Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wine for Ubuntu and Ubuntu derivatives

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Ubuntu and other Debian-based distributions utilize a special tool for managing packages known as APT. APT is able to automagically install all of the needed dependencies for a software package, as well as keep the package up to date, by scanning what are known as APT repositories. Ubuntu has its own repository of software that includes Wine, however we keep our own repository of the latest available beta packages here for download.

Warning: These are beta packages

The packages here are beta packages. This means they will periodically suffer from regressions, and as a result an update may break functionality in Wine. If the latest stable release of Wine (currently Wine 1.0.1) works for you, then you may not want to use these beta packages.

Adding the WineHQ APT Repository:

Open the Software Sources menu by going to System->Administration->Software Sources. Then select the Third Party Software tab and click Add.
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Then, copy and paste one of the lines below depending on which version you are running.
For Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04):
deb jaunty main #WineHQ - Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope"
For Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10):
deb intrepid main #WineHQ - Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex"
For Ubuntu Hardy (8.04):
deb hardy main #WineHQ - Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron"

Trusting the WineHQ APT Repository and installing Wine:

After adding the repository, you also need to add the key for the repository to your system's list of trusted keys.
Download and save Scott Ritchie's key (right click -> save as) to your desktop. Then open the Authentication tab, click import key file, and select the key file you just saved (Scott Ritchie.gpg). It is safe to delete this file after doing this step.
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Click close to finish, and then reload the package information when prompted. If you have Wine installed, the system's update manager will now inform you of the latest Wine beta release and prompt you to upgrade. If you haven't installed Wine yet, go to Applications->Add/Remove and search for Wine or just click this link.

Upgrading to a new version of Ubuntu

If you are upgrading the entire system, such as going from Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10, you will need to come back to this page and add the repository for the new version above. The built in update manager will not switch the Wine repository automatically.

Older .deb packages

Since the APT repository can only hold the latest packages, older versions of the packages are available at the WineHQ .deb packages archive.
You can install downloaded packages by double-clicking on them.

Alternative command Line Instructions for Installing Wine:

It is also possible to add the Wine repositories and install via the command line, as follows. These may be useful on Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and other Ubuntu derivatives.
First, open a terminal window (Applications->Accessories->Terminal). Then add the repository's key to your system's list of trusted APT keys by copy and pasting the following into your terminal:
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Next, add the repository to your system's list of APT sources:
For Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04):
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
For Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10):
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
For Ubuntu Hardy (8.04):
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
Then update APT's package information by running 'sudo apt-get update'. You can now install Wine normally or by typing 'sudo apt-get install wine' into the terminal.

Google's Chorme Browser works good in Ubuntu 9.04 - Installation Procedure

First you need to download .deb package from here using the following command
Now you have cxchromium_0.9.0-1_i386.deb package install this package using the following command
sudo dpkg -i cxchromium_0.9.0-1_i386.deb
Using Ubuntu PPA
First you need edit /etc/apt/sources.list file
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Add the following two lines
deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main
save and exit the file
Now add the GPG key using the following command
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5
Update source list
sudo apt-get update
Install chromium browser using the following command
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
This will complete the installation
If you want to open chromium go to Applications->CrossOver Chromium->Chromium
Chromium web browser in action

Ubuntu 9.04 which is upgraded from 8.10 is working good in Lenovo 3000 G430

Lenovo 3000 G430 is recently upgraded from Ubuntu 8.10 to 9.04 for test basis in one fine Saturday. It really works good and of course the for accessing webcamera the VLC Player is used in that specified one.

The touchpad is not working good. Then the USB mouse is added for easy handling the objects in the version.

The following command has to be supplied for get to know the version of Ubuntu linux.

arivu@arivu-laptop:~$ sudo lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 9.04
Release: 9.04
Codename: jaunty

Ubuntu 9.04 which is upgraded from 8.10 works good in Acer 5315

Ubuntu 9.04 works good which is upgraded from Ubuntu 8.10 in Acer 5315 that contains all devices including touchpad, wireless and webcamera.

Ubuntu 8.10 is recently upgraded to Ubuntu 9.04 in my Acer 5315 laptop. It took 6 hours time to reach the final configuration. It supports all devices which are inbuilt in the machine.

Wireless works good:
The wireless is also working good but the light is not buring. The important point of this version is also not supported the integrated web camera. But I achieved in a round about way that is used through VLC Player which is designed for accessing integrated devices also.

The steps for illustration are as follows:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd mozilla-plugin-vlc
simple to do then the new item will be added into the following menu list

Applications->Sound & Video->VLC Player

that can be used for accessing webcamara as well as TV tuner cards.
  • Be sure that you have all updates applied to Ubuntu 8.10 before you upgrade
Procedure to follow to upgrade Ubuntu 8.10 to Ubuntu 9.04:
To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.10, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box.

Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘9.04′ is available. Click Upgrade

This will show you Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Release notes click on upgrade

Downloading Upgrade tool in progress

Preparing for upgrade in progress

If you are using any third party sources in your /etc/apt/sources.list file it will be disabled at the time of upgrade process click close

Setting new software channels in progress

Starting the upgrade process window click on Start Upgrade

Downloading the new Packages in Progress

Installing Packages in Progress

Installing Packages Progress in Terminal

Automatic crash reports configuration file replacement option click on Replace

Cleaning Up process in Progress

Remove obsolete packages window click on remove

You need to restart the system to complete the Upgrade by clicking “Restart Now”


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ubuntu Ultimate Edition

The customized edition of Ubuntu is available in torrent which can be downloaded from this link.

