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  Question ?  Adding some apps to Kubuntu   
  Question ?  How can I add Microsoft Fonts to my Ubuntu System ?   
  Question ?  Can I move the boot partition of my xUbuntu System to another partition ?   
  Question ?  Some apt tricks for debian based systems   
  Question ?  Can I move my OS from one Harddisk to another one ?   
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Question ? Adding some apps to Kubuntu   [
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 Multimedia capabilities

  • Select System -> Adept Manager
  • Search for restricted
  • Depending on your Ubuntu branch (Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu), select [branch]-restricted-extras and mark it to install. For Kubuntu by example - it would be kubuntu-restricted-extras.

compiz - or 3D Effects
If you want to enable the 3D Effects in Kubuntu - you'll need to install the following packages.

sudo aptitude install compiz compiz-kde emerald compizconfig-settings-manager fusion-icon

compizconfig-settings-manager will install loads of Gnome libraries - but that should not be the matter with nowadays harddisk sizes.
After installation is complete - go to Start -> System -> Compiz Fusion Icon and start it. Go with the right mouse button on it and start compiz.


  • Select Synaptic ->Repositories -> Third Party Software -> + ADD
  • Paste this into the APT Line: deb stable non-free
  • Then search for Skype, check the corresponding box and then click Install

Google Earth / Desktop

  • Download PGP Key :
  • Select Synaptic -> Repositories -> Authentication -> + IMPORT KEY FILE
  • Browse to the directory where you downloaded and select that
  • Select Synaptic -> Repositories -> Third Party Software -> + ADD
  • Paste into the APT Line: deb stable non-free
  • Click Reload
  • Then search for Google and install the Google applications of your choice

VMware Server (Run Windows and Windows applications in Ubuntu 7.10)

  • Register for a VMware Server serial number here.
  • from terminal sudo apt-get install build-essential
  • download VMware Server for Linux - Binary (.tar.gz) here.
  • from terminal cd dir to the downloaded file and type tar zvxf VMware-server-1.0.4-56528.tar.gz
  • from terminal cd vmware-server-distrib/
  • from terminal sudo ./
  • hit the enter key for every question asked, if question doesn't accept the Enter key then select Yes.
  • Run VMware Server by selecting Applicatoins -> System Tools -> VMware Server Console

Virtual Box
Add one of the following lines according to your distribution to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb gutsy non-free
deb feisty non-free
deb edgy non-free
deb dapper non-free

The innotek public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here. You can add this key with

apt-key add innotek.asc

The key fingerprint is

6947 BD50 026A E8C8 9AC4  09FD 390E C3FF 927C CC73
innotek GmbH (archive signing key) 

You will need to install some additional libraries on your Linux system in order to run VirtualBox - in particular, you will need libxalan-c, libxerces-c and version 5 of libstdc++. How to install these will depend on the Linux distribution you are using. On gutsy a

sudo aptitude install virtualbox

is enough.
Check the homepage of the virtualbox project for more details.

Multimedia stuff
as the VLC player - check out VLC media player for Ubuntu Linux homepage.  

Entered by smurphy on Friday, 19 October 2007 @ 20:40:39  
Ubuntu (Kubuntu,Ubuntu,Xubuntu) - Linux Distribution Specific, # Hits: 56252
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Question ? How can I add Microsoft Fonts to my Ubuntu System ?   [
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 so - why use Microsoft Fonts ? Simple - most automated Tools generating these Even if you use OpenOffice, you might still want all the Microsoft TrueType fonts so that documents created using Word or PowerPoint look as they were supposed to when you open them with OpenOffice. Also, with the Microsoft Fonts installed web browsing will be better since the pages will look as the designer originally intended them to. Most webpages are designed with Microsoft fonts in mind. The stylesheet specify these fonts. On Linux, when these specified fonts are not available on your computer, they are replaced with generic equivalents.

With these fonts installed, you will see the page as it was designed. To install the fonts, all you need to do in Ubuntu is to install the msttcorefonts package. Instructions for installation are given below.

The Truetype Microsoft fonts provided by the package include: Andale Mono, Arial Black, Arial (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Comic Sans MS (Bold), Courier New (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic) , Georgia (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Impact, Times New Roman (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Trebuchet (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Verdana (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Webdings.

