[HOWTO] Convert Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx to Linux Mint 9 Isadora

Since Linux Mint 9 Isadora is based completely on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, you can add Linux Mint repository to Lucid and make it look and feel like Linux Mint (additionally you may have to do more than just mint specific applications such as changing themes and tweaking panel but you get the idea). You may also like to install a few components that you like in Linux Mint, for example just the mintmenu or mint-flashplugin-64 (if you want a 64bit version of flash for your 64bit version of Ubuntu).

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[SOLVED] File-roller (Archive Manager) spilling all files to the same directory

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. I don’t remember how or when it happened, but I noticed that while “Right Click On Archive>Extract Here” was working well, “Open Archive File in File-roller a.k.a. Archive Manager (double click)>Right Click on an item>Extract…” was not behaving as expected. It was not recreating the directory structure and spilling all the files to the same target directory.

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[SOLVED] Module DateTime.DateTime, line 1145, in toZone

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and live in Nepal, timezone Asia/Kathmandu. I have been trying to setup Plone CMS in my local computer for learning to build sites with Zope/Plone. However, I had been getting errors.

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[HOWTO] Recover an application that was removed due to update in Ubuntu and other Debian based systems

Sometimes when you are using PPA repositories or mixing multiple repositories or using a Development version, you encounter a problem and some of your applications might be removed. I want to illustrate the problem with my current Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha installation, which I use as the only OS in my computer. This is not recommended but since I have always managed to solve issues that come up due to development versions, I have mostly used development versions because I get to see the upcoming changes and report problems if anything that bothers me.
With the latest repositories list update, I got into a problem with Filezilla, because I have been using Lucid getdeb repo with my system and Filezilla is in their repo as well as the official repo. When I marked for the latest updates in Synaptic Package Manager, I could see that filezilla, amongst others, was in the package to be removed which was because the package filezilla-common was to be upgraded and the filezilla that was installed, and had no update, had dependency issues. I upgraded the package filezilla-common anyways and lost filezilla. Ideally, since I am using a development version, I should have marked all the changes, and then reviewed the list of programs that are to be removed and unmark them or mark them for reinstallation which automatically unmarks the conflicting updates. Since packages like gdm, gnome-panel and some others which are required for the system to boot properly into the desktop were also marked for removal, I marked them for re-installation or unmarked them so that they remained in the system. But for experimenting, I did not mark it and it got removed. Now, when I try to install the package, I get the error: Continue reading [HOWTO] Recover an application that was removed due to update in Ubuntu and other Debian based systems

[SOLVED] ERROR: Depends: binutils (<2.20.2) but 2.20.51.20100710-1ubuntu2 is to be installed while installing 0ad from getdeb in Maverick

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and have getdeb (playdeb) repository for Lucid Lynx. Lucid repo can be added to Maverick and many applications can be installed without problems. However, I got this error while trying to install a game called 0ad. Continue reading [SOLVED] ERROR: Depends: binutils (<2.20.2) but 2.20.51.20100710-1ubuntu2 is to be installed while installing 0ad from getdeb in Maverick

[HOWTO] Run HTML files as PHP in Hostgator

I recently moved some of my websites to Hostgator shared hosting. One of my sites required html files to be run as PHP. The HTML files contained PHP code which needed to be executed. The site was added as an Addon Domain in Hostgator. That can be done in most hosts by creating a .htaccess host in the root directory of the website (The root directory of the website is something like /pubic_html/yoursite.com/ in cpanel, by default) and adding the following line to it: Continue reading [HOWTO] Run HTML files as PHP in Hostgator

[HOWTO] Modify youtube-dl to make it bandwidth friendly by adding option to download lowest quality video

youtube-dl is a command line utility that can be used to download Youtube videos. It has many command line switches ; most notably -t to save the video with title of the video as filename, -c to continue the download instead of starting over. It can be installed in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx and Maverick Meerkat via Synaptic by enabling universe repository. Then running the following command will update it to the latest version: Continue reading [HOWTO] Modify youtube-dl to make it bandwidth friendly by adding option to download lowest quality video

[HOWTO] Make Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Mono Free

Ubuntu 10.04 comes with 3 default applications that depend on mono. They are
F-Spot, a photo manager
Tomboy, a note taking application
Gbrainy, brain teaser game and trainer
To get rid of mono and still keep the functionality, we need non-mono alternatives to these applications. Lets look at those. But first, let me write something about why someone may want to remove Mono.

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