Saturday, May 29, 2010

Install Chromium with Lucid looks

I've been using Firefox for years, but I'm trying out Chromium and so far it's been great and fast.

Install

You can just go to Ubuntu Software Center and type Chromium to install, or install via Terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Daily Builds

If you want to get the latests versions of Chromium add to your Software Sources:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu lucid main

Customize to look like Lucid

You can install the Ambiance theme from Google Chrome Extensions.

direct link to ambiance theme

To use Lucid system title bar and borders right click on the Chromium bar, next to the tab, and choose the appropriate option.

Extensions

You can install Google Chrome Extensions in Chromium.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2

After the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle Corporation VirtualBox is now called Oracle VM VirtualBox.

If you have a previous version already installed you need to manually install the new one. This is the 3.2.0 version.

Install

  • Go to System > Administration > Software Sources and Third-Party Software.
  • Add the following sources for Lucid (check your distribution here)
  • Download and register Oracle authentication key
$ wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
  • Be sure your source list is updated
$ sudo apt-get update
  • Be sure you have dkms installed (so Virtualbox host kernel is automatically updated as you update your system kernel)
$ sudo apt-get install dkms
  • Install Virtualbox 3.2
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-3.2
  • Logoff and login again
  • Start Virtualbox at Applications > System Tools > Sun VirtualBox
  • Don't forget to install/reinstall the Guest Additions in all your virtual machines (after starting the virtual machine go to Devices > Install Guest Additions)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Installing Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx (on the Desktop)

Last week Ubuntu 10.04, codename Lucid Lynx, was released.This is a Long Time Support (LTS) release and will be supported until 2013.

After installing Lucid in my desktop my motherboard died, so I had to do a fresh install in a new computer.

I will be the using the 64 bit desktop cd (ubuntu-10.04-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-10.04-desktop-amd64.iso) and compare it to UbuntuHashes
  • Burn a cd (you can use Brasero, for example, if you already use Ubuntu).

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Installing Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix (Asus Eee 1000HE)

After installing Karmic in my desktop and laptop, its time for my Asus Eee 1000HE.

The eee don't have an optical drive, so we need to install it using an usb drive.

I will keep the dual booting with Windows XP and Ubuntu. The Eee is my only Windows machine right now.

Download and "Burn" a USB Drive

  • Go to Ubuntu Netbook Remix Download Page and download Ubuntu. 
  • Check the downloaded file hash. The output must be the same as you see in the Ubuntu Hashes Page.
$ md5sum ubuntu-9.10-netbook-remix-i386.img
Install from usb

It's easy. Boot from the usb drive (check the BIOS) and install like any other Ubuntu release.

This is a tested machine.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Virtualbox 3.1

Following previous posts about installing Virtualbox, here's the 3.1 update (currently 3.1.2).

If you have a previous version already installed you need to manually install the new one.

Install

  • Go to System > Administration > Software Sources and Third-Party Software.
  • Add the following sources for Intrepid (check your distribution here)
  • Download and register Sun authentication key
$ wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/sun_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
  • Be sure your source list is updated
$ sudo apt-get update
  • Be sure you have dkms installed (so Virtualbox host kernel is automatically updated as you update your system kernel)
$ sudo apt-get install dkms
  • Install Virtualbox 3.1
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-3.1
  • Logoff and login again
  • Start Virtualbox at Applications > System Tools > Sun VirtualBox
  • If you want you can optionally register your VirtualBox installation
  • If you have a Windows Virtual Machine don't forget to install the Guest Additions (after starting the virtual machine go to Devices > Install Guest Additions)