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Error: Couldn’t load XPCOM Zimbra Desktop

Zimbra desktop installation on a brand new installation of Ubuntu/Linux mint 64 bit release always fails (Tried on Ubuntu 14.04/14.10/Linux Mint 17 etc) due to the lack of 32 bit architecture support.

I confirmed it by running Zimbra desktop with ia32-libs added to the distribution and manually running zdclient as follows:

$ /opt/zimbra/zdesktop/linux/prism/zdclient -webapp “/home/techfiz/zdesktop/zdesktop.webapp” -override “/home/techfiz/zdesktop/zdesktop.webapp/override.ini” -profile “/home/techfiz/zdesktop/profile”
Couldn’t load XPCOM.

This is mainly because the way 32 architecture support used to be enabled on the distro’s. Earlier installing ia32-libs package was quire easier via apt-get. Now the best way to install 32 bit architecture support is as follows:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

Now try opening Zimbra desktop, it works like a charm.

The flash plug-in was blocked because it is out of date

The flash plug-in was blocked because it is out of date

Troubled with the repeated error messages on Google Chrome in your 64bit /? Here is a simple fix :-

Open a new tab on your Google Chrome and type “about:plugins”

Ensure you click on details on the right handside to view more details about the outdated plugins.

Find the flash plugin which was reported outdated. If you have moved from 32 bit OS profile to 64 bit, you might have left some plugin traces in your home directory.

Disable or remove that outdated file to get rid of the issue. Now, its time to get back to work!

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rsync error: protocol incompatibility

Trouble with Rsync on Linux Mint 5 Rc1:

$ rsync -av ttf-kannada-fonts_0.5.4_all.deb [email protected]:/home/user
The authenticity of host ‘ (’ can’t be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 93:97:3b:94:fb:d0:8d:a2:f1:bc:e6:34:3e:5f:e2:a9.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added ‘′ (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
[email protected]’s password:
protocol version mismatch — is your shell clean?
(see the rsync man page for an explanation)
rsync error: protocol incompatibility (code 2) at compat.c(61) [sender=2.6.9]

I found that the issue was caused due to .bashrc. As per the documentation read, startup scripts sending the unwanted garbage to the steam which is being used by rsync for its transport. This in turn result in the above reported issue. I just moved the .bashrc on remote host ( and things started working fine again.

$ rsync -av ttf-kannada-fonts_0.5.4_all.deb [email protected]:/home/user
[email protected]’s password:
building file list … done
sent 512814 bytes  received 42 bytes  146530.29 bytes/sec
total size is 512634  speedup is 1.00

Gnu/Linux Habba Mysore – Completed Successfully

Thanks to all who supported and have  been with us yesterday at “Manasa Gangothri” University Of Mysore.

It was great to see all Gnu/Linux enthusiasts and newbies (I guess more than 150 people) gathering together to check out whats there in Gnu/Linux and what all we could do with it. Kannada on Linux, Blogging, Chatting, Scientific tools, educational tools, Gameing on Linux, Turning out old dumb machines to powerful home theaters and many other stuff that you could have never done before as a beginner who is exploring the options with Operating Systems.

We all wished “Gnu/Linux” which turned out to be 25 years old a very “happy birthday” and celebrated “Software Freedom Day” in the cultural city Mysore at the same time.

Participants were given couple of Cd’s containing Gnu/Linux Operating System and an Apt-On cache that they can install many softwares that were demonstrated in the event easily. You can find the CD covers below.

CD 1 – Linux Mint

CD 2 – Apt-On CD that contained a lot!

I’m still in process of uploading the event Photos, check back in the evening for more…

Its a grate beginning for those who just started to know what is Gnu/Linux. Lets expands our help to all those who might turn out with lots of doubts and questions.

Kudos to all Volunteers who helped the event to be successful.

Elyssa – For those who need elegant solution

Linux Mint 5, codename Elyssa, based on Daryna and compatible with Ubuntu Hardy is now available for those who want rich OS experience on their desktop or laptops. Elyssa is bundled with many new features, improvements to system management tools, rich desktop look and feel, performance improvements, lots more software and whole lot of support for localization etc. Read more about this release and known issues here.

This is how your Elyssa Desktop looks like

Start menu! Does it remind you of something?