Access and Add Files On Your ASUS Transformer in Ubuntu


gMTP can be installed through the Ubuntu Software Centre (click) and provides a simple interface for browsing through files and folders on your Transformer. To add files from your PC to your tablet you simple drag and drop them into the folder you wish to store them in.

Drawbacks include an inability to ‘download’ files from my Transformer to my desktop and no extra ‘views’ for the file browser such as ‘thumbnails’ to make identifying photos easier.


MTPFS is “…a FUSE filesystem that supports reading and writing from any MTP device.” It’s not a standalone programme like gMTP above. Instead MTPFS gives you access to your Transformer files via Nautilus, allowing you to browse them just like any other folder on your desktop.

The main drawback is ‘mounting’ it. One needs to jump through a few hoops to get it set up. If you’re prepared to, and this is certainly my preferred method for now, instructions follow.

Open a terminal and run the following commands separately, entering your password where prompted. Ensure your Transformer is connected via USB to your computer.

  • sudo apt-get install mtpfs
  • sudo mkdir /media/transformer
  • sudo chmod 775 /media/transformer

To “mount” your transformer so you can access, add and download files run: -

  • sudo mtpfs -o allow_other /media/transformer

When done run:

  • sudo umount mtpfs
You will need to repeat the last two steps every time you wish to mount then unmount your device. Admittedly this method is less than elegant but it does work. Using it I can browse my Transformer using Nautilus, including seeing thumbnails of photos, previews of music tracks by hovering over them, etc.
Firewall for ubuntu 11.04

A Firewall is a program (software) or a device which allows us to set different types of rules for a network i.e how the packets will be treated at different ports ..and it’s very widely used in protecting a computer from unauthorized/unwanted access through a network. Due to an exponential growth in computer related crimes, Firewall is a mandatory application for every computer users.

Install Firewall Configuration Application – gufw on Ubuntu 11.04

#1 : Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘gufw’.

#2 : Then, click on install button in the search result, and enter your login password if required.

#3 : Now, wait for the installation to complete ..relax it will hardly take a minute..

#4 : That’s All..

Alternative Way – Install gufw from Command Line / Terminal

sudo apt-get install gufw

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Introducing Twitter Web Analytics

Twitter is a powerful platform for websites to share their content, and drive traffic and engagement. However, people have struggled to accurately measure the amount of traffic Twitter is sending to their websites, in part because web analytics software hasn’t evolved as quickly as online sharing and social signals.

Today we’re announcing Twitter Web Analytics, a tool that helps website owners understand how much traffic they receive from Twitter and the effectiveness of Twitter integrations on their sites. Twitter Web Analytics was driven by the acquisition of BackType, which we announced in July.

The product provides three key benefits:

  1. Understand how much your website content is being shared across the Twitter network
  2. See the amount of traffic Twitter sends to your site
  3. Measure the effectiveness of your Tweet Button integration 

Twitter Web Analytics will be rolled out this week to a small pilot group of partners, and will be made available to all website owners within the next few weeks. We’re also committed to releasing a Twitter Web Analytics API for developers interested in incorporating Twitter data in their products.

‘eCAFÉ’ ARM Netbook Runs Ubuntu, Boasts 13 Hours of Battery Life

So the long heralded ‘flood’ of ARM netbooks on to the shelves barely even materialised as a drop, with a drop in demand for netbooks and massive growth spurt in touch-screen Tablet devices seemingly diverting attention elsewhere.

PC company Hercules are pinning their hopes on a ‘better late than never’ approach with the launch of a new ARM powered netbook series dubbed the ‘eCafé’.

The eCafé comes in two 10″ flavours:

  • A slim white model weighing just 880g
  • A heavier black model with 13 hours battery life and HDMI out

Both sport the same internal configuration of: -

  • 800Mhz ARM Cortex A8 (Freescale i.MX515)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB Flash Storage

A chiclet keyboard, 8GB of flash storage, HDMI out, 3 USB ports an, card reader, Headphone/Microphone ports, integrated WiFi, Ethernet port and bizarre touch-controls on the ‘arms’ of the device for controlling media playback round out the specs.

The operating system appears to be a slightly modified version of Ubuntu 10.07 (yes, 10.07) for ARM devices, running the EFL Netbook Launcher.

The eCafe models start from £179 on Amazon UK. (Pre-order)

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HTML5 ‘Ribbon’ Interface for Web Apps In The Works

The ‘Ribbon’ interface Microsoft introduced with Office 2007 provided an innovative approach to the use and layout of toolbars in applications.

