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How to Install Foxit PDF Reader 1.1 in Ubuntu Karmic Koala CodeUnit 12 MAY 2010

Foxit Reader 1.1 is an incredible little PDF viewer that features some powerful tools while remaining pretty damn quick. It’s free for non-commercial usage and features most of the viewing tools you’ve come to expect from the big daddy of PDF readers, namely Adobe Acrobat. Among these tools included in Foxit is the standard zoom functionality, full document navigation, bookmarks, thumbnails, text selection, snapshot image grabbing as well as the old faithful, full screen document viewing.

The download .deb package weighs in at a handy 3.6 MB and when running, has a claimed memory consumption that remains less than 15 MB. It launches instantly when called and can load a PDF document in under 3 seconds.

And installing it in Ubuntu is an absolute breeze.

First, download the .deb package of Foxit’s official download page at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/desklinux/download.html. Once it is downloaded to the appropriate folder on your system, install it using the dpkg Debian package manager. To do this run a terminal in administrator mode and call:

sudo dpkg -i FoxitReader_1.1.0_i386.deb

And that’s it really. Foxit will be installed on your system and you’ll see the menu shortcut being added under the Office tab on the Applications main menu. It is also added as a right-click context menu selection for PDF files. Couldn’t be simpler and works like an absolute charm! :)

(Oh, and finally, for the future when you might find something even better, you can uninstall it in the usual way using: dpkg -r FoxitReader)

Related Link: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/desklinux/index.html

How to Play a DVD in Ubuntu Karmic Koala CodeUnit 07 APR 2010

Annoyingly, Ubuntu isn’t set up to all for DVD playback by default. The reason of course is that most DVDs are encrypted, region-encoded, etc. and Ubuntu simply doesn’t have the legal right to ship with the necessary software to play them back right off the bat.

Thankfully however not all is lost and it turns out to be quite the simple matter to get that latest season of Ugly Betty playing off your Ubuntu PC. First, you’ll need to install libdvdread4 package via either synaptic or a terminal command line:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

Next you need to execute the setup script by running from a terminal window:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

With these installed, you should now be able to open any DVD with the default supplied Totem Movie Player! :)

(Just a note though: Totem is perhaps not the best player to watch DVDs in thanks to a known bug that affects menu navigation, so it might be a good idea to install good old VLC player via apt-get install vlc)

Ubuntu: Installing a Software Application from a Terminal CodeUnit 14 MAR 2010

Installing a new software package via a command line terminal in Ubuntu Karmic Koala (and basically all the other versions preceding it) is deceptively easy thanks to the powerful apt-get command that is used as the interface into Ubuntu’s Advanced Packaging Tool (APT). It can be used to install new software applications, upgrade existing software packages, update the current package list index and even go as far as upgrading the entire Ubuntu system.

The usage of apt-get to install a software package (like the network scanner nmap for example) is as simple as entering:

sudo apt-get install nmap

Similarly, to remove a package you simply change the above command to:

sudo apt-get remove nmap

Note that you can specify multiple packages to be installed or removed, separated by spaces. So for example sudo apt-get nmap gedit would install nmap and gedit respectively. Apt-get is also quite useful for updating the package index, in other words the database that holds all the available packages from the repositories defined in the /etc/apt/sources.list information file. The command to do this is:

sudo apt-get update

Lastly, apt-get is even powerful enough to update your Ubuntu installation itself. First run an update against your package index (as above) and then type:

sudo apt-get upgrade

As for log files of apt-get activity, see /var/log/dpkg.log. For more help on the command, a simple apt-get help will suffice.

There. Now you know! :)

(And for an easter egg while you’re at it, you may as well enter apt-get moo. If you get an answer, well then at least you know that you have Super Cow Powers!)

Related Link: https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/serverguide/C/apt-get.html

Problem: Ubuntu’s Totem Movie Player displaying in Grayscale CodeUnit 22 FEB 2010

The other day I got a nasty surprise on my desktop Karmic Koala Ubuntu installation when all of a sudden, Ubuntu’s default video player Totem Movie Player started showing all my videos in a nasty grayscale mode instead of their usual vibrant colourful selves. Now not having changed any system settings or installed any new applications, I was quite perturbed and scratched around trying to locate a solution to this annoying little problem.

And as it turns out, solving this little conundrum is actually pretty damn simple.

All you need to do is start up a video and while it is playing, go to the Edit -> Preferences menu option and select the Display tab on the resulting dialog box. At the bottom of the display tab you will see four colour balance sliders. Try re-setting these to default and if that doesn’t solve the problem on the already playing video, adjust the Hue and Saturation sliders until you get the picture looking exactly how you want it to.

There you go, problem solved! :)

Icky grayscale

Beautiful colour

Ubuntu: How to Install Google Chrome for Karmic Koala CodeUnit 25 DEC 2009

google-chrome-logoInstalling the latest browser upstart, Google Chrome into Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala turns out to be a whole lot simpler than what you might have thought.

The Chromium dev team have just released a debian installer package for Google Chrome Beta, which you can head over and grab from http://www.google.com/chrome. (If you do it from a windows machine, you’ll need to navigate through to the Linux downloads, but if you launch the URL from Ubuntu, it defaults to the Linux download.)

Once the 12 mb file has finished downloading, it now becomes a very simple matter of double clicking on the .deb package and following the Debian Package Installer prompts that follow. That easy.

Finally, when the go ahead is lit and the package sits installed, you can access Google Chrome by hitting the Applications -> Internet -> Google Chrome system menu option.

(Needless to say, first option you get is to import all your stuff over from Firefox. You’d better do it – after all, you don’t know when you’ll ever be going back! :P)

Related Link: http://www.google.com/chrome

Karmic Koala Up and Running CodeUnit 02 NOV 2009

Ubuntu LogoAwesome. I’ve finally taken the step to ditch Windows XP and my custom BigVid media player from my little PC sitting next to the TV in the lounge and have instead embraced the newly released Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala operating system which I must say was quite a breeze to install. The new human theme is pretty (but ghostly) and I was impressed at how seamlessly Ubuntu picked up both my wireless network adaptor and wireless keyboard and mouse system, without any intervention required from my side at all!

I haven’t yet spent much time exploring this new release, but I see we now have a more organised and updated Software Center from which to add/remove new apps, something I quickly delved into in order to grab XBMC, one of the premier open source media center platforms currently out there.

Tombuntu ran an excellent article on converting your machine to a media center using XBMC a while ago, and although the official XBMC site promises nothing when it comes to this latest Ubuntu release, you can pretty much guess how I plan on entertaining myself tonight! :)