UF Tutorial of the Week – June 8, 2009.

This week we are highlighting a thread that has been active and supported by frodon since October 20, 2005! This comprehensive “HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)” is for you if you are willing to share files with friends over FTP protocol with proftpd, with username/password features (so only people you gave access will be able to get the files). Encryption is also detailed. Please do not hesitate to ask questions in the thread, frodon is always around to help people out.

Many thanks, frodon :)

UF Tutorial of the Week – June 1, 2009.

This week, we step again out of the Tutorial & Tips section of the forums, to highlight psyke83‘s gigantic HOWTO: Jaunty Intel Graphics Performance Guide. Intel graphic hardware is quite popular and Intel drivers code has been extensively developed. Jaunty has some problems with the latest intel drivers or acceleration method. You can choose one of the three proposed methods, from safe, to optimal and the always risky bleeding edge.

We hope this will help ou with Intel video chips, please feel free to post your questions in the thread, psyke83 is actively supporting his tutorial.

See you next week !



UF Tutorial of the Week – May 18, 2009

This week’s featured tutorial is “Comprehensive ndiswrapper troubleshooting guide” by pytheas22. This tutorial is well written, regularly updated and supported, and has been very popular. If you have troubles configuring ndiswrapper even thought it properly installed, this is the place to look at. Wireless is just a few steps away!

Ubuntuforums Tutorial of the Week revived.

A year and a half ago, K.Mandla started a nifty Tutorial of the Week project. The project goal is described here. Basically, we try to push forward tutorials that are clearly written and well supported by the author. If you wish to have an idea of what we expect for tutorials, please see here.

K.Mandla has moved to other fun projects, you can still follow them on Motho ke motho ka botho :)
That was quite unfortunate for us as UF team, and in particular for the Tutorial of the Week. I dearly miss you, K.Mandla.

After much discussions about refining the tutorials review process (this takes time, skills and dedication), I decided to dive into reviving the project that was missed by many members. I’ll do my best, although I know I’ll never get near to K.Mandla’s art..

Please feel free to nominate tutorials here or in the UF discussion thread, that will help us, thanks!

I’ll write later about the tutorial review process. We have quite a few ideas, but we do not have a consensus yet.

So, Tada! please have a look at this week’s featured thread:

HowTo: Install the very latest MPlayer under Jaunty Jackalope by andrew.46

This is a nifty tutorial that will show you how to successfully compile the subversion MPlayer under Jaunty Jackalope. For memory, ubuntu-freak‘s “Comprehensive Multimedia & Video Howto” was the Tutorial of the Week for October 06, 2008 and should be used if you do not wish to compile applications.

This tutorial is very well presented, and, most of all, supported. You can even browse a recent tutorial from the same author, “Top 10 Tricks and Tips for the svn MPlayer” that focuses on MPlayer usage. Long hours of fun ahead!

Known Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope bugs with workarounds

With every new release, frodon starts a thread to gather known bugs and their workarounds. Please feel free to add to the UF thread if you know of a bug that meets the thread requirements, thanks :)

To download Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, please use torrents

You will find the torrent links for all Ubuntu flavors here. If you are located in an area not offering or not allowing torrents, you will find direct links in the same page.

Info on how to request CDs, release notes and much more on The Fridge Ubuntu 9.04 release announcement.

Medibuntu: non-free-codecs for Jaunty

The non-free-codecs from the Medibuntu repositories package provides codecs that are not distributed by Ubuntu.

  • Please first install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package from the multiverse ubuntu repository.
  • Add the Medibuntu repositories to your sources.list:
    ## Medibuntu.
    deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ jaunty free non-free
  • Add the key to your keyring, reload the sources.list file and install the package:

    wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs


Edit : If you get an error with gpg that cannot get the key, please run :
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 2EBC26B60C5A2783
Should work..

My teenager top 8 Linux games

So my eldest son is not a young kid any longer.. He still plays a lot on his computer running Ubuntu Intrepid (will upgrade to Jaunty soon) along with msn and jabber talks with his friends. Here are his most popular Linux games. The screenshots are not his, I took them on the internets from sites with CC license. C’mon, why bother making a screenshot for his ‘ma? I begged, got angry, ignored him, but at least, I got the list and his wording :)

Urban Terror

His current favorite. Urban Terror is a free FPS, Counter Strike looking, with many different game mods. It has very good 3D rendering and graphics, making it very realistic. They kept the Quake3 3D engine, allowing jumping and running matrix-style. Many servers are available, and he plays on survivor or death match-type servers. The injuries are very well handled.
Screenshot from thatlinuxbox.com.



Nexuiz is another FPS with the best looking graphics for a free game, in his opinion. The action never stops, this is a very intensive game. Only death matches or capture the flag type of games. Good for spending energy!
Screenshot from internetactu.net.



Tremulous is a FPS with role play, where you can choose your equipment after you have killed enough enemies and earned enough money. Patience and skills are needed to get the best equipment.
Screenshot from blog.mypapit.net.



A small brick game to kill time when waiting for answers on msn (me: doh..). Colorful and no hassle. The official page seems dead..
Screenshot from Yekcim.



One of the Gnome games. Good for his logic (me: doh..) and deduction. Another way to wait for msn conversations or before going to bed.
Screenshot from jeuxlinux.fr.


Blobwars – atanks – Armagetron

Please see the previous blog entry for details here.


Kill X session in Jaunty Jackalope

The usual CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE has been disabled in Jaunty, please read the Jaunty Jackalope technical overview:

Ctrl-Alt-Backspace is now disabled, to reduce issues experienced by users who accidentally trigger the key combo. Users who do want this function can enable it in their xorg.conf, or via the command dontzap –disable.

You can use ALTGR + SYSRQ + K or ALTGR + PRINTSCREEN + K instead.

If you want to enable the previous behavior, you can edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf, and add the following lines at the end:

Section "ServerFlags"
	Option 		"DontZap"	"off"	

If you feel like voicing yourself in an already long thread, please go here ;)