Frequently Asked Questions
Is Ubuntu compatible with Windows?
Yes. Installing Ubuntu does not stop you from working with your Microsoft Windows files and applications. Ubuntu can be installed along-side (side-by-side) Windows and also it can be installed within Windows as a program. However if you use Ubuntu you may not need to use Windows since most of the applications on Windows are also available bundled with Ubuntu, like Office, Web browser etc
Where is 'START → PROGRAMS' in Ubuntu?
Instead of the START menu as in Windows, there are different Menus in Ubuntu (usually 'Applications', 'Places', and 'System'). These are present on the right side of the top panel. Any application, after its installation will be inserted into the Applications menu. Back to Top
How do I create desktop shortcuts for applications on Ubuntu?
- Follow the steps to create desktop shortcuts:
- Find the program in the Applications menus and right click.
- Select Add this launcher to desktop.
- A link to the application will now be on your desktop.
How can I install new software/tools on Ubuntu?
The preferred way to install software in Ubuntu is to use the package manager, which you can access through Ubuntu Software Center. This requires an Internet connection, unless you are using offline repositories. Ubuntu Software Center can be accessed through Applications-> Ubuntu Software Center. Type a query into the search-> Select a package you think is relative to what you want-> Click "Install"
How do I remove an application/software on Ubuntu?
- To remove an application:
- Click Applications → Ubuntu Software Center.
- In the Installed Software section, find the application that you want to remove by finding it in the list or by searching for it.
- Select the application and click Remove.
- You may be asked to enter your password. After you have done that, the application will be removed. This should not take very long.
Why is Linux/Ubuntu less prone to Malware/Viruses?
Possible reasons Linux/Ubuntu is less prone to malware:
- Linux is based on UNIX architecture. UNIX is designed as a multi-user operating system and has in-built safeguards to protect user from malware. This includes user permissions definitions, user space distinct from system space etc
- Programs are run as normal user, not Root User.
- Vast diversity makes it difficult to reproduce flaws in a system.
- All software and drivers are frequently updated by Package Managers.
- Software is generally installed from vast Repositories not from unfamiliar websites.
- No-one profits from supplying anti-virus or security products.
Why isn't there a 'Refresh' option when I right-click on Ubuntu?
- There is no 'Refresh' option in Ubuntu. Instead you can press 'F5' or 'Ctrl+r' for refreshing your desktop.
How to recover the missing top panel in Ubuntu (Gnome Desktop)
- Press Alt+F2
- Type 'gnome-terminal'
- Check/tick 'Run in terminal' box
- and type the following command 'gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/panel&& killall gnome-panel'
You can open the terminal by clicking on Application -> Accessories -> Terminal and type the following command at the $ sign 'gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/panel&& killall gnome-panel'
How to add new/recover missing icons on the Desktop Panel in Ubuntu (Gnome Desktop)
- place your cursor to top panel press Alt+window+Rightclick at a time on top panel, select Add to Panel
- Select the required item from the list and click on Add
- The selected icon will appears on top panel.
Why is GNU/Linux not as popular as Windows though it has so many advantages and benefits
It is known that technology particularly software has an element of addiction and people are unwilling to move to a 'new' environment requiring learning (also Newtons first law :-) ). this also adds to the 'lock-in' of the software. in an environment where proprietary software is pirated, it is already free (mufta) so no immediate economic benefit is seen in adopting public software.
The challenge is to explain to people that this is not about mufta but about mukta - that the learning resources we use (software is a digital tlm) must be publicly owned so that we all have the freedom to share and modify. If a private company owns them then our learning process is under the control of the vendor who can decide the access to the software. Hence this is a philosophical and ethical issue (rather than purely technological or economic) and like any other social change process (like fighting alcoholism for eg - the benefits of avoiding alcohol is known still it is not easy to give it up), change will be slow and gradual.
