Adobe Air – Ubuntu Maverick – amd64 and Wimp

I’m checking out Wimp as a substitute to Spotify. My Wimp stopped working yesterday and refused to start because of ‘wrong ELF’. It turned out my Adobe air installation somehow was in 32bit, I don’t know how/why it initially worked (though 32bit apps usually work fine on 64bit Ubuntu thanks to 32bit libs) .

Anyway I came over a 64bit compiled Adobe Air package at launchpad, it installed fine and I could reinstall Wimp again.

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.

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”

Vim + headless server + syntax highlighting

After installing my favourite distro, which these days seem to have fallen back on Ubuntu I’m usually installing the ‘vim-gnome’ package. It pulls down the necessary packages for me to have a fully fledged Vim editor with syntax highlighting and so on.
But what if I don’t have X installed ?
Trying to install vim-gnome then would pull down xorg + the complete gnome-desktop environment, which really isn’t that necessary.
Since there’s a lot of packages related to vim it could be a bit confusing which one to pull down just to have syntax highlighting.

# aptitude install vim-nox 

gives you, in _my_ opinion, a working and useful Vim editor in a ‘non-X’ environment :p