August 16, 2009

Removing A User Account In Ubuntu

There may be more than one user accounts on a computer. Suppose you just created one, but later on decide to delete it, then you can do the following.

1. Go to System-> Administration-> Users and Groups. Click on the user account to be deleted, then unlock it if necessary providing the administrator password. But in this case, the user's home folder still exists, as it was in my case. To get rid of this, you can follow the second method which is more reliable.

2. Open a terminal and type:

varsha@varsha-laptop:~$ sudo userdel -f username

3. Then to remove the home folder, type:

varsha@varsha-laptop:~$ sudo rm -r /home/username

Check whether the user's folder is gone. It must have.

Getting Youtube Videos To Play In Ubuntu 9.04

I upgraded my Ubuntu from version 8.1 to 9.04, but ever since I had done this, Youtube videos weren't playing. I tried removing and reinstalling Flash, but unfortunately things did not work out. Later I found out that the latest Flash plug-in is required for this. This is the Flash-10 64-bit alpha plugin.

Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) is a 64-bit OS. So, in case you are facing the problem that Youtube videos are not playing properly, or not playing at all, then you can do as said below.

1. Go to
2. Save file on your system, preferably on your Desktop.
3. Extract the tar.gz file, on your Desktop.
4. Open up the terminal, and type,

varsha@varsha-laptop:~$ cd /home/varsha/Desktop/flash64
varsha@varsha-laptop:~/Desktop/flash64$ sudo ./

The process will take a few seconds, and then the Flash plugin will get installed on your system.

Now try playing any video on Youtube.

For details, you can go to

Update Your Pidgin Status With The Current Music Track

Your friends are complementing you for your marvelous music collection and choice of songs. Sounds nice? Read on.

There is a plug-in for Pidgin, known as MusicTracker. You can find it in Tools-> Plugins.

1. Search for the desired plug-in.
2. Check the box.
3. Close the window.

There you are. Start playing you favorite music, and let your friends get the updates of the current playing track as your status. You can change your settings from Tools-> MusicTracker.

But, I understand that some of you might be wondering whether this plug-in works with all the media players. Well, no.

You can try out using the player of your choice, but it may not support the plug-in.

We'll just have a brief insight into which players actually support this plug-in. I won't be hitting the topic on Windows, as that is not my area of interest. But on Linux, the following players can be employed for this purpose.

1. Amarok
1. Banshee
1. Feed
4. MPD
5. Rhythmbox

There are many others. You can check them out here.

I personally prefer using the VLC media player, but I installed Banshee for this purpose. I have Rhythmbox too. So, you too can use whichever player you are comfortable with.