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Zorin Splash Screen Manager


If you want a simple Plymouth manager to easily change, install and remove Plymouth themes, try the the new Zorin Splash Screen Manager.

Besides options to install / remove and change the Plymouth theme, Zorin Splash Screen Manager also allows you to change the theme text (for a text mode Plymouth).

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Install Linux Sabily - Ubuntu with Islamic Applications

Sabily is a free, open source operating system designed by and for Muslims. It is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution which is a free, efficient and secure operating system. Unlike Microsoft Windows and other proprietary systems, Linux is publicly open and extendible by contributors.

Because Sabily is free, already includes all software you need in your everyday tasks, and is customized specifically for Muslims. And even if you didn't buy Windows, you should not use pirated copies because then you are still supporting Microsoft by adding to the impression it's the only OS available.

Sabily includes a set of packages that customizes the Ubuntu distro; Ubuntu is easy to use for a novice user, with the most-used Office, Internet, Graphics and Video applications already installed. With Sabily, Muslim users have “out of the box” Islamic software and tools installed as well. Sabily includes Islamic software (prayer times tool, Quran study tool, Hijri calendar etc.) and has a custom design. Sabily comes with out of the box educational software, codecs for the most used media formats and has better support for Arabic language.

Install Sabily from DVD

 Follow these steps if you don’t have any operating system installed on your computer
Download and burn the DVD: Download Links
Learn how to verify that your DVD download is ok: HowToMD5SUM
Learn how to create a DVD from your newly downloaded file: BurningIsoHowTo
If you can’t download the DVD, you can buy it here.
Then install it as a standard Ubuntu CD (documentation).
See the support page if you need help.

Convert a standard Ubuntu installation

Follow these steps if you already have installed Ubuntu on your computer
If you have an old version of Ubuntu, less than 9.10, you should first upgrade your system:
sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude safe-upgrade
sudo aptitude dist-upgrade
Then, to convert Ubuntu to Sabily, follow these steps:
Open a terminal window (Applications→Accessories→Terminal), and execute the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository && sudo apt-get -q update
sudo apt-get install sabily
Answer ‘Yes’ when needed.
Finally, restart your computer to apply changes.
See the support page if you need help.

Run Sabily in Virtual Box

Follow these steps if you want to run Sabily on top of another operating system
Virtual Box is a virtualization software, that means you can execute a "guest" operating system on top of a "host" operating system. For example, if you have Windows installed on your computer, you can run Sabily like an application on Windows. No need to burn a DVD with Sabily, then to install it on your computer... So if you are afraid to lose data by installing Sabily on your computer, or if you just want to quickly test it, install Virtual Box, download the Sabily image and execute it!
Here are the detailed instructions:
  • Download and install VirtualBox here
  • Download the Sabily image here (download both files, .vmdk and .ovf)
  • Launch virtualBox and select "import virtual appliance", then browse to the .ovf file you downloaded (the .ovf file and .vmdk must be in the same folder)
  • Review the machine settings (especially memory, it is set to 512MB, but you can increase it if you have more memory) and launch it.
  • Log in using:  username -> test, password -> S)bilY  (the keyboard is set to qwerty by default)
See the support page if you need help.

Install TweetDeck 0.36 Ubuntu - Adds Real-Time Streaming

Download TweetDeck 0.36 | Adobe Air installation instructions for Ubuntu 

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Install Dropbox in Ubuntu 10.10

Dropbox is a one among the best online file syncing tool available out there. And unlike Ubuntu One, my other favorite file syncing tool, Dropbox is cross platform as well. So here is how you install Dropbox in Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" and Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat".

How to Install Dropbox in Ubuntu Lucid, Maverick

  • Download Dropbox Nautilus client first. Both 32bit and 64bit versions of the DEB file are available. Download Dropbox.
  • Double-click on the downloaded file to install it. Remember, while you install Dropbox in your Ubuntu, automatically a new Dropbox repo is added to your sources.list. That will come in handy for future Dropbox updates.
Software Center Repositories
  • As you can see, it shows "lucid" instead of "maverick"(since I am using ubuntu 10.10 beta). So I am not sure if the updates are going to work in Ubuntu 10.10 with this 'Lucid' Dropbox repo. But the Dropbox client is definitely working fine in my Ubuntu 10.10 beta.
  • You must be prompted with an option to restart Nautilus by now. Restart Nautilus and then launch Dropbox. Applications - Internet - Dropbox. And you will be asked to download a 'proprietary daemon'. See screenshot.
Dropbox in Ubuntu
  • Click OK to download Dropbox daemon.
Dropbox in Ubuntu
  • After downloading is done, you will be prompted with an option to 'sign up with Dropbox'.
Dropbox in Ubuntu
  • If you haven't signed up with Dropbox yet and if you are interested in an offer for 250MB of free extra storage from Dropbox, you may visit the 'PS' section below post. Otherwise, just go through the steps by clicking 'Forward'.
  • After finishing the installation process, you will notice a new Dropbox icon on your top panel. You can use it as your launchpad for all Dropbox related needs.
Dropbox in Ubuntu
  • Done. Though Dropbox is an awesome file syncing tool, I will never recommend syncing your very personal stuff in some server cloud. Otherwise, it's just cool.

