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How to Play mp3 files with amarok in Ubuntu Linux 9.04
Amarok 2 in Ubuntu 9.04 doesn't come with mp3 support. In order to play mp3 files with Amarok in Ubuntu 9.04 we need to install the libxine1-ffmpeg package.
Like any other package in Ubuntu, we can install it using synaptic or using the apt command.
Installing amarok mp3 support using Synaptic package manager
- Open Synaptic package manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager)
- Insert libxine1-ffmpeg in the Quick Search box and press Search.
- Press the check box near the libxine1-ffmpeg package and select "Mark for Installation". If you get a message about required additional packages press the mark button.
- Press the applay button and follow the rest of the installation steps
Installing amarok mp3 support using aptInstalling mp3 support using the apt-get command is much simpler. All we need to do is open a console window and run the following command:
sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg
That's it, we are done. All you need to do now is to open Amarok and play the music
Monday, May 11, 2009 | 3 Comments
This howto is about setting up PPTP VPN connection in Ubuntu 8.10 and 9.04. If you are using Ubuntu 8.04 then take a look at how to set up and configure a PPTP VPN connection in Ubuntu Linux 8.04.
How to set up and configure a PPTP VPN connection in Ubuntu Linux 8.10 and 9.04
PPTP (Point-to-point tunneling protocol) is a network protocol for creating a virtual private network (VPN) connection.
How to install support for PPTP VPN connection in Ubuntu LinuxIn order to set up a PPTP VPN connection in Ubuntu we first need to install PPTP support. For the PPTP support we need to install the network-manager-pptp package. Like any other package in Ubuntu we can install it using synaptic package manager or using the apt command.
Installing PPTP support using Synaptic package manager
- Open synaptic package manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager).
- Write vpn in the search box and press the search button.
- Check the check box near the network-manager-pptp package.
- Press the apply button.
- Follow the installer instructions.
Installing PPTP support using the apt commandWrite the following command in the console.
$ sudo apt-get install network-manager-pptp
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 192kB of archives.
After this operation, 1188kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
press Y and Enter.
Reloading the system message bus configNow you have a PPTP VPN support in your Ubuntu but in order to configure a connection we need to reload the system message bus config.
$ sudo /etc/init.d/dbus restart
How to set up a PPTP VPN connection In Ubuntu Linux
Now that we have support for PPTP VPN in our system we can set up a connection.
- Click on the Network-Manager icon on your desktop bar "Notification Area" (also called system tray on windows). This icon can be in the shape of 2 computer screens in the case of wired connection or the signal strength of the wireless connection in case of wireless connection.
- In the Network Manager menu that was opened, choose "VPN Connections" -> "Configure VPN".
- The VPN Network Connection settings window will be open. Press "Add" to set up a new VPN connection configuration.
- On the "Choose a VPN Connection Type" window, select "Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)" as the VPN connection type and click on the create button.
- Fill in a name for that connection in the new window. The name can be office, work or anything else. It is there to distinguish between this connection