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5 Awesome features in Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 dubbed Natty Narwhal will bring some major changes to the traditional Ubuntu desktop.

As the conventional desktop gets a major overhaul, the spanking new Unity interface is busy preparing itself to replace the time-honored Gnome interface.

Here are 5 features that will make Ubuntu 11.04 worth the long wait.


Unity is the most conspicuous change to the Ubuntu desktop till date.

To new users this means that they’ll be able to get their hands on a completely new form of desktop,

replete with features competing head on with major operating systems.


Since Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, many doubts were raised about the future of Openoffice,

as Oracle is a name which the Free Software community was reluctant to trust. This polarization led to forking of,

thus giving birth to a new project called Libreoffice. This newly created or rather forked office suite offers

the same features as Openoffice so old users won’t have any trouble switching.

3).   FIREFOX 4

Firefox stays as the default web browser despite facing stiff competition from the lightweight Google Chrome.

Mozilla will be releasing Firefox 4 somewhere around February and its inclusion in Ubuntu 11.04 is very certain.

Not only will Firefox 4 be faster than its predecessor, it will also come with a host of new features that will make the year long wait a worthy one.


The Software center was one of the major highlights of Ubuntu Jaunty. Also, it was a feature that no other Operating System possessed;

well not until recently when Steve Jobs announced the Mac app Store. Apple’s Mac App Store comes with features like ratings and reviews,

which Ubuntu Software Center does not yet possess. Therefore, keeping up with the competition,

ratings and review will be a part of the Software store in Natty.

This will help users choose better applications based on reviews and ratings submitted by other users.

5).  2.6.38 KERNEL

In November 2010, the Linux kernel received a small patch that radically boosted the performance of the Linux kernel across desktops and workstations.

The patch has been incorporated in the kernel 2.6.38 which will be a part of Natty.

Thus, users upgrading from Maverick can expect a great deal of improvements in the overall performance.


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Want Auto directory spelling corrections

This is a very unique feature made available by Linux.

To turn this feature on “ON” just use:

shopt -s cdspell

Now mispell a directory in the cd command.

cd /usk/local

it will still gets you to /usr/local. What other options can you set?

The following will list all the options:

shopt -p

Check all the options and enable according to your choice.

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How to Recover your Gnome Panel

Here I am to explain how to recover disappeared Application Menu, Places Menu and System Menu in ubuntu

To recover your Gnome Panel,here is the  procedure to follow :

1) First you need to Boot the system upto Login Window and now Press Ctrl+Alt+F1

2) Now You will get a Text based login screen use your username and password to login

3) run the following Command from your terminal

$ rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd

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Problem in Running NI MultiSim in Linux?

Recently I was working on my ELI project and I came across a situation where I need Multisim to simulate my circuit. So I try installing Multisim using Wine but what I see? Despite running “sh winetricks fakeie6 gecko dotnet20” on the shell before running the installer, the installation still fails stating it needs IE4 or newer.and the ie6 installer says a newer version of internet explorer is already installed. BIG Problem!

So I just found out some alternatives of it which I am sharing with you :

In Linux we got some softwares which work exactly well as of Multisim and provides a great span of electronics. Here is the List :

  • Parallels
  • gEDA package
  • LTspice
  • pspice
  • ksimus
  • Qucs
  • KTechLab

and many more.

Out of these I found Parallels and KTeckLab pretty much similar and comparable to Multisim.

If you Don’t want to use them and strictly  want Multisim to run on your Linux go for Virtual Box and install Multisim in your OS and run your OS in a “SEAMLESS MODE“.

Now to do that just open your virtual Box start your OS and on the top left click Machine and Enter Seamless Mode i.e

Virtual Box–>Machine–>Enter Seamless Mode

and we are done. ENJOY!!

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Want a Different Login Screen? Here is the Solution

If your are bored with your Default Login Screen and you want to change it, you can do so in simple way. Here is the method to solve this problem:

First open a Terminal window

Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal and then copy+paste the following line:

$ sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

Now close the Terminal window and logout, when logged out the Appearance window pops up. Here you can make the changes you want and when your done you can login as usual. To prevent the Appearance Manager from opening when you login, open a Terminal window

Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal then copy+paste the following line:

$ sudo unlink /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop

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Amazed By 3D Desktop! Now you can have it

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat or any Linux Based Operating System which uses GNOME or KDE as Desktop can enable funky 3D effects in a couple of clicks.So this post will eventually lead to the explanation of 3D effects on Ubuntu 10.10.To generate some elegant 3D effects ‘Compiz’ is used.Compiz is a compositing manager or in other words compiz enhances the overall user interaction by adding some fancy effects to your windows e.g Desktop Cube or Expo view.The other important point is that this will run with almost any hardware configuration.

