Thursday, 13 October 2011

First look on the new Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

Category : Article ,Review
Well This was a great day .The new version of Ubuntu , Ubuntu11.10 Oneiric Ocelot just released today. It is very cool actually. First coolest thing is the recreation of Unity interface in a better way. A lot of people didn't like unity interface in ubuntu11.04 due to some alien experience. Any way I personally feel a very better experience in my new Ubuntu11.10 machine.
Improved Unity interface :
  • Like other desktops, Unity uses windows to display your running applications. Using both the dash and the launcher, you can launch new applications and control which window is active. In addition to windows, you can also group your applications together within workspaces.
  • It is a hybrid of old unity and gnome 3 :unity interface is too better in performance. It is pretty much faster and make user to search anything faster and accurate. They adapted the good features from gnome 3 interface and integrated to the unity dash
  • Workspace with new dash icon : The workspace is kept as same as the ubuntu11.04 but a new dash home icon Is added to the workspace so that we can easily access the unity dash. The work space Is automatically expanding in nature and hence easy to manage many number of windows together.
 



LightDM :New Login screen manager 
The cooleset feature is the new login screen. A new login manager called LightDM is used. It is simple and It has got a very different look and feel .it is really beautiful ..i will put screen-shots so that you can understand its beauty. It also contain calender, battery applets etc..and have a special on screen-keyboard inbuilt.
Software Center with New features :
The new software center has improved a lot in construction ..the softwares are easy to Locate and user friendly. You can easily search and update your system using the new software center more better than ever. The simplicity is the most important factor here..more simple but visually better too.
 
Efficient new, window switching :
The switching between two windows has got a little funny animated graphic mode. You can switch between two windows by pressing <clrl> +<tab> and arrow (side,up )keys.

Customize user settings :
The new interface provides a lot of customizations by default which was not available in ubuntu11.04 like the theme selectivity.

Many applications by default :
Libere office ,Brasero burner ,Banshee player , Firefox browser such famous applications are available default here.

This is the first impression that made by new Ubuntu11.10 Oneiric Ocelot to me..it is too good let us watch and see what happens.







Saturday, 1 October 2011

How to connect the BSNL modem ?

     
               The most big problem faced by the beginners in Ubuntu is to connect
with BSNL broadband. This is one the Most frequently problem raised.Here we are going to see how to do it...The steps are too simple ...
  •  First connect your modem with the computer and turn on
  •   Then go to terminal and type : sudo pppoeconf


You will get a screen that looks like this :
 
 

From here you just press the Enter key at all screens until you get to
this screen :
 
You have to choose the <No> option there. You are now connected
If you lose your connection at any time just run

  • sudo pon
To turn off the connection type :
  • sudo poff
and you’ll be back ....


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Get rid of Hardware/Volume Icons From Your Desktop in Ubuntu 11.04

      You may be noticed that when a new drive is mounted on your Ubuntu machine the  icon will be visible in your desktop automatically ,and it disappears when the drive is unmounted .Sometime I felt irritated of the same .So Now let us see how we can discuss about how we can get rid of this.
Step 1: Open Configuration Editor
    to do that hit ALT+F2 , then type gconf-editor and press Enter.
Step 2:
    Then go to apps -> nautilus -> desktop and simply uncheck (select         the row by double clicking on it) the box that says ‘Volumes Visible’.
You have done .thats all . You can see an instant change in your action Now your desktop doesn't shows an icon when a drive or a volume is mounted...ENJOY :-) Here is the screenshot


Saturday, 13 August 2011

Install a VIDEO CONVERTER for your Linux

  
       Some days before one of my friends asked me to convert a video for him..only that time I noticed that I don't have a video converter in my Linux System ..well I searched over Internet and saw one of the best video converter available for linux. So I thought I should share it                           
     The software is called 'Handbrake' ,really flexible and easy to use. It ii an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.
Install handbrake :
connect to internet and open up command prompt then type the following command(or paste it)
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   sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases && sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk
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Supported Sources:

  • Most common multimedia files that libavformat and libavcodec support.
  • Any DVD or Bluray-like source which is NOT copy-protected. (removal of copy protection is not supported) 

