Minitunes: a music player for Linux that is worth knowing

I found a page listing author of a bill that did not even have a downloadable version, but pledged: Minitunes.

And behold, returning to site find that there is already a version of Minitunes for download, and even in version 0.1.1 it's probably one of best music players that have arisen in Linux.

Presented as a music player with same simplicity of MiniTube , Minitunes is extremely lightweight and simple to use: you define directory where all songs are stored, and program will read and rank all songs (this first version, I felt a some delay in reading hard drive, but I am speaking of several GB of music).

Ending to classify music, you'll see a screen like above, with all songs on right and left hand navigation, and can filter by artist, album or directories.

Cool, but how do I install?

In any distro you can download source code and compile program following instructions. In Ubuntu, there is already a repository with a package. Minitunes deb. To install, simply run following commands in Terminal to install:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 && sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install libqt4-network libqt4-dbus libqt4-sql-sqlite libtag1c2a phonon-backend-gstreamer gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad
  • sudo apt-get install minitunes

Of course you can install all Package Manager, just need to add ppa repository: nilarimogard/webupd8 before. With Minitunes installed, it will already be available in Multimedia menu. By opening up first screen will look similar to this:

Then just select directory (may be even via network or on a portable hard drive) and wait. Apart from some (few) features, such as creating playlists and full screen, Minitunes also connects to and low music information such as album art, lyrics and photo of artist.

The Minitunes is still in early stages, but worth watching project, submit bugs, and talk with author. As it stands, does not take long and Minitunes becomes default player on some distros.

Repositories PPA for Jupiter

Jupiter is application for hardware management and power consumption that is included in Aurora distribution formerly Eeebuntu.

Jupiter allows to quickly switch such as screen resolution, turn on or turn off wifi and other common option in netbooks equipped with Intel Atom CPU , is Linux equivalent of Super Hybrid Engine that comes with EeePC from Asus.

In WebUpd8 have prepared packages for ubuntu in Ubuntu version 9.10 "Karmic Koala", Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" and Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" in a PPA repository to add repository from a terminal write following:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/jupiter
  • sudo apt-get update
Install Jupiter
  • sudo apt-get install jupiter
For Eeepc users also install
  • sudo apt-get install jupiter-support-eee

Firefox 4 Beta 2 Released:Download now

With a few days late,Mozilla Foundation has launched yet another beta version of Firefox 4 for testing by brave people who are not afraid of losing one or other document if browser crashes. Performance improvements have been recorded
as well as :
  • better rendering transitions in CSS3
  • On Mac, the browser now has tabs at top (like in Chrome)
For Windows, Linux and Mac OS: Download here.

GNOME 3.0 delayed until March 2011

In a decision that will alter plans of more than a distribution based on this desktop, GNOME developers announced under its current GUADEC conference, which is taking place until next 30 July in Hague, that very Advance version 3.0 of its graphical desktop environment for nix systems will be delayed until March 2011 in September due to "quality issues in code."

The new time gained would also serve to improve accessibility support to radical GNOME Shell and all GNOME 3.0 documentation.

Late last year launch of project team had announced that GNOME 3.0 would be released in month of September this year, which potentially could have altered very least schedule a recognized distribution of GNU/Linux.

The plan is now GNOME 2.32 release this month of September (2010), with improvements and corrections of rigor, but in addition also first version Beta of GNOME 3.0 Preview Release.

Here is official announcement finally said that launch of project team decided that GNOME 3.0 release cycle needs another to mature and be able to "meet the quality" that their community expects.

Create shortcut to open Nautilus as root in Ubuntu

I would like a shortcut in applications menu of Nautilus with root privileges for when you need to avoid having to open terminal and typing sudo nautilus, or Alt + F2 gksudo nautilus (backbreaking how few)?

task is simple, we must type in a terminal following
  • sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/Nautilus-root.desktop
Within paste following text file
  • [Desktop Entry]
  • Name=File Browser (Root)
  • Comment=Browse the filesystem with the file manager
  • Exec=gksudo “nautilus –browser %U”
  • Icon=file-manager
  • Terminal=false
  • Type=Application
  • Categories=Application;System;
Once saved file you will find shortcut in Applications> System Tools

You will notice that pasted text to differ with two named sources, particularly to me has worked with text of Ghacks, and it's that I put in this entry, so that it will try to work with one another.

