Pretty Ubuntu Lucid Lynx CD Cover

Just received my ubuntu cd from canonical. I have crazy habit of collecting ubuntu cds of each version. I have been collecting since 8.04 version.

Over the years, the cd cover art has changed a lot, but this time its simply awesome. Take a look!

Turpial – Awesome Lightweight native Linux twitter client

Turpial is no doubt one of the best native linux twitter client out there. Though i’m a huge fan of adobe Air Based Tweetdeck, this thing looks promising. Turpial until now was availble only in Spanish, thanks to developers now its available in English via PPA.

Turpial has both single window mode, as well as Tweetdeck like wide mode.

Single Window mode

Wide Mode:

It supports every feature any decent twitter app provides like Url shortening and image upload with dozen services.

Installation:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:effie-jayx/turpial-devel
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install turpial

This client is still under development, and you’ll surely have lot of crashes. But once the final release comes its a very promising twitter client.

Essential Softwares for Ubuntu!

No doubt ubuntu is one of the finest linux breeds. It gives best of both worlds. When you install ubuntu it is preloaded with lot of apps. However there are lot of apps that are not there and which are essential. So i decided why not blog about best apps that you can install and use on ubuntu. Here is my list.

1. Elementary Theme

First and fore most thing i do whenever i install ubuntu is install elementary theme. It comes with a PPA, so you can just add it and install the required software. This PPA not only contains elementary desktop, but also applications like docky, banashee etc.. that we’ll follow up as we setup.

Installation:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementaryart/elementarydesktop

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install elementary-theme

sudo apt-get install elementary-icon-theme

This will install all the necessary themes and icons. You can navigate to System -> Appearance -> and click on elementary theme.

2. Ubuntu restricted extras

Ubuntu doesn’t come with mp3 playback, avi video playback, flash, java etc. But don worry you can get all those in ubuntu     restricted extras. Installing this package will pull in support for MP3 playback and decoding, support for various other audio formats (GStreamer plugins), Microsoft fonts, Java runtime environment, Flash plugin, LAME (to create compressed audio files), and DVD playback.

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3. Docky – Elegant, powerful, clean dock

A full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and features a no non-sense approach to configuration and usage. It just works. Docky provides an application launcher, running application management, and various “docklets” including a CPU monitor, weather report and clock. Applications can integrate with Docky to add extra items to their context menus or modify their icons to display more information. This package includes integration helpers for a number of applications, including Banshee, Rhythmbox, Deluge, Tomboy and Zeitgeist.

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4. VLC media player

VLC is the VideoLAN project’s media player. No doubt you would have heard about vlc. its versatile video player for ubuntu. It plays MPEG, MPEG2, MPEG4, DivX, MOV, WMV, QuickTime, mp3, Ogg/Vorbis files, DVDs, VCDs, and multimedia streams from various network sources.

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5. GVim Text Editor

Vi IMproved – enhanced vi editor – with GNOME2 GUI

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6. Gloobus Preview

Gloobus-preview is an extension of Gnome designed to enable a full screen preview of any kind of file. Install and just click on any file you want to preview, press space key and see the magic.

Installation : sudo apt-get install gloobus-preview

7. Banshee Music Player

Banshee is a media management and playback application for the GNOME desktop, allowing users to import audio from CDs.search their library, create playlists of selections of their library, sync music to/from iPods and other media devices, play and manage video files and burn selections to a CD.

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8. Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak is an application to config Ubuntu easier for everyone. It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide.

Installation – download deb from here

9.Cheese

Cheese is a cheesy program to take pictures and videos from your web cam. It also provides some graphical effects in order to please the user’s play instinct.

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10. Gnome Do

Allows you to quickly search for many items present in your GNOME desktop environment (applications, Evolution contacts, Firefox bookmarks, files, artists and albums in Rhythmbox, Pidgin buddies, etc.) and perform commonly used actions on those items (Run, Open, Email, Chat, Play, etc.).

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11. Transmission

Transmission-gtk is a GTK-based BitTorrent client. It features a very simple, intuitive interface on top on an efficient, cross-platform back-end.

12. TweetDeck

Adobe Air based Twitter and Facebook Client.

Installation :

1. Download AIR from http://get.adobe.com/air/

2. Change file permission by chmod a+x file

3. Install by ./file

4. Download tweetdeck from http://www.tweetdeck.com/

13. Readefine

Readefine beautifies RSS, Google Reader articles, plain text and HTML for easy reading. Read content in a book like multi-column layout and tweak settings like justification, column width, etc. for that perfect look. It is abobe air based.

Installation – Download from here

14. Google Chrome Browser

The best and faster browser for Ubuntu. Supports themes, bookmark sync, extenstions.

Download it from http://www.google.com/chrome

15. Dropbox

Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online.

Download the deb file from here https://www.dropbox.com/downloading?os=lnx

16. Artha

Artha is a free GPLed English dictionary and thesaurus for Ubuntu based on WordNet. What is unique about Artha is that it completely works off-line unlike the preloaded one.

Download it from http://sourceforge.net/projects/artha/ or install via Ubuntu Software centre.

I know there might be some apps that i would have missed. Please feel to free comment.

Nokia 5800 firmware v4.0 – Finally Kinetic Scrolling is here

There is a saying “Better late than never” 🙂 thats exactly whats happening with this firmware for 5800. Just when i thought Nokia has ditched its first touch screen phone, here comes the sweet update.

There are some new features in the firmware most importantly there is Kinetic Scrolling. I don’t understand why it took Nokia this late to get this. anyways we have it finally. I’m happy for that, since any touch screen that doesn’t implement kinetic scroling is a crap phone. come on who wants to use scroll bar, when you are so addicted to the scrolling the way iphone or ipod touch does ?

Changelog for Firmware V40.0.005:

– Kinectic Scrolling everywhere except: main menu, application menu, browser
– Homescreen  similar to that of 5530 with Contacts Bar (20 contacts)
– New awesome black theme. Better than Red.
– QWERTY Keyboard Auto Rotation (on text input screens)
– New screen when calls comes. This is only when phone is locked. you need to slide to answer or ignore. Its like iphone lock.
– Touch Screen is more responsive than before
– Ovi contacts is installed. No idea what it is.. Also real player is updated

How to update Firmware ?

One of the following methods should work for you-
1) Via OTA: Just enter *#0000# on your dial screen, then go to options- check for updates.
2) Via NSU: Connect the phone to the PC and check with nokia software updater

Usually this update takes lot of time to reach everyone. so be patient. You can check whether your model has firmare update using this site Nokia Update Finder.  Just enter your model code, found on the back of battery.

However if you can’t wait like me you have a solution.  The updates are based on the product code. There is a way you can change it, so you’ll get the update immediately. Here is the nice post on how to do it. Change product code

This product code should work 0573797 for Indian models. If you’re on Windows 7. NSS gives you lot of trouble giving some product code error, to solve it right click on the short cut, run in windows XP comparability mode. Also select “use virtual colors” option.

What is missing.
For now the rotation from portrait mode to landscape mode is still very slow. I wish this was improved a bit.

Here is the video showing the new features of the firmware