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 http://ppa.launchpad.net/bogdanb/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/bogdanb/ppa/ubuntu 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.
http://packages.ubuntu.com/hardy/i386/libmysqlclient15off/download


Back to a Walking Speed

May 7, 2010

Well the Firefox slow down has finally gotten out of hand.  I’ve installed Swiftfox, which is basically Firefox but supposedly optimized for speed.  If you want to try it then just do a Google search for Swiftfox, and click on just about any link of your choice.

In the previous post I provided a link that showed how to supposedly fix the problem.  More or less what it instructed you to do was disable IPv6 in Firefox.  Well this didn’t work for me (though it might for you so I suggest you try it anyway).  After realizing that this didn’t work I found another site that showed how to disable IPv6 system wide.  Here is what the site says to do;

First check to see if IPv6 is enabled. If the following returns 0 then it is, otherwise it’s not.

cat /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/all/disable_ipv6

If it is enabled the you need to run the following and then restart your system.

echo "#disable ipv6" | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1" | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1" | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6 = 1" | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf

Just to be safe however, I installed Google Chrome anyway.  My system still freezes every now and then, but it’s no longer as bad as it used to be.  At this point I think that it’s something else (probably flash, who knows).

Another problem I’ve encountered is that Pidgin isn’t as responsive as it was back when I used 8.04.  But that could be due to the Facebook plugin, I’ve experienced this before so fixing it shouldn’t be too difficult.

Well my next post will most likely be about more problems I have with 10.04 (thank god this is a LTS, because it seems like the problems don’t stop).

EDIT: I totally forgot to mention what the tee command does.  It reads from standard in and writes to either standard out or a file.  When used with the -a flag it appends to the end of the designated file(s). Therefore, the following commands will have the same (overall) result.

echo "I can append to a file" >> my_file
echo "I can append to a file" | tee -a my_file

Similarly the same is true of the following.

echo "I can overwrite a file" > my_file
echo "I can overwrite a file" | tee my_file


Why so Slow!

May 6, 2010

Well I have finally installed Ubuntu 10.04 onto a 16GB flash drive.  I am currently in the process of getting all the programs that I enjoy using and or need.

So far the only problem is that everything seems…well slow.  To be more specific, Firefox is running slow.  I’m not sure what the reason for this is but I apparently am not the only person that has experienced this problem.  This site provides instructions on how to fix this. I’m not sure if it works or not since I haven’t been running FF long enough to notice the difference yet.  Regardless, I still plan to install Chrome and Epiphany.  Having more browsers can’t hurt.

Overall it has been an enjoyable experience so far but we’ll see how long that last.  Well back to setting up the system, I’ll keep you posted on any other issues I happen to run into.