Personally I prefer keyboard shortcut Alt + F2 and type gksudo Nautillus think is takes less time to do that than to go to shortcut created, but it's always good to have alternatives for every taste

Presented new theme for Lubuntu 10.10

After release of first official version 10.04 distribution based on Ubuntu, the project is working very slight LXDE desktop for next big update will arrive with his Lubuntu version 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" this October.

And the most important development so far is the renewal of graphic art for all visual themes, from wallpaper, the theme for OpenBox, even logo Lubuntu all received an update distinguishable to naked eye.

All these changes are now only available immediately in Lubuntu PPA, but not yet in any preliminary LiveCD distribution. But PPA is enabled by default for all existing users of Lubuntu, enjoy these changes should be only a matter of updating your installed packages.

Everyone else can wait for launch of next Alpha 3 Lubuntu 10.10, which includes new "look" by default.

Linux Mint 10 is called "Julia"

The next version of Linux Mint, number 10, which is based on Ubuntu Maverick meerkat, is named Julia.

According to Linux Mint Blog, new version will be released this November.

Linux Mint is a distribution based on Ubuntu, compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.

Ubuntu was based on their interface, looking for human aspects and improvements, it also runs faster.

The purpose of Linux Mint, is to provide a richer experience.

Without doubt, one of best visual layouts, which users are proud.


Cortina 0.5.0 ,New Update

Another new update of Cortina, an alternative to Gnome to change wallpaper automatically after a certain specified time, very simple to use and consumes very few resources.

The program continues to evolve and have available version 0.5.0 which has been updated to support multiple languages and added a tooltip that displays information about wallpaper in use.

We can install this package in Ubuntu deb:

Once installed to run find it in Applications> Graphics> Cortina. By doing so you will see that places an icon in system tray.

Clicking icon will open a window where we can choose whether we prefer autorun with each login, the time given between each change of wallpaper and specify folders where you have to search for images.

We closed and that's it, we'll have our wallpapers rotator working.

Orifli, simple photouploader to Flickr

This week I tested Orifli, a simple new photo uploader for Flickr.

Orifli lets you upload multiple images at once, define privacy of your photos and add a description and tags for each of them.

Obviously there are many aspects that must be improved in this version, but simplicity and simplicity are strong point of this application, add and load quickly and directly to Flickr.

Orifli is available for Ubuntu Karmic and Lucid from its PPA repositories:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nikolay-blohin/orifli
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install orifli
After installing and when we set our own need to be authorized via Flickr, using this application to upload your images.

Lightspark 0.4.2 has been released

The modern version 0.4.2 of Flash Player open source, Lightspark, has been officially released.

Highlights of this update are:
  • Use of Fontconfig to select source.
  • Great support for videos from YouTube.
  • Synchronization of sound.
  • Support Chrome and Chromium.
  • Support for Firefox OOPP.
If you are using a newer version of Firefox 3.6.4 that you can activate chemical Lightspark.A OOPP for you to read instructions.

Packages for Ubuntu 10.04 and
Debian are provided by PPA, these are lines to add to your sources list
  • deb lucid main
  • deb-src lucid main
And fedora just have to type in console:
  • su -c 'rpm -ivh'
  • su -c 'yum install lightspark lightspark-mozilla-plugin'

Install Skype on Ubuntu

Install Skype on Ubuntu from a terminal is not very complicated, for that we will follow following steps in a terminal with sudo privileges.

