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Monday, April 9, 2012

Linux Distributive With Global Menu and UbuntuOne For Netbook

I like very much global menu in previous versions of Ubuntu. But Unity is too slow for my Eee PC. So now I am looking for some alternative Desktop Environments or Distributions where there is global menu available. But at the same time there should be UbuntuOne service working too, as I use it pretty often.
Could you, please, suggest what should I try out?



I also use keyboard shortcuts very much and so I guess they should be configurable, and try not to use touchpad at all. So big icons like in gnome-shell and Unity are not a good option.





How to change desktop theme periodically

Is it possible change desktop theme In each hour





Banshee won't start unless run as sudo or -debug

I have no idea what is going on, I just made a fresh install of Ubuntu and then after a reboot Banshee won't start. I began to poke around the forums and then tried running it as sudo and with -debug, both of which get it to start, but with this error



[Info  21:21:37.788] Running Banshee 2.2.1: [Ubuntu 11.10 (linux-gnu, x86_64) @ 2011-12-19 14:58:04 UTC]
(Banshee:9910): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",
(Banshee:9910): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",
(Banshee:9910): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",
(Banshee:9910): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",
[Warn 21:21:38.332] DBus support could not be started. Disabling for this session. - System.ArgumentNullException: Argument cannot be null.
Parameter name: address (in `dbus-sharp')
at DBus.Bus.Open (System.String address) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at DBus.Bus.get_Session () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
System.Exception: Unable to open the session message bus. (in `dbus-sharp')
at DBus.Bus.get_Session () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at DBus.BusG.Init () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at Banshee.ServiceStack.DBusConnection.Connect (System.String serviceName, Boolean init) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at Banshee.ServiceStack.DBusConnection.Connect (System.String serviceName) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
[Info 21:21:39.748] Updating web proxy from GConf
[Warn 21:21:41.085] Caught an exception - System.ArgumentNullException: Argument cannot be null.
Parameter name: address (in `dbus-sharp')
at DBus.Bus.Open (System.String address) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at DBus.Bus.get_Session () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
[Warn 21:21:41.085] Extension `Banshee.SoundMenu.SoundMenuService' not started: Unable to open the session message bus.
[Warn 21:21:41.087] Caught an exception - System.ApplicationException: No support GNOME Settings Daemon could be reached. (in `Banshee.MultimediaKeys')
at Banshee.MultimediaKeys.MultimediaKeysService.Banshee.ServiceStack.IExtensionService.Initialize () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at Banshee.ServiceStack.ServiceManager.StartExtension (Mono.Addins.TypeExtensionNode node) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
[Warn 21:21:41.087] Extension `Banshee.MultimediaKeys.MultimediaKeysService' not started: No support GNOME Settings Daemon could be reached.

(Banshee:9910): Gtk-WARNING **: Refusing to add non-unique action 'CloseAction' to action group 'Global'
[Warn 21:21:41.151] Caught an exception - System.ArgumentNullException: Argument cannot be null.
Parameter name: address (in `dbus-sharp')
at DBus.Bus.Open (System.String address) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at DBus.Bus.get_Session () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
[Warn 21:21:41.151] Extension `Banshee.SoundMenu.SoundMenuService' not started: Unable to open the session message bus.
[Warn 21:21:41.151] Caught an exception - System.ApplicationException: No support GNOME Settings Daemon could be reached. (in `Banshee.MultimediaKeys')
at Banshee.MultimediaKeys.MultimediaKeysService.Banshee.ServiceStack.IExtensionService.Initialize () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at Banshee.ServiceStack.ServiceManager.StartExtension (Mono.Addins.TypeExtensionNode node) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
[Warn 21:21:41.152] Extension `Banshee.MultimediaKeys.MultimediaKeysService' not started: No support GNOME Settings Daemon could be reached.
[Info 21:21:41.155] All services are started 2.819477
[Info 21:21:41.776] AmazonMP3 store redirect URL: https://one.ubuntu.com/music/store/amz/
[Info 21:21:42.438] nereid Client Started
[Info 21:21:42.597] GStreamer version 0.10.35.0, gapless: True, replaygain: False

(Banshee:9910): Gtk-WARNING **: Attempting to store changes into `/root/.local/share/recently-used.xbel', but failed: Failed to create file '/root/.local/share/recently-used.xbel.UL3G7V': No such file or directory


please do help, I would love to be able to run banshee.



