Archive for July, 2007

Glest – 3D RTS game for UBUNTU

July 31, 2007

Ever played Age of Mythology, or Rise of Nations, or World of Warcraft? They are among the best available 3D RTSgames

Well, those games arent available natively for Linux. You can ofcourse run them in emulators such as Wine in Linux, but still their performance is horrible (only from my experience).

Well, there is one such top game, and it runs natively on Linux. Its called Glest.

I’ve tried it and its a great game. There are like only two races to choose from(Magic and Tech), which is one bad point I guess. But still after I played it I got hooked onto it. Take it from me, its a great game. The game-feel is very similar to World of Warcraft.

For UBUNTU installers are availabe from here :

Get the two deb packages: glest and glest-data downloaded on your computer. Then first install glest-data, and after that install the glest package.

I think you will love the game as much as I did.


Viewing PDF files from text-mode ( framebuffer )

July 27, 2007


Install fbida package

$ sudo apt-get install fbida

After installtion is complete…

Run as follows:

$ fbgs file.pdf

Where file.pdf is the name of your pdf file…

You will amazed by the power of Linux Framebuffer…

By the way, if you’re having problems related to framebuffer, please check my previous article on Mplayer…

Viewing images in text-mode web-browsers…

July 27, 2007

For UBUNTU users, this is very simple…

Just do…

$ sudo apt-get install w3m w3m-img fbida

Here, fbida, is our image-viewing software.. w3m, is our browser…

Then after installation is complete…

Run w3m, and it will start showing images…

And yes if you need to enable framebuffer, please read my earlier post on mplayer…

Mplayer Framebuffer UBUNTU

July 23, 2007

To play full color movies using mplayer from the command line(ie., in text-mode using framebuffer) do the following…

In the file /boot/grub/menu.lst, add vga=791 to the end of the line starting with the word kernel-

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-386 root=UUID=65993207-29fd-4fd1-a784-1a8c3cbe12fe ro splash vga=791

Then restart your computer…

(Video modes are: 791 = 1024×768, 788 = 800×600, 785= 640×480)

Then do

$ sudo apt-get install mplayer-nogui

After all these are done… run the file…

$ mplayer -vo sdl file.avi

Congrats… now you can play movies in text-mode!!!

Viewing Flash Movies in UBUNTU

July 23, 2007

Mplayer can handle video files of FLV format

FLV = flash video

To install mplayer just do:

$ sudo apt-get install mplayer

Mplayer is in fact able to play almost all kinds of files. So its great to have it installed.

Now if you want to view SWF flash animation files, then you have to install Gnash, its a GNU project.

$ sudo apt-get install gnash

If you want to be able to view SWF files from the browser, then do

$ sudo apt-get install mozilla-plugin-gnash

Snownews Raggle — RSS feed Reader

July 21, 2007

Try installing this

$ sudo apt-get install snownews

A very small, install, but very nice software. Add an RSS feed and you’ll see the magic it does 😉

Also you can try Raggle

$ sudo apt-get install raggle

In my experience raggle comes off much better.

But still you should give both a try and choose yourself.



Pytone – Jukebox For UBUNTU

July 20, 2007

PyTone is a music jukebox written in Python with a curses based GUI. While providing advanced features like crossfading and multiple players, special emphasis is put on ease of use, turning PyTone into an ideal jukebox system for use at parties.

I find it great… Especially for comand line users

Check out ScreenFace — New and Fresh

July 18, 2007

UBUNTU BUG 1 — Microsoft has a majority market share

July 15, 2007

From, the place to report bugs in UBUNTU

Bug description

Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace. This is a bug, which Ubuntu is designed to fix.

Non-free software is holding back innovation in the IT industry, restricting access to IT to a small part of the world’s population and limiting the ability of software developers to reach their full potential, globally. This bug is widely evident in the PC industry.

Steps to repeat:

1. Visit a local PC store.

What happens:

2. Observe that a majority of PCs for sale have non-free software pre-installed.

3. Observe very few PCs with Ubuntu and free software pre-installed.

What should happen:

1. A majority of the PCs for sale should include only free software like Ubuntu.

2. Ubuntu should be marketed in a way such that its amazing features and benefits would be apparent and known by all.

3. The system shall become more and more user friendly as time passes.

Enjoyed that!!! I guess you did!!! 🙂

Netscape Navigator 9 on UBUNTU

July 14, 2007

Its simple and it works…

Just download the tar.gz file offered for download on the netscape website…

Extract it… Run the navigator file in that directory…

Plus points:

1. Its based on Mozilla… Actually Mozilla foundation was founded by Netscape…

2. Its a very easy and suitable alternative if you’re facing problems with Firefox….

3. All addons of Firefox work with Netscape, and there’s no version compatibility error, that you might get in firefox…

Plus many more…

You can surely give it a try…