[HOWTO] Installing Adobe Reader 9 to Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Alpha 4

I tried to install Adobe Reader (acroread) in Ubuntu Karmic Koala Alpha 4 amd64 (64bit Version) that I use. I added medibuntu repository but package acroread was not available. Then, I downloaded deb from http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/ but 64-bit version (amd64) was not available. So I downloaded Linux x86 (.deb) version and then installed it with the following command via terminal:
sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture AdbeRdr9.1.2-1_i386linux_enu.deb

[SOLVED]: flashplugin Controls not Working in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

Please find the latest post here.

UPDATE Nov 2, 2009: If you want to make flash work normal in 64-bit Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, the following commands shall help. So start your terminal and get going:

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-installer flashplugin-nonfree swdec-mozilla mozilla-plugin-gnash
cd /tmp
wget http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/libflashplayer-10.0.32.18.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz
tar xf libflashplayer-10.0.32.18.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz
sudo mv libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

and restart firefox. If this does not work or you want to keep track of what has happened here, read on.

UPDATE Nov 2, 2009: The problem persisted for me even after I upgraded to the latest version. Using 64-bit flash plugin from Adobe Labs helps for me now. For this you will need to download the latest plugin from http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html and extract it to /home/YOUR_USER_NAME/.mozilla/plugins or /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins. If you intend to extract it to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins then you will need root privileges. One way of getting root privileges is launching nautilus as “gksu nautilus /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins” in the Run Application dialog (Alt+F2). Then copy the extracted libflashplayer.so in that directory and restart Firefox.

UPDATE: I had problems with swfdec-gnome also. When I used to close any tabs with active flash content, firefox would simply crash. I removed it and installed flashplugin via flashplug-installer (in synaptic) and now it is working fine. I disabled some plugins and maybe thats what worked. Not sure. Anyone came up with whats actually happening?

ORIGINAL POST 10 Aug, 2009: I recently installed Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10) alpha 4 amd64 version and have been facing problem with flashplugin for Firefox 3.5. The flashplugin is a large download (as it depends on 32 bit libraries.. they have 32 bit version of the plugin now in amd64 too) and does not work well with YouTube videos, the flash applications do not respond user clicks. I have removed flashplugin via Synaptic Package Manager and installed swfdec-mozilla instead (firefox restart required after you do). This one has worked fine for me till now.

Hope this was helpful. Hope this is solved in the stable release.

Thanks to “Fatal Toenail Infection”.

[HOW TO] Installing Kernel 2.6.30 (or any latest version available) in Debian Lenny or Ubuntu without having to go through Compiling

I have recently switched to Debian Lenny (from Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope) and it is quite stable. However, I wanted to try the latest stable linux kernel (2.6.30 as of now) in this machine and see how it goes. However there are not much problems, I just wanted to install it. I went to Debian Kernel Archive and downloaded the packages but it does not seem to work. So I headed over to the Ubuntu Kernel Archive and the kernel there worked. This is how I did it.

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[SOLVED] “subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 2” error

Recently, I encountered a package management related error in Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope 64bit.

The package was python-beagle and the error was: “E: python-beagle: subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 2” and details showed:

dpkg (subprocess): unable to execute pre-removal script: Exec format error
dpkg: error processing python-beagle (–remove):
subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 2
dpkg (subprocess): unable to execute post-installation script: Exec format error
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
python-beagle
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I managed to fix it. Read on for how I did it.

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[HOWTO]Install Google Chrome in your Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope and Enable Flash on It

I have Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope 64bit and wanted to give Google Chrome Browser a try to see what it feels like to be running Google Chrome OS (which will be based on Linux and run Google  Chrome Browser).

UPDATE Nov 21: Just adding the repository:
deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable main
will let you install Google Chrome right from Synaptic.

UPDATE: Now I have Ubuntu Karmic Koala (9.10) alpha 4 and same works for Karmic too.

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[HOWTO]Install Linux Mint menu in Ubuntu

Here is how I installed Linux Mint Menu in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. I downloaded the following packages from the Linux Mint Repo which can be found here:
mintinstall
mint-info
mintsystem
mintmenu
These are the packages (current versions at the time of writing, I recommend you download them from the repository than from these links):
http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/main/m/mintinstall/mintinstall_6.3.7_all.deb
http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/main/m/mintsystem/mintsystem_7.5.2_all.deb
http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/main/m/mintmenu/mintmenu_4.7.9_all.deb

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A better Torrent Client For Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)

Transmission is the default torrent client with Ubuntu. However, I love ktorrent because of the various features it provides. As I use ubuntu and KDE based softwares require kdelibs to be installed, I usually go for alternatives and I found deluge to be a great alternative for ktorrent. It provides similar features as ktorrent.

It can be installed directly via Synaptic but for the latest version, just type in the following in the terminal window. The following instructions apply to Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope).

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[HOWTO]Playing CUE\BIN in Ubuntu

VLC played BIN without sound. When I mounted CUE using Furius ISO Mount, nothing would play the DAT file properly. However, SMPlayer works. Just open the BIN with SMPlayer and it plays. Use your package manager to install SMPlayer.