Following the release, OpenOffice toyed with the idea of creating a similar ‘tabbed toolbar’ concept for use with its own office suite. Whilst the mock-ups and discussions never bore much in the way of fruit for OpenOffice the idea of a ‘ribbon’ for use in open-sources apps hasn’t been abandoned.

Reader George T mailed in to share a project he’s working on that implements the “Ribbon” interface in HTML5/CSS3/Javascript for web app developers, should they wish, to use in their applications.

The project is only “half way there” at present, but George told us that it should be “100% completed” within a month or so, at which time the source code will be released.

Work so far

Being built on open standards, and being open-source itself, the ‘Ribbon control’ looks the same in a web-browser on Linux as it does in a web-browser on Windows: -


Aping Mad

The aping of anything linked to Microsoft will irk a minority, but the beauty of freedom means if you don’t like something you don’t have to use it. Personally, I look forward to seeing what kinds of web apps make use of George’s Ribbon control.

UML Tools for Ubuntu

Unified Modelling Language (UML) is basically a modelling languages that is typically used in the design phase of object oriented software development process, to express the thought in graphical representation, to visualize the system etc. UML, created by OMG (Object Management Group), has now become the standard approach to software modelling. In fact the UML diagrams makes coding part easier in complex systems, so the time you would spent in drawing will save you a lot of time (later, during development/implementation phase). UML diagrams represents – Static as well as Dynamic views of a system, so using UML tools you can draw – class diagrams, activity diagrams, sequence diagrams, use case diagrams etc.

There are various tools available such as IBM Rational Rose, for drawing UML diagrams but in this post you are going to know about some open source modelling tools, that you can use on your Linux based Operating systems e.g Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) /11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot, the code name of upcoming version)/ or older versions such as 10.10/10.04 LTS…, Linux Mint, Fedora, OpenSuse etc.

Umbrello UML Modeller

Umbrello is a KDE based software for creating UML diagrams in standard format. It supports a lot of languages and code generation (advanced code generation is available for ruby) is also supported, it has all basic features – that you expect from a UML tool.

sudo apt-get install umbrello


Gaphor is a cross-platform UML tool with simplicity, before installing it be sure to check for its dependencies such as Python (version 2.5 or later).



ArgoUML is one of the best open source – ‘software modelling tool’ with a lot of advanced features. It is a java based (and of course cross-platform) application.

The supported diagrams are -

  • class diagrams
  • statechart diagrams
  • use case diagrams
  • activity diagrams
  • sequence diagram
  • deployment diagram

Download ArgoUML


Dia is a GTK based drawing program that can be used for drawing UML diagrams, Flowcharts, Network diagrams etc.

Download Dia

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how to install XFCE on Ubuntu 11.04

XFCE is a most popular lightweight desktop environment for Unix like operating systems such as GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Mac OS X etc. It is a free and open source software, consumes less resources then other desktops available for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) – such as Gnome 2.*, KDE etc. Xfce desktop comes along with some applications installed by default – e.g Thunar (File Manager), Midori (Web browser), Mousepad (Text Editor); that is very simple to use and provides pretty fast experience without consuming a lot of memory or other resources.

Why should you try XFCE ?

Ubuntu 11.04 uses ‘Unity’ desktop by default but if you are running ubuntu on a older hardware/computer or got tired with the slow performance of other desktops then Xfce is the right desktop for you. Since, Ubuntu has very modular structure you can install as many desktop as you want; it means you don’t need to go for Xbuntu distribution – The Xfce version of Ubuntu, if you are already using Ubuntu or any other flavor of Ubuntu. Xfce 4.8 is the latest stable version available, released in Jan 2011. You can install it either from command line or Synaptic Package Manager, and it works not only for ubuntu but also for other Linux distros such as Linux Mint, Fedora etc.

Installing XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu 11.04

step1 : Open terminal and type (You may need to authenticate yourself by login password):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xfce4

step2 : Wait until the installation is complete. Next, logout from the current session and select Xfce session in login prompt.
step3 : That’s all.. Enjoy XFCE.. if you want to use other desktop then just select it at the login prompt.


'Pomodoro’ Indicator Timer for Ubuntu

The small app uses the indicator applet framework to provide a panel-based timer. Menu items for starting, pausing and stopping the count are available via a drop down menu, as is a timer showing the time elapsed since the ‘Start’ button was pressed.

