January 30, 2010

Installing Blender In Ubuntu 9.10

Blender is a 3D graphics application used for modelling and creating interactive 3D applications and games.

To install, download the correct package from the official Blender webpage. For Ubuntu (and all 32-bit Linux OS in general), do the following:

1. Download the package form here.

2. Save it anywhere, for example in a directory named Setup_Files in the home directory.

3. Open a terminal, and extract the .tar.bz2 file first.

varsha@varsha-laptop:~/Setup_Files$ tar -xvf blender-2.49b-linux-glibc236-py26-i386.tar.bz2

4. Now cd into the extracted folder, and run the blender executable file.

varsha@varsha-laptop:~/Setup_Files$ cd blender-2.49b-linux-glibc236-py26-i386/

varsha@varsha-laptop:~/Setup_Filesblender-2.49b-linux-glibc236-py26-i386$ ./blender

Another simple alternative is:

varsha@varsha-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install blender

Replace apt-get with the package manager of the distro you are using and install as a superuser.

That's all. Now enjoy creating your 3D application!

January 28, 2010

Downloading Open Source Software

There are quite a number of sites, from where open source software can be downloaded. I'll keep updating this post whenever I find a new site.

As of now,

1. Open Source Software

2. AlternativeTo

3. KDE Repository

4. Linux App Finder

5. Appnr

6. Softpedia

January 26, 2010

Configuring Google Talk On Pidgin & Empathy

Configuring Gtalk on Pidgin and Empathy is a common topic of query for many people. So I decided to write this post.


1. Select Manage Accounts from Accounts.

2. Click Add....

3. Under tab Basic,

i) Protocol-> Google Talk
ii) Username-> your Gmail username (i.e., without @gmail.com)
iii) Password-> your Gtalk password
iv) Rest are optional.

4. Under tab Advanced,

i) Check Require SSL/TLS & Force old (port 5223) SSL
ii) Connect port-> 443
iii) Connect server-> talk.google.com
iv) Take the default for others.

5. Under tab Proxy,

i) Select HTTP and enter the proxy Host & Port.
ii) Leave Username & Password blank.
iii) Select No Proxy if not applicable.

6. Click Save.


1. Go to Edit-> Accounts.

2. Click Add.

3. Select Google Talk from the drop- down list.

4. In the window that appears next, enter your Gmail Login ID & Password.

5. Click Connect.

Note that Empathy does not support proxy, so you cannot use it under proxy of any kind.

January 22, 2010

Installing Skype On Ubuntu 9.10

Just follow the three simple steps to install Skype on Ubuntu 9.10:

1. Download the package from here.

2. Double-click the package and click Install Package.

3. Launch Skype from Applications-> Internet-> Skype.

Or, follow the steps given here.

January 21, 2010

Mukti' 10

The GNU/Linux Users' Group, NIT Durgapur brings to you one of the most looked for fests, Mukti' 10, a national level technical FOSS festival.

Last year, Mukti' 09 saw some of the most exciting events and useful workshops, and this year again, it brings to you an equally zealous three-day entertainment combined with vigour and freedom. All you have to do is get yourself registered, and then you are ready to soar on the wings of Linux.

The different events we have are:

1. Codecracker, When the coding gets tough, the tough get coding.

2. Brainmesh, Design … Create … Spin the web

3. Konfigure, Crash … Bang … and Voila ... It’s Fixed

4. InCanity, Ready … Get…Set … Code

5. Rush Hour, Game On

6. Open Projects, Ignite the fire of free knowledge

7. Online Treasure Hunt, Start exploring … the unexplored depths of your mind

8. Freemex, Share with shares ...

9. FreePL, Go Play...

In addition to the above-mentioned exciting events, we also have different workshops on Qt Development, Game Programming, Cyber Security, Developing Applications using Android, etc. wherein the most well-known speakers and FOSS enthusiasts from different corners of India come to interact with FOSS lovers.

This fest is not just for the students of NIT Durgapur, but for everyone. All are welcome to take part.

We are available at:

Group: http://groups.google.co.in/group/nitdgplug
IRC: http://lug.nitdgp.ac.in/irc/irc.cgi

P.S.: There is no registration fee.

January 11, 2010

Configuring LAN Connection

During my one-and-a-half-month stay at home I started using a local broadband connection for internet. But all of a sudden to my utter surprise, I saw that the default ethernet connection (named eth0) had vanished, without which, as evident, I won't be able to access internet on returning to college, because, the current broadband settings were manual and I couldn't think of automating everything, as this would interfere with my ease at home.

My fear quite turned true, back at college. A few initial attempts did fail, but the solution was simpler than thought.

1. On the top-panel, right-click the internet connection icon, and select Edit Connections....

2. Click Add.

3. Under the tab IPv4 Settings, select 'Method' Automatic (DHCP) and under IPv6 Settings, select 'Method' Ignore.

Note: For most users, method Automatic would have worked.

4. Connect automatically and Available to all users are optional. Give a suitable name (for example eth0).

5. Click Apply.

These automatic settings, unlike the manual ones, can be used inside any LAN network, as it automatically detects the addresses. If you know the Netmask, Gateway and IP addresses, then you can manually configure, but I prefer automatic settings for LAN.

January 7, 2010

Including Code Snippets In Blogger

Writing code snippets in Blogger is a real task, for which I found the following site extremely useful:


Just copy the code and paste it in the first text area and click Process. Then paste the code from the lower text area into your Blogger post, wherever necessary. :)

Although the code, when pasted, may be maroon in colour, you can change it according to what you like.

Deactivating Password Request For Mounting Windows Partitions In Ubuntu 9.10

Mounting Windows partitions in Ubuntu 9.10 prompts for the administrator password by default, which can be deactivated by following the steps given below:

1. Open the concerned file by typing in the terminal the following command.

varsha@varsha-laptop:~$ sudo gedit /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.devicekit.disks.policy

2. In the file, search for the line (most probably 34th):


3. Replace the above line with the following line:


4. Save and close the file.

Next time you mount the partitions, they would mount automatically without prompting for the password.

[Source: Web Upd8- Deactivate Password Request For Mounting Partitions In Ubuntu Karmic]