EDIT: I ran Banshee again regularly (As recommended by cosmorogers), without sudo or -debug and got a different readout:



[Info  06:58:41.576] Running Banshee 2.2.1: [Ubuntu 11.10 (linux-gnu, x86_64) @ 2011-12-19 14:58:04 UTC]
(Banshee:2111): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",
(Banshee:2111): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",
(Banshee:2111): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",
(Banshee:2111): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",




Gnome Classic loading instead of Gnome 3

After updating ATI drivers my Gnome 3 interface is gone. Gnome classic is loading instead.



Ubuntu 11.10 Unity along with Gnome 3 (however Unity went missing from the selection menu on login screen). Any help would be apreciated





Slow Wi-Fi Ubuntu 11.10

I have looked through all the previous questions but turning power management off for the Wi-Fi card didn't work. This problem seems to be with the Lenovo Thinkpads. I switched to Ubuntu 11.10 from Windows 7 3 days ago so I'm new to the operating system.



Thanks in the advance.
Kaine





ubuntu 12.04 beta 2 raid 1 hardware cannot install

while ubuntu installation worked on 11.10 with raid1 hardware we were not able to install with 12.04 beta 2.
we tried at first the live cd, we partitioned with gparted then started the installation and the first weird thing was that all the partitions were displayed twice this way:



-volume0
---volume0p1
---volume0p2
---volume0p3
-volume0p1
---volume0p1
-volume0p2
---volume0p2
-volume0p3
---volume0p3


we tried before to mount the three first displayed partitions, then the second time we tried with the second ones but the result was always the following:
we completed successfully the installation, then at reboot we reached the grub loader, selected the kernel to boot and then got stuck with the prompt:



BusyBox v1.18.5 (Ubuntu 1:1.18.5-1ubuntu2) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

(initramfs)


we also tried the installation using the alternate since it is indicated for "LVM and/or RAID partitioning" (even if we installed 11.10 with live cd) but in this case we reached the point where he asks to activate raid partitions, we say yes but then at partition time we see no partitions at all and no disk.



If anybody found a solution please help.





can't mount ntfs partition without root access

whenever try to mount ntfs partition it says




Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:
Unprivileged user can not mount NTFS block devices using the external
FUSE library. Either mount the volume as root, or rebuild NTFS-3G with
integrated FUSE support and make it setuid root. Please see more
information at http://tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-faq/#unprivileged
I tried this answer but it wont work




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my etc/fstab file



# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda7 during installation
UUID=ed9e007f-da86-4436-993a-8670ebf45939 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=956e15af-d650-42ac-a5f6-89955abaacde none swap sw 0 0
/dev/sda1 /media/sda1 ntfs nls=iso8859-1,ro,umask=000,user 0 0




Can't boot Windows from GRUB

I bought my notebook with Windows 7. I, one day, decided to install Linux. I did it, but I am unable to boot Windows. When I turn the computer on, I get to GRUB. If I choose Linux, I'm good to go, but if I choose Windows 7 instead, I get to a "grub rescue" prompt with a message saying:



Unknown file system


Please, help me. I really don't know what to do.



EDIT:



Sorry for my delay. I wasn't able to access the internet in the past few days. None of these worked, and I had to reinstall Windows using the Recovery CD I made on the previous installation.



Thanks everyone for your support.





ubuntu 11.10 problem with nvidia

i have an acer with a geforce graphics card, i installed ubuntu 11.10 and it was working properly until i installed nvidia drivers via additional drivers and then i hit "nvidia-xconfig" in terminal and then reboot.
at startup lightdm fails to start. i changed /etc/X11/xorg.conf file back to default and reboot. it works properly, but with the default ubuntu driver.



i want to reconfigure nvidia and use it.





Unable to install VMWare Workstation v8

Installing VMware 8.0.2 64bit



Ubuntu 12.04LTS 64bit BETA



My Kernel version is: 3.2.0-20-generic



pst007x@pst007x-Aspire-5741:~$ sudo sh VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.2- 591240.x86_64.bundle


Installs ok



When I launch I am asked to install modules which are compiled and loaded into the running kernel.



A window opens




VMware Kernel Module Updater



This fails on Virtual Network Device




ERROR LOG.



UPDATE:



PATCH.



When I try to add patch, following error:



 pst007x@pst007x-Aspire-5741:~$ sudo sh patch-modules_3.2.0.sh
[sudo] password for pst007x:
patch-modules_3.2.0.sh: 27: [: workstation8.0.2: unexpected operator
patch-modules_3.2.0.sh: 28: [: workstation8.0.2: unexpected operator
Sorry, this script is only for VMWare WorkStation 8.0.2 or VMWare Player 4.0.2.
Exiting
pst007x@pst007x-Aspire-5741:~$


I have fully un-installed, and re-installed. I am installing the correct version. Probably a problem with the patch.
VMware installs perfectly on Ubuntu 11.10



This is how I uninstalled.





