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Ubuntu tethering via Bluetooth PAN

I have been attmepting to tether my iPhone to my computer using bluetooth in Karmic.

Supposedy blueman can do this very easily (www.blueman-project.org). To install blueman just run:
$ sudo aptitude install blueman.

My experience with blueman has been very hit and miss however, the connection appears to be made via bluetooth but I can rarely seem to get NetworkManager to make a network connection. Sometimes I have success pairing the devices again.

Using the older pand binary I have had a lot more success.┬áIf you are not scared of the terminal, it isn’t difficult and appears far more reliable Continue reading Ubuntu tethering via Bluetooth PAN

Connecting to an Airport Express from Linux

Wow. Karmic actually did something that really impressed me, there is support for Airport express streaming in the standard repos.

To enable it:
$ sudo apt-get install pulseaudio padevchooser pulseaudio-module-raop pulseaudio-module-zeroconf

Then run System -> Preferences -> Pulse Audio Preference. Tick “Make discovereable Apple AirTunes devices available locally”.

Run RhythmBox, or any app which uses pulse-audio as its backend, and play some audio.

Run Applications -> Sound & Video -> PulseAudio Volume control.

Select Airport Express as the output for this app.

Screenshot-Volume Control

GDM Themes in Ubuntu 9.10

Like Fedora 11, Karmic includes a newer version of GDM that no longer allows theming.

But unlike Fedora, there is no preferences tool to change the background and gtk theme that GDM is going to use. So there appears no easy way of customizing the login screen without editing gconf, but there is a fairly simple way of doing this.

If you want to play with the look of GDM in Karmic, open a terminal and run this:

$ gksudo -u gdm dbus-launch gnome-appearance-properties

Changing the gnome appearance properties for user gdm, changes them at login.

Ubuntu 9.04/Epiphany/Webkit

As mentioned previously my posts will feature Debian and Ubuntu more prominantly now.

Epiphany is still the Gnome web browser, though I think Debian is the only major distro to make it the default. I like Epiphany, it’s smart bookmarks are tremendous, but the gecko backend is pretty crumby and the cause of a few major unresolved bugs. With Gnome 2.28 webkit has become the standard backend for epiphany making it a very cool option.

If you want some webkit goodness your current Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) release, it is pretty simple.

Edit the file “/etc/apt/sources.list” (use sudo to gain priveleges)

Add following lines:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webkit-team/epiphany/ubuntu jaunty main
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webkit-team/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Import the correct GPG key:
$ sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 2D9A3C5B

Update the source list and install epiphany
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install epiphany-webkit