How to install chromium browser in fedora 19

To install chromium browser in fedora you need to add a repo file to the yum.repos.d dir as it is not available in rpm fusion repos. So download the repo file from the link below:

https://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/spot/

Right click on the fedora-chromium-stable.repo and save it to you hard drive by selecting “Save Link As”.

Now open terminal and cd to the location/dir where you downloaded the file. After that run this command:

sudo cp fedora-chromium-stable.repo /etc/yum.repos.d

And now time to install it:

sudo yum -y install chromium

And that’s it.

 

Scratch: simple editor by elementaryOS devs

elementaryOS is quite in news now a days and well it deserve that spot. It is one of those OS which really need praise and backup. The guys behind this OS are simply awesome, they are not full time developers but still managing it quite well. Luna is on its way, still in beta stage. What elementaryOS make different from other distributions is easy to use interface, clean UI, fast and reliable and finally some of their newly created apps. One of them is a text editor and called Scratch. It is very simple text editor but very nicely done by the devs with having nice UI and simple to use menu.

Scratch

From the preferences, one can easily change the settings like show line numbers, highlight current line, enabling some extensions like file manager, terminal etc. Quite useful if some one want to work with it.

Scratch-settings

Another nice feature is, if you open a system file which you can’t edit/save under normal user, you can easily save it any where and check it out.

Scratch-save-as-alt

One more nice feature is to compress the file from the editor. You can directly compress it from the save menu at the right hand side.

Scratch-compress

And the most impressive one i should say is the auto save feature, when ever you type some thing it will automatically save the changes to the file.

Well, there are more nice and simple features which depends on user needs. Did i miss some thing?

Give it a shot, you will not be disappointed.

Artha: offline dictionary for linux

Artha is nice and well written dictionary application for Linux. The good thing about it is that it can work offline, which means it will pull the database during installation so that it can work offline. So next time if you are not connected to internet and want to search some word meaning, Artha will do the job well.

Artha-offline-dict

How to install it in elementary/Ubuntu, fire up terminal and type:

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sudo apt-get install artha

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How to install it in openSUSE, type in terminal after became root by su – :

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zypper install artha

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And there you have it.

Calligra 2.4 is released – Office and Graphics suit

Calligra team has announced the 1st ever stable release of Calligra suit formerly known as KOffice. It is combination of office suite, graphic apps and management app. There are many improvements over time and the transition was made in the mean time from KOffice to focus on a separate product. There are two touch computing apps for mobile platforms. Calligra mobile and Calligra active are added to this suite, which itself are useful tools. It is light weight and goes easy on system resources. Complete apps are listed below,

Office applications:

  • Calligra Words – Word processor
  • Calligra Sheets – Spreadsheet app
  • Calligra Stage – Presentation app
  • Calligra Flow – Flowcharts and Diagram app
  • Braindump – Note taking app
  • Kexi – Visual database creator

Graphics applications:

  • Krita – Drawing app
  • Karbon – Vector graphic app

Management applications:

  • Calligra Plan – Project management app

Mobile applications:

  • Calligra Mobile – Nokia N900 smart phone
  • Calligra Active – targeted for plasma active devices

calligrawords

Read detail announcement here.

If you are on openSUSE, installation will be quite easy. Just open terminal and become root by su – , type:

zypper in calligra calligra-braindump calligra-flow calligra-karbon calligra-kexi calligra-krita calligra-kthesaurus calligra-plan calligra-sheets calligra-stage calligra-words

That’s it, use it, explore it and then review it.

How to install skype in openSUSE

When we talk about Linux, comes to mind that there are many ways to go around with many stuff. Like to be more specific we can install skype through many ways. The way which i will show today is may be not different but will be easy and at the end you will have skype running. As we know, there are always errors like segmentation fault, skype cannot run etc etc. To avoid all these hazels, lets go through a very easy and step by step method. 1st download skype rpm from skype website, choose openSUSE 11+.

Now create a directory on your hard drive(anywhere) which you think is safe(means, directory to be there after new installation(OS) in case you don’t want to download it again). I put it in my backup drive,  /backup/Applications/openSUSE/RPMs.

Now lets start the process of installation,

1- Open YaST, choose ‘software repositories’, click on ‘Add’ button, choose ‘Local directory’ from the list, click next and browse for the directory where you put the RPM files. Give a name of your choice and done.

2- Now open ‘software management’ from YaST, and search for skype word. Ok, now just mark it for installation. It will automatically resolve some of the important dependencies but not all(to my knowledge). Don’t worry we are coming to the missing one in a while.

Hint: If you are installing it on 64bit system, as of now(till now) skype is 32bit so we need all the 32bit libs it need to work with, some of them it will pull automatically while installing it, and the missing one we will figure it out.

3- We are almost done, try to run it from the menu. Nothing happened, open terminal and type skype and hit enter. Got some clue, it will throw the error and tell you what is missing. Just open software management and install the missing dependency from there. Remember to install 32bit version of the lib.

Some of the missing libs i would like to mention here: (all you need to do is install 32bit libs for the following).

libqt4 , libqt4-x11 , libasound , xorg-x11 .

That’s it, i hope this time you will have the working copy of skype integrated with your OS.

LibreOffice 3.4 Beta 1 Released

Hi folks,

Some interesting news we have here, that Oracle halting commercial interest for OpenOffice. And at the mean time we have beta 1 for LibreOffice, this is now great news. Some of the features are listed below for this release:

  • added navigation buttons to writer
  • Replaced unhide text button by icon buttons
  • Mouse wheel scrolls whole slides
  • Updated slide sorter icons
  • allow ‘select as you type’ aka ‘quick selection’
  • new ‘animated images’ for Throbber controls
  • enable human icon theme
  • treat Excel number format ‘General’ as standard format in Calc
  • change the default sheet print option to “print entire sheet” in Calc
  • don’t toggle the calc formula bar when activating and deactivating a chart in Calc
  • Allow unused master pages to be deleted in master pages control in Impress
  • enable full width by default for ‘Default’ style in Impress

Download it from here.

openSUSE users can follow these instructions, but i would recommend to read in openSUSE forums 1st and install from any beta repos.

More read at linuxjournal.com