Speed ​​Dreams 2.0 released, here's how to install it on Ubuntu

After months of development, the team Speed ​​Dreams has recently released the new version 2.0 of the popular open source racing game for Linux.

Speed ​​Dreams 2.0 brings with it many new features: in addition to improved stability and performance of the game, we find new paths that have been improvements, and corrections on previous tracks, 21 new tracks ranging from the circuits of Grand Prix to winding roads and difficult off-road. 

On the new Speed ​​Dreams 2.0 also reach new car: we can now choose from 29 cars and as many as 84 skins, and were added in the preferences also the time of day and weather conditions for any type of race track.

Speed Dreams 2.0 su Ubuntu

Improved playability making the driving experience more realistic, and introduced the new mode "Career," which allows players to have a real career in racing.

Speed ​​Dreams 2.0 also adds the options of CPU to improve the impact and performance of the game.

The new Speed ​​Dreams 2.0 But does not bring the long-awaited multiplayer mode planned for this version, unfortunately the developers have not had enough time to integrate it.

Speed Dreams 2.0 su Ubuntu

Speed ​​Dreams 2.0 Ubuntu is available for 12.04, 11.10, 11.04 and 10.04 due to the dedicated PPA to install it just type in terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:speed-dreams/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install speed-dreams
And we confirm.

Home Speed ​​Dreams


Ubuntu 12.04 connects but we can not browse: here is how to solve the problem

Ubuntu 12.04 connects but can not browse here is how to solve the problem
The new Ubuntu 12.04 brought plenty of new features: from the improvements of Unity in the new HUD, Update many packages, among them are also Network Manager updated to new version 0.9.4 that brings many improvements, available from this page.

Some users have reported that once were able to connect, but can not navigate: this problem is quite common especially for users who use the Internet via mobile devices such as keys, cell phones, or using Ubuntu in Virtualbox.

The problem is due to DNS, which are not properly recognized and managed by Network Manager, but here's how to solve this problem.

First you need disconnect from the internet, this is done, we start the terminal and type:

For Ubuntu
sudo gedit /etc/resolv.conf
For Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu
sudo nano /etc/resolv.conf
And insert as shown below:
# Generated by NetworkManager
Then save (if we use nano we have to press CTRL+X then S)
and try to connect through our browser, and if we need to navigate to lock the configuration and to do that, we finish the connection and terminal type:
sudo chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf
Now we locked configuration and Network Manager can not modify it and then we can connect without problems.

To unlock the configuration, always terminal type:
sudo chattr -i /etc/resolv.conf
In case of problems, please do not hesitate to report commenting on this article.


Unity 5.12.0 released: more speed and many bug fixes! [Installation on Ubuntu 12.04]

Include a discussion and the other with my dear friend, I learn that, indeed by very few hours, Canonical has released an update related to Unity so that the salt Version 5.12.0. This is not a release but particularly rich in novelties, with this update, developers have introduced more than 65 fixes to as many bugs, and have significantly improved the speed and stability of the Ubuntu desktop.

Among the many bug fixes, we mark that finally there are more problems with the album covers in Music Lens..

To install Unity 5.12.0 on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin all you need to enable proposed repository (Go to Settings -> Software Update -> Settings -> Updates) And then check for new packages and install them. If you are interested in the full changelog for Unity 5.12.0, you will find it in this page.

The new boot sound of Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin? Does not exist!

What I found incredible, but I was also confirmed by some members of the Ubuntu team. After installing Ubuntu 12.04, I switched the speakers to enjoy the new sound of default introduced in Precise Pangolin: nothing. Then I thought it was a stupid question, so I went to Settings -> Applications boot to enable sound and found nothing! Never mind, I decide to manually use the command to enable it:
/usr/bin/canberra-gtk-play --id="desktop-login" --description="GNOME Login"
But ..... Now run this command from a terminal. Notice anything strange? Well yes, Ubuntu is the old sound, not the new! So I have not given us peace and tried another directory, another file:
And nothing is the same identical African sounds we already know! What happened, then, the much-loved, new sound from Ubuntu which was to begin with Precise Pangolin? Was not included! Unfortunately you do not know the reasons for this sudden choice not to include it, so that even some of my friends are Canonical developers was a bit 'too stunned.

The mystery deepens, but as soon as I can find out more, I will inform you immediately!

Installing Ubuntu 12.04 crashes because of the Broadcom card? Here's how to solve

I am sorry to say, but unfortunately the problems of crashes of Ubuntu reserved for Unfortunate owners of Broadcom NICs has been running in Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 1. What happens? Splashscreen system (meaning the screen that says Ubuntu with the five circles that simulate a loading bar) Suddenly disappears, crashes your computer completely and forcing you to restart it using the reset (Or, in the case of Notebook, Off and on).

Before you continue reading, however, do a little experiment: press the F2 key when the splash screen appears and set all the writing that appear on screen. If the boot is stops immediately after the appearance of this notice
b43-phy0 ERROR: firmware file “b43/ucode5.fw” not found
b43-phy0 ERROR: firmware file “b43-open/ucode5.fw” not found
b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org and read all the instructions on this website.
or something very similar ... so yes, this is the post for you.

