Monday, February 18, 2008

Avant Window Navigator in Ubuntu Gutsy

Ok, this is all well known, but for those who doesn't know it, the AWN (Avant Window Navigator) is an equivalent to the navigation bar of Mac's Leopard.

Here are the installation instructions.

I must say it is spectacular. You should try it.


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Thursday, January 31, 2008

How to get Office 2007 fonts in Ubuntu

Do you need the new fonts in your ubuntu?
Follow this little tutorial, and you'll get it!

1) Install cabextract. Run:

sudo apt-get install cabextract

2) Download PowerPoint Viewer 2007

3) Change directory to your download location.

4) Decompress the exe file. Run:
cabextract -F PowerPointViewer.exe

5) Extract the fonts. Run:
cabextract -F '*.TTF'

6) Copy the fonts to the fonts directory. Run:
sudo mkdir /usr/share/fonts/vista
sudo mv *TTF /usr/share/fonts/vista

7) Update the fonts cache. Run:
fc-cache -fv

Seen at

(See copyright conditions at Microsoft's site)

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Rotate and resize several images at once with Ubuntu

Recently I wanted to copy several images from my PC to my blackberr.
Since the blackberry's screen has 320x240, it doesn't make sense to copy the images in full size due to memory space and the time it takes to show each image.
I found a good utility to do this for me, without having to open one by one the images with GIMP.
We run the following command (it may be necessary to restart the session after the installation):

sudo apt-get install nautilus-image-converter

After this, you can select multiple images and with secondary button the following choices appear: 'Resize images' and 'Rotate images'.
A friend also suggested me to see a nautilus script found here:
Since the previous functions pretty well, I didn't install the script. If anyone installs it, please tell me how it goes.



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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Mandriva Powerpack 2008

I installed the Mandriva in my notebook, a Sony Vaio VGN-N350FE.
As previous installations of Mandriva, everything was very easy, including the disk partitioning (which I always do a non standard partitioning). Unlike Ubuntu, it allows you to choose the packages to be installed, and it lets you copy the installation disk to the hard drive so you can later add or remove packages more easily.
The problem I had so far was that I tried to run the vmware player, and IT DID NOT WORK. This really sucks. It looks like the Mandriva folks 'forgot' to test that the program works. I tried to execute the player's configuration utility, and it detected that the kernel source were not installed. I installed them and re-run the configuration utility: it threw a bizarre error, that I'd like to forget ;-)
Finally, I used the vmware server 1.0.4 installer, and I could install it correctly (even though in the end it gave me a warning saying that the 'vmware-cmd' utility wouldn't work).
Once the system was installed, I tried to open Second Life, and it gave me an error saying 'Window creation error', and that was it.
I still don't know if I'm going to install Mandriva in my main computer. I'll test it for a few days, and then, we'll see.


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