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The latest stable Linux Kernel 3.10.4 has been released. This simple tutorial will show you how to install / upgrade this kernel in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal and 12.04 Precise.

Linux Kernel 3.10.4

Linux kernel 3.10.4 is an important release, which brings many improvements to IPv4 and IPv6 protocols, as well as many updated drivers and ARM fixes. All users of the 3.10 kernel series are urged to upgrade as soon as possible. See official announcement.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal window, copy and paste below command into terminal and run to download the kernel:

for 32-bit system:

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.10.4-saucy/linux-headers-3.10.4-031004-generic_3.10.4-031004.201307282043_i386.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.10.4-saucy/linux-headers-3.10.4-031004_3.10.4-031004.201307282043_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.10.4-saucy/linux-image-3.10.4-031004-generic_3.10.4-031004.201307282043_i386.deb

for 64-bit system:

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.10.4-saucy/linux-headers-3.10.4-031004-generic_3.10.4-031004.201307282043_amd64.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.10.4-saucy/linux-headers-3.10.4-031004_3.10.4-031004.201307282043_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.10.4-saucy/linux-image-3.10.4-031004-generic_3.10.4-031004.201307282043_amd64.deb

After that, both 32-bit and 64-bit run below command to install the kernel

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.10.4-*.deb linux-image-3.10.4*.deb

Finally apply changes to grub boot loader:

sudo update-grub

You can remove the downloaded packages after the kernel is properly installed.

This simple tutorial will show you how to convert your photos to cartoon or sketch images in Ubuntu Linux using a simple tool XnSketch.

turn to cartoon

XnSketch is a very small tool that allows you to turn your photos into cartoon or sketch images. It works on Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Apple and Android devices.

Features:

  • 18 different effects (black strokes, white strokes, pastel, pencil sketch, colored sketch, …)
  • Edge strength, and opacity adjustement
  • Contrast, brightness, saturation adjustement
  • Save or share the result to Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Imgur, Thmblr, ImageShack, Yfrog, GlowFoto, TwitPic, and Email.

Install XnSketch

First download the package:

XnSketch for Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit

XnSketch for Ubuntu Linux

For Ubuntu users, decompress the package and copy and paste the result folder into /opt/ folder once downloaded. To do so, press Alt+F2 on your keyboard and type in gksudo nautilus to open file browser with root privilege.

open nautilus as root

Then drag and drop the extract folder from your ~/Downloads folder to /opt/:

move xnsketch to opt

Finally follow below steps to create a launcher for this tool:

1.) Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands to install required package:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel --no-install-recommends

2.) Run command to bring up Create Launcher dialog.

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

In next window type following:

name = XnSketch
command = /opt/XnSketch/xnsketch.sh
select an icon from /opt/XnSketch/xnsketch.png

launcher for xnsketch

Once done, click Ok and you’ll see the XnSketch from the Unity Dash home.

NitroShare is a network file-sharing application that makes sending a file to another machine on the local network as easy as dragging-and-dropping.

nitroshare drag & drop transfer

NitroShare is designed to be hassle-free in every aspect. Just install the application on any machine running Ubuntu or Windows and you’re all set. Each machine should discover all of the other machines on the local network. The application integrates with the operating system, using application indicators on Ubuntu and the system tray on Windows.

nitroshare indicator

Install NitroShare:

NitroShare PPA contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise.

To add the ppa, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:george-edison55/nitroshare

Then you can click ‘Reload’ on Synaptic Package Manager and then install this home network sharing software. Or you can do it via below command:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install nitroshare

For Ubuntu 14.04 and higher, download “nitroshare_0.2_amd64.deb” for 32-bit OS or “nitroshare_0.2_i386.deb” for 64-bit OS from Launchpad.net and install it via Software Center.

Once installed, open it from Unity Dash home.

nitroshare in unity

For the first time launching this application, you’ll need to follow on the setup wizard. When you’re done, you’ll see the panel indicator and the icons on bottom-right corner of your desktop.

Use indicator menu or drag and drop file onto the desktop icon to start transfering. Target machine will receive a confirm dialog.

nitroshare confirm dialog

This simple and brief tutorial shows you how to download and install Areca Backup utility in Ubuntu Linux Unity Desktop.

Areca Backup in ubuntu unity

As you may know, Areca Backup is an Open Source personal backup solution which is released under the General Public License (GPL) v2. It basically allows you to select a set of files / directories to back-up, choose where and how (as a simple file copy, as a zip archive, …) they will be stored, and configure post-backup actions (like sending backup reports by email or launching custom shell scripts).

Download & Install Areca Backup

The acrca backup depends on Java, so first install OpenJDK from Ubuntu Software Center or Oracle Java from ppa.

The last stable version can be downloaded from below link:

download areca backup

Choose to download the areca-*-linux-gtk.tar.gz. You may check 32-bit or 64-bit by opening Details from Unity Dash.

download areca backup

Once downloading process finished, decompress the package and put the result folder to /opt/ directory. To do so, press Alt+F2 and type in gksudo nautilus to open file browser with root privilege.

open nautilus as root

Then move the extracted folder to computer -> /opt/ folder.

move-to-opt

Now you’re able to open this backup utility via command: /opt/areca/areca.sh

To create a launcher for Areca Backup

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below command to install required package:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel --no-install-recommends

After that, run below commands to create the .desktop launcher file:

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

It brings up a dialog, where you can set the icon, name, and command of new launcher.

launcher for areca backup

Once done, you’ll see areca backup in Unity Dash.

areca backup in unity

This simple and brief tutorial is going to show you how to install Gyachi Yahoo! client in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail via the ppa repository.

gyachi unity

GyachE Improved (GyachI) is a fork from Gyach Enhanced Yahoo! client for Linux operating systems. This Yahoo! client supports almost all of the features you would expect to find on the official Windows Yahoo! client: Voice chat, webcams, faders, ‘nicknames’, audibles, avatars, display images, and more. Yet, it remains very light-weight and memory-friendly.

NOTE: The latest version of Gyachi was released on 2011-09-03, so it may or may not work. Use it at your own risk!

Install Gyachi:

There’s a PPA repository contains the latest Gyachi packages for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid and higher.

To add the ppa, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:adilson/experimental

Then you can update your system package lists and install it via:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install gyachi

Run gyachi command to launch it first time, then click its icon and choose “lock to launcher”.

gyachi

pin gyachi to unity launcher