I know what you're asking yourself: one, the solution exists… you, I also own a Broadcom and I had the honor of hitting this bug and ... no, no need to remove the network card it to abandon its use.

There's something cute typical Unix-like systems is called blacklist of modules: It is a real blacklist which contains the modules that the system will not dare absolutely to load even with a gun pointed at the processor. By default, this list is empty, but can be filled gradually as needed.

The reason why the system plant before the installation is just the form on Broadcom network adapters, Such form b43, Which for some reason refuses to work on Precise. Well, if a plant has a dead branch not the plant breaks down, but that branch is pruned: We, through the directives boot, put temporary blacklist the b43 module included in the system and then install a functioning. Now we turn to the practice (it is a bit 'clunky, but I assure you that it is efficient. I tested it in person ...). I tell you beforehand that you will need an internet connection independent of the offending network card, since there are files to download.

Insert your device into your computer containing the installation ISO of Ubuntu (Whether CD, DVD, USB stick or whatever), wait for appearance of this screen

and Immediately press a button. Choose the language of the installer and press enter. You will see something similar to this:

at this point position yourself to "Try Ubuntu without installing" or "Install Ubuntu" (Is irrelevant) but DO NOT PRESS ENTER: instead the press F6, Immediately followed by the ESC key: You should be able to write in a textbox. Now go (in the textbox) more to the right that can, leave intact the existing text and write, Appended to it (and being careful that after the two dashes there is a space), the string

after that press Sending.

system installation will start and will not hang over! Clearly If you do not have a network device Alternatively you will be forced to install without the help of the network.. but it is not a problem, once installed the system and reconfigure the wireless card you will have the opportunity to update and download all the packages you want! But there's more.

Yes, it is true, the OS will install without problems, but ... if you try to start it from GRUB will end up with a crashes identical to the previous. What do we do? Well, blacklist the b43 directly from a GRUB boot.

if GRUB does not appear to you and the system would default Ubuntu, make sure that the loader to appear by pressing and holding down the shift key while starting the computer, immediately after the BIOS POST (Basically disappear since all those written in ancient Aramaic).

We select from GRUB, the option related to Ubuntu 12.04, this time FREE PRESS ENTER: Press the button instead and. You will see the text editor of the boot entry: we place next to "vt.handoff=7" using right and left arrow keys, Leave a space, and write once again

(get the symbol "=" pressing the button marked by the accented "i" on the keyboard ... eh, I know, damn American keyboard!) after that press F10.

Our system ... boot! But Broadcom will continue our course does not work. Come on, you're almost done! And ... restart the computer! From this moment onwards your Broadcom will be up and running!

NB: someone will tell me that the drivers are also present in the Ubuntu repositories, and that there are special kernel headers ... well, with my card even as they refused to work, let that be known

Good job!

AMD ATI Catalyst 12.4 drivers released : News and installation on Ubuntu

In a day where Valve showed the first official images of Steam for Linux ,AMD has released version 12.4 of its ATI Catalyst driver. The AMD Catalyst 12.4 driver (Fglrx 8.96 series) can be downloaded from official website AMD. Unfortunately, as happens for some release, AMD does not provide a changelog for monthly releases of Catalyst drivers dedicated to Linux. However, thanks to those of Phoronix ,Some details have come out: the drivers now support full openSUSE 12.1, there was an improvement for users as well as the Ubuntu 12.04 as well as for the PowerXpress for Intel platforms Ivy Bridge, in addition to many bug fixes.

install AMD ATI Catalyst 12.4 driver on Ubuntu

The first thing to do is delete the previous version of the AMD driver installed. Open the terminal and type:

sudo sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev* xorg-driver-fglrx
If you receive an error launching the first command, do not worry, just ignore it and run the second command. Now we must install the Catalyst drivers 12.4. The following procedure is valid for both 32-and 64-bit! Open the terminal and type:
cd ~/; mkdir catalyst12.4; cd catalyst12.4/
wget -O amd-driver-installer-12-4-x86.x86_64.run http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/amd-driver-installer-12-4-x86.x86_64.run
chmod +x amd-driver-installer-12-4-x86.x86_64.run
sh ./amd-driver-installer-12-4-x86.x86_64.run
And follow the instructions of the wizard that appears. At the end of the installation process, type:
sudo aticonfig --initial -f
and reboot the system:
sudo reboot
It 's all

Released Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04 LTS: Details and download

Dear Ubuntu users, here is the announcement that everyone was waiting for: finally official after two alpha and two beta release Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, The distribution to support the five-year one of the most used systems Linux-based.

