[HOWTO] Downgrading from Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx to 9.10 Karmic Koala

I was wondering if we could downgrade from Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha to Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. So I decided to put it upon test and I succeed. So, I am sharing this with those who wish to keep using stable Karmic Koala till the final version of Lucid is out.

Please note however, that all the installed applications will be lost, however the settings and files in your home directory will be preserved. So, for example if you have a huge list of saved sites on your Filezilla client, Filezilla will be gone, but when you install Filezilla on your Karmic, the settings should work. Also, your Firefox browsing history, preferences and other settings will also be preserved.

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[HOWTO] Make Docky 3-D Style in Ubuntu

Docky is a great dock for Linux and is based on Gnome-do.

Installation
If you haven’t already installed it, you can add the following repositories to your Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala or Lucid Lynx: “ppa:docky-core/ppa” in Synaptic Package Manager>Settings>Repositories then reload. Then you can simply install it from Synaptic.

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[HOWTO] Change Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala to Linuxmint 8 Helena

As you know, Linuxmint is based on Ubuntu. So I thought, it might be possible to take Ubuntu as a base and turn it to Linuxmint with available Linuxmint software. Thats what I did.

I used Ubuntu Karmic Koala and turned it into Linuxmint Helena. You might use other Ubuntu base and turn it to respective Linuxmint distro, but you may need to follow different (yet similar) steps. Here is how I did it.

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[SOLVED] DSL PPPoE not able to Connect in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

I used to connect to PPPoE connections in Kubuntu with knet. Recently, I moved to Ubuntu to find out that Network Manager was unable to connect to DSL. However, it can be achieved using pppoeconf or knet, I wanted to use Network Manager. I figured out that it was a problem with the final release itself when I visited the forums (I had installed Ubuntu Karmic Koala Alpha 4 and then upgraded as new packages came in).

The newer version of Network Manager did not have this problem but it is still not available on the main repos at the time of writing this post. There is a ppa however, which helped me. It contained updated version of the package which is https://launchpad.net/~network-manager/+archive/trunk.

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[HOWTO] Uploading photos to Facebook with Picasa on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

UPDATE Nov 2, 2008: If you don’t want to get into trouble installing Windows version of Picasa and happy to use F-spot instead, head over to the new article here.

The picasa application from Google repositories with Facebook button does not work for Facebook photo uploads. It ends up with a blank window with nothing but a link. However, I have found an alternative in Ubuntu Forums and it works.

The trick is to install Windows Internet Explorer under wine and then install the Windows version of Picasa. To do this, make sure you have wine installed and picasa removed from your system.
This is how you do it:

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