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Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy 64 bit - Desktop HOWTO

This tutorial describes how to configure a Ubuntu/Kubuntu 64 Bit Desktop for daily use.

Multimedia Codecs, Java, Flash

Flash and Java sun plugin do not work on Ubuntu 64 bits after running this comand, but fonts and codecs should work fine.

# java , fonts, codecs
# The ubuntu-restricted-extras package installs the Sun JDK, which requires the user to accept the Sun License.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Java, Skype 1.4, Acrobat, GoogleEarth, Proprietary and Others

On Ubuntu goto to System->Administration->Software Sources->Third Party Software and select "Add". You can also edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add lines to the end of the file.

# Canonical repository (VMWare and DB2 Express)
# enable this on the Software Sources Management tool (tab third-party) from ubuntu or kubuntu menu

# Google Linux repository
deb stable non-free

# Miro - The free open-source video platform.

Ubuntu Gutsy advanced stuff for Entreprise Software

This tutorial describes some advanced configuration for enterprise wireless network that is required for the place I work, and how to add some RPM compatibility to Ubuntu/Kubuntu systems.

TN3270 Emulation

Install this package as a replacement for TN3270 emulation in IBM Personal Communications

sudo apt-get install x3270
Bash (K|X|Ed)ubuntu Fix
As from Feisty Fawn (7.04) the default shell is Dash, not Bash. This can cause problems with installing things like IBM Websphere. To change back to Bash, perform the following commands: In the dialog select "No" to switch to the bash or select "Yes" to switch to the dash.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure dash IBM DB2 UDB Database

sudo dpkg-reconfigure alienIn general for IBM products you should also perform the steps on section:

* Bash (K|X|Ed)ubuntu Fix
* Installing on (K|X|Ed)ubuntu using RPM
of this tutorial.

To install DB2 UDB database on a ubuntu system read the official tutorial on The Linux Documentation Project web site. http:/…

Ubuntu 64 Bits on Shuttle SG33G5


Q6600 Quad core
2 SATA seagate 750Gb
1 DVD burner memorex
2 2Gb DDR2 Corsair

1 - Booting after install

I found some problems with Gutsy, installing it from the CD, it did not boot from the HD after installation was done.
When I changed the Bios from IDE to ACHI it worked fine.

2 - USB DVI switcher makes Gutsy stop booting process.

I have a DVI monitor switch for 4 computers with USB/mouse/sound switching support.
Gutsy does not boot if the USB cable is connected, it gets stuck after loading the kernel. I removed the USB cable from the DVI switcher, Plug in just a USB keyboard to the box. Booted again, and gutsy starts fine. After gutsy is started I plug the DVI switcher and it works just fine.

3 - Gutsy 32bit can only see 3.5Gb of memory. This is related with 32 bit limitations.

Fix: I installed the 64 it's version and all is fine.

Flash will give you some pain to get it working on gutsy 64 bit. So I used this method:…

Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick in Ubuntu Gutsy

These are simple instructions I used to make Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro USB Stick work on Ubuntu Gutsy.


sudo apt-get install tvtime dvb-utils libxine1-ffmpeg libxine1-gnome kaffeine kaffeine-xine libxine-1 mercurial gcc build-essential linux-source linux-headers-`uname -r`


cd /lib/firmware/`uname -r`
sudo wget
sudo tar -xzvf firmware_v4.tgz

Build Linux Driver:

mkdir driver
hg clone
cd v4l-dvb-experimental
sudo make install

Now Reboot your system.

Analog channels:
- start tvtime, go thru the OSD menu and scan for channels.

- Audio does not work for analog TV channels

Digital Channels:

1. Test using Xine
Xine's TV channel configuration file (for ATSC)
must first be created. To create it by scanning ensure that the
TV channel scanning utility "scan" is installed
"scan" requires a try-and-error list of frequencies.
I entered
A 50000…

Skype Philips VOIP841 Skype Hardware Real Phone (Philips VOIP841)

I finally decided to get a skype hardware phone.

I tried the 2 wifi models (belkin/netgear) and the Philips VOIP841.

I decided to keep the Philips VOIP841.
This is a very stable phone that redirects skype calls to other phones (like your CELL phone), and allows it to ring just like a regular phone when a Skype user calls your Skype ID, it also replaces your normal house phone because it can use the legacy land line (I don't have one, but people who do, will appreciate this)

SKype uses a proprietary protocol and the company does not provide
any open implementation of the protocol :(
But without any questions the Skype 1.4 Linux client and these new hardware phones skype compatible are the best voip devices in the market (price/quality).

These new phones do not require any computer and work just like a regular phone, are easy to use and appeal to non-geek, non-tech individuals that just want to make voice calls.

I have the phone for 3 months, and I still consider it on of my best buys this …

Using Ekiga with a Gizmo account

Download the Gizmo( client and create an account. In Ekiga( select GSM as the preferred audio codec, using the preferences dialog. Buy some credit in Gizmo website.

Instructions to configure Ekiga:

In Ekiga select GSM as the preferred audio codec.
Add an account
Account Name: Gizmo
Authentication Login: GIZMOACCOUNT

How to dial a normal phone:

For phone number + 1 543 234 3456 use