Friday Apr 24, 2009

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Ubuntu 9.04 (code named Jaunty Jackalope) released yesterday. Download location is here.

Thursday Oct 30, 2008

Ubuntu 8.10 Released

Those of who wish to try out the new version of Ubuntu, get it from here. Ubuntu 8.10 just got released today.

Saturday Oct 04, 2008

Ubuntu 8.10 - Coming Soon!


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If you are on the lookout for a weekend activity, you might probably want to download and try the beta version of Ubuntu 8.10, code named Intrepid Ibex. Download it from here. Or if you have other exciting plans for this weekend and would wish to wait for the stable release of Ubuntu 8.10 to be available, then the wait isn't too long; it's coming soon - Intrepid Ibex

Sunday Jun 15, 2008

Typing Tutorial in Ubuntu

At my home in Kerala, where my parents live, I use an Ubuntu desktop. My parents have been eager to pick up some computer lessons for long. Last week, while I was at home, they managed to learn quite a few things on using a Computer desktop that includes, but not limited to using an E-mail client, an Internet browser and to some extent an Office Suite as well. One of those things that my father found frustrating was to get used to the Computer keyboard layout. I remember facing the same problem, when I started my career in Computers. With the help of a typing tutorial software that I found then, my typing speed increased to an impressive rate. Thanks to my father's favourite website, my search to get hold of one such typing tutorial in Ubuntu, fetched me a rather quick result. Tux Typing, which is also a part of Ubuntu repository offers some cool tutorials to help a novice get used to the Computer keyboard layout. Needless to say, my father seems quite motivated by his progress.

Let me also mention here that with the rather uncomplicated and clean User Interface in Ubuntu, the learning curve looks quite smooth. Ask my parents.

Sunday Oct 21, 2007

Canon PowerShot SD1000 Support in Ubuntu 6.06

When my cousin plugged his brand new Canon PowerShot SD1000 on his PC running Dapper Drake, the autoimport failed with the following error:

An error occurred in the io-library ('Could not claim the USB device'): Could not claim interface 0 (Operation not permitted). Make sure no other program or kernel module (such as sdc2xx, stv680, spca50x) is using the device and you have read/write access to the device.

After googling for a while, the following is what I had to perform on his PC to get the autoimport feature working for him in Ubuntu 6.06.

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jithu@jithu-desktop:~$ cat /etc/issue
Ubuntu 6.10 \\n \\l
jithu@jithu-desktop:~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 016: ID 04a9:314f Canon, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
jithu@jithu-desktop:~$ sudo vi /etc/udev/rules.d/45-libgphoto2.rules
###Add the following line at the appropriate location in the above-mentioned file. The numbers 04a9 and 314f are obtained from the lsusb output.
SYSFS{idVendor}=="04a9", SYSFS{idProduct}=="314f", MODE="0660", GROUP="plugdev"
jithu@jithu-desktop:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/udev restart
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My hope is that someone out there could save their precious time with this small piece of information.

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