Howto: Install Picasa within Ubuntu Gutsy and Hardy Heron!

Here is a very easy way to install Picasa 2.7 Beta in Ubuntu Gutsy....

1. Open Software Sources
Press ALT-F2 and enter:

gksu software-properties-gtk
Download GPG key from here and Click on Authentication Tab and then click import key file, now import the key file.

Now lets add the Repository:
Click Third Party Software and then click "Add" now enter:
deb testing non-free

Once added click ok and refresh Repositories.
Now just click here to install Picasa 2.7 Beta within Firefox

Here is a rundown of the new Features:
  • Upload to Picasa Web Albums
    Use the new "Web Album" button to post your best photos online to share with friends and family.
  • Save edits to disk
    Save edits, undo saves, and revert to the original file with ease. We've got batch saving too! Picasa will even match the jpeg quality of the original. Right-click on your saved files to try the new "locate original" feature.
  • Folder hierarchy views
    Browse through folders Explorer-style. Use the button at the top of your Albums List to try them out.
  • Improvements to Import
    Import into an existing folder- we know you've wanted this feature for a long time! We've made importing photos from your camera faster too.
  • Better RAW support
    Now you can work with RAW files from the Canon 30D, the Nikon D200, Adobe DNG files, and more.
  • Many other enhancements
    Larger thumbnails, better caption editing, ability to configure the row of buttons, special "Starred Photos" album, search by ISO and focal length.
Alternatively you can use the command line:

1. Open your /etc/apt/sources.list file with gedit:

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Add the following line and save file:

deb testing non-free

3. Download GPG key from here and run this command:

$ sudo apt-key add

4. Install Picasa:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install picasa

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Howto: Install Ubuntu Studio theme in Gutsy and Hardy Heron with 1 click in Firefox!

This is how easy it is to install Ubuntu Studio theme in Gutsy or Hardy Heron:
Click System-> Administration-> Software Sources and enable "universe repository"
Simply Click Here to Install and enter sudo password and your done.

Ubuntu Studio Screenshots:

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Howto: Install Innotek VirtualBox in Ubuntu Gutsy with 1 click!

I was bored, Here is a little example of what VirtualBox can do in Ubuntu Running Windows And Linux Mint Side by side.
I only have a 3.0 ghz with 1 Gig of ram running XP/Mint on Ubuntu Gutsy and I can switch through Os's without any slow down at all, I dont have any reason to run XP or Linux Mint, to me Ubuntu is far better than both.

1-Click Install Innotek VirtualBox:
Add this apt repository to your Software Sources:

deb gutsy non-free
innotek public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here. You can add this key with
apt-key add innotek.asc
Then update repo's:

Click Here to install

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Howto: Create ISO File From CD/DVD in Ubuntu Linux !

Have a CD or DVD lying around that you are sick of putting in the drive every time you need something on the disc?

How about just making an .iso file that you can mount as you need? Or maybe you just want a “master” copy of the media so you can create another copy at a future date.

At any rate it is rather easy to accomplish in Ubuntu:

sudo umount /dev/cdrom
dd if=/dev/cdrom of=file.iso bs=1024

You can also do the same with folders:

mkisofs -r -o file.iso /location_of_folder/

Don’t forget to make a checksum:

md5sum file.iso > file.iso.md5

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Tweak Ubuntu Gutsy with Ubuntu Tweak

*Set Session Settings, Change Splash Screen, Change Services
*Change Icons,Compiz Fusion Tweaks, Gnome Tweaks, Nautilus Tweaks
*Enable BurnProof Technology in Ubuntu Gutsy
*Enable Overburn and show advanced Permissions in Nautilus
*Configure Power Management and Hardware settings
*Security Settings, disable run, lockscreen, printing, print setup, save to disk, userswitching, display information message when no password needed..
*Configuration Options for commonly Used applications

Hey, a bugfix and user experience improvement version of Ubuntu Tweak is now released!

In this version, it still hasn’t been added more tweak options, just one tweak option: the opacity menu with Compiz Fusion. That you can set your menu with 90% opacity by just toggling the check button on!

Other details here.

Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.1 Release Notes:

  1. Removed the useless OK button;
  2. When you select a father item, it will automate expand the child items;
  3. The items and the content is resizable now;
  4. The main window is resizable too;
  5. Added a tweak option that you can easily set your menu with 90% opacity;
  6. Support Brazil language(Thanks to Williams)

OK! Recommend to download.

