Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to Install Calibre in Ubuntu


If  you have an e-Reader like the Nook or the Kindle then you may want to download this piece of software. Both the Nook and the Kindle can view pdf files as they are already, however most e-readers don't read the pdf properly and it looks broken. With this software called "Calibre" you can import a pdf file, or a number of other different file types, and it will convert it to the epub format. This allows you to get your books for free if you know where to download them. I have a Nook e-Reader from Barnes and Noble. When you first start Calibre it will ask you what kind of reader you have. Select the one you have accordingly and now your ready to start importing books. When you import the book and right click it and click convert books, they will be available in the  "/home/<your username>/Calibre Library" then you just have to connect your Nook, and transfer the file in the "my documents" directory in Ubuntu. This makes it so easy to get free books. Just download the book online in pdf format via a torrent, and you can enjoy free books without paying.

If you want to install this software, then open up a terminal and type:

sudo python -c "import urllib2; exec urllib2.urlopen('http://status.calibre-ebook.com/linux_installer').read(); main()"
 Make sure you copy the whole line that is in bold into your terminal and press enter. Don't forget to enter your root password. Once it is installed you can just run "calibre" from the terminal or, you can go into your Ubuntu menu and find it at Applications -> Office.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

How To Install Dolphin Gamecube Emulator in Ubuntu


Everyone loves and wants to play their old Gamecube games. Since Ubuntu doesn't have a great selection of games to choose from right off the bat, its best to enjoy games on Emulators. I have heard on a number of Ubuntu forums that Gamecube emulators don't work right. This is obviously coming from people that don't have a good machine to run this stuff. Here are the commands that you should run if you want to install a gamecube emulator for all your gaming goodness. Open a terminal and type these commands in...

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:glennric/dolphin-emu

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install dolphin-emu

After that you should have the Gamecube emulator Dolphin installed. This runs most games flawlessly and I recommend everyone give it a shot. Of course you will need the ISO images of all the games you wish to play and I can't help you find places to download them, that is illegal. Instead try to find the roms your self. Here is a hint, check torrent sites. I hope this has helped you and have fun playing game cube games in Ubuntu!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wireless Keeps Disconnecting in Ubuntu


Wireless networking in Ubuntu is one of the features that puts it in the same league as Windows and Mac OSX. In this day and age, an operating system that doesn't support wireless cards, both internal and external, is useless. I have come to love the interface that Ubuntu uses to navigate through all of the available wireless networks. I have noticed that the main Ubuntu distribution install comes with most wireless drivers, but it doesn't include the package "ntp". If you are having trouble with your wireless losing connection, I would recommend that you install this package. After installing this package, I have found that my Ubuntu no longer acts sparatic when it comes to staying connected to various types of wireless networks. If you are having trouble, give this command a shot from your terminal. Open a terminal window and type:
sudo apt-get install ntp
After installing the ntp package your wireless should be working wonderfully. Even if you aren't having problems I would recommend this package be installed. I hope this helps you with your wireless networking problems.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How To Add More Fonts to Ubuntu and GIMP


I have heard people mock Ubuntu and GIMP (open source photo editing software) because of its font support. Just like Windows and Mac OS, you must add fonts yourself. This is how GIMP and Ubuntu will use them. GIMP has their own fonts folder so that you can add fonts just to GIMP. However, in this tutorial I will be explaining how to install new fonts to the whole Ubuntu operating system so that the fonts can be accessed by all applications including OpenOffice.
  • The first step is to download the font .TTF files that you wish to install. Make sure that if you download a ZIP file that you unzip the *.TTF files before you try to place them in the fonts directory.
  • Next you are going to navigate to your "home" directory. You can do this by using the "Places" menu at the top of the screen. If the home directory shortcut does not exist in your Places, then open nautilus file explorer and navigate to your home folder. "/home/<yourname>/"
  • Once you are in your home directory using Nautilus, make sure that in the "View" menu, you select "Show Hidden Files". Now you should be able to see the hidden directory ".fonts" go inside of this directory by double clicking it. If the directory doesn't exist after you are showing hidden files, then create the directory yourself. Make sure that it has the period in front of it without quotes.
  • Now that you are inside your system ".fonts" directory for your user account, you can drag and drop the fonts that you have downloaded into the folder. Once they are in the directory you will be able to access them in any application that supports fonts.
I hope this has helped people with installing fonts in the Ubuntu operating system. This makes using GIMP a lot more fun, because you can now use all the power of any font you choose. Please leave comments if you feel I have left anything out.

