Google Video Chat now in Linux!

Many a time i get defeated on “word-wars” defending Linux, when my friends ask me if Google video chat is available in Linux.
Google video chat is one “must have” feature that Linux users have wished for a long time. The wait is over!. Google has announced video support for Linux. for now, Ubuntu and other Debian-based distros could enjoy the support instantly. Fedora and other RPM-based ditros need to wait for some time(but not too long ;)).

<Here>  is a quick guide on how to get started on video chatting in Linux.

Enjoy 🙂



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Resolving the “shutter” bug

shutter - screenshot tool for Linux

Shutter is an excellent screenshot tool for Linux.

I have noticed that in the Shutter application under Ubuntu 10.04, the edit option remained  disabled. I thought it was a bug and began searching for soultions and ended up with this one:
The edit option remains disabled because libgoo-canvas-perl package is missing. So manually install it using the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install  libgoo-canvas-perl

download size is 253kB.

Additionally install one more package:
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-web-photo

download size is 44.2kB.
Bingo! shutter back in form 🙂

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Installing MySql Workbench in Fedora

MySQL Workbench is a nice GUI frontend tool for MySql.

First, to install it i downloaded the rpm package from MySql website. Then i tried installing it by using the rpm installer found by default
in my system. However there were some dependency problems and so it didnt get installed.

Then i found the following tip at
yum localinstall mysql-workbench-whatever.rpm
It was said that the above command would resolve and install the dependencies.But that failed too!

finally in the same website i found another tip to get through the installation. Just execute the following commands:

rpm -Uvh remi-release-11.rpm
yum –enablerepo=remi install mysql-workbench

and yes! finally i succeeded 🙂

Then i found something else interesting: Navicat

You can download and use the non-commercial edition for free. Get it <here>

North Korea’s home-made OS

Following China’s Red Flag Linux, North Korea has has come out with its “home-made OS”. This OS, named “Red Star“, has been brought to light by a Russian student of  Kim Il-sung University. N.Korea has been developing this Linux fork since 2006. Though based on Linux, its interface resembles Ms Windows.Its available only in  Korean language and costs $5. Earlier China had created its own Linux distro  after an anti-trust developed due to Microsofts Venus mismanagement. Microsoft Venus was a project that aimed to enable millions of Chinese who had TVs but not PCs to use their televisions to get online. This project was dropped due to some issues.

The latest news on China’s Red Flag Linux is that Internet cafe’s in China have been forced by the Chinese govt. to switch over to Red Flag Linux, even if they had a legal version of Windows.Obviously questions about spying and surveillance have arisen, with no comment from the Chinese Government.

Back to basics: Linux for noobs

Just a few  basic information for anyone who has not been introduced to/ is interested in knowing the answer for “What is this Linux buzz all about?”