Install Opera on Ubuntu

Opera LogoThough many users prefer Mozilla Firefox, there are people who like Opera for the speed. It has many features that are yet to be seen in Internet Explorer.

The latest version of Opera is 9 and has many unique features that is not yet found in other browsers.

It has a built in Bittorrent downloader, Content blocker(to block images and ads), Widgets – small web applications, download manager, email client, IRC and many such cool features.

Linux users can also download a client for their distribution. Ubuntu users can get a deb file and install it.

Before it you should install libqt3-mt package. Then download the .deb file and install it. All these three can be done by these commands.

sudo apt-get install libqt3-mt
wget http://ftp.wayne.edu/opera/linux/902/final/en/i386/shared/opera_9.02-20060919.6-shared-qt_en_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i opera_9.02-20060919.6-shared-qt_en_i386.deb

To get java working go to Tools->Preferences->Advanced->Content-> Check “Enable Java”. Click the “Enable Java…” button and enter “/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun/jre/lib/i386” (for Sun Java) in the new dialog and then click the “Validate Java Path” button.

Deluge Bittorrent client for Linux

deluge logoIn windows I used to have uTorrent for downloading my torrents. Under Linux I searched for a nice software which doesn’t take too much system resources. Atlast I found Deluge which is written in Python and has a very easy to use interface just like uTorrent.

It shows detailed statistics about the torrent you are downloading, multiple torrents download using the same interface, even a built-in search engine.

If you are using debian/ubuntu, Deluge can be apt-getted easily. Just add the followind lines to your sources.list file. There are two repositories, you can add either one of them.

deb http://deluge.mynimalistic.net/apt dapper main
deb http://espergreen.com/apt dapper main

After adding it, run sudo apt-get install deluge

It requires python-libtorrent_0.4.0 but all the dependencies will be handled by apt-get automatically (why else do you use apt-get).

There are packages for Gentoo and Arch Linux. You can also download the package by visiting the trac page. Ubuntu Forums host a support forum for Deluge. You can ask for help there.

This new version 0.4 supports plugins and various plugins are available for monitoring the network, showing the graphs, monitoring CPU usage.

Setting up LAMP on your Ubuntu desktop

lampMany of you must be wanting to try some web development and would like to setup their own LAMP(Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) stack. Ubuntu has a special Server Edition for setting up your own LAMP server, most of you may want to install it on your desktop (I like it that way).

This involves installing Apache, PHP, Python and MySQL. I think Python will be installed by default and we only need to install mod_python for Apache. I use Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10.

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