Install the latest VLC in Ubuntu 8.04 ….

With Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) came the latest version of VLC for Linux. This new version had a more sophisticated interface all together and especially made fullscreen video a lot easier to manipulate. If you are running Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) there is no reason why you should not have the latest VLC and here is how to get it.

Goto System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager
Click on Settings > Repositories
Click on the Third-Party Software tab
Click on the Add button
paste this:

deb hardy main

and then click on Add Source and then on Close.

Now click the Reload button and wait for Synaptic to reload the software sources.
Now search for vlc and mark vlc for complete removal. Click the Apply button to apply the changes.

Once VLC has been removed search again for it and this time mark it for installation. Click on the Apply button to apply the changes.

Now you can open VLC how you always do … but now it will be the latest version.

NOTE: It is recommended to remove the software source after installing VLC.

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Ubuntu Linux Screenshots …

I thought I would start to put up screenshots of Ubuntu Linux just to keep people out there up-to-date on what Ubuntu is looking like.




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The FSRC wishes all you out there a wonderful and joyous Christmas! May your cups of fun and happiness run over. Remember this Christmas that “The way to be happy is to make others happy”!

May God Bless you all!

FSRC Founder

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Get Rid of IE and head for Mozilla Firefox …

Microsoft issues emergency patch warning for IE

Read the full article HERE

What is Mozilla Firefox?

Firefox is the award-winning Web browser which is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life. With Firefox® 3, Mozilla have added powerful new features that make your online experience even better.
Firefox is also 100% open source – which means it is bound to be a whole lot more secure and safe to use.

Get Mozilla Firefox HERE

File and Folder Share in Ubuntu Hardy…

I was trying to share my files and folders over the network using Samba, which is what Ubuntu uses, and was getting the following message,

ubuntu ‘net usershare’ returned error 255: net usershare: cannot open usershare directory /var/lib/samba/usershares. Error Permission denied

so here is what I did to make it work.

1. Open a Terminal and type the following in

sudo gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf

What this will do is open the configuration file for Samba with “Root” privileges which means we can edit it.

2. Find the section called “Global Settings”, which for me was the first section, and paste the following line at the end of the section,

usershare owner only = False

Save the file and close it. Now your sharing should work. If not you may need to log out and log back in or reboot.

Also make sure that your User has the permissions to share files and folders over the network.
To make sure of this go to System > Administration > Users and Groups. Then click the “Unlock” button and enter your password. Click on your user and then on Properties and then go to the User Privileges tab and make sure that “Share files with the local network” is ticked.

Firefox, Flash and Ubuntu Hardy…

As you know not too long ago I upgraded my machines to Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex). However just a couple days ago I reverted back to Ubuntu 8.04 on my ThinkPad due to experiencing Kernel Panics and sound distortion. I did attempt to find the cause for the Kernel Panics, and I did find that I was not the only one experiencing this with Intrepid, but the solution was no where in sight.

Hardy was back up and running with all my programs (30+) and all my mail and firefox backups in about 2 hours. Things were already better without the Kernel Panics. There was one thing though which I noticed pretty much right away which was causing me trouble in Hardy. It seemed that when I would have Firefox open and was viewing Flash video content (ie. YouTube) that my sound ont he rest of the system would no longer work. For example if I had a Flash video playing in Firefox and I also opened up a music player like Exaile or Banshee and tried to play an audio file it would not play – also Pidgin sounds would no longer work.

I think I found the solution and it was remarkably simple. All I did was install a package called “libflashsupport”. You can do this via the Synaptic Package Manager or with the Terminal. In the terminal it is a simple command of:

sudo apt-get install libflashsupport

After installing the package you should close and reopen Firefox. Then play a Flash video and try to play music through your media player at the same time.

Why Ubuntu Now Beats Vista…

“Last month, Canonical launched Ubuntu 8.10 with significant new features and performance upgrades over previous versions. But what is becoming increasingly clear is that the free, downloadable operating system has in many critical ways caught or surpassed Microsoft’s flagship desktop operating system — and poses a significant threat to the software giant if the market catches on.”

CLICK HERE for full story ….