How to : Dial-Up internet connection with Ubuntu

One of my friends ask me to make a tutorial on how to connect to the internet from Ubuntu using a dial-up modem. Here’s how to do it :

First go to System->administration ->Netwok, when a dialog appear, click Unlock, enter password.

Click Point-to-Point connection, then fill in the dialog with your dial-up internet account details, as shown.

Click OK to confirm your selection, and you are done.

Click the modem tab, put in your modem device port, typically it should be a serial device or /dev/modem

Hopefully this should be able to help you get on the internet!

How to install *.rpm in Ubuntu / Debian based operating system

There are times when you need to install an application that is only available in *.rpm package in Debian GNU/Linux or Ubuntu operating system. One of the main obstacles is that Debian / Ubuntu are using *.deb based packaging system which is incompatible with RPM.

However you can easily convert RPM package to *.deb and install it afterwards, here’s how to do it :

  • Install alien, its available in Debian, Ubuntu repository
  • Convert rpm package using command “sudo alien -k some-binary-package.rpm”
  • Install it using this command “sudo dpkg -i some-binary-package.deb

That’s all about it! Have fun installing application in your application.

Subscribed to Linux Hater’s Blog : Funny and hillarious blog

After discovering Linux Hater’s blog from Google Reader and Technorati, I decided to subscribe it as it was a funny and hillarious blog. It make fun of people who are using Linux for the wrong reasons (such as trying to act cool) and how some things in Linux are not better than any other operating system.

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Other than that, it contains criticism of the Linux community in general, mainly directed towards fanboys and developers, although one can easily surmise that the author himself is a Linux user who has experience in writing applications, and presumably using a Debian-derived Linux distro.

Well I might be wrong, but Linux Haters Blog is a must read if you are a Linux user yourself because it offer insights of the overall of how GNU/Linux operating system compare to other OS and what would make Linux a better OS

How to save laptop battery when using Ubuntu Linux

When you are working outside with your laptop, the most important thing that you might consider is to maximize your battery lifetime. This is true especially when you are working on location where AC power is not readily available.

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Typical laptop might last from 1.5 hour to 3 hours of normal use. So you might want to squeeze out all the battery juice and put it to good use.

Here are a few tips that I got from surfing the internet to save battery life when you are using Ubuntu (or GNU Linux OS in general) :

Ubuntu Membership Board Asia and Oceania Region Meeting

The Ubuntu Membership Asia and Oceania approval board is going to have a meeting on 10 June 2008 11:00 UTC time at #ubuntu-meeting ( server.

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The main purpose of the meeting is to grant Ubuntu Community membership to new applicants from Asia and Oceania region. The benefits of being an Ubuntu commnity member are :

  • You will be allocated emails
  • Able to use ubuntu/member/your_nick cloak on Freenode IRC network
  • The right to print business card with Ubuntu logo
  • Syndication of your Ubuntu blog on Planet Ubuntu

There are still time to apply to be accepted as Ubuntu Community member! Please read the Asia and Oceania Membership Approval Board wiki page for more information.

p/s : My best wish to nbliang, I hope he will be accepted as Ubuntu Community Member on this round.