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How to tether iphone on Ubuntu via USB

First you must have tethering enabled in the iPhone, either via your carrier, or via a 3rd party app such as MyWi.

Simply add the corresponding PPA repository, either via your prefered GUI or with the command:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa

The update your sources with your GUI or with:

sudo apt-get update

And the install ipheth-utils via Syaptic, or with the command:

sudo apt-get install ipheth-utils

Ready, next time you connect your iPhone, Ubuntu Lucid will automatically connect.

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How to sync music between iPhone and ubuntu using new ifuse

iphone and ubuntu can be much more well integrated now.

If you used the previuose method described here some months ago, you must first remove those changes:

First remove the packages

sudo apt-get remove gvfs-backends ifuse libiphone-dev libplist0 libplist-dev libiphone0  libgpod4 libusbmux0 libusbmux-dev gtkpod

Now let’s remove the jonabeck PPA repo:

Either adding it as root to your /etc/apt/sources.list file

Or with the GUI “Software sources”

Now:  lets perform an update and upgrade:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

At this point it might be a good option to reboot the system.

New Mehod starts here

Let’s add a new PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa

Let’s make a full update and upgrade:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Let’s install the new needed packages:

sudo apt-get install gvfs gvfs-backends gvfs-bin gvfs-fuse libgvfscommon0 ifuse libgpod-dev libgpod-common libimobiledevice-utils libimobiledevice0 libimobiledevice-dev python-libimobiledevice libplist++1 libplist-utils python-plist libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev libusbmuxd1 usbmuxd

Now we have to add our own user to the fuse group:

sudo adduser $USER fuse

Let’s modify the fuse config file:

gksudo gedit /etc/fuse.conf

Uncoment the line that says


(uncoment means remove the “#”)

Ready: Now symply connect your iphone and it will be detected, you can see it in Rhythmbox and other media players.

Tip: iPhone should not be password protected when connected

You will notice that you have two iphone mounted devices, one as camera, and one as phone. Enjoy :-)


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How to make iPhone Skype calls over 3g and not only over WiFi

Because of Apple policies, the VoIP software can use WiFi connections only and not 3G.
In other words you can not make skype calls on the road.
In order to do it, this is what you need:

1-Your iPhone must be jailbroken, if it’s not, read this.
2-Install your Skype or Fing app from the App Store.
3-Install 3G Unrestrictor from Cydia.
4-Open 3G unrestrictor and add the desired applications (skype, fringe, whatever you want)


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How to sync music between iphone and Ubuntu

This method is deprecated
Use This other method instead to sync iphone and ubuntu


OK, now is beginig to be possible to sync your music from Ubuntu to your iPhone, thanks to the work of marcan and many others.

Disclaimer: This is very Alfa software, I didn’t invented any of the things I’m writing about, I just adpated the marcan instructions in the way they worked for me, to my personal systems, wich I’m sure many are using: Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10 and iPhone 3G with OS 3.1.2, by the way you need to have some music synced by iTunes before you can start.
Don’t cry if your iPhone melts:

1- update your system, either via synaptic or with

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

2- Add the PPA repository with the needed packages :

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonabeck/ppa/ubuntu karmic main

Either adding it as root to your /etc/apt/sources.list file

Or with the GUI “Software sources”

Then add the key for the repo with this command:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com F0876AC9

And update again with:

sudo apt-get update

3- Install the packages required for compilation, and the already packaged libraries:

sudo apt-get install git-core cmake autoconf libtool libglib2.0-dev intltool gtk-doc-tools libsqlite3-dev libxml2-dev  libiphone-dev libplist1 libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev libusbmux0 libusbmux-dev ifuse libiphone0 libplist0 libplist-dev

4-Get the libgpod code and compile it:

$ git clone git://gtkpod.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/gtkpod/libgpod
$ cd libgpod
$ CFLAGS=”-g -O0″ sh autogen.sh –prefix=/usr
$ make
$ sudo make install

5-Create a folder to mount it, and mount it:

sudo mkdir /media/ipod

**connect your iPhone**

sudo ifuse /media/ipod

6-Create the needed directory and files:

cd /media/ipod/iTunes_Control
mkdir Device

Find your UUID with

lsusb -v | grep -i iSerial

grab your UUID wich is the 40 characters long text
and run the following command replaceing with yours:

ipod-read-sysinfo-extended /media/ipod

This has generated a needed file into the Device folder.