Misc features:

  • Chapter selection, Chapter Markers
  • Subtitles
    • Vobsub and Closed Captions
    • SRT import and passthru
    • SSA passthru or burn-in (experimental)
  • Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
  • Support for VFR, CFR and VFR
  • Video: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Detelecine, Cropping and scaling
  • Live Video Preivew
  Outputs:

  • File format: MP4(M4V) and MKV
  • Video: MPEG-4(ffmpeg), H.264(x264), or Theora(libtheora)
  • Audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC (OS X Only), MP3, or Vorbis. AC-3 pass-through, DTS pass-thorugh (MKV only) 


    SCREENSHOTS : 



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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Customize your Desktop panel in Ubuntu

  Hi friends ...most of us are not merely impressed by the desktop panel provided by the Ubuntu by default(desktop panel is something that is in ubuntu similar to the taskbar in windows).Lets us tweak it to get a good appearance for the desktop
Ubuntu includes a top panel and a bottom panel by default. Most of us prefer to
keep only one panel at the bottom just like the Windows Taskbar, perform the
following steps :

➢ Delete the bottom panel: right-click over it and click "Delete This Panel".
    Move the top panel to bottom: right-click over it, select "Properties" and
    change Orientation from "Top" to "Bottom".
➢ Add running program buttons: right-click the panel, select "Add to Panel",
    scroll down and select "Window List", click "Add".
➢ Replace the Menu Bar ("Applications-Places-System") with the "Main
    Menu" to save space in the panel:
    1.Right-click the "Menu Bar" and select "Remove From Panel".
    2.Right-click the panel, select "Add to Panel" and choose "Main Menu", click
       "Add".
    3.Right-click the items (Firefox, etc) and untick "Lock to Panel".
    4.Right-click the added "Main Menu", select "Move" to relocate it to the far
       left.
➢ Pin Programs to the Panel :
    Frequently used programs can be easily pinned to the panel.
    1. Browse to the program from "Applications" or "Main Menu".
    2. Drag and drop the program to an empty space in the panel, or right-click the
    program and select "Add this launcher to panel".
    3. Right click the program icon, select "Move" and drop it to a new place in the
    panel.
    4. Right click the program icon and select "Lock to Panel".
➢ Set Fully Transparent Panel:
   Go to Applications (or Main Menu) > Accessories > Terminal.
   1. Enter cp -R /usr/share/themes/Ambiance ~/.themes/
   2. Enter gedit ~/.themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/apps/gnome-panel.rc (for Ubuntu
       11.04 or 10.10) OR gedit ~/.themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc (for Ubuntu
       10.04), to open the file with gedit.
   3. Search for this line bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = "img/panel.png" (for
       Ubuntu 11.04 or 10.10) OR bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = "panel_bg.png"
      (for Ubuntu 10.04)
  4. Comment out the line by placing a # at the beginning of the line, like this:
             # bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = ...
  5. Save the file.
  6. Go to System > Preferences > Appearance, switch to the other theme and
      then back to the Ambiance theme.
  7. Then adjust panel transparency in panel properties.


➢ Change Font Type and Color of Panel Clock
    The font type and color of the panel clock follow the windows
    text in a theme by default. In particular, if the font color is black and
    shown on a dark background through a transparent panel, you can't
    read the clock clearly, but you can tweak it by changing the font color. And  
    you can define the font type for your panel clock
    as well.
   1.Open up the text editor Gedit and paste the following code:
         style "my-panel-clock"
         {
           fg[NORMAL] = "#FFFFFF"
           font_name = "DS-Digital Bold 16"
         }
         widget "*.clock-applet-button.*" style "my-panel-clock"
   2. Save the file as .gtkrc-2.0 (including the dot in front of the filename) inside     
       your home directory /home/your_user_name.
   3. Log out and log back in (OR enter killall gnome-panel into the Terminal) to
       see the change.
Note :
   The DS-Digital font can be downloaded here. After downloading, unzip
   the file and install the font into the system for use












     The panels are much more flexible than the Windows Taskbar in that   
      many  items  in the panels can be easily added, removed or configured.
                                               

    Enjoy :-)