Install Skype for ubuntu 64 bits :
  • wget -c
  • sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-intrepid_2.1.0.81-1_amd64.deb
  • rm skype-ubuntu-intrepid_2.1.0.81-1_amd64.deb
Install Skype for ubuntu 32bit :
  • wget -c
  • sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-intrepid_2.1.0.81-1_i386.deb
  • rm skype-ubuntu-intrepid_2.1.0.81-1_i386.deb
In script mode, for which he does not know that architecture is
  • # Skype
  • Tipo=`uname -m`
  • if [ "$Tipo" = "x86_64" ]
  • then
  • wget -c
  • sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-intrepid_2.1.0.81-1_amd64.deb
  • rm skype-ubuntu-intrepid_2.1.0.81-1_amd64.deb
  • else
  • wget -c
  • sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-intrepid_2.1.0.81-1_i386.deb
  • rm skype-ubuntu-intrepid_2.1.0.81-1_i386.deb
  • fi
  • #
Using gedit we can save as and run it from terminal
  • chmod 755
  • chmod +x
  • sh

How to Install Firefox 4.0 beta using Ubuntu ppa

Much has been said lately about firefox 4. The new version of this browser which is currently in beta 1 and it is considered a stable and secure version to navigate daily. I am not a fan of this browser, but I personally prefer chromium give you an opportunity to firefox 4.

Let us see how to install firefox 4 from Ubuntu repositories in PPA :

Open a terminal and type following lines each separately:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install firefox-4.0
If you want to know what's new in this beta 1 firefox 4 read here. I must remind you that whenever a new version are always addons do not work quite right, be a matter of taste.

Review of GIMP 2.7.1 With Pictures

I will refer to most important thing brought in by this version, a pilot version of official version number 2.8, which is expected to be released late this year or early next year:

First: For first time , version released by one window, where he was maligned on this program it is multi-windows, and thus causing designer a degree of confusion and prevent exploitation of entire screen space, it should be noted that although health of which is said they cause some confusion for designer , but also it offers possibilityallocate ideal for windows this program This image shows difference between multiple windows and single window.

For those who are accustomed to multiple windows, and do not want to change they should not worry about, because both options available, and that by controlling desired option from list of windows, as it was possible to hide all windows - except for a window drawing only - Also, there is bar to establish images, as is case in browsers, where he was able to open any number of images and will show them tongue in this tape, to move between images by pressing tongue each image in this tape, or by the new shortcut: Ctrl+PgUp/PgDown Not only that, but that option customize windows mini within single-window has become more flexible in allocation, where it appears before you, I put Options window toolbar next to toolbar, and not bottom, and this through a process of drag and drop normal mouse . Another amendment on interface is automatic change to size of tabs , in case of a space, and there are many changes will affect program window , wait for news Shares in image show following all of above

As well as property was added to long-awaited program and are add folders to organize layers, where you can add an unlimited number of folders within folders , and therefore layers as well, and this property has been tested enough and have become quite stable.

Also added a button repel class before any change, which is useful for those who have their pictures on several layers and finished work on a specific layer , and feared to take any step editorial inadvertently affecting all classes, then I would accept enabled icon Alusd on this class, and if any pressure on tool ,and put cursor on this layer will appear cursor with tool icon and marked forbidden, Such as in image.

Also a tool edit text been subject to significant change, making it possible to write text directly on area of work without need for Fund of texts, and added some options liberalization on gray box color appears above written text, and can also activate old style Text tool through tool options.

The dynamic brushes fee is a real revolution in this program, where after I started this project previous stable version includes within project options Brush Tool and options is limited ,it is now independent, and so you get only what you need Create: new brush dynamics preset, and then you'll see a Windows Advanced will give you space to create a brush in very advanced.

