Monthly Archives: June 2007

Installing SwiftFox in Debian etch

If you are like me who is fond of youtube videos or some site which uses youtube or macromedia flash and you are using AMD64 based pc, chances are you cant browse and watch that site without tweaking something in your Debian/Ubuntu. As of now the only the plugin for flash by Adobe/Macromedia is only for 32 bit linux which is available here . Luckily there is Swiftfox but on AMD64 based PC it wont run due to dependecy problem. You need to install the ia32-libs-gtk which is not available in the repository. I’m not really sure anyway but trying to apt-get this one will give me this kind of error

Building dependency tree… Done
Package ia32-libs-gtk is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

Fortunately on the forum of swiftfox, i’ve found the link posted there. Its available in ubuntu repository.

And after doing the following command, my swiftfox is working in which I’ve installed the flash player.
magdiwangs-pc# dpkg -i ia32-libs-gtk_16.2_amd 64.deb
Selecting previously deselected package ia32-libs-gtk.
(Reading database … 86460 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking ia32-libs-gtk (from ia32-libs-gtk_16.2_amd64.deb) …
Setting up ia32-libs-gtk (16.2) …

magdiwangs-pc# dpkg -i swiftfox_2.0.0.3-1_ath lon64.deb
(Reading database … 86590 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace swiftfox-athlon64 (using swiftfox_2.0.0.3-1_athlo n64.deb) …
Unpacking replacement swiftfox-athlon64 …
Setting up swiftfox-athlon64 ( …

Hiding mounted partition in Gnome

A freshly installed linux system that uses a Gnome desktop environment by default displays the volume or the partition that has been mounted. To turn off this feature especially in Debian/Ubuntu (i’m using debian anyway weheheh), go to :

Applications->System Tools->Configuration Editor (the gconf-editor)

This will then displays the Configuration Editor window. The Configuration Editor window will displays the list of files that has been set using the gconf on the left panel of window. Select the apps/nautilus/desktop[1] on the treeview selection on the left panel. At the right panel a list of keys with checkboxes which includes the volume_visible. If the volume_visible checkbox is checked, that will display the mounted partition/volume. Uncheck this to hide.

Thats all 🙂

[1] This is notation of the treeview used by gnome. I’ve noticed also that this one (gconf-editor) looks like a regedit window of Window based system.

My recurring problem in Debian/Ubuntu sound

I’ve been exploring the debian and debian-based distro of linux for quite some time. And for my ubuntu exploration, I’ve been trying to use then the warty and now its fiesty. I’ve enjoy using though. I’ve found also my hobby here using the python/pygtk software. Though most of my work (for earning my salary) is based on windows, from time to time I’m switching to linux.

When I install the dapper drake, – the ubuntu lts server – i observed a very high pitched sound when the system uses any sound. Googling for some solutions in the net for this annoying sound, I’ve stumbled into one solution provided in the ubuntu forums.

This is it…

I have to add a text at the bottom of the file : /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

and this is the text

options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1 model=3stack

I really need some explanation for this though, but that particular line solves my problem…