How do I remove lubuntu-desktop?

I wanted to try lubuntu-desktop so I installed it with sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop.



But when I didn't like it I wanted to remove it with sudo apt-get remove lubuntu-desktop(then with auto-remove) but my startup / shutdown screen does still say lubuntu.



So how do I remove lubuntu-desktop?




  • Atempt one:



sudo apt-get remove lubuntu-desktop



I've also tried to remove and install ubuntu-desktop, but none has worked.





How can I make Ubuntu check for updates less often?

I'd like to have Ubuntu not check for updates as often. How do I accomplish this?





Java no longer works after upgrading to 12.04

I'm trying to run a .jar file on my computer. It worked in version 11.10, but in 12.04 now, I get a fatal error message from Iced Tea Web, saying it cannot parse the JNLP file. I've tried installing other Java clients but had no success, they don't even appear on the 'open with' list.





Cypress Touchpad / Trackpad and bluetooth doesn't work fully on Dell XPS 13

I installed ubuntu on my xps 13 ultrabook.



And Touchpad works just basic function like hard button and moving cursor without multi-touch function.



I think Cypress Trackpad/touchpad doesn't support Ubuntu :-(



and bluetooth couldn't receive files from my android device on Ubuntu.





Why did the upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04 ruin my system?

After upgrading from Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04, when I log in, everything is ruined. It's all black, blank white icons, blank black icons on the start menu, and well, nothing works. If I open up Chromium, it looks as though it's in high contrast mode.



Is this a bug? Any ideas what could have happened? Can I get 11.10 back?



Some photos (can't connect to network in Ubuntu so I had to take pictures with phone):



http://i.stack.imgur.com/2dwKl.jpg



http://i.stack.imgur.com/N4nA3.jpg



http://i.stack.imgur.com/LNFje.jpg





How do I set focus follows mouse?

Is there a way to set up "focus follows mouse" behavior in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 Unity? This was pretty easy to configure in Ubuntu 10.10.



Thanks!





Apparmor not starting with kernel LSM error

Starting apparmor on a Ubuntu Lucid Lynx gives the following:



user@host:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/apparmor start
* Starting AppArmor profiles
* AppArmor not available as kernel LSM.
...fail!


Googling a bit, I found the following bug report - marked as fixed -:



https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/375422



Which seems to be my exact case. My kernel is 2.6.32-21-generic. Any idea on how to solve the issue?





mp3 codecs cannot be installed no software is actually installing

My Rythm box player cannot play mp3 and iget this error "GStreamer extra plugins cannot be installed on your computer type (i386)



Either the application requires special hardware features or the vendor decided to not support your computer type"
if i go to software center i get this error



The repository may no longer be available or could not be contacted because of network problems. If available an older version of the failed index will be used. Otherwise the repository will be ignored. Check your network connection and ensure the repository address in the preferences is correct.
in shot i have tried to dowload deb softs i still get the error above .so i have downloaded tar.gz and i have installed using terminal but i get another error of gcc c++ insanity check failure! i ask my self what i am supposed to do nothing is working nothing at all yet i have to run my bussiness help urgently before i collapse and choose to die!





Backing Up application!

I have very slow internet connection. It sometimes manages to reach as high as 20 KBps!! Installing large packages like K3B or wine or some games takes takes too much time. If ever somehow I want to reinstall Ubuntu then I have to reinstall all this packages which is pain. So how to backup this application?



Regards,
Ravi





Ubuntu 11.04:Add right click menu as "Compress as ZIP"

Step 1:
I wanted to Add a menu as "Compress as ZIP" on right click.
I know i can use change default compress format as "ZIP" using gconf-editor.
But I wanted to add a new Menu Item for Compressing as ZIP without opening any other option dialog.



Step 2:
I wanted to Compress a file as ZIP and Rename it as a "epub".



Please let me know is it possible to zip&rename by adding single menu Item?
Im using Ubuntu 11.04 and Installed "Nautilus-Action-Configurations", but unsuccessful.





What to install on ssd partition

Plan to duel boot windows 7 and Ubuntu from a 120gb ssd. What's a good amout of space to allocate? I have 8 gigs of ram and would like to hibernate, but I could go without it.. I have plenty of space on a regular boring hard drive for the parts that don't need ssd speed





How can I install Draftsight?

There is an error which shows: "Dependency is not satisfiable: libxcb-render-util0 (>= 0.3.6-1)"



Can somebody help me on this?





How do I upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04?

