Firefox is a not only a choice, but a better alternative to Internet Explorer for GNU/Linux users. Windows version of Firefox is also available for download for free. But some sites may not at all show up properly in Firefox. This has nothing to do with Firefox, it is more or less an issue on part of the designers of the site itself. Since Internet Explorer does not have a Linux version, you will have to use wine to install and run Internet Explorer in Ubuntu. We have compiled a step by step procedure on how to install Internet Explorer in Ubuntu with useful screenshots.
on 20th April 2007 / by webmaster
Linux has been growing in leaps and bounds in terms of internationalization. Setting up a Linux box for Reading and Writing in Malayalam has become pretty straightforward, thanks to passionate promoters like Peringodan, Cibu and Suresh and the countless others who have contributed through their efforts. The idea of webpages in Malayalam is rather common place to most online Keralites as a lot of them would have at some point of time been to any of the popular Malayalam newspaper sites. However the idea of keying in Malayalam would be unfamiliar territory to most of them as they are yet to try anything other than English keyboards. So can you write Malayalam using an English keyboard? One obvious solution is pretty straightforward - assign Malayalam characters to different keys and key-combinations. Though this sounds simple, think of the hassles of learning by-heart all the keys and their combinations and their corresponding Malayalam characters. There is however a more elegant solution for this, what if we could type Manglish (typing malayalam using english characters; eg - namaskaram) and see the corresponding malayalam characters. This is exactly what is achieved using the Mozhi Keyman transliteration application. It is however a pity that the site does not have instructions on how to use the application in Linux. Peringodan has however a detailed explanation on how to do this in Linux on his blog at http://linux-n-malayalam.blogspot.com/2006/11/610.htm. If you follow his instructions you should be able to set up Malayalam reading and writing on a Ubuntu box. However there are two small points that needs to be kept in mind. One is the shebang issue. Ubuntu 6.10 onwards follows a strict adherance to the POSIX shell interpreter specification and uses dash as the default for #! /bin/sh. So make sure that you change /bin/sh to /bin/bash in the scripts that are run as part of the installation [for that matter - keep this in mind when you see your old scripts failing left and right :)]. In this case the install.sh for the KMFL runtime installation. Another thing is regarding pango. Firefox by default disables pango and you have to disable this disabling by setting disable = false in the firefoxrc file inside /etc/firefox folder. More specifically you have to add a line MOZ_DISABLE_PANGO=0 to the firefoxrc file. During the KMFL installation if you use Distro="Ubuntu 7.04" instead of the Distro="Ubuntu 6.10" then you are all set to install the application on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. However there seems to be some problem in typing text. Viewing Malayalam seems to be working fine but not writing in Malayalam. We are still trying to figure out how to get it to work on Feisty Fawn. We will be posting an update as soon as we figure out a way to do it. In the meanwhile you can use Ilamozhi to write in Malayalam. Linux Malayalam Open Source Ubuntu Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Ranjith Antony (not verified) access_time 23 May 2019 - 13:21 Everything is fine an dandy. However, to read those websites which doesn't support unicode fonts you have to install padma firefox extension . Those websites include all malayalam newspaper websites including, deepika, manorama, keralakaumudi etc. These websites only support truetype fonts. TrueTypes are glyphs matching a malayalam character but doesn't have a hex code assigned to it. They use ASCII character set but with a different glyph. Just to read malayalam, you only need to perform the first 3 steps in Peringodan's blog, in addition to the hacks thats been explained in this blog post. PS: Its so funny; a tutorial to explain how to install malayalam read and write support is written in malayalam. Thats what called a chicken and egg problem. Cherry (not verified) access_time 23 May 2019 - 13:21 I’d like to point out a couple of things: a) Malayalam support is not an Ubuntu thing or a Linux thing… I am running NetBSD -current on my laptop with x.org and I can type malayalam. Learning the key combinations is very easy and intuitive… it just requires attention and commitment. I learnt it in about a week and something. b) Mangleesh support for TeX has been around for a while. The TuX group in Trivandrum and specifically A.J.Alex have worked on very good quality latex support for malayalam. See: sarovar.org Just to set the record. Cheers, Cherry. vimal access_time 23 May 2019 - 13:21 Ready to use packages to support malayalam in Ubuntu 7.10 and Debian GNU/Linux Etch is available at http://malaylam.web4all.in . Pagination Current page 1 Page 2 Next page Next › Last page Last » Add new comment
