Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thanks R Duthie

Roger J A Duthie donated half the cost of next years hosting for If you'd like to see your name on the blog feel free to donate. I'll be keeping this site up as long as people visit.

While this blog is no longer updated, please check out my current blog for your Ubuntu tips, tricks, hacks and tweaks.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


I just came across this project, I am not sure if it works on the Dell Inspiron 1501 but it's worth trying and leaving feedback for everyone else.

Auto-NDISwrapper: Linux Wi-Fi as easy as it can get
This program automatically looks at what Wi-Fi card you have, it disables any wireless driver currently installed, fetches the correct Windows driver from the Internet and installs it with NDISwrapper.

You can check out their Launchpad page here

You can download the package here

For help installing a tarball package

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Configure Your System With Ubuntu Tweak

Screenshot-Ubuntu Tweak
Ubuntu Tweak is an application designed to make configuring Ubuntu easier. It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn't easily provide. It also offers easy installation of popular programs and 3rd party repositories. It is only designed for an Ubuntu GNOME Desktop, and is available for both Ubuntu 8.10 and Ubuntu 8.04 but not for the lpia architecture.

Ubuntu Tweak provides system information:
Screenshot-Ubuntu Tweak-1
- these screenshots are from my desktop, not my Dell Inspiron 1501.

Easy installation of popular applications & 3rd party repositories:
Screenshot-Ubuntu Tweak-5
- I recommend Ubuntu Tweak as the easy and safe way to install OpenOffice 3.0 Wine, Banshee, Mail Notification, Gnome Do and many other programs.

Configuring your startup programs (Autostart):
Screenshot-Ubuntu Tweak-3
- Great for stopping unneeded wanted programs from booting at start up. Making your PC boot faster.

System, Gnome & Nautilus Tweaks:
Screenshot-Ubuntu Tweak-4

I enjoy using Ubuntu Tweak, even though it is just a graphical user interface for other graphical user interfaces. All these 'tweaks' can be done through Gconf and editing source lists. The advantage of Ubuntu Tweak is that it has all these options together in one place, listed and presented in a easy to understand format. You still can mess up your install or nerf your system if you are not careful.

Installating Ubuntu Tweak
1. Download the lastest version of Ubuntu Tweak
2. Install the Ubuntu Tweak Repository
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver FE85409EEAB40ECCB65740816AF0E1940624A220
- to add the repository key

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
- to open your repository source list

Add the repository for your version of Ubuntu at the end of your source list
-for Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy heron
deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main
- for Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex
deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get update
- to update your sources
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
- to install Ubuntu Tweak

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

The Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a excellent resource for Ubuntu users and is now available for download at The book focuses on teaching new users how to navigate Linux and the skills needed to become an expert Ubuntu user. Offering support for both Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10. I find the pocketbook to be accessible and easy to understand. I am currently making my way through the 150+ pages on solid Ubuntu knowledge.

© Copyright 2008 Keir Thomas.
Ubuntu is a trademark of Canonical Ltd.
Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is not affiliated to Canonical Ltd.

Have a question or problem that this article doesn't cover? Ask our Ubuntu Mini 9 Google Group for help.

edited by pHreaksYcle

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Linux Alternative Project

The Linux Alternative Project provides a database with the Linux equivalent of many Windows programs.

The Linux Alternative Project - - Mozilla Firefox

Whether you recently made the switch or are an old Linux user, the site contains a lot of information and links for software that being actively developed and comparable to some of the Windows applications you are used to using.

Check out The Linux Alternative Project site at

Have a question or problem that this article doesn't cover? Ask our Ubuntu Mini 9 Google Group for help.

edited by pHreaksYcle

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Two Years & Four Releases Later

Ubuntu1501 has been running for over two years and has offered articles and howto's for the last four Ubuntu releases. I'm am very proud of the work I have done and the community the blog has built. I am surprised at the traffic the site generates even though I last updated when Intrepid was released. As you can see the numbers are amazing.


Unfortunately, I am moving on. I sold my Dell 1501 and replaced it with a Dell Mini 9 and a Dell Studio 15. I have been hard at work with

I will continue to pay for the domain and publish comments as long as people log on and read.

Thank You,

edited by pHreaksYcle

Friday, January 16, 2009

Best Comment on Ubuntu1501

@Drew Martell
Please stop sharing your stupidity here! Running an anti-virus in Win is the only way to go and even that is not guaranteed protection. It's not about knowing what you are doing (and you've already proved you don't) it's just you have been lucky all this time. If you just plug your pen drive on an infected system with Windows it'll pass the virus to your pen drive. And YES, your Win WILL autorun the virus when you plug your pen drive in it, doesn't matter what options you have selected on it. Fact, Windows is full of holes for viruses.
As for running as root to use VirtualBox. no comments there, this blog itself explains how to use VB as normal user.
Stop posting man, you're just too f** stupid.

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