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Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC is out and available for download

Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC

Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC

No more waiting fellas! Linux Mint team has just announced that Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC has been released and is available for download.

Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC

Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC

New features of Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC

LXDE– Linux Mint 12 uses LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) as the default desktop environment.

Hybrid ISO images– This is considered to be the first release which uses Hybrid ISO images. With the help of it you can install Linux Mint easily using the “dd command” and there is no need to use tools like “Startup Disk Creator” or “UNetbootin” to install Linux Mint using a USB device. The main advantage of it is that your USB device will work same as a liveCD (in fact faster than it). Thing to note is that using this method will delete all the files from the USB drive.

DuckDuckGo – DuckDuckGo is the default search engine in Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC. DuckDuckGo is a great search engine which is getting more popular day by day, recently it achieved the success in getting 1 million direct searches in 1 day.

Upstream components – The upstream components which Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC is featuring are: Linux 3.0, LXDE 0.5.0 and Linux 3.0.

System requirements

To be able to install Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC your system must meet the requirements given below:

  • x86 processor
  • at least 256 MB RAM
  • Free disk space of 3 GB or more
  • Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port


You can download Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC from the links given below.

Download torrent file
Direct download

Bugs and issues

Some issues have been detected in this new release which will be solved in the next stable release. Refer this link for the list of all detected bugs and issues.

Actual meaning of Free Software: Free as in beer versus Free as in speech

Vastness of open source can leave anyone in confusion. Whether it is distro hunting or phrases that are used to explain related concepts. The one which annoys every single beginner is that Open source is said to distribute free software, so far so good, but what exactly we mean by free? Free as is Beer or Free as in Speech? Keep reading.

The difference can be narrowed down to “no money” versus “no restrictions (or a bit of them)”. In English, free is often mistaken for both the meanings but in Spanish they have different words for them, Gratis and Libre.

Free as in Beer (Gratis)

Java from Oracle is a product which is free as in beer. When you are offered a beer, you are not supposed to pay for it but enjoy. The ‘body’ giving away pays for it and everyone enjoys it at no cost.

Java from Oracle is available free of cost for everyone but restricts users from getting even a glimpse of source code. Hence, users are also deprived of the liberty of modifying the code. Speaking of that, none of distributing publicly and submitting bug fixes is available. The decision of What/When/How you get the “beer” is made by the “giver”.

Free as in Speech (libre)

In addition to facility of getting the software for free, the air of liberty comes in. The liberty in “libre” is more than you get in “gratis”. Following are the rights you have in software which are Free as in Speech:

♦ You can use it anyway you want. They don’t care if the software was made for computer you are running it on mobile device. More the merrier!

♦ You can easily see the internal working of the software. Users want to know the secret ingredients in their favourite beer but are deprived of this pleasure in case of free beer.

♦ Sharing is caring! After using and falling in love with the software, one would definitely want to share it and libre allows him to do that without violating any law. Distribute it publicly whether by packaging it with your software or provide a mirror, etc.

♦ You can be a part of the development process. If you find a bug and a fix to it, you can submit it so that community benefits from it. After all it is all about giving away.

First beta of gnome 3.4 released

gnome 3.4

Gnome is making another step forward. The news just came that first beta of Gnome 3.4 is out and is approaching the release time. This release is meant for testing and hacking purposes. Being a beta it can be built and used but should be avoided for hardcore purposes. Gnome uses its own nomenclature to signal development status. Interested folks can have a look at their brief schedule here. This release is first beta to the final release. We have second release scheduled on March 7th followed by candidate release on March 21st.

Final release of Gnome 3.4 will hit the web on March 28th.

If you wish to use Gnome 3.3.90, compile it using jhbuild and moduleset files.


What is new in first beta of gnome 3.4?
core apps

Where can I get the code?
core apps

A complete ffmpeg tutorial


ffmpeg is a very fast video and audio converter that can also grab from a live audio/video source. It can also convert between arbitrary sample rates and resize video on the fly with a high quality polyphase filter.

Installing ffmpeg

chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg


Below are some tasks which you can perform using ffmpeg.

Getting information of a video

To get information of a video file use -i option as:

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i /path/videofile.avi

Making video from images

You can combine the images to make a video (like movie maker in windows) using ffmpeg as:

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -f image2 -i image%d.jpg videofile.mpg

The above command will take all the images from the current directory (image1.jpg, image2.jpg, etc) and will join them to make a video file videofile.mpg.

Making images from video file

This is just opposite of the last step. This will take a video and will generate images from it.

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i videofile.mpg image%d.jpg

Encoding video for iPod/iPhone

Source file: s_videofile.avi
Audio codec: aac
Audio bitrate: 128 kb/s
Video codec: mpeg4
Video bitrate: 1200 kb/s
Video size: 320×180
Generated video: f_videofile.mp4

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffpmeg -i s_videofile.avi input -acodec aac -ab 128kb -vcodec mpeg4 -b 1200 kb -mbd 2 -flags +4mv+trell -aic 2 -cmp 2 -subcmp 2 -s 320*180 -title X f_videofile.mp4

Encoding video for PSP

Source : s_videofile.avi
Audio codec : aac
Audio bitrate : 32 kb/s
Video codec : xvid
Video bitrate : 1200 kb/s
Video size : 320×180
Generated video : f_videofile.mp4

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -b 300 -s 320x240 -vcodec xvid -ab 32 -ar 24000 -acodec aac f_videofile.mp4

Video to Audio

You can extract the audio from a video file and save it as mp3 format.