The new structural (and not) are really a lot I want to spell out the most important not spoil the surprise :) First, here some of the latest versions of core packages of the operating system:
  • Linux v. 3.2.12 (kernel)
  • X.org v. 7.6
  • Xorg server v. 1.11.4
  • Unity 2D e 3D v. 5.10
  • GNOME v. 3.4.1
  • Compiz v.
  • Libreoffice v. 3.5.2
  • Firefox v. 11.0
Also here is some of the most important structural innovations:
  • Introduction of HUD (Head-up display), Which allow call the functions of the application menu means a small dash of Unity; The HUD are retrievable and usable pressing the button ALT;
  • funzionalmento of new Unity Greeter inside LightDM: the style of the greeter has been totally redesigned, and the background of login screen is now equal to the background user;
  • new lenses Unity, Which integrate Video Search also in online services such as Youtube and VimeoIt is possible to search for videos online directly from the dash;
  • The media player Rhythmbox replaces the Banshee media player as default application;
  • some of the settings are Unity hours editable System Settings -> Appearance, Without the need for use the operator CompizConfig;
  • manager CCSM has been redesigned: but not more sliders numeric counters for some settings, and a notice of the opening program (SafeGuard) that warns the user about any potential consequences that the use of the program could have on the system;
  • The interfaces of Ubuntu Software Center and Ubuntu One were greatly improved for both graphics and for efficiency of use;
  • the tool myUnity is present in the Ubuntu repositories;
  • the tool ppa-purge is installed by default on the system ...
And the rest is ... to be discovered!

In addition to the parent distribution Ubuntu 12.04, Were also released X/K/L/Edubuntu 12.04Ubuntu Cloud Server 12.04, Ubuntu Studio 12.04 and Ubuntu ARM 12.04, for both 32-bit architectures for 64-bit architectures (with the obvious exception for Ubuntu ARM). Will be supported natively PAE chipset (The most recent, predisposed to 'extension of the physical addresses) And downloading the appropriate kernel - although last - Ubuntu can be installed even on chipset NON-PAE (Older ones).

Before leaving the link for downloading the operating system, I want to remind you that you can find a guide to post-installation this page.

Network problems for Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0.4: no SMS or call ... possible solutions!

Google has confirmed the presence of a bug in the new Android 4.0.4 update for Samsung Galaxy Nexus: when the smartphone enters deep sleep mode, it loses the 'attachment to the telephone network, Making it impossible for the 'use of the telephone during normal use (no phone calls or SMS).

Some users have immediately noticed the presence of this error only in version 4.0.4: When you have two solutions ... certainly not optimal for the 'use of the Galaxy Nexus.
  1. Disable deep sleep mode
  2. Increase processor frequency to a value greater than 200 MHz
In both cases, the losers is the battery ... see what happens in the coming hours.

Facebook acquires Instagram for a billion dollars

In a move that few were able to predict, the social network Facebook has just acquired for a billion  dollars Instagram, The popular service that allowed edit and take pictures with different types of filters and effects from IOS and Android mobile devices.Mark Zuckerberg wanted filters to your photos hosted on your social network. And the shopping is over.

Facebook has acquired Instagram worth one billion dollars. Although the service, where we share photos and images with different filters and effects with other users through our iPhone or Android phone, only about two years on the scene in recent months had begun to enjoy popularity and presence unusual being a whole reference implementation for IOS devices.

Instagram CEO ,Kevin Systrom, already been communicated in the company's official blogtheir impressions and reactions to the news, ensuring the future and the continued application and service despite the purchase by Facebook.

Instagram was beginning to reach a rate quite interesting in terms of updates, adding new filters, functionality and interface designs that meet the needs of users. The future of the application is now in the hands of the popular social network, which could integrate a deeper way services photo application. What's new Instagram now bring us? Can we create albums on Facebook so comfortable? ZuckerbergIn its own Facebook page, has made it clear, saying, in other things "Instagram will remain and grow as a standalone application":
"We decided to let Instagram stay connected to other services outside of Facebook, it is an important part of the experience."
Hopefully the purchase resulting in better services and new user of the platform, Which to date has proven to be one of the applications more fun and polished the picture.

More info: News Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg)

Compilation Kernel 3.3.1 on Ubuntu x64 and derivatives.

This is a small guide for compilation and optimization of the kernel on Ubuntu 64-bit and derivatives. The optimization is limited only to select the type of processor inside the configuration files, additional optimizations can be performed within those files related to its hardware configuration.

The result of the work is a kernel compatible with all Intel belonging to the family Core2 , Corei3, i5, i7 etc.

This guide is not suitable for compiling the kernel on machines with AMD CPUs, soon I'll post one devoted to these processors.

The optimization provides better speed in the execution of tasks that absorb a lot of processor resources, eg encoding/decoding, compression/decompression, etc. files.

If we use our computer only to surf the net and write a few lines of text will notice big differences.

Before you start the real work just thank all those in network publishing every day their experiences improve our skills and enhance our culture. A special thanks goes to Sankaran Raman whose work I have drawn freely.

Start the "Terminal" and type at the prompt, just as there are in the order, the commands that will gradually during the reading. Each command is preceded by a brief explanation.

