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Install PlayOnLinux in Debian 7 Wheezy

By Umair Monday, August 18, 2014
PlayOnLinux is a graphical front-end for the Wine software compatibility layer which allows Linux users to install Windows-based video games, as well as many other applications such as Apple iTunes, Safari, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer.
The program is based on Wine, which you can also download separately, but PlayOnLinux improves and adapts it for games, all on a simple and easy-to-use interface, in addition to the many advanced configuration settings that are included for improving the game performance.

Install XiX-Music-Player (GTK & QT Version) in Debian 7 and LMDE 2013 via PPA

By Umair Saturday, August 16, 2014
XiX Music Player is free and easy to use cross-platform applications, it is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac(Intel). This application offers two versions one for GTK and other is QT version, you are free to choose and use.
It displays audio tracks in different tabs like Artist, Albums, Playlists or File Manager. You can easily create and maintain your own playlists. There is an integrated lyric viewer that searches for the lyric of the song you are listening to. If the CD Cover is found it is also shown.
This project is in alpha phase which means you can expect bugs but it is in active development, so you can send bug reports to developer or send suggestions.

Install Nemo file Manager with Extensions in Debian 7 Wheezy and its derivatives

By Umair Saturday, December 07, 2013
Install Nemo file Manager in Debian 7 Wheezy and its derivatives

Nemo is a complete fork of Nautilus and its goal is to extend the Cinnamon user experience to desktop and file management. Nemo has features like: compact view, all desktop icons, etc.. which are not available in latest nautilus versions, Open in terminal and open as root, File operation progress while copy/move files shows percentage and details, Has nice GTK bookmarks management, up/forward/back and refresh buttons, Nice proper status bar, better search, better widgets and many more.
nemo
nemo
nemo

To install Nemo in Debian 7 and its derivatives open Terminal and enter following commands in terminal:
That's it
Credit: Mint Team

Ambiance Crunchy Themes and MyHumanity icons for Debian 7 and LMDE 2013

By Umair Thursday, November 28, 2013
Install Ambiance Crunchy Themes and MyHumanity icons in Debian 7 Wheezy/LMDE 2013/other related Debian derivatives
myhumanity icons
Ambiance Crunchy these are like Ubuntu Ambiance theme. These are available for following desktops GTK, Cinnamon, Gnome Shell, and Xfce. This set has four variants orange, blue, gray and green. You need following engines to get themes work properly: gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf gtk3-engines-unico, Don't worry these engines will install automatically while installing theme.
MyHumanity icons made available by Magog64. This icon set is based on Ubuntu 13.04/13.10 default icon set.
ambiance theme
ambiance crunchy theme
ambiance themes
ambiance gtk
myhumanity icons
ambiance lmde

To install Ambiance-Crunchy themes in Debian7/LMDE open Terminal and enter following commands in terminal:

To install MyHumanity icon set in Debian7/LMDE open Terminal and enter following commands in terminal:
That's it

Install Wine 1.4 in Debian 7 Wheezy and LMDE

By Umair Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Install Wine 1.4 in Debian 7 Wheezy/LMDE 2013/and Debian related derivatives

Wine lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows. Wine enables Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Solaris users to run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows. Wine is free software under constant development. Other platforms may benefit as well.
winehq

To install Wine 1.4 in Debian 7/LMDE open Terminal and enter following commands in Terminal:
That's it

Install Curlew Multi-Converter in Debian 7 Wheezy

By Umair Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Install Curlew Multi-Converter in Debian 7 and its related derivatives

This application is very useful when you need to convert any audio/video format file. Curlew converter is open-source, free, easy to use and supports over 117 different formats. This application is written in GTK3 and python language, and based on ffmpeg.

Main Features:
  • Very simple user interface
  • Ability to hide and show advanced options.
  • Can convert more than 117 different formats.
  • Allow to skip or remove file during conversion process.
  • File preview available before conversion.
  • Ability to add subtitle to video file.
  • Convert a specified portion of file.
  • Show error details if exist.
  • And more ...
curlew converter

curlew converter

To install Curlew converter in Debian 7 open terminal and enter following commands in terminal:
That's it
Also available for Ubuntu, Source: curlew

Manage your laptop power/battery life in Fedora/Debian/openSuSe

By Umair Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Manage your laptop power/battery life in Fedora 17/18/19/Debian 6/7/openSuSe 12.1

TLP is a power management tool for Linux. It brings you the benefits of advanced power management without the need to understand every technical detail.
TLP does not replace but enhance the existing power management of your Linux installation. TLP applies it's settings upon system start-up and on every change of the power source.
TLP is a pure command line tool with automated background tasks. It does not contain a GUI.

With each release cycle the Linux kernel and the distributions implement new improvements in terms of laptop power management. Therefore even plain standard installations can show quite good results.
Additional possibilities to save battery power are easily found on the web with the search engine of your choice. But selecting the right solutions for your particular hardware and Linux flavor from the myriad of wikis, blogs and forums is much more difficult and often requires advanced Linux knowledge on behalf of the user.

