Cstudent's Help Desk

 Help for Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Users


This is a collection of what I hope is helpful information to others.

Ubuntu Linux

I guess a good place to start, in case you don't know already, is what is Ubuntu and where can you get it? Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. For downloading options click here. You can also order free CD's here. If you are a Windows user and completely new to Linux you should read this fine how-to on how to get started. If you are interested in having both Windows and Ubuntu on your computer try this illustrated how-to.

Ubuntu Desktop Guide

The Ubuntu Desktop Guide is available on the web but you can also access it from your desktop by looking in the System menu and then looking under the Help menu.


Ubuntu Wiki

The official Ubuntu Wiki is a community developed website full of how-to articles and loads of helpful information.

Ubuntu User Documentation Page

The Ubuntu User Documentation page is part of the official Ubuntu help website. There are many links to information on setting up your Ubuntu system. 


Ubuntu Mailing Lists

Ubuntu Mailing Lists is where you can ask questions by email, and receive answers from the mailing list community.


Ubuntu packages

The Ubuntu Packages site provides you with information about all the packages available in the Ubuntu archive. It is generated with slightly modified scripts from packages.debian.org. You can browse the packages available for the different versions of Ubuntu or search for a particular pacakge.

Unofficial Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) Starter Guide

The Unofficial Starter Guide is an excellent place to start tweaking your newly installed Ubuntu Dapper Drake system, whether you're a new user or an expert.


Ubuntu Forums

The Ubuntu Forums is a great place to get help from other Ubuntu community users and volunteers. There are many how-to threads and the cafe is a great place to just hang and get to know other Ubuntu users from all over the world.

Ubuntu IRC Channels

The Ubuntu IRC Channels are another great source for quick one-on-one support from other users. The linked site gives you information on how to connect to IRC and a nice list of channels to visit. One channel that I noticed missing is #ubuntuforums. It is a definite must visit.


Ubuntu Document Storage Facility

In general, the UDSF is a centralized archival repository for information that is produced on the forums: a public forum library, a knowledge base. An effort to record and maintain the forum community-based documents that have a tendency to get lost in the lightning-fast pace of the vibrant participation, the UDSF seeks to replicate the organization of the most frequently accessed areas of the forums, and optimize the already-familiar information architecture with a well-developed dynamic hierarchy and content chunks. The UDSF strives to be a dynamic, well-organized knowledge base, decreasing the amount of time a user spends trying to find information that was previously posted/discussed on the forum. The UDSF also serves as a self-service forum library; as a rule, this capacity should make the interaction simpler for both, the forum users and the forum staff. It is not the intent of the UDSF to become a replacement for such data as that seen in the Official Ubuntu Wiki, but rather an alternative. These two resources are not in competition with one another. One is not preffered over the other, and one is not better than the other, merely an alternative to choose from.


Automatix - Easy setup of your Ubuntu computer

I have used Automatix many times since it's introduction. It's primary purpose is for setting up new installations of Ubuntu. Once you have the base install done from the Ubuntu CD or ISO and have completely allowed Ubuntu to update to the most current state, you then install Automatix to add additional software packages that are not installed by default. Automatix can help you set up your new computer so that you can enjoy most of the things you may already be able to experience using a Windows computer.


EasyUbuntu - Another source for easy setup of your Ubuntu computer

EasyUbuntu is similar to Automatix in that it is a program that will help you get your new install of Ubuntu up and running with the software you need to play music, video, etc.


Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) How-To

I came across this How-To for Dapper while googling for some information. It is written by someone at Cornell University. It has some repeated information from the Unofficial Starter Guide but also has some nice additional things.


Ubuntu Linux Resources on Psychocat.net

Pyschocat.net is a website maintained by a regular on the Ubuntu Forums that goes by the name of aysiu. The site has some very useful articles on installaing software and mounting Windows drives.


Use Source-O-Matic to build a new sources.list

This is a pretty slick way to contruct a new sources.list for your Ubuntu machine. Just choose which version you want and select the repositories you want included and it spits out a nice text file you can copy and paste into a text editor. It's always a good idea to backup your current sources.list before making any changes to it. 

Ubuntu Blog

Ubuntu Blog is a great source of information for keeping up with what's going on in Ubuntu world and cool stuff to do with your Ubuntu machine.

