Categotry Archives: apt-get


Where are the Ubuntu ppas for newer versions of Firefox and Thunderbird?


This requires an intermediate skill level.

Installing unstable software, can cause your system to crash. This is NOT recommended for n00bs. The how to add the ppa’s are contained in the link below. But again, if you don’t know what this is: DON’T DO THIS, unless you are sure.

PPA for Firefox / Thunderbird Versions 5/6/7/8

Version 3.X of Firefox kills my Ubuntu 10.10 (AMD 64) System. But version 6 and beyond run fine.

This is what Thunderbird V 5 looks like:

Thunderbird Version 5

Thanks again, Joe.



Installing FBReader (Free Book) for Linux (ubuntu or debian)


The directions are here. But if I had trouble with it, you may have had some difficulties as well.

The first thing we need to do, is add the FBReader repository to our sources.list. There are two ways to do this.

1. First, we can just edit the file. As always anything starting with an octothorpe (#) is a comment and does NOT need to be coded.

cd /etc/apt
sudo cp sources.list sources.list.bkp # make a backup copy

Now using an editor of choice, say gedit, edit the file:

gksudo gedit sources.list

go to the very bottom, and add the lines as shown:

deb stable main
deb-src stable main

save and exit!

Another method, would be to go to System/Administration/Synaptic Package Manger/Settings/Repositories/Other Software and add the lines there, one at a time.

2. Now the key file. You can get the key file here. But what to do with it?

Highlight the text, RIGHT click, and copy.

3. Fire up your favourite editor, paste it in, and then save it as:

(they don’t tell you, that you need to do this!), then exit.

4. Install the key we just saved:

sudo apt-key add

5. Update the sources list.

sudo apt-get update

6. Install fbreader

sudo apt-get install fbreader

7. We are almost done. You would think that since you installed “fbreader” on the apt-get line above, that you would just fire up “fbreader”. NOT SO. It is in fact called: FBReader

which FBReader

you will get back a line that looks like:

Yeah that threw me off to. Who’d have thunk?

The default directory for the books is:


(the ~ (tilde) says your home directory, and then FBooks under your home directory).

FBReader is slow, so patience is required. You can also get Windows and Mac Version of FB Reader

NOTE: You can NOT put in a bookmark with FB Reader. However it does remember what page you were last reading.

Need some free books to read? Head on over to Project Gutenberg

Also note that the DVD is dual layer, and is iso9660. (The ISO can be created and then mounted in Linux. Another post) so the old Microsoft 8×3 (archaic) filename.ext format, with all CAPS. Gulp!

Thanks Terry!



installing ubuntu-restricted-extras under wubi


From: Jose B 28 April at 01:49

When installing Linux on your Windows machine using Wubi, your Linux installation will not have access through the synaptic package manager to the Ubuntu Restricted Extras; also you will not be able to install them through the web page either.

What I did to get around this is:

1. I opened the terminal (Applications-Accessories-Terminal)
2. At the prompt type: $ sudo aptget ubuntu-restricted-extras
– This will install the restricted extras packages
3. type: sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/
– This will install dvd support to your linux system that was installed through Wubi

Now you will have a fully functional Linux system. This was tried on a Windows 7 machine.