Also there are strong forces to keep us chained to proprietary software - hardware vendors who get commission on sale of the proprietary software (no commission on public software!!), proprietary software vendors who adopt unethical and illegal practices to push their products. and the willingness of many of us to stay ignorant :-) and avoid this debate/discussion on the ethics of using proprietary software on grounds of "convenience"
Gnu/linux is public software, intended for public use in all areas (not just education). it is our collective responsibility (all of us in society need to come together to insist that we will only use digital resources that are not proprietary), proprietising (privatising) digital resources and preventing their free sharing (which is so simple - copy/paste) is unethical and greatly harmful to society.
But there are many positive examples - in many countries (and states in India like Kerala), once many people start using GNU/Linux, it spreads fast. Specially if teachers use it, they can explain the benefits to students. So let us keep talking about the importance of software freedom, of the need for public software (like public education) for universal access... and supporting people to adopt it.. our efforts will surely give the result--
ABOUT OpenOffice.org (please note that LibreOffice is similar to OpenOffice and these suggestions apply to both)
Why we should use and promote LibreOffice or Open Office?
LibreOffice is public software - we all own it and can freely share it. Microsoft Office is proprietary software and is owned by the company The documents produced in MS Office - doc, xls and ppt also belong to the company Government of India has mandated use of ODT, ODS and ODP in its'policy on open standards in egovernance Hence we should adopt and promote LibreOffice
why should we use LibreOffice and not Microsoft Office?
Can I open Microsoft Office document in Open Office?
Yes you can. Open Office can open .doc, .xls and .ppt files of Microsoft Office.
Is it a good idea to open same document in both Microsoft Office and Open Office?
You can. However you may face formating problems
Can I save a file in Microsoft Office format (.doc, .docx etc) in OpenOffice?
Yes you can. Open Office can save a text file in '.doc' format, a spreadsheet in '.xls' format and a presentation file in '.ppt' format of Microsoft Office. These files can then be opened by MS Office Word.
Can OpenOffice open '.doc' files and can MS-Office open '.odt' files?
OpenOffice.org can open documents of almost all the formats and it can also save a document in any format. However, MS-Office can open documents that are created only using MS Office.
If the receiver of my document uses MS Office and I use Openoffice, how can I send the documents?
OpenOffice.org can save documents in many formats including the MS Office format (.doc, .docx, .ppt, .xls etc)
Can I use OpenOffice.org on Windows Operating System?
Yes you can use OpenOffice.org on Windows Operating System, however OpenOffice.org is a part of GNU/Linux operating system distributions.
What are the applications to create spreadsheets and presentations on Ubuntu?
On Ubuntu, OpenOffice.org Presentation can be used to create presentations, OpenOffice.org Spreadsheet can be used to create spreadsheets, and OpenOffice.org Word Processor can be used to create word documents.
Can I create regional language documents using OpenOffice.org?
Yes, you can create regional language documents using OpenOffice.org. Unicode fonts needs to be used.
How can I upgrade an older version of OpenOffice.org to a newer one?
No upgrade patches exist. To upgrade an older version of OpenOffice.org, you always need to download a new installation set of OpenOffice.org and install that version. It is recommended that the previous version be uninstalled before updating to a new version.
What is Unicode?
Unicode provides a unique number for every character, no matter what the platform is, no matter what the program is, no matter what the language is.
Can I copy OpenOffice and take it home, give to my family and friends?
All Sarvajanika Tantramsha software can be downloaded freely from the Internet. Information about free download is available on the Public Software website. You can also get all Sarvajanika Tantramsha applications on Windows platform from the SSA technical support team and e-Governance team.
How do I Password Protect my files using OpenOffice?
In OpenOffice just go to File --> Save As and tick the Save with password option on bottom left corner. It works with .odt files but can not work with .doc files as the algorithm used to password protect those files are proprietary, and cannot be legally used.
How to enable spell check in OpenOffice Writer?
Click here to learn about enabling spell check in Openoffice Writer
Contributed by Sudhakar R Bhandary, Regional Coordinator, American India Foundation Trust
How to reduce photo size before inserting into your document?
Please use GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) to reduce the file size by 90% as follows:
- Right click on photo and select open with GIMP
- Click file save as give new name (add REDUCED to beginning of existing file name)
- Click on SAVE
- In the box that opens for picture quality, select 30%, this will save the picture with reduced quality (but your eye CANNOT Make out any difference) and reduce file size by 50 - 70%.
