangailangan lamang ng 3 bagay.

1. Computer, malamang mayroon ka na nito.
2. Libreng Oras, kahit 30 minutos kahit isang minuto mahalaga na
3. Bagay sa loob ng ulo mo.

Yun lang. Hindi mo kailangang pumunta ng Data Blitz para makakuha nito. Hindi mo kailangan bumili ng libro para matutunan ito.

Ang Linux na hawak mo ay sayo, sa atin, at sa lahat. Kung ano ang mayroon ako ay mayroon ka. Kung ano nag mayroon ka, mayroon ako.

O diba cute?

Atin ito. Eto ang isang klase ng Linux:




Astig ba?







Sunday, February 17, 2008

iGoogle Redirected to SiteSure

Today, February 17, 2008, 01:00 AM GMT+8:00 , my iGoogle Home Page got consistently redirected to a Website called SiteSure.com.


It appears that one of Google's gadgets called, "This Day in History" has been Hijacked and is causing the redirect. Simply remove the gadget before it fully loads.

Curiously, this is a Windows specific problem as it does not happen on Linux.

More details here.
and
in Google Groups

I think its time for a Google password change as a lot of services rely on it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Why Does Everyone Want to Run MS Office in Wine?

I was checking my statcounter statistics and well, I am kind of surprised that my little Linux Newbie Blog is racking it in specially for "Running MS Office 2003 under Wine". It's really strange and disturbing. Why want to run something inferior when you can have something that could do the same job?

Well, who am I to challenge the wishes of the market? If they want to run MS Office 2003 on Wine and Linux then fine. But what's bothering me really is that such a trend has bad implications for the alternatives that the Open Source world has to offer. I could think of a few random thoughts that could explain this.

1. Open Office may be stagnating, or simply innovating and improving more slowly than the boys and girls at Redmond.
2. People just don't see the point in wasting time learning something new.
3. Open Office looks cheap?
4. MS Office is a status symbol? Like, "If you really say that you are that good at what you do then why can't you afford MS Office?"

When you walk in a room full of suits and neckties and you present something, you'd want to capture the audience. You'd want to dominate. You remember the time when you were in high school and the kids were just talking to each other while you were presenting something that you worked hard to prepare for.

That's why PowerPoint has a very powerful point. Sure you could just Impress them. But impression is not enough. In my own experience I'd want to be powerful enough to subdue the audience's resistance to my ideas. I'd want them to get off their chairs and stand and inquire about the marvelous idea. I want to have the power to Mesmerize, Captivate and Manipulate. Because without this it would just be another canned presentation seen by numerous others within the office. Pffftt.

Let's face it, not everybody in the world is a computer spartan. A lot of people, (most people actually) want something to brag about. When they brag, they usually brag about everything, from where they got their nails done, their shoes and even their office suites. You simply can't expect people to throw their money at you if they see that you are Mr. El Cheapo Freeloader with the Clip on Tie. Hey, have a seat on my monobloc guest chair. We decorate our offices with powerful emblems that are designed to intimidate as well as make the guest or potential investor at ease.

I am small and I am a nobody but if any of the big guys at the OpenSource Office Suite world is out there, I would suggest for them to ditch at least the freebie appearance and impression. Use powerful words like Elite, Premium, Gold or whatever to make Open Office stand out and dominate.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Leave of Absence

ANNOUNCEMENT: I would have to take an extended leave of absence from blogging. My daughter, Alithea Rae has been confined in Las Pinas Doctors Hospital for 3 days now due to convulsions and high fever.

Alithea is a variant of the name Alethea which means TRUTH. Rae is a feminine variant of the name Rey which is linked to either kingship or that of light. I put it together to signify two things: That the TRUTH IS KING or LIGHT OF TRUTH. For those of you who pray, please offer a silent prayer for my daughter's wellness. For those of you who don't pray, please wish her well.





UPDATE: My daughter is back in action and so am I. She's well and kicking ass!

