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Flush Torrent Client

Thanks to OMG Ubuntu‘s article on Flush, I gave the torrent client a try.

Flush is a decent torrent client built in the likes of Deluge, and is very user friendly. It will remind Windows users of uTorrent, however the similarity with Deluge is far more evident. Its built for GNOME and runs pretty smoothly.

How to install:

Go to System > Administration > Software Sources > Other Software and Add the following line (repository):


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

sudo apt-get update

Next type the following:

sudo apt-get install flush

Now you will have Flush torrent client installed under the Internet menu.



CD/DVD Burning Software

This is one topic which I should have discussed long back, but hey better late than never.

Okay, so when it comes to CD/DVD burning softwares, there are loads and loads of GNOME softwares out there, most notably, GNOME Baker and Brasero (which is installed by default on Ubuntu). However none of these softwares support verification of burned discs. That for me is a bit of a let down as I prefer to verify my discs after every burning process.

I have also tried quite a few other lesser known apps as well. But none of these softwares could rival the ultimate big daddy of all disc burning apps, Nero. Although Nero is generally considered to be a Windows software, there is actually a Linux counterpart. From what I have gathered, the Linux version is quite functional and useful. However, Nero is a closed source software and its not free. You can download the demo version but as you would expect, the swankier features of Nero Linux are reserved for people who actually buy the full version. (Link to the official Nero Linux site:

When I converted from Windows to Linux this absence of a proper burning tool for GNOME was a big problem for me. But fortunately, as with everything Linux, there is always a way out.

Are you averse to using KDE softwares on GNOME? Well, if you are I think its time you let go of that apprehension. K3B is a KDE burning tool which is at par with any burning software be it on Windows or Linux. Its free (of course!) and its open source. Hence, you have absolutely no reason not to give it a try. And fortunately, it works perfectly on GNOME. So, if you’re using Ubuntu, you can definitely give K3B a go.

The interface isnt that great, but whats great is the innumerable options which you get. You can configure every aspect of the software and yes, it does support that verification of CD/DVDs. In my opinion, if you’re on Linux, K3B should be your preferred burning tool.

Here’s a screenshot of K3B (Version: 1.68.0)

How to install:

K3B can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Center.


From the terminal you can type : sudo apt-get install k3b

Use K3B and I’m sure you’ll have a new sense of respect for KDE softwares.



Ubuntu 10.04 Beta1 – A closer look

The following images will explain the installation procedure of Ubuntu 10.04 Beta1. The images are in exact order of their appearance:

Changes and Additions:

The default theme (Ambience). Notice the maximize, minimize, close buttons which have been on the left hand side. Just a bit of info though, changing the theme WONT change the alignment of the buttons (to change the alignment you will have to edit it through gconf-editor. For more info and detailed instructions on how to do this, take a look at this post : Moving Buttons)

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No substantial change in Accessories.

Some useless boring games (sorry) have been removed, and gbrainy, a new game has been added.

GIMP removed (sadly).

Gwibber has been added here. Unfortunately I never got it to work, neither in 9.10 nor in this 10.04 beta1. Still needs some work Gwibber.

Expected list of applications here in the Office section.

Pitivi has been added. Its a very basic no-frills video editor. But works fine.

Universal Access menu now is included in the default install. The onBoard thing is an on-screen keyboard. Very cool.

Preferences menu. Messaging and VoIP has been added.

Administration menu. There’s now a Startup Disk Creator.

These are completely new elements which have been added. Very sleek and more importantly integrates perfectly with the interface.

The volume bar is now really user-friendly.

The new look Ubuntu Software Center.

Firefox with its new Yahoo! homepage for Ubuntu 10.04.
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Rhythmbox (hold you breath, I’m getting to Ubuntu One Music Store):
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And finally tadaaaa! Ubuntu One Music Store!

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WARNING though, its very buggy right now. Many of the stuff dont work, but you should file bug reports or post your comments on existing ones to help the developers come up with a solution before the final stable version releases.