Settings depending on the Power Source:
  • Kernel laptop mode and dirty buffer timeouts
  • Processor frequency scaling including "turbo boost" / "turbo core"
  • Power aware process scheduler for multi-core/hyper-threading
  • Hard disk advanced power management level and spin down timeout (per disk)
  • SATA aggressive link power management (ALPM)
  • PCI Express active state power management (PCIe ASPM) – Linux 2.6.35 and above
  • Runtime power management for PCI(e) bus devices – Linux 2.6.35 and above
  • Radeon KMS power management – Linux 2.6.35 and above, not fglrx
  • Wifi power saving mode – depending on kernel/driver
  • Power off optical drive in drive bay (on battery)

Additional functions:
  • I/O scheduler (per disk)
  • USB auto-suspend with blacklist
  • Audio power saving mode – hda_intel, ac97
  • Enable or disable integrated WiFi, blue-tooth or wwan devices upon system start-up and shutdown
  • Restore radio device state on system start-up (from previous shutdown).
  • Radio device wizard: switch radios upon network connect/disconnect and dock/undock
  • Disable Wake On LAN
  • WWAN state is restored after suspend/hibernate
  • Untervolting of Intel processors – requires kernel with PHC-Patch
  • Battery charge thresholds – Think-pads only
  • Re-calibrate battery – Think-pads only

To install TLP in Fedora 17/18/19 open terminal and enter following commands in Terminal:
For IBM Think-Pads
To run TLP Enter this command

To install TLP in Debian 6/7 or Debian based distributions open terminal and enter following commands in Terminal:
For IBM Think-Pads
To run TLP Enter this command

To install TLP in openSUSE 12.1 open terminal and enter following commands in Terminal:
For IBM Think-Pads
To run TLP Enter this command
That's it

Skype for Fedora 19/18/17/16/15/Cent OS/RedHat 6.x

By Umair Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Install Skype in Fedora 19/18/17/16/15/Cent OS/RedHat 6.x

Skype allows people to communicate with each other by messaging, voice calling and video calling over internet. Skype also provides services for phone calls on the telephone networks. Everybody can call on Skype network free of charge there is no limit of call, on the other side Skype charge users for calling to land-line and mobile phones. Skype becomes popular among users for its additional features, like file sharing, screen sharing, video conferencing.
Linux skype

To install Skype in Fedora open Terminal and enter following commands in Terminal:
  • su && yum -y install qtwebkit.i686 qt-mobility.i686 alsa-lib.i686 libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt-x11.i686
  • wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-4.1.0.20-fedora.i586.rpm
  • rpm -ivh skype-4.1.0.20-fedora.i586.rpm


To install Skype in CentOS/RedHat open Terminal and enter following commands in Terminal:
  • su && yum install alsa-lib.i686 fontconfig.i686 freetype.i686 glib2.i686 libSM.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 libXi.i686 libXrandr.i686 libXrender.i686 libXv.i686 libstdc++.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 zlib.i686
  • wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype_static-4.0.0.8.tar.bz2
  • mkdir /opt/skype
  • tar xvf skype_static* -C /opt/skype --strip-components=1
  • cd /usr/lib
  • ln -s libtiff.so.3 /usr/lib/libtiff.so.4
  • ln -s /opt/skype/skype.desktop /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
  • ln -s /opt/skype/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/icons/skype.png
  • ln -s /opt/skype/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png
  • touch /usr/bin/skype
  • chmod 755 /usr/bin/skype
Now enter following command to open text file and copy the following code in text file:
  • nano /usr/bin/skype
#!/bin/sh
export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype"
$SKYPE_HOME/skype --resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*

That's it

Install Nvidia drivers in Debian/Linux Mint Debian/other Debian versions

By Umair Friday, July 19, 2013
Install Nvidia drivers in Debian/Linux Mint Debian/other Debian versions

NVIDIA has released GeForce drivers version 304.88. This release is the first to support NVIDIA's new GPU and fixes some serious issues found in previous versions.
This is the final, WHQL version of these drivers and replaces the previously available WHQL drivers. You should install 304.88 if you have a supported NVIDIA GPU running any previous driver release.
List of supported cards by this version of drivers.
Linux Mint is known as one of the most popular Linux distribution aims to provide easy-to-use, user-friendly operating system for new average Linux users coming from Windows OS.
Linux Mint is also available in a Debian-based OS, named LMDE, short of Linux Mint Debian Edition. This edition is arguably more stable and faster than the Ubuntu-based one, but, while keeping the goal to provide an as easy as possible to use OS for newbie, Linux Mint Debian Edition lacks some convenience feature found in the main edition (Ubuntu-based).
To install Nvidia driver in Debian 7/related Debian versions, add repo to install 304.88 version:
  • sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Add this repo to sources list:
deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free
Then enter following commands in terminal, (You can install Nvidia drivers in any Debian version via following commands without adding above repository)
  • sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-xconfig nvidia-settings
  • sudo nvidia-xconfig
That's it

Kingsoft Office for Fedora 19/18/17/16/CentOS (Latest Version)

By Umair Friday, July 19, 2013
Install Microsoft alternative Kingsoft Office in Fedora 19/18/17/16/CentOS

Kingsoft Office is an office suite developed by Zhuhai based Chinese software developer Kingsoft. Components include: Kingsoft Writer, Kingsoft Presentation and Kingsoft Spreadsheet. Kingsoft Office personal version is completely free. With the Kingsoft Office suite, you can view, edit, and send Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and other data on Linux. This offers most of the features and functionality like Microsoft Office.
kingsoft office
kingsoft office
kingsoft office

To install Kingsoft office in Fedora/CentOS open Terminal and enter following commands:
  • cd && wget -O kingsoft-office-TechLW.rpm http://goo.gl/BYICR
  • sudo su
  • cd && yum localinstall kingsoft-office-TechLW.rpm
  • cd && rm kingsoft-office-TechLW.rpm
That's it
Source: wps