When your 25 minutes have passed a notification bubble will appear informing you to ‘take a break’ – as the technique teaches. Likewise the Pomodoro tray icon will change from a grey tomato into a red envelope until you acknowledge the break.


Currently the indicator has as to be built from source. Download the latest release from the Launchpad homepage @ and extract. In a terminal use the ‘cd’ command to enter the extracted folder and run: -
sudo python install
to install the indicator system-wide.

As the applet lacks a menu item it has to be run manually using the Terminal/Alt+F2 and entering ‘pomodoro-indicator‘.

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Oscar-Winning Video Editor ‘Lightworks’ To Land On Linux In December

News on the Linux port of Oscar-winning professional video editor Lightworks has been quiet of late – but, it seems, for good reason

Editshare, the company behind Lightworks, have today announced that a stable release of the professional-grade non-linear video editor will be launched on November 29th 2011, with Beta releases for Linux and Mac OS X to follow on December 19th.

A beta of the Lightworks video editor has been available for Windows users since late last year.

So why the wait for Linux users? Oddly it’s because of the demand, as James Richings, Managing Director of EditShare explains : -

“…we had an overwhelming number of requests to support Mac OSX and Linux… so much so, that we re-organized our development efforts to ensure we deliver Lightworks Open Source for all three platforms.”

To this end the release of Lightworks and its ecosystem are being rolled out in ‘Phases’.

  1. Phase One began last November and saw Windows users able to grab Lightworks as a free download. Alongside this the Lightworks Community was launched.
  2. Phase Two has just been launched (see below for more details on this).
  3. Phase Three is due towards the end of this year and will see Lightworks released for Linux and OS X users.
  4. Phase Four will see the source code opened. This is targeted for Q3 2012.


Free User: Free
Educational User: £20/€25/$30 year
Professional User: £40/€50/$60 year

New features

To compliment the membership model announcement was news on the enhanced features “paid” members can expect to have. These include: -

  • Codec support: ProRes, Red R3D, DPX, XDCAM HD, IMX,
  • New titling tool with keyframe-based animation, effects, live previews and GPU-accelerated rendering
  • Shard Projects for multiple user editing/collaborating
  • Extra export options including DVD, BluRay
  • Stereoscopic workflow, with real-time adjustment edit and output
  • Interoperability through support for AAF, OMF, EDL
  • Improved workflow features 

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Canonical Store Adds Ubuntu-Branded Laptop Sleeve

An Ubuntu-branded neoprene laptop sleeve is the latest item to be added to the Canonical store.

Retailing for £19.95, the sleeve is billed as “a beautiful form-fitting Ubuntu laptop sleeve.”

The sleeve is available in 3 sizes: 13″, 15″ and 17″. All varieties are grey with an orange inner lining. Two rubber Ubuntu logo zips and a badge add the branding to the Neoprene outer.

What’s Neoprene, you ask? Google tells us it’s:

“A synthetic polymer resembling rubber, resistant to oil, heat, and weathering.

It’s a shame that a 10″ version is not available. I have several netbooks that would love to be seen wearing this…

Ubuntu Neoprene Laptop Sleeve | Canonical Store

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Adobe Flash Player (64bit Flash) Support For Linux

A new beta release of Adobe Flash Player has been released for both 32 bit and 64 bit users.

64bit Ubuntu users previously needed to use the outdated Adobe Flash Player “Square” beta. This release is also notable for being the first time Adobe have offered both 32bit and 64bit binaries of the same version at the same time.

What’s new?

At first glance, not much. The release notes state name as ‘TLS Secure Sockets Support’ (for secure connections) and ‘Asynchronous Bitmap Decoding’ (for smoother animation).

Phoronix report that there is ‘still no support for VA-API acceleration interface’ or XvBA, both of which enable the offloading of video processing grunt to a systems GPU.

Netbook users whose devices have a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator will, potentially, benefit from lower CPU usage and better playback of HD flash content around the web thanks to references in the binary to ‘’ and ‘Broadcom,H264′.

Where can I get it?

Download links for both the 32bit and 64bit versions can be found at Usual caveats regarding beta software apply.


64bit Ubuntu 8.04, 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10 users are also able to upgrade/install using a PPA maintained by SevenMachine. As this is a third party PPA and not provided by  Adobe you install at your own risk.

Add ppa:sevenmachines/flash to your Software Sources. Don’t know how to do that? See here.

The Best Linux Distro for your Netbook ?

