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install skype under lucid lynx

a howto how I like it:

For 32-bit
$ wget
For 64-bit
$ wget

$ sudo apt-get install libqt4-dbus libqt4-network libqt4-xml libasound2

$ sudo dpkg -i skype-XXXXXXXXXXXX.deb

$ sudo apt-get -f install


Tuesday, 17 August 2010 at 10:00 UTC Leave a comment

howto combine locale en_US and de_DE in Ubuntu

I prefer my Ubuntu Desktop in English,
but want to have some settings in German, like date and time.

So i get e.g. the German date format 07.02.2010 instead of 02/07/2010 in Orage calendar.

To setup mixed en_US and de_DE locale simple configure /etc/environment


see also:
[1] Ubuntu Wiki Locale Documentation

Sunday, 7 February 2010 at 22:16 UTC Leave a comment

mail spam is dead

Today some mails did not reached my inbox and were blocked through my postfix spam filter
It seems that this rbl is not available since today.

See this info on sourceforge forum page.

Any legacy services that might have been hosted on have been discontinued, in particular


simply remove from your postfix

Wednesday, 15 April 2009 at 22:41 UTC Leave a comment

Ubuntu Intrepid, Firefox and Flash

After upgrade from Ubuntu hardy to intrepid last year, i had nearly every day problems playing embedded flash on websites.
I hate it, but it was not my first priority to solve and a Firefox restart solved it every time.

Suddenly i found this simple solution:

apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree
apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Works fine now. I can see all content from slideshare and youtube.

Saturday, 31 January 2009 at 01:21 UTC 1 comment

get usb headset working with Amarok or Xine

It is a little bit tricky to get a USB headset working with Ubuntu and Amorak.

(i never use KDE, but this tool is my current favorite music player under Ubuntu. Things changes, may be there
is a another favorite player anytime. For now, Amarok 1.4.10 rocks! I donated a small amount of money for the guys of Amarok -> good job !!!).

My current Amarok version from Ubuntu Hardy or Intrepid distributions (XFCE desktop) identifies on-board soundcard only.

But i want to listen to music from my USB headset!.
So a small little manual configuration, let Amorak play music out of my USB headset:
First you need to identify the sound card identifier, i took alsactl, but other ways are possible of course:
sudo alsactl names

This creates /etc/asound.names and there you can find your assigned device, for example:
alsactl24 {
name 'plughw:1,0'
comment 'Physical Device With Conversions - USB Audio (Duplex)'

Now open Amarok and configure
Settings / Amarok / Engine
– Sound System: xine Engine
– Output plugin: alsa
– Mono and Stereo: plughw:1,0
– 4 Channels and 6 Channels: leave empty (i left it untouched).

or look on this screenshot:


Now you can here sound from your USB headsets!

Friday, 31 October 2008 at 19:00 UTC 1 comment

disable system beep under Ubuntu completely

If you use XFCE and have not System/Preferences, but want to disable system beep completely:
echo "blacklist pcspkr" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

With next reboot cannot here the annoying system-beep or if you don’t want reboot, run:
sudo modprobe -r pcspkr.

Friday, 31 October 2008 at 18:24 UTC 2 comments

Congratulations to Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid

The time is now!

Yesterday was a great day.
I’ve got my new mainboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS4 and tried to install Ubuntu/Hardy.
Unfortunately, the boot CD hang with during startup (at the USB check time) and the only thing i got, was the busybox.
After updating the BIOS to the latest F9 version, it was time to look at the new Ubuntu Release.

Success! They released yesterday the latest Ubuntu Release 8.10 (Intrepid).

Installation on the ICH10 chipset board EP45-DS45 works like a charm without any issue !!!

Good work Ubuntu Team!

As ever, i use the Xubuntu AMD64 Alternate Image, because XFCE works much faster, than Gnome or KDE.
As every download from all mirrors were slow, i used the torrent download to get maximum download speed!

Friday, 31 October 2008 at 11:28 UTC Leave a comment

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