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Just finished a fresh install of 10.04 on my Lenovo ThinkPad W510 (4319-2PU). I am blown away. Linux has come so far in the past year. This new release looks better than ever, and it is the fastest operating system I have ever used. There are, however a few things I’m going to be looking into in the coming days:

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Some of you have commented on my posts slowing down. For the past year, most of my time has been devoted to producing the album for my band, Power Pirate. Now that that project is wrapping up, I can spend some more time with Ubuntu! What have I missed? Comment and share your favorite new thing about Ubuntu from the past year.

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Ubuntu is awesome. You can rename files to include tons of special characters, like $!*? and so on. Unfortunately, Windows is not quite as awesome. If you have a linux-formatted file system that has files with these great characters, and you want to mount it in Windows, be aware: you will not be able to access, move, delete, or rename these files. This can be quite annoying. I found a solution on a blog called Are You Secure. I slightly modified the code there to allow the “&” character, which is available in Windows.

Open a terminal, and cd to the root of the drive where you want to rename files.

copy and paste the following, and press enter:

find . -iname “*” -exec rename -v ‘s/\:|\*|\%|\?|\\|\^|\=|\”//g’ “{}” \;

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If you have not yet installed and tried Gnome-Do, a program similar to quicksilver for mac which can run applications and do other various tasks using only the keyboard, I highly recommend doing so. If you already have it, however, I have a suggestion. Go into the settings

sudo apt-get install gnome-do

For my exact setup, use the Dust Theme (Included in Jaunty) and this wallpaper.

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Here is the repository for the latest chromium builds. (Google Chrome for Linux).

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

Add these to your sources.list with

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and then paste all that text at the bottom. Open a terminal, and run:

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium chromium-browser


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As noted at, the new firefox 3.5 beta for has significant speed improvements for running native on linux. Bloggers have complained that the current version is unnecessarily slow, and even that they prefer running the windows version in wine. To compare the speed changes for yourself, or just to take a look at how it is progressing, install it like this:

tar xvfj firefox-3.5b4.tar.bz2
chmod +x firefox/firefox
ln firefox/firefox Firefox
mv Firefox Desktop/

This also creates an icon on the desktop. To run, simply double click this icon.

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Install with:

sudo apt-get install hugin

This app is an excellent tool for stitching photos together to make panoramas. It works extremely well with my Nikon d60 and just as well with my regular hand-held digital camera. To create a basic panorama, try this:

  1. Pick A Scene – It doesn’t have to be amazing, since it’s just your first time fiddling with the program. You are going to want to take at least 2 shots, I recommend 3. Your subject should Ideally contain some ‘points’ that are easily identifiable. For example, a shot of the sunset on a plain ocean may be hard to turn into a panorama, because it has very few static, or non-moving, parts. You want to include a few points that are easy for you to recognize in the separate shots. An ideal scene may include a few trees, on which you can identify points in common between your photos. An example of such a point could be where the lowest branch sticks out from the trunk of the tree.
  2. Shoot the scene – Take 2+ pictures (I recommend 3). You want to have a significant amount of overlap between the images, so you can find common points in the application. If they are clear enough, hugin will identify them for you.
  3. Use Hugin – Open Hugin, assuming you’ve already installed it with the above code. Select load images, and load your images from your computer or memory card. Next, click align. It will take some time to load, depending on how many images you have, how large they are, and how many points in common hugin is able to identify. After this step, hugin will show you a preview of your panorama. If you are content with the result, render it. It will most likely have weird dimensions in the hugin window. To remove these, edit the file in gimp later.

Enjoy your panorama! Soon I’ll post one I’m making now. It is made of over 100 shots!

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Some readers may have noticed I post much more infrequently than previously. This is because I’m simply having fewer problems. Ubuntu is becoming more and more user friendly, and can now do essentially everything I want (except a few music-related functions I use for my band, Power Pirate, and tools I use for creating HDR photography)

Today I am going to install the new Jaunty Beta, and hope that all is still well. Happy ‘bunting.