Dr. Bill.TV #268 – Audio – “The Minty Fresh WINE Edition!”

How to install WINE on Linux Mint, a video walk-through! A fix for apt-get update issues in Ubuntu, Dr. Bill’s ‘Perfect Linux Mint build!’ Google stops offering Google Apps for free, bummer! Ekiga 4.0 offers a fresh, Open Source Skype alternative, and GSotW: Evince: a cool Open Source document viewer!

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Evince – Simply a Document Viewer


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Geek Software of the Week: Evince!

EvinceThis is a very cool Open Source document viewer! There is a Windows version and a Linux version. It is very handy, and super-functional… you need this handy utility! Check it out!

Evince – Simply a Document Viewer

Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. The goal of evince is to replace the multiple document viewers that exist on the GNOME Desktop with a single simple application.

Supported Document Formats
Evince is specifically designed to support the file following formats:

PDF
Postscript
djvu
tiff
dvi
XPS
SyncTex support with gedit
comics books (cbr,cbz,cb7 and cbt)
Here is the full list of supported document formats

Features
For a full list of all the Evince features check our wiki page.

Search
Integrated search displaying the number of results found and highlights the results on the page.

Page Thumbnails
Thumbnails of pages show quick reference for where you’d like to go in a document. Evince’s thumbnails are available in the left sidebar of the viewer.

Page Indexing
For documents that support indexes Evince gives the option to show the document index for quick jumping from one section to another.

Open Source “Skype-Alternative” is Pretty Cool!

Check it out! It is available for Linux and Windows!

Ekiga 4.0 offers a fresh, Open Source Skype alternative

“Longtime users of Ubuntu Linux may already be familiar with open source Ekiga, which used to be the default Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) client in that popular Linux distribution, but late last month the telephony software got a major update.

Arriving some three years after the previous release, Ekiga 4.0—also known as ‘The Victory Release’ – is now available, offering a fresh new Skype alternative for users of Linux and Windows alike.

‘This is a major release with many major improvements,’ wrote the software’s developers in the announcement last week on the project site.

Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights.

A brand-new interface

At the top of the list of the changes in Ekiga 4.0 is a “completely new” user interface, the developers say, featuring an improved roster, a separate call window, and improved chat and accounts windows. The screenshot above offers a taste of the new GUI.

Ekiga 4.0 also offers faster startup than its predecessor did, and the software’s GNOME 3 integration has been improved with better notifications and removal of the tray icon.

A new PulseAudio plugin has been added to Ekiga along with new audio codecs such as SILK—which is used by Skype—G.722.1 (also known as Siren 7), and G.722.2 (a.k.a. GSM-AMR Wide band). New H.264 optimizations have been added as well.

Rounding out the list of key new features are call auto-answer, partial support for handling multiple video streams, improved audio accuracy on select audio cards, and a variety of usability and interoperability fixes.

Highly interoperable

Microsoft has surprised many in the Linux community by continuing to update Skype for Linux, and of course we now have offerings including Google+ chat and hangouts and Google Talk with video as well.

Still, Ekiga brings with it all the many benefits of open source software in addition to support for both the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and H.323 protocol, making it highly interoperable.”

Google Stops Free Google Apps Service

This is bad. Even though I don’t use it, I don’t like to see a trend of free services getting cut back.

Google stops offering Google Apps for free to focus on providing a paid-for experience

“Google has announced a significant decision that will see it cease allowing users to sign up to its Google Apps service free of charge.

In a blog post, Clay Bavor, director of product management for Google Apps, explains that the move is being made in order to focus the quality of the user experience on the needs of paying, business users, with fuller support. However, those that have already signed up for the service for free will still be able to use it as before.

‘When we launched the premium business version we kept our free, basic version as well,’ Bavor explains. ‘Both businesses and individuals signed up for this version, but time has shown that in practice, the experience isn’t quite right for either group. Businesses quickly outgrow the basic version and want things like 24/7 customer support and larger inboxes. Similarly, consumers often have to wait to get new features while we make them business-ready.’

Google is now encouraging users to sign up to Gmail, storage service Google Drive and its other consumer-facing products, instead of Google Apps. Those that do want to use Google Apps can get the premium version, which remains $50 per user, per year.

Google says that the end of the free version will allow it to focus on providing business-grade service, including 24/7 phone support for issues, a 25GB inbox and its 99.9 percent uptime guarantee.

The Wall Street Journal reports that subscriptions to Google Apps and its mapping service for businesses and governments have netted the company some $1 billion over the last year.

Stats-wise, more than 5 million businesses are said to use Google Apps, but the overwhelming majority use the free version. The service — both free and paid — is said to be used by more than 40 million users worldwide.

The move to end free usage makes a lot of sense, and has been much expected, given the investment Google has made in its consumer-targeted cloud offerings, which includes the creation of Dropbox rival Google Drive. The company is also likely to make big changes to Gmail after it hired the team behind much-lauded iOS and Mac mail client Sparrow in August.

