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January 1st, 2008, 11:03 AM
Hi. This is the discussion thread for the Tutorial of the Week thread.


The Tutorial of the Week is something new the staff has started, in hopes of highlighting some of the best tutorials the forum has to offer, and maybe improve the quality of that section too.

If you have one you'd like to suggest, or if you have a question about the project, feel free to comment here.


January 1st, 2008, 08:27 PM
This is an excellent idea. When tutorials got split off into a separate forum, they withered and died a slow death. I guess not as many people saw the posts, and those that post for fame and honor felt no need to contribute? Anywho, subscribed and ready to be tutored. Thanks! :guitar:

January 2nd, 2008, 02:13 AM
No problem. It might seem like the Tutorials and Tips section doesn't get much attention, but we probably see at least three tutorials a day that are submitted -- and dozens when we hit a release date.

January 2nd, 2008, 02:17 AM
that's a great idea! It would bring more attention to that forum and kinda be a reward

January 2nd, 2008, 04:44 AM
...for the week of December 31, 2006 (the first week of 2007)...

Uh, is this a year old or did you not realize it just turned 2008? Guessing just a minor typo.

Anyway, great idea, there is a lot of good info in there and it can be hard to go through it all.

January 2nd, 2008, 04:53 AM
I will humbly recommend the following tutorial on setting up Ampache (an http front-end for MPD):

It should probably also be moved out of ABT and into the Tutorials section. ;)

January 2nd, 2008, 06:02 AM
Great idea, lets hope this thread goes somewhere.

January 3rd, 2008, 08:41 AM
Uh, is this a year old or did you not realize it just turned 2008? Guessing just a minor typo.

Anyway, great idea, there is a lot of good info in there and it can be hard to go through it all.
DOH! #-o

... thanks ... :oops:

January 7th, 2008, 06:41 AM

I wonder if it is a little bold of me to suggest a tutorial of my own that I put an immense amount of work into which deals with setting up the svn mplayer:


It has been highly popular with 11,000 views since September 2007 and I hope to produce a similar but improved version for Hardy Heron when it comes out.

Just so I don't seem like a totally self-obsessed man can I also bring attention to one of the community documentation pages? I realise that it is not part of the Ubuntu Forums as such, but in spirit it belongs to the tutorial sections. I used it extensively to setup Gnupg with mutt and found it the best documentation available:


Great idea for a thread, I will follow it with keen interest!


January 7th, 2008, 06:53 AM

Im not trying to slam that thread by any means because a lot of time was spent writing the instructions, HOWEVER, it really doesnt go into the nuances of GPG -- I believe a must for anyone who is serious about using GPG correctly.

Specifically key types (rsa vs dsa vs dsa2), key lengths (1024 vs 2048 vs 4096 or other values), encryption ciphers (how a default set of encryption ciphers are written into the public keys, how to override the default cipher set, how to force a cipher even if not offered in the public key, and which ciphers you should probably be using), signature hashes (how a default set of hashes are written in to the public key, how to override the default hash set, how to force a hash, and which hash(es) are recommded).

Additionally it doesnt expose the recent vulnerabilities of the SHA1 hash (which is currently the default hash used for the default dsa key set).

And although even a little bit more on the technical side, it should give instructions how to compile from svn and enable the idea and camellia ciphers.

An additional brief discussion of the dsa vs dsa2 cipher set could also be included -- what it means in terms of security and possible hashes that are available -- and what repercussions it would have on users using older versions of gnupg.

Just my 5 cents. Id like to write on these topics.

May 12th, 2008, 02:51 PM
Bump, just because.

May 14th, 2008, 02:12 PM
?? Any reason for the bump ??

May 14th, 2008, 02:44 PM
Well, I was hoping someone would have something interesting to mention by way of tutorials that they use or find useful. But other than that, I couldn't think of anything inspiring to say. So I just said, "bump." :roll:

August 5th, 2008, 02:22 PM
i really appreciate " Tutorial of the Week "
thread, it is top to my forum's subcriptions.

I 'd like to propose this fresh yet usefull how-to

edit i'm in your mind dude ! LOL
i just saw you added this tutorial 1 minute after my post! :lolflag:

August 5th, 2008, 02:34 PM
That's funny, because I had bookmarked that a day ago as a nominee. Funny that I'd post it just as you mention it. Cue Twilight Zone music. ... :shock:

May 12th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Hello everyone, and K.Mandla in particular :)

Shameless bump:

If you wish to suggest tutorials, please feel free to do it here, thanks!

September 6th, 2009, 03:58 PM
Long time no see, I forgot about this thread :/

This week's Tutorial:

March 10th, 2011, 12:58 AM
In case you hadn't noticed, the Tutorial of the Week feature has been reopened. This is the discussion thread for it.

If you are interested, you can subscribe to that thread and get a weekly note about the best tutorials that are available in the Tutorials and Tips section.

If you have a suggestion or if you think there's one that deserves attention, you can add a reply here.

March 11th, 2012, 06:13 AM
check out my tutorial set....