Friday, February 08, 2008

No Icons in Konqueror then Crash

Symptoms:
-Konqueror does not show 'any icons' when trying to view files or folders locally



-It then crashes after a few seconds
-Error Code in Konsole:
Code:
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype inode/directory
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype image/jpeg
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype text/plain
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype image/jpeg
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype inode/directory
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype application/x-iso
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype text/plain
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype inode/directory
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype image/jpeg
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype image/jpeg
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype inode/directory
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype image/png
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype image/jpeg
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype application/x-zerosize
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype image/x-bmp
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype text/xml
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype application/x-shellscript
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype inode/directory
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype inode/directory
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype application/x-shellscript
konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype inode/directory
Related Issues:
-When trying to change icon themes from Control Center
--No icons show in preview in Desktop/File Manager
--No icons show in preview in all icons
**Regardless of which icon theme I select
**Screenshot



Resolution:
-Tried to apt-get reinstall kdebase = same results

Support Request Filed at the following forums
-Linuxquestions
-Ubuntuforums

UPDATE: I have managed to get a workaround to work. It's pretty lame really and takes at least two extra clicks to make it work:

1. In Konqueror click Settings > Load View Profile > File Management
2. From there I could browse my files

UPDATE 2 BETTER SOLUTION: A better solution was offered by Kuja in Ubuntuforums:

1. Created a new user:
adduser [newuser name]

2. After creating new account I logged out and restarted the PC
3. I then logged on the new account
4. Encountered Error

Sound server informational message:
Error while initializing the sound driver:
device /dev/dsp can't be opened (Permission denied)
The sound server will continue, using the null output device.


Solution:

1. Changed Permissions
chmod 660 /dev/dsp
gpasswd -a audio

Thursday, February 07, 2008

HowTo: Add Applications You've Installed Using the dpkg - i Command

So you've installed that nifty Debian package that you've downloaded from somewhere other than the official Debian repositories but can't find it anywhere in your menu. Let's say for example the beta release of Firefox 3. You have gotten used to running Firefox 2 from the menu by clicking. But after you've installed Firefox 3 beta, you can't find it anywhere except by running it via the CLI.

If you are looking to put a program that you've installed via the sudo dpkg -i package.deb command. Here's how to put it in your K menu.

1. First click on the K-Menu button.
2. Click on Settings
3. Then click on the Menu Updating Tool
.

4. Click on Scan
5. Pick the application that you are looking for
6. Click Apply then Close

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

[UPDATED] How to Install Firefox 3 beta 3 on Debian Etch

Why should you use Firefox 3? Software nowadays tend to get bloated, big and slow. Not this one. Though still in beta form Firefox 3 surely impressed my Pentium 3 650 Mhz 256 MB RAM PC running Debian Etch. Woho, it's fast, this I can guarantee.

A crude test I performed involved opening ten tabs from the same links in my iGoogle RSS feeds section. While opening the tabs in Firefox 2, I wasn't able to click and view the tabs which have already loaded. In Firefox 3, I was able to do so with almost instantaneous response from Firefox.

UbuntuGeek posted some instructions on how to install Firefox 3 beta in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon. These were the instructions I followed after downloading the beta release since the following codes did NOT work for the Firefox install.

# tar xvzf package.tar.gz (or tar xvjf package.tar.bz2)
# cd package
# ./configure
# make
# make install


Installing Firefox 3 beta on my Debian Box:
*Note: The steps are for Ubuntu - they worked on my Debian Box

From UbuntuGeek.


#sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

Make a backup of old firefox preferences

#sudo cp -R ~/.mozilla ~/.mozillabackup

If you haven't already, download firefox 3.0b3 from HERE

Now you have the firefox-3.0b3.tar.bz2 file

Unzip the .tar.bz2 file in /opt directory using the following command

#sudo tar -C /opt -jxvf firefox-3.0b2.tar.bz2

Link the plugins using the following command

#cd /opt/firefox/plugins/

#sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/* .

Create a link to your new firefox launcher using the following command

#sudo dpkg-divert --divert /usr/bin/firefox --rename /usr/bin/firefox

#sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

#sudo dpkg-divert --divert /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox --rename /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox

#sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox

Finished!


Howto: Replace Gnome Desktop Environment with K Desktop Environment in Debian Etch

After my foray in trying to replace Nautilus as my default File Manager. I decided what I've been meaning to really do for quite some time: That is to replace the gnome desktop environment with the K Desktop Environment.

I have found a handy resource for this and would not be posting about this lengthily since this particular task has proven to be surprisingly easy. Really easy.

In my case all I did was this:

STEPS:

1. Open a Terminal
2. Type in the command:

#apt-get install kdm kde-core


3. During installation I was asked what login manager I wanted and choose I picked kdm.
4. Logged off
5. Logged back in.
6. Choose 'KDE' session.
7. Choose 'Make Default'.

