Skype for Ubuntu 13.04 Ringtail

I am running the new version of Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, and so far really like it.  However I’ve had a bit of trouble with Skype, because I could not get it to use the indicator area of the tray.  Other than that it seemed to work fine.

When I installed Skype I did it from the Skype website, and didn’t realize there was a package at http://archive.canonical.com/ partners already carrying it because that repository is not turned on by default for Aptitude.

The repository can be activated by either command line, or by using the Software & Updates which enable it for command line or Ubuntu Software Center, or Synaptic Package Manager.

Via terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update

Via GUI:

Open the System Settings and click on the Software & Updates icon, or using the Dash you can simply type “Software & Updates”.  Once it opens you can select the “Other Software” tab and check the first box titled Canonical Partners.

Software and Updates

Now we are able to install Skype from the Canonical Partners repository no matter what method you wish to use.

Install Methods:

From terminal

sudo apt-get install skype

Or search for it through Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager and install nromally.

It will install some other required packages with it, but after the install it now works as expected with the indicator and all.

Enjoy!

Headphone problem with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)

I was having a sporadic problem with my headphone jack in my new Dell E1505 laptop that came pre-loaded with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), using ALSA. The problem was that when I plugged in my headphones, sometimes they worked, and other times nothing happened. No sound from my headphones at all.

Here is how I fixed the sound in my Dell laptop…

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Apache redirecting to home directory using userdir module

Development is made easier by running a full development environment on your workstation. I personally run a full LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) environment that allows me to test what I am developing on my workstation. In this case I am on my new Dell Inspiron E1505n running Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn.

One of the problems with doing this is the need to play with permissions on ever site in the server root. So instead I am using ‘userdir’ to keep the sites for easy development and testing. In other words I use apache to pull the site from my home directory for display in my browser. Here is how I did it.

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Laptop not recovering from suspend mode (Dell with Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn)

I am pretty mobile, and find it a pain to boot up my laptop every time I need it. So instead I simply close it to put it into suspend mode, and simply open it and log in without the needed wait for booting up. (Even though Ubuntu loads very quickly.)

The problem is that sometimes the laptop does not recover, and I am faced with a black screen instead of my login screen. This forces me to force shutdown by hitting the power button, or forcing reboot by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

After some searching I found a remedy that seems to have fixed the problem. I simply added ‘noapic nolapic’ to my boot. Here is how I did it:

$ sudo vi /boot/grub/menu.lst

Then I found the “kernel” line that corresponds with my boot process, and appended ‘noapic nolapic’ to the end of it. Here is how that line looked when I was finished:

kernel          /vmlinuz-2.6.20-16-generic noapic nolapic

Your line may differ slightly, but simply appending to the end will work fine.

New Dell Inspiron with Preloaded Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)

Well, after a couple of weeks waiting my shiny new Dell Inspiron E1505 preloaded with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) has finally arrived. First I must say that it took a LONG time. It is pretty common for Dell to take some time getting PC’s and/or Servers delivered after it is ordered. (IBM and others tend to get them out faster.) Second, after a few days with the new laptop, it was worth the wait.

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