How to add an entry for Zend Studio in your Ubuntu programs list

I had been trying to add a shortcut/entry for Zend studio in my Ubuntu 11.10.  Finally I could find a way to make Zend studio entry come up in the Unity Application search or Filter. Actually its a rather straight forward procedure. Create a file zendstudio.desktop in the /usr/share/applications/ as root, add the following contents to it, using your editor of choice(I used vi editor).

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Zend Studio
GenericName=PHP IDE
Comment=Zend's PHP IDE

(You could check out the above link to find way to add antry for any custom software using the same method).

N.B: Its my first blog post after nearly one year. Hope that I can follow it with more such useful posts.
The above method was tested by me in Unity based Ubuntu. But it should work fine in any GNOME based OS.

Shell commands for Shutdown/Restart/Logout

I would like to share with you, the linux shell commmands for shutdown, restart and logout. You may find these commands handy if your GUI is inaccesible, due to some particular reason, or if you’re a die-hard terminal/TUI fan.
So, the commands are-

  • Shutdown
  •           saji@saji-laptop:~$ sudo shutdown -h now
  • Restart
  •           saji@saji-laptop:~$ sudo shutdown -r now
  • Logout
  •          saji@saji-laptop:~$ gnome-session-save --gui --logout

N.B: The logout command is for Gnome only.

I’m now using the gnome-blog applet to post in this blog

I just found out the Gnome applet called “gnome-blog 0.9.1”. Its the GNOME web-blogging applet.. It has a very simple interface… The drawback is that the only other options we get are “Bold”, “Italic” text stylizing and adding links…. Anyways I feel that posting to your blog directly from the desktop is quite an useful feature, as we can avoid a hell lot many mouse-clicks, and page visits….

It can intearct with the popular blogging sites such as,,etc…

Adding the title feature does not seem to work.. The title is found along with the blog content…. We just have to put up the title manually… Still you may find this tool useful…

Gnome 2.28 released

The newest stable version of the favorite linux desktop environment, GNOME 2.28 has been released.
 Various new user-facing features have been rolled into the codebase, but also of interest is the stuff that’s removed. As part of the progress towards Gnome 3.0, the developers have ripped out crusty old code – there are no longer any applications that depend on esound, libgnomevfs, libgnomeprint, or libgnomeprintui. You can see the full release notes here, or read on for a quick summary of the changes.

  • Epiphany browser has switched from Gecko to WebKit for better performance
  • New utility for managing Bluetooth devices
  • Empathy IM client has reorganised GUI
  • Media Player can navigate DVD menus and resume playback from last position
  • Cheese webcam app has “burst” mode for taking multiple pics in a row
  • Volume control supports channel fading
  • Menus do not show icons by default
  • Power Manager now supports laptops with multiple batteries

Source of review:

New Features

GNOME Bluetooth
GNOME 2.28 includes the first release of the GNOME Bluetooth module to help users manage their Bluetooth devices. GNOME Bluetooth supports hundreds of Bluetooth devices, including mice, keyboards and headsets. GNOME Bluetooth includes PulseAudio integration for Bluetooth headsets and headphones.
     GNOME Bluetooth also includes support for Internet access through your mobile phone. After pairing your mobile phone with GNOME Bluetooth, NetworkManager will include an entry to use your mobile phone for Internet access.

Empathy Instant Messenger
  • GNOME’s instant messaging and communication application, Empathy, built on the Telepathy communications framework, has gained a number of new and important features to help users communicate.

  • Users are now able to share their desktop with Empathy contacts using the GNOME Remote Desktop Viewer, Vino.

  • Geolocation support using Geoclue has been added for XMPP contacts, such as Jabber and Google Talk. You can view a contact’s location by hovering your mouse over their contact name in the contact list, in the information dialogue or in the Map View.

  • Audio and video chats can now be made fullscreen, and if a contact does not have video, their avatar will be displayed.

Epiphany Web-browser

  • It switches to WebKit from Gecko for its rendering engine. With the exception of some performance enhancements, this change should be invisible.

  • Switching to WebKit also fixes a number of long-standing bugs in Epiphany due to the old Gecko-based backend.


  • Brasero, the GNOME CD/DVD Burner, now supports the ability to burn data across multiple discs and has added a graphical display to show space used on discs before burning.