Autoinstalling .Debs on Firefox

Auto install linux
I was trying to use a get .debs website the other day and with alot of fustration of firefox saying “Firefox does not have the correct protocol to open this file [.apt]” I finally figured out that I did not have “apt-url” installed by default on kUbuntu. This can be fixed by simply opening a terminal window and typing:
sudo apt-get install apturl
Then restart firefox [doesn’t matter what version you have]. Go to download another .deb / .apt file and when it asks you what you would like to use to open the file browse to /usr/bin and pick whatever installs your programs! Presto your done! 😉

You can now use sites like, Playdeb.net more on Playdeb.net tommorrow!

MoBlock – Peerguardian for Linux


With all the recent activity in Ireland with the MPAA you can’t be too safe anymore, you no longer know if someone from the MPAA is lurking in your computer watching everything you download and just waiting for the perfect time to send you that court summons. Program’s can be installed to prevent people like this getting access to your computer, on Windows you have PeerGuardian, for Linux you have MoBlock. We can’t really tell how effective these peer blocking tools are but in this day and age it’s better to have some security rather than no security!

I’m going to just focus a little more on the power of MoBlock though, which is rumoured to soon be the offical PeerGuardian for windows. Installation is a breeze if your using Ubuntu Jaunty, for other .deb users read here.
First open up a terminal and edit your sources.list you can do this by typing the following:
sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list
This opens “kate” for you using admin privilages. Add the following to the bottom of the file.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jre-phoenix/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jre-phoenix/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

You will also have to enable the universe module, this should already be enabled just look for:
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com jaunty main universe
Next you’ll want to add the gpkg key of the program. To make it trusted, do this by typing the following into a terminal
gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 9C0042C8
gpg --export --armor 9C0042C8 | sudo apt-key add -

Then it’s a walk in the park:
sudo aptitude update
And finally:
sudo aptitude install moblock blockcontrol mobloquer
After it’s installed you will be guided through configuring moblock! Good luck! 😀

Ubuntu Focus: Amarok

Amarok is an open source music player with a great intuitive user-interface that breathes new life into your music collection. Play lists are easily created through drag and drop – and the sound can be adjusted to suit you listening environment using the built-in 10 band equalizer. Amarok also lets you listen to internet radio (mp3 streaming) including music from last.fm.
Other features include automatic cover and lyrics download, dynamic playlists, visualizations and podcasting. An least but not last – Amarok will also synchronize your music to your iPod. For the more technical users a scripting interface allows you to extend the functionality of Amarok.

Amarok
Amarok, definately the best media player I’ve used on Linux! Check it out!