Gnome 2.x

Ekiga in Ubuntu Karmic hangs with pulse

With reference to this post I finally figured out that I could after all use a Linux softphone with our iptelephony solution at work.
At first I tried Ekiga, since it’s Ubuntu’s default softphone app, but it didn’t really work, kept on hanging.
I tried Twinkle, which worked right out of the box, but using QT 3.x libs ? I just couldn’t settle with that. I don’t like to mix QT libs in my glibs environment and I REALLY don’t like to use really old QT libs if I must have them.
I took an other shot at Ekiga, and dug up this post at launchpad which solved my problems.
Upgrade to Ekiga 3.2.6 and things should be okay with Karmic, pulseaudio and Ekiga again.
Launchpad Ekiga 3.2.6 repo here.

Disable GDM in Ubuntu 9.10

When I need to disable services in Linux I’m used to symlinks in /etc/rc2.d
(for debian based distros) .
Ubuntu 9.10 doesn’t have any symlink for gdm in /etc/rc2.d
so how do I disable the freakin’ service ?
It seems gdm is started by upstart now, but they’ve also switched to grub2 and according to we can control this from grub.

edit /etc/default/grub

Change the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash” to

 GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash text"

And issue:

# update-grub

terminator and real transparency

Terminator is a great terminal, but running compiz it might be a bit confusing getting real transparency (if you’re one of those). With reference to the terminator man page (man 5 terminator_config), edit ~/.config/terminator/config and add these lines:

enable_real_transparency = true
background_darkness = 0.7
background_type = transparent

Note: use background_darkness to adjust the level of transparency 🙂

Ubuntu 9.10 running a Windows XP guest in virtualbox.

At work they recently switched to ip telephony, our supplier haven’t got any Linux client for their softphone so I had to install windows just to have a working phone !

So I end up running Virtualbox-ose and setting up a windows guest.
After installing windows xp (which takes AGES) I installed the softphone application, but my michrophone didn’t work in the guest environment !
The mic did work OK in Ubuntu, so I ended up debugging ( a lot).
I came over several people having the same problem + launchpad had a bug reported on the problem.
I uninstalled pulseaudio and the mic started working OK in the guest.
I had to do a
apt-get purge pulseaudio gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio + the rest of my packages related to pulse (found via dpkg -l | grep pulse),
except i still got libpulse-browse0 libpulse-mainloop-glib0 and libpulse0
Apt tells you it’s removing ubuntu-desktop as well, which probably is because ubuntu-desktop got pulse as a dependency or something. I find that apt-get doesn’t remove as much as aptitude wants to, so I used apt-get for this one.

I also installed gnome-alsamixer alsa alsa-firmware-loaders alsa-tools alsa-tools-gui
and reboot

note: volume control (in tray) and ‘system -> preferences -> sound’ in gnome is now broken, but I kan control sound via gnome-alsamixer

UPDATE UPDATE: see this post regarding “I no longer need windows for my companys ip telephone solution”