Sunday, November 29, 2009

GCstar Personal Collections Manager

I use GCStar to keep track of my Movie collection. It's great!
GCstar is an application for managing your collections. It supports many types of collections, including movies, books, games, comics, stamps, coins, and many more. You can even create your own collection type for whatever unique thing it is that you collect! Detailed information on each item can be automatically retrieved from the internet and you can store additional data, such as the location or who you've lent it to. You may also search and filter your collections by many criteria.
After installing Karmic the automatic information retrieval from the Internet wasn't working. To install the latest version that fixes this problem just do the following:
  • Add the GCStar PPA to your Software Sources (System > Administration > Software Sources)
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gcstar/gcstar-dev/ubuntu karmic main
  • Install GCStar
$ sudo apt-get install gcstar

Friday, November 6, 2009

Installing Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala (on the Desktop)

After installing Ubuntu 9.10, codename Karmic Koala, in my laptop it's time for the desktop.

I'm also doing a clean install because I want to use ext4 as my filesystem and I'm gonna lose the Windows partitions. Yes, 100% Ubuntu.

It's possible to convert ext3 to ext4, but I prefer a clean install.

I will be the using the 32 bit desktop cd (ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso).

Before you start


  • Backup your data
  • Make a list of software you want to recover after the clean install and all the preferences/options you use. This will make you post install easier and you can start working faster.
  • Make a list of the extra Software Sources you use
  • Check the Release Notes
  • Download Ubuntu
  • Check the file hash (example: md5sum ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso) and compare it to UbuntuHashes
  • Burn a cd (you can use Brasero, for example, if you already use Ubuntu)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Installing Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala 64 bits (HP Pavilion dv5-1020ep)

Last week Ubuntu 9.10, codename Karmic Koala, was released.

I'm doing a clean install because I want to use ext4 as my filesystem. It's possible to convert ext3 to ext4, but I prefer a clean install.

First my laptop. I will be the using the 64 bit desktop cd (ubuntu-9.10-desktop-amd64.iso).

Before you start

  • Backup your data
  • Make a list of software you want to recover after the clean install and all the preferences/options you use. This will make you post install easier and you can start working faster.
  • Make a list of the extra Software Sources you use
  • Check the Release Notes
  • Download Ubuntu
  • Check the file hash (example: md5sum ubuntu-9.10-desktop-amd64.iso) and compare it to UbuntuHashes
  • Burn a cd (you can use Brasero, for example, if you already use Ubuntu)