Some good Firefox Add ons Web Developer https…

Some good Firefox Add-ons:

Web Developer


Tab Groups


FlashGot (Download Manager Integration. Works with GetRight!)

Video DownloadHelper (Integrates FlashGot download option if installed)

DownloadThemAll (Has ‘Resume’ feature)

Image Block (adds a button to toggle image-blocking)
Very useful for quickly toggling the download of images, than going through the menu.

All-in-One Sidebar
Handy! 🙂

Feed Sidebar
A nice, comfortable way to go through your built-in firefox feed-reader.


No Colour
amazing stuff 😀

JS Switch
toggle javascript. this along with image-block and no-colour works amazingly fast on a slow connection.

Changing Gnome Splash screen

Install gnome-splashscreen-manager
sudo aptitude install gnome-splashscreen-manager

Reach it through
System > Preferences > Splash Screen

‘Install’ the new splash image and ‘activate’ it.

Artwiz – bitmap fonts package

Installing the package:
Important: Create the directory /usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc if it doesn’t exist. If the package is installed without this directory existing, then the package may not work. In that case ‘purge’ the package with ‘aptitude’ command and then install again.
sudo aptitude install xfonts-artwiz

Enabling bitmapped fonts:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config
Then retain the first two options and enable bitmap fonts in the third question.
Restart X.


Accessing a printer from a Linux system in a Windows network

System > Administration > Printing
‘Add a Printer’

Printer Type: Network Printer – Windows Printer (SMB)

Don’t enter any login info when the dialog boxes prompt. Wait for all of them to appear and Cancel them all.
Then select the host to which the printer is connected.
Then a dialog box pops up prompting for login info. Don’t do anything for the username field. Just enter the password of the host. The Username and Password fields will be filled in.

Then select the printer from the Printer’s dropdown menu.

Now be sure to clear the Username and Password fields!

In step 2, select the appropriate manufacturer name and model. (The suggested Driver will automatically be selected. Keep it. Proceed forward.)

In step 3, leave the Description and Location fields empty. Click Apply. Done!

Broadcom wireless card

BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller

If installed “bcm43xx-fwcutter”, blacklist it:
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
add: blacklist bcm43xx

sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-common
sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9

then edit /etc/modules and add ndiswrapper in it

sudo rmmod bcm43xx <–this unloads the bcm43xx driver (now the wireless interface won’t be visible by iwconfig)

Download the windows driver:

extract and go into that dir from a shell, then:

sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
installing bcmwl5 ...
forcing parameter IBSSGMode from 0 to 2
forcing parameter IBSSGMode from 0 to 2

sudo ndiswrapper -l
bcmwl5 : driver installed
device (14E4:4318) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx)

then to load ndiswrapper module:
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

then iwconfig will list eth1

Turn on the wi-fi button, then,
iwlist eth1 scan



After upgrading to ubuntu7.04-

On disabling the ATI driver in Restricted Driver Manager, it removed the driver:
(Reading database … 161526 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing fglrx-control …
Removing fglrx-kernel-2.6.17-10-generic …
Removing xorg-driver-fglrx-dev …
Removing xorg-driver-fglrx …
Stopping atieventsd: done.

On doing “sudo dpkg-reconfigure -pcritical xserver-xorg” :
xserver-xorg postinst warning: overwriting possibly-customised configuration
file; backup in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.20070416100138

On enabling the ATI driver in Restricted Driver manager again:
Selecting previously deselected package xorg-driver-fglrx.
(Reading database … 161408 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking xorg-driver-fglrx (from …/xorg-driver-fglrx_7.1.0-8.34.8+ …
dpkg: warning – unable to delete old directory `/etc/ati’: Directory not empty
Setting up xorg-driver-fglrx (7.1.0-8.34.8+ …

And after restart:
IT WORKS!!!! 🙂

Dual Monitor Support – ATI – Big Desktop
Added the following in /etc/X11/xorg.conf :

Option “DesktopSetup” “horizontal” #Enable Big Desktop
Option “Mode2” “1280×1024” #Resolution for second monitor
Option “DesktopSetup” “LVDS,AUTO” #the types of monitors that is connected LVDS = LCD, CRT, AUTO
Option “EnablePrivateBackZ” “yes” #Enable 3d support <= May Not Work
Option “HSync2” “65” #This sets the horizontal sync for the secondary display.
Option “VRefresh2” “60” #This sets the refresh rate of the secondary display.

And rebooted with the other monitor plugged in. Horizontal big desktop loaded fine.

fglrx-control – Control panel for the ATI graphics accelerators
To run: fireglcontrol

Useful ref.:

fstab messed up – solution (tune2fs)

On editing the hard-disk partitions, the UUIDs of the partitions may get changed, resulting in problems mounting the partitions (on booting up the system).

This can be fixed by getting the right UUID of the partition by the tune2fs command:
sudo tune2fs -l /dev/hda3


Upgrading Distribution – Ubuntu

sudo update-manager -c -d

(Upgraded from 6.10(edgy) to 7.04(feisty))

Total download: 700MB+

Third party sources get disabled
“Some third party entries in your soruces.list were disabled. you can re-enable them after the upgrade with the ‘software-properties’ tool or your package manager.”

Support for some applications ends
“Canonical Ltd. no longer provides support for the following software packages. you can still get support from the community.
If you have not enabled community maintained software (universe), these packages will be suggested for removal in the next step.


Right Alt Key not functioning properly
Sol.: Open Keyboard Preferences > Layout Options
Third level choosers:
Uncheck “Press Right Alt key to choose 3rd level.”