Fix! Can’t Play Full-screen YouTube Video In Ubuntu Maverick 10.10

If you installed Ubuntu Maverick on a old computer with Intel graphics chipset, you will find that you won’t be able to watch YouTube video in full screen, regardless which browser you are using. Apparently, the problem lies with the embedded Flash player conflicts with the hardware acceleration.
For those who are having this problem, here’s the fix:

1. Disable hardware acceleration

1. Open your browser and go to Start playing your video.
2. Right click on the video and click Settings.
3. On the flash popup, uncheck “Enable Hardware Acceleration”. Click Close.
Restart your browser and play the video in full screen mode.

Overriding GPU validation

If the above trick does not work, here’s what you can do:
Open a terminal and type the following command:
sudo mkdir /etc/adobe
echo "OverrideGPUValidation=true" >~/mms.cfg
sudo mv ~/mms.cfg /etc/adobe/

Start your browser and play the video in full screen. It should work now.

Other options

If you are using Firefox, you can install the FlashVideoReplacer extension. It replaces the flash player with movie player and is able to play the video in full screen and in HD quality.

Install Synapse in Ubuntu 10.10

It’s finally arrived. After weeks of leaking screenshots and juicy tidbits on a ‘mystery new launcher’ we can reveal what it is.
Called Synapse, the launcher is light, fast, zeitgeist powered and can do some incredible things thanks to tight Zeitgeist integration.
Synapse launcher in Ubuntu

Why Synapse?

The idea for Synapse was born from a merging of ‘Sezen’ – which allowed a way to search Zeitgeist log conveniently from your panel – and the more familiar GNOME Do. A visually slick n’ quick way to not only launch apps but also give an easy way to thumb through your Zeitgeist log.
If we were to slap a really 90′s style TV Commercial slogan on Synpase it’d be: “Find anything. Fast.”
What does Synapse do?
I’ll let Synapse developer mhr3 explain: -
“It well… searches stuff… If you ever used Gnome Do / Quicksilver / Gnome Launch Box, you’ll feel right at home with Synapse, if not, the only thing you need to do is run Synapse (or press Ctrl+Space to summon it), type what you’re looking for, and Synapse will present you a list of items that match your query.
Once you found the item you were looking for, you can perform an action on it (and these are defined by the plugins you’re using). If you don’t like the default action, just press Tab and search appropriate action.
And besides this primary use-case, you can also browse recent items which were logged by Zeitgeist, in case you close a document by mistake or just want to hear again the music track that played a few minutes ago.”


The default set of plugins shipped with Synapse are as follows: -
  • Applications – searches your desktop files
  • Banshee – allows you to play/enqueue music files in Banshee
  • Commands – runs any command (ie. “sudo apt-get update”)
  • Devhelp – search documentation using Devhelp
  • Dictionary – find definitions of words
  • Directory search – allows opening of commonly used directories
  • Gnome session – log out, shut down, restart
  • Hybrid search – complete Zeitgeist results by searching for similar files
  • Rhytmbox – play/enqueue music files in Rhythmbox
  • UPower – suspend & hibernate your computer
  • Zeitgeist – search anything logged by Zeitgeist
But thanks to the Zeitgeist integration pretty much any application can integrate with Synapse simply by integrating with Zeitgeist.


Static screenshots don’t do Synapse justice, as the speed and lovely animations can only be witnessed in true fluid motion.
So why wait? Try it out right now.
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:synapse-core/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install synapse
Once installed launch it from Applications > Accessories > Synapse


Just like GNOME Do and similar launchers Synapse is ‘called’ using the keyboard combination Ctrl + Space. If you have a different shortcut hardwired into your actual synapses you can change it to any combination you like via the settings menu.
Synapse Settings menu


As well as being the place to customize the keyboard combination for calling the launcher the settings menu also offers up a few extra choices such as whether it should start on login and what theme you’d prefer to use.
Can’t find the settings menu? Just hit the ‘pip’ on the upper-right hand side of the launcher.


There are four themes included by default.
Which you use is entirely down to you: they all have plus points – Virgillio is the least ‘flashy’ and ‘mini’ is the most ‘bar’ like and default the least widest.

Install Google Earth 6 In Ubuntu / Linux [With Fixes]

For Ubuntu
1) Before proceeding, make sure you have the Multiverse repository added.

sudo apt-get install lsb-core
2) Install Google Earth package which will automatically create a Google Earth .deb


sudo apt-get install googleearth-package
cd && make-googleearth-package --force
sudo apt-get install googleearth-package ia32-libs
cd && make-googleearth-package --force

Monitor your computer with saidar on ubuntu system

saidar is a curses-based tool using libstatgrab library in order to gather information about your system state.

Among the displayed information, you will find networking interfaces state, mount points disk usage, disk read/write access, memory and swap usage as well as cpu and processes information.

saidar has been developped by the i-scream group, which also developped the libstatgrab library, in order to easily access information about your computer.

saidar is included in ubuntu dapper repository, therefore installation is quite simple:

sudo apt-get install saidar

Now that saidar is installed, you simply have to launch it from a terminal (console) by typing:


As you can see from the screenshot, you can easily get an overview of your system state as well as your hardware.

In this case, there is two network interfaces (eth0, eth1), two disks (hda and sda) and 8 mounted partitions.

saidar is a top like software which give you a pretty handy overview of your system.

Moreover, libstatgrab offers developpers an easy to use and powerfull library to watch the health of your system.

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