"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." (Robert A. Heinlein)

Friday, 24 July 2009

Upgraded to Firefox 3.5

I recently updated both my desktop and my laptop machines to the new Firefox version
Sempron 2400 (Ubuntu 9.04)
I upgraded to Firefox 3.5 on my desktop Linux installation (Ubuntu 9.04 on Sempron 2400) simply by following instructions suggested on Ubuntu community documentation page about installing firefox new versions. I so simply clicked on Firefox's 3.5 APT Link (apt:firefox-3.5) to install all needed packages (As you probably already know I ever prefer the easy way).
At last I replaced firefox symbolic link from terminal by simply typing:
sudo rm /usr/bin/firefox
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firefox-3.5 /usr/bin/firefox
Upgrade Firefox on EEEBuntu it's a quite different thing (I haven't upgraded to EEEBuntu 3.0 yet) I did choose to try the command line way as suggested in Lifehaker and Kabatology blogs.
I backed-up my firefox settings:
cp -r ~/.mozilla/firefox/ ~/firefox_backup
and then launched the long download-and-install command (of course it must be typed all on a single line)
sudo wget -O - http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/
          en-US/firefox-3.5.tar.bz2 | sudo tar xj -C /opt
I didn't resist, so I personalized it in order to install Firefox on the /opt path.
At last I changed the firefox link like in previous installation:
sudo rm /usr/bin/firefox
sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox 

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Migrating to Linux: hugin

I use my desktop computer (Sempron2400) mainly to manage my personal photos and videos. Often it happens I have to join two or more shots in a single panoramic photo. Of the many panorama tools I tried the one that permitted  me to obtain the best results with minimum effort is hugin.
Hugin is a multi-platform open source panorama software, it implements many complex image joining algorithms but keeps a simple and effective user interface.
I installed hugin the easy way, by simply selecting its components in the Gnome application installer (the add/remove applications menu voice).