Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Install From an ISO File

In Ubuntu, determining the mount point of an ISO file is very difficult. Unlike windows, we cannot use the setup option for most cases in Ubuntu. Here's a simple way to install from an ISO Image:

1. Create a folder in a suitable location.
2. Right click the ISO Image and click "Open with Archive Manager".
3. Extract it to the folder which you have created.

This solves the initial phase of the problem. Now, we need to install it. If you look at the contents of the extracted ISO in the folder, you will find a binary with a name install.bin or setup.bin or something of this kind. Now do the following

1. Open the terminal.
2. Login as root(su -).
3. Change your path to the folder path(Suppose the path is /home/user/extract then type " cd /home/user/extract " without the quotes).
4. Then type ./filename.bin.

There you go!!! Installing from an ISO made simpler!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

GTK+- Error

Many new ubuntu user will face this problem. This happens when you try to run an application from the terminal. The error is usually this:

Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

Follow the following steps to correct this problem. Do all this on the terminal.

1. sudo apt-get install sux
2. sux - (give super user password)
3. xauth list
4. exit
5. xauth list
  ( you will see something like this
    Kaushik/unix:0  MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1  d4271cb3efeb1b70b0e980bfd6126a50
    copy that)
6. xauth add Kaushik/unix:0  MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1  d4271cb3efeb1b70b0e980bfd6126a50 ( you paste what you had copied)

Now everything should work fine!!!!


Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Beginning of the Encounter

When I had finished class 12, and was prepared to leave for my college, Shreyas had told me this "DUDE THERE IS AN OPERATING SYSTEM CALLED UBUNTU. THEY SHIP THEIR CD FOR FREE. CHECK THIS SITE" Without even knowing what Ubuntu is, I went to the site to check it out. Since it was free and I was not losing anything by ordering a CD, I had ordered one. The CD was called "UBUNTU 8.04 HARDY HERON" which made no sense to me. The CD came to my house and when I tried installing, my display was screwed and my monitor became plain WHITE. Thinking Ubuntu  sucked, I left it and completely forgot about it.

In semester 2 our computer science professor Mr Sanjay K Sahay taught us a little on linux as a part of our curriculum. Sanjay, who is a bad teacher, could not give a proper impression about linux to students. This again increased the haterd towards linux.

I attened a workshop by a compny called Nettech. There I had learnt about the advanced features of linux. This one month period is makng me write this blog today. I regret using any MICROSOFT product till now. I also regret hating linux for so long. Linux is the best OS available. It's main organizational component, the kernel, is as secure as the Fort-Knox. No virus, fully secure are the features of this operating system.

Thus after the end of this workshop, i installed UBUNTU 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope on my laptop parallel to WINDOWS Vista. Now, microsoft has been removed from my dictionary. Actually no. It has a meaning which goes like this "A dumb, stupid, insecure, inefficient, useless operating system." I thank Mr Swapan Purkait for introducing linux to me in an amazing way.

This was how I started using Ubuntu. Its probably just 3 months, but all these 3 months have been amazing. I have personally learnt a lot about computers. Most importantly, the importance of Google was realized beacuse of Ubuntu. I suggest all to start using this wonderful OS and enjoy!!!