Wednesday, October 31, 2007

How to turn RPM packages into DEB packages with Alien

Companies are funny. Most of them think that there is only on type of Linux package, and for some reason that tends to be .rpm. Now .rpm are fine if you run OpenSUSE, Fedora, etc. But this is the Ubuntu Help Blog, Ubuntu is based on Debian and Debian uses .deb packages. So what can we do we use alien. Now this will look kinda scary at the begining because this is a command line tool, but I promise this is easy.

Step 1:
First you will have to apt-get alien

and type "y" you need those packages

Step 2:
Run alien the easy way to do this is to use:

sudo alien {and then just drag the file into the terminal}

Step 3:
After it tells you that the deb has been created, or you get a prompt where you can run a different command (e.g. three@Condor:~$), go to your home folder and double click your new deb

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Fixing video playback with beryl enabled

This is something that I run into all the time. Every time I reinstall in my laptop, I forget to set this little thing.

The Problem:

There is a bug in either Gstreamer or Beryl (not sure which) that does not allow you you watch video. I know that is worded horribly but what happens is you open a video and you get audio but no video (black screen).

The Solution:

(1) Open a Termial (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal)

(2) type


(3) click the Video tab

(4) change the Output Plugin to X Window System (No Xv)

if you want you can click test and you should get color bars like on your tv

Monday, September 3, 2007

The definitive dual-booting guide: Linux, Vista and XP step-by-step

Ok for you people who absolutely must dual boot Windows and Linux here is what I'm thinking is the best how to on running any combination of Windows XP, Vista, and Linux

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Using the Linux Console

I came across this nice little intro while chatting in #ubuntu-offtopic on IRC. A guy named therealnanotube popped in to ask if there were any glaring inaccuracies. I found none so I decided to pass this along.

If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss this wiki further please post in the comments

Friday, August 24, 2007

Customising Ubuntu Desktop

This video covers the settings which can be changed to personalize the Ubuntu desktop. Thanks to Alan Pope (once again) and this video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

This video includes:-

  • Being able to change the screen resolution.
  • Download an image from an online gallery.
  • Describe how to change the desktop background image.
  • Modify screensaver settings.
  • Change the theme use by the desktop environment.
  • Add icons for regularly used applications to the panel.
  • Edit the menus.
  • Adding additional panel tools and widgets.
  • Add a personal photo
  • Change logon screen
  • Change panel settings
  • Modify workspace settings

You can download this video here

Monday, August 6, 2007

Dual booting Windows and Ubuntu

This video is a little older but the fundamentals are the same, thank you to Alan Pope at for this. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives, 2.5 License

You can download this video here

Monday, July 9, 2007

Updating Ubutnu

Yes once again Roblimo beat me to punch and this time he's showing you how to update Ubuntu.

You can download this video here

Installing Software using Synaptic Package Manager

Roblimo once again strikes with a great tutorial. He shows how to use Synaptic to install packages

You can download this video here

Installing Ubuntu

Here are parts 4 and 5 from Roblimo's series

You can download them here and here

Booting the Ubuntu Live CD

Here is the third in the series from Roblimo of it shows what you can expect when booting Ubuntu Live.

You can download this video here

Burning Ubuntu

This is the second part of Roblimo's Video tour on how to get Ubuntu going on your computer, and now Burning Ubuntu ISO to CD.

Download this video here

Let's start from the beginning

Here is the first in a series from Roblimo of I hope these will be helpful, and now without further a due... Downloading Ubuntu.

Download Ubuntu here

Get ISOrecorder here

Download this video here

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Ahoy hoy!

Hello there, I'm threethirty member 0 of the Richmond, Indiana Linux Users Group (RLUG) This is THE place for Ubuntu Linux help. Most of the members are Ubuntu Fan boys/girls so there is a potential wealth of knowledge here, so stay tuned...

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