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:
This is just another real case showing that Linux has become way much easier than Windows:
My daughter has a netbook with Windows XP, I have a Laptop with Ubuntu 9.10
We have a printer HP Deskjet 460 that we used today to print a drawing that my girl was making.
-In Windows XP, we plugged the printer, it detected some device asked for autodetection, I say yes, it did not found anything suitable…It asked to try via Windows Update, it found nothing, we choosed to specify model… It’s not listed…. we choosed similar models.. did’n worked…
My girl was irritated, so I said, OK let’s make a PDF email it to me and let’s try in Ubuntu:
-In Ubuntu I plugged the printer, it was deteced, installed, and we printed the drawing, just like that!
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:
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.
Today I needed to make a copy of a CD in ubuntu, and I came across a problem:
My laptop has one drive only, so the normal procedure in brassero, is to get a temporal Image file of the CD, then switch CD ‘s and burn the Image into the CD, but everytime I inserted the virgin CD, the operation was aborted, and brassero was reporting that the device was busy…. nothing else.
Tired of trying, I installed k3b, same procedure, but k3b was cleaver enought to tell me that the application using the device was gvfsd-cdd. And it was even cleaver enought to tell me that k3b can kill that process for me, if I want to.
I said, yes, kill the process, and the burning process started and was perfect.
So the tip is:
If you have that device busy problem in brassero, just kill that gvfsd-cdd process, or switch to k3b.
For the curios, gvfsd-cdd is controlling the location of an audio CD in the gnome virtual file system daemon, and since the Audio CD is no longer in the device… seems like is safe to kill it.
Access a console (no graphics) via ssh, with a client on AppStore or Cydia (is possible to use iSSH to get an X connection, I found it very slow and unreliable yet)
Access a desktop via VNC (very slow)
Access via an NX client (none available for the iPhone yet)
Access via RDP
The best way would be an NX client, but there is none yet, so the easiest and fastest way to do it is via the Microsoft protocol RDP, what we need is:
1-An RDP server in linux: install xrdp (use this link to install in ubuntu).
2-An RDP client on the iPhone: I have tried many that work: Mocha RDP lite, Mocha RDP, iRdesktop, WinAdmin, and one that does not work: Jaadu RDP, it’s a shame because I can tell that is the best RDP client for iPhone (it works for windows servers, but I have not been able to make it connect to linux xrdp)
3-If you want to access over the internet behind a firewall, you would need to open a port 3389 in your router’s firewall and get the current valid IP address. You can even get a free service from dyndns or no-ip in order to get a subdomain that will always point to your machine, no matter where it is.
The combination of the linux kernel and the GNU project tools, plus many other things produce a great operating system, which is commonly refer to as LINUX.
There is no single corporation governing Linux, all this is based on Free Software (Free as in Freedom), there are many projects with thousand of volunteers and companies involved in the development of the Free Software, there are also many corporates developing software for linux some of the free and open source, other proprietary components.
Using linux is like playing lego, the whole is clearly an assemble of many different pieces. You can switch the pieces, interchange positions, colors, get a different shape, and make a different article based on the same pieces. That’s why there are several Distributions (Operating Systems) based on GNU and Linux.
The first time I try Linux, it was back in late 90’s with Caldera Open Linux, I tried that distributiun because it was recommended for begginers. I remember using the KDE 1.1.2 desktop and facing an old problem: Win modems, software based modems based on proprietary drivers and not functional in Linux. I remember this everything when I found hardware that is not compatible with Linux like our office printer DELL MFP 1125 printer.
This win modem issue keep me away from using Linux seriously for a couple of years.
A big quantity of the Windows licences in Mexico were (and I guess still are) installed on many PC’s. It was in 2002 when the mexican agency IMPI (Mexican Institute for the Intellectual Property) visited our company looking for the validity of the Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec and some other brands licences. The deal was simple, they made an inventory of the installed software, then after a couple of days you have to provide the proof of purchase of the licenses. The general idea was more simple: you don’t have it, go buy it, we wait for you.
It was at that moment when I decided that I was not going to give any money to any of those companies, for using bad software that keep me annoyed, it was clear for me: I’m fully switching to LINUX.
It was then when I switched to Mandrake Linux 9.0, at that time a very easy to use distribution know known as Mandriva. And I keep on using it until I got a Laptop. Then I face a new problem suspending and hibernation was an issue with Mandrake Linux and my new DELL laptop.
I did some research and found a distribution that solved my problem: UBUNTU 5.10 since then I’ve been using it.
At first I did not liked the GNOME desktop, which is the default in Ubuntu, then I switched to my preferred desktop KDE, via the Kubuntu derivative. After around a year using it but not happy with the KDE implementation into Ubuntu I realized what many people were, and still say: KDE is a second class citizen in Ubuntu, and in order get the best from the distro, I dumped kubuntu and switched to plain ubuntu.
Since then I have always keept an eye on KDE, and in order to get it back I tried other distros like Open SuSE, Gentoo and Archlinux, but the very good integration of Ubuntu and the fabulous APT packaging system and conflict resolution keep me on Ubuntu GNOME.
GNOME has improved a lot, and I’m very happy with it now… But i still keep an eye on KDE 4.