This version is the customized version of Ubuntu 8.10 edition which contains the following features.
  • Customized based on Desktop Environment (KDE, GNOME, XFCE, etc.)
  • Customized based on country/language/religion
  • Customized with extra applications/drivers/multimedia codecs
  • Customized for a specific purpose (scientific, forensic, academic, etc.)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Five major features of Redhat 5.3 - 64 bit;- Torrents available

The recent edition of Redhat5.3 64 bit edition is available in Torrent site freely which is having the original key and free online support.

Five major features of RHEL 5.3

1. ext4 file system support
2. 730 bugs fixed after RHEL 5
3. ALSA Support for new hardware also
4. Included enhanced lot of server RPMS.
5. Latest Kernel kernel-2.6.18-128.el5.src.rpm

There are plenty of special features included in RHEL5.3. The link following leads to go over there.

Refer the following link for download it

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Microsoft really scared about Ubuntu 9.0.4 - Ten reasons

The following ten reasons are made to get scared Microsoft about Ubuntu 9.0.4

1. It is launched three different colors (Desktop, Server and Netbook)
2. It supports ext4. Even Redhat people are doing research in ext4 to implement in that. But Ubuntu 9.0.4 did it
3. It supports ntfs file system in a fastest manner.
4. It is user friendly like Microsoft Windows.
5. It boots 21.3 seconds in normal systems.
6. 4 GB Disk space and 256 MB Ram is sufficient to run this effectively.
7. Online updation and upgradations are available.
8. VLC Player support which is used to play almost anyfile format can be updated easily through internet with this.
9. Wine can be installed for accessing MS-Office and other exe formats.
10. It can be installed by using 1GB USB stick memory with 384 RAM in atom processors which netbooks won't have DVD drives usually.

Ubuntu 9.0.4 64 bit edition works good

Recently I downloaded Ubuntu 9.04-64 bit edition from the torrent site. It really works good. I want to share the torrent link with you. If you install this in ext4 format, It will be faster than the operating system that is installed by ext3 format file system. It boots in 21.3 seconds approaxmately as per the latest Ubuntu forum which sounds great now. It will be able to handle fastly files which is upto 16 terabytes.

Find the link & download the latest edtion with 64 bit of Ubuntu.

Converting ext3 to ext4

It is possible to mount both ext3 (and ext2, in kernels 2.6.28 and later) filesystems directly using the ext4 filesystem driver. This will allow you to use many of the in-core performance enhancements such as delayed allocation (delalloc) and multi-block allocation (mballoc), and large inodes if your ext3 filesystem have been formatted with large inodes as is the default with newer versions of e2fsprogs. Simply mounting an ext3 (or ext2) filesystem with a modern (2.6.27+) version of ext4 will not change the on-disk structures, and it is possible to revert to the ext3 (or ext2) driver should there be any problem with ext4. If you plan to use the ext4 driver to boot from an ext2/3 partition, and you compile your kernel without the ext2/3 drivers, you may need to add rootfstype=ext4 to the kernel command line.

In addition to the in-core performance enhancements, there are additional features which modify the on-disk format from what ext3 understands, such as extents, which can significantly improve the ext4 filesystem performance, but mean the filesystem cannot be mounted by kernels that do not support ext4. There are additional ext4 features, such as flex_bg and > 16TB filesystem support that can only be enabled at format time via mke2fs.

To change an ext2 filesystem (should you still have one) to ext3 (enabling the journal feature), use the command:

# tune2fs -j /dev/DEV

To enable the ext4 features on an existing ext3 filesystem, use the command:

# tune2fs -O extents,uninit_bg,dir_index /dev/DEV

WARNING: Once you run this command, the filesystem will no longer be mountable using the ext3 filesystem!

After running this command, you MUST run fsck to fix up some on-disk structures that tune2fs has modified:

# e2fsck -fpDC0 /dev/DEV


  • by enabling the extents feature new files will be created in extents format, but this will not convert existing files to use extents. Non-extent files can be transparently read and written by Ext4.
  • If you convert your root filesystem ("/") to ext4, and you use the GRUB boot loader, you will need to install a version of GRUB which understands ext4. Your system may boot OK the first time, but when your kernel is upgraded, it will become unbootable.
  • WARNING: It is NOT recommended to resize the inodes using resize2fs with e2fsprogs 1.41.0 or later, as this is known to corrupt some filesystems.
Courtesy: wiki

Ubuntu 9.0.4 Supports Ext4 file system

Ubuntu is really doing good in the matter of launching new ideas very soon in implementation. They implemented ext4 file system in the latest operating system Ubuntu 9.0.4. Recently the Fedora live CD is launched for its latest edition. But it really has Ubuntu in the backend. So the system engineers are really thought that there will be only three operating systems which will be expecting to occupying the desktops and netbooks (laptops) in the future. Those will be as follows:
1. Windows
2. Ubuntu
3. Chorme (the upcoming Operating System which is going to be launched by Google)