February 4, 2012
11.10, customisations, gnome, guide, howto, ubuntu, Zend
gnome, launcher, shortcut entry, ubuntu, zend studio
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).
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.
December 3, 2010
font, howto, ubuntu
family, font, howto, indian, rupee, symbol, type, ubuntu, unicode
To display the Indian rupee symbol , you must have a font—such as the Ubuntu Font Family—with support for the character.
Windows users may use the new Rupkara font which has the Unicode postion mapping for the symbol. For downloading the font, please visit-http://blog.foradian.com/rupakara-first-font-with-indian-rupee-symbol
For K/Ubuntu 10.10 users, this is automatic.The sign can inserted in your own documents using copy-and-paste from another location, or using the Unicode-entry method, which is the correct way of doing it, and it is as follows-
- Ubuntu 10.10:<Ctrl-Shift-u>20b9<enter>
- MS Windows: <Press-and-hold Alt>20b9<Release Alt>
- Kubuntu 10.10: Copy-and-paste ‘₹’
- HTML: insert “₹”
The codepoint at U+20B9 was assigned by the Unicode consortium on 11 August 2010 (2010-08-11).
Ubuntu 10.10 is the first operating system to ship with out-of-the-box support for displaying the Indian Rupee Sign, and this happened on 10 October 2010 (2010-10-10).
March 11, 2010
10.04, Fresh, light, look, Lucid Lynx, new, theme, ubuntu
Ubuntu is making a switchover from its ‘Human‘ theme which defined the looks of Ubuntu for the previous 6 years, starting from the time Ubuntu was born. The new style of Ubuntu will be driven by the theme ‘Light‘.
A comprehensive set of guidelines has been devised so as to reflect this change at every place related to the Ubuntu project. The new theme takes effect from the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, which is slated for its release in April 2010. This new theme will define the looks of Ubuntu in all future releases.
The new style of Ubuntu is inspired by idea of ‘Light’. and Ubuntu aims to be ‘Light’ in all senses. It denotes warmth, clarity, efficiency, lightness on resources, etc..
A display of the changes-
1)New Logo- Aims at reflecting the precision & engineering, that sits at the heart of Ubuntu, but not at the expense of the immediately recognisable circle of friends.
2)Community Logos-New logos have been made for the community sites related to Ubuntu.
3)New GTK Themes- I think this is the most important and a timely change for Ubuntu, that will go a long way in enhancing its popularity among the masses.
The Dark Theme
The Light Theme
4)New Bootspash- The theme change is complete with a new Boot Splash, that is absolutely eye-pleasing.
5)New website design- You can see a major change to the looks of the Ubuntu website-
6)New CD cover- The cd cover of Ubuntu 10.04 (onwards) will sport a new look.
Source:https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Brand and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Brand2
NB:One thing which I disliked about this new theme is the placement of the Window control(Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons) at the left side of a Window’s title-bar.
October 18, 2009
9.10, beta, experience, Karmic Koala, ubuntu
I have now upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 Beta. Initially it didn’t work out for me, a sI was getting only a white-screen when logged in. I thought Ubuntu was wrong in the release of such not ready beta. But on chat in IRC I found that I was wrong, and could correct it. The problem arose because I had replaced the original GCC with my own compiled version. It conflicted with the upgradation process. And there was nothing wrong in the upgradation, or the Beta, as such.
So, on usingb the Beta, now I find the following changes-
- First and foremost, now the Mute button of my Laptop actually mutes the sound(for the first time). The sound preferences menu seems to have developed so much. It now has more useful options, which are easy to find and use.
- The Default Ubuntu wallpaper and theme is cool, far far better than its counterparts in the older versions. Apart from this now Ubuntu provides a host of other cool wallpapers, which are very awesome, much like the cool wallpapers, that you find in either Vista or maybe Win7(ya I’m talking about Windows…)
- All the communication software now comes under a link in near the date and time notifier in the panel. Its now really easy to access Empathy, Evolution,(and if you have installed it-)Pidgin, Gwibber Microblogging client.
- If you have installed Gnome-Do, you would find that it looks more cooler now.
- Firefox is the latest version-3.5.3, with Ubuntu Canonical branding. So, it supports HTML5.
