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
Note: Running These commands WILL remove OpenOffice from your computer.
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
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you OS version, downloads a Java applet called jnana.tsa on Linux and exploits a Remote Code Execution vulnerability in outdated versions of Java.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 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.
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.
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):
chmod +x fixplymouth
Or you can manually download the script from HERE.
Warning: only run the script once!
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
Credits for the script in this post: d0rkye and kyleabaker.
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.