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Medibuntu for Jaunty Jackalope

If you want some of the 3rd party, non-free softwares like Adobe Acroread, Real Player, Google Earth and Skype etc, you can always grab them on to your Ubuntu desktop by adding Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) repositories into software sources.

To quickly add the Medibuntu repository in to your Jaunty Jakalope, go to System > Administration > Software Sources, click on Third party Software, and then add the following line.

deb https://packages.medibuntu.org/ jaunty free non-free

This line can also be appended manually to /etc/apt/sources file as follows.

# sudo echo "deb https://packages.medibuntu.org/ jaunty free non-free"  >> /etc/apt/sources.list

You will be prompted for Medibuntu key. You can download it from Medibuntu.org and install it via System > Administration > Synaptic Manager or run the following command in console.

# sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

Now you’re all set to grab the packages provided by Medibuntu repositories easily.

Have fun!

NetworkManager started working on Jaunty

I had little trouble with NetworkManager on Ubuntu 8.10.  Even after applying the fixes mentioned on launchpad and forums etc, I was unable to get it work. But last week I successfully managed to get it working on Jaunty (Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3) upgraded from its earlier version Intrepid Ibex.

wireless

I made a small change in as mentioned below in /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf,  to get NetworkManager working after upgrade.

# cat /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf
[main]
plugins=ifupdown,keyfile

[ifupdown]
managed=true

Once you confirm the settings, restart the NetworkManager.

Fixed: No sound on Ubuntu 9.04 (Alpha2)

After upgrading my Ubuntu laptop to Jaunty (Ubuntu 9.04′s code name) Alpha2 release , I was not able to listen to music for couple of days and I was very much tensed.

Today thought of recompiling the kernel as Volume Manager didn’t give me much options to fiddle with the settings. Luckily I went through launchpad once again to find Question #57928 where in I was pointed to Use Gnome Alsa Mixer to get this issue resolved. That was right, I was sure that I had no issues reported in kernel which is related to SoundCard. Hence it should be related to settings which are hidden at the moment in volume manager. So, I hit the command gnome-alsamixer to find Mute on all output’s. Remove all the mute options and you should be good enough.

alsa

There we go to get back music on box. Now, I can get back to studies….

Ubuntu 9.04 code named “Jaunty Jackalope”

While we wait for the release of “Intrepid Ibex” next month, Mark Shuttleworth unrevealed the name of next up-coming Ubuntu release 9.04.

The Jackalope is known for being so fast that it’s extremely hard to catch, and breeds only when lightning flashes.

In his Septembers email to Ubuntu developers announcement list, Mark puts forward the plans for Jaunty.

Jaunty is concentrating on fastest boot time, web application integration to your Ubuntu desktop along with the firmware to run latest gadgets. For example: iPod. Jaunty will be targeting the embedded systems market also while working on the firmware mention above.

No wonder if you see Google applications, widgets and others tools getting integrated to your desktop in place of traditional software tools. Even OpenOffice might get replaced by Google Docs.

It will be more exiting if Ubuntu can make it to “Web OS” hallmark feature attracting new set of users to Linux World.