- The different folders like- “Music”,”Home”, “Pictures”,etc, in each users account has now an informative icon, denoting its content.
- Empathy replaces Pidgin as the default chat application, said to be for the long term good. Hopefully so..
- The Login screen is now more integrated, and designed more logically.
- The Compiz-fusion effects run much better in my Intel Graphics card now, as the kernel version 2.6.31-14, has new MESA driver, which supports Intel GPU better.
September 26, 2009
9.10, Karmic Koala, ubuntu
The GNOME desktop environment has been updated to version 2.28 RC1 (2.27.92), the Linux kernel packages are now at version 2.6.31-10.34 and they are based on the final version of Linux kernel 2.6.31.
The KDE variant of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, has also had its KDE desktop updated to version 4.3.1 and has a number of updated applications and libraries incorporated.
This version incorporates an X-based splash screen as part of the faster booting enhancements and sees the first release of the Ubuntu Software Store application. The Ubuntu One file synchronisation service is also built in to this release.
September 26, 2009
10.04, Lucid Lynx, ubuntu
Ubuntu 10.04 will be called Lucid Lynx and it’s scheduled for April 2010 and it will be a LTS version of the operating system, i.e,you will have 2 years full of updates, without the need of installing all over again.
The first Alpha version will be available later this year.
Ubuntu 9.10, is slated for relese at October 29 2009. Its currently in Alpha 6, which is expected to be the last Alpha for this Ubuntu version.
May 31, 2009
Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is currently in v1.1.
Everything about the Book
At just 5.25 x 8 inches and 166 pages, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a compact yet comprehensive guide to everyday Ubuntu use.It’s ideal for those who need vital information on all aspects of using Ubuntu, but who don’t have time to wade through thick documentation.
Each chapter of Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference tackles an aspect of Ubuntu.First, you learn about installation—getting Ubuntu onto your computer, after which you learn how to configure your computer’s hardware.
Following this, you’re introduced to the Ubuntu desktop, and the tricks and techniques of efficient day-to-day usage. The book then describes the highways of the Ubuntu filesystem, and gives a full run-down of Ubuntu’s file manager.
Next, the command-line is tackled in-depth, after which software management is explained. Finally, system security is described—configuring the firewall, installing antivirus, and encrypting sensitive data. Appendixes provide a glossary of terms, and a guide to understanding technical documentation.
Written for anybody switching to Ubuntu, particularly former Windows users, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference assumes zero Linux knowledge. It provides the wisdom of the expert user and concisely conveys core competencies.
Table Of contents-
- Installing Ubuntu
- Configuring Ubuntu
- Getting to grips with the desktop
- Users and the filesystem
- Hands-on at the command-line
- Software management
- Securing the system
APPENDIX A: Glossary of terms
APPENDIX B: Learning more and getting help
Now what are you waiting for, my fellow Ubuntu users and prospective Ubuntu users. Get your hands on this amazing book at-
May 15, 2009
linux, ubuntu, virtualbox, virtualisation
All the people out there who are afraid of trying Linux, just because you are very much used to the Windows, can now try it from within Windows, using some virtualisation technique. And the one I like among them is VitualBox by Sun Microsystems Inc.
Don’t worry by the name of a company associated it is the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Using Virtual you can run almost any Linux distribution from within your Windows, never worrying about the consequences, as it will never affect the Windows host on which it is running. And it is a perfectly stable software.
Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.
Just try Linux, esp. Ubuntu or Open-SUSE, and i’m sure you’ll like it and soon start loving Linux. You can download VirtualBox from-
Now get your hands on a VirtualBox and start your journey to Linux and hence Open-source and know the joy and freedom you get in Linux.To know more about VirtualBox visit-
May 14, 2009
font, improve, ubuntu
Just save the following code, with the name- ‘.fonts.conf’ and put it in your Ubuntu home-page , i.e, the home page of a particular user. Don’t forget the period(full-stop) before ‘fonts’ in the name of that file!
The code is-
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<edit name="autohint" mode="assign">
This tip was got from the following page-
Please visit this page to clarify further doubts. It surely has some notable difference, i tried.