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How-To: Play DVD under Ubuntu

Posted by chantra on 1st May 2007

DVD are usually encrypted and therefore, due to legal reasons, Ubuntu Linux does not ship the package which decrypt DVD.

However, Ubuntu offers an easy way to get this package install. This tutorial will show which packages have to be installed in order to get most multimedia applications to run under Ubuntu.

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How-to: VMware-server – VMware-workstation 5.5 under Ubuntu Feisty

Posted by chantra on 23rd April 2007

Since Ubuntu 7.04, Feisty Fawn, Ubuntu is using a standard kernel 2.6.20. Because of a few changes in the API, VMware-server and VMware-workstation 5.5 fail to install under Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn.

This how-to will show the steps to follow in order to get it install.

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How-To: Compiz Cube on multiple desktops

Posted by chantra on 22nd April 2007

Under Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04, compiz is the default desktop effect window manager.
When first enabled by using desktop-effects, there used to 4 desktop by default. After disabling and reenabling it, only one virtual desktop was left, therefore the cube plugin of compiz was not working anymore.

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mldonkey-server not starting at boot time: Edgy Eft

Posted by chantra on 2nd November 2006

After reinstalling mldonkey-server on my new edgy installation, it appeared that mldonkey-server was not starting on boot up :s.

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nload, a network traffic analyser — page 2

Posted by chantra on 14th July 2006

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series nload, a network traffic analyser

Examples:

monitoring interfaces eth0 and lo with unit type in kBit/s:

$nload eth0 lo

the same, but with both interface in the same windows:

$nload -m eth0 lo

monitoring eth0 with the max value for incoming bandwidth setted at 20kBit/s and max value for outgoing traffic at 15kBit/s with transfert unit type automatically handed by nload in Bit/s

$nload -i 20 -o 15 -u h eth0

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nload, a network traffic analyser

Posted by chantra on 14th July 2006

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series nload, a network traffic analyser

nload is a ncurse based network traffic analyser. Being a ncurse based tools, you do not need to start X in order to use that software which is necessary when administering machines remotely ... and even locally actually.

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How To: Screen the Ultimate admin tool — page 2

Posted by chantra on 4th July 2006

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series How To: Screen the Ultimate admin tool

Navigating through windows:

There is a lot of things you can do now:

  • Going to the next window (Ctrl-a n) or previous window (Ctrl-a p).
  • Getting the number and name of the current window (Ctrl-a N), check at the bottom left.
  • Go to window X (Ctrl-a X) where X is the window number, therefore Ctrl-a 0 to go to the first window you created.
  • Rename a window (Ctrl-a A)
  • Get a listing of all the windows (Ctrl-a "), you can then move up and down using the keyboard arrows and go to a specific window by pressing Enter.

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How To: Screen the Ultimate admin tool

Posted by chantra on 4th July 2006

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series How To: Screen the Ultimate admin tool

Screen is a must known GNU console tool, this small piece of software comes really handy when you are working on a console or sending long processes on a remote host.

When you start screen, you simply get a terminal prompt, but then, many features are given to you. Most users don't even know about it, but you will soon love it.

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How To: Disabling your Touchpad while typing

Posted by chantra on 25th June 2006

In a previous article, I showed how to configure your laptop touchpad in such a way that you could use every neats features by using the synaptics package and configuring properly your xorg.conf.

Well, that is really enjoyable, but It can get really annoying when you type on your keyboard and still have your touchpad active as it happens that you tap on it without noticing it, resulting in messing up the job you are doing.

Hopefully, synaptics comes with two usefull tools, namely synclient and syndaemon.
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How To: Setting up Touchpad on a Laptop – A Complete Guide — page 4

Posted by chantra on 18th June 2006

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series How To: Setting up Touchpad on a Laptop - A Complete Guide

4. Explanation on those directives:

TODO, in the meanwhile, carry onto next page to See How to use the touchpad
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