Showing posts from September, 2012

[NEWS] Xubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 2 Released

Xubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 has been released. New features include: Updated artwork, including new wallpaper, documentation looks and updates to LightDM, Greybird and Ubiquity slideshow Completely reviewed and rewritten offline documentation New versions of Catfish and Parole Notable bug fixes include: ISO now fits on a standard 700M CD No more window traces or “black on black” in installer Known issues: The messaging indicator is not available for 12.10 Duplicated partitions might be shown at Thunar sidebar and desktop Click to download Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 2 References Introducing Xubuntu 12.10 Beta 2

[HOW TO] Install gtk-webkit-ruby Gem

WebKit is an open source web browser engine. gtk-webkit-ruby is a Ruby Gem that provides Gtk Webkit bindings for ruby, making it possible to embed a webview (class that has the ability to render a webpage) in a Ruby-GNOME2 application. In this article we'll see how to install it in any Ubuntu distribution. Install Open a terminal window and run: sudo apt-get install ruby-gnome2-dev -y && sudo apt-get install libwebkitgtk-dev -y && sudo gem install gtk-webkit-ruby -y Usage Bellow are the main instructions that should be added to a program in order to render a webpage within a Ruby-GNOME2 application. Please note that this is not a runnable example. require "gtk2" require "webkit" webview = # url is a string Note While I was trying to install the Gem I encountered some errors that were caused by dependencies not being installed in my system: ruby-gnome2-dev and libwebkitgtk

[HOW TO] Install Oracle JDK 7 Manually in Ubuntu

The Java Development Kit (JDK) is mainly a set of tools for running, compiling and debugging Java applications. There are a few other JDK, but in this article we'll see how to manually install the Oracle's JDK in any distribution from the Ubuntu family. The process consists of downloading the binary package, extract it and update the system so that the new version is used. By the way, if you installed the JDK via PPA, as described in my previous article , both can work alongside. The command update-alternatives can be used to choose one between them. Download The first step is to download the latest binaries package from Oracle's website . On the downloads webpage choose the JDK download button. On the next page you'll see list of several files, but you should focus your attention on two: The file name ends with i586.tar.gz or x86_64.tar.gz . If your system is 32 bits you should select the first one and select the latter if it's 64 bit

[NEWS] Xubuntu 12.10 release date

Xubuntu 12.10 will be released on 18th of October, 2012. The countdown banners are in the works. References @Xubuntu

[NEWS] No Quantal Beta 1 for Xubuntu

Even though Ubuntu has reached Beta 1, there'll be no Beta 1 release for Xubuntu. The Xubuntu team is working on fitting the image on a single CD, tackling outstanding bugs and fixing some visual regressions. If all of this gets done we'll have access to a Beta 2 release. Using a Daily Build Image is possible to test the work in progress. Click to download Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Daily Build References No Quantal Beta 1 for Xubuntu

[HOW TO] Make desktop icons text background transparent in Xubuntu

In this article we'll disable the desktop icons text background, making it fully transparent. The image on the right show the icons with transparent text background Install Open a terminal window and run: wget -O - >> ~/.gtkrc-2.0 This command will create a .gtkrc-2.0 file in your home directory (or append the new content to a existing one), and add the following content it: style "xfdesktop-icon-view" { XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha = 0 fg[NORMAL] = "#ffffff" fg[SELECTED] = "#ffffff" fg[ACTIVE] = "#ffffff" } widget_class "*XfdesktopIconView*" style "xfdesktop-icon-view" If you wish to also change the text color just edit the file replacing ffffff with the desired color's code ( tip: you can use Gcolor2 to help you determine the color code). For changes take effect either log out and log in or run the command: killall xfdesktop , and wait

Enable Multimedia Keys in VLC and Xubuntu

By default VLC ignores keyboard multimedia keys (Play, Next/Prev, Stop). In this article we'll be fixing that by configuring VLC's global hotkeys. Configure Hotkeys Open a terminal window and run: vlcrc="$HOME/.config/vlc/vlcrc" sed -i 's/#global-key-play-pause=/global-key-play-pause=Media Play Pause/' $vlcrc sed -i 's/#global-key-next=/global-key-next=Media Next Track/' $vlcrc sed -i 's/#global-key-prev=/global-key-prev=Media Prev Track/' $vlcrc sed -i 's/#global-key-stop=/global-key-stop=Media Stop/' $vlcrc VLC must be restarted for settings take effect. Alternative method The same can be accomplished configuring the hotkeys by hand. Open hotkeys preferences: Tools > Preferences > Hotkeys. Then select each action (Play, Next, Prev, Stop) double-clicking the "Global" column and hit the corresponding multimedia key.