NOTES:

1. This would of course apply to Debian Etch as I did it in Debian Etch.
2. I lost my sticky notes applet.
3. Most of my Gnome applications still looked like they are in Gnome.
4. For a more in-depth tutorial on how to do this, please visit.

Debian Admin


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Changing Default File Manager in Gnome From Nautilus to Konqueror

As a Debian 37 day old newbie, I am going to do something stupid today. In fact I already did. I tried to replace Nautilus as my default File Manager to Konqueror. My step to achieve this is by removing Nautilus since I already have Konqueror installed.

I did this:

apt-get remove nautilus


This was its reply:

debian:/home/danny/Desktop# apt-get remove nautilus
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
gnome-core gnome-desktop-environment nautilus nautilus-cd-burner
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 4 to remove and 88 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives.
After unpacking 3994kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
(Reading database ... 128698 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing gnome-desktop-environment ...
Removing gnome-core ...
Removing nautilus-cd-burner ...
Removing nautilus ...
debian:/home/danny/Desktop#


I realized that I've done something wrong when I saw the boldfaced lines above. My browser is still up so I might be able to store some information before I reboot.

UPDATE: I was able to reboot, however I lost certain functionalities as well as icons on my desktop. Fortunately I was able to back up my sticky notes.

LEARNED:

*Uninstalling Nautilus did NOT make Konqueror the default File Browser.
*Uninstalling Nautilus also uninstalled the following applications

gnome-desktop-environment ...
gnome-core ...
nautilus-cd-burner ...
nautilus ...

*With the uninstallation of the following gnome components, several functionalities have gone missing:

the shortcut icons on my desktop
the right click

Exercise Your Right to Vote: Linux Applications Awards

The GNU/Linux philosophy is not only about freedom. It is also about your rights as a computer using individual. Among these rights, the most dynamic of all is your ability to vote. With your vote, you could move mountains. With your vote, you could help shape the landscape that we have collectively shaped for the past decade. For without the ordinary individual computer user, the internet would just be one big advertising billboard for organizations and governments.

Now what would be more important in the Free and Open Source world than exercising your right to vote for which software you could use to shape it. The more that you let the developers know that you like their creation - the more inspired they are in creating it for you, right?

Exercise your rights and vote for the tools by which YOU the computer user could shape that future of the Internet. Go Out and Vote!

Linuxquestions.Org

I. Mail Client of the Year

Thunderbird
Kmail
Evolution
Sylpheed
pine
alpine
mutt
Balsa
Opera M2
SquirrelMail
IMP
SeaMonkey MailNews
Claws Mail

II. Desktop Distribution of the Year


Fedora
Ubuntu
openSuse
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
Mandriva
Slackware
Gentoo
MEPIS
Freespire
Arch
PClinuxOS
Zenwalk
Debian
VectorLinux
KNOPPIX
Linux Mint
Ark

III. Live Distribution of the Year

KNOPPIX
PCLinuxOS
Sabayon
Damn Small
Puppy
Elive
SLAX
Fedora Live
Ubuntu Live
Mandriva One
Gentoo Live
SimplyMEPIS
sidux
Wolvix
dyne:bolic

IV. Open Source Game of the Year

Battle for Wesnoth
BZFlag
FlightGear
Freeciv
Frozen Bubble
GNU Chess
NetHack
SuperTux
SuperTuxKart
Tux Racer
Nexuiz
Tremulous
Frets On Fire
Armagetron Advanced
World of Padman
LBreakout2

V. IDE/Web Development Editor of the Year

Quanta
Bluefish
Eclipse
Kdevelop
Nvu
Ginf
Screem
SeaMonkey Composer
Zend Studio
Komodo
Anjuta
Emacs
Netbeans
MonoDevelop
Kylix
eric3
Geany

VI. Graphics Application of the Year


GIMP
Scribus
Inkscape
Blender
ImageMagick
Tux Paint
Krita
Kolourpaint
Karbon
Xara

VII. File Manager of the Year


Nautilus
Konqueror
Midnight Commander
KFM
Xplore
Xfe
ROX-Filer
Krusader
gentoo
Worker
EmelFM/EmelFM2
Xandros File Manager
Thunar
Dolphin

VIII. Text Editor of the Year

vi/vim
Emacs/XEmacs
Kate
jEdit
nano
pico
gedit
Nedit
joe
Scite
Midnight Commander Editor
KWrite
Mousepad
Scribes

