Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Oracle XE Part 2

Hi All,

Last post I had explained how to install Oracle XE for your distros.

Next part - that is this part - I explain how to configure further for proper working of the database.

1. Issue this command as root : /etc/init.d/oracle-xe configure
2. Once the steps for the above step 1 is done (Refer my last post on Oracle XE)
3. You would have given the password for system / sys - which is the main DBA.
4. Go to your Gnome Menu / K Menu and then under Oracle Database 10g Express Edition -> Go to ->> Go to database home page and there issue the login and password for "system".
5. You can create a new user - once you login in step 4.
6. Now from here on - use "Run SQL command line" from the same menu for connecting and working your DB problems.

3 Cheers :)

Hope all understood what I meant. Mail me for any doubts.

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

PowerISO and .daa

Hi All,

Ever came across a .daa file extension???

If yes - then hit your browsers to www.poweriso.com

For Linux distributions - hit this link - http://www.poweriso.com/poweriso-1.3.tar.gz

Extract the zip file and for operations / usage of PowerISO - try this command - ./poweriso - ?

Now coming to the .daa file extension - the expansion of .daa is "Direct Access Archive" and this file extension is a proprietary of PowerISO.

You can extract the content of a .daa file using the above linux based free tool - with this command:

./poweriso  extract filename.daa -od /home/username/

You can also convert a .daa file to an .iso file.

Thats it...

Enjoy archiving / extraction,
Ananth S Gouri

Monday, August 30, 2010

Oracle 10g

Hey All,

This post explains how to install Oracle 10g onto your systems.

Note: I will be explaining the installation procedure for Oracle XE aka, Oracle Express Ed is the student edition which is free for personal use and not for business use.

Follow these steps:

1. http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/index.html
2. Go to that above site and accept the license.
3. Search for "Oracle Database 10g Express Edition" and click on the link below with this text : Oracle Database 10g Express Edition for Linux x86  
4. If your distro is a Red hat based - like - Fedora, RHEL, Red Hat 9, openSUSE, Mandriva - then download the .rpm file. 
5. If your distro is a Debian based - like - Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Sidux etc - then download the .deb file.
6. For installation its simple:
a. for the rpm file: rpm -i filename.rpm
b. for the deb file: dpkg -i filename.deb
7. Make sure that you resolve the dependencies if any.

Post install configuration:

1. Go to /etc/init.d
2. As root - issue this command: ./oracle-xe configure
3. Mention the port number then
4. The listener port number and other details.

Add your a/c to the dba group.

Thats it. You may now check your database page by hitting your browser to:

This above 8090 is the port number you enter in the 3rd post install step.

3 Cheers :)
Hope you all understood the installation procedure.

Mail me at ananth.gouri@gmail.com for any further queries.

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Hey All,

I dont know how many of you folks know XMMS. XMMS expansion is for X MultiMedia System.

It was like a clone of the winamp of Windows.

Abraca is a client(music player) of XMMS2 and written in a programming language called Vala.

To install abraca 0.5.0 you need the squeeze repo or the debian multi media repositories.

Enjoy listening,
Ananth S Gouri


Hi All,

AcetoneISO is a multi functionality software to handle CD/DVD images.

Along with the management of CD/DVD images - it also has these great features:
1. Download Youtube/Metacafe videos (Youtube - anonymous and un-anonymous login)
2. Rip DVD2 to AVI
3. Convert FLV2 to AVI
4. Extract Audio from a video file
5. Split an image into smaller chunks of files
6. Encrypt and Decrypt an image
7. Extract a rar password file and many more.

You need to have the Debian Multimedia repository to install AcetoneISO.

I confirm know that you folks will enjoy playing with AcetoneISO.

Ananth S Gouri

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Maverick Meerkat

Hi All,

Maverick Meerkat - aka Ubuntu 10.10's codename will be released on October 10th, 2010.

The new set of wallpapers for this release can be found here...


Take a look,
Ananth S Gouri

F 14

Hi All,

Fedora 14 Alpha, code named "Laughlin" is released.

You can download it here:


Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pronounce Debian

Hi All,

Pronunciation is such an important thing in life. For example if people pronounce your name in a different way/manner - its so annoying. Forget the nick names people keep for everyone - but the correct name's pronunciation has to be perfect.

At least this is what I expect out of you.

Now the whole point of this blog post... I met one of my AProf who had no clue as to how to pronounce Debian. He kept on calling it as Debiani or something very weird.

But next time I meet him - I will expect the proper way of calling for my OS.

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Adriane Knoppix

Hi All,

Today I downloaded Adriane Knoppix - an approximately 700Mb file.