- Install libraries, compilers and everything needed. At each date command "Enter", type in your password and wait for the system do the rest.
sudo apt-get install fakeroot build-essential crash kexec-tools makedumpfile kernel-wedge libncurses5 binutils-dev libelf-dev libdw-dev libnewt-dev libncurses5-dev

sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends install asciidoc xmlto

sudo apt-get build-dep linux

- Create the folder containing the kernel source and patches within our home (at the end of all operations, it will also feature our beautiful kernel and compiled into individual packages).
mkdir ~/Kernel_3.3.1

cd ~/Kernel_3.3.1

- Download the kernel and patches.
wget -c http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v3.x/linux-3.3.1.tar.bz2

Wait for the end of the download before giving the next command (for each individual command).
wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.3.1-precise/0001-base-packaging.patch

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.3.1-precise/0002-debian-changelog.patch

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.3.1-precise/0003-default-configs.patch

- Unpacking kernel, creating symbolic link, access to the folder.
tar xjvf linux-3.3.1.tar.bz2

ln -s linux-3.3.1 linux

cd linux

- Patch Application to Kernel
patch -p1 < ../0001-base-packaging.patch

patch -p1 < ../0002-debian-changelog.patch

patch -p1 < ../0003-default-configs.patch

- Assignment rights access  to various scripts and execution
chmod -Rv +x debian/rules

chmod -Rv +x debian/scripts/

- Creating new profile to build Corei7
cp debian.master/config/amd64/config.flavour.generic  debian.master/config/amd64/config.flavour.i7

- Cleaning and updating the configuration file
fakeroot debian/rules clean

fakeroot debian/rules updateconfigs
- Edit the configuration file to adapt the kernel to our requirements: it is a fundamental step to be performed with extreme caution. Execution of the command, the terminal will display a series of questions, ONLY THE SECOND REQUEST YOU MUST  ANSWER AFFIRMATIVE.

fakeroot debian/rules editconfigs
  • Answer "No" to the first question, "Y" to the second. Now you came into the kernel configuration, proceed as follows (to select intend to move up and down with the cursor keys and then to enter):
  • 1 - Select "Processor type and features"
  • 2 - Select "Processor family (Generic-x86-64)"
  • 3 - Select "Core 2/newer Xeon
  • 4 - Scroll all the entries down to find "Preemption Model ..."
  • (This item determines how your cpu will "dedicate" to the management of various tasks/programs running on your system along with the item "Timer frequency ...". And 'possible to favor a faster system response times at the expense of actual execution of the various processes. I highly recommend leaving the "Desktop").
  • 5 - Scroll all the entries down to find "Timer frequency ..."
  • (Now if you can select a fixed 1000Hz, the laptop does not exceed the threshold 300Hz . On the web I found endless different explanations and tips on using this parameter, unless you use on your system of professional applications for managing Audio and video septate the value of 300Hz).
  • 6 - Go back to the previous menu, selecting "Exit" option on the bottom of the screen
  • 7 - Select "Networking support ..."
  • 8 - Select "Networking options ..."
  • 9 - Scroll all the entries down to find "The IPv6 protocol", pressed on your keyboard the letter "M"
  • (At compile time will create a kernel module for IPv6 that you can ban to prevent the use by the system in a definitive manner).
  • 10 - Return to the previous menu, selecting "Exit" option on the bottom of the screen
  • 11 - Return to the previous menu, selecting "Exit" option on the bottom of the screen
  • 12 - We leave the menu always selecting "Exit" option on the bottom of the screen
  • 13 - answer "Yes" to the question that will be placed at the exit, we will save your changes to the basic configuration.
  • Answer "No" to the next question present on your screen.

- Copy of generic and our configuration as the default setting in the build process
cp debian.master/abi/3.2.0-20.33/amd64/generic  debian.master/abi/3.2.0-20.33/amd64/i7

cp debian.master/abi/3.2.0-20.33/amd64/generic.modules debian.master/abi/3.2.0-20.33/amd64/i7.modules

sed -i s/getall\ amd64\ generic\ virtual/getall\ amd64\ generic\ virtual\ i7/g debian.master/etc/getabis

sed -i s/\=\ generic\ virtual/\=\ generic\ virtual\ i7/g debian.master/rules.d/amd64.mk

cp debian.master/control.d/vars.generic debian.master/control.d/vars.i7

sed -i s/supported\=\"Generic\"/supported\=\"Nehalem\"/g debian.master/control.d/vars.i7

sed -i s/target\=\"Geared\ toward\ x86_64/target\=\"Geared\ toward\ i7/g debian.master/control.d/vars.i7

