Showing posts from October, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Released

Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is released and is live at Get it while its hot. Click here for more info. If you already have alpha, beta or rc iso image you can use zsync  to update the iso you have and thus save bandwidth. More info:  use zsync to update existing iso images Don't forget you can also use torrent to download the iso. But whatever you do don't forget to check md5sum . If you have slow internet and downloading takes ages, I hope you didn't miss my earlier post  shipit karmic koala

Thunderbird Minimize To Tray

Mozilla Thunderbird can be minimized to tray with some additional plugins. These plugins also notifies of new email beside hiding Thunderbird to tray. 1) moztraybiff URL: To notify of new email message the color of tray icon is changed. But with current version we can't get the Thunderbird inbuilt new email notification system. Note: This release has the unfortunate side-effect of disabling the new Thunderbird 2.0 feature of popping up an alert box for incoming mail. Currently it's impossible to have both my extension and this feature working together. In future versions, this is fixed. In this version, you can always restore the alert box feature by disabling or uninstalling this extension. 2) Firetray URL: I like this plugin better as there is no compatibility problem with inbuilt new email notification system The tray icon changes to number of unread email messages. You have got optio

Shipit Karmic Koala

Shipit request for Karmic Koala CD is live in If you don't have good internet to download the awesome version of Karmic Koala, you can get Canonical to shipit for you( and also for free).

How To Open VirtualBox Guest OS Directly

Opening guest OS in VirtualBox requires an extra click. You have to open VirtualBox OSE from Accessories and click start to run guest OS. Instead of this you can create a launcher to directly open VirtualBox guest OS. So just a single click and your guest OS will start running. The backend for this is powerful VBoxManage CLI command. It can do lot more than the GUI can do. For example check how to hide menubar and statusbar in VirtualBox. Now to open guest OS directly from panel do the following. I'll assume your guest OS name as "guestos1" Right click empty area in panel and choose Add to Panel Select Custom Application Launcher (its on top) Fill the dialog box it brings as: Type: application Name: guestos1 Command: VBoxManage startvm "guestos1" Comment:  Start guest os names "guestos1" Click the icon and choose icon of your choise Click OK. Now your launcher is ready to open guest os directly.

Beautiful Karmic Koala Desktop

OS: Ubuntu Karmic Koala Beta Theme: Nightly Impression with Conky

Beautiful Horizontal Conky

In the desktop above you can see the horizontal conky at the bottom of the desktop. Following is the configuration file .conkyrc from which you can achieve this. #avoid flicker double_buffer yes #own window to run simultanious 2 or more conkys own_window  yes own_window_transparent yes own_window_type override own_window_hints undecorate,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager #borders draw_borders no border_margin 1 #shades draw_shades no #position gap_x 0 gap_y 1 alignment bottom_left #behaviour update_interval 5 #colour #default_color  8f8f8f default_color    e0e0e0 #default_shade_color 000000 own_window_colour 262729 #font use_xft yes xftfont sans:size=9 # Force UTF8? note that UTF8 support required XFT override_utf8_locale yes #to prevent window from moving use_spacer none minimum_size 1200 0 TEXT ${alignc}${color}Kernel:${color e0e0e0}$kernel${color 000000} | ${color}Uptime:${color e0e0e0}${uptime_short}${color 000000} | ${color}Cpu1:${co

[Solved] couldn't open demos/TUTORIAL.dm_68

I usually don't play games. This festival season with long vacation we group of guys decided to play some FPS games. As me being the LAN party organizer I was busy checking few games. I checked Unreal Tournament *, Urban Terror , Assault Cube and America's Army . Urban Terror is a free multiplayer first person shooter developed by FrozenSand, that (thanks to the ioquake3-code) does not require Quake III Arena anymore. It is available for Windows, Linux and Macintosh. The current version is 4.1. Yes Urban Terror supports both 32 bit and 64 and Linux, Mac and Windows. To check Urban Terror, first I had to add some bots. Adding bot isn't officially supported but is very easy. Goto console by pressing ~ key  /bot_enable 1 to enable bots  /reload if you have already started the server  /addbot chicken to add bot named chicken or /addbot puma to add puma, here is more bots.  The bots were very difficult for me so I decided to check demo. I couldn't open the