- Do this BEFORE YOU INSERT Pictures to your document
MOZILLA THUNDERBIRD ON UBUNTU
How can I configure or add my GMail account on Thunderbird?
- To add an account in Thunderbird, you need to have a GMail account. You can add your account in Thunderbird by going to Edit > Account Settings > Account Actions > Add Mail Account. You need to know your email ID and password to configure this account on Thunderbird. By default, it uses the IMAP account, but you can direct it to use the POP account, by selecting the option. After you enable the POP/IMAP account in Thunderbird, enable the server with your account by:
- Logging into your GMail webmail account using your default browser
- Click on Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP > POP Download: and choose Enable POP for all mail.
- Note: POP (Post Office Protocol) is the protocol that is used by local email clients to retrieve email from a remote server.
- Click the Save Settings button.
- [Click here to view the screenshot of the Mail Settings option in GMail.
- You must provide the POP settings in Thunderbird for GMail, so that the email client is able to access all the messages of that account.
- Go to Edit > Account Settings > Server Settings.
- [Click here] to refer the document to enter the correct POP details.
- You must also enter the SMTP details in the Thunderbird settings.
- Note: SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is an Internet standard for email transmission across IP networks.
- [Click here] to refer the document to enter the correct SMTP details.
LANGUAGE SETTINGS (KANNADA) ON UBUNTU
Can I type in Kannada in OpenOffice or libreoffice?
Yes. On Windows, OpenOffice Kannada typing using Nudi works exactly in the same manner. After installing OpenOffice, a one-time configuration for Kannada typing is required. The Kannada and Public Software document has the information for such configurations and also on typing in Kannada information in general. One requirement is to use UNICODE fonts, which is the universal standard for all languages.
how to type knnada in freemind
- Open Freemind Ubuntu Menu Applications > Office > Freemind
- Click on Menu Item File > New (CTRL N)
- Click Menu Item Tools > Preferences, a window like the example below appears
- Select Defaults Tab
- In Default Font type in Lohit Kannada
- Click Save, the window below appears, click ok.
- Close and restart Freemind Application
- To type in Kannada
- Open Open Office Writer
- Type the words in Kannada using iBUS
- Copy and paste to Freemind.
Can I read old Kannada documents in non-UNICODE font using OpenOffice?
Yes, you can read Kannada documents in non-UNICODE font using OpenOffice.
Where can I get the Tunga, Lohit Kannada and other UNICODE fonts?
My Kannada documents do not open with the Kannada script. What do I do?
- To open documents typed with Nudi or Baraha fonts, those fonts must be installed on your computer. If you don't have the required Nudi fonts, download them from here. Follow the steps below to install the downloaded fonts on your system.
- Click Alt + F2 and type sudo nautilus and select Run in terminal. A terminal window will open prompting for the password. Please enter the password and press enter.
- A file browser will open. On the side pane (if no side pane is visible, press F9), double click File System, then double click on the usr folder, then on the share folder and then on the fonts folder. Now the location bar would show /usr/share/fonts.
- Paste the copied fonts in the fonts folder.
- Fonts will now be installed on Ubuntu.
How do I install fonts on Ubuntu?
Once you download the font, double-click on it. In the right down corner there is an "Install" button just click it and your font is installed.
How do I download and install Lohit Kannada Unicode font on Ubuntu and Windows?
Red Hat has released five Indian language fonts as open source licensed under the GPL. The fonts are named Lohit which means Red in Sanskrit. Currently, the font family supports 16 Indian languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, and Telugu. Now, Fedora Project and its contributors took the responsibility to consolidate the further efforts and improvements of the Lohit fonts. Lohit Fonts are Unicode compatible.
- Steps to install Lohit Kannada font on Ubuntu:
- Click on Applications -> Accesories -> Terminal
- At the $ sign, please type $sudo apt-get install ttf-kannada-fonts
- Enter your password when prompted (you'll have to key in your password, it will not be visible at all).
- To download the font, copy the the given link in your bowser--> thatskannada.oneindia.in/common/Lohit-Kannada.ttf
- Click Start, and then click Run.