Also, there are some brushes and new sources, and tell you that all those works of art brushes, patterns and scales as well will be updated in final version of stable after several years ,to cope with modernity and development which is a solution on program over past years.
Also become possible to change language of program directly through graphical interface to preferences of program.
There are still changes that will occur on the program to issue final form, but , second experimental version became very stable now, and I invite you to use

OpenSUSE 11.3 is Here

The highly anticipated final version of OpenSUSE 11.3 is finally announced today in this way with support for 32 to 64 bits and a pretty impressive list of features, including:
SpiderOak to synchronize 2 GB of files in the cloud free.
Support Btrfs file system from installer.
GNOME 2.30.1 and a preview of GNOME 3.0 to GNOME Shell (image).
KDE 4.4.4 with Amarok 2.3 and a beautiful Plasma Desktop.
LXDE 0.5.5 installation as an option with PCManFM 0.9.7.
Kernel 2.6.34, XFCE 4.6.1, Firefox 3.6.6, 3.2.1, etc..

OpenSUSE 11.3 also includes its own set of Meegan, synchronization with phones Android, iPhone and BlackBerry devices with touch screen support and a full range of tools for developers and GoogleCL, KDevelop 4.0, Qt-Creator 1.3.1, NetBeans 6.8, MonoDevelop 2.2.2 and up MariaDB package, fork of MySQL.

Download: OpenSUSE 11.3 LiveCD KDE4 i686 (ISO) (BitTorrent)
Download: OpenSUSE 11.3 LiveCD KDE4 x86-64 (ISO) (BitTorrent)
Download: OpenSUSE 11.3 LiveCD GNOME i686 (ISO) (BitTorrent)
Download: OpenSUSE 11.3 LiveCD GNOME x86-64 (ISO) (BitTorrent)

Banshee 1.7.2 Released

Least one step in escalation of development to Banshee 1.8 , As usual we have list of improvements and bug fixes that have been a few, but is expected to undermine according to maturity of new version.

Some improvements
  • Overhaul GNOME proxy support (bmc # 1920)
  • Make optional GIO gio with-disable-configure switch
  • Use new YouTube icon buttons in context
  • Wrap long strings in the Now Playing view
  • Xperia X10 support
  • When Refresh network podcast feeds is Reconnected
  • Add metadata-saving support for File System Queue
 Notable bug fixes
18 bugs fixed since version 1.7.1
  • Without building Allow gnome-doc-utils
  • SourceSwitcher Fix crasher
  • Fix the Internet Archive playback
  • Fix Play Queue Different When using it with local
  • Correct Play Track Queue reordering
  • Various Fix volume-related issues
Download Banshee 1.7.1 : Here

How to install Linux - tips and concepts

Every day there are more that are passed to Linux but still are many who have an incredible fear to install. There is still this belief in some parts of linux gurus is only for computer science. Some are afraid to install Linux on their PCs because they have important things and is always fear of losing everything. So I'll try to explain a little like process of installation of almost all distros in general and some tips and concepts you need to know to reduce to almost zero risk of damaging something during installation.


First need to know that there is no "one linux, linux distributions there. The distributions are different versions with different features, some are easier to handle than others, some have special features such as being designed to work on servers or serve a special group of people such as distributions designed specifically for programmers.

The one you are interested in all distros designed for home and average user, I recommend including: Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint and Mandriva to be easiest to use and on which more info is available online.

Linux and Windows

It is a basic question that I have done many times. You can install linux with windows? The answer is YES. A term to remember is GRUB, which is what is responsible for managing whole issue of starting pc. Those who install Linux alongside Windows will then boot to a menu which will allow to boot. Many installed linux with windows because they are afraid they do not like linux or something. I would tell them that directly encourage and install linux and windows erased. They will not regret it.



The hard disk partitions is issue that most have difficulty learning to all learners and what gives them more afraid. It really is something easy to learn and understand. In windows probably have one, two or more partitions. Example: you can have a partition called C where windows and other D where they have music, movies and important documents. Good on Linux partitions do not call letters, but rather would be something like: partition /dev/sda1 is equivalent of C and partition /dev/sda2 is equivalent to D.

What partitions needed for Linux? Basically you need only 2 but it is advisable to 3. The two are necessary to move system partition linux itself, this partition is called root and is symbolized by slash (/) and another partition called SWAP, the latter is a partition that acts as virtual memory and does nothing more that.

