Updating The Kernel in Ubuntu

Download the latest from here:


The folders correspond to kernel versions and should also include the ubuntu version, for example I chose to update 11.10 (oneiric) from “3.0.0-14-generic” to “3.1.4”, this was in a directory called “v3.1.4-oneiric/“.

You’ll need 3 files (replace * with the kernel version you’ve downloaded):


For 64 bit […]

Setting Up Surround Sound in Linux

It’s been a while since I bothered, the reason being it’s always seemed like an un-worthwhile struggle to get it working but either things changed or I was doing something to overcomplicate the process but it’s actually pretty simple to get surround sound up and running on your Linux machine. Now, I’m not going […]

Linux Media Players And Flash Not Stopping The Screensaver

It’s a pretty common problem, one which could be solved by pretty much the following sentence: ‘[Insert Linux Distro], [Insert Media Player] not stopping screen saver when playing videos.’ And, yeah, it’s very annoying. Something that should have been fixed thousands of releases ago, just like most common Linux problems. Luckily though there is […]

Fedora 15 Post Installation Guide

Install RPM Fusion su -c ‘yum localinstall –nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm’

— http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration

Enable unsupported video and audio codecs

Get enhanced audio and video support in applications that rely on GStreamer:

sudo yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-ffmpeg

Get enhanced audio and video support in applications that rely on xine backend:

sudo yum install xine-lib-extras-freeworld

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How To: Disable SELinux in Fedora

WARNING: by continuing following this guide you are putting your machine at risk by disabling the secuity features within SELinux, I strongly advise if you do not know what you are doing, stop and read up on the implications this action will have before continuing. Some information is avaible in the Fedora Wiki here […]

How To Fix: Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: Dropbox. Please verify its path and try again

After installing dropbox from the RPM package availble on the site on a new Fedora 15 install, I was unable to use yum without coming across this error:

$ update Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit http://linux.dropbox.com/fedora/15/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404 – Not Found : http://linux.dropbox.com/fedora/15/repodata/repomd.xml Trying other mirror. http://linux.dropbox.com/fedora/15/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 14] HTTP Error […]

wicd Error During ArchBang Update

error: failed to commit transaction (conflicting files) wicd: /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/wicd/__init__.pyo exists in filesystem wicd: /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/wicd/backend.pyo exists in filesystem wicd: /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/wicd/configmanager.pyo exists in filesystem wicd: /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/wicd/dbusmanager.pyo exists in filesystem wicd: /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/wicd/logfile.pyo exists in filesystem wicd: /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/wicd/misc.pyo exists in filesystem wicd: /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/wicd/networking.pyo exists in filesystem wicd: /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/wicd/wnettools.pyo exists in filesystem wicd: /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/wicd/wpath.pyo exists in filesystem Errors occurred, […]

OpenShot, libmp3lame and Ubuntu

If you’re getting the following error while trying export a video under several different codecs in OpenShot including AVI, MOV and MPEG using (mpeg2, mpeg4 or h.264) chances are this might help you with that error.

The following formats/codecs are missing from your system:


You will not be able to use the […]

HowTo: Remove Every Other Line in Text Files – Linux

Let’s say you’ve got a text file, of any size, big or small, and you want to remove every other line of that file, well here are a few commands in Linux that allow you to do this.

Example, you want to get from this:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 […]

Failed to build Planner-0.14.4 in Arch Linux

When trying to install Gnome Planner ( http://live.gnome.org/Planner ) in Arch Linux, I came across this error:


/usr/bin/pygobject-codegen-2.0: line 11: /usr/bin/python2: No such file or directory make[2]: *** [planner.c] Error 127 make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/alex/Desktop/planner-0.14.4/python’ make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1 make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/alex/Desktop/planner-0.14.4′ make: *** [all] Error 2

To fix this, I […]