- Type the following command, and then click OK: %windir%\fonts.
- On the File menu, click Install New Font.In the Drives box, click the drive that contains the font that you want to add. Note The floppy disk drive is typically drive A or drive B. The CD drive is typically drive D.
- In the Folders box, click the folder that contains the font that you want to add, and then click OK.
- In the List of Fonts box, click the font that you want to add. To select more than one font at a time, press and hold the CTRL key while you select each font.
- Click to select the Copy Fonts To Fonts Folder check box. The new font is saved in the Windows\Fonts folder.
- Click Ok
Steps to install Lohit Kannada font on Windows:
How do I type in Kannada on Ubuntu (in OpenOffice.org Word Processor, Text Editor etc)?
To start typing in Kannada, follow the steps:
- Go to System --> Administration --> Language SUpport.
- In the Keyboard Input System Method, select scim-immodule.
- Go to Tools --> Options --> Language Settings.
- In Languages, check if Enabled for Complex Text Layout is ticked(enabled).
- Also in Default Languages for Documents(CTL), select Kannada
- Now Restart your system.
- Now open a new page in OpenOffice and press Control+Space.
You can now start typing in Kannada
How do I install scim on Ubuntu?
Installing and Configuring SCIM:
- Click on System → Administration → Synaptic Package Manager Note: You must have Internet connection
- Enter the password and click OK, when asked for.
- Click on the Reload button.
- Once the packages are downloaded, type scim in the quick search bar.
- Now, click on the square boxes and mark for installation the following packages:
- Click on Apply.
- Restart computer once done.
How do I setup Kannada language on OpenOffice.org, Ubuntu and Windows?
- Open OpenOffice.org Word processor by clicking on Application → Office → OpenOffice.org Word Processor.
- Click on Tools → Options → Language Settings → Languages.
- Check Enabled for Complex Text Layout(CTL) and Choose Kannada in Default languages for Documents (CTL).
- Click on OK.
- Click on System → Administration → Language Support.
- Choose scim-immodule in the input method box.
- Log off and login again to see the effects.
Can I convert word documents with nudi non-unicode fonts to a document with unicode fonts?
- Download the 'converter' document (Nudi Conversions.dot) to your computer (This converter will run on a Microsoft Word document in Microsoft Windows. So users should do conversion on Windows platform using Microsoft Word since this is a Microsoft Word template document. After conversion the document can be edited/used in OpenOffice (Windows/Ubuntu)).
- Open this document
- Open your document which has non unicode font
- Select all text from your document, copy and paste to the converter document
- Click the button 'nudi converter' on the converter document
- Select the required option for UNICODE conversion and click on select button
- Save the file as the new file with UNICODE font and make changes for re-use
- Please read this new document carefully to ensure the changes are OK
For NEW documents, please use UNICODE font only - Tunga or Lohit Kannada.
DEVICE AND NETWORK SETUPS ON UBUNTU
How do I setup my printer on Ubuntu?
Before you begin the installation steps below, connect your printer/s. You need to do this prior to turning your system on. This helps to ensure Ubuntu recognizes how the printer is connected to the system, and it allows Ubuntu to identify the specific printer port.
- Starting Ubuntu’s printer tool --- From your Ubuntu main menu, select System, then choose Administration. Under the Administration menu, you will find an icon labeled Printing. Select this tool and within several seconds the Printer Configuration Tool will open.
- Configuring a printer connection --- Now, double click on the New Printer icon. This will bring up the Add a Printer wizard.
- Choosing a printer driver --- Your printer has been detected. Select your printer from the list and click the Forward button to complete the process.
- Testing the printer --- Highlight your new printer icon and press the right mouse button. Now choose the Properties option. This takes you to your specific printer’s properties control. The properties control allows you to not only print a test page, but also to make changes to your printer paper, resolution, color options and ink usage. Your printer is now ready to use.
How do I connect to a wireless network on Ubuntu?
To connect to a wireless network:
- Ensure that your wireless device is turned on.
- Click the Network Manager icon in the system notification area.