If you are looking for a great place to download fonts then go  here

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fixing No Bots Problem in Ubuntu x64 for OpenArena


I love to play OpenArena in Ubuntu. I have a 64 bit processor and I installed Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx for amd64. It is supported until 2013 and it has worked well for me doing what I need to do. When I installed OpenArena from the Ubuntu Software Center, it worked fine except for one thing, it didn't have any bots that would appear in Single Player mode. I looked for a solution to my problem, and it turns out the software center didn't install all of the necessary files to play single player matches. When I tried to play multiplayer games it worked fine. What I had to do was get the real .deb package so that I could install all of the required files. I uninstalled OpenArena using the Software Center, and then I got the .deb package installer and installed it using the package installer. Once I did that the game worked flawlessly and now I can play single player games, and not need an Internet connection. If you would like to download the .deb file I used for amd64 debian based linux distros, then I suggest using the package below. It makes your life a lot easier.

Download the .deb package here: openarena_0.8.1-6ubuntu1_amd64.deb

I hope this helps you fix the problem. It was very easy for me to do, and it even preserved my settings. I didn't have to change my controls again or anything. I recommend everyone with an Ubuntu x64 setup to use this installer. Let me know if you have any problems in the comments, and I will try to help you.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

How to Make Movie DVDs in Ubuntu


When creating a DVD in Ubuntu there are 100 ways to do it. The more savvy linux users could probably do it all from the command line. Part of what we do here at Ubuntu Questions, is help you do it the easiest way possible. The first thing you should do is click "Applications" at the top of your screen, and click on "Ubuntu Software Center". This is where you go to install most applications to your computer in the Ubuntu environment. In the search box in Ubuntu Software Center, search for "DeVeDe DVD/CD Video Creator". This is a great tool that makes DVD ISO files out of your favorite movie file that you have. An ISO file is a CD or DVD image that is ready to write directly to DVD or CD so that it can play in standard home DVD players. Once you have found the software go ahead and install it. If it is already installed you will find it in the Applications->Sound and Video->DeVeDe. After you have it installed go to the location I just told you and run the application. When it asks you make sure you choose Video DVD and the disc type selection screen. This is what you should be looking at now...


Add your movie files to the right hand list called "Files" click the Add button underneath and select the movie file that you wish to burn to DVD. Don't mess with any of the options on the add movie dialog, just add it and press ok. Now it should be in the list ready to burn. If the disc usage is over 100% click the "Adjust disc usage" button. This makes sure your video will fit on one DVD. You can play with this software more in depth, but I am just going to show you how to create a DVD. If you are in the United States, then you want to make sure where it says "Default format" you select NTSC. If the PAL option is selected then it won't play in standard DVD players in the United States. This is basically the region in which you will be playing your DVD. For this example lets also uncheck where it says "Create a menu with the titles". This way it will not have a DVD menu, and your movie will start playing right away. Click Advanced options at the bottom. Make sure you have "Create an ISO or BIN/CUE" option selected. Also check "Erase temporary files", and "Use optimizations for multicore CPUs". If you have a dual core processor, or multi core processor this will make encoding much more fast. Now you are ready to make your dvd image. Click the Forward button, and enter a folder name to store the ISO file. After you have selected your folder name it will start encoding your DVD. After it is done encoding your DVD ISO, you are ready to burn it to a disc. Right click the ISO file, and click "Write to Disc". Enter a disc into your drive and click Burn. There you have it! You have just created your first DVD that plays in all DVD players in the United States! Congratulations. If you feel I have left anything out on this article please leave comments and let me know your experience. Thank you so much!

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