Mount NTFS filesystem read/write on Ubuntu

ubuntu logoHere is the simple method to enable read write access for your NTFS file system on your Ubuntu Box. This method uses ntfs-3g which is still in beta. You should not use it on production machines.

First enable Universe repository

Then in your terminal type

sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

You can view the partition table by using this command

sudo fdisk -l

Then in your /media folder create new mount folders. This is where your filesystem will be mounted. Then make a backup of the /etc/fstab file and edit the file

sudo mkdir /media/windows
sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak
gksudo gedit /etc/fstab

Append this line to the fstab file, by substituting the respective drive name. This should be done for every drive in your system.

/dev/hda1    /media/windows    ntfs-3g    defaults,locale=en_US.utf8    0    0

Save the file and reboot the system. You can however mount them without reboot by issuing this command.

sudo umount -a && sudo mount -a

This would unmount all your file systems and again mount them.

WordPress 404 error when publishing or saving

Wordpress logoWordPress has this particular problem when publishing or saving a blog post where it shows a 404 page instead of the required effect. This is irritating when you have typed a long post and just after you have published it shows the 404 error, and all your data is lost. I have faced this same problem for many times.
After a bit of Googling, I found out that the problem is with mod_security being set on server.
To fix this, add the following two lines in our .htaccess file.
SecFilterEngine Off
SecFilterScanPOST Off

This should fix the problem. Let me try publishing this post.

Install Flash Player 9 Beta on Ubuntu Edgy

flash logoFlash player 9 beta is the latest version that you can get for your linux box. This is very essential for my life because I miss all the youtube videos. So, I decided to install the flash player 9 beta on by Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10.

First you have to install the flash player 7. Remember to enable all the repositories.

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
sudo update-flashplugin
sudo apt-get install libflash-mozplugin

After flash player 7 is installed, you can carry on your installation for the new release. These three command will download the player, extract it and also install it.

wget http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer9_update/FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz
tar xvzf FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz
sudo cp flash-player-plugin-9.0.21.78/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/

This is an easy method for installing flash player for linux and now I can enjoy my videos.

web.py 0.2 released

webpy Logoweb.py is a web framework for python that is so simple and powerful. The new version 0.2 was released on 27 Nov after many days lying in the subversion repository. The website also presents a new layout.

It is a nice framework and I have also tried writing a very simple web app using it. I think I would mostly be using this framework for my final year project. Or are there any other better frameworks available?

Ubuntu Lite for older computers

Ubuntu LiteUbuntu Lite is a stripped down version of the popular Ubuntu GNU/Linux system. This is can bring the life to those old hardware lying around. You can check it out here, and download a torrent for an install CD here.

The default Window Manager is IceWM. It has Abiword and GNUMeric for the basic office needs. I think I would like to see it running on the old system that I have just to see it working.

Quick review

Here is a quick review of what happened all the days that I weren’t here.

  • Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10 released on October 26. This release wasn’t so satisfying as there were numerous problems with upgrading and still there is no proper flash support for 64bit. I am planning to reinstall Edgy 386 instead of the 64bit version.
  • Novell made an agreement with Microsoft to boost the interoperability of their competing software products on Nov 2.
  • Later Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft said that Linux uses Microsoft’s intellectual property. Microsoft will pay Novell $440 million in coupons for a year worth of maintenance. Novell will have to pay $40 million for using the IP of Microsoft. For this money all Novell users can say that they paid properly for the intellectual property.
  • But Novell says that this agreement has nothing to do with any infringement.

Linutop diskless computer

Linutop Logo Linutop is a Linux-based diskless computer. It offers a completely silent, low-power operation in an extremely small package. Its main purpose is to surf the Internet. It is just a small box which has USB ports for attaching the keyboard, mouse and a port to attach a monitor.

Linutop can be used in

  • Libraries, schools, universities
  • Business and Government offices
  • Hotels, hospitals, internet cafes, etc

Linutop Desk

Specification:

  • AMD Geode
  • 512 Mb ROM
  • 256 Mb RAM
  • 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • audio in & out
  • 100baseT Ethernet
  • VGA output
  • Size: 9.3 x 2.7 x 15 cm
  • Weight: 280 gr

Expandability:

USB2 , Wifi connection, Flat panel,

Softwares:

  • AbiWord Word Processor
  • Evince PDF reader
  • Firefox Web browser
  • Gaim instant messenger
  • Totem media player

Returned to Blogging

It has been a long time since I blogged in FSLog as my blog host was down for several weeks. I have found another host which provides free services for this blog. I tried to change to the free wordpress.com host but was not satisfied due to the limitations (no plugins, themes, etc). Also I wouldn’t like to lose this PR4 site. So I am back here and I will renew this domain in 1 month. I should promise myself to blog more and also bring in newer services.