- In most cases the security type will be detected automatically. If not, select the security type from the Wireless Security drop-down box. This will depend on how the wireless network is set up. Examples of security types are WEP, WPA and LEAP.
- Enter the password, key or other authentication details as appropriate. These are usually case-sensitive. If you don't know your wireless key, it may be printed on the bottom of your wireless router.
- Click Connect. If you are prompted again for your security details, you may have entered them incorrectly, or there could be a problem with your wireless setup.
If you are connecting to a network for the first time, security details may be needed. If so, a dialog box will open. Enter your security details as follows:
How do I connect to a wired (LAN) network on Ubuntu?
You will be connected to a wired network automatically when you plug in the network cable.
Manually entering your network settings
- Right click the Network Manager icon in the system notification area and click Edit Connections.
- Click the Wired tab, select the connection and click Edit.
- Click the IPv4 Settings tab and choose Manual from the Method drop down list.
- Click Add and enter your IP address and other details. Enter the address of your DNS server too.
- Click Apply. The network should now connect if you entered the settings correctly.
How to setup MTS Data card on UBUNTU 12.04
Follow the steps to configure the data card on UBUNTU 12.04
- 1.Insert the MTS data card. Wait till the system detects the data card.
- 2. Once detects, right click on the Network Icon placed at the top panel on the right hand side of the screen. Select Edit connections.
- 3.It opens up the “NETWORK CONNECTIONS” window, click on “MOBILE BROADBAND” tab
- 4.click on “ADD” button. It opens up the “NEW MOBILE BROAD BAND CONNECTION” window click on “CONTINUE” button
- 5.Select INDIA from the country or region list and then click on “CONTINUE”.
- 6.Select on Service provider name as “MTS” and then click on “CONTINUE”
- 7.Here default plan is automatically selected, hence just click on “CONTINUE” button.
- 8.In this step, type the user name: firstname.lastname@example.org and password: MTS (caps on). On the screen, the password will appear as stars (***), then click on Apply
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samsung iphon net connection
Note: We required the following things to connect the internet
a.Samsung iphon activated the GPRS.
b. Ubuntu installed laptop or computer with wireless card.
1.Go to Mobile settings---->Wireless and Networks----->Tethering and portable hotspot----->check the portable Wifi-hot spot--->go to portable wi-fi hot spot settings---->select Configure portable wifi hotspot----> note down the password by checking show password below.
2. in Computer , Left click on Network icon(It is available at Right to panel) Select the Network name starting with the Androd select it will ask you the password above noted password type it will connects easily.
How to make multiple Ubuntu copies Using K3B
Please follow the steps to make multiple Ubuntu dvd'S
- 1. Insert the ubuntu DVD into the dvd drive(see to it dvd drive should work properly).
- 2. Go to applications----->sound and videos------>K3B(close window did you know?)
- 3. click on make copy medium.
- 4. Mention the number of DVD's you want to prepare, In copy menu. Click on start.
- 5.Once copy is done the inserted DVD comes out, Insert Empty dvd's into DVD drive, have mention in number of copies one by one.
How to make a pen drive bootable
Note: In order to make a pen drive bootable pen drive, one requires the following:
- a. Minimum pen drive capacity of 4 GB.
- b. ISO image of UBUNTU.
- c. Once booted, make sure that no new data is saved.
- 1. Insert the pen drive into the USB port of your computer as shown below.
- 2. Go to Applications---->system tools---->Administration---->startup Disk creator,as shown
- 3. Once system detects pen drive, click on other. Show the path where you stored the ISO UBUNTU image file.
- 4. Click on Make Startup Disk, as shown in the image below.
- 5. After clicking, the 'installing' process would begin. Once the installation is complete with the figure showing 100%, click on the quit option.
Your pen drive is ready for installing UBUNTU on your computer.
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How do I connect to the Internet via a Wireless Data Card (Mobile Broadband)?
Mobile Broadband means any kind of high speed Internet connection which is provided by an external device such as a 3G USB stick or mobile phone with built-in HSPA/UMTS/GPRS data connection.
Most mobile broadband devices should be recognized automatically when you connect them to your computer. Ubuntu will prompt you to configure the device:
- The New Mobile Broadband Connection wizard will open automatically when you connect the device.