7-Thats it. Now you can open the gtkpod application and sync your iPhone.

In order tu unmount your iphone first dissconect it via gtkpod and the you can use

sudo umount /media/ipod

And to mount it again just

sudo ifuse /media/ipod

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How to sync files between ubuntu and iphone

There is a way to sync your files in the iphone, and also shering not only with ubuntu, but also with Windows or Mac.

It’s a free service called dropbox that offers 2Gb of space for your files.

1-Click here to go the dropbox website and create a free account.

2-Click on the Install link to Download dropbox and install it on your PC, there are versions avilable for Ubuntu, Fedora, and Sources (there are also Windows and Mac versions).

3-On Your iPhone go to the Apple Store and search for dropbox and install it.

4-Now You have a Dropbox folder in your PC, and a Dropbox app in your iphone. Any file that you copy to your Dropbox folder will appear on your iphone, and viceversa.

Have fun!

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How to remove the This Copy of Microsoft Office in not Genuine messages and keep using Microsoft Office

I recentyl posted a way to get rid of the “This Copy of Microsoft Office is not Genuine messages”, that  involved getting rid of Microsoft Office itself and replace it by OpenOffice.org and Thunderbird, That is the preferred Method.

But if you are a Microsoft Lover and want to get rid only of the messages, and keep using Microsoft Office then this is what’s needed:

1- Close all the Microsoft Office Applications

2-Use the File Explorer to Navigate to your Windows System installation folder, usually:



C:\Windows\SysWow64  -for 64 bit systems-

And then locate and remove (just rename, if feel fear) the following files:



3-Ready! Start any Microsft Office, and you will see that is fast again and no more annoying messages.

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How to send Ctrl Alt Del to a Remote Desktop Session

As we all know evrytime windows does not properly work (and that’s very often) we have to use Ctrl+Alt+Del, so how to do it if you are accession Windows from a Remote Desktop Connection:

From Windows: Press Ctrl + Alt + End

From Linux: Press Ctrl + Alt + Del (yes, because its harmless to linux)

From MAC: Press Ctrl + Option + ForwardDelete

From iPhone: If you are using JaaduRDP, select the top icon with the arrows, slide to the second windows, there you’ll see it, just click it (and close the arrows icon again to go back to the desktop).

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How to change iphone default ssh password

When an iPhone is jailbroken, and OpenSSH server is installed in order to provide remote access.

There are two accounts root -the superuser- and mobile -the standard user-.

Both accounts have a default password: alpine

In order to change the passwords you can do it via regular Linux commands:

  • Access the iPhone via ssh from your PC (you can install putty on windows to do this)
  • ssh root@your.iphone.ip
  • Note: If this is the first time you connect this PC to your iPhone you will see a warning abiout fingerprints, say yes.
  • and type the passwd command, it will prompt you for your password twice, when you type your new password nothing will be prompted:
  • passwd
  • type exit to dissconnect
  • exit
  • Repeat the steps but this time for mobile, start with:
  • ssh mobile@your.iphone.ip
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How to Jailbreak an iphone with OS 3.x

I have a previouse post about how to jailbrake an iphone but now it may be diffrent, there are two publishers of jailbreaking applications: the Dev-Team and geohot (any other source you find is just selling what they give for free).

Well, geohot has published a new app called blackra1n, this is definitivelly the fastest jailbreak I have ever seen. Not even a how to is really needed, just go to his site, download, run, follow the onscreen instructions (basically, click, connect, and wait)

And have fun!

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How to control maximus preferences in Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Ubuntu netbook remix includes maximus, which is an application that maximizes all the new windows and removes the decoration, this is is very good to make it easier to work with small screens, and even to save space in regular screens, the last is my case…

Well but sometimes maximus might annoy you because it maximizes all windows, even the ones that where designed to be small.

There is no maximus icon or preferences at first sight, but you can find it under the hood, via the gconf-editor:

So open the gconf-editor with the command:


open /apps/maximus

Pantallazo-Editor de configuración - maximus

You will see some options, that can help you to select applications that you don’t want to get maximized, you can keep decoration, and you can stop automatic maximization…play with that.

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