SopCast Runner

SopCast Runner is ruby command line script for running streaming video in external player

For Ubuntu Maverick 10.10:
add ppa repository
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sabotatore/sopcast
install sopcast-runner package
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install sopcast-runner 

sopcast-runner [ChannelURL]
sopcast-runner [ChannelId] 

Integrate with Gnome browsers, such as Firefox or Google Chrome
gconftool-2 -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/sop/command '/usr/bin/sopcast-runner %s' --type String
gconftool-2 -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/sop/enabled --type Boolean true

You can change default player
sudo gedit /etc/sopcast_runner/sopcast_runner.conf

Installing Flock

Flock is a free, open source web browser based on Firefox.
Flock is still in development and will be officially released and added to the Ubuntu repositories in future.
For those who want to try Flock before then, there are two methods, using either a pre-packaged .deb, or a compressed file be downloaded and installed manually. A .deb package file may be found at and installed using any standard package installation method, or you download and extract the program using the following method:

Install Flock

  • Download Flock page for Linux.
  • Right click the file, choose Extract Here
  • Right click the desktop, choose Create Launcher
    • For command, click Browser and chose the file called 'flock' in the folder you just extracted.

Install Flock (Multi-user Command line)

  • Download Flock page for Linux.
  • Change to the directory you downloaded it to, then extract Flock into /opt:
  • sudo tar -C /opt -xjvf flock-*.linux-i686.tar.bz2
  • Optionally, you can test Flock from the command line:
  • /opt/flock/flock-browser
  • Create link and menu:
  • sudo ln -s /opt/flock/flock-browser /usr/bin/flock
    sudo edit /usr/share/applications/Flock.desktop
  • Then enter or copy the following text and save the file:
  • [Desktop Entry]
     Comment=Flock Web Browser
     GenericName=Flock Web Browser
  • Gnome users refresh panel:
  • killall gnome-panel
  • KDE users refresh kicker:
  • dcop kicker Panel configure
    Enjoy Flock! 

Wireless Problems

 Wireless troubleshooting procedure to be followed while creating a single, new question at

Please first connect your network card to the wireless router using an ethernet cable (also known as a LAN cable).

In order to gather essential troubleshooting information about your wireless card, please follow this procedure:

Step 1
Open Terminal from “Applications->Accessories->Terminal”

Step 2
Please copy-paste the following diagnostic command from the website using Chromium or Firefox into the Linux Terminal. The command STARTS with the word sudo and ENDS with the word lsmod. So please copy-paste the ENTIRE diagnostic command below from Firefox into a Terminal, press <enter>, then enter password when sudo asks for password, then press enter again.

Tip: If you have a wheel mouse or 3 button mouse you do not need to type commands into the Terminal. Highlight the diagnostic command written on the page. Move your cursor anywhere in the Terminal and press the wheel or middle button. Automatic Copy and paste! No spelling mistakes! No Typos! No other errors!

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install hwinfo grep; sudo lshw -C network; rfkill list; 

sudo iwlist scanning; cat /etc/network/interfaces; cat /etc/lsb-release; lspci -nn; lsusb; 

sudo lshw -short; uname -a; dmesg | egrep 'acx|at76|ath|b43|bcm|CX|eth|ipw|irmware|isl|lbtf|ndiswrapper|NPE|ound|prism|rtl|rt2|rt3|usb|witch|wl';  

iwconfig; grep b43 /etc/modprobe.d/*; grep wl /etc/modprobe.d/*; sudo hwinfo --netcard ; 

cat /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state; sudo lsmod

How to get RGBA support in Ubuntu 10.04

Figure 1

RGBA stands for Red Green Blue Alpha. When applied to the computer desktop it means a whole world more. It means full-blown transparency with the ability to control the transparency like never before. This feature was supposed to make it into Ubuntu 10.04, but because of some show-stopping issues, it was pulled. It is now slated to make it into 10.10 and, judging from how well it is working now, it will do just that.
If you’re curious as to what an RGBA-enabled desktop will look like, take a gander atFigure A. This is Ubuntu 10.04 with GNOME and RGBA support installed and enabled.
I’m sure there are many out there who are saying, “Who cares? It’s just eye candy!” But there are plenty of others saying, “Me too! I want!” (or some variation of that theme). Well, in this installment of the open source blog I will stand down from my soap box and show you how you can have this delicious eye candy on your Ubuntu 10.04 desktop as well.
What you will need
Outside of the necessary software, you will need a graphics card that will support full Compiz features. So if your desktop will not allow you to enable Extra features for compiz, either don’t bother with this or go get a new card that will. You will also need to enable Compiz with at LEAST Normal effects. With that set, you are ready to install.


Open up a terminal window and issue the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:erik-b-andersen/rgba-gtk
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade 
sudo apt-get install gnome-color-chooser gtk2-module-rgba
sudo apt-get install murrine-themes
That’s it from the command line and the installation.

Enabling RGBA

There are a few steps to undertake in order to enable this feature.
Figure 2

  1. Click System | Preferences | GNOME Color Chooser. In this window, scroll until you see the Engines tab.
  2. Click the Global check box and then select Murrine from the dropdown.
  3. Now click on the Preferences button; scroll down until you see “Configuration of Enable/Disable RGBA support” (see Figure B), and make sure both check boxes are checked.
  4. Click OK and then click Apply in the main GNOME Color Chooser window. You can now dismiss this window.
The next step is to select an RGBA compatible theme. You installed these themes with the commands above. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click on your desktop and select Change Desktop Background.
  2. Click on the Themes tab.
  3. Click the Customize button.
  4. From the Controls tab scroll down until you find a Murrine them.
  5. Select a Murrine them and click Close.
  6. Close the Appearance Preferences window.
Now all you have to do is log out and log back in to enjoy full-blown RGBA support on your Ubuntu desktop!

No Sound Amarok

Install Xine (if it is not there)
sudo apt-get install phonon-backend-xine
sudo aptitude install libxine1-ffmpeg
Then you must restart Amarok.

If Still No Sound,
Open Amarok --> Setting --> Configure Amarok --> Playback --> Configure Phonon ( choose device)

if still No Sound,
System --> Preference --> Sound --> Hardware --> setting for the selected device  (choose one)

if still no sound then you should install all phonon package in Synaptic Package Manager or change another player..... ha  ha ha

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