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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..

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 ;)

Ubuntu Hardy and networking on a laptop from several locations

This was a very nice surprise.
I bring my laptops back and forth from home to work. My home internet access is with a DSL router, using DHCP, no proxy, both wired and wireless. At work, my university use static IPs, an automatic proxy, their DNS, wired connexion etc.. Since I’ve been using Linux, I have worked with conf files (/etc/network/interface, /etc/resolv.conf, /apt/apt.conf etc.) twice a day, at work and back. That was much of a pain.. network-manager was not able to handle this easily, or not even at all.

I tried the other day, just to see how network-manager (Version: 0.6.6-0ubuntu5) was doing after a fresh Hardy install on a new computer (I’m using GNOME on this one). All my issues are solved!

  • I saved locations in the manual configuration for network-manager, and can switch easily between the two:

    Just click the green arrow after choosing a location, and go!

  • The wireless is set to roaming, and I can pick up my box without any problems:
  • The general GNOME proxy setting menu is enough for everything (Firefox, Epiphany, aptitude etc.):

Many thanks to all the devs and individuals who made this happen :)

Switching languages in Ubuntu Hardy

That was quite a surprise, my usual install procedure did not go smoothly as far as languages. When I did a fresh install, I selected the French language by mistake. I prefer to run my system in English, but meh, no problem, I can change it after.. Well, not so easily.

There was an option when I chose English from the Language Support menu to update all my folder names. Which I said OK to. The folder names were properly updated, except that the former “Bureau” remained, in addition to a new “Desktop” file, and some confusion between the two for the system, even after an overnight reboot.

The only way to get it straight was to choose English from the GDM menu, make it default, and choose a GNOME session.
I played around with symbolic links to no avail.


LP bug report

Palm LifeDrive 4Go and Ubuntu Hardy

This is an update from a previous post on Gutsy.

Sync-ing the Palm LifeDrive requires less work than previously reported, and this is a fresh Ubuntu install on a new computer.
Just run sudo modprobe visor (you can add the visor module at the end of /etc/modules to make it permanent) and run the wisard:

Then choose the following settings for gPilotD sync:

The sync should go when hitting the button on the LifeDrive cradle.

Mounting the drive still does not work..

Edit 090225: The mount bug seems solved with Jaunty. Unfortunately, I cannot confirm. My Palm Lifedrive died a month ago, after 4 years of daily use.

ubuntuforums members Tutorials

K.Mandla (here and there) has been reviewing and collecting tutorials from the ubuntuforums every week. This work is really impressive (both K.Mandla’s and the UF member’s) and is one of the many useful elements a Ubuntu newcomer may find useful.
Please visit the Tutorial of the Week thread, and feel free to suggest UF Tutorials in this thread. Thanks!