Posts Tagged ‘Distributions


Tribler file sharing client

Tribler is an application which helps you find, share, download, search for pictures, music, videos and so on. In other words its more like a media player integrated within a torrent client. I have tried it out, and frankly, the search and download function is pretty good. The integrated search is quite exhaustive, eg. take a look at the results Tribler came up with when I searched for “Ubuntu” (pic in the screenshots below).

It has Windows, Mac and Linux versions of its software. Here are a few screenshots of the application:

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How to install:

Go to System > Administration > Software Sources. From there go the Other Software tab and then Add the following line:

deb karmic main

(If you need more and simpler information alongwith screenshots about how to add a repository, you should go through the details given here :

Now go to the Terminal (Applications > Terminal) and type the following:

sudo apt-get update

Next type the following in the Terminal:

sudo apt-get install tribler

Thats it. Tribler will be available in the Internet menu.


For experienced users seeking more information about Tribler:
Official page of Tribler:
Launchpad page of Tribler:


Install Bisigi themes

The themes of the Bisigi project are generally rated as some of the best Ubuntu themes available. There are quite a few themes from the project available for installation.

To install these themes, you need to add the following repositories.

First up type the following in the Terminal (Accessories > Terminal) :

gpg –keyserver hkp:// –recv-key 881574DE && gpg -a –export 881574DE | sudo apt-key add –

Now type the following in the Terminal :

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

In the window which opens, add the following lines:

deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

Now save the file and type the following in the Terminal:

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install bisigi-themes

Thats it. After the installation process go to the Appearance option (System > Preferences > Appearance) and check out the new themes. The following themes will be installed – AquaDreams, Ubuntu Sunrise, Bamboo-Zen, Step into Freedom, Tropical, Exotic, Balanzan, Wild Shine, Infinity, Showtime, Orange, Ellanna, AirLines.


Lucid Lynx 10.04 beta2 released

Beta 2 of the new Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 is now available for testing and download. Its a beta release and may contain bugs.

How to download:

Upgrading (if you already have Ubuntu installed)

If you want to upgrade from your current installation to Ubuntu 9.10 beta1, press Alt+F2 and type the following:

update-manager -d

Update Manager will show you the following: New distribution release ‘10.04′ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Downloading (if you want a fresh install or want to use the beta release as a Live CD) :

Copy paste the link of your choice, based on your location, on your browser to download.


* (South Africa)


* (Japan)
* (Kuwait)
* (Mongolia)
* (Russian Federation)
* (Taiwan)


* (Bulgaria)
* (Czech Republic)
* (Finland)
* (France)
* (Germany)
* (Great Britain)
* (Iceland)
* (Ireland)
* (Netherlands)
* (Norway)
* (Poland)
* (Portugal)
* (Spain)
* (Sweden)
* (Switzerland)

North America:

* (Canada)
* (Canada)
* (Canada)
* (United States)
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* (New Zealand)

South America:

* (Argentina)
* (Brazil)

Rest of the world:

* (Great Britain)


gPodder – podcast client

Thanks to popey’s blog, I checked out gPodder today. Its basically a podcast client, much like Miro.

The interface is user friendly and fairly simple. You should have absolutely no difficulty in figuring out the functions etc. the most interesting bit is that gPodder allows you to sync your feeds to your account which you can create on the and sync feeds to any other device as well. The list of available podcast streams/feeds is fairly exhaustive. However I would be lying if I said the feeds work perfectly. I couldnt get the Ubuntu UK Podcast feed to work although the same worked perfectly on Miro.

Here’s a screenshot of gPodder:

I am pretty impressed with this piece of software. But if there’s a choice between Miro and gPodder, I would obviously choose the former.

How to install gPodder :

Its available in the Ubuntu repos and you can install it from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Alternatively you can add the repository for gPodder by typing the following in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thp/gpodder

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gpodder

To launch gPodder go to Sound and Video > gPodder Podcast Client.



Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.2 released

The latest version of Ubuntu Tweak, 0.5.2 has been released. It doesnt include any new features but apparently fixes a lot of bugs. There’s a new highlight support for the new items in Application Center and Source Center.

After synching one may find new apps marked as unread/new. You can download Ubuntu Tweak from the official site.


Also take a look at a previous post on Ubuntu Tweak:


Explore Ubuntu is now on twitter

Just wanted to let you know that Explore Ubuntu is now on Twitter as well.

It will have all the updates whenever a new post is made here. Also, as an added bonus, it will have links to anything interesting on the web about Ubuntu (something which is not exactly possible to do here on this blog).

If you have any suggestions, constructive criticism, tips and tricks you would like to share, kindly let me know. The best way of doing that is to leave a comment.



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