- Click Forward and insert your details, including the country where your Mobile Broadband device was issued, the network provider and type of connection.
- Give your connection a name (it is up to you what name you choose) and click Apply.
- Your connection is now ready to use. To connect, click the Network Manager icon in the top right of the panel and select your new connection.
- To disconnect, left click the Network Manager icon in the top right of the panel and click Disconnect.
If you are not prompted to configure the device when you connect it, it may still be recognized by Ubuntu. In such cases you can add the connection manually:
- Right-click the Network Manager icon in the system notification area and click Edit Connections.
- Select the Mobile Broadband tab.
- Click Add.
- This should open the New Mobile Broadband Connection wizard. Enter your details as described above.
Most of the data cards available in the market are designed to work on windows and mac computers. Few have drivers (software) to work on GNU/Linux too! However for the data cards that do not have GNU/Linux drivers, here is the most generic and simple solution..
1. Connect the data card to the USB port.
2. Open the 'Terminal' (Application → Accessories → Terminal)
3. Two additional software are required for this activity. So use internet (may be wifi or cable) to download these software packages. In the terminal window, at the $ sign, type sudo apt-get install wvdial and when prompted for a password, type in your login password (you will not see a thing on the screen, don't worry just key in your password)
4. The next software package that we have to install is call usb-modeswitch. This package is very important because most of the datacards when plugged in acts like storage devices and not datacards and this package switches the devices' mode from storage device to a datacard. You can download this package from http://www.draisberghof.de/usb_modeswitch/usb-modeswitch-1.2.0.tar.bz2 and you'll need another file which can be downloaded from here http://www.draisberghof.de/usb_modeswitch/usb-modeswitch-data-20111023.tar.bz2. A supporting package called libusb is required too. This can be downloaded by typing sudo apt-get install libusb at the $ symbol in the terminal.
5. The two files downloaded needs to be unzipped (uncompressed). If you are not sure of where the files are, check your Downloads folder under the home folder. Right-click on the downloaded files and select extract here. Once this is done, go back to the terminal and type the following commands
sudo make install (you'll have to enter your login password after this)
sudo make install
sudo apt-get install libusb-dev
6. Now we need to configure wvdial. In the terminal at the $ symbol type sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf. This will open a text editor which might have some text in it. Replace the text with the following
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Modem Type = Analog Modem
Baud = 9600
New PPPD = yes
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
ISDN = 0
Username = <type your reliance number here> or internet (if it is a tata photon datacard)
Password = <type your reliance number here> or internet (if it is a tata photon datacard)
Phone = #777
Stupid Mode = 1
7. Once this is done, at the $ type sudo wvdial to connect to the internet
–> WvDial: Internet dialer version 1.60
–> Cannot get information for serial port.
–> Initializing modem.
–> Sending: ATZ
–> Sending: ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
–> Modem initialized.
–> Sending: ATDT#777
–> Waiting for carrier.
–> Carrier detected. Starting PPP immediately.
–> Starting pppd at Thu Nov 5 15:45:26 2009
–> Pid of pppd: 3205
–> Using interface ppp0
–> pppd: 0$P
–> pppd: 0$P
–> pppd: 0$P
–> pppd: 0$P
–> pppd: 0$P
–> local IP address 188.8.131.52
–> pppd: 0$P
–> remote IP address 184.108.40.206
–> pppd: 0$P
–> primary DNS address 220.127.116.11
–> pppd: 0$P
–> secondary DNS address 18.104.22.168
–> pppd: 0$P
You are now connected to the internet
8. You can start browsing now and remember not to close the terminal window. To disconnect you'll have to press Ctrl C. Back to Top
FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE (FOSS)
What is FOSS?
Free and open-source software (FOSS) or free/libre/open-source software (FLOSS) is software that is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to use, study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code.
Can FOSS be downloaded and installed on Windows?
Yes. There are public software alternatives to proprietary softwares. These softwares can be downloaded and installed on Ubuntu (Linux) as well as Windows. To see a list of these public software alternatives, click here.
How can I download FOSS for Windows?
