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Posts about Ubuntu

Using the Zune HD in Linux

Contrary to a lot of advice on the Internet, the Zune HD can be used in Linux. Support has been integrated into libmtp for the mtpz protocol thanks to some awesome work by Sajid Anwar.

libmtp however, does not and will not contain the encryption keys required, so it will seem like the Zune isn’t recognised. Running mtp-detect on the command line gives

shane@ratbert:~$ mtp-detect
Unable to open ~/.mtpz-data for reading, MTPZ disabled.libmtp version: 1.1.6

Listing raw device(s)
Device 0 (VID=045e and PID=063e) is a Microsoft Zune HD.
Found 1 device(s):
Microsoft: Zune HD (045e:063e) @ bus 1, dev 6

It’s simple to get this to work however.

Just create a file in your home directory called .mtpz-data and add to it the following string of numbers. This is the encryption key needed to interface with the Zune.

Encryption Key

Now, run mtp-detect and you should see the encrypted handshake take place, gmtp, Clementine, Rhythmbox and any media player that supports mtp should now be able to copy music to and from the Zune HD.

Setting up a Windows partition to automatically mount on boot in Ubuntu

Quick one here, something I find myself doing every time I install Ubuntu on a dual boot machine.

1. Create your mount point, sudo mkdir/media/windows
2. Add a line to /etc/fstab, the one below is for a Windows HDD, with the main partition being sda2 (you can work this out by graphically mounting the partition through nautilus and then running df -h)

/dev/sda2 /media/windows ntfs-3g user,fmask=0111,dmask=0000 0 0

Save /etc/fstab then you can run mount /dev/sda2 to mount the drive. It should mount automatically at /media/windows from now on.

Waking up to new Ubuntu

Today Ubuntu 10.10 was released, at 10:10am. Last night I prepared my laptop for a complete reinstall, I took a backup of everything important from both Ubuntu and Windows, and prepared GParted and Windows 7 CD’s.

This took a while, so it was late when I went to bed. That left me with a conundrum, I wanted to install Ubuntu as soon as it came out, but I also wanted to sleep… Hmm..

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Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 Release – Late Drama

As I’m sure many of you are aware, today is the official release date for the new version of Ubuntu, Lucid Lynx. The graphic to the right of this post idicates that the new release is “Coming Soon” where previously it counted down the days.

Well, the release was delayed at a very late stage, due to a show stopper bug found in the installation process. The bug can be found here –

Basically the problem was with the migration assistant which helps carry over settings from already installed OSes. If the migration assistant found some material to carry over to Ubuntu, the GRUB menu would appear without entries for the other operating systems on the PC. For new users of Ubuntu, this would be a scary experience as they’d believe that their other OS was gone. There are a couple of easy fixes, but it was decided that the best fix was for the new version not to ship until this bug was fixed.

The Ubuntu release team, wisely in my opinion, decided to respin the official ISO’s for Ubuntu 32 and 64 bit so that this bug is not present in the final release.

This means that the release has been delayed for a few hours, but will still happen at some point today (Apr 29th). By all accounts (watch
for up to date info) we’re not too far off an official release, so get your torrent clients ready, and please seed generously.

6 Things to Do After Installing Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

I just installed the beta of the new Ubuntu release, 10.04. As I usually like to do, I opted for a clean install and then set about doing all the things I usually do after a clean install. This time, I decided to document exactly what these things are so that other people can get their systems up and running smoothly. Hit the more button to see these steps. Read more →

How to move window buttons from left to right in Ubuntu 10.04

In the latest Ubuntu, the team have made the decision to move the window buttons (minimize, maximize and close) from the right to the left. I don’t agree with this change, so thankfully it’s not a difficult one to reverse.

To relocate the buttons back to their rightful place on the right, follow these steps. Read more →

Great Ubuntu Blog

Just a quick post here, if you use Ubuntu, there are a few places you can keep up with the latest news, most popular and often mentioned is Planet Ubuntu, which aggregates Ubuntu members blogs. It’s often a little too developer heavy and in depth for normal users.

I recently found a great blog solely for users, it highlights the latest updates and news about applications and is a great way to discover new cool apps, like Ubuntu Tweak, Docky, Gwibber and loads others.

That blog is OMG! Ubuntu!, I’m not a huge fan of the name either, but the content can’t be beat. It’s updated several times a day which is incredible, I never knew there was enough Ubuntu news to fill several posts a day!

Anyway, check it out, you won’t be disappointed –

My New Desktop

Since its exam time, of course I’m spending my time doing anything but studying. So, I’ve completely redone my Ubuntu desktop.

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Handy Songbird Tips – AllTray, MMKeys and ubuntu-notify

I love Songbird, it’s a great music playing program and I’ve been using it since it hit it’s 0.6 release. Anyway, today I discovered 2 cool little things that have made my Songbird experience much better.

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Top 3 New Features in Jaunty

It’s that time of the year again, when we are treated to the latest Ubuntu release. As per usual you have all the latest Gnome packages and little tweaks here and there, but here are the 3 features I am most looking forward to.

1. New Notifications

Ubuntu now has a new notification system. you know, that thing that tells you when you are low on battery, change volume etc.

It looks lovely, really slick and smooth, but don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself, go ahead, I’ll wait…

See that??? Look lovely, can’t wait 🙂

2. Boot time improvement

One of the focuses of this Ubuntu release is to improve boot time, something Microsoft Vista could learn from..

This is a clever thing to focus on at the current time as more and more people are using netbooks and small MID devices, which don’t have the power of full PC’s, and therefore boot times can be painfully elongated. Ubuntu is clearly targeting these small form devices with the new release.

So is it effective? Well it appears so! I haven’t installed the beta onto my laptop, because of the bad experience I had last year so I can’t vouch for it, but it looks promising.

3.EXT4 support

This one has a friend of mine all a flutter, the main advantages of ext4 are that it can support volumes up to 1 Exabyte in size, and single files of size 15 terebytes. You may laugh and say that this is nonsense, but give it time till we have super de duper HD x4 and we’ll see file sizes get larger!

A directory can also contain more than 32000 entries, which was the limit in ext3

The main improvement is speed though, and if you really want the fastest possible Ubuntu experience, use ext4, you won’t regret it.

So thats it, roll on the 23rd!