- Optimization of the kernel through the variable-mtune and -march, the compiler will produce a kernel optimized for Intel Dual Core / Corei-xx
sed -i s/\=\ gcc/\=\ gcc\ -march\=corei7\ -mtune\=corei7/g Makefile

sed -i s/\=\ g++/\=\ g++\ -march\=corei7\ -mtune\=corei7/g Makefile

sed -i s/core2/corei7/g arch/x86/Makefile

sed -i s/core2/corei7/g arch/x86/Makefile_32.cpu

- Writing of all changes to disk


- Cleaning before the actual compilation

fakeroot debian/rules clean

- Compilation of dependencies, the source and header

skipabi=true skipmodule=true fakeroot debian/rules binary-indep

- Start the process of compiling the kernel

time skipabi=true skipmodule=true no_dumpfile=yes fakeroot debian/rules binary-i7

finally, give the command to install the new kernel.
cd ..
rm linux

rm -rf linux-3.3.1

sudo dpkg -i linux-image-3.3.1-030301-i7_3.3.1-030301.201204021435_amd64.deb linux-headers-3.3.1-030301-i7_3.3.1-030301.201204021435_amd64.deb linux-headers-3.3.1-030301_3.3.1-030301.201204021435_all.deb

Reboot to use the new kernel.

System used Kubuntu 12.04 x64 - Cpu Corei3 2°Gen. - 6GB Ram.
The only problem: my network card to return from hibernation (being resolved) can not hang up the same wireless network.

Soon the guide for the 32-Bit, a greeting to all.


Linux Kernel 3.3.1 on Ubuntu and derivatives

Linux Kernel 3.3.1 su Ubuntu e derivate

A few days ago Linus Torvalds announced the release of new version 3.3.1 of the Linux Kernel.
The new release brings some fixes and adds new features, among which are better supported with Android (Merge). Improvements for the Btrfs file system: including the redesign of the balance of operations and the introduction Integrity Check. Also lands the new architecture Texas Instruments C6X (TI C6X), improvements and corrections for Open vSwitch and EFI boot. Thanks to the new interface Network Priority Control ,The system administrator can manage the priorities of the traffic network. this page find the changelog of the new Linux Kernel 3.3.1.

As with previous releases, the Ubuntu Kernel Team released packages dedicated to the new version of the Linux Kernel. So here how to install the new Linux Kernel 3.3.1 on Ubuntu and derivatives.

Linux Kernel 3.3.1 for Ubuntu (i386 / 32-bit)
wget -O linux-headers-3.3.1_all.deb http://goo.gl/3rrEL
wget -O linux-headers-3.3.1-generic_i386.deb http://goo.gl/yr9lP
wget -O linux-image-generic_3.3.1_i386.deb http://goo.gl/NF7QP
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
sudo apt-get install -f
Linux Kernel 3.3.1 for Ubuntu (amd64 / 64-bit)
wget -O linux-headers-3.3.1_all.deb http://goo.gl/3rrEL
wget -O linux-headers-generic_3.3.1_amd64.deb http://goo.gl/uIGJP
wget -O linux-image-3.3.1-generic_amd64.deb http://goo.gl/C9zBl
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
sudo apt-get install -f
After reboot, and we will have to restart the new Linux Kernel 3.3.1 installed in our distribution.

To test the reboot we type in terminal uname-r will show you the kernel version you're using if everything is correct:
~$ uname -r
To remove the new Linux Kernel 3.3.1 when installed by the end you just type:
sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.3.1-030301-generic

And reboot.

In case of problems with nVidia graphics cards here is a solution to start the terminal and type:

cd /usr/src/linux-headers-3.3.1-030301-generic/arch/x86/include

sudo cp -v generated/asm/unistd* ./asm
And reinstall all packages as a guide.

Gloobus Preview adds support for GTK+3, here's how to install it on Ubuntu

Gloobus Preview in Ubuntu

New update for Gloobus Preview, the application with which we can get a preview of our files on our file manager Nautilus or Marlin.
The new version of Gloobus Preview adds support for GTK+3, which allows the use of Gnome 3 and Unity also adds support for documents  protected by passwords. Also rewrote the plugin for previews of documents, added support for WebM, corrected and improved preview of TTF, PDF, video and other fixes.

To install the new Gloobus Preview on Ubuntu 12.04 - 11.10:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gloobus-dev/gloobus-preview
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gloobus-preview gloobus-sushi unoconv
Once installed, just restart or end the session. To view thumbnails simply select the file and press the space bar on your keyboard.

Gloobus Preview su Ubuntu

Preview Gloobus also supports Marlin, the default file manager of Elementary OS, but to make it work but we have to activate it from dconf.
First install dconf-Editor, to do it from terminal type:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
We live dconf-editor and go to apps > marlin > preferences, then insert /usr/bin/gloobus-preview in the section previewer-path
As for Nautilus, the previews will be available by pressing the space key.


Ubuntu 12.04: available all wallpapers from Ubuntu Karmic, Oneiric directly in the official repositories

Nearing final release of Ubuntu 12.04, Canonical releases an update of the pack "Ubuntu Wallpapers" that reaches the version 0.34.0 allowing the installation of all Ubuntu wallpapers from Karmic until you get to Oneiric, and of course Precise, directly in Ubuntu 12.04!