Its best features being - the full Distro is an Audio based one or a talking menu system - which according to Knopper, helps the visually disabled.

Read here:

A.D.R.I.A.N.E. (Audio Desktop Reference Implementation And Networking Environment) is a talking menu system, which is supposed to make work and internet access easier for computer beginners, even if they have no sight contact to the computers monitor. A graphical environment with also talking programs and arbitrary magnification using compiz-fusion, is another option. 

Try it out to know more... :)
Ananth S Gouri

Friday, August 20, 2010

Video call and chat in Debian!!!

Hi All,

Ya finally Google has provided Video chat and video call for Linux distros. Its basically for the Debian based ones.

Here below find the procedure of making a video chat / call:

1. Download this deb file : file
2. Issue this command as root : dpkg -i file.deb
3. Restart your browser

Thats it.

But note for the video chat and call features to work - the other end user also has to be using the Google email chat. I mean the chat that is embedded inside your gmail webpage.

Ananth S Gouri

Birthday Greetings Debian

Hi All,

Check this wonder Bday greeting card :


Thanks to Valessio Brito.

Take care all,
Ananth S Gouri

Belated Bday wishes to openSUSE


Its 5 years since openSUSE's Aug 9th bdays.

Belated wishes.

Tc All,
Ananth S Gouri

Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy Bday Debian

Hi All,

Ya.. Its Debian's bday today. It was surprising to me and an unknown fact as well. And I am happy for it. My b'day was on Aug 14th and Debian celebrates its 17 years today.

And as Digitizor* says - Ubuntu the most famous Linux distro now is based out of Debian.

Read a lot more stuff and interesting facts about Debian from Digitizor.

*Copyrights reserved to Digitizor.

Debian 17th B'day

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

Friday, August 13, 2010

MS Azure

Hi All,

Today I could discuss about cloud computing projects with my students. One of the project seems to use MS Azure.

I very well knew that MS Azure was not free. Check the below link.


I think that the students have to change to something else that open source and free and as well flexible to use.

Think twice before using MS products,
Ananth S Gouri


Hi All,

Today was my first day at NIE as a lecturer. I learnt many new things from my students and of course from my faculty.

I taught some things as well. One of them being about Sharpdevelop.

A sharpdevelop version in Linux is Monodevelop - a GTK based version.

Installing monodevelop is pretty simple.

1. Have your repositories up to date.
2. Use synaptic, search for monodevelop and install it.

Thats it.

But what is MonoDevelop??? Read below "as is" from their site http://monodevelop.com/

MonoDevelop is an IDE primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages. MonoDevelop enables developers to quickly write desktop and ASP.NET Web applications on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX. MonoDevelop makes it easy for developers to port .NET applications created with Visual Studio to Linux and to maintain a single code base for all platforms.

Mail me @ ananth.gouri@gmail.com if you folks face any issues. 
Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

Friday, August 6, 2010

Unix FS

Hi All,

An interesting article of how the UNIX file system was created here:


There are 2 more links in this above link's end. Dont forget to visit them :)

Ananth S Gouri

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

BSD Magazines

Hi All,

Free monthly BSD magazines at bsdmag.org

Ananth S Gouri

Amarok 2.3.1 "The Bell"

Hi All,

Amarok the default KDE music player's 2.3.1 is released with some cool features. Check this out:


The start-up screen is itself just gorgeous ;)

Installing this in Debian is simple. Update the repos to squeeze and thats it from there on. Use synaptic to install.

Also Debian plays Mp3 in Amarok unlike other distros.

Ananth S Gouri


Hi All,

First of all - to those new ones to BSD... BSD is a UNIX Operating System. Google more about it..

MaheshaBSD is a freeBSD 8.0 flavor. As far as the name is concerned - "Mahesha" - see below:

"Mahesha is one of the 1008 names of Lord Shiva - Supreme God of the Universe who stands above all gods.  This name was chosen because Shiva's weapon is same as the FreeBSD's one - the trident"

You can download MaheshaBSD here:


Will post more once I try this out...

Ananth S Gouri

K3b 2.0

Hi All,

K3b 2.0 - a super cool CD/DVD burner for Linux / LXDE - was released recently.

If you want to get this to your Debian - add the squeeze repos.

That should be pretty straight forward.

Enjoy burning,
Ananth S Gouri

Main Menu

Hi All,

Many a times though we install new packages / softwares - we will not see the shortcuts to them in the main menu.

This post solves that problem.

1. Check if that package is installed or not using gnome-terminal and typing that command.
2. For example if you installed amarok - a music player - and did not find it in the menu bar (Start Menu) -  then follow from step 3
3. Go to System -> Preferences -> Main Menu
4. There under Sound and Video -> Amarok (check box)
5. Check that check box stated in step 4

This step 5 automatically adds Amarok on the menu.

