Today, I was trying to print something at work and found out that our old Brother MFC 8840D printer was now replaced with a Fuji-Xerox DocuCentre-II C3300. The printer comes up in the network and is successfully identified (full printer name), but the driver is not listed anywhere. At least I didn’t find one that is close to it. There is a generic option but I did not bother to try that. Instead I opted for this solution:
6th Nov 2012 is a memorable day for Ubuntu/Linux users. It is the day that Valve has started the Steam For Linux closed beta testing. For many gamers out there, casual or hardcore, I’m sure they are familiar with Steam. Who wouldn’t be? And for Linux users, particularly those who use Ubuntu, many would be delighted that Valve has released their Steam client primarily with Ubuntu support.
If you are among the countless people using Eclipse IDE as your platform for software development on Ubuntu, then you may have noticed that it does not integrate at all into the global menu on Unity. Not a deal breaker actually, right. This does not even hamper you with your work at the least. I know it doesn’t for me.
However, if you are one of those who always strive for consistency on their Ubuntu desktop, then maybe this one bothers you a bit.
The 6th installment of the very successful Humble Indie Bundle (HIB) includes the acclaimed Adventure RPG (ARPG) Torchlight. Released back in 2009, this is the first part of the franchise from Runic Games. This particular game (well actually it was Torchlight 2, the sequel) has caught my eye, and interest, for the past month since it is being regularly mentioned in forums as one of the more anticipated ARPG games this year. Naturally when I saw it being offered on HIB I could not resist. I was curious what it had to offer, and to boot, it can run on Linux. If you run Ubuntu, all the more convenient because it can be installed directly from the Ubuntu Software Center (USC) after purchasing the bundle.
Lord Of Ultima – One of the two games from EA that is now available for download straight out of the Ubuntu Software Center. EA, that sounds familiar doesn’t it? Of course! It is the same game software developer and publisher who has brought us the hit games such as Battlefield and The Sims. Surprising isn’t it? What’s more, earlier this week in the Ubuntu Developer Summmit (UDS 2012) EA’s Richard Hilleman gave a short talk about their plans for Ubuntu (and Linux).
This is by far the weirdest Ubuntu install I have had so far in my more than 2+ years of using the said Linux distro. You see, I started using Ubuntu with version 10.04 Lucid Lynx. It’s not that I’ve not had my share of experiences with weird Linux installs and failed Linux installs. On the contrary I have experienced a lot of that, but not with Ubuntu… until now.
So what happened?
In a nutshell this is what I did:
About 2 weeks ago I started noticing something different with Ubuntu 11.10 on my laptop. During shutdown none of the ugly boot messages were showing. I was elated. Since the days when boot splash was introduced into Linux nothing much has developed over the course of, more or less, a decade. Sure the names are different and they keep coming up with something new – bootsplash, usplash, plymouth – but these apps have one thing in common in that it never truly hides the boot messages. Always there are remnants of the these ugly text during logout and on shutdown. These graphical boot splash apps are kind of clunky, inconsistent, and lacks the finesse when compared to the Windows 7 and prior Windows OS versions.
Adobe Flash Settings always worked fine back when I was still using Ubuntu Natty Narwhal in that whenever a Flash application needs permission to access my laptop’s camera and microphone, I can click on the Allow/Deny options. On Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot Flash settings is unclickable and it will eventually hang and crash whenever it asks to access the camera and microphone. I don’t know if this happens on all the sites, but on one site I’m working on, this happens all the time. The browser does not matter, at least for the ones I use. It will crash on both Firefox and Chrome.
Have you seen this already – http://is.gd/kjzr76 ?
The document is available on Google Docs entitled – Gnome 3 System Settings changes. Click on the link above to view it.
In a nutshell what you will see there are changes that have been proposed and are currently being worked on for the next Ubuntu LTS release which is version 12.04 Precise Pangolin. This new LTS comes out end of April 2012. Already 2 Alphas have been released and the upcoming 2 Beta releases are next, if I’m not mistaken.
This is a fix on how to access the files on your phone via bluetooth on Ubuntu 11.10. I found it recently when I realized that bluetooth on my laptop was not working like it did on Ubuntu 11.04. Sure, the bluetooth dongle and my phones are detected without problems. Even searching for other active bluetooth devices within range is done correctly. However, connecting to my phone on bluetooth is not working properly after it has been paired with my laptop. While I do not use bluetooth to transfer files that often – it is awfully slow – there are times when I do need it, like those instances when I forget the phone USB cable. It is during times like these when bluetooth comes in real handy.