Ubuntu Popularity Contest

Ubuntu has a package called Popularity Contest (popcon), where you can vote on your popular, most-used application every week. It is fully automated and once configured, it takes care of the rest. This information will help the developers to make decisions over which packages should be promoted and which should be in standard installs.

To set it using the command:

$sudo dpkg-reconfigure popularity-contest

You can send the information through HTTP or via EMail. I have set it up through HTTP. The results is updated in popcon.ubuntu.com.

Evolution for Windows

Evolution for WindowsEvolution, the favourite Outlook replacement for Linux is now available for Windows. It provides integrated mail, contact management and calendaring. You can download the windows installer for Evolution and it is a big 50meg download. Evolution is an MS Exchange client and should work with Exchange servers. Though I find no use for an email client as of now, I would try it later – when I get my ADSL connection.

Smartlink Modem in Ubuntu Dapper

This week I had installed Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 and tried really hard at making my SmartLink Internal Modem to work in it. It hadn’t worked in any other distro other than Debian Sarge. I started with a 64 bit version of Ubuntu, but it didn’t help. I followed the instructions in Launchpad and configured the modem. So here are the steps that I followed to make my SmartLink modem work in Ubuntu 6.06.

  1. First we need to have a few packages which need to be installed before installing the driver. You need to have build-essential, linux-headers-ARCH (where ARCH is your kernel version and can be found with uname -r in the terminal), fakeroot, module-assistant and debhelper. All these can be installed (with the dependancies) using apt-get.
  2. Then you need to install ungrab-winmodem from the linmodem website. Just extract it and make; make install to install it.
  3. Download slmodem-2.9.11-20051101.tar.gz from http://phep2.technion.ac.il/linmodems/packages/smartlink/
  4. Download sl-modem-daemon_2.9.10+2.9.9d+e-pre2-5build1_i386.deb, but don’t install it yet.
  5. Extract the tar.gz file and type make and then sudo make install in the folder where you extracted it.
  6. Type sudo modprobe slamr
  7. Then install the sl-modem-daemon using dpkg -i sl-modem-daemon_2.9.10+2.9.9d+e-pre2-5build1_i386.deb command.
  8. Type sudo /etc/init.d/sl-modem-daemon restart to restart the daemon.
  9. This ends the installation part of the modem. Now you can setup your internet connection.
  10. I used wvdial and unusually, the modem redialled every time the ISP showed the Login prompt. So, I put in the Stupid Mode = 1 in the /etc/wvdial.conf file.