Ubuntu 9.04 Portable aka UNR

April 26, 2009


The new ubuntu 9.04 was released into the wild wild web last Thursday. With it not so many new features except, support for Ext4 file system (and great boot time improvement), little notification poping from time to time and popular themes coming out of the box.

The most interesting thing for me was the release at the same time of the Portable edition called UNR for ubuntu netbook remix. I’ve been thinking about buying a Netbook for a while now, and UNR is looking like a good alternative for netbook users to the normal ubuntu flavor.

So grabeĀ  the .img file there the file is ~900MB.

To turn it in a bootable USB, just install a software called USB-imagewriter

sudo apt-get install usb-imagewriter

Open it trough Applications-> Accessories

Then it’s quite straight forward.


Once the files are copied on the USB, you’re ready to boot.

Of course your computer should be able to boot from an external drive.

So here is how ubuntu mobile/portable/unr looks like:


The different applications are on the left, icones are displayed in the middle, on the right you can select, drives and folders. On the top right the usual things network and volume manager and the clock. Almost all the software open full screen but you can of course come back to the main menu by clicking on the ubuntou logo on the top left.

My conclusion is that UNR is a good flavour of Ubuntu, certainly more suitable for small screens, but still loaded with good applications, I was also thinking that it can be great for elderly people who never touched a computer. Well it’s worth give it a try. Also the way applications are taking almost all the screen make you gain a lot in visibility almost no space is wasted on useless windows.

If you’re a ubuntu user who’s about to buy a netbook don’t forget to visit the support page to see wich one is best suited for UNR

You can check the other screens in the gallerie


Now ubuntu as skype with video mode

February 14, 2008
skype logo small

How could I miss that. I was regularly checking skype.com to see when the video feature would be available for their famous Voip soft under linux. Well actually it’s available since December at least. But only in a beta version ( I didn’t test it yet but I’m really looking forward to it.

skype beta

pfffffff finaly.

zatoo on ubuntu

December 26, 2007


Zatoo is a software that stream live TV. It was only available for mac and windows, but now it’s also available for linux distros and of course Ubuntu.

36 channels are available in many languages. Even though the quality is not HD, it’s a nice way to watch tv on your computer.

To install zatoo you’ll have to sign in, then you can download the version you need (.deb for Ubuntu users).

Got Cube?

September 20, 2007


Remember I told you that I couldn’t run games in full 3d on Ubuntu and that compiz fusion wasn’t working for the same reason. Well I found the way to install the drivers for my ati radeon 9600 M10 properly on the atiwiki page.

Now games are runing fine and I can run compiz fusion. Ahahah finaly. If you’re wondering how to install compizF. Follow the howto guide on Forlong’s blog, it’s very well explained. Then have a look at the setting page as well. Also have a look on the official compiz-fusion website.

“Unsupported data” my psp says no thank you vconvert

August 25, 2007


Yesterday, I told you how great vconvert.net was to download web video in mp4 format for your PSP, iPod video and iPhone. Well I don’t have an iPod video neither an iPhone. But I have a Playstation portable, so I tried to download and put a few video on my PSP.

No luck, my PSP displays “unsupported data, fuck off”.

Same problem with the video coming from a similar website vixy.net/. It seams the audio frequency between the video coming from the two websites and the one working on my PSP is different. I read a post on a forum saying that it might be the problem. So the only solution is to convert those video one more time if I want to be able to read them on my PSP.

If you are running windows you can chose between many video converter. On an other hand with linux there is (I may be wrong) only one which is called PSPVC. To Install it just follow the instructions on this page. Then you can convert any AVI file into MP4 and H264/AVC formats. To get the avi, you can only use vixy.net.

They might come with a solution in the future, but for now it’s the only one I could find.

Hope It might help

Guess What I stumble upon?

August 24, 2007


Yesss lousy title I know, but stumbleupon.com is not lousy at all!

This coool web “feature” is my re-discovery of the week. I been on this site couple of time not knowing/understanding it’s power! Maybe Because I hate sites that want to install bars in my browser and I was wrong.

Discovering new web site is not that difficult, you could use any digg-like, but offen you’ll find yourself on the same web-site over and over again. Well not with stumbleupon.

First click the big “Join Ussssss…..” on the front page. Answer a couple of question, fill the form. The you’ll be directed to either the Mozilla or Internet explorer website depending on your browser. What about the other browser I do not know. Well Once or before (can’t remember) the bar is installed, you’ll have to chose between topic of intereste (sport, activism, web, family, food, photographie etc… etc…)

Then click the Stumble button on the bar to be sent to a random website submitted by another user. You don’t like it, click thumb down! you do, click thumb up! you don’t care stumble again! And so on. And it’s 3 am and you’re still not to bed, ahahahah evil internet.

Don’t thank me… thank the stumble team…..

Here are a few things I discovered:

  • Musicovery a really cool music discovery web site with a nice flash UI.
  • I knew this one already! But it’s really cool. dontclick.it/ (everything is in the title).
  • Finally a good advise from the rangers.