All the wallpapers of Ubuntu in Precise Pargolin

To install all wallpapers in Precise Pangolin, you must type the following command from a terminal:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-wallpapers-karmic ubuntu-wallpapers-lucid ubuntu-wallpapers-maverick ubuntu-wallpapers-natty ubuntu-wallpapers-oneiric ubuntu-wallpapers-precise

It is also possible to install only the wallpaper of a particular distribution with the command:

ubuntu-wallpapers-name of distribution

Example: ubuntu-wallpapers-oneric to get the wallpaper of Ubuntu 11.10

All the wallpapers of Ubuntu in Oneric Ocelot and earlier

To install all of the wallpapers of the Ubuntu distributions in Oneric Ocelot or earlier ,You must download the the following pack and enjoy the beauty of Ubuntu Wallpapers.

Linux: 8 Golden tips to better use the terminal

Does not exist Linux distribution that does not require, at least a little, use the terminal. Having good practice and familiarity with the Linux shell is important and the purpose of this article, aimed at novice users maybe, is to provide some suggestions for learning how to better the Linux terminal.

Tab Completion

This is a fundamental trick: it is a great saving of time and is useful if, for example, you are not sure of the exact name of a file or a command. Suppose you have a file with a "very long" and we want to discard it: it may happen that we forget to write as well (such as the lack of \ that is used before each space character). Typing rm and by pressing the button Tab, The shell will automatically complete the filename and if we write the initial of the name of the file to be deleted is if we type anything (in this case we will provide the entire list of files in the folder where we are).


The pipes (the character |) Are used to send the output of one command to another command. In the "philosophy" of UNIX, each program runs a small real function. For example, the command ls lists files in current directory and the command grep used to extract something. Combining the two commands, you can find for example the word: ls | grep word

Wild Cards

The asterisk (*) Is a wildcard character with which you can find everything: for example, with the command rm name1 * name2 we can delete all files that start with name1 and end with name2 (Careful not to put an asterisk after rm, which would result in deleting all the files in the folder)

Redirecting output

The character ">" redirects the output of a command to a file instead of another command, for example writing ls > testfile lists the items in that folder in the Print to File.

Command History

We are permitted to have access to the history of the commands used: you can use either the command historyor the arrow keys on the keyboard Highand Low.

 Symbols ~  .  ..

The character ~(Known as tilde) Is the directory homecurrent user: Instead of typing cd/home/username to go into the folder Home, You can type cd ~ (You can also add other links as soon as a /Desktop).

The character . represents the current directory.

The character .. represents the parent directory above the current directory. Also here you can add more links after the dots as /Desktop).

Run a program/command in the background

How to use the terminal while you are performing an operation that blocks its operations Input/Output? For example, if you type firefox to launch the browser Mozilla Firefox, Firefox  gets hold of your terminal until it is closed and will keep him busy. Writing near the Firefox symbol & you can run the command in the background and not lose control of the terminal.

Running conditions

In bash we decide to run two commands one after the other with the condition that the second run only after the first has been completed successfully for this is to write the two commands on same line separated by the symbols &&.

Were you already aware of all these suggestions?

Ubuntu: Using an Android device as a modem [Tethering]

Often when we are away from home and feel the need to use the Internet on our laptops, we are not always provided with an open wireless line or a internet key to navigate. But if we have an Android phone with active data connection, we can use it in Tethering transforming it into a real modem. The objective of this paper is precisely to show how to make the data connection of your Android device you can surf the net with their own laptop.

Materials Needed:
  • Device Android equipped with a USB cable;
  • It 'best to have a flat rate;
  • Ubuntu;
  • EasyTether which can be downloaded from here or Play Store.
  1. Open the application EasyTetheron our phone and select the word “Yes, run it now "
  2. Then we select "Linux Setup"
  3. Now we select "Download to computer"
  4. Press of Next
  5. Press of Next to well twice
  6. Now you will be prompted to activate the USB debugging; Simply go to turn in Settings-> Applications-> Development and tick the Debug USB
  7. Now connect your device to your computer via USB cable
  8. Press of Finish to finish

That's it, we have finished configuring the program to your device.

Installing EasyTether on Ubuntu

Open a terminal and enter the following commands, which allow you to install the application EasyTether:

wget -O easytether_0.7.2-1_i386.deb http://goo.gl/WiODN

sudo dpkg -i easytether_0.7.2-1_i386.deb

Now type the following command from a terminal to start sharing:

easytether connect
This command will automatically create a new network that will be available in the network manager, just select it and start enjoying it free of its Android device

That's it, now you can share the connection of your phone with your computer and possibly save money for a subscription to an internet key.

