Thursday, January 31, 2008

Medibuntu Ubuntu repository

Medibuntu is a packaging project dedicated to distributing software that cannot be included in Ubuntu for various reasons, related to geographical variations in legislation regarding intellectual property, security and other issues

A repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons

Website -

How to use

Get the authentication key to verify the packages ( right click & save link as.. )

Go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources -> Authentication -> Import Key File ( browse & give the location where you downloaded the above key )

Then go to Third-Party Software -> Add ( add the following line )
deb gutsy free non-free

Then click close to reload the repository details

After you can access the packages for installation through
System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager

List of packages in the repository -

Accessing Linux partitions from Windows

This article explains three ways to access Linux partitions from Windows in dual booting or multi booting machines.

History of LINUX

This is a little article wrote by me about the history of LINUX, you can download it in PDF format.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Microsoft fonts for Fedora/Redhat/Centos

Download Microsoft core fonts RPM that includes fonts in XP/Vista

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Custom GRUB splash image in Fedora/Redhat/Centos

  • Log or Switch in to the root account
  • Get an image file to use for the new splash image (can be some wallpaper in jpg, png format)
  • Check whether ImageMagick rpm is installed
# rpm -q ImageMagick
  • If it's not installed you have to install it first
# yum -y install ImageMagick
  • Then, Assuming the image is in the root's home folder & the image name is "myboot.jpg"
# cd
# convert myboot.jpg -resize 640x480! -colors 14 -depth 8 myboot.xpm
# ls
  • Now you will be able to see a file call "myboot.xpm"
  • Then you have to gzip it.
# gzip myboot.xpm
# ls
  • Now you will be able to see a file call "myboot.xpm.gz"
  • Then you have to copy it to "/boot/grub" folder
# cp myboot.xpm.gz /boot/grub
  • Then you have to edit "grub.conf" file with your favorite text editor, I'll use "nano" text editor
# nano /etc/grub.conf

Edit the following line





save & exit
  • Then reboot your system
# reboot
  • Then you'll be able to see the new GRUB spalsh image during the startup.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Sinhala fonts for Ubuntu and Fedora

By default in Fedora Sinhalese is inbuilt, during the Fedora installation you can select it as a additional language but for Ubuntu go to and follow the instructions there.

Autoscan network

A cool tool to scan your networks

A quick installation guide

Ubuntu tweak

A cool tool to customize some hidden parameters of Ubuntu

Linux Commands list

A great place to find lots of Linux commands

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Online IP locator

An online tool to assist Internet users locate the geographical location of an IP Address

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Is Red Hat still relevant

A nice article about RedHat role in the Linux world

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Hiding the NavBar in

The Navbar is the top most section coming when you create your own blog in, i simply don't like it, so here is the way to remove it thanks to

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