#1 EasyPeasy : Dedicated Linux distribution for Netbook users

Important features of EasyPeasy includes –

  • it’s simple and easy to use!
  • Some proprietary codecs (Audio and video) and plugins are installed by default
  • uses well known proprietary Apps instead of open source alternative
  • provides special netbook features such as Automatic File Synchronization
  • consumes less power

How to install EasyPeasy

>> Download EasyPeasy 1.6 ISO File.

#2 Ubuntu 11.04 : One of the best Linux distro for netbook

Features of Ubuntu 11.04 as Glance

  • Focuses on simplicity and ease of use
  • Compatible with most of the modern (and old) hardwares
  • Great online community and supports available free!
  • A number of free Applications are available
  • Great look with a lot of features
  • Customization is pretty easy

How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on your Netbook

Follow this tutorial on – installing Ubuntu 11.04 on Netbook – using USB Drive , step by step, installation will be complete within 30 minutes.

#3 Fedora : For Advanced Users

Some Imprtant Features of Fedora

  • focuses on stability (Fedora is a rock solid Linux distro) and usability
  • enhanced security policies and features
  • latest features are available due to short life cycle
  • well supported by most hardwares (specifically by PowerPC (RISC based computer))
  • Free Online support and discussions are available
#4 PuppyLinux : Lightweight and Fast OS for your Netbook

Remarkable features of PuppyLinux

  • Lightweight (around 100MB) and fast
  • easy to use
  • contains common useful Apps
  • run from RAM
Download Latest Version of PuppyLinux

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Running Ubuntu Linux

We have seen our fair share of Android devices running Ubuntu already, like the Nexus S or the NOOKcolor but to see it running on that large beautiful 10″ display on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and pushed by that dual-core CPU makes this a little more interesting.

Having Linux run on an Android tablet with a 1280×800 resolution makes for a much better and clearer viewing experience from what users booting to Linux have seen in the past. It is not natively installed and will be running over Android but the overall speed and responsiveness seems pretty great from the video posted. You’ll need a bluetooth keyboard and mouse if you want to dive in and run Ubuntu on your own Galaxy Tab.

Good news for those that want to try this themselves, Android users have the method for booting to Linux down pretty well so the instructions shouldn’t be that bad for most looking to give this a whirl. Obviously you will need to be rooted and know that you need to still be careful when doing these types of mods to your device. For all the details, instructions and downloads head down to the source to get started. Here’s a video of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Linux while you’re here.

Elementary OS Luna To Be Based On Ubuntu 12.04

The next major release of Ubuntu-based operating system ‘elementary’ is to be based on Ubuntu 12.04 and not Ubuntu 11.10 as originally expected.

Disappointed? Don’t be. The shunt to the next Long-term support release of Ubuntu will provide elementary developers with an extended timeframe in which to polish, code and test the ‘Pantheon’ desktop shell, as well as provide Luna users with a more throughly-tested and stable base.

Amongst the applications and components expected to ship with Luna are the elementary-developed file browser ‘Marlin’, music application ‘Beatbox‘, application launcher ‘Slingshot’ and developer-friendly System Settings pane ‘Switchboard‘.

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Banshee 2.1.4 Released

2.1.4 is a bug fix update and comes hot on the heels of Banshee 2.1.3 which popped out into release-ville last month. That release brought support for the shipping of ‘default internet radio stations’ by Linux distributions, as well as chucking in support for various hardware devices. These included: -

  1. Motorola Atrix
  2. Motorola Ace
  3. Samsung Galaxy S2
  4. Notion Ink Adam tablet
  5. Custom support for the Barnes & Noble Nook 

Full release notes for the 2.1.3 release can be found here and for the 2.1.4 release here.


Banshee 2.1.4 can be downloaded as source from the Banshee website.

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‘Satchbook’ is a powerful, but pricey, Ubuntu laptop

With a 15.6″ screen, a dual-core i5 processor and 8GB of DDR3 RAM German company Rockiger‘s Satchbook might read like a MacBook Pro, but it comes with Ubuntu preinstalled.

Rockiger isn’t a name I’ve heard before, but given the company is primarily focused on the German market that’s not surprising.

Like most 15″ laptops the Satchbook isn’t the prettiest thing to look at. Its internals more than make up for this: -

  • 15.6” display (1366×768)
  • 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Sandy Bridge) Processor
  • 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM
  • Intel GMA 3000 graphics
  • 500 GB SATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
  • DVD Burner
  • 6 cell battery (estimated at 8 hours run time)
  • German keyboard with numeric keypad and Ubuntu key
Amongst the ports and extras are: -
  • HDMI out
  • Webcam
  • VGA out
  • 3 x USB
  • Audio in/out
  • 4-in-1 card reader
  • Ethernet
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi b/g/n

Rockiger also chuck in a cheat-sheet of keyboard shortcuts too – a commitment to the OS and its users that I can’t help but admire.

