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Songbird problems with Ubuntu

I found that Songbird 1.2 failed to load on Ubuntu Jaunty(9.04) for some reason. There were multiple copies of the program found in ps output but no luck.  I ran the program via terminal to see what’s really causing the issue to find the follwing output.

[email protected]:# # ./songbird

*** glibc detected *** ././songbird-bin: free(): invalid pointer: 0xb102e6e0 ***

======= Backtrace: =========













This issue can be fixed by removing the package libvisual-0.4-plugins. Songbird started singing like a rock star.

So, if you have got a similar issue don’t worry, run the program from console. Identify the issue.. google around and find the solution.. Can’t really paste the URL’s from which I got an hint about the fix (didn’t store it while creating a draft of this post). But its clear in the error log :) So.. Thanks to those who have already blogged about this issue.

Ubuntu 9.04 – Released


I am on Ubuntu 9.04 now! Don’t wait any more start grabbing your copy now.. Visit :-

Torrents seem to be faster than normal download. Found many tweets on twitter. More than 100 Ubuntu release party’s organized. I’m celebrating it with a hot cup of coffee here @ my home ;) enjoy!

Ubuntu 9.04 RC Released

Ubuntu 9.04 Release Candidate is out for any user who wants to test it before its final release.

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop and Server editions and Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Codenamed “Jaunty Jackalope”, 9.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable, and suitable for testing by any user.

Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition brings faster boot speeds and a new notification system to your everyday computing experience.

Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition makes it easy to experiment with cloud computing using Eucalyptus on your own servers, and sports an improved mail server integration stack based on postfix and dovecot.

Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix brings a new, easy-to-use interface that is designed to be used on the smaller screens of netbook devices.

The Ubuntu 9.04 family of variants, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu, also reach RC status today.

Read more..

Configure Skype on Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope”

I just tried fixing my Skype on Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” (Beta). I could get it configured just fine in seconds without much headache this time. did not really bug me this time.

Here is my skype sound preference on DELL XPS M1210 running on Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope”.


I’m using internal Mic which comes attached with the in-built camera.Video config also works out-of-box as of now.

Nice calling skype.

Jaunty – Elegant Notifications

If any new user has to fall in love with Operating system, he should feel good about its looks and usability. I think Ubuntu future plans are pretty well tuned to match this end user requirement. Here are some Pop-up notifications which will really catche your eyes. I’m  using Jaunty  (Ubuntu 9.04) while its living it’s Alpha release days.




USB Disk removal notice


Here you go! You’re now connected to Wifi


How long you’re gonna be alive? Power Information..


Hey, can you hear me? Volume controller.. Works with my DELL panel buttons too


I’m connected on the ground! Are you with me on the network? My Address is eth0

Watch out for more eyecandy on my upcoming posts..

Ubuntu 9.10: Karmic Koala

While we test the Alpha releases of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, Mark Shuttleworth announces the code name for Ubuntu 9.10 as “Karmic Koala” to the developers community in the mailing list.

While 9.04 brings in lots of new goodies to Ubuntu lovers, 9.10 dreams about making it beautiful. I even found a cool comic asking why don’t we move to Karmic Koala directly ;) .  Server edition of Ubuntu 9.10 talks about futurology of cloud computing. More interesting developments. I’m already happy about many things in Ubuntu 9.04 and egarly waiting for Cool Karmic Koala.

Mark on Ubuntu Koala Desktop:

The desktop will have a designer’s fingerprints all over it – we’re now beginning the serious push to a new look. Brown has served us well but the Koala is considering other options. Come to UDS for a preview of the whole new look.

On Ubuntu Koala Server:

A good Koala knows how to see the wood for the trees, even when her head is in the clouds. Ubuntu aims to keep free software at the forefront of cloud computing by embracing the API’s of Amazon EC2, and making it easy for anybody to setup their own cloud using entirely open tools.

If that sounds rather open and nebulous, then we’ve hit the sweet spot for cloud computing futurology. Let me invite you to join the server team at UDS in Barcelona, when they’ll be defining the exact set of features to ship in October