happy anniversary, linux

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iphone 4 and ubuntu: not so much

got a new iPhone 4. tried to mount it. didn't work in the first place, because ubuntu could not recognize the device. search on google. found something about libmobiledevice. still did not work properly: it "said" something like "you should initialize the device in the first place blah blah" but after selecting the initialization option, nothing happen. got tired after 2-3 trials. lost my patience. with my stolen ipod things used to work much easier.

later update: after "initializing" the iPhone with iTunes on a windows machine, things seemed to become ok again. Rhythmbox was recognizing the iPhone and I was about "that much" to copy some songs in the iPhone. But no! The copying process was a partial success, to be more specific, the synchronization never ended and the "iPod" was empty: no song on the iPhone. I explored the device with nautilus and find the songs in some folders with pretty unusual names (some F-s: F01, F20 etc). Connected the device on a windows machine again, and no song found by iTunes...
Got tired.

firefox and flash on ubuntu 10.10: crash! boom! bang!

I really don't know which of the three is the weak link here, I don't care and I am becoming sick of it: firefox (version 3.6.12) crashes almost every time I want to play a flash video (you tube included). And every time it happens I can't help thinking of Steve Jobs and my stolen mac book pro.
I wonder if I am the only one with this kind of problem. Can anybody help me with a suggestion about which browser should I use as an alternative to Firefox?

Macbuntu makes your linux feel like a mac

Even after the first install (that was long time ago, at 7.04 release) I wanted to make my Ubuntu to look like a mac. Back then this was somehow an 'aspirational' motivation, because I didn't had a mac, and I did not know how it feels to work on a mac... That's why, my focus was to make my linux machine to look like one, and after several attempts, I stopped to Mac4Lin which was very good in doing that.
After a while, I bought a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard and the mac look alike linux machine became a little embarrassing to show to my friends. At that time, I expected with great interest a good looking Ubuntu original theme...
Then, one day the burglars entered my house and stole the MacBook Pro. Needless to mention that the police couldn't manage to restore my property, and the MacBook was gone for good... Needless to say that after a year of doing every little thing on my mac I became addicted. And of course, needless to say that this turned me into a mactard.
Now I have returned to my old Ubuntu powered machine, but I still miss my mac a lot. And it was pretty surprising for me to discover Macbuntu, which make the linux user experience (and by this I mean "the feeling") very close to the mac user experience.
Of course, it is a clone, but a god damn good one!

A very good review and full instructions you can find on Webupd8. There, you will find a very good screen shot too, and that's why I will not post another one here.

upgrading to ubuntu 10.10


As always, I didn't have enough patience to wait until the final release and last night I performed a network upgrade to 10.10. Things went very smoothly until the first restart when the splash screen didn't want to disappear no matter what. Even if I like a lot the new splash screen, after 2-3 minutes of constant looking at it, I became bored. Therefore I had to solve this issue some how. To make the story short, here is what I had to do:
- boot in recovery mode;
- select the "fail safe graphic mode" option;
- install the new driver for nVidia graphic adapter by accessing system/administration/additional drivers;
- re-boot.

I don't know if it works for other graphic adapters, but for mine this was the solution for the previous upgrade (to 10.04 lts) also.
I promise I'll post some screen shots later.

no more K3B

It's final! I will not use K3B to burn my DVD-s for (at least) a while! The last several attempts with made the burnt DVD-s unreadable for my Sony home cinema, and honestly I do not care why this happen as long as those burned with Brasero work very good.

Also, I want to mention that I have been a huge fan of K3B for at least 2 years, and may be when I will have a little more time to spend I'll try to reconcile it with my DVD player.

Virtual Box: Ubuntu vs. MacOS X Leopard

Even if I cannot declare my self as a huge fan of windows, I become a fan of virtualization lately. I tried Virtual Box purely because it is free, and I must say that I am very happy with this choice. Currently, both my MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard and my desktop with Ubuntu Karmic run Windows XP and Windows 7 virtual machines, and for my needs (which do not include playing win games!) the results are satisfactory.

Of course, I am a newbie in virtualization, and I didn't explored every corner of Virtual Box. Maybe that's why, while on Mac things were pretty smooth in terms of USB memory stick usage, I didn't manage to do the same on Ubuntu.

I'm very curious about the reason. Maybe there is something wrong on my system. Did you have a similar experience?

However, installing Virtual Box is pretty easy, since you can find the .deb package and all needed instructions on the Virtualbox.org website.

Update: Windows 7 virtual machine on Ubuntu (tutorials)
A good tutorial can be found here here
Video tutorials: here and here

25 Linux tips for Windows switchers

Since I don't have much time to post here, a recommendation for reading is the least I can do. This is very good starting point if you did not already switched to Linux, from thechradar.com.

Cairo Dock: why do you need a tutorial

If you take into account that Cairo Dock is available in the official repositories of Ubuntu, the question in the title is a legitimate one. I like Cairo Dock a lot (I told you already that it won my heart after an epic fight with AWN) and yes, finally I figured out why it suddenly dissapears some time. Both this questions (why you need a tutorial and why it dissapears) have the same answer: the official repositories are outdated and when an upgrade comes via the 'official channel' it messes up the existing installation. This is more likely to happen if you have installed it originally not from the official channel but from the project site (as I did and, of course, I forgot).
So, if you need a tutorial to learn (or to remember) how to install Cairo-Dock, here is a good one.


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