File Manager comparison

31 05 2006

Konqueror: KDE app. Shd we say more? (*)
Nautilus: One GNOME app that really sucks. I donot like the tabs for directories and the fact that we can;t just enter abs pathname. (*)
xffm: xffm’s fm. Capable, but messes with the desktop (starts xffm-deskview automatically) (**)
Thunar: Simple nautilus. (**)
emelfm2: Clean and simple. Had to download from emelfm2.net and complile to install (what no cc?) (***)

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Thunderbird calendar messed up

30 05 2006

Had to install libstd++5 to get back. I was trying to install/upgrade a bunch of packages for xfce last week and seem like this is messed up?





Window Manager Comparison

25 05 2006

KDE:
Pros: polished and complete
Cons: Too polished and too resource hog

GNOME:
Pros: simple and functional, supports xinirama; panel supports kde apps
Cons: Sometimes too simple and not configuratble
Eg: Can’t override righ mouse with app-menu name (the default one is useless)

xfce4
Pros: lean and fast, highty configurable and functional; panel supports all apps, in dual screen, both screens are individually configurable
Cons: does n;t support xinirama (including 4.3 beta)

fluxbox
Pros: light weight, supports xinirama
Cons: got to redo configurations, not complete
(eg: banshee does not appear in panel)

(*) GNOME with Openbox
Pros: GNOME+configurable menus and buttons
Cons: a compromise.

(***) Gnome with xfce

Added a startup script to gnome-session (Gnome Control Center-> Session-> Startup)
and put this over there:
nram@marvin:~/.gnome2$ cat startup
killall metacity
/usr/local/bin/xfwm4 &
/usr/local/bin/xfdesktop &

and mv /usr/bin/nautilus /usr/bin/nautiluis.donot_start (I hate it)

Now you have the xinirama aware gnome running xfce.





Installing Dapper from USB flash drive

24 05 2006

1. Make sure the usb flash drive is mountable.
I have an Kingston Travelmate 1G drive. I inserted it and see this in dmesg
[4466782.296000] usb 4-6.2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 17
[4466782.371000] scsi2 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[4466782.371000] usb-storage: device found at 17
[4466782.371000] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
[4466787.372000] Vendor: Kingston Model: Kingston Rev: 6.16
[4466787.372000] Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 00
[4466787.374000] SCSI device sda: 2004991 512-byte hdwr sectors (1027 MB)
[4466787.375000] sda: Write Protect is off
[4466787.375000] sda: Mode Sense: 45 00 00 08
[4466787.375000] sda: assuming drive cache: write through
[4466787.379000] SCSI device sda: 2004991 512-byte hdwr sectors (1027 MB)
[4466787.380000] sda: Write Protect is off
[4466787.380000] sda: Mode Sense: 45 00 00 08
[4466787.380000] sda: assuming drive cache: write through
[4466787.380000] sda: sda1
[4466787.382000] sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi removable disk sda
[4466787.382000] sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0
[4466787.388000] usb-storage: device scan complete

with

mount /dev/sda1 -t vfat /media/kingston

I could it mount it and see the contests.

2. Download the iso
downladed the latest dapper beta (flight 7) from
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/dapper/flight-7/

3. Download syslinux
downloaded the latest version (3.11) from
http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux/

4. Run syslinux
umount /media/kinsgton
unix/syslinux -s /dev/sda1

5. Mount the linux iso
mount -o loop -t iso9660 /opt/tmp/dapper-install-i386.iso /mnt/ISO/Ubuntu_Dapper/

6. Copy the iso contents to usb drive
mount /media/kingston
cd /mnt/ISO/Ubuntu_Dapper/
cp -pr . /media/kinsgton/

7. Configure syslinux to use dapper.
cd /media/kingston
cp -pr isolinux/* .
mkdir deleted
mv isolinux isolinux.bin isolinux.cfg deleted # instead of deleting them
mv isolinux.cfg syslinux.cfg

8. Boot from usb
Sucks! Could see the ubuntu boot screen and thats about it. ,
but complais it can’t find
/lib/vmlinuz.so … seem like path limitation.
some other day ….





Multimedia apps in Dapper

18 05 2006

After the Dapper beta upgrade few weeks back, system so shorthanded on multimedia apps. In preparation for a handly portable harddisk that I can carry music around (cheap man’s iPod), wanted to install some app that can play and organize mp3s.

xmms: Neat and simple. so inadequeate for management (**)
rhythmbox: neat and too simple interface. plays mp3 (atlast after installing gstremer from universe) and decent management. (***)
banshee: touted as rhythmbox – next generation. but falls short in management. (***)
amarok: very cabable, cute player. too much resource hog and somehow doesn’t play anything either with xine / arts engine. (can’t find how to install gstreamer engine) (**)





MP3 PLayer/Recorder comparison

1 05 2006

See this table in numsum





MP3 PLayer/Recorder comparison

1 05 2006

See this table in numsum