Archive for July, 2008

Setting up mpd locally

Music Player Daemon (MPD) allows remote access for playing music (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, Mod, and wave files) and managing playlists. MPD is designed for integrating a computer into a stereo system that provides control for music playback over a local network. It also makes a great desktop music player, especially if you are a console junkie, like frontend options, or restart X often.

This “how-to” will only handle on installing mpd for desktop use.

The “how-to” for playing over the network is coming later.

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Install “ubuntu netbook remix” menu in hardy heron

Ubuntu recently brought out a special distro aimed at the new netbook market.

The distro isn’t downloadable, but is available for OEM’s.

Fortunately you can use the netbook remix repo to install some of the things the “ubuntu netbook remix” offers.

The eye-catching menu for one.

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Firefox 3.0.1

If you update your ubuntu box, then you are now using firefox 3.0.1.

The reason I’m mentioning this, is that some people have reported firefox 3.0.1 didn’t crash anymore when viewing flash videos.

I can’t conform this because I don’t use pulseaudio and libflashsupport.

Edit: Nope, it still crashes.

Switch from PulseAudio to ALSA and remove libflashsupport, that should fix your crashing problems.

Also having an add-on like “flashblock” doesn’t hurt.

Feeling paranoid?

We all know there aren’t any linux viruses out in the wild (unlike most other OS’s like xp, vista or osx) and script kiddies don’t have much success doe to sudo in ubuntu.

So most people will be save. However …

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Fluxbox on Ubuntu beginners guide

Fluxbox is a window manager for X. It’s based on Blackbox but has much more to offer.

Fluxbox is a very lightweight window manager.

updated 03/08/08

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Announcement

The “blog” has over 100.000 visitors.

I never thought it was going to be so successful.

I’m stopped using gnome on my desktop and am using fluxbox now. So you might expect a few basic “how-to’s” on fluxbox soon.

(I’m still using gnome on my laptop, and the majority of the posts will be about plain old ubuntu. So don’t worry.)

Also, because I’m using fluxbox (on my more than capable dualcore machine) I’ve started using more and more CLI apps. So expect some posts about that soon.

Use apt url instead of using a terminal

Just a little tip I’m throwing “out there”.

Instead of opening a terminal and typing “sudo apt-get install packagename”, I find just typing

apt://packagename

in firefox easier, if you have firefox running that is.