Flash Linux

What is "Flash Linux"
It's a FREE (GPL-2) customised Linux distribution initially designed to be run directly off a 256Mb USB key or other (similar) forms of bootable flash memory. It has subsequently (also) become a Linux distribution that runs directly from a CDROM, typically known as a Live-CD.

About Gentoo
Flash Linux is based on Gentoo Linux and new versions / bugfixes should track the stable Gentoo tree. Whereas Gentoo is a source distribution, this is a binary only distribution. If you need the source code or want to make modifications - please take a look at the Gentoo home page.

»Homepage: http://flashlinux.org.uk/


How to install (JRE) Java in Ubuntu (8.04)

I'm trying to install Java at my new Ubuntu and I'm getting some difficulties.
I was scrolling Synaptic Package Monitor for a while and i couldn't find it.

So i Google it..

There are these packages:

sun-java6-bin sun-java6-fonts sun-java6-jre sun-java6-src
sun-java6-demo sun-java6-javadb sun-java6-plugin
sun-java6-doc sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-source

All you (probably) need is:
$ sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-fonts sun-java6-plugin

Note: The package sun-java6-plugin contain the Firefox plugin.


Foxmarks beta (for Firefox beta)

Foxmarks don't have a compatible version with Firefox 3 beta5.
But there is the Beta version of Foxmarks!
Read more!

  1. Go here, and sign with your nick and password.
  2. Then sign up to Beta tester.
  3. They will sent you an email - this may take some days..
  4. Then, follow the link and sign in and download the plugin.
Don't know what is Foxmarks?

The Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer automatically synchronizes your bookmarks between two or more computers running Firefox. It also lets you access your bookmarks from any computer anytime via my.foxmarks.com. An easy-to-use wizard guides you through the quick startup process. Then Foxmarks works silently in the background to keep your bookmarks up-to-date on all your computers.

Simple. Solid. Free. And ready to use.

Homepage: http://www.foxmarks.com/


Shockwave Player and Plugin for Linux

As you already know, there is no such player/plugin! And the only solution is firefox.exe running through wine.

But, there's some hope. Sign here an online petition..
The Shockwave Player and Plugin for Linux Petition to Macromedia was created by members of the Linux Community and written by Rob Jensen...


History - terminal tip

With the new meme's fashion:
history|awk '{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] " " i}}'|sort -rn|head
Did anyone just typed history in terminal?

If you try it, you can see the list of the last commands used.

Instead of pressing upper arrow hundred times to see the command that we used in the previous day, just type history

$ history

Check also the manual:

$ man history

Archlinux 2008.04-RC

Looks like we're gonna have a Live CD Archlinux's version..
The latest news:
A new batch of install images is currently syncing to mirrors.
FTP images have been made available tonight, while CORE images
will be pushed tomorrow night in order to distribute the load.

This marks the first release (well ok... release candidate)
based on a true live Arch system. That is, what's on the
images is just a plain old base installation which just
happens to boot off of a CD or USB stick.

Whoah... did you just say USB stick? Why yes I did! That's
right, from here on out we'll be offering bootable USB disk
images that can act as a live system or installer.

The installer script itself is roughly the same as it's always
been. The most noticable change is the use of UUIDs instead of
sdX/hdX entries by default. A more detailed changelog
should be visible on projects.archlinux.org soon-ish.

If you get the chance, please give the images a spin. You can
find them on our mirrors, in the
iso directory. Please file bugs if you encounter any problems.

By the way, the "RC" status of these images should not be a
turn-off if you're looking to install Arch, there's a very
good chance they'll work just fine for you.

»Homepage: ArchLinux


One step forward, two steps back

In Feisty, agere et131x - Ethernet card of my LG P1 - was automatically installed.
Today with Hardy 8.04 and new versions of kernel, there is no 'out of the box'!

One step forward, two steps back! Hrr

To install it:

Download et131x-1.2.3-2.tar.gz (or more recent ) here.

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
go to the unpackaged et131x folder
$ make
$ sudo make modules_install
$ insmod et131x.ko
$ sudo depmod
$ sudo modprobe et131x

There might me some errors... close your eyes!

The audio card - Realtek LC880 - was never fixed. I only have audio on phones!

Create new file:
$ sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/snd-hda-intel
Paste and save:
options snd-hda-intel model=lg

»Drivers: et131x


Pytube - download videos from Youtube

PyTubes is a multimedia converter program.


  • Downloads videos from Youtube, GoogleVideos, Metacafe, MySpaceTV... And converts them to ogm, mpg, avi, flv, gif, mp4, 3gp, amv, mp3, ogg and wav files.
  • Encode Videos to formats previously mentioned.
  • Search Youtube's videos.
  • Multimedia Tools - Apply audio track to video files, Generate ringtones, Merge videos, Resize videos, Rotate videos.


»Homepage: http://bashterritory.com/pytube
»Download page: http://bashterritory.com/

Terminal History

I'm a sudo addicted. :)

$ history|awk '{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] " " i}}'|sort -rn|head

245 sudo
34 cd
24 ls
23 ping
19 sh
13 cmake
12 make
9 ./pk2
9 exit
8 e-U


Linux Distribution Chooser

If you have doubt's about choosing the best Gnu/Linux distribution to you, this site can help.
It will ask you some questions, inquiring you about your experience and preferences with Linux.

If you wanna see some screenshots of the different distros, go here!

PS: if you make the test, let me know about the result!
I got Ubuntu, Debian and Xubuntu! I already use Ubuntu :D !

»Linux Distribution Chooser: Homepage
»Linux Screenshots: The coding studio


Pidgin 2.4.1 (new)


Homepage: Pidgin