Monday, August 31, 2009

Picasa in Ubuntu 9.04

If you have a Picasa window open, or you have the Picasa icon in your toolbar, please close them before installing a new version.
If you're using a recent version of Linux, you should be able to pick "Open With Default Application" or double-click on the downloaded .deb file to install.
If that doesn't work, save the file in the /tmp directory, then open a terminal window and install with a command like

$ sudo dpkg -i /tmp/picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb
$ su
# dpkg -i /tmp/picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb
# exit

Starting Picasa
Start Picasa by looking in your Linux distribution's Graphics menu. If you can't find it there, give the command /usr/bin/picasa in a terminal window. Tips

  • This package is only for 32-bit Debian / Ubuntu systems. If you are using 64-bit Debian / Ubuntu, please install the 64-bit .deb package.
  • If you use NFS, when Picasa first starts, click File / Add Folder. Unselect your NFS shares from the watched list. Otherwise Picasa can get bogged down scanning all your network directories!
  • To get Picasa to see pictures on your hard drive, click "File / Add Folder" (NOT "Import").
  • When adding a folder to Picasa, the default action is to remove the folder from Picasa. You have to actively choose Scan once or Scan always.
  • Picasa is not supported over remote X connections.
Wow, Picasa found all my photos!
When you start Picasa, it instantly goes to work, organizing all the pictures on your hard drive by date in the "Folders on Disk" collection. If Picasa finds folders you don't want, go into File > Add Folder to tell it which folders to scan once, scan always or remove. To remove individual pictures from your library, simply select a photo and right-click to delete it permanently from your computer or hide it from Picasa.
Courtesy: Google

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Necessary commands for going with Ubuntu 9.04 smoothly like Windows

I used to run these following commands after installing Ubuntu 9.04 for running important stuff.

1. sudo apt-get update to update all packages with the current patches, which are indispensable for security issues.

2. sudo apt-get install firestarter for installing the GUI firewall that helps to share the existing Internet connection to the other network as well as filtering

3. sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd mozilla-plugin-vlc is used to install VLC player for entertainment.

4. sudo wget for installing Google Chrome browser in Ubuntu 9.04.

5. sudo apt-get install wine to install wine software that is used for running windows applications in Ubuntu 9.04.

6. sudo passwd root to reset the password of root user in Ubuntu 9.04.

7. sudo apt-get install usb-imagewriter to install software for writing into the USB stick.

Install these plug-ins also for going smooth browsing with Ubuntu 9.04

1. Install flash plug-in for firefox then run

2. Install Java plug-in for firefox then run

Sites can refer for Ubuntu utils:



for installing Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu

Additional Packages

1. Ubuntu Tweak for new tips and tricks.

2. for installing virtual box to run virtual machines in Ubuntu 9.04

3. apt-get install virtualbox-3.0 to install virtual box in Ubuntu 9.04

4. apt-get install firefox-3.5 for install the latest firefox in Ubuntu 9.04

5. apt-get install unrar-free to install winrar in Ubuntu 9.04

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ubuntu 9.04 has to be fixed these issues in future at least ?

I have been using Ubuntu 9.04 but not from the very beginning of its launch. But these limitations are found with in couple of weeks that I had been through.

1. Gtalk widget is not supporting for voice chat eventhough the webcam is working good with other interfaces. This is experimented with other chat clients and web interfaces also. (instances,,Pidgin Instant messenger) But still the issue persists. The message This OS is not supported for Voice chat might have been noticed by Ubuntu as well as Gtalk lovers. Some Ubuntu forums bragging that Gtalk can be voiced and viewed with Ubuntu 9.04. Refer it up if possible (

2. Only 4GB and 256MB is enough for using Ubuntu 9.04. though this is mentioned by Ubuntu, once in 11 hours the OS has to be restarted by manually to rectify the slow process, for instance, in case of torrent download is going on in the Internet. The famous Transmission client is also getting the same issue. It would be fixed if 6GB alloated for / partition, I suppose.

3. Eventhough the beta version of Chrome is working good in Ubuntu 9.04, the plugins for Java and flash have not been launched sofar. Eventhough this issue is closely coupled with Google, Ubuntu has to be taken care of.