IX. Database of the Year


MySQL
PostgreSQL
Firebird
sqlite
Oracle
Sybase
DB2
Berkley DB
InnoDB
EnterpriseDB

X. Programming Language of the Year

PHP
Perl
Python
Ruby
Java
C
C++
Lisp
Smalltalk
erlang
Haskell
C#
JavaFX Script

XI. Video Media Player Application of the Year


mplayer
xine
Totem
VLC
Ogle
Helix
kaffeine

XII. Virtualization Product of the Year


VMware
Xen
Parallels Workstation
OpenVZ
VirtualBox
QEMU
KVM

XIII. Messaging App of the Year

Pidgin
Kopete
Skype
Gizmo
Ekiga
Psi
XChat
konversation
aMSN
Irssi
BitchX
SIM
Centericq
ejabberd
Zimbra
Gajim

XIV. Server Distribution of the Year

Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CentOS
Ubuntu LTS
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Gentoo
Slackware
Debian
LFS

XV. Window Manager of the Year

Fluxbox
Window Maker
Enlightenment
KWin
MetaCity
sawfish
IceWM
Blackbox
Compiz
OpenBox
xfwm4
Ratpoison
Ion

XVI. Browser of the Year

Firefox
Konqueror
Opera
lynx
links/elinks
Epiphany
Dillo
Galeon
SeaMonkey
Flock
IceCat

XVII. Network Security Application of the Year


nmap
snort
Nessus
ClamAv
tcpdump
kismet
fwBuilder
Firestarter
Wireshark
dsniff
Guarddog
Shorewall

XVIII. Multimedia Utility of the Year


K3b
gtkpod
F-Spot
acidrip
MythTV
digiKam
Gnomebaker
DVD::RIP
Freevo
FFmpeg

XIX. Shell of the Year


bash
tcsh
csh
sh
zsh
korn/ksh
fish

XX. Office Suite of the Year

OpenOffice.org
KOffice
Star Office
Applixware
GNOME Office

XXI. Audio Media Player Application of the Year

Amarok
XMMS
XMMS2
mpg123
Rhythmbox
juK
Beep Media Player
Audacious
cmus
Banshee
Songbird
Exaile
MPD

XXII. Desktop Environment of the Year

KDE
Gnome
XFCE
GNUstep
rox

XXIII. Monitoring Application of the Year

Nagios
Hyperic
Zenoss
GroundWork Monitor
ZABBIX
OpenQRM
OpenNMS
Cacti
ntop
Ganglia
monit

XXIV. Windows on Linux App of the Year

Wine
Crossover Office
Cedega
Win4lin

XXV. Host Security Application of the Year

chkrootkit
Tripwire
Bastille
SELinux
AppArmor
rkhunter
AIDE
grsecurity

XXVI. Video Authoring Application of the Year

Cinelerra
Kino
CinePaint
mencoder
LiVES
Avidemux
tovid
Jahshaka
Kdenlive

XXVII. Audio Authoring Application of the Year

Audacity
Ardour
Muse
LAME
Rosegarden
GNUsound
Jokosher
ReZound
Hydrogen
LMMS

Friday, February 01, 2008

How to Send SMS in the Philippines/UK via Chikka in Linux

Installing Java's Runtime Environment is difficult for me. Even with Automatix, I just couldn't figure out how to make it run applications like Chikka. Fortunately, Chikka has a new offering called X-Messenger. It's a web application where you could send SMS messages to the Philippines/UK from any browser for free. Thus, it gave me another reason to remove my Dual Booted Windows XP.


On the top of the interface are icons for the familiar Y! of Yahoo, the butterfly for MSN, Jabber (Google Talk) and others. It also gives you the opportunity to use this slick interface for these protocols. Now, you won't need to chat to your Yahoo IM budies using a desktop application. Do it all on the browser.

How to: Get the HTML Hexadecimal Value of a Color Anywhere

Well, not outside of your desktop of course. If you are a gnome user and have that Sticky Note applet in your panel.

Here's how to do it

1. Right click on the sticky note icon.


- if you dont have it yet:
- Right click on your panel

- Click Add to Panel

- In the Find an Item to Add to the Panel Search Field type in 'Sticky Note'

- Click on Add


2. Click on Preferences
3. Click on Note Color





4. Click the eyedropper icon



5. Point to the color that you like on a picture, on your panel, on your desktop - anywhere - yeah, well at least anywhere not outside of your PC
6. The hexadecimal code will display