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -vn -ar 44100 -ac 2 -ab 192 -f mp3 soundfile.mp3

Source video : s_video.avi
Audio bitrate : 192kb/s
output format : mp3
Generated sound : soundfile.mp3

wav to mp3

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_audiofile.wav -acodec mp3 -ab 192k f_audiofile.mp3

avi to mpg

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi f_videofile.mpg

mpg to avi

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.mpg f_videofile.avi

avi to flv

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -ab 56 -ar 44100 -b 200 -r 15 -s 320x240 -f flv f_videofile.flv

avi to dv

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -s pal -r pal -aspect 4:3 -ar 48000 -ac 2 f_videofile.dv

avi to gif

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi f_giffile.gif

Mixing video with a sound file

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_audiofile.wav -i s_videofile.avi f_videofile.mpg

avi to mpeg (for dvd players)

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -target pal-dvd -ps 2000000000 -aspect 16:9 f_videofile.mpeg

ps 2000000000 is the maximum size for the output file in bits hence it is 2 GB here.

Compress avi to divx

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -s 320x240 -vcodec msmpeg4v2 f_videofile.avi

Compress Ogg Theora to mpeg dvd

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.ogm -s 720x576 -vcodec mpeg2video -acodec mp3 f_videofile.mpg

Compress avi to SVCD mpeg2

NTSC format:

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -target ntsc-svcd f_videofile.mpg

PAL format:

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -target pal-svcd f_videofile.mpg

Compress avi to VCD mpeg2

NTSC format:

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -target ntsc-vcd f_videofile.mpg

PAL format:

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i s_videofile.avi -target pal-vcd f_videofile.mpg

Multipass encoding

chankey@linuxstall:$ ffmpeg -i fichierentree -pass 2 -passlogfile ffmpeg2pass fichiersortie-2

Ubuntu for Android

ubuntu on android

ubuntu on android

Now you can install Ubuntu on your Android phone. Canonical has announced Ubuntu for Android which will provide a full Ubuntu desktop experience on the Android phones. It will work in the same way it works on your PC. Your Android phone will work same as other Android phones but when you connect it to a dock with a monitor, you can see the Ubuntu desktop on the attached monitor.

The user interface is same (Unity) and several free applications are available to access easily. The important thing and the main feature is the consistency of data and other services between Ubuntu and Android environments which includes unified contacts, messages and call through the desktop, synchronized calendars and social media integration.

Since both operating systems share the same kernel so there will be no such issues like “an Ubuntu application running atop Android or vice versa”. Both applications will run at the same time on the same device which gives a great performance.

Mark Shuttleworth said:

The desktop is the killer-app for quad-core phones in 2012. Ubuntu for Android transforms your high-end phone into your productive desktop, whenever you need it.

He also said that they are aiming about 200 Million Users in 4 years.

Summary of features

  • Complete desktop solution for full productivity on docked Android phones
  • Easy to integrate with existing Android phones in development
  • Certified apps for business users from Adobe, Citrix, VMWare and more
  • Drives sales of multi-core phones with faster CPUs, more cores, more RAM and high-end graphics
  • Drive adoption of 4G handsets since office apps shine with low latency and higher bandwidth
  • Canonical leads in ARM Linux support, co-creator of Linaro with ARM
  • Target the enterprise thin client, and emerging market first-PC markets
  • Ubuntu and Android share the same kernel, running at the same time, accessing data and applications
  • The world’s favourite free desktop fully integrated with the world’s favourite open phone


If you want to install Ubuntu on your Android phone then your Android must have at least 1 GHz processor, dual-core CPU, 2 GB free space, shared kernel driver, X driver, HDMI support and 2 GB RAM.

Apache 2.4 released: nginx you listening??

apache 2.4

Apache 2.4 released! After six years this one is the major release. First release 2.4.1 is out for download, this is not just another patch to deploy. Apache or httpd is the most popular and widely used web server. 400 million websites are breathing over Apache web server. Have a look at what they have to say about new features in Apache 2.4:

New features include Loadable MPMs, major improvements to OSCP support, mod_lua, Dynamic Reverse Proxy configuration, Improved Authentication/Authorization, FastCGI Proxy, New Expression Parser, and a Small Object Caching API.

Apache HTTP server, the new version, has a plump for cloud this time. The prime area of improvement is performance. The 2.4.x is using less resources and concurrency is better than previous version. All users ever wanted was a faster web browser, this one can rule them all.

Other areas of improvement would be flexibility in configuration and a stronger security check (read authentication and authorisation). The new-features-list is here.

There is a news all over that Apache 2.4 is “direct aim at nginx”. It came out due to the sudden popularity of ngnix for its scalability and performance. Many of them switched permanently to nginx. This new release is an attempt to win them back as this one is incredibly fast..challenging nginx in the face. More on it, later.