Ubuntu revolution

August 21, 2007


Ubuntu is an operating system based on Linux which is becoming more and more popular among PC users. So popular that even Dell is giving their customer the choice between Windows and Ubuntu. Governments and organizations are switching to Ubuntu. But why is it so popular? Why so much buzz about it? Well let’s see.

The live CD

Ubuntu’s live CD gives you the possibility to use Ubuntu without having to actually install the OS on your computer. It’s very useful if you want to see what it looks like. Simply follow the instructions on the download page to get the ISO file. Once you got it just burn the file on a disc. Finally restart your computer and you should be able to use Ubuntu. It’s as simple as this.

Installing Ubuntu, so simple

I tried to look for a dual boot setting, with Windows XP being on the main partition. But couldn’t find any tutorial clear enough at that time. Anyway, I finally decided to install only Ubuntu on my computer. The install was really simple and very quick.

In my case all the hardware was recognized directly… Ah no I forgot I had to install The ATI driver for my graphic card. But since it’s the same with windows… except.. that you have to install almost every single driver!

What kind softs you get for 0$?

Well, you get a lot, Open office (Word processor, spreadsheet and presentation soft), Gimp (drawing and photo editing tool), Firefox (well… web browser), evolution mail (your mail client), totem media reader are just a few of the soft you get out of the box. well that’s not it you also get a dictionary, a calculator, a notepad called Tomboy, a text editor and 17 games (Tetris is one of them … heu sorry Gnometris). When I think that for 400$ (if you don’t pirate anything) you get a few crappy games and paint! From a Billion dollars corporation it’s quite a rip off.

But I know that the list above is not enough to convince you, So run add/remove in applications to find thousands of other software, bit torrent client, Voip software, Instant messaging software, Burning tools, Dvd ripper, video editing software, games, network software, Windows emulating software and more and more and more! and more.


The choice of your environment

Ubuntu is using the Gnome environment. There are several version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu use the KDE environment, Xubuntu is using the XFCE Environment, Edubuntu, medibuntu and a few other. What I understood is that Kubuntu is good if you don’t want to be lost if you’re coming from windows because the environment is quite similar. That XFCE is a good environment for older computer, I guess Edubuntu is good for a school or student and Medibuntu is using codecs and software that are not open source.

I choose Ubuntu and its Gnome desktop. I really want to tell you how it looks like but it’s quite difficult. Since everything can be changed depending on your taste. The default setting has two panels one on the top of the screen and one on the bottom.

The one on the top display the different icons to your, applications, places (hard drive, external hard drive, CD, network etc..), system, Quick Icon, Sound volume, date hours calendar, exit button, and network information.

On the bottom you have a quick access button to your desktop, some space for the windows you are using, the usual trash and two to four workspace.

You can see what my desktop looks like

ubuntu desktop

Your OS your taste

But like I told you you can tune it according to your taste. For example, I have Two little graph that show me the use of my CPU and my network. It’s possible to play with the transparency of your panels as well as there size and much more. You can choose different sets of Icons and windows theme, gnome-art is a good start to get some nice stuff.

For me the best stuff is compiz and beryl which are now under one name compiz-fusion. It’s a 3d eye candy effect you can add to your desktop. But more beautiful than the one on Windows Visa. Since my computer is a bit old and my graphic card doesn’t support full 3D, I can’t run compiz on my laptop, but it’s worth a look!


But no problem?

Actually, I didn’t have so many problem, things are different but not more complicated. With windows not everything run as smoothly as many people think (or want to make us think), don’t be stupid. The Ubuntu community is big and you can always get answers on the forum or on the web. The only thing is that some times help is written for power user, and difficult to understand. But I’m getting use to it.

Some developer don’t really bother with their Linux development, for example the Linux version of Skype is still in it’s 1.4 version and Video conversation are not possible. I know there is a lot of Voip soft with video for Linux but my friends and family use Skype. Anyway the next version should include video conversation.

Another thing is games, I have a laptop with an ATI Mobility radeon 9600, I was able to play many game back then, the unreal engine, the source engine where runing quite smoothly, but now I think I can’t run those games even using Wine (the windows emulator). I tried to install a 3d game called tuxrace I think, But it was lagging so much. So now I’m just not playing on my computer.

There is also a portable issue for me. I’m running out of battery so quickly! Ok my laptop is 3-4 years old, so my battery is not young anymore, and has a short life on XP too. I didn’t do any test and can tell you how long does it last. But My computer ran out of battery and switched off without any warning. But again, I guess there is a solution. And I did a few of them, I still need to find out how to change the brightness of my LCD screen and see if there is a way it would warn me when the battery life is critical.

Other then that no problem, only happiness!

Of course it’s my own experience, I can’t tell you that it will be the same for you. But Ubuntu has been running on my laptop for five months now and I will do everything in my power not to install windows again.