Apart from these two is always recommended to make a partition for your home folder, this partition is called HOME and symbolizes so / home. See that has a bar below is because HOME is part of root (/). It is good to create this partition it so when they change distro or version of Linux will always have your saved settings, desktop preferences and preferences of its applications such as firefox bookmarks or email accounts in thunderbird.

All partitions can be created from same linux while installing but I always recommend to make them from an environment they know best, that is from windows and using some program called Partition Magic. If you can not do partitions ask your brother, uncle, friend or anyone who has a minimum knowledge of computing and hara.

The partition sizes

A larger question is size of partitions. It's simple, make root with a minimum of 4GB and at least 2GB for HOME, and swap partition of 1GB or 1.5GB.

If you have possibility of allocating more size to partitions is also good to know limits, is really no limit as to maximum size but some recommendations:
  • The roots make a maximum of 10 gigabytes, almost no one reaches that limit.
  • The maximum SWAP 2GB, nobody uses more than 2GB.
  • HOME And if they can make it as big as you want.
The root user and all rest

Know types of users is basic to linux then do various tasks in system. There are two types of users in linux:

The root: It is super user, administrator. The root user can change settings to taste, remove what you want and manage hardware as you want. It's root is only one who can install programs and this is something to consider.

The rest: Ordinary users will not have permissions for root user. You may not install programs or delete important files. By default this will be user to use and is one of main reasons why Linux is so safe, because with common user can not break things

The installation process

Each distribution has an installation process that basically consists of select language, select time zone, set partitions, choose root password (do not forget this password!) And place data from a normal user, it would be best that this user does not have same password that user root.


Installing programs on Linux is just as painless to install on windows. The only difference is that not only come with. Exe in linux extensions are best known. Deb and. Rpm. The hoes so, in some distros are used. Deb and in others. Rpm, eg on Ubuntu and Linux Mint are used. Deb and Fedora's. Rpm

Where to buy? That's best part, you have to look anywhere, is more or need to acordate anything about extensions or anything because in linux you have all programs you want on free sources and public access.


The Linux repositories are places on web where they are stored all or great majority of programs for linux. Each distribution has its own list of repositories and what it gives us is installation of programs by just typing a single command. For example: you want to install firefox? So open a console and type "sudo apt-get install firefox" and only come down and be installed. Want to thunderbird? "Sudo apt-get install thunderbird" and ready.

That string may vary dependendiendo of distribution you use. For example if you use Arch Linux instead of "sudo apt-get install" serious "sudo pacman-S" but still is a very easy to install programs because they will have to find a place to download them no problem on how to install it yourself.

The console

While almost everything in linux can be done today with graphics programs blogs, forums and sites are explaining things linux using console. Why? Because it is faster and easier. Fear of a console is stupid, it's just a small program where you write something and press enter. In Ubuntu you can find it in Applications-> Accessories-> Terminal and is better than fence they were afraid because all statutes are explained almost always using console commands.

Not much more to know, with 10 minutes of reading, now you know more than linux but noted that this post is written for beginners.

How to Install Spotify in Ubuntu

I recently found out that in genbeta spotify already has linux client. Before seeing how to install linux soon see some issues that perhaps they are interested in:
What is Spotify? It is a legal and free music over Internet. Do not download songs, but you hear them streaming through an application that you install on your computer. It has a paid version and free version. The free version includes some audio ads and print ads.
Serves only to premium users. Spotify Client for Linux does not work for everyone, if you have a paid version you can not hear music.
Only serves to Ubuntu. Well actually for Ubuntu, Debian and its derivatives. This is because there are only installation files. Deb. No one. Tar.gz or. Rpm for other distros like Fedora or Arch
It is not free. The client code is open source, is a free download client and nothing more.

Let's see how to install on ubuntu spotify client.

1 - In a console type:
  • sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
At end of file write
  • deb stable non-free
Save and Close.