The price? A rather pricey €997 ($1400/£900/AU$1320)

10% of every laptop purchase is donated to open source applications, amongst them video editor OpenShot and word processor AbiWord.


keylogger for ubuntu

Keylogger or Keystroke logger is some kind of software or hardware device (or may be combination of both) that is used to track the keys struck of the keyboard (The process is called ‘keylogging’) in such a way that the person whose keyboard actions are being monitored is totally unaware of that. Therefore keylogger can be used in many situation for getting all the data entered (So if the user press any key then it will be recorded) from keyboard e.g Passwords, Credit Card, critical conversation (mail, IRC chat …) and other confidential information.

Keylogger is one of the most popular spying software in the history of computer. This post is aimed to explain about a free and open source keylogger software (desktop utility) and hardware devices that you can use on Ubuntu (11.10/10.10/10.04/11.10).

So what do you think about keylogger ? is it really illegal to monitor someone’s keystrokes (of course without permission, otherwise there will be no problem at all – In that case either the user won’t use the system or they don’t care!) ? it depends! (it can be called legal if you are not using the captured data to harm others; certainly you have full right to install such Apps or monitor keyboard activities on your computer) but in some situation it may be really useful; you can easily guess when, Right? Just Think about it.

Software Keylogger for Ubuntu

Open terminal and type the command (Enter your password if required)

sudo apt-get install logkeys

Using Logkeys to start keylogging process
Open terminal and type (it will create a log file in your current directory (most probably in your /home/your_user_name/spy.log), where your target file will be stored)

touch spy.log
sudo logkeys –start –output spy.log

Now your keylogger is running in background you can close the terminal. The output will be stored in the spy.log (it’s just for example purpose, don’t use filenames like this ).

kill logkeys process to stop keylogging

sudo logkeys –kill

Reading keystrokes recoreded by keylogger

strings spy.log

GIMP 2.7.3 Released

A new unstable snapshot of Image Editing programme ‘The Gimp’ has been released.

Version 2.7.3 of the popular app finally sees a working – although not entirely finished – implementation of the much-lauded ‘Single Window Mode‘. Testers should note that Single Window mode is not default and needs to be enabled through the Windows > Single Window Mode menu

Other notable features and improvements present in this release include: -

  • Support for Layer Groups
  • Session management
  • Improvements to ‘on canvas’ text editing
  • Addition of a ‘Lock Content’ button to Layers, Channels and Path dialogs.
  • ‘Rule of fifths’ crop guide overlay 


GIMP 2.7.3 can be downloaded as source at the official GIMP website.

Install GIMP 2.7.3 in Ubuntu

Ubuntu 9.10 through 11.04 users can install this latest release from Matt Walker’s GIMP PPA. This PPA is not provided by GIMP and should be considered unstable.

To install add ’ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn’ to your Software Sources. Following this either update and upgrade your existing GIMP installation, or update and install GIMP via the Ubuntu Software Centre.

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn

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Unique 2D game ‘In The Dark’

One that caught our eye was ‘In The Dark’ by Escapement Studios.

Like a lot of indie games produced recently ‘In The Dark’ is a 2D puzzle-platformer boasting a unique gameplay concept involving light and shadows.

“…we designed a world in which imagination could take over where your childhood left off – a world in which monsters exist, lurking within the shadows, threatening to snatch you up the moment you leave the safety and comfort of the light.”


The game is built on a modified version of LÖVE – the game engine that powers our very own ‘Volleybrawl’.

Money will be used to ‘fund artists so they can take time away from their normal paying jobs to make any more progress on the game.’

The game will be commercially available on Linux, Windows and Mac OS in early 2012. Ports for iOS and Android are also on the cards.

However, that’s only going to happen if they get their funding. If you fancy chucking in a dollar or two – and remember there’s no pressure to do so – head over to

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Puzzle Game Braid

Platform puzzle game ‘Braid‘ is the  latest paid game to hit the Ubuntu Software Centre.

At first glance Braid looks like an old-school 2D side-scroller, very much in the mould of SNES or Genesis classics. But don’t be fooled – Braid is a puzzle game requiring more attention, cunning and brainpower than Sonic 2 or Golden Axe ever called for.

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