Bitdefender AntiVirus in Ubuntu 9.04 x64

September 30, 2009

Bitdefender is my choice in Windows and Linux….here is a screenshot of it running in Ubuntu 9.04 x64:

Bitdefender AV for Linux


HowTo: Speed up Shared Folder Access Time in VirtualBox with Windows Guest

September 30, 2009

If you are suffered by accessing shared folders too slow, try this:

1. if your vm is running Windows,
2. if your share folder name is like that : “\vboxsvr\<share fodler>”
3. if you install windows in disk c of your vm
4. please modify c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
5. modify the line “ localhost” to “ localhost vboxsvr”
6. reboot vm, and you can see there’s a lot of improvement.

Made an incredible difference for me.

My current Ubuntu 9.04 x64 Desktop

September 29, 2009

HowTo: Kernel Upgrade (2.6.30-020630) for Ubuntu 9.04 amd64

September 27, 2009

The linux kernel 2.6.30 DEB files can be found at the following website:
You have to install 3 files in the ORDER listed:


When clicking the files you get a choice to install them using gdebi or to save them. Choose install.
There is just one thing: the order in which you install them is important. Don’t panic: when choosing the wrong file first in gdebi it will tell you it is missing some dependences. The right order is the one written above.
When done simply re-boot and you’ll see the new kernel mentioned at the top of the Grub list.

On Ubuntu forums the kernel listed above was recommended as STABLE. I’ve done this myself. You’ll have to recompile the VirtualBox Kernel Module, and VBox will give you the sudo command to do this when you try to launch your VM…..easy. Nvidia will be taken care of automagically.

HowTo: Install Adobe Air on Ubuntu

September 25, 2009

Adobe Technologies released the Linux version of Adobe AIR some weeks ago which brings web applications and widgets to your desktop. Installing new applications on a Linux distribution is always a mystery for newbies so here is a guide that teaches you how to install Adobe AIR on Ubuntu.

  1. Open the Terminal
  2. Download the file from here using the wget command:
  3. The name of the file is AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  4. Save the file in the Home folder (Places > Home Folder)
  5. Run this command:
    chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  6. Now run this command:
    sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Copy extra Adobe library file (won’t run in 64 bit without this)

sudo cp /usr/lib/ /usr/lib32

Install AIR apps via web.

The normal installer will open, install it. From now whenever you download a .air file, just double click it and it will be installed.

HowTo: Install Ubuntu System Panel

September 22, 2009

ubuntu-system-panel is a simple launcher for the GNOME desktop, providing easy access to Places, Applications and common configuration items for your computer. This guide shows how to install and configure it on an Ubuntu 9.04 desktop.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

1 Installing ubuntu-system-panel

Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

Install Subversion…

sudo apt-get install subversion

… and download the ubuntu-system-panel sources:

mkdir -p ~/Downloads/SVN
cd ~/Downloads/SVN
svn checkout ubuntu-system-panel

Afterwards you can install ubuntu-system-panel as follows:

cd ubuntu-system-panel
./usp_update install fresh


For Ubuntu 9.04, the lined out portion below apparently isn’t necessary.

If you are on an x86_64 system (only then), you also need to run the following command:

sudo cp /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/usp/plugins/


Finally run

killall gnome-panel

This will make the panels disappear for a few moments – nothing to worry about.

ubuntu-system-panel is now installed and ready to be used.


Here are some additional commands that you might need:

To update ubuntu-system-panel:

cd ~/Downloads/SVN/ubuntu-system-panel
./usp_update update

To uninstall ubuntu-system-panel:

cd ~/Downloads/SVN/ubuntu-system-panel
./usp_update uninstall

To completely remove it from your system (including the ubuntu-system-panel settings):

cd ~/Downloads/SVN/ubuntu-system-panel
./usp_update uninstall complete


2 Using ubuntu-system-panel

Right-click on an empty area on your panel and select Add to Panel…:

Select Ubuntu System Panel from the Add to Panel window and click on Close:

Afterwards you find a new item on your panel called System. Click on it, and you’ll see the Ubuntu System Panel in its full beauty:

If you decide to use the Ubuntu System Panel instead of the normal Applications – Places – System menu, you can remove the normal menu by right-clicking on it and selecting Remove From Panel:

To move the Ubuntu System Panel to the top left spot on the panel, we must unlock the remaining icons that are left of it (right-click and uncheck Lock To Panel)…

… and move it (right-click > Move) to the top left spot…

… then lock it (right-click > Lock To Panel):

Here’s how it looks:

2.1 Adding Places

You might have noticed that the Places section is missing in the Ubuntu System Panel. To add it, right-click on System and select Preferences:

On the Main tab, there’s a window called Plugins. Click on the Add button…

… and fill in places as the plugin name:

You should now see the places plugin at the end of the plugins list. You can now move it up or down using the Move Up/Move Down buttons.

I found out that if the places plugin is in certain positions, the Ubuntu System Panel won’t work anymore. If you experience the same problem, just go to Preferences again and change the position of the places plugin. I’ve put it in the fourth position (below newpane, uspuser, and system_management, and it’s working for me):

Click on Apply and Close to leave the Preferences window.

This is how the Ubuntu System Panel looks with the Places section:

HowTo: Install OpenOffice 3.1.1 in Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope 9.04

September 22, 2009 3.1.1 was released a few days ago, bringing many bug fixes to the stable 3.1 series. One of the ways to get it on Jaunty is to use the PPA for Scribblers which recently packaged it for Ubuntu Jaunty and included it in their repositories.

To install the latest release using command-line, just use the instructions below:

First, edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file and enter your user password:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following two lines (the second one is not necessary, unless you want the sources to be available too):

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

Add the trusted key for these repositories:

sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys 247D1CFF

Update the packages lists:

sudo apt-get update

You can eventually remove your existing OpenOffice installation by using the following two commands:

sudo apt-get remove –purge
sudo apt-get autoremove –purge

This will also remove system-wide configuration files.

Now, install 3.1.1:

sudo apt-get install

This should be all. You can run it by pressing Alt+F2 and typing openoffice in the run box.