Category: Ubuntu
Apr 12, 2014

default-like wallpaperI’m a huge fan of the default background for Ubuntu 13.10, but my current setup involves two 1280×1024 monitors and setting the same background for both doesn’t look quite how I’d like.  With that in mind, I created a 2560×1024 image with a similar color palette and style in GIMP, and decided to share it in case anyone else wants that sort of thing.

If the resolution isn’t right for your setup, it’s reasonably simple to make something similar by using a color picker on the original wallpaper, playing with the “Lighting Effects” plugin under Filters > Light and Shadow in GIMP, and finishing off with a bit paintbrush touch-up in layers with very low opacity.

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Apr 4, 2014

Credit for this solution goes to an excellent forum post by scouser73 on Ubuntu Forums, which was in turn adapted from instructions by mc4man.

Google has packages for Google Earth in 32- and 64-bit .deb variants available for download, but they seemingly inexplicably don’t work once installed, assuming they install at all.  The 64-bit version refuses to even attempt an install, while the 32-bit will make it in with a little effort.  Clicking the icon results in nothing, though, and running google-earth from the terminal results in an error like “./googleearth-bin: error while loading shared libraries:”.

The reason for this behavior is a dependency upon ia32-libs, which seems to be deprecated in 13.10.  The workaround is to rebuild the .deb package for the 64-bit version of Google Earth with its awareness of this dependency removed.

Sound difficult?  It’s not.  Just do the following:

  1. Download the Google Earth 64-bit .deb package
  2. Let’s make sure everything’s sane.  Open a terminal window (Ctrl-Alt-T) and enter sudo apt-get install --fix-broken
  3. Now enter the following: sudo apt-get install libc6:1386 lsb-core
  4. Right click the Google Earth .deb and select “Extract Here.”
  5. Open the extracted folder
  6. Open the DEBIAN folder
  7. Right click the “Control” file and select “Open With gedit” (or use your preferred text editor)
  8. Delete the line Depends: lsb-core (>=3.2), ia-32-libs
  9. Save and close the “Control” file
  10. Delete the Google Earth .deb that you downloaded in step 1
  11. Open a terminal and use the cd command to navigate to the directory where your extracted folder from step 5 resides (e.g. cd ~/Downloads)
  12. Build a new .deb package by entering the command dpkg -b ./google-earth-stable_current_amd64
  13. Finally, use dpkg with the -i flag to install your new .deb dpkg -i ./google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb

Google Earth should now be in your launcher, and should start right up without incident.

Dec 29, 2013

When attempting to install some versions of Ubuntu Server with a USB drive the install will fail when it attempts to detect and mount the CD-ROM drive. Of course, you’re not installing from a CD, so this can seem odd. Tons of forum posts and support threads can be found about this issue, but the […]

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Dec 20, 2013

Dogecoin, an alternative cryptocurrency similar to bitcoin, has recently become available with clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux, but I’ve found that building on Ubuntu and its derivatives can run into a snag sometimes. When attempting to run make, the build process stops and reports “src/main.cpp:17:53: error: boost/random/uniform_int_distribution.hpp: No such file or directory”.  Luckily, it’s […]

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