Install Firebird 2.0.3 Database Server On Ubuntu 7.10

This tutorial explains how you can install the Firebird database server (version 2.0.3) on an Ubuntu 7.10 server. 

Step 1. Prepare an nice Ubuntu server : fire a "The Perfect Setup - Ubuntu" search on HowtoForge and follow the steps according to the OS version you are decided to go on.

Step 2. Do the libstdc++5 installation (before installing Firebird):

Open the full KDE Control Centre in Kubuntu

Kubuntu (and some other KDE-based distributions) features a special System Settings application which takes the place of the full KDE Control Centre application, which is used for setting all sorts of KDE preferences and changing different settings on the system.

Top 100 of the Best (Useful) OpenSource Applications

The following is a list of about 100 of the best OpenSource Applications, that actually help make Linux more usable for people. It is my hope that this list shows potential Linux users that there really is a large, effective, productive and usable range of free, OpenSource applications. For existing Linux users (like myself), I think this will provide a great resource in finding applications that may better suit your needs, or just for fun! Needless to say, this is just some of the thousands of applications available! I develop web sites, so this list tends to focus on applications which support that type of work.

Canonical Sets Ubuntu 8.10, Taps KVM Virtualization

Commercial Debian Linux distributor Canonical has given its moniker to the next iteration of its Ubuntu Linux, code-named "Intrepid Ibex" in keeping with the silly names the Ubuntu project uses and probably coming to market as Ubuntu 8.10 in October. The company has also talked a bit more about the Ubuntu 8.10 feature set, its use of KVM virtualization, and a reseller deal it has with IBM to peddle the DB2 Express-C development database.

Does Ubuntu Linux Really Need Antivirus Software?

One of the people who switched to Ubuntu Linux recently, phoned me asking what kind of antivirus they should have installed. Quite frankly, I’ve never given that a thought. I’ve used Ubuntu for some time and have never had any virus issues, ever. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that Linux is impervious to a computer virus, rather I’m suggesting that (currently) it’s not an issue. As a matter of fact, I did a bit of research and found out that there are viruses, worms and malware that effect our Linux based systems.spacer_gif.gif

Optimize A Fresh Ubuntu Installation

You've just download the latest and greatest version of Ubuntu Linux and it didn't cost you a thing. You breezed through the installation and a brand new desktop is staring you in the face -- now what?

iTALC promotes learning on a classroom network

iTALC, or Intelligent Teaching and Learning with Computers, is a didactical tool designed to assist teachers. Despite its name, the tool itself isn't a learning environment. It's meant to let teachers control their students' computers in a computer-driven classroom setting. Thanks to its powerful remote desktop control features, simple setup, and lack of cost, it's a potential remote assistance tool for any type of network.

Ubuntu Desktop Training

The next meeting for the Ubuntu Desktop Training team is taking place this Thursday 6th March at 16:00 UTC on #ubuntu-training (@ freenode.net).

An incomplete list of high quality Open Source games

It is often mentioned that many games are not available on Linux. While several big titles are indeed missing such Linux ports, the Open Source community itself produced some impressive titles. Here is a short list together with some promo videos.

Integrate Firefox and Thunderbird in KDE

Whenever you click a http:// or mailto: link in KDE, by default, Konqueror and KMail will open. I’m not saying these are bad apps, just that if you have Firefox and Thunderbird installed, why wouldn’t you want to use them fully?

Three different menu-applets for your gnome-desktop

Which menu-applet is the best? I cannot possibly give an answer to this that will apply to everyones taste, but what I can do is give an overall review of the three contestants and tell you what I feel is the good, and bad, things about them.

Unclutter Firefox menus

If you like your browser interface to be simple, try these extensions designed to unclutter Firefox. Compact Menu 2 and two alternative extensions collapses all the menus into a single drop-down button, creating room for you to add buttons such as Downloads, History, and Bookmarks to the menu bar. Organize Status Bar lets you rearrange all the items displayed on your status bar, or even hide some.

NEW SlickNesS Theme for Ubuntu!

