Category Archives: Ubuntu

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 jaunty free non-free
  • Add the key to your keyring, reload the sources.list file and install the package:

    wget -q -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 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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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 ;)

Creative Commons wins the FSF annual free software awards..

..Along with Wietse Venema. Please read the whole story here:

Creative Commons received the Award for Projects of Social Benefit (the first winner was wikipedia in 2005), and Wietse Venema the Award for the Advancement of Free Software.

Good news :)


Ubuntuforums nuts and bolts

The ubuntuforums have become the largest GNU/Linux forums worlwide. With the expanding community, the crew taking care of the forums and the forums categories and features have grown with time. It is easy for new people to get lost within such an active message board. We currently have 793,387 members and 65,554 active members (members who have posted at least once in the last month), 995,019 threads and 6,367,064 posts after a heavy Spring cleaning. Here is a little summary of the important links to keep at hand:

  • The UF Code of Conduct, the link is located under the “Forum Help” menu, in the banner.
  • The Staff crew. Names in black or green show specific sub-forums moderators (typically, moderators from LoCos sub-forums where English is not the main language, or specific projects moderators). Names in red are global UF moderators and dark red administrators. Global mods and admins are members of the Launchpad UF Staff Team.
  • The Forums Council is composed of the 5 Forums administrators. Mike Basinger is also a Community Council member.
  • The Resolution Center is here to help resolve moderation issues on the Forums. Only the Forum Council members are allowed to answer, to keep the discussion focused on resolving the issue. If no agreement is reached, it can be discussed during a Forum Council meeting (agenda here) after the item has been added. The meetings take place in #ubuntu-meeting on
  • The Forum Feedback and Help where topics regarding the forums themselves (questions or issues, bugs etc.) should be posted. One important sticky in this area is the Guide to Forums features that will help new comers to get started with the forums options and available features. Bugs can also be filed on Launchpad.
  • Reporting a thread or a post sends a message in the “Reported Posts” area, only visible by global mods and admins. We usually get from 40 to 60 reported posts per 24h, each one of them is taken care of. Addressing the Reported Posts is at the Staff discretion. We have a set of codes among ourselves to inform others a report has been dealt with. In any case, discussion regarding the actions we deploy are frequent and we usually wait everyone has had a chance to see the report and add input before acting. Of course, taking care of spam does not fall under this umbrella and is usually immediate.

Ubuntuforums is a large house, we try to keep it pleasant and helpful. See you there!

Searching the Ubuntu Wiki

This may be old news, as I have been away for a while. I was very much pleased to see that searching the Ubuntu Wiki had so much improved. I’m back into pushing stuff to the UWN, and not familiar with the moin syntax. So I looked for some help pages on the wiki and got directed to an useful search page. The 3 first links I got after refining the search terms and options were what I was looking for. Good, very good!

The search page is here, there is a link top right, close by the user prefs one. The options are impressive. See an example below, no more excuses not to search the Wiki :)


If you want to learn about the moin syntax, everything you need is here:

All my thanks to whomever worked on it. Have fun!

Get Involved

No sound in stock xchat 2.8.4

I rarely go log into IRC channels, and had not done it after I got this laptop last summer. When I do (there will be an unbutuforums meeting I can attend in a few minutes), I use xchat. I know there is a whole set of IRC clients, but this is the first one I used, and it fits my very basic needs.

Surprisingly, there was no sound on this default fresh install (Ubuntu Hardy). I created a ~/.xchat2/sounds file which was missing and copied a .wav file from /usr/share/sounds, then enabled it from xchat preferences menu. All set!

Looking around, I found a xchat-gnome package that I will try soon.