Thursday, June 24, 2010

.msf to .pst

Hi All,

This post explains how to convert a Thunderbird mail folder extension to a MS Outlook extension.

.msf / .mbox is the file format created for separate folders in Thunderbird. Separate folders as in separate local folders.

There is a free software for Windows called ImapSize.

You can download it here: ImapSize

Convert each .msf / .mbox file using this software. A .eml file is created for every folder.

MS Outlook has the capacity to read .eml files.

After installating Outlook - create a folder and drag and drop the .eml files thro the Explorer window onto the OE window.

If you have Outlook Express installed - then you have an option of exporting .eml files.

Practically using this method helps to understand this post better.

Take care All,
Ananth S Gouri

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Skype 2.1

Hi All,

This post explains how to install Skype 2.1 on Lenny.

Here you go:

1. Hit you browser to Download Skype
2. You need Qt 4.0
3. Fix the other dependencies
4. Issue dpkg -i filename.deb as 'root'

Thats it :)

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

SIPE 1.10

Hi All,

This post explains how to install SIPE 1.10 version to existing Pidgin.

So what is SIPE???

This project develops a third-party plugin for the Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger. It implements the extended version of SIP/SIMPLE used by various products:
With this plugin you should be able to replace your Microsoft Office Communicator client with Pidgin

So, with SIPE we can replace MS Office Communicator. 
Installing SIPE:

1. Download the tar file from
2. Unzip it with the command - tar -xvzf filename.tgz
3. Issue ./configure --prefix=/usr/
4. Issue make
5. Issue sudo make install 

Thats it....

Ananth S Gouri

VMware to Virtualbox

Hi All,

A superb article from Linux Poison blog.

 VMware to Virtualbox

Try it out,
Ananth S Gouri

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Hi All,

talk is a tool to "talk" with people connected in UNIX based n/w environment.

If you know the username - talk is as simple as this:

talk rob
Type your text here

Also you need to install talkd - a daemon to speak in distributed UNIX n/w.

Ananth S Gouri

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Hi All,

Alien helps to convert different package formats.

You can convert between rpm, deb, slp, tgz and pkg file formats.

Say for example there is a .deb file and you want to convert it to .rpm

Issue this below command:

sudo alien -r filename.deb 

'man' more to know more.....

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kernel runtime options

Hi All,

Many a times you may have to give this below option.

kernel screen 1024x768

You can issue this command at the end of the kernel line in GRUB

Ok.. This option tells the kernel to load using a screen resolution of 1024x768. You can give your own options here.

But this is useful when the kernel cant load the images during installation and we wont be able to see "Next" button and etc.

Note: This became a pretty common problem in the past few releases of Fedora.

During such times - smaller resolutions do help to fit the full images.

Ananth S Gouri

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Free Manual

Hi All,

Go to this below link and register to get a free manual of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04)

Ananth S Gouri


Hi All,

FEL is for Fedora Electronic Lab. It is one of the "spins" of Fedora Project.

Check this out and if you like it - download the iso file - around 1.4Gb.

This as the site says - Design, simulate and program electronics.

I will post more on this - when I use it in Virtualbox.

Ananth Gouri

Virtualbox 3.2.4

Hi All,

This post explains how to install the latest Virtualbox 3.2

1. Uninstall the default version of Virtualbox (Installed through Lenny)
2. Do not uninstall your ose kernel modules.
2. Hit your browser to
3. Download the latest deb - here - Virtualbox 3.2 i386
4. Installation is through the command - dpkg -i filename.deb

Step #2 is important.

If you have not installed the kernel modules, then issue the command "uname -a" to find your kernel version and install the appropriate kernel ose modules.

Thats it.

Ananth S Gouri

Friday, June 11, 2010

Gates Fences

Hi All,

Just a superb quote to piss off MS users.....

"Who needs Gates in the world of no fences???" :)

Thanks & Regards,
Ananth S Gouri

Fedora Spins

Hi All,

Check this below link

for Fedora spins.

Fedora spins are alternate versions of Fedora, tailored for various types of users via hand-picked application sets and other customization

Thanks & Regards,
Ananth S Gouri

Vi search and replace command

Hi All,

To search and replace using Vi editor - issue this below command in "Insert" mode:



1. : is for Insert mode (Esc + i or Insert or shift i)
2. %s is for search
3. g is for Global search through the file.

Thanks & Regards,
Ananth S Gouri

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Distro Release Info

Hi All,

1. Ubuntu Ultimate Ed 2.7
2. Sabayon Linux 5.3

were released recently.

Download thro torrents.

Ananth S Gouri

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 repository

Hi All,

Please find the Ubuntu 10.04 repository at ""

Use torrent download and do seed.

Ananth S Gouri

Installing a new font

Hi All,

This post explains how to install a new font - saw for example a Kannada ttf font. ttf is for - true type font

Using Synaptic:

1. Search for kannada
2. Install the search result (ttf-kannada-fonts)

Using Command line:

1. Kannada or any font for that matter - copy the font file - say "ttf-kannada-fonts" and paste it in /usr/share/fonts/ path as root.

Thats it.

Ananth S Gouri

Distro releases

Hi All,

Please find the below distro releases:

1. VortexBox 1.4
2. SalixOS 13.1
3. Pardus 2009.2
4. Untangle Gateway 7.3
5. Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1 

Ananth S Gouri

Installing Nvidia driver on Lenny

Hi All,

Warning: This may screw up your X server. I or my blog is not responsible for it.

This post explains how to install Nvidia driver on Lenny.

Include contrib and non-free repositories through the software sources through UI.

Command wise - update /etc/apt/sources.list to include this line
deb lenny main contrib non-free
and then apt-get update

Then follow this procedure (Using Synaptic):

1. Install nvidia-glx driver
2. Install nvidia-kernel (this has to match your kernel version)
3. Install nvidia-kernel-common

Once this is done - then

1. Install nvidia-xconfig

Open "gnome-terminal" and run "nvidia-xconfig" as root.

If you have 2 monitors - you can split your view using (will write about this with pictures sometime later)

1. Install "nvidia-settings"


1. Nvidia does not hot deploy kernel modules. A restart is required.
2. Many a times after the restart - the X server is screwed up.Its better to backup your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file before implementing this post.

Hope 1: Hope you can solve dependency issues.

I will be writing another post to fix xorg.conf sometime later.

Keep reading...

Ananth S Gouri

.ram .rm files

Hi All,

This is my first post of June.

If you see my last post of May, I had mentioned about mozilla-mplayer.

.ram and .rm files are Real Media file extensions and are default extensions to listen to streaming audio.
But these days - the internet streams for audio - give you an option of multiple file formats like mp3, aac et al.

This embedded-mplayer plugin plays all these formats.

Ananth S Gouri