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  1. [gnome] HOWTO: set multi-monitor wallpapers in Gnome-shell

    I've recently switched over to gnome-shell on both desktop on laptop. I hit a few usability hurdles, but have overcome most of them, so I thought I'd share some knowledge here (since I know many...
  2. [ubuntu] Re: firefox/flash or shockwave issue with 12.04

    Dropping you back to the login screen (i.e. lightdm) sounds like the X server is crashing. This is not good, it basically means the graphics subsystem of your computer had a hissy-fit.

    If you...
  3. [all variants] Re: asking for a command line to search in different text file and...

    This should do the job:


    grep -o -e '\[[^]]\+]' *

    I had two files (test_regex.txt and test_regex1.txt), I get this output:


    test_regex1.txt:[phrase1abc]
    test_regex1.txt:[phrase2def]
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    Ubuntu Diversity: The power-user desktop

    The following tutorial is an update of one I did a couple of years ago called Minimalistic Ubuntu From Scratch

    Why this tutorial?

    Ubuntu as a distribution has gotten a some bad press on...
  5. [all variants] Re: Asus USB Wifi (Ralink) in 2.6.38 kernel (Natty Beta)

    After reading pppppp's post, I tried installing the fresh Natty release. No WiFi out of the box, but adding the following to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf fixed the problem


    blacklist rt2x00lib...
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    Vala development tools?

    I'm interested in trying some Vala development for my next GTK+ application. I was wondering if there's someone out there with some experience who could recommend me some tools?

    For my C/C++...
  7. [all variants] Asus USB Wifi (Ralink) in 2.6.38 kernel (Natty Beta)

    I've been tearing my hair out today. I've been running debian testing for a while, today did a dist-upgrade and discovered my wifi no longer worked. After trying many things, I downloaded the...
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    Re: Windows 7 equivalent of vmstat -s?

    The resource monitor shows some statistics, but it only seems to list memory that is (by its own terminology) "in use". What I'm wondering is whether this is equivalent to the "in use" statistic or...
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    Windows 7 equivalent of vmstat -s?

    Sorry if I shouldn't be asking this here, since it's not strictly an ubuntu question. These forums just seem to be where the people who can actually help tend to hang out ;)

    There is a linux...
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    HOWTO: Minimalist Ubuntu from Scratch

    I have recently inherited an old laptop with only 512mb of ram (shared with video). I noticed that my media editing desktop monster with all the compiz eye candy etc. uses 300mb of ram just to sit...
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    [ubuntu] Re: Basic alsa install + fluxbox

    after finding some interesting posts around the web, I wondered if my problems might relate to a permissions issue on /dev/dsp.

    I tried running
    sudo aplay whatever.wav and it worked fine, but...
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    [ubuntu] Basic alsa install + fluxbox

    so, I've tried to do a minimal install of ubuntu, got fluxbox installed and working, now trying to get sound to happen.

    I installed alsa-base and alsa-utils. I can aplay a .wav file from the...
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    [all variants] Re: Mencoder audio delay

    Solution found! It appears AVI files work better with constant bit rate audio than variable bit rate audio.

    After reading this thread (about VBR vs. CBR and the AVI container) I decided to try...
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    [all variants] Re: Mencoder audio delay

    Gave it a try, also tried -vf softskip, no dice. BTW, for anyone trying it, its actually "harddup" (note the double d). Thanks anyway.

    EDIT: I think I may have found a fix. For the movie I have...
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    [all variants] Mencoder audio delay

    Here's what I do:
    [1] Rip a dvd to the hard drive like so:

    mplayer -dvd-device /media/SOME_MOVIE -alang en dvd://1 -dumpstream -dumpfile /path/to/output.VOB

    [2] Encode to XVid/MP# avi file:
    ...
  16. [ubuntu] Re: How To Extract MP3s Recorded on a CD or DVD?

    If you mean an Audio CD/DVD created from mp3s, you should try SoundJuicer.
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    Jpeg file format question

    Aside from the Start-Of-Image and End-Of-Image markers, must every marker in a jpeg file have 2 bytes after it specifying the length of the segment?

    Or are there other stand alone markers? I want...
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    [all variants] Re: Mencoder + Mplayer = Audio Delay?

    Thanks for the ideas. I'll try some multi-pass encoding I guess. It still puzzles me why other media players handle the video properly.

    EDIT: Found a solution. I first rip the dvd to the hard...
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    [all variants] Re: Mencoder + Mplayer = Audio Delay?

    My version is just the one from the intrepid repos:

    MPlayer 1.0rc2-4.3.2 (C) 2000-2007 MPlayer Team

    I've attached the avi file. It's a whole dvd movie so I just started encoding and hit Ctrl-C...
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    [all variants] Mencoder + Mplayer = Audio Delay?

    I've been encoding dvds to x264 and mp3 with a command resembling this:


    mencoder -dvd-device /media/cdrom0 -alang en -ovc x264 -oac mp3lame -x264encopts "bitrate=1000" -o "/path/to/movie.avi"...
  21. Thread: DJ software

    by fatalGlory
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    [ubuntu] Re: DJ software

    I had some good fun playing with a piece of software called Mixxx. I am not a dj and have no idea what i'm doing, but Mixxx appears (imo) to be quite a high quality DJing app that works on Linux,...
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    [ubuntu] Re: Compiz scale plugin problem

    No, that wouldn't have the same effect. Compiz-fusion and ubuntu in general are big on usability. Me writing a HOWTO for applying a specific patch from upstream for ubuntu users does not help...
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    [ubuntu] Re: Compiz scale plugin problem

    It seemed to me that the patch had been applied upstream by the compiz-fusion devs, but it would be beneficial for whoever is maintaining ubuntu's compiz package to integrate that patch so that the...
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    [ubuntu] Re: Compiz scale plugin problem

    I have this problem too, just thought I'd add my name to the list. Is there an official bug report somewhere already? Or should I be the one to submit it?
  25. [all variants] NVidia vs. ATI/AMD - which is more stable?

    I would like to know, which (at the current time) is the more stable 3D accelerated graphics option in Linux - Nvidia or AMD/ATI?

    Any other tidbits welcome too. Just want some buyer's advice.
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