To download FOSS for your Microsoft Windows Operating System, the links are as follows:
Ubuntu GNU- Linux (Operating System)
To download: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
OpenOffice.org - Writer (OpenOffice Word Processor)
To download: http://download.openoffice.org/index.html
OpenOffice.org - Calc (OpenOffice Spreadheet)
To download: http://download.openoffice.org/index.html
OpenOffice.org- Presentation (OpenOffice Presentation)
To download: http://download.openoffice.org/index.html
Mozilla Thunderbird (E- Mail Client)
To download: http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/
Mozilla Firefox (Web Browser)
To download: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/
7-zip, Peapod (Archiving)
To download: http://www.7-zip.org/download.html
VLC Player, MPlayer (Media)
To download: http://www.videolan.org/
To download: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
PDF-edit (PDF Editor)
To download: http://pdfedit.petricek.net/en/download.html
Inkscape (Vector Graphics Editor)
To download: http://inkscape.org/download/?lang=en
Audacity (Digital Audio Editor)
To download: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/linux
How do I install OpenOffice on Windows?
To install Open Office on Windows, click here, and follow the steps.
How to make OpenOffice as the default program to open Microsoft Office files on Windows?
To know how to set OpenOffice as the default program for MS Office files on Windows, click here.
How do I install Lightning extension for Thunderbird?Lightening extension allows quick display of current tasks. Task preview pane displaying task parameters like the description, from date, due date, category, etc and calender showing events.
- Download extension for lightening from this link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/2313
- Open Mozilla Thunderbird, from Tools menu select Add-ons.
- Click the Install button, and locate/select the file you saved on desktop (lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi) and click OK.
How do I use Nudi and Baraha on OpenOffice.org for Windows?
- Start Nudi direct (Assuming Nudi is installed, if not, please download from the website www.kagapa.org)
- Right click on the icon on the system tray and choose Nudi Unicode.
- Choose Unicode fonts like Kedage, Mallige, Tunga in the OpenOffice.org writer fonts.
- Start Baraha direct. (If you do not have Baraha, please download from the website [www.Baraha.com])
- Right click on the Baraha icon on the system tray and choose Languages -> Kannada -> Unicode or Languages -> KGP Keyboard Layout -> Unicode.
- Choose Unicode fonts like Kedage, Mallige, Tunga in the OpenOffice.org writer fonts.
How do I change the page setup in LibreOffice?
- To change your page settings in LibreOffice, select Format >> Page from the menu bar.
- The dialogue box opens which allows you to change the various parameters of the page.
- Click here to view the screenshot of the Format Page option.
How do I change the page orientation in LibreOffice (to Potrait, Landscape etc.)?
- To change your page orientation, right click on the Default option at the bottom the page and select the appropriate option.
- Click here to view the screenshot of the Page Orientation option.
BLOGS & OTHERS
How can I create a blog account and write blogs in www.karnatakaeducation.org.in?
- In the address bar of a web browser, please type http://www.karnatakaeducation.org.in and enter the site.
- In the home page, at the bottom left corner, you'll see a user login block.
- In this block, click on the create new account link.
- Fill up the form
- Choose a user name for your self. Spaces are allowed; punctuation is not allowed except for periods, hyphens, and underscores.
- Enter a valid email ID
- Click on the Create new account button
- You'll see a message like this “Thank you for applying for an account. Your account is currently pending approval by the site administrator.In the meantime, a welcome message with further instructions has been sent to your e-mail address.”.
- Please check your email and you'll have a mail with the subject line “Account details for <user> at Karnataka education (pending admin approval)”.
- You'll receive another mail after the approval with a subject line “Account details for <user> at Karnataka Education (approved)”. Please click on the link in the mail or copying and pasting it in your browser. You can use this link to login in only once. After you login you'll go to a page where you can change your password. Once you have set your own password, you will be able to log in to http://www.karnatakaeducation.org.in/?q=user in the future using: <your chosen username>.
- In the Main Menu, click on create content → blog and you can write your own blog.
What is Way2SMS? Can I send SMS and E-Mails via Way2SMS?
