Better Old Programs

May 14, 2011

Long story short, well more like short story even shorter, I got a new laptop and reinstalled Ubuntu 10.04 on my external hard drive.
Don’t worry I had a separate home partition so most of my important files were saved. However, I still have to get back some programs and libraries that I liked using. So this post is going to document what I did to get them each back. Mainly this is for my own personal use since I know that I will most likely have to solve this problem again at some point in the future.

Mozilla Firefox

Now there is nothing wrong with the version that Ubuntu supplies, that is until a new version of Firefox is released. So all you really need to do is to your repository with the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Amarok 1.4

This is just a personal thing. I’m sure that the new Amarok is a wonderful program, I am just more familiar with the old version. That being said, getting this to work is a little more complicated that ‘fixing’ Firefox.

sudo gedit /etc/apt/source.list

Well you can actually use whatever text editor you want, I just put gedit since it will most likely be what most people (non-linux users) are used to.
Then add the following lines to the file (I added them to the bottom but don’t see why you can’t add them anywhere else)

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

If you have any other version of Amarok installed you will need to remove it.

sudo apt-get remove amarok* && sudo apt-get autoclean

Now you can install what you want

sudo apt-get install amarok14

Hopefully there were no errors. If you got something about a mysqlclient15 file then go to this site, download the file, then run the last command again.

This is What Linux Sounds Like

August 11, 2009

So what good is a system that has Amarok (if you don’t know what this is and you use Ubuntu/Kubuntu, stop now and check out the link) but doesn’t play sounds?  I’ll let you come to your own conclusions on that.  For me the answer is “pointless and rather annoying”.  A few days ago I had my first issues with my sound card.  Basically I would not be able to play songs on Amarok while watching a video on a site (read: YouTube).  It turns out that I was trying to route all of my sound through PulseAudio.

No clue why it only started causing problems a few days ago and not any time before.  Here is my ad-hoc solution.  System>Preferences>Sound.  Then in this menu change have ALSA manage the sound events and PulseAudio control the sound playback for videos and music. Everything else is set to Autodetect.  You’re almost done.  Now you just need to open up Amarok and go to Settings>Configure Amarok>Engine.  In this menu use the Xine Engine for your Sound System, for the Output Plugin select PulseAudio. “Problem solved”.

In addition to solving the above problem it also allowed me to preview music files with a mouse over.  Some people complain about this feature, but I really like it. Saves me the time of opening an actual media player.

I honestly spent about two hours searching around Google and the Ubuntu forums trying to find a solution to this.  However, nothing seemed to work; or my system was already configured as they recommended.  Don’t take this the wrong way, I LOVE the Ubuntu forums. In fact they have helped me solve most of my problems, such as getting my computer to not freeze up when I insert and SD card, but that’s a whole differnt story.

Well I am now somewhat more interested in learning more about PulseAudio and Xine, so I will probably spend some time reading those Wikipeia pages I linked at the beginning.  They should be a good place to start.  Maybe I will be able to find a better solution to suggest.  Who knows, maybe this is just a 64-bit problem, but I really doubt that.