Running ASP.NET applications in Ubuntu using ModMono

January 29, 2009

ModMono is an Apache module which provides ASP.NET support for Apache web server. We will be using Apache as an alternative for Microsoft’s IIS in Windows.

Part One: Installation

For ModMono to work first you need to install Apache. You can click here for instructions on how to install Apache. If you have already installed Apache, you can skip this step.

After that, install ModMono by executing the following command (single line). This will install ModMono with support for ASP.NET 2.0

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-mono mono-apache-server2

After the installation is complete, restart Apache and activate the ModMono module by executing the following commands:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

sudo a2enmod mod_mono

Now we have to change the version ASP.NET to 2.0 in the configuration file. Open the config file in Gedit:

gksu gedit /etc/apache2/mods-available/mod_mono.conf

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Installing ClamAV antivirus software on Ubuntu 8.10

January 23, 2009

You may have heard or read from many sources that there is no need for any antivirus software on Ubuntu/Linux. This is not completely true. Yes, if you’re using Linux you are not facing the same threat level as a Windows user as there are only very few viruses/trojans/worms aimed at Linux users compared to those aimed Windows users. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe or you should be careless.

As we all know, the number of Linux users is increasing rapidly and this means these will be an increase in the number of threats towards Linux systems. So it is wise to have an antivirus software installed on your computer. This post talks about how to install ClamAV on Ubuntu.  However if you don’t like ClamAV, you can check out some other alternatives, like the Linux editions of Kaspersky, AVG and Avast.

Installing ClamAV is quite easy. First open a new Terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and execute the following command.

sudo apt-get install clamav-daemon

(Note: clamav-daemon will gets virus defintitions automatically for you. If you want to do that manually replace clamav-daemon in the above command with just clamav.)

As ClamAV does not come with a GUI you have to interact with it using Terminal and this may not be convenient for new users. Therefore the next step is to install ClamTK which is a GUI front-end for ClamAM. ClamTK will already be available in your Add/Remove programs, but I don’t recomment you use that as it is an older version.

The next step is to get the ClamTK .deb package. After you download it, double-click on it to start the installation. Once the installation is complete you can open it by going to Applications -> System Tools -> Virus Scanner.

Important note for Ubuntu 8.10 users: the first time you run ClamTK, you will be asked how you want to update your signatures – select “System Wide”, not “Single User”. Then save your settings.

systemwide

That’s all! The installation is now complete.

clamtk


Installing Dropbox on Ubuntu 8.10

January 22, 2009

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First go to the Dropbox website and download the .deb package. Make sure you select the (x86) package.

Once the download is complete, double-click on it to start installation. When the installation is over you will need to restart Nautilus; you can do this by logging out and back in or by executing the following command in Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal).

killall nautilus

Now you will see the Dropbox icon appear in the taskbar.

dropbox

Right-click on the icon and select “Start Dropbox”. This starts the downloading of Dropbox. Sit back and wait until the download is complete.

downloading_dropbox

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Installing Picasa 3.0 (beta) on Ubuntu 8.10

January 18, 2009

picasa

First go here and download the Picasa .deb package for Ubuntu. Make sure you choose the i386 version.

Once you have the .deb package, double-click on it to start installation. After the installation is complete you can open Picasa by going to Applications -> Graphics -> Picasa.


Installing Flock on Ubuntu 8.10

January 18, 2009

Installing Flock, “the social web browser”, is quite easy in Ubuntu.

First, download the latest Flock .deb package from GetDeb. Once the package is downloaded, double-click to start installation. After the installation is complete you can open Flock by going to the Applications menu -> Internet -> Flock.

If you have any problems installing the Flash plugin in Flock, here’s an easy way to get it to work (supposing you have it installed in Firefox):

Open Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and run the following command.

sudo nautilus /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/

You will be asked for your password. After you enter it, Nautilus would open the above directory. Inside the directory there will be a file called “flashplugin-alternative.so”. Copy it and close the window. Then run the following command in Terminal.

nautilus /usr/share/flock/plugins/

Once again Nautilus would open the directory mentioned. Paste the file inside the directory and close the window. Then close Terminal  and restart Flock.

Modified from: Help for Linux


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