Install Gnome 3 Shell in Ubuntu Karmic Koala [How To]

The Gnome 3 desktop for Linux is planned to be released in early 2010. But you can experience it in Ubuntu Karmic Koala through Gnome 3 Shell. We will show, how you can try out all the features of Gnome 3 thorugh Gnome 3 Shell.

Here is a screenshot of Gnome 3 shell:

Gnome 3 Shell

Step by step instructions:

  1. Open a Terminal and run this command to install the Gnome Shell:
  2. sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

  3. After the installation is complete, you can start it by running the following command in the Terminal:
  4. gnome-shell --replace

  5. If your graphics is rendered by the Intel GPU and you are getting a blank screen after running the previous command, you can fix it by running this command in the Terminal:

Note: Gnome Shell is still in the development stage and there is always a possibility that if may break some parts of your Ubuntu installation. We do not take any responsibility for that, and request you to try it on your own risk.

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Firefox 3.6 RC1 Officially Released

The new Release Candidate build of Firefox 3.6, codenamed “Namoroka”, is now available for download from the official FirefoxMozilla website.

Softpedia was already providing a preview version of Firefox 3.6 RC1, since January 6th 2010. After that, it also offered nightly testing version of Firefox RC1. Mozilla had earlier stated that, it was hoping to release the post-Beta variant of Firefox 3.6 on 8th January, 2010. And indeed, the developers have been able to release it on schedule.

You can go ahead and download Firefox 3.6 RC1 now.

According to our sources, Firefox 3.6 web milestone is nearing completion and is expected to be launched later this month, by the end of January 2010. Current users of Firefox 3.6 Beta will receive notices of the automatic upgrades to the Release Candidate stage over the coming few days.

Mozilla had delivered five Beta builds of Firefox 3.6 and the developers were trying their best to roll out the final release of Firefox 3.6 in November 2009, a month after the launch of Windows 7. But it was postponed due to various severe bugs that needed to be resolved.

Install a FTP server in Windows 7 [How To]

If you already have a web server up and running, installing a FTP server along with it has many advantages. Using a FTP server, you can transfer files to and from your web server very easily.

We will show you, how you can install a FTP server in Windows 7. The FTP server installed in this way, will work perfectly fine with Windows IIS server.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Click and goto Start> Control Panel> Programs. Then click on Turn Windows features on or off.Installing FTP server in Windows 7
  2. Now you will get a list of many features. Each feature can be installed or uninstalled. You have to locate the option for Internet Information Services (IIS), and select FTP server. Click on Ok and wait for the installation to complete; it will take a considerable amount of time.Installing FTP server in Windows 7
  3. Now your FTP server will be installed. If you need to check that your FTP server is working properly or not, you can do so using a FTP client like Filezilla. To check, open your FTP client and try connecting to the server with following details:
    Hostname: localhost
    Port no: 21

If you have repeated the steps mentioned above correctly, you will have an easy and working FTP server installed in Windows 7.

For more useful How-To articles, keep checking Techie-Buzz regularly.

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Get Free openSUSE 11.2 DVDs [How To]


If you’re looking for Linux distro DVDs for events or groups, developers at openSUSE at providing it for free.

As quoted on the official site:

If you’re looking for openSUSE 11.2 DVDs for events or groups, we have plenty in stock. We’re happy to send openSUSE 11.2 DVDs to openSUSE Ambassadors and folks running FLOSS/Linux events.

Update: The following information is no longer in use, you might directly want to visit to find out on how you can get Free operSUSE DVDs.

The best way to get your hands on some openSUSE DVDs right away is to send me an email directly (email removed) and be sure to include the following information, bold is required:

  • Your name
  • Name of the person receiving the discs (if different)
  • Full address including postal code, country, etc.
  • Telephone number of the contact person receiving the discs.
  • Reason for the request.
  • The number of discs requested.
  • The deadline for the request, if any.
  • Any special instructions or helpful info for customs.
  • To get your own set of openSUSE 11.2 DVDs for free, follow the instructions, as quoted above. Also, send your request email with a clear subject line like Request 100 openSUSE 11.2 DVDs for FOSDEMor similar, to avoid any confusions and to avoid getting into SPAM box in email. The developers have requested that if possible, you should make requests at least two weeks in advance.