Installing Microsoft and Liberation Truetype fonts on Ubuntu

You can install the MS core fonts by installing the msttcorefonts package. To do this, enable the Universe component of the repositories. After you do that, use the following command from the command line:

$sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts  ttf-liberation

This will give you the core fonts, but if there are other TrueType fonts that you want installed, it is as easy as copying the font files to the ~/.fonts/ directory.

After installing new fonts, you will have to log out and log in again to be able to see and use the new fonts. If you want to avoid this, you can regenerate the fonts cache by issuing the following command:

$sudo fc-cache -fv


Entered by smurphy on Thursday, 17 April 2008 @ 16:23:28  
Ubuntu (Kubuntu,Ubuntu,Xubuntu) - Linux Distribution Specific, # Hits: 55272
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Question ? Can I move the boot partition of my xUbuntu System to another partition ?   [
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 The short answer is: yes.
Best is to boot using a xUbuntu live filesystem, and perform all partition information changes.
Check the following partition.

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        2550    20482843+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            2551        3766     9767520   83  Linux
/dev/sda3            3767        4028     2104515   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda4            4029       24322   163006074    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5            4029        7296    26250178+  83  Linux
/dev/sda6            7297       14591    58593750+  83  Linux
/dev/sda7           14591       24322    78162050+  83  Linux

Now - I want to add another OS - in my case - Mac OS-X. So - in case you want to add the hfs+ filesystem partition between sda1 and sda2 - you have to move all partition bigger 1 to partition + 1. this would result in the following:

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        2550    20482843+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            2551        7415    39078112+  af  Unknown
/dev/sda3            7416       10000    20764012+  83  Linux
/dev/sda4           10001       24321   115033432+   5  Extended
/dev/sda5           10001       10262     2104452   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6           10263       13041    22322286   83  Linux
/dev/sda7           13042       19121    48837568+  83  Linux
/dev/sda8           19122       24321    41768968+  83  Linux

Now - to be able to boot up the move OS - you will need to modify 1 file, and recreate the initrd file. For this - check the uid of the swap partition with:

$ sudo blkid  | grep swap
/dev/sda5: TYPE="swap" UUID="0bb117bb-d03e-4674-99ef-97a3575ed8f1"

Check that the UUID in /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/resum matches the UUID just discovered. If not - change it.
After that - recreate the initrd file with:

sudo update-initramfs -c -k 2.6.24-19-generic

Make also sure that the parition UUID's as found in the /etc/fstab match the new real ones.
And you should be able to boot again normally.


Entered by smurphy on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 @ 13:17:05  
Ubuntu (Kubuntu,Ubuntu,Xubuntu) - Linux Distribution Specific, # Hits: 54398
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Question ? Some apt tricks for debian based systems   [
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 View all the packages installed on a system The easiest way to do it is:

dpkg --get-selections

List files which get installed by a package -L is a handy parameter to dpkg which will show you what files a package will install.

dpkg -L package_name

In case the package is not installed - try out:

apt-file list file_name

You may need to install apt-file first though.

Upgrade your system using a one-liner Type as root:

apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

Sometimes you need to compile from source a newer version of an application which is already included in the repositories. For example, to install the development libraries for BasKet, you would run as root:

apt-get build-dep basket

Remove unused package files When you install software using APT, the DEB packages are kept inside the /var/cache/apt/archives directory. In time, the size of it could get very large. To clean the unneeded files:

apt-get clean

In case you want to have some more details - check out this link 

Entered by smurphy on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 @ 11:44:05  
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Question ? Can I move my OS from one Harddisk to another one ?   [
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 This is not an issue. Just make sure you boot from a Live-CD, mount the Filesystems accordingly into 2 Directories like new and old, and copy all files over. I usually use the cp command like this:

~# cd /old
~# cp -aRv * /new

Whan that is done - younneed to fix 2 Things.

  • All hard-disk UUID's have changed. Identify these using blkid. Check the FAQ
  • Make sure you update the /etc/fstab and /etc/grub/menu.lst files with the UUID. If the fstab entry is wrong, you'll get a Kernel panic - cannot find root-FS. In case the Grub Entry is not fixed, you'll get an error 15, file not found when trying to boot the kernel from the boot-loader

At the end - you have to regenerate the the initial Ramdisk using mkinitramfs. Check the manpage/google for your specific OS Version.
After that - you should be fine booting again. 

Entered by smurphy on Tuesday, 17 March 2009 @ 09:07:19  
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