I ran across another slick theme, its called SlickNess, It is actually pretty slick, reminds me of the Ubuntu Studio theme with a few nice improvements, let me know what you think.
This baby is easy to install, here are the directions:

Nautilus Knows the USB Transfer Speed

Nautilus in Hardy uses GVFS (aka gio) instead of GnomeVFS. A feature we should be seeing from this soon is the ability to restore from trash. Right now, though, I just think it's cool that when transferring data from my roommate's laptop to mine (I borrowed hers while mine was being repaired) over a USB connection, I saw this:

Cdrdao records audio or data CD-Rs in disk-at-once (DAO)

Cdrdao records audio or data CD-Rs in disk-at-once (DAO) mode based on a textual description of the CD contents (toc-file). Features include: Full control over length and contents of pre-gaps (pause areas between tracks), Control over sub-channel data, Support for exact audio, data and mixed mode CD copying, Support for exact audio, data and mixed mode CD copying.

Two New Themes Arrive in Ubuntu 8.04

It’s not the complete redesign that was planned and canceled, but two new themes have been added to Ubuntu 8.04. The new GTK themes are Human-Murrine and Human-Clearlooks. The Human icon and Metacity themes are unchanged. Currently, Human-Murrine is the default in up-to-date Ubuntu 8.04.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 80

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 80 for the weeks February 24th - March 1st, 2008 is now available. In this issue we cover the Alpha 6 Freeze, the release of Kubuntu-KDE4, Full Circle Magazine #10, Ubuntu Mobile, launch of Ubuntu Brainstorm, a Mark Shuttleworth Interview, and, as always, much, much more!

Revealing Steganographic Content in Images

Quite a while ago I showed how to hide your files with steghide, a tool used to embed information into a jpeg image file. Today I will show you how to detect a file already “stegged” without prior knowledge and possible extract the information from the image file. For this demo, we will use a tool called Stegdetect, available here (notinh this link is for you ;).

Amazon MP3 Now Open To Linux Users

Amazon MP3 has been around for several months now. And it’s doing pretty good. Decent amount of press coverage when it hit the stage. Decent song selection, all with decent sound quality. And just about everything is decent with the all-DRM-free program Bezos & Co are touting out in the cloud.

PHP programming on Ubuntu 7.10

We can do PHP programming by any text editor, such as vi and nano. However, a Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is good for debugging. For IDE, I choose EasyEclipse for LAMP and it is not required to install. Download it and double click it to run. However, we should install some server programs and do some configuration before using it.

A new version of Deluge-Torrent available for download

A new version of Deluge-Torrent was released on 29 of February (0.5.8.5). Changelog: 

  • Fix force recheck
  • Auto scraping of tracker if it doesn’t report number of peers on reply
  • Fix web seed proxy preference

Subtitles, Video Editing and DVD Authoring in Ubuntu

Translating movie subtitles is my new hobby. I had no previous knowledge of what subtitles are, how they are embedded in a DVD movie, how to rip them off, how to create new subtitles, and then finally how to prepare a DVD with translated subtitles that could be played on most popular software, hardware and standalone DVD players. I found out that it was not an easy job to embed UTF-8 encoded text on DVD as a separate subtitle stream. So I decided to hardsub my movie, which means that users will not have the option to turn off the Urdu subtitles.

mplayer - command line movie and music player - music over ssh

Mplayer is one of most known movie players in Linux, and also in Mac OS, and Windows. To install it in Debian / Ubuntu run:

            sudo aptitude install mplayer

Mplayer has lots of options, and we will explore some of them here, the files format it can play according to its official site are:

Open source makes a healthy site for healthy eaters

TheDailyPlate.com (TDP) is a free, online eating journal with a lot of features that make it useful for the health conscious. The site is developed completely in PHP on MySQL, Apache, and Linux. LAMP was a natural choice, the founders say, because so many other Internet companies have experienced success with the now-ubiquitous platform.

Openbox, xcompmgr, transset & Conky

I had some spare time yesterday and I decided to spend it playing with compositing under Openbox. I'm not normally too fussed about having eye-candy on the desktop; however, a few people have mentioned 3D effects, in IRC and on the forums, so I thought I'd have a go at configuring xcompmgr on one of my systems.

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