I am using Ubuntu 11 (Ocelot) on my desktop PC, I installed it to run and keep Windows. These days I find I use Ubuntu more and more and Windows less and less. So, now I see Ubuntu 12 is being released real soon, can I update ocelet, or do I have to remove it from my computer and then rinstall Ubuntu 12





Ubuntu One Dropbox Conflict

I am using 11.10 and have been using Dropbox on my various PCs (Windows and Ubuntu) for a long time.
I decided to see what Ubuntu One was about and loaded it on all my PCs. It started to amend my files in Dropbox (even though they were not being synced by U1) by adding .u1conflict to any that I tried to save in the Dropbox folder. This has made my Dropbox folder unworkable. I have removed U1 from all my PCs but the Dropbox folder continues to add the suffix.





Im unable to open pdf files using kword ?! what to do?

I have read in many places that kword can open pdf and save it in doc format ! but on ubuntu 11.10 I can not open pdf using kword as it does not showing pdf as supported files ?!!!



I want a pdf to doc converter on Ubuntu 11.10. I can open pdf using libreofffice but it displaying garbled characters with over 1000+ pages for a pdf with only 15 pages.



What can I do so that Kword became able to open pdf and save it to doc or odt format ??





SD Card only mounted after a reboot

I have a Kingston 2GB MicroSD and I plug it in via an inconix MicroSD Adapter to the internal card reader of my Samsung N210 Netbook with Ubuntu 10.10, but it doesn't show up. Only if I reboot the system when the card's plugged in it shows up. Why does it need a reboot for mounting?



sudo fdisk -l gives the output below. But I can only see the drive when I reboot the computer while the card's plugged.



Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x9a5a7990

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 1959 15728640 27 Unknown
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 * 1959 1972 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1972 18992 136718750 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 18992 19458 3738625 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 18992 19458 3738624 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 1973 MB, 1973420032 bytes
60 heads, 59 sectors/track, 1088 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 3540 * 512 = 1812480 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 1089 1927100+ 6 FAT16




How can I modify the pitch of my audio output?

I would like to modify the pitch of my audio output.



I know you can use software such as PlayItSlowly to listen to an audio file and alter the pitch in the process, but what I am looking for is a way to modify the pitch just as I do with the volume.



I can do it on Windows with Realtek's sound manager, so I guess there must be a way to do it on Linux as well.





Why does this script not open parallel gnome-terminals on a server?

Why am I not able to have parallel gnome-terminals on my server while I can on my client.



Here is a test that illustrates the problem.



#!/bin/bash
# this is the parent script
gnome-terminal --command "./left.sh"
sleep 10
gnome-terminal --command "./right.sh"

#!/bin/bash
echo "this is the left script"
read -p "press any key to close this terminal" key

#!/bin/bash
echo "this is the right script"
read -p "press any key to close this terminal" key


When I run this on a regular ubuntu desktop (maverick) I see two terminals after 10 seconds. When I run this on a maverick server at a server farm, the second window does not appear until after I close the first one and wait 10 seconds. I am using tightvncserver to view the server desktop.



(I could have simplified a bit more. The 10 second sleep is extraneous to the problem. In my real world application I need the first terminal to do some real work before starting the second. The problem probably still exists even if there is no sleep.)





Ubuntu backlight problem with Nvidia graphics

I have a laptop mySN QMG6 / Chiligreen Mobilitas NW which is Quanta TW9 barebone with intel i3 and nvidia 335m GT onboard.
On ubuntu distros 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10 i had problem with changing screen backlight with nouveau and nvidia drivers. FN+F4/F5 buttons did not change my brightness.
I tried to edit xorg.conf, adding




Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1?




Also tried to add some lines to grug




acpi_osi="Linux" acpi_backlight=vendor




Neither worked for me.
Today I installed Ubuntu 12.04 beta2 and...
With nouveau driver my FN key works, and changes the brightness (is it a new 3.0.22 linux kernel, or patched nouveau driver, i don't know). This is a big step forward.
But, when installing proprietary nvidia driver (295.33) FN button stops working and i can't change brightness.
I also tried workaround with xorg and grub with no result.
Tried to install acpi from apt - no result.
Is there anything left to try?
I really need that nvidia driver working with FN keys, as i would like to have a working 3D acceleration.



P.S. Does the nouveau driver has 3d acceleration like nvidia drivers???
If there is need to provide some log data, please write what should i print, as i'm a bit new to Ubuntu.



P.P.S. Same problems i had with other Linux distros (Mint, Fedora and others)





Ubuntu 10.04 hangs at login, keeps returning to login

Recently I installed Ubuntu 10.04. After some files removed and others installed. I cant pass the login screen. What happens is: I log in; press enter; very quick and unreadable some sentences appear and then the computer teturnst to the login screen again.
Could it be that from the 'ubuntu already installed' screen i removed some crucial programms?