To install Compiz just go to terminal and type :

$ sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager
Now as you have installed Compiz just go to :

System–>Preferences–>ComizConfig Settings Manager

Now Let’s configure your CompizConfig Settings Manager

  • General –>General Options–>Desktop Size and set your Vertical Virtual Size to 4.
  • In Accessibility TAB just mark Enhanced Zoom Desktop and Opacity, Brightness and Saturation.
  • Under Desktop TAB mark Desktop Cube and Rotate Cube.

Now go to Desktop Cube–>Appearance–>Skydome

Just tick Skydome and Animate Skydome

Next go to Transparent Cube TAB and set Opacity During Rotation to around 65.

  • Now lets go to Effects Option, mark Cube Reflection and Deformation for 3D Desktop.

In Cube Reflection and Deformation, under Cube caps change the Top Image files and Bottom Image files in Appearance.

Go to Reflection TAB set values of Reflection ground size and Intensity to .7 and 1 respectively.

Now Let’s do the final step to complete our task :

go to Deformation TAB and set Deformation to None, Cylinder or Sphere as per your choice.

and change the aspect ratio to 0.0

and you are DONE !

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Having Problem in Downloading Youtube Videos?

I was watching a video on youtube and found it pretty interesting. So I just think of downloading it on my Ubuntu 10.10 edition. So I searched and found a pretty simple and straight forward ways to tackle this problem.

If you are watching video on youtube and its buffering is complete then actually video is already downloaded and is stored in your system. To store it at your desired destination just go to :

/ –> tmp –> your video

Just cut the video and just copy at your desired destination.


There is another way to download videos.

just open your terminal and copy the command written below :

$ sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

$ youtube-dl -o filename.flv URL

For more options just add any of these as per requirement in the command.

-b Best quality
-m Mobile version
-d High Definition
-g Don’t download, just show the url
-c Resume download of a video which was interrupted before
-w Don’t overwrite existing file

for example:

if you want Best quality then just follow this :

$ youtube-dl -b filename.flv URL

There one more way by which you can download youtube videos.

Use plugins to downloads files from youtube, Dailymotion etc.

example :

Or you can use free downloading sites like:

So just follow any of the above method and enjoy !!

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How to make USB Bootable using CMD

Having a bootable USB is very essential, especially if you are a Netbook user. Using bootable USB to install an operating system (OS) not only makes the installation faster, but also saves a DVD.

Creating or using an USB drive to install Windows operating systems is very easy if you follow the below mentioned steps.

bootable usb drive

  • Open cmd
  • Type DISKPART and press Enter

  • Type LISTDISK and press Enter
  • Type SELECT DISK1 and press Enter
  • Type CLEAN and Press Enter
  • Type SELECT PARTITION1 and Press Enter
  • Type ACTIVE and Press Enter
  • Type FORMAT FS=FAT32 and Press Enter
  • Type ASSIGN and Press Enter
  • Type EXIT and Press Enter

Now just use a Daemon Tools or Magic ISO and make ISO file a Drive [say drive D] and let H be your USB drive letter

Now go back to CMD and follow these steps :

  • Type D: CD BOOT and Press Enter
  • Type CD BOOT and Press Enter
  • Type BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 H: and Press Enter
  • Type EXIT and Press Enter

Now just Copy all the contents of Drive D to USB.

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Password Recovery in Ubuntu

Having Problem with password recovery; Here is the solution !

Follow these steps :

  • Restart your Computer.
  • Press Esc.
  • Press E for Edit.
  • Go to the last line of the Command Line.
  • and Add a command ” rw init=  /bin/bash
  • Press Enter
  • Press b to reboot Kernel
  • Set Password and reboot

Simple isn’t ! Just give it a try.

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Mounting Hard Drives of Different Format in Ubuntu

Now Here I am solving your problem of mounting your hard drive in linux operating system.

Here I am discussing the method to mount NTFS and FAT hard drives.

So Let’s start with NTFS hard drive :

Just follow these steps and copy them in the command line :

$ cd /

$ cd media

$ mkdir windows

$ mount /dev/sdbx /media/windows/-t ntfs-o nls=utf8,umask=0222

$ exit

In the above statement x is a natural number such that sdbx corresponds to the NTFS formatted drive.

Now let’s talk about FAT hard drive:

To mount a FAT hard drive just write these commands in command line :

$ cd /

$ cd media

$ mkdir windows

$ mount /dev/sdbx /media/windows vfat iocharset=utf8,umask=000

$ exit

In the above statement x is a natural number such that sdbx corresponds to the FAT formatted hard drive.

To Unmount the hard drive just write a single command in the command line :

$ sudo umount /mount/windows/

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