on 05th May 2007 / by webmaster
BSNL is one of the leading broadband providers in India. They have managed to provide blazing fast internet connections at rates affordable to an average middle class Indian. Although they provide top quality connection speeds with very little down time, their technical support leaves a lot to be desired. More so when it comes to configuring connections in Linux. They just mention Linux as "other operating systems" in their help guides. This article covers the configuration of the BSNL Dataone broadband connection over a Dare Global DB108 modem-router on Ubuntu. Although we have tested it only on Ubuntu the steps should more or less apply for other flavours of Linux as well. There are two ways of configuring a PPPOE connection - one is using the pppoeconf command and the other by configuring the router directly. The former requires you to log on an log off from your pc while the latter lets you have a full-time-up connection which lets you go online the moment you turn on your PC. We are covering only the second strategy in this tutorial. Connect the BSNL DB108 modem/router to the BSNL line and the power supply Connect the modem to the computer using an ethernet cable Power on the modem and the computer. Go to System/Administration/Network and ensure that the network card (most probably eth0) is the default connection and that it is active. In the properties dialog for eth0, change the IP address to static IP and set the IP to 192.168.1.2. Set the DNS servers as 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168; Leave the other settings as default. Check if you have connectivity to the router by running 'ping 192.168.1.1' in a terminal. Open firefox and go to http://192.168.1.1. This will bring up the authentication dialog. Enter user-admin and password-password to log into the router administration system. Click on WAN in the left menu. In the WAN setup page identify the row with VPI/VCI value as 0/35 (probably the third row) and click on the Edit button. In the wizard that follows, select PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) as the connection type and enter your BSNL broadband connection username(eg: anoopjohn) and password(eg: asdf123). Leave all other settings as is and save by clicking next. Reboot the router by clicking on reboot in the left menu. Test the connection by pinging some public IP address (eg: 22.214.171.124 of the OpenDNS.org). Also check your dns settings by pinging www.zyxware.com. Verify this by trying to open www.zyxware.com in your browser. If all goes well you should be able to access internet on your system by this point. In step 6 if you dont have connectivity to the router then you have to check if your ethernet card is up by running 'ifconfig -a'. If the card is up then you should be able to ping 127.0.0.1. If both card and cable are up then you should try resetting the router and see if it is working fine. Normally there shouldn't be any problem. In step 12 if there are problems accessing internet sites but are able to ping public ip addresses then check your DNS server settings in /etc/resolv.conf. This file should be of the format nameserver 126.96.36.199 nameserver 188.8.131.52 nameserver 184.108.40.206 nameserver 220.127.116.11 If you have any questions you can contact us by commenting to this article. Hardware Linux Networking Ubuntu Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Abhi (not verified) access_time 23 May 2019 - 13:14 Hello, I am trying to connect to my D-link DI-614 wireless router to the my BSNL ADSL broadband modem DB108. My PC is currently connected to the modem via an ethernet link. Instead, I established a two-way connection in the following way: 1) Router - modem via ethernet cable. 2) PC - Router via an ethernet cable. However when I do this, my PC is not able to connect to the internet. I am wondering if anyone can help me out with this. Subhadeep (not verified) access_time 23 May 2019 - 13:14 Thankx for this i was in a real problem connecting to the net via broadband on BSNL. Thankx again man u r life saver... Add new comment
on 08th May 2007 / by webmaster