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

KDE 4.5 RC3

Hi All,

KDE 4.5 Release Candidate 3 is out.

Get more info here - http://www.kde.org/announcements/announce-4.5-rc3.php

In Debian - thro Squeeze updates - you can get 4.4.5 version.

Update your repos and try it out.

Ananth S Gouri

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Google new feature

Hi All,

Google today has got a new feature. You type www.google.com; and once the search page opens up, you have a new feature at the left hand side of the page - which says - change background image and allows you to select different images.

Try it out,
Ananth S Gouri

udev issue

Hi All,

Whenever I tried to update from Lenny to Squeeze, I faced this udev issue.

udev above 0.50 threw this error. I will post the error sometime later. I forgot to save it. :(

The solution to this problem is:

Issue this below command:

touch /etc/udev/kernel-upgrade

or upgrade your kernel to 2.6.27 or above.

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

Monday, August 2, 2010

Configuring Greenstone

Hi All,

On March 24th 2010, I had mentioned about a library software called Greenstone.

Lets discuss more on this...

Installing Greenstone:

1. Go to this link and download the software
2. Installing Greenstone is as simple as running a shell script.

From the download directory - issue these 2 commands:
1. chmod a+x filename
2. ./filename

Configuring Greenstone:

If you wanted to configure the Greenstone Server - after installation -
1. Go to the main directory of installation
2. Issue the command - ./gs2-server.sh

Similarly configuring Greenstone library interface (GLI) -
1. Go to gli folder
2. Issue the command ./gli.sh

Here inside the library - we can build our own collections of ebooks.

Happy storing,
Ananth S Gouri

Debconf Aug 1 to Aug 7

Hi All,

Around 300 Debian developers worldwide will assemble at New York City's Columbia University in cooperation with the Columbia Computer Science department.

Check this out for more info: debconf-2010

Try to attend...
Ananth S Gouri 

Wine 1.2

Hi All,

Wine - aka - Windows Emulator - 1.2 version which is a stable version was released sometime mid July.

The wine developers took nearing 2 years to get to this version and a huge 23000 changes !!!

Also the development version 1.3 is released.

Get more info here - link

Try them out...
Ananth  S Gouri

Torrent download softwares

Hi All,

This post lists out some of the torrent download softwares in Lenny and in general in Linux OSes.

There are many available; with the popular ones being -

1. Deluge
2. Ktorrent
3. Bittransmission

Deluge has a cool plugin which allows to download the torrent thro a scheduler.

Happy downloading,
Ananth S Gouri

Debian IRC logs

Hi All,

I dont know how many of you folks login into the #debian channel thro IRC.

But I also do and can be found under the name ananthgs.

What if there is no internet or power available - that makes you to be away from the system for long???

No need to worry. This post explains how to get the log from this channel.

Hit your browser to this link - link

Thats it.. You can just not get the logs of the hours missed - but also the log of each day.

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri


Hi All,

kstreamripper is a UI for the streamripper command utility.

You can install this package from synaptic.

How to use:

1. Add a stream .
2. Give the stream a name.
3. Give the url and an optional description.

Then click on the "Rip stream" button.

To stop ripping - click on "stop rip" button. 

Thats it...

Take care and happy radio/stream ripping ;)
Ananth S Gouri

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Safe umount

Hi All,

Most of us dont do a safe un-mount or rather a umount.

And most of us use XP - the door OS ;) 

This above leads to a peculiar problem for the pen drive - when its mounted in Linux - and also if the partition is of NTFS type only.

We will not be able to mount the ntfs partitions during this time.

There is a package called ntfsprogs using which we can solve this issue using the below command:

ntfsfix /dev/mount_point

This above command resets the ntfs journal file.

[Try this at your own risk.]

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri


Hi All,

mozplugger is a tool for Firefox and related browsers - which allows the browser to embed different types of multimedia objects in it.

It uses external specific tools for the same. For example if we wanted to view pdf thro the browser, we can make use of mozplugger and xpdf.

Mail me for more inputs.

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri


Hi All,

Ever thought how to edit your menu items in Linux???

Install the alacarte package which does the job for you.

You have to practically experiment to know the usage of alacarte.

Take care,
Ananth S Gouri

Google Linux

Hi All,

You can google just for Linux using the Google Linux search.

Here you find the link -  Google Linux

Enjoy Googling,
Ananth S Gouri

Audio with audacious

Hi All,

Audacious is a multi codec player. Install it using synaptic.

It also supports different plugins. Install the audacious-plugins package.

Ananth S Gouri