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LibreOffice Ubuntu PPA

The PPA provides packages for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04 users. While LibreOffice has yet to make a stable release it is currently at release candidate stage.

To add the PPA and install LibreOffice RC2 run the command below in a new Terminal session:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Run this command so that LibreOffice does not look like it’s running in WINE:

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome
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Note: Running These commands WILL remove OpenOffice from your computer.

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Fix ‘blank’ photo prints problem in GIMP

Many users were surprised to find out that, after upgrading to Maverick, GIMP no longer prints out photographs, but instead prints out blank pages. Fortunately, OMG! Ubuntu has found the fix to this, which should land in Maverick through the update-manager in a few weeks.

 

 

Instructions to get the fix (for the impatient)

Since ‘waiting for a few weeks for an annoying bug to be fixed’ is difficult for you and me, OMG! Ubuntu has created a PPA and uploaded the fixed version of GIMP to the PPA.

To install the fixed version of gimp, run the following commands in a terminal one after the other:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bilalakhtar/gimp

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

The PPA contains only the ‘gimp’ package, and it has been tested well, hence there are no chances of ‘horrible things happening’.

 

Thanks to OMG! Ubuntu

Father of Social Networking worms (Koobface) comes to Linux and Mac OS X via Java

The Bad

On social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, if someone says to you ”Is it you in this video?,” be warned, because in reality, it leads to a fake YouTube page with a thumbnail which when clicked checks you OS version, downloads a Java applet called jnana.tsa on Linux and exploits a Remote Code Execution vulnerability in outdated versions of Java. Once installed on a computer, the worm hijacks the social networking accounts of its owner and uses them to propagate.

The Good

The applet is dropped inside the user’s home directory and stops running at computer reboot. This means that on Linux, unlike on Windows, the Koobface infections are temporary. Which means if you happen to get that infection,  reboot immediately.

The Ugly

This shows that Linux and Mac OS X users aren’t vulnerable to malware, as their market share increases they will become an attractive target for social networking worms like Koobface.

via Softpedia

How To | New fix for Ubuntu Plymouth

Plymouth Ubuntu

I’ve talked about this in the past, but with this release of Ubuntu 10.10 I thought it would be a good idea to bring this up again. Thanks to Webupd8 for putting together a post for an even simpler fix for this.

Fix The Ubuntu Plymouth with proprietary Nvidia or ATI graphics drivers

Warning: use it at your own risk! Only use this script if you know your way on the command line and can revert everything manually in case something goes wrong. I’ve used it to fix the Plymouth on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (with proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers) but I cannot guarantee it will also work for you (and that it won’t break stuff). The script should work with both Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx and Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

To fix Plymouth, run the following commands (will download and run the script):
cd
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/57638460/fixplymouth
chmod +x fixplymouth
./fixplymouth

Or you can manually download the script from HERE.

Warning: only run the script once!

Fix plymouth script

After running it, the script will display a list of screen resolutions supported by Plymouth (specific for your computer). Enter the best resolution from the list displayed by the script under the following format: 1024×768-24 (this is just an example)! This is the only difference between this script and Kyleabaker’s script (in which you had edit the script with your Plymouth screen resolution and most people never knew what’s the maximum resolution supported by Plymouth for their computers).

If hwinfo (which is automatically ran by the script) doesn’t display the supported resolutions for your monitor, see the second solution from HERE.

Revert the changes made by this script

All the changes made by this script can be reverted using kyleabaker’s revert script. There is a download link at the end of THIS post.
Credits for the script in this post: d0rkye and kyleabaker.

We > 1%

A new ‘Linux counter’ initiative that aims to disprove press claims than Linux is used by less than 1% of the world’s desktop computer users has been launched.

Current estimates of worldwide Linux usage by StatCounter pin it a 0.77% share over the last 12 months, and a slightly lower figure of 0.75% since they began taking records.

Oddly, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has often contested this view stating that he suspects Linux market share is in fact greater than that of Mac OS X.

Whatever the truth you can willingly add your voice to the noble-project  over at http://www.dudalibre.com/gnulinuxcounter?lang=en

A new ‘Linux counter’ initiative that aims to disprove press claims than Linux is used by less than 1% of the worlds desktop computer users has been launched.

Current estimates of worldwide Linux usage by StatCounter pin it a 0.77% share over the last 12 months, and a slightly lower figure of 0.75% since they began taking records.

Oddly, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has often contested this view stating that he suspects Linux market share is in fact greater than that of Mac OS X.

Whatever the truth you can willingly add your voice to the noble-project  over @ dudalibre.com/gnulinuxcounter

Wanna Help Ubuntu?

Have you ever has that desire to help Ubuntu, but didn’t know how to do it? I know that I’ve always searched for ways to help out, but I’m and not a programmer by any means. I typically help out in the best ways I can..

Well, now there’s another way to help out. While this is not a new way of helping, it’s new to me. What is it?

Have you ever wondered where those screen shots come from in the Ubuntu Software Center (USC)? Who uploads them? Why are some so outdated? Well, they come from screenshots.debian.net. And guess what.. You can upload screenshots to them! All you have to do is follow their simple guidelines and submit a screenshot. If your screenshot is accepted, it will be available for all to see in the Ubuntu world!

What are the guidelines?

  • Screenshots are published under the terms of the packaged software itself.
  • Your screenshots must be in PNG format.
  • Due to legal reasons screenshots for non-free packages aren’t accepted.
  • Images larger than 800×600 pixels will automatically be reduced to that size (retaining the aspect ratio of course). So if you like to control the exact result of what you upload then make sure your image size is no larger than that.
  • Your screenshot should contain a typical scene when working with it. When snapshotting a browser load the debian.org home page. A screenshot of a graphics program should have a drawing loaded. Of a game please make a screenshot while you are playing and not of the start screen.
  • Nice tools for taking screenshots are shutter, ksnapshot (KDE), gimp, xwd or scrot. See the Debian wiki for more information on how to make screenshots under Debian.
  • You need not artificially switch off your window decorations.
  • Please set your language to english so that everybody understands it. If you don’t use english by default please start your application from a shell using after setting “export LANG=C”.
  • Please only take a screenshot of the respective application and not of your whole desktop (unless the screenshot is meant for a window manager).
  • Interlaced PNG files cannot be processed currently. Please use non-interlaced images.

Remember: your uploaded screenshot will not be visible immediately. It will first be checked by the admin team. It is already visible to you though.

It’s simple, easy, and allows you to help the FOSS world. Happy uploading!

New Adobe Flash “Squared”…64bit Users Rejoice

I’m sure we all remember when Adobe was actively working on a Flash plugin for 64bit Linux users, and that it was a beta version. I’m also sure you all remember when Adobe pulled that version from their site… Bummer…

Well now we get to rejoice once again! Adobe has announced the release of their newest Flash plugin, dubbed “Square.” The best part is that they have included Linux versions in both 32bit & 64bit!!

I’ve only been using it for about an hour, but thus far I’ve had no problems with it at all. Here’s how you can install it:

  • Visit: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html
  • Download the 32bit or 64bit version.
  • Extract the .so file to your desktop.
  • Open Nautilus and navigate to ~/.mozilla/plugins/ (Create the folder if it does not already exist).
  • Delete your existing Flash plugin and copy/paste the new one from your desktop here.
  • Restart Firefox and you’re done!

Note: These steps will also work for Chrome users since Chrome pulls it’s flash plugin from the .mozilla folder.

Also, 64bit users can open Synaptic Package Manager and search for “nspluginwrapper” and Completely Remove it.