GIMP 2.8 RC1 released: install on Ubuntu

It is unclear when GIMP 2.8 is finally released, but waiting to get their hands on the final release, the development team has a few days before the official release candidate of the project GIMP 2.8. GIMP 2.8 will bring important new features, including single-window mode, the groups of levels and many other features that are already in this RC1:
  • The text editing is now done directly "on-canvas" rather than in a separate window. It 's also possible to mix different styles of text at the same level.
  • Saving and exporting are now two separate activities. Saving an image can only be done in XCF format GIMP's native.
  • And 'possible to specify the size with simple mathematical expressions, like "50%", "30in + 40px" or "4 * 5.4in".
  • Greatly improved the brushes and their "engine".
  • And 'possible to save the toolset with a name chosen.
  • Added a new filter: Cage
  • New widgets, configurations and other improvements for advanced devices (eg tablet).
  • You can now tag GIMP resources, such as brushes and patterns.
  • Lots of other small improvements and bugfixes.
Install GIMP 2.8 RC1 on Ubuntu 12.04

Pending the PPA of GIMP PPA by Matt Walker are updated, you can use a script devised by Strycore. All you have to do is download the archive from this page, Extract the contents and place the script on the desktop. Now type in terminal:
chmod +x ~/Scrivania/build-gimp-git.sh
sudo apt-get install git
And you'll find GIMP 2.8 RC1 properly installed on your system!

Remove GIMP 2.8 RC1

To remove GIMP 2.8 RC1, open a terminal and type:
sudo rm -r /opt/gimp-2.8/
sudo rm -r ~/.local/share/applications/gimp2.8RC1.desktop

How to restore the bootloader of Windows 7 while keeping the dual boot with Windows 8

Those of you who have tried to install the new Windows 8 will have noticed the change in the graphical bootloader: We will have the ability to select which operating system to select the time of 'switching on a screen in line with what is the new style.

But if you want to restore the good old black screen, know that a few minutes to get back to business as usual, without losing Windows 8, and the dual boot on your PC, of course.

Let's see how to do:
  • At boot time (when we have to select the operating system) will find the 'Change option defaults or choose other options
  • We click and select Choose a default operating system -> Windows 7
  • Then click on Choose other options -> Turn off your PC
Next we turn to the boot screen of the old classic Windows 7, which can be useful if you have multiple operating systems installed on your machine.

Ubuntu: how to connect and use USB devices in Virtualbox

Virtualbox one of the most popular software for managing virtual machines, used by millions of users, and allows you to use any operating system and try to complete all its features. course after its installation, to ensure that the software is complete, is required the addition of VM Extension Pack. Despite this, users may find it difficult to use USB devices on virtual machine, since they might not be recognized.

In this article I will discuss how to work around this problem and use your USB devices even through virtual machine.

Materials Needed:
  • Virtualbox installed on your PC
  • Uninstall if installed, VirtualBox OSE.

Go System->Administration->Users and Groups (This path is valid for all those who have less than a version of Ubuntu 11.10, but if you have Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 you must first install the application Users and Groups terminal by typing the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools

Now click on the item Manage Group and move to voice vboxusers; through the right mouse button to access the properties and check the voice Members of the group;

At this point you can reboot the system and run your virtual machine, which will now allow you to use USB devices through the devices menu positioned at the top. For all those who plan to set their default devices without having to enter it each time, just access to the settings of the machine and move the cursor USB, Then click on the "+", as shown in the figure, and add your device:

Alternative procedure

If you do not want to follow the steps listed above, you can opt for the manual procedure. You open a terminal and type the following command:
sudo gedit /etc/group
Look for the group vboxusers and add your user name with the following command:
vboxusers:x:125:”User Name”
That's it, with these two alternatives can finally use your virtual machine with ease.

VirtualBox 4.1.12 released: now available also for Ubuntu 12.04

A new update of Virtualbox has been released. Somewhere is now available to download the version 4.1.12  which, with immense pleasure for users of Ubuntu, is finally compatible also for Precise Pangolin. There are details in this news release, this is mostly a maintenance release that fixes some bugs and adds support for Kernel 3.4 RC1. The changelog complete list is available on this page and the instructions to download and install VirtualBox 4.1.12 on Ubuntu can be found below.

Installing using packages

All you have to do is choose from the list below and install it with your package a simple double-click:
Installing via PPA Repository

If you want to have VirtualBox up to datethe latest versions, being notified directly by the operator of the updates, then you can rely on PPA repository created by little.
sudo -v
echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.1
My advice is to also install the package on the VirtualBox extensions that you can download from this page and once you start VirtualBox, go to File -> Settings and tab Extensions Click the button to add an extension (the first blue diamond) and select the extension you just downloaded.

Totally remove Unity from Ubuntu 12.04 Precise

This guide is for all those who, like me, appreciate Ubuntu but just can not digest the new license plate interface Canonical, Unity, For all those who are not content just to install another DE and select the login, but they also want eradicated from the system every single package, track and dependence of Unity. I do not want the passionate fans of Unity, have patience, are bastard (and picky). So:

We proceed to install Gnome Shell, his Account Manager (who will replace LightDM), good old Synaptic package manager and as a utility that will allow us to clean it up, in this case, each "residue" of Unity.