2 - Updating repositories
  • sudp apt-get update
3 - Add a public key in console by typing following:
  • gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 4E9CFF4E
  • gpg --export 4E9CFF4E |sudo apt-key add -
4 - Install needed packages
  • sudo apt-get install spotify-client-qt spotify-client-gnome-support
If an error occurs they just do not install gconf2 spotify pack-gnome-client-support and now.

I hope you learn I personally do not use but grovesharck spotify but truth is much more comfortable having a client open a browser tab.

Firefox Security Update for openSUSE

According to Marcus Meissner announced, security team leader openSUSE, is a security update of Mozilla Firefox for all versions of openSUSE (11.0, 11.1, 11.2) and versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Server / Desktop. (10 and 11).

This update package "Mozilla Firefox" is an updated package version 3.5.10 which busg and Fixed some security problems.

You can do online from both applet "Online Update" from KDE or GNOME and Yast2 section.

No need to remember that 15th of July will be released openSUSE version 11.3, missing Marrow and very little for big day sparid by lovers of this beautiful distribution.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha1 Published

Is on schedule has been released Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha1. I'm sure you're still Tuneando Ubuntu Lucid and many have not come to enjoy not think it's water under bridge, but we have development version of successor version of Lucid.

Some features
Kernel 2.6.34
Gnome 2.31
KDE 4.5 beta1
Qt 4.7 Beta

Announcement | Complete list of changes

Download Mirrors
  • Here (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
  • here (Ubuntu Studio)
  • here (Kubuntu Desktop and Netbook)
  • here (Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Netbook)
  • here (Xubuntu)
This is one of Kamikaze if you're a developer, I wonder if Ubuntu 10.10 will wake up expectations that Lucid, although it has created a countdown to launch.

Bluefish, version 2.0.1 released

Bluefish is a powerful editor for programmers and web developers.

It has all kinds of writing options, scripts and programming code and focuses primarily on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

Bluefish runs on Linux, FreeBSD, MacOS X, Solaris, OpenBSD and Windows.Y is licensed under GNU / GPL.

In new version 2.0.1, some errors are corrected without too much importance and has improved previous version.

Includes improvements in spelling correction, improved functionality and support CFLM bleeding.

If you can see features quireres further official website.

And also see different screenshots

Here I leave a video so you can see a little of  program mechanism.

StatusNet Desktop 0.9 Released

StatusNet, creator of social network, today announced launch of multi-platform client open source desktop.

The new hardware runs on Linux, Mac OS and Windows and can connect to any server StatusNet social messaging, including secure and private.

StatusNet Desktop enables you to directly manage your user and group membership, manage your inbox direct messages, search for ads in all timelines and automatic update of timeline.

The downloads are now available in here.

You only have to access page and choose installation you need for your computer.

I have installed 32-bit Intel Linux, and comes in package. Tgz.

Once unzipped, simply enter program folder and click on file and start StatusNet Desktop installation.

Once installed, restart, and you throw it using alt + F2 and put data in your account:


Opera 10.60 RC2 and Wine 1.2-rc5 Available

Were quickly corrected a number of bugs in Opera 10.60 RC1 and developers give us a new version, Opera 10.60 RC2. The report informs following improvements:

Changelog for Opera 1.60 RC2 :
  • Fixed crash on Mac video
  • CORE-30 469 (Inline element breaks layout of inline-blocks )
  • DSK-304 243 (Speed Dial Transparent Not dialogs do show up CORRECTLY)
  • DSK-303 234 (Linux: Improved IME support)
  • DSK-302 021 (PC: Arabic letters are Combined Into Not ligatures)
  • DSK-299 456 (Plugin related crash on exit)
  • DSK-302 412 (Windows XP: WEBM crash)
  • CORE-30 837 (JavaScript / plugin crash on sites like Google Maps)
  • DSK-303 692 (Mac: Fixed crash QuAVlive streaming demo)
  • DSK-304 235 (Linux: Prevent Paste & Go functionality in address bar When Speed Dial dialog is hidden)
Wine 1.2-RC5 has also released with some changes.
Many translation updates.
A lot of bug fixes.

Full list of improvements

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