    About the DVDs:

    The openSUSE 11.2 Promo DVDs that you will get for free, are dual-sided discs with both the 32-bit and 64-bit promo DVD images on them.

    Wine 1.1.36 Released, More Bugs Fixed

    Wine Windows Emulator for Linux

    Wine is a Windows emulator for Linux OS, which enables you to run various native Windows programs and applications, like games, mp3 players, torrent clients and so on inside Linux, without the need of any technical knowledge. Linux enthusiasts use Wine to run those Windows applications inside Linux, for whom Linux counterparts are tough to find.

    The new development release of   Wine, Wine 1.1.36 is now available for download. You can download it from the official development site.

    The source for this development release is available from these locations:

    The new features in this release include:

    • Completion of the 16-bit separation.
    • Improved Shader Model 4 support.
    • A ton of memory leak fixes.
    • Improved debugging support for MinGW.
    • A number of MSHTML fixes.
    • Various bug fixes.

    You can find more about complete list of bug fixes and change log from here.

    Firefox for Maemo “Fennec”: RC2 Released

    Firefox for Maemo: "Fennec"
    Firefox for Maemo: "Fennec"

    The second release candidate (RC2) of Firefox for Maemo, is now available for download. This new version has resolved some major performance issues that were affecting the Nokia N900. It also includes the latest version of the layout engine Gecko 1.9.2 RC1. It is the same version on which, soon-to-be-released Firefox 3.6 RC1 is based on.

    Firefox for mobile, is currently supported on Nokia’s Maemo platform. It is available for download on the Nokia N900. You can download it from

    If the RC1 of Fennec is already installed on your Nokia N900 or N810, you will receive a software update shortly. Also, you can point your mobile browser to and download the update from there. This new release candidate includes a number of improvements in navigation, user interface, synchronization   and privacy as well as security.

    You can also use and experiment with Firefox for mobile on your desktop. This will enable you to   provide feedback; to build your own add-ons, and get involved.
    You can read the complete change-log and details about Firefox for mobile RC2

    Skype Soon Coming to TV Sets

    Skype in Internet enabled TV sets
    Skype in Internet enabled TV sets

    Soon you   will have something new to watch on the living room TV: your relatives and friends from around the globe.

    Panasonic and LG electronics, two of the top television manufacturers, announced at Consumer Electronics Show 2010 (CES 2010), that they are integrating the free online calling service Skype into their Internet-connected high-definition televisions.

    Panasonic is providing a line up of plasma televisions that revolves around the company’s 3D-compatible TC-PVT25 series,TC-PG25 series, and the TC-PG20 series. To make all the internet services easier to access, these set of TV series will have a pair of USB ports that you can connect to an optional Wi-Fi dongle or to an external keyboard. The feature to integrate a keyboard with a television is significant. Similar to any other HDTV announced at the CES 2010 show, plasma or LCD, all of the Panasonic plasmas qualify for Energy Star 4.0. This surely means less power consumption, more savings and a greener environment for the users.

    The Skype service on a TV will work similarly as it does on a PC, but with some limitations posed by current technology and consumer budget. A TV program will pause playing once you make or answer a Skype call; this is because the processors integrated in television sets are not yet powerful enough to allow people to chat and watch a TV show simultaneously.

    Panasonic which based in Japan, and LG, based in South Korea, will sell specially designed Web cameras for their Skype-enabled TV sets, which should cost $100 to $200. These cameras will be customized for the wide range of distances between the TV and viewers.

