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Edimax EW-7316Ug Wireless 11b/g adapter and Linux

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2009-05-31 01:53

Today, I purchased and installed the Edimax EW-7316Ug wireless 802.11b/g USB Adapter. While I usually approach the purchase of hardware for Linux - especially for non-mainstream products - with a certain degree of trepidation, I was heartened to note during my pre-purchase exercise that the Edimax page specifically mentioned Linux compatibility and even provided a source code download. How rare is that?!

Upgrading KTorrent to 3.2 RC1 on Kubuntu Intrepid with KDE 4.2

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2009-02-06 03:57

Upgrading KTorrent from 3.1.2 to 3.2 RC1 on Kubuntu 8.10 Intrepid with KDE 4.2:

  1. Install cmake and related tools:
    sudo apt-get install cmake automoc build-essential gettext
  2. Install other required libraries:
    sudo apt-get install kdelibs5-dev libqca2-dev libgmp3-dev kdebase-workspace-dev kdepimlibs5-dev libkrosspython0 libkrossruby0
  3. Remove the existing ktorrent installation as a precaution: sudo apt-get remove ktorrent. This should not affect your configuration files.

KDEInit could not launch '/usr/bin/ktorrent'

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2008-11-07 00:48

If you've run into the error message KDEInit could not launch '/usr/bin/ktorrent' on KDE 4, you are not alone. It appears that this is a KDE Bug that should be resolved in a bug-fix update in the near future. This also apparently affects other applications besides KTorrent.

In my case, when I clicked on a torrent file, the error message cropped up, but the file itself was open fine ...

KDE 4.1: Maximise application windows

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2008-11-04 22:40

In KDE 4.1, whenever you open a window, it invariably is never opened in a maximised state - something that annoys the crap out of me. While it's something of a chore, the following is how you can sort this out:

  1. Open the application and right click on its title bar.
  2. Select the advanced menu and move down to click special application settings.
  3. In the ensuing pop-up, click on the geometry tab and tick both maximised horizontally and maximised vertically.

Intrepid upgrade: wxvlc broken

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2008-11-01 23:18

If you, like moi, just upgraded to Intrepid Ibex, and found that your VLC doesn't work any more, this here is the fix:

  • Right click on an audio/video file and select properties.
  • Click the edit icon (spanner) to get to the options page.
  • Select VLC media player in the application list and click the edit button on the right.
  • Select the application tab on the top and look for the command wxvlc on this page.
  • Change wxvlc to just vlc. Click OK a few times to save the changes.

... and that's it.

Hope this helps :)

Skype upgrade: P2P connect failed

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2008-10-05 21:55

If you are using Skype on Linux and run into the error message "P2P connect failed" while trying to sign in, then your configuration file is very likely corrupt. The fix is to just delete the .Skype directory from your home directory and restart Skype. If you have anything worth saving inside this directory, you can simply rename it instead or alternatively, back it up elsewhere prior to deletion.

The version of Skype on my system is 2.0.0.72 and it was installed (and upgraded) from the Medibuntu repository. I'm pretty certain that the previous version was working fine.

Unable to execute /bin/sh - Permission Denied

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2008-05-24 22:46

If you follow the posts on this site, you'd have noticed my issues with the recent Hardy upgrade. While I thought they'd been fixed in my fstab, this was apparently not the case. When I rebooted the machine next, I couldn't even get to the shell as I encountered the message - Unable to execute /bin/sh - Permission Denied.

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