Want to install and use Google Sketchup on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring? Well, this simple tutorial will show you how to do it. With the help of Wine software, you can install and use Windows software easily in Ubuntu.

Wine is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, including Ubuntu Linux. It’s free and open-source software. Wine now is getting a lot better at handling Windows software on Linux systems.

To get started with installing Sketchup 2013 in Ubuntu, download the lastest version of wine. To do that, press Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add its PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

Then run below command to update package lists and install wine1.5 (Now the latest wine1.7 is recommended):

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install wine1.5

Once wine is installed, run below command to configure it so that Sketchup could be installed. You may need to log out and log back:

winecfg

Next, navigate to Libraries tab, then select ‘Riched20’ library from the drop-down list and add it. When done, click OK

wine-configuration

Download Google Sketchup from http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/download/gsu.html. Then navigate to the Downloads folder and right-click on the EXE to ‘Open with Wine Windows Program Loader’.

open-with-wine

Follow the setup wizard and finally you’ll get the shortcut on the desktop and Unity dash.

sketchup

That’s it. Enjoy!

UPDATE: If Sketchup hangs after choosing a template, try launching it with /DisableRubyAPI as a workaround. Or read the new post about install Sketchup 2014 in Ubuntu 14.04.

The Wine team finally released the stable version of Wine 1.6. This release represents 16 months of development effort and around 10,000 individual changes. The main highlights are the new Mac driver, the full support for window transparency, and the new Mono package for .NET applications support.

It also contains a lot of improvements across the board, as well as support for many new applications and games. See the release notes for a summary of the major changes.

Objectives:

  • Install Wine 1.6 Final release on Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
  • Enjoy!

The source is available from the following links:

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.6.tar.bz2
http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.6/wine-1.6.tar.bz2

The ppa is available for Ubuntu and Linux Mint users, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal window:

Open Terminal to run commands

Run command to add the Wine Team PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

Update package lists and install wine 1.6:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install wine1.6

Enjoy!

When you’re running your laptop on battery, Ubuntu dims the screen after a few seconds of inactivity. It annoying and here’s how to increase the timeout.

Objectives:

  • Increase Ubuntu screen dimming timeout on your laptop
  • Enjoy!

To get started, open dconf Editor from the dash search results.

dconf editor in unity dash

In next window, navigate to org -> gnome -> settings-daemon -> plugins -> power. You’ll find the key which says “idle-dim-time”, change its value to what you want.

change idle screen timeout

Enjoy!

When your Ubuntu laptop is on battery, the screen dims after about a few seconds of inactivity. It’s annoying and here’s how to turn if off.

Objectives:

  • Disable Screen Dimming on Ubuntu 13.04 Laptop
  • Enjoy!

To get started, open Brightness & Lock utility from Unity Dash search results or from System Settings.

brightness and lock utility

Un-check the box where it says “Dim screen to save power”

disable dim screen

That’s it!

How to Flush DNS Cache on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10

Last updated: July 18, 2013

This simple tutorial will show you how to flush or clear your system’s DNS records on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring and 12.10 Quantal.

Objectives:

  • Flush DNS records on Ubuntu 13.04 or Ubuntu 12.10
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal window.

Open Terminal to run commands

Then run command to flush dns:

sudo /etc/init.d/dns-clean restart

You can also use this command:

sudo /etc/init.d/networking force-reload

In addition, to flush nscd dns cache:

sudo /etc/init.d/nscd restart

To flush dnsmasq dns cache:

sudo /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart