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Thoughts about ubuntu–ubuntu Newbie Series

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Using ubuntu likes using a knife to survive in wild. You cannot access to most of the convenient facilities you use daily.

Two weeks ago, after crying painfully for a whole night (I leaved it downloading something and went to sleep), my hard disk failed. I replaced it with a new one, and installed windows and ubuntu in it again. But I have not touched ubuntu from then on.

These days and in the next few months, I will be busy in applying U.S. graduate schools, writing personal statements, doing research on the schools’ requirements and so on. I have no time and no interest in surviving in wild; I need to stay in civilized society, using all the efficient ways to finish my works.

In my experience, if you want to use ubuntu, you’d better make good use of Firefox. When you need doing something, find solutions in Firefox extensions first. There are many programmers have the same needs as you (you will find that all your strange needs are not unique in the Internet world), they write the extensions for themselves, and publish them.

Maybe in the future, there’s a very simple and small operation system just for running Firefox, and Firefox with its extensions can do all things you want. Combing the promising web based services, desktop based on browser may come true.

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December 1, 2007 at 6:45 am

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Download BT–ubuntu Newbie Series

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There’re many bittorrent download softwares can run on ubuntu, but they cannot recognize the torrents I want to download.

If you have the same problems of mine. Try the lastest verstion of Azureus. It works well, though the download speed seems not high.

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December 1, 2007 at 5:37 am

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Play video in ubuntu — ubuntu Newbie Series

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The ubuntu 7.10 cannot play most of the media type if you don’t install package.

I have tried many ways to make it play popular video types, including rmvb, avi. Some ways may work for you, but not me.

If you don’t want to waste your time in trying many failed ways, you should try to install w32codecs first. The player in ubuntu 7.10 can play rmvb and avi now with this package, though it seems a bit darker than usual when it plays rmvb. (I don’t figure out how many media types it supports.)

w32codecs is not provided by ubuntu official sources. You must download it from web(search it in google). You may have some troubles in installing it. Find helps in ubuntu’s “help”(on your desktop tool bar) about how to install software.

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December 1, 2007 at 4:11 am

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Screen flashes? ubuntu Newbie Series

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After I had installed ubuntu on my laptop, the first problem was my screen flashes severely.

I had tried most ways given in the ubuntuforum.org to fix this problem, editing documents, installing software, but failed.

At last, I remembered a extraordinary simple way referred among hand of complex technical instructions.

Press video output button on your keyboard.

God damn! It works!

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December 1, 2007 at 2:49 am

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