Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat | Liberian Geek

altThis quick tutorial will show you how to easily install Google Earth in Ubuntu Maverick or Lucid. If you’re currently using Google Earth in Windows and want to do the same in Ubuntu, then this tutorial will show you how to install it. There are many ways to go about installing Google Earth, but this is how to like to do it.

Getting started:

To get started, go to Applications –> Ubuntu Software Center.


Then search and install the package below:



After installing, go to Applications –> Accessories –> Terminal. Then copy and paste the line and press Enter:

sudo make-googleearth-package --force


After downloading all Google Earth Packages, go to Places –> Home Folder.


There you’ll see Google Earth Deb package. Double click it to open Software Center.


In Software Center, click ‘Install’ to begin installing.


After installing, go to Applications –> Internet –> Google Earth.




If Google Earth will not launch after installing, go to Applications –> Accessories –> Terminal and run the command below, then try again.

sudo apt-get install lsb-core


Thanks for reading and please come back soon.

Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Linux desktop may soon be a lot faster

Linux is fast. That's why 90%+ of the Top 500 fastest supercomputers run it. What some people don't realize is that Linux is much better at delivering speed for servers and supercomputers than it is on the desktop. That was by design. But over the last few years, there's been more interest in delivering fast desktop performance. Now there's a Linux kernel patch that may give you a faster, much faster, desktop experience.

The patch by Linux kernel developer Mike Galbraith adds a mere 233 lines of code to the kernel's scheduler, but it cuts desktop latency down by a factor of ten. That's impressive — it's almost like getting a new computer.

In the Linux Kernel Mailing List, Linus Torvalds himself praised the performance boost he gets from the patch. Torvalds wrote:

I'm also very happy with just what it does to interactive performance. Admittedly, my "testcase" is really trivial (reading email in a web-browser, scrolling around a bit, while doing a "make -j64" on the kernel at the same time), but it's a test-case that is very relevant for me. And it is a _huge_ improvement.

It's an improvement for things like smooth scrolling around, but what I found more interesting was how it seems to really make web pages load a lot faster. Maybe it shouldn't have been surprising, but I always associated that with network performance. But there's clearly enough of a CPU load when loading a new web page that if you have a load average of 50+ at the same time, you _will_ be starved for CPU in the loading process, and probably won't get all the http requests out quickly enough.

So I think this is firmly one of those "real improvement" patches. Good job. Group scheduling goes from "useful for some specific server loads" to "that's a killer feature".

The scheduler patch works by simply enabling the system to automatically create task groups per TTY — an archaic term that comes the days when Teletype style terminals were used for computer interfaces. In Linux and Unix, TTY are used for real and virtual input/output devices.

You wouldn't think that such a simple patch could make such a big difference, but the proof is there. I've tried it myself and I was impressed. You can see for it yourself in these before- and after-the-patch Phoronix videos.

Between this and Fedora and Ubuntu moving to Wayland for a far faster graphical front-end, by this time next year we may see some blazingly fast Linux desktops. That sounds great to me!

The Linux desktop may soon be a lot faster

Monday, January 03, 2011

Setting Up Evolution with GoDaddy


I have to admit I spent a few hrs screwing with Evolution to try to make it work with GoDaddy to no avail. I followed this word for word et voila! ALL GOOD!

To Set Up Evolution

  1. From the Edit menu, select Preferences.
  2. Select Mail Accounts, and click Add(+).
  3. In the Account Management screen, enter a name to identify this account and click Forward.
  4. In the Identity screen, enter your full name, email address and any optional information you want to include and then click Forward.
  5. In the Receiving Email screen, select POP from the Server Type list and complete the following fields. When you are finished click Forward.
    • Under Configuration, in the Server field, enter as your incoming server name.
    • In the User Name field, enter your email address.
    • From the Authentication Type list, select Password.
  6. In the Receiving Options screen, set your preferences and click Forward.
  7. In the Sending Email screen, select SMTP from the Server Type list and complete the following fields. When you are finished, click Forward.
    • Under Server Configuration, in the Server field, type
    • Under the Authentication list, select Login and enter your SMTP user name (full email address).
  8. Click Apply to complete the configuration process.
  9. NOTE: "" is an SMTP relay server. In order to use this server to send emails, you must first activate SMTP relay on your email account. To do this, log in to your Account Manager and go to your Manager Email Accounts page to set up SMTP relay. If you do not have SMTP relay set up and your Internet Service Provider (ISP) allows it, you can use the outgoing mail server for your Internet Service Provider. Contact your Internet Service Provider to get this setting.

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