A majority of people still look at Linux as something where you have to type everything in consoles, where view documents in consoles and runs applications from consoles. This was the case several years ago. Not anymore. Desktop Linux has arrived. Almost all the major distros(distributions) come with at least one of the many window managers (the graphical user interface you see as the desktop) available in the OSS marketplace. Each distribution differs from others in one way or other; some for the better while some for the worse. There are tonnes of FLOSS applications targeted at different audiences and addressing different needs and packaged along with most of these distributions. One distribution that has differentiated a lot is the Ubuntu. It comes in three flavours - Ubuntu(with GNOME), Kubuntu(with KDE) and Xubuntu(with XFCE - a lightweight window manager for older systems). There is also the edubuntu targeting students and the education market. Ubuntu differs from the other distributions in its philosophy that it would like to make the Linux experience easier and better for the common man. Ubuntu installation is a simple process and takes only a few mouse clicks which even a novice can perform. Ubuntu supports most of the hardware straight out of the box. Some of the hardware manufactures provide only binary drivers and Ubuntu has started packaging these with the OS. This has not gone well with a section of the OSS community. However this has opened up the Linux experience for those who were unable to use Linux because of hardware incompatibilities. Hopefully over a period of time these vendors would open their eyes and realize the significance of the Linux market and open up their drivers. After all they sell hardware not drivers... For a home user the applications he/she uses would comprise - Internet browser, Chat Client, Email Client, Document Writer, Presentation Creator, Spreadsheet Editor, Movie Viewer, Music Player, CD/DVD Writer. Ubuntu, like most other distributions, comes with FLOSS applications addressing each of these areas. The respective applications would be - Firefox, Pidgin(formerly GAIM), Thunderbird, Openoffice Writer, Openoffice Impress, Openoffice Calc, VLC Media Player, K3B. Some of these comes preinstalled with the Ubuntu Installation while others can be easily installed using the synaptic package manager. Adding a new application is childs-play with synaptic. There are around 20000 packages to select from and you can easily search and pick your application. The dependencies and related apps will be automatically installed by synaptics (by apt-get whose gui is synaptic). Games are one area where Linux still struggles behind windows operating systems. Not very many game developers create games for Linux. Though Ubuntu comes with some games installed not many of these are really what you would call a modern game. You could set up windows games under the wine environment. Quite a lot of the games are supposed to work well under wine. But installation and configuration might be a little involved for a novice. Then there are some hardware that might not work with Ubuntu. Very likely these would not work with any Linux Distribution as well. Some of the problem components would be - internal modems, printers, scanners etc. Hardware that are more commonly used would have a higher chance of having an OSS driver available. Specialized hardware would very likely not have a Linux driver available unless the manufacturer puts the effort to do so. In all Ubuntu team has created a very easy-to-install-and-use OS for the common man. Though Ubuntu has some excellent features it is still not quite perfect yet. However it is on its way. It has already received wide acclaim as an OS for the common man. Unless the Ubuntu movement loses ground the OS should have a very bright future indeed. Linux Ubuntu Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Manoj Mathai (not verified) access_time 23 May 2019 - 14:39 hi, read your comment on slashdot. thats how i got here. i think ubuntu is a gr8 linux distro and all it needs is good support and lots of GUI tools to make it smoooth to install and use. if each linux enthusiast can get atleast 5 ppl to atleast try ubuntu or any other distro, i think it would be of gr8 help. anyways, what role does linux play in your company ? Jayson (not verified) access_time 23 May 2019 - 14:39 I stumbled upon your blog and I definitely will give you a ring when I need something for my PC! Anoop John (not verified) access_time 23 May 2019 - 14:39 Manoj, We sell PCs and Peripherals. We give linux as the preloaded operating system in all the systems we sell. Ubuntu is our default choice unless the customer requests another distro. We also have a software development division. All the systems used for software development are running either ubuntu or xubuntu. We are also providing free linux assistance to customers. These are some ways we are trying to contribute to the Linux community. Add new comment