Open a terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install gdm gnome-shell synaptic deborphan
During installation you will be asked to set the default Login Manager, select "gdm" and continue. Reboot the system to log and choose "Gnome". We open the terminal and proceed to the removal of Unity in all its components, or open Synaptic and manually select the packages to remove:
sudo apt-get remove unity unity-2d unity-2d-common unity-2d-panel unity-2d-shell unity-2d-spread unity-asset-pool unity-common unity-lens-applications unity-lens-files unity-lens-music unity-lens-video unity-scope-musicstores unity-scope-video-remote unity-services indicator-messages indicator-status-provider-mc5 appmenu-qt appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 lightdm unity-greeter overlay-scrollbar zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-datahub activity-log-manager-common activity-log-manager-control-center
Then type:
sudo apt-get autoremove
Now we proceed with the removal of all packages "orphans" who have remained in the Unity system with deborphan with:
sudo apt-get purge `deborphan`
We repeat the command several times to remove even the dependencies of dependencies, until we answer that there are more packages to be removed.

And finally, we eliminate even the small configuration file of Unity remained, by typing:
sudo dpkg --purge `dpkg -l | egrep "^rc" | cut -d' ' -f3`
We will then have a clean Ubuntu 12.04 and distilled, with only Gnome Shell.

KDE releases new version 4.8.2, which will default on Kubuntu 12.04 Precise

KDE SC 4.8.2 I

The KDE development team has announced the release of the second update of version 4.8.x, which only brings fixes to improve stability of the desktop environment and dedicated applications.

KDE 4.8.2 many bug fixes and translations, the improvements relate mainly kwin, kdegraphics, kdebase and kdeutils. Among the novelties of the new KDE 4.8.2 include support for XRender effect magnifier, screen shots, and snaphelper support for offscreen. KGpg adds the ability to encrypt multiple folders directly from our file manager: Konqueror or Dolphin either.

The new KDE 4.8.2 is already present in the official repository of Kubuntu 12.04 Precise and will be the default version of the new LTS, we can already install it on Kubuntu 11.10 through PPA for Kubuntu Backports.

KDE 4.8.2 will be available in the next few hours, even on the official Arch Linux repository, Chakra and the version in development of Fedora 17.

In this page you will find KDE 4.8.2 release notes.

Updating Flash Player 11.2 on Firefox 11 without problems!

Flash Player 11.2

Adobe has recently released the latest update (article here) of its Flash Player for Linux. However, myself and many other users have encountered many problems with this upgrade. In my personal case, for example, I could not fully display Flash content via Firefox ,Still others complain of minor faults, but it is annoying. How to fix?

As a good person who always chooses the safest and least vexed, I decided to open a post for help through the support of Firefox, you can see through this link. I was rightly advised to re-download the plugin from the official Adobe website and install it manually by copying the folder of the default plugins on Firefox, it did not work, From good to better. So I started trying to figure out why I had problems on Chrome and I started to look a bit 'that he used the plugin and found, to my great surprise, File a virtually identical ,Had it not been for a few more characters in its name. Moved a little 'rage for pretty dumb move by Adobe, I decided to put into practice the following procedure, which has worked well!

Open a terminal, let us go after installing Chrome in its folder:
cd /opt/google/chrome
Inside, find the file mentioned earlier: "libgcflashplayer.so", which we copy as "libflashplayer.so" so that Firefox will recognize it, if we let two more letters (probably indicate GoogleChrome, IMHO) :
sudo cp libgcflashplayer.so libflashplayer.so
So we turn our new copy of Firefox in the directory:
sudo mv libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/firefox-11
Now, we have to go with the terminal in the location where now is the plugin and copy it to the appropriate directory. To do this:
cd /usr/lib/firefox-11
sudo cp libflashplayer.so /plugins
Of course we accept the request to overwrite the file and restart Firefox, now it's all right!

ALTERNATIVE We can download the file libflashplayer of Chrome and add it to our Firefox (whatever version) and is 32 or 64bit.
First, start Firefox and disabled the flash player plugin that you are using the section add.on -> Plugins and then type in terminal:
sudo wget -O libflashplayer.so http://goo.gl/vHZiM
mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins
cp libflashplayer.so ~/.mozilla/plugins
if you by mistake when you give mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins do not worry it means that you already had the folder.
Start Firefox and have the new plugin of Chrome working perfectly in Firefox.

Flash Player 11.2 the last and final version of the plugin for Linux

Flash Player 11.2

Adobe has released these days the Flash Player version 11.2, the latest version available for Linux. As already announced Adobe in recent weeks, Adobe Flash Player 11.2 will be the last release for Linux, so from now on we updates will only be bug fixes. All future releases will then be available only for Google Chrome using the API through Plugin Pepper.

The new Adobe Flash Player 11.2 brings some novelties, such as support for the central and right click and click-lock, and also the support for Multi-threaded video decoding, Along with graphics hardware acceleration for 2D and 3D game at 60 FPS.

Flash Player 11.2 is already available in the official repositories of Ubuntu, Arch Linux and Chakra, and is also for Windows and Mac directly from page

Adobe's site.

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