    Until now, TVs that have the capability to connect to internet, have been able to access only a limited number of online services, for example: Yahoo widgets that offer weather and news updates, or streaming movie service from Netflix. TV makers are now trying to change the identity of the primary screen in the house, by adding more internet services and making a television set more like a personal computer.

    Digia @Web – New Web Browser for Maemo and Symbian Touch Devices

    Digia @Web Mobile Browser
    Digia @Web Mobile Browser

    We have spotted a new and promising web browser for Symbian and Maemo mobile devices.

    Digia @Web is a modern and touch enabled web browser for mobile devices. Digia @Web is currently available for Symbian s60 5th edition and Maemo mobile devices for free.

    Some of the user interface features of the browser are:

    • Full finger touch UI.
    • Automatic full screen browsing via auto-hiding controls.
    • Multiple browser windows.
    • Page rotation for portrait and landscape browsing.
    • Multiple zoom levels.
    • Password manager.
    • Intelligent Bookmark functionality (auto-sorting).
    • URL auto-complete (from history).
    • Page loading in progress’ indicator.
    • Text select for copy/paste.
    • RSS feeds.

    The browser engine on which Digia @Web is based on supports HTML 4.01. Some more features of the browser engine are:

    • True web page rendering.
    • JavaScript(tm) 1.5.
    • HTTP 1.1 with support for secure and non-secure browsing.
    • HTTP cache and cookies.
    • AJAX support.
    • Flash content support.
    • Netscape compatible Plug-in interface.

    The current list of mobile devices that this browser supports include Nokia 5230, Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5530 Xpressmusic, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Sony Ericsson Satio and Samsung i8910 HD.

    You can download this app from .

    While there is a very strong competition between mobile browsers in the market, Opera seems to be a clear winner for now. Previously, we had covered the   Opera mobile in detail. We have also covered the much awaited “Fennec” browser from Mozilla Firefox, which seems to be a strong competitor to Opera for now.

    What do you think about Digia @Web ? Do let us know with your comments.

    Unnamed Sony Ericsson QWERTY Phone [Leaked Pics]

    Unnamed Sony Ericsson QWERTY Phone
    Unnamed Sony Ericsson QWERTY Phone

    Now, here is a photo of a Sony Ericsson phone we haven’t seen before. This unnamed Sony Ericsson phone was spotted by someone randomly. As GSM Arena points out, this looks a lot like a previously leaked Sony Ericsson handset called the Kurara, which did not has a keyboard. But the Kurara does have an 8 megapixel camera and 600Mhz processor.

    It looks like a Sony Ericsson Kurara, but has a QWERTY keyboard. This just might be a new entry into Sony Ericsson’s U series. The Sony Ericsson Kurara and this phone do not have much in common, besides the obvious similarities in looks. From the screen it is clear enough that it runs Symbian S60 5th edition.

    According to SEMC, the handset we are looking at is called the Kanna and features a 3.2″ 360×640 display, Wi-Fi, 8.1 megapixel camera, and shoots video in full 720p. They say, it is going be announced on February 14th at Mobile World Congress.

    Stay tuned for more updates on Techie-Buzz.

    Shocking Fact: Twitter has More Uptime than Facebook

    Facebook v/s Twitter
    Facebook v/s Twitter

    Twitter is almost as famous for its downtime, as it is for anything else. So the fact that Twitter had more uptime than Facebook last week, shows how well it is maintaining its servers. Indeed a shocking fact !

    Last week, Twitter had uptime of 97.97 percent of the time, beating out even Facebook’s availability of 97.22 percent, according to benchmarks published by AlertSite . The only site in the benchmark with better uptime was YouTube, with 99.13 percent availability during the week.

    But you should not compare Facebook for its downtime with Twitter. Facebook is a much more complicated site with 350 million members and an estimated 438 million unique visitors a month worldwide, versus 60 million for Twitter, yet its response times are the fastest. And Facebook is providing photos, videos, and apps, while Twitter only has text messages and avatar images. MySpace lags in this measure with an average response time of 6.8 seconds, three times slower than Facebook.