Installing Applications in Ubuntu using Appnr

November 29, 2008

Appnr is a web-based service that allows you to install applications on your Ubuntu desktop with a single click. All you need to do is find the software you want to install and click the “Install” button next to it. Appnr then downloads all the necessary packages from the repositories and installs them on your compuer.

I’m sure new and experienced Ubuntu users alike would love this site:


Installing Ubuntu 8.10 using Wubi

November 25, 2008


This is probably one of the easiest and safest ways to install Ubuntu on a PC running Windows. The Wubi installer let’s you install and remove Ubuntu just like any other software on Windows. There are two ways to use Wubi.

The first way is to download the Wubi installer and let it download Ubuntu for you during the installation. This method is good if you have a fast Internet connection. However I don’t recommend this method because while downloading if you experience any connection problems, you would have to start the installation process all over again.

The second way is to download the Ubuntu .iso image file and use the Wubi installer which comes with it. I’m going to explain this in a little detail here. Even though this method may sound a bit long, I think this is better than the first one.

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Installing Linux Mint 6 (Felicia) RC1

November 24, 2008


Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution of Linux and is one of the most user-friendly distros around. The latest version of Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu 8.10, Linux 2.6.27, Gnome 2.24 and Xorg 7.4. For a full list of features, go here.

Since I’ve read Linux Mint is really good I thought I’d give it a try and see for myself. I downloaded the .iso file and used VM Ware to create a new virtual machine (VM) to test Linux Mint. To download Linux Mint 6 RC1, go here. When you load the .iso file and start the VM, you will see Linux Mint runs as from a Live CD. (Alternatively you can burn the .iso image on to a CD and use it.)

Once you see the desktop you can explore a bit and see if you like it. What really made me like Mint was the fact that some software which I had to install by myself on Ubuntu 8.10 already came with Mint. Some of them include Gufw, Gnome Do, MPlayer, Mozilla Thunderbird, etc.


Once you’re ready to install it, double-click on the ‘install’ icon on the desktop.

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Installing Minbar Prayer Times in Ubuntu 8.10

November 22, 2008

In my last post I wrote about the Ubuntu Muslim Edition (UbuntuME). In UbuntuME there’s a cool software called Minbar Prayer Times which displays daily prayer times and qibla direction. I checked and found that you can easily install it on Ubuntu 8.10

First, go to the Applications menu and click on Add/Remove. Then search for ‘minbar’.


After you find it, select it and click the Apply Changes button. This will start the installation. Once the installation is complete, you can open Minbar by going to the Applications -> Accessories menu.


The first thing to do would be to set your location. Click the Preferences button and select your city. After that you will see the prayer times for your location and also the qibla direction. You can also get this information by moving your mouse pointer over the tray icon on the top panel.

Minbar trayicon

Ubuntu Muslim Edition (UbuntuME) 8.10

November 22, 2008

UbuntuME is a customized version of the Ubuntu distro which comes with special Islamic software and can be useful for Muslim users of Ubuntu. Tools which come with UbuntuME include Quran studying tools, prayer times application, Islamic calendar, etc.

For more information on UbuntuME and to download it, go to

Installing GNOME Do on Ubuntu 8.10

November 19, 2008

GNOME Do is not just an application launcher; with dozens of plugins, it allows you to play music, search the Internet, upload photos to Imageshack or Flickr, send and receive Tweets (Twitter updates) etc. This one reminds me a bit of the Ubiquity plugin in Firefox, but this is more powerful that that.


Installation is very easy. Go to the Applications menu and click on Add/Remove. Then search for Gnome Do. Once you find it, select it and click the Apply Changes button.

installing GNOME Do

After the installation is complete you can open GNOME Do by going to Applications -> Accessories -> GNOME Do.

First thing you can do is to set the summon key (when you press this key, GNOME Do will pop up automtically). To do this go to the Keyboard menu and double-click on the Summon action. Then press the key or combination of keys you want to use. (In the screenshow below you can see that I use Alt+Space)

set summon key

After that you can enable some of the plugins which would allow you to get the best out of GNOME Do. Click the Plugins menu and then select the plugins that you want to use with GNOME Do.



Here’s an example of how to send a tweet using GNOME Do. First make sure that the Twitter plugin is enabled from the Plugins menue. Then while on the destktop, press the summon key. When GNOME Do appears, type in your tweet and press TAB. Then type twitter (you don’t have to enter the whole word) and press enter. Your tweet will appear in Twitter within a few seconds.


Full Circle Magazine

November 19, 2008

Full Circle Magazine

Free Circle Magazine is a monthly, free and independent e-magazine dedicated to the Ubuntu family. Every month you can download the magazine in PDF format from their website. Articles are available in a range of categories, like How-To’s, Q&A, letters, interviews, reviews and opinions, etc.

The latest issue available is October 2008 and contains very useful articles. I particularly liked the one titled “Command and Conquer”, which was about package management in Terminal (and not the popular game of the same name 😛 ) I think that article would be great for new Ubuntu users.

There are also a couple of How-To articles; on GIMP, on how to secure a network drive, on how to install Ubuntu 8.10 and also on programming in C.

Download the latest issue from here.