Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Download embedded videos with FlashGot

To get videos from sites like youtube:

1. install flashgot for FirefoxLink

2.running a video should make a download button visible

or go to tools - flashgot - flashgot media

To have best speeds, install Axel downloader:

paste in Terminal:

sudo apt-get install axel

Go to Tools - Flashot-More options -FlashGot Media and set Axel as downloader for that, instead of the built-in one:

see the difference:

Sometimes Axel is not able to get the video, but when it can, it usually uses your best speed possible.
(Except for Rapidshare: they have a new policy of restricting speed so it is better to use the built-in downloader - if you try Axel the response from Rapidshare is to limit your speed.)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Use PlayOnLinux as Wine GUI

(Source HERE)

If you would like to use a GUI for WINE, that provides the option to install many Windows applications (including Office programs, games and more), you can install PlayOnLinux. It is available in the repository, but if you want the latest and greatest version, you will need to add the PlayOnLinux repository and install it from there:
For Oneiric:

wget -q "" -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Please see this page if you need to install the repository for a version other than Oneiric (11.10).

For Precise (12.04):

wget -q "" -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Sunday, July 15, 2012

See hardware statistics

sudo lshw

that gives too much info


sudo lshw | less

to see specific item, e.g.

sudo lshw -c network


sudo lshw -c network -short

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Add new buttons in LXPanel

Create a file with the name 'name-of-application' (as entered afterwards into the file under 'Name') and  with the extension .desktop.
(or in Terminal:
gksudo leafpad /usr/share/applications/lubuntu-logout.desktop)

Put inside (no empty rows) :

[Desktop Entry]
Icon=<path to the png file>
Exec=executable-name-of-application (look in /usr/bin)
Categories= Settings
 The last entry will make the app to appear in Menu: 'Preferences'
 Put the file in usr/share/applications (root access needed).

Then, create an 'Application Launch Bar' in the  LXPanel and add your app into the former after finding it listed in the 'Preferences' category.

Add Shutdown Button to LXPanel

Shutdown Button is missing from LXPanel, how can I add it?

From LXTerminal, please run this command:
gksudo leafpad /usr/share/applications/lubuntu-logout.desktop

Now, copy the below content, paste it into lubuntu-logout.desktop file, Save and Exit: 

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Shutdown or Reboot

After that, please right click on LXPanel > Add/Remove Panel Items > Add > Application Launch Bar > Add > double click on Application Launch Bar > Preferences > select Shutdown from the list and on the right and then click "Add" > Close > Close

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

See free disk space in Terminal

The command is

df -h

And that will display statistics for all partitions and connected disks

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mounting image files

To do this I use AcetoneISO. Unlike in Windows, once selected the iso image file is mounted without the need of creating a virtual drive.

Create shortcuts to launch programs in Xfce/Xubuntu

Go to Settings Manager / Keyboard / Applications Shortcuts / Add

The best use of this feature is with the elementary/systemic programs like the Terminals,  the run/launch programs (gmrun, grun, Gnome Do, xfrun) and the system monitors/task managers(xfce4-taskmanager, gnome-system monitor)

Install programs using Synaptic Package Manager

It is a nice way to install because you can see more information than in Ubuntu Software Center. It works more neatly as well.

At each start you are asked for the password, then it  looks like that:

Search for the program to install or to see if already installed. You don't need to give the whole name, but a clue may help, for example for 'burning' software.

Those checked (green) are already installed. To install, uninstall and other options, right click an item.

An essential feature in Linux are 'repositories' - the source of software to be installed from the internet  (programs you don't have on your computer to install, but that are installed through Synaptic Manager, Ubuntu Software Center, or the Terminal.) A lot of such repositories ('repos') are already there, but to install some new programs you may need new repos. To see,  add or remove them, go to Software Sources (accessible in Applications Menu - Settings - or, in Synaptic Manger: Settings - Repositories, etc.)