Font rendering in Ubuntu

January 18, 2009

You can change the way fonts appear on your screen by modifyng the font rendering settings. Simply right-click on your desktop and select “Change Desktop Background”.

Then select the “Fonts ” tab inside “Appearance Preferences”.


From here you can change the font rendering. Personally I prefer “Subpixel smoothing.” You can try the different options available and see which one you like most.


Full Circle Magazine (Issue 20)

January 18, 2009

Full Circle Magazine

Contents of Issue 20

  • Command and Conquer – The Daunting Terminal.
  • How-To : Program in C – Part 4, Web Development – Part 1, Backup & Sync Your Music.
  • My Story – Making Money With FOSS
  • Book Review – Ubuntu Kung Fu
  • My Opinion – Italy Speaks OSS
  • MOTU Interview – Andrea Colangelo
  • Top 5 – Backup Solutions


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 “”. 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

Installing Songbird on Ubuntu 8.10

December 19, 2008

Songbird is a cross-platform and open source media player which has been getting a lot of attention recently as a very good alternative for Apple’s iTunes. To read about all the features of Songbird, click here.

Installing Songbird on Ubuntu is quite easy. First go to and download the the .deb installation package. Make sure you download the proper package (for most users the 32-bit package would do just fine).


After you’ve downloaded the .deb package, double-click on it to start installation. Then click the Install Package button. You will be asked to enter your password. Once you enter it, the installation will begin.

When the installation is complete, you can open Songbird by going to Applications -> Sound & Video and selecting Songbird.



Full Circle Magazine (Issue 19)

December 1, 2008

Full Circle MagazineContents of Issue 19

  • command and conquer – Lost and Found.
  • how-to : Program in C – Part 3, Make a WiFi Access Point, Using GIMP – Part 8 and Create Mobile Multimedia.
  • my story – Ubuntu John
  • book review – Beginning Ubuntu Linux 3rd Ed.
  • motu interview – Emilio Monfort
  • top 5 – Virtualization Tools
  • new feature! Ubuntu Games – Open Arena


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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