Generally the orange-aubergine looks quite charming. (Stop saying it looks gay! lol) The interface now looks really smooth and elegant.

There has been a lot of changes in this edition. Some of them good, some of them…well, you get it. But overall, this is a very important release which firmly establishes Ubuntu as not just the leading Linux OS, but also a growing mainstream OS.



Hide/Add desktop icons

The default Ubuntu installation might add a few icons on your desktop. If you’re a proponent of the “clean desktop” look (like me!) or if you want to add some extra stuff to your desktop, then you need to do some tiny tweaks to change the look. Here’s how:

You need to access gconf-editor. There are two ways of doing this.

1. Type gconf-editor in the Terminal and hit Enter


2. Press Alt + F2 from the keyboard and type gconf-editor and hit Enter

Now a new window will be visible which should look something like this:

You now need to navigate to :

apps > nautilus > desktop

Well its pretty simple now, select/unselect the items of your choice:



Pino twitter client

Tired of all those Adobe AIR twitter apps? Well its high time we Linux users had our very own twitter client. Gwibber has been floated as the next big thing, but frankly I’m not convinced. I hope the Gwibber developers come up with something stable and usable by the next month when Ubuntu 10.04 releases.

In the meantime, I suggest you guys take a look at Pino. Its an ultra-lightweight Twitter client which does a fantastic job at what its meant to do. Of course, it has integration, and if you need to use any other service you can add that as well.

Personally, I’m very impressed with Pino. I havent faced any difficulty in using any of its functions. Although Pino as of now, doesnt have the follow/unfollow features, I’m sure in time these will be integrated. But the bottomline is, if you need a proper, usable, GNOME friendly twitter client, Pino is your best bet.

How To Install:

Pino is available in the Ubuntu Software Center, so you can install it from there. Or use

sudo apt-get install pino

from the terminal.

To install it via the repositories in order to have the very latest version, type the following lines in the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vala-team/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:troorl/pino

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install pino



Songbird keyboard tweaks

If you’re using Ubuntu, you’ll know that the default music player of Ubuntu is Rhythmbox. Now thats quite a good media player, but I like the good looks and ‘do more’ things of Songbird, so I use it.

Now you might have noticed, when you press the Media key on your keyboard (I’m talking about a multimedia keyboard here of course), Rhythmbox opens up. If you’re a Songbird fan (like me), you can change that setting, so that everytime you press the media key on your keyboard its Songbird which starts.

The solution is pretty simple really.

Go to GNOME Menu > System > Preference > Preferred Applications

Then select the Multimedia tab. The preferred media player would obviously be selected as Rhythmbox, you’ll probably see something like this:

So what you should do right now, is select ‘Custom’ from the dropdown menu and then type ‘songbird‘ as the command. It should look this:

You need not check the ‘Run in terminal’ option.

Now close the window and press the Media key on your keyboard. Voila! Its Songbird in front of you.

However I couldnt get the Play, Pause, Next, Forward keys to work though. So thats a bit of a let down.

Finally, if you would like to revert back to Rhythmbox, you can do that by selecting your preferred Multimedia application as Rhythmbox. Easy peasy.



Avant Windows Navigator (installation and themes)

I presume most of you already use it, if not its pretty easy to install. Avant Windows Navigator (AWN) is a dock application (similar to the Mac dock) which happens to be the stablest dock I have tried. (The other popular docks include Cairo-Dock and GNOME Do, these are available from the Ubuntu Software Center)

Go to GNOME Menu > Ubuntu Software Center, there search for AWN, install it. To start using it go to GNOME Menu > Accessories > Avant Windows Navigator.

Now theme-ing the AWN is as important as getting it installed. Here are some themes (official AWN themes): AWN Themes

Download the ones you like. It will be in .tgz format. Now to install the theme, open the AWN Manager (it should be located on the dock itself) and then click on the ‘Themes’ tab. Click on the ‘Add’ icon and then locate that .tgz file you downloaded. It will be installed. Now to apply the theme and click ‘Apply’. The following screenshot should explain things:

Thats it!


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