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This simple tutorial shows you how to install Rockbox Utility on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.04 Precise, 12.10 Quantal, 10.04 Lucid.

Rockbox Utility on Ubuntu

What is Rockbox:

As you may know, Rockbox is a free and open source replacement for the standard firmware in various forms of digital audio players (DAPs). It offers an alternative to the player’s operating system, in many cases without removing the original firmware, which provides a plug-in architecture for adding various enhancements and functions. Enhancements include personal digital assistant (PDA) functions, applications, utilities, and games. Rockbox can also retrofit video playback functions on players first released in mid-2000. Rockbox includes a voice-driven user-interface suitable for operation by visually impaired users.

Rockbox iPod

What is Rockbox Utility

Rockbox Utility is a free computer application that is used to install and manage Rockbox on DAPs. It provides automatic installation of Rockbox, as well as themes and voice files, directly onto a DAP with minimal user interaction.

Rockbox Utility is updated frequently as support for new devices is added. Currently supported devices include iPod, iPod Mini, iPod Nano, Archos Jukebox series, Cowon X5, M5, M3, iRiver H10/H100/H300, Mpio HD200, Packard Bell Vibe 500, Philips GoGear, Samsung YH, SanDisk, Toshiba, Olympus. Read more

Features:

  • Base
    • Bootloader installation
    • Rockbox installation
  • Extras
    • Fontpack installation
    • Theme installation
    • Game files installation (i.e. freedoom)
  • Accessibility
    • Install voice file (from the webpage)
    • Create voicefile
    • Create .talk clips
  • Uninstallation
    • Uninstall bootloader
    • Uninstall Rockbox (partial, or full)
  • Manual
    • Access to the Manual of your device
  • Info
    • Shows all installed parts of Rockbox

Install Rockbox Utility:

The official website only provides source code for Ubuntu users. GetDeb repository has added Rockbox Utility packages for Ubuntu 12.04 and higher (exclude Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10).

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open a terminal window. When it opens, run below commands to add getdeb repository:

wget http://archive.getdeb.net/install_deb/getdeb-repository_0.1-1~getdeb1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i getdeb-repository_0.1-1~getdeb1_all.deb

After that, install it from Synaptic package manager. Or run below commands instead:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install rbutil

Once Rockbox Utility is installed, open it from Unity Dash.

rockbox utility on ubuntu

This simple and brief tutorial is going to show you how to install the Skype 4.2 on Linux Mint 13 Maya, 14 Nadia, 15 Olivia.

Objectives:

  • Install Skype 4.2 on Linux Mint
  • Enjoy!

For Linux Mint 13 Maya and 15 Olivia, the latest skype 4.2 is ready for install in the official repository. Just go to Start menu -> Software Manager, search skype and install it.

skype-LinuxMint

For Linux Mint 14 Nadia, the default is version 4.1. If you want the latest, click the link below to download Skype 4.2 from Olivia’s repository:

skype_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb

Then double-click to install the DEB via Gdebi.

Enjoy!

Skye4-LinxMint

This tutorial shows you how to easily install uTorrent sever on Ubuntu and Linux Mint. There’s no command, just a few clicks!

First, download uTorrent server: http://www.utorrent.com/downloads/linux. Check 32-bit or 64-bit by top-right corner shutdown menu (gear icon) -> About This Computer.

download-utorrent

After downloading, navigate to the package in Nautilus file browser. Then decompress it.

Go into the extracted folder, right-click on utserver and select Properties.

utserver-executable

Make sure that the box before “Allow execute as a program” is checked.

utserver-executable1

Before starting this service, search for and install libssl0.9.8 (SSL shared libraries) from Ubuntu Software Center.

NOTE: If you’re on 64-bit Ubuntu, press Ctrl+Alt+T and install the libssl0.9.8 with command below in terminal to fix utserver not launching problem:

sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8:i386

Then double click utserver to start uTorrent server (or run ~/Downloads/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver command to start it). That’s right you see nothing happens because the server is running as a background program.

Launch your web browser and go to http://localhost:8080/gui/. Type:

username: admin
password: leave password empty

You’re done!

utorrent client in firefox

This brief tutorial is going to show beginners how to install TeamViewer 8 on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, and Linux Mint.

TeamView8

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then get started with below steps:

1.) Check 32-bit or 64-bit by running this command in terminal

uname -m

i686 will mean your system is 32-bit.
x86_64 will mean you’re on 64-bit.

2.) Download TeamViewer 8 via command:

For 32-bit:

wget http://download.teamviewer.com/download/teamviewer_linux.deb

For 64-bit:

wget http://download.teamviewer.com/download/teamviewer_linux_x64.deb

3.) Install TeamViewer:

sudo dpkg -i teamviewer_linu*.deb

After that you can find TeamView from Unity Dash.

Enjoy!

Cinnamon is the default desktop environment in Linux Mint, it brings the classic Gnome 2 feel to Gnome Shell. The ppa now supports Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander.

To install Cinnamon session on your Ubuntu, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then follow the below steps:

1.) Add the stable ppa repository by running following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

UPDATE: The PPA has been abandoned, Ubuntu 13.10 user can only install an old version of Cinnamon from Ubuntu repositories by running below commands

2.) Then update the package lists:

sudo apt-get update

3.) Finally install the session:

sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Once installed, log out your current session and select log into Cinnamon on LightDM.