The search giant has increased the linkage between the two services lately. Last month it began allowing users to add 10GB of Google Drive files into Gmail emails, and we can expect further alignment of the services going forward.”

Dr. Bill’s “Perfect Linux Mint Build”

Sometime back, I did a post on my perfect Fedora build. It was a step-by-step guide, in geek shorthand, on what to install, and how to set up a highly usable desktop, if you are me. Well, you obviously aren’t me, but you may want some of the same features I do, one geek to another, so to speak! So, since I have decided that Linux Mint is completely “da bomb” and that we should all move to it and tell Microsoft to go jump in a very, very cold lake, so there! ;-)

So, here we go… again, this is geek shorthand guidance, and assumes that you can “read between the lines” and get ‘er done!


My personal “perfect” Linux Mint build:

Download the appropriate (32-bit or 64-bit, depending on your machine) .iso from linuxmint.com

Burn the .iso to a DVD

Boot from the DVD, select Full Install

Sign-in with the user ID created during install

Install Dropbox from Dropbox.com

Set up background (the official Cool Stylin’ Linux Mint background image) available here: Cool Stylin’ Linux Mint Background Image

Install the Chromium Browser from Software Manager

Install Audacity from Software Manager

Install RecordMyDesktop from Software Manager

Install Easytag from Software Manager

Install VMware View 5 Client from Software Manager

Install Filezilla FTP Client from Software Manager

Install Skype from Software Manager

Install winff from Software Manager

Install ffmpeg from Software Manager

Install wine from Software Manager

Install e-Sword from e-sword.net website (under wine)

Log into your Google account and allow sync to occur in Chromium

Install Lastpass from lastpass.com web site (using Firefox)

Install Lastpass from lastpass.com web site (using Chromium)

Extract install script from file downloaded from lastpass.com web site

sudo ./install_lastpass.sh

Go into both Firefox and Chromium and login to Lastpass to activate it.

Do a Google search for “citrix receiver for linux” and choose “Citrix – Receiver for Linux 12.1”

Choose .deb version

Install motif-clients from Software Manager

Run, and set up options in Citrix Reciever (Connections – New – Click drop-down, setup Login, etc.)

Go to teamviewer.com – download .deb version

Install, set-up and sign-in to Teamviewer

Right-click on apps under menu and click “Add to Desktop” on those I want on desktop.

Enjoy the best desktop known to mankind! Dewd!

Fix for Updates in Ubuntu Linux Variants

So, you install an Ubuntu based Linux. (Such as Ubuntu itself, or, my current favorite, Linux Mint!) You go to update the installation to be sure that everything is OK.

So, you go to Update Manager and try and run that, or, you do a:

sudo apt-get update

Then, you get the error:

“E:Encountered a section with no Package: header…”

Bummer, man!

Well, worry not! The fix is to do this:

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf

Then run:

sudo apt-get update

Kabing! It is fixed!

Dr. Bill.TV #267 – Video – “The Low Gumption Edition!”

40 Million Windows 8 licenses sold! A Microsoft IE advert aimed at me! Google celebrates my birthday, GSotW: Spybot Search and Destroy 2.0! The Ouya gaming console will ship for Christmas, Geek Wisdom from the Matrix, and a walk-through of Linux Mint!

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TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Spybot – Search & Destroy 2.0


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Dr. Bill.TV #267 – Audio – “The Low Gumption Edition!”

40 Million Windows 8 licenses sold! A Microsoft IE advert aimed at me! Google celebrates my birthday, GSotW: Spybot Search and Destroy 2.0! The Ouya gaming console will ship for Christmas, Geek Wisdom from the Matrix, and a walk-through of Linux Mint!

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TechPodcasts Network

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Spybot – Search & Destroy 2.0


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Ouya Open Source Console Will Ship In Time for Christmas!

Looks like the Ouya is on schedule for a Christmas release!

Ouya Development Consoles Shipping In December

“When the team behind the Ouya open source gaming console was soliciting startup funds on Kickstarter, we all took notice, and despite asking for just $950,000 in cash, the group found itself flush with nearly $8.6 million in cash. Apparently the prospect of a $109 gaming console that was built specifically to be hacked and tweaked by basement geniuses everywhere and could maybe someday contend with the industry heavy hitters was just too hard for grassroots donors to resist.

Those donors who forked over enough cash to qualify are getting a slightly belated Christmas present: The Ouya team announced that it will be shipping its advance consoles this month. They’ll leave the factory on December 28th and be in developers’ hands a few days hence.

The team also said in a post on Kickstarter that the Ouya Development Kit (ODK) is currently in the testing phase, and users will be able to create accounts by December 25th.

Ouya still has a long ways to go before it can be considered a success, such as shipping an actual product, building a games library, etc., but it’s a very good sign that the consoles appear to be in the manufacturing process at present.”

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