Debian Package:



Source Code:


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Video Howto: Copy Music to MP3 device

This video clip shows you how to copy your MP3 music files to your MP3 player using Ubuntu.

Quick Tips

  • Ubuntu will automatically recognize most brands of MP3 players. In most cases, you will not need to install any additional drivers.
  • Right-click on your MP3 player and select 'Eject' when you are finished copying to ensure that you do not lose any data.

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Video Howto: Crop Digital Photos in Ubuntu with Gimp

This video clip shows you how to crop a selected region from a digital photo using the Ubuntu image editor. The selected region is then used to create a new image.
Quick Tips

* The default image editor for Ubuntu is the GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program.
* When using GIMP, you can always right-click on an image to bring up a full menu of options.

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Video Howto: Ubuntu Terminal Commands: MAN


Nice lil video for newbs out there...
This video clip shows you how to use the man (manual page) command to view the manual pages for terminal commands. A manual page includes a brief description of the command as well as outlines the various options that may be used with the command.

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Video Howto:Copy Images from Digital Camera in Ubuntu

Here is a quick & easy video tutorial on copying images from your digital camera with ubuntu, without extra software!

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Howto: Hide Partition Volumes in Ubuntu/Gnome

Gnome users only…

* Run gconf-editor (by hitting Alt+F2 or from terminal).
* Browse to apps->nautilus->desktop in the left-hand folders window
* Uncheck the “volumes_visible” option

Careful, as this will also hide portable storage volumes also…

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Howto: Install VMware Server On Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

So you want to create a VMware Server on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10? And you want to run it without the graphical user interface (GUI)?

Well today you are in luck. VMware Server (free), allows you to connect graphically to administer a VMware Server so there is no need to install a GUI on your VMware Server and waste precious RAM.

Let’s get started.

First off, I assume that you already have an install of Gutsy Gibbon server version installed and set to a static IP address. From here on out it is pretty easy.

All we have to do is run the following command to install a few prerequisites before we get started.

First jump to the root account:

sudo su


apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` xinetd xorg-dev

After that is installed we grab the install tar file from


extract the tar:

tar xfz VMware-server-1.*

then move into the newly created directory:

cd vmware-server-distrib

Then run the install script:


Accept all the default options (unless you have reason not to) and you will return back to the command prompt after installation is complete.

At this point you can connect to the server via the VMware console by entering the IP address of your new VMware Server and the login credentials.

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Howto: Setup Multiple Nested X Sessions in Ubuntu

What is Xephyr ?

Xephyr is a X server that runs as a small window within your current X session.

What is it good for ?

There are multiple potential uses for Xephyr:

  • Development. You can ssh into a chroot and forward X sessions.
  • Forward X over ssh without VNC.

Example: Normally if you ssh -X you can forward x applications. This is not a problem if you are forwarding a single application from a single server. But if you forward multiple applications from multiple servers or a whole desktop, it gets messy (to say the least). You can start a new X session ( Virtual X ), but then you have to Ctl-Al-F7 and Ctrl-Alt-F8 between them.

1. Install Xephyr


sudo apt-get install xserver-xephyr
2. Start Xephyr


Xephyr -ac -screen 1280x1024 -br -reset -terminate 2> /dev/null :1 &
  • The ":1" = your display (displays are numbered starting with 0)
  • -ac = disable access control restrictions= allow you to forward X
  • -screen 1280x1024 = screen size
  • -br = black background
  • -reset -terminate= Xephyr should automatically close when the last X client is killed, does not always work.
  • 2> /dev/null redirects error messages.

3. Set your display (for X)


  • Don't forget to set it back after you establish a ssh connection ( DISPLAY=0.0 )


4. Forward single apps / separate window for each server.

Start Xephyr


Xephyr -ac -screen 1280x1024 -br -reset -terminate 2> /dev/null :1 &
Change your $Display


Forward a xterm:


ssh -XfC -c blowfish user@server xterm
  • -X = forward X
  • -f = puts your ssh session into the background
  • -C = use compression -c blowfish = use blowfish (I am told this is the fastest)

Any X apps for that server will start in that window.


5. Desktop:

Start Xephyr


Xephyr -ac -screen 1280x1024 -br -reset -terminate 2> /dev/null :2 &
2. ssh into the chroot/server


ssh -XfC -c blowfish user@server xfce4-session
  • Substitute your window manager for "xfce4-session"


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