Way2SMS is a service that offers SMS communication totally cost free to mobile users. Mobile users can register at absolutely no cost with Way2SMS.com, and receivers of the messages need not be registered Way2SMS users. To create an account at Way2SMS.com, click here.
How do I increase the screen brightness on my Samsung N148 Plus Netbook?
- Go to Applications --> Accessories --> Terminal.
- After the $ prompt, copy and paste the following command: sudo setpci -s 00:02.0 f4.b=ff
- Press Enter. It may prompt you for the password. Type your password and press Enter.
- The value ff increases your screen brightness to the maximum.
To increase the screen brightness on your Samsung N148 Plus Netbook, do the following:
- 42, 56, 70, 92, AF, CC, E5, FF
- 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
Note:One of the following possible values can be entered instead of ff to adjust your screen to a medium brightness to save battery.
How can I download and save any Youtube video on my computer?
- First copy the youtube video link (while it is open) from the address bar of your internet browser.
- In a new tab or a window, go to www.keepvid.com
- In the URL box, paste the video link (which you copied) and click Download
- This will show the various video formats that you can download for that video.
- You can click on any format and download/save the video on your hard disk.
To download and save any YouTube video on your hard disk , yo can do the following --
How to install, setup and start using Skype on Ubuntu 10.04?
This page has the required information to install, setup and use skype on Ubuntu 10.04
How to use MS Publisher (.pub) files on GNU/Linux?
Microsoft Publisher (.pub) files do not work on GNU/Linux systems. Zamzar is a free online conversion service, which lets you convert your files online to any desired format (images, documents, audio, video, e-books, compression too). You can select files (upto 100mb in size) at a time for conversion. Once you select the file to be converted and the output format, you will be sent a link to your e-mail(which you provide during the conversion process), to download the converted file. One can upload the .pub files and it will convert the .pub file into OpenOffice.org's (or any other) format so that it can be used on GNU/Linux.
GIMP and INKSCAPE Manual
Download the manual here
How can I install KTechLab?
The customised DVD that you receive during your training sessions has KTechLab pre-installed. A shortcut to KTechLab can be created as follows
- On the desktop right-click and select create launcher.
- In the box that pops up, please enter the name as KTechlab and command as 'ktechlab' (command is case sensitive) and click on OK.
- The Ktechlab icon will appear on desktop. Double click on the icon to start KTechlab.
How to install PhET in Ubuntu?
The customised DVD that you receive during your training sessions has PhET pre-installed on it. A shortcut or a launcher to PhET can be created as follows:
- 1.Right click on Desktop select Creat launcer
- 2.Type as mentioned below without any mistake.
- Command:firefox /opt/PhET/index.html
- 3.Click on OK and close all tabs
- 4.PhET will appears on Desktop,Just double click on PhET Icon it opens up.
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How to increase battery life in your computer?
- Turn off Wi-Fi and BlueTooth - Most laptops have shortcut keys to instantly disable wireless networking.
- Don't play computer games, music or DVD movies - Multimedia activities drain laptop batteries.
- Adjust your screen brightness - Dimming your display saves battery power.
- Decrease or mute the Laptop Speaker Volume.
- Turn off Auto-save features in Office and other applications.
- If your PC has a built-in wireless card, turn it off or disable it when not in use.
- Programs that are run from a CD or DVD can be copied to and run from the hard drive, which typically consumes less power than an optical drive.
- If you do not use your laptop for extended periods of time (a week or more), remove the battery pack from the laptop.
- Do not expose the battery to high heat or freezing temperatures. Do not leave your battery in your car in the summer. Hot batteries discharge very quickly, and cold ones can't create as much power.
- Make sure to plug your laptop charger adapter into a UPS and not directly into a power outlet or surge protector.
- If you have a nickel-metal hydride battery, completely drain and recharge the battery once a month to maximize its capacity to hold a charge.
- Fully charge new battery packs before use. New pack needs to be fully charged and discharged (cycled) a few times before it can condition to full capacity.Leaving a battery in a laptop while using an electrical outlet for long periods of time will keep the battery in a constant state of charging up and that will reduce the life cycle of the battery.
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