Ten tips for new Ubuntu users

An article from Linux.com: Ubuntu has become the most popular Linux distribution for new Linux users. It's easy to install, easy to use, and usually "just works." But moving to a different operating system can be confusing, no matter how well-designed it is. Here's a list of tips that might save you some time while you're getting used to Ubuntu.


Ubuntu:Chronicles is another helpful wiki guide written by another devoted Ubuntu user. This guide was originally written for Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) but the author is updating it for Ubuntu 6.06. Still many of the instructions are still relevant just the same.

Ubuntu:Forums FAQ

Ubuntu:Forums FAQ is written by the author of Ubuntu:Chronicles. It is a collection he has made of frequently asked questions and solutions from the Ubuntu forums.

How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu!

Excellent graphical how-to explaining the many different ways software can be installed in Ubuntu.


My Ubuntu Installation

Martti Kuparinen documents how he set up his Ubuntu computer. Your needs may vary, but it's a nice how-to on how easy it can be to install Ubuntu. This is how he explains it.

This is how I installed and configured my PC running Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. With this setup I was able remove Windows XP partition from my PC. The few programs which require a real Windows (e.g. program to update Topfield 5100 PVR's firmware can't be run with Wine) are executed inside VMware. 

Ubuntu Dual Boot with Windows XP

This website has a very detailed instruction guide on how to set up a computer for dual booting Windows XP and Ubuntu Dapper Drake.

Ubuntu Tutorials

UnixTutorials has a nice page of links to Ubuntu tutorials for some specific tweaks that may be of interest to some users. Especially those users interested in VMware and LAMP.

This section contains information dealing with Linux in general


Linux Command Directory

Want to know what a terminal command does or how to use it? The Linux Command Directory is an alphabetical listing of about every Linux terminal command there is.

Linux Command Line Tips

The Linux Command Line Tips page contains categorized list of Linux commands for many useful operations.

Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide

This tutorial assumes no previous knowledge of scripting or programming, but progresses rapidly toward an intermediate/advanced level of instruction . . . all the while sneaking in little snippets of UNIX® wisdom and lore. It serves as a textbook, a manual for self-study, and a reference and source of knowledge on shell scripting techniques. The exercises and heavily-commented examples invite active reader participation, under the premise that the only way to really learn scripting is to write scripts.

SSH Commands

SSH commands.com started off as a dump for linux commands by the author, having a bad memory and sometimes went through long periods of time without having to work in servers so the information was pushed out. The commands used in SSH normally don't allow for much error so its good to have them on reference some where. From there SSH Commands.com was born.

Below are some things relating to my contributions to Ubuntu and Linux

Building Code::Blocks from SVN on Ubuntu 6.06

I have been using Code::Blocks for awhile now to write my C and C++ code. I was downloading .deb files built on the nightly svn builds from the Code::Blocks website, when all of a sudden they stopped being posted. I contacted the maintainer and he informed me that he had moved and wouldn't be able to provide updated debs for awhile. He also clued me in on how to build them, so I tried and fortunately was successful. I have since become the maintainer supplying the file for Code::Blocks. I have posted the steps  involved in creating the deb file for the benefit of others. Click here for the how-to page. If you just want to download the .deb file that I have already built click here. (Note as of 7/25/06 you will also be able to obtain the .deb file from the Code::Blocks forum.)


This is my first .deb package built completely from scratch! Click here to download it.

SportsTracker is an application for people which want to record their sporting activities. It is not bound to a specific kind of sport, the user can create categories for all sport types which are endurance related, such as cycling, running or swimming. The main advantage is a good overview of your exercises and you can easily create diagrams and statistics for specific time ranges and sport types. If you own a heartrate monitor with a computer interface you can display the recorded exercise files and evaluate the diagrams with the integrated PolarViewer application. You can organize them by attaching the recorded files to the exercise entries. When adding new exercises you can import the data from the recorded exercise files.

How to install FrostWire

Frostwire is a open source off-shoot of LimeWire, the Gnutella Person-to-Person file sharing application. This link takes you to the FrostWire How-to on the Official Ubuntu Wiki site. I was the original author of the article, but it has since been updated several times by others. It gives you an easy way to install FrostWire, but also tells you how to install using an alternate method. The easy way is preferred but you can use the information from the alternate install to help understand installing software in another way.

More stuff to come!

Last updated 11/2/2006