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How to install VLC 2.0 on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

VLC 2.0

VLC is an open-source media player whose latest version VLC 2.0 was released some days ago.

VLC 2.0

New features of VLC 2.0

This new version includes multi-threaded decoding for a variety of popular formats. New audio and video filters have been added in this update. Blu-ray support has also been added. MKV demuxer has been improved. Broadcom CrystalHD hardware decoding is now available and some minor changes have been done on the interface.

How to install VLC 2.0 on Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 users can install VLC 2.0 directly from the Ubuntu Software Center.

How to install VLC 2.0 on Ubuntu 11.10 or Linux Mint 12

Ubuntu 11.10 users will have to use the commands given below to install VLC 2.0

chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get update
chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get install vlc

How to install VLC 2.0 on Ubuntu 10.10 or Linux Mint 10

chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lucid-bleed/ppa
chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get update
chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc

vlc 2.0 linux mint

An overview of upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

ubuntu 12.04 lts (precise pangolin)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) is going to be the next long term support release after Ubuntu 10.04. Its final release is scheduled on April 26th.

ubuntu 12.04 lts (precise pangolin)

What’s new in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) is going to be the next LTS (Long Term Support) release after the version 10.04. The previous LTS releases were supported for 3 years for the desktop version and 5 years for the server version but Ubuntu 12.04 will be supported for 5 years on both desktop and server version.

Feature Freeze on February 16th

On February 16th of this month Ubuntu development team hit Feature Freeze. Feature Freeze is a point where the developers stop introducing new features, packages, APIs. From this point they start concentrating on fixing bugs in the development release to solidify the included features and making the development release more stable and secure.

ubuntu LTS cycle

At the Ubuntu Developer Summit in November 2011 Canonical announced that the default download for Ubuntu 12.04 will be 64-bit (32-bit version will also be available as a user choice though).

Note: The Ubuntu 12.04 ISO image size is 750 MB, that means it cannot be burned on a CD (which can carry only 700 MB) hence you will have to go for either a DVD or USB drive.

New features and updates in Ubuntu 12.04

1. Much faster start up time for Ubuntu Software Center
2. Refinements in Unity
3. Replacement of Banshee with Rhythmbox
4. Tomboy note-taking application will be removed
5. Mono framework will also be removed
6. HUD feature

The main feature of Ubuntu 12.04 will be the HUD (Head-Up Display). By this HUD feature application menu items can be accessed right from your keyboard, without the need for using the mouse (hotkey searching).

Adding to the HUD feature Shuttleworth said:

HUD will ultimately replace menus in Unity applications but for Ubuntu 12.04 at least the menus will remain.

7. MyUnity

MyUnity is an independent configurator for Unity, a small system utility for Ubuntu, that can handle the customization of the Unity Launcher, Dash and Panel. Canonical accepted the MyUnity project in their default software repositories and it will be available to all users starting with the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

myunity2 launcher

myunity2 dash

Features of MyUnity 2.0.0

  • Ability to resize the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to show devices on the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to adjust the transparency of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change behavior of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change behavior of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change the display method of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change the Backlight settings of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change the Unity Dash blur;
  • Ability to change the size of the Unity Dash;
  • Ability to adjust the transparency of the Unity Panel;
  • Ability to show “Home” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to show “Networking” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to show “Devices” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to show “Trash” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to change the system font;
  • Ability to change the document font;
  • Ability to change the Monospace font;
  • Ability to change font’s antialiasing settings;
  • Ability to change font’s hinting settings;
  • Ability to reset all settings to default;
  • Added translations for French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Deutsch languages.

Future releases

Mark Shuttleworth announced on 31 October 2011 that by Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu will support smartphones, tablets, TVs and smart screens. Yay!


Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) released! (This section of the article was updated on April 26, 2012)

VLC 2.0 twoflower released

Open source media player, one of the greatest, VLC has reached version 2.0. This one is a major upgrade for vlc. According to just-in-report several hundred bugs are removed from previous versions.

What freaks me out is itself being an open-source project, no downloads for linux are being provided on official website. A link to its source is given, fair enough, but the link is returning 404 error (in India). And then we complain why people are still stuck on non-linux operating systems. There you go!

See whats new in all new vlc 2.0 Twoflower on official page.

Edit: Looks like they made a typo, you can build it yourself from source.

Arch Linux Cannot Open Firefox and other applications

arch linux logo

A little bummer for Arch linux lovers, those who have updated their systems lately might face a temporary issue. This problem is restraining users from invoking some applications including firefox and chromium. Issuing a command to run “few” applications will welcome you with following error:

libpng14.so.14: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

See what Arch Linux has got to say about this:

Recent releases of libpng and libtiff have required a rebuild of all packages that depend on them; these have just been moved from [testing] to the main repos. As usual, remember to fully update your system and check your unofficial packages (especially the cairo-* packages from AUR) for required rebuilds.

To get through this, you need to rebuild some packages, run following command to see which ones need the updating:

pacman -Qm