Play all media formats on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop

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I still remember the first time I test-drove Mandriva Linux (formerly known as Mandrake), I could run every other audio and video format out-of-the-box without downloading anything (it was a dialup modem era so downloading was a pain-in-the-rear). Many years after, I finally installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my new laptop but it does not recognize some of my mp3 files and im like "Are you kidding me?" Im glad I found a solution, there is a package called ubuntu-restricted-extras (read the Wikipedia entry and Ubuntu documentation) that you can install and it support all major media formats, Codecs and even Flash Player. To install, you need to run [code lang="bash"]sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras[/code] Legal Notice Patent and copyright laws operate differently depending on which country you are in. Please obtain legal advice…
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Installing / re-installing and Configuring phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu

How to, Linux, OpenSource, PHP, Resources, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Ubuntu
phpMyAdmin is a very common and handy tool that most of the developers use. It is available on almost every server. Installing phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu server is even easier, you just need to [sourcecode language="plain"]sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin[/sourcecode] but what if we accidently skip the configuration screen where phpmyadmin makes modifications to apache? Dont worry just do the following Edit Apache's configuration file (assuming you are using apache2) [sourcecode language="plain"]sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf # better to use the following command instead of the one above #gksudo gedit /etc/apache2/apache2.conf[/sourcecode] Add the following line of code inside apache2.conf: [sourcecode language="plain"]Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf[/sourcecode] Now restart Apache: [sourcecode language="plain"]sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart[/sourcecode] Go to /phpmyadmin/ and login with your mysql username and password.
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Ubuntu: Setting default gateway / ip etc

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If you want to specify a default gateway or ip address for your Ubuntu installation, try the following steps. Open SSH and type this command [code lang="plain"]sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces[/code] You can edit everything there as shown in the screenshot below (click to enlarge) [code lang="plain"] auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.1.231 netmask 255.255.255.0 network 192.168.1.0 broadcast 192.168.1.255 gateway 192.168.1.77 # dns-* options are implemented by the resolvconf package, if installed dns-nameservers 192.168.1.253 192.168.1.226 dns-search nextbridge.org [/code]
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Intall Apache, MySQL and PHP on Ubuntu 8.10

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WARNING: Please use this method to install Apache, PHP and MySQL because its more suitable for most of your needs and has options to auto-upgrade your installation. The following method is obsolete and not recommended. After trying to install Apache, MySQL and PHP on Ubuntu 8.10 via several methods listed over the web. I opted for xampp package for linux. It is as easy as ABC Download the xampp linux package from their official website [code lang="plain"]wget http://nchc.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/xampp/xampp-linux-1.7.tar.gz[/code] (I have selected NCHC, Taiwan as the mirror to download this package, you may try another) Extract the files [code lang="plain"]sudo tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.7.tar.gz -C /opt[/code] Chmod the files to have nobody ownership [code lang="plain"]sudo chown -R nobody:root /opt/lampp/[/code] Configure xampp security [code lang="plain"]sudo /opt/lampp/lampp security[/code] Start xampp with this command [code…
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Download files from a http authenticated directory using wget

How to, Linux, OpenSource, Resources, Thoughts, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Ubuntu
I wanted to download something off a sub-domain using wget that I have password protected using .htaccess so the following command was NOT working [code lang="plain"]wget http://secure.asim.pk/myfiles.tar [/code] Luckily, we can pass two arguments to the same command and tell wget what the username and password is [code lang="plain"]wget http://secure.asim.pk/myfiles.tar --http-user=myuser --http-password=mypass [/code] Works Great!! If you are using Ubuntu 8.10, have not enabled root user and trying to download to a directory that has "nobody" or "root" as owner then try pre-pending it with sudo [code lang="plain"]sudo wget http://secure.asim.pk/myfiles.tar --http-user=myuser --http-password=mypass [/code]
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How to Install Webmin in Ubuntu

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From the little help that I can get over the internet, I found out that you need to install the following packages to prepare the system for Webmin installation. Run the following command over SSH or Ubuntu Desktop's terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal). [code lang="plain"]sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl [/code] (Learn how to configure SSH on Ubuntu 8.10 if you want to have a remote access to your Ubuntu box). Download the latest version of Webmin by running the following command (visit webmin download section for newer versions) [code lang="plain"]wget http://ignum.dl.sourceforge.net/project/webadmin/webmin/1.500/webmin_1.500_all.deb [/code] Downloading Webmin After the package has been downloaded, run the following command to install it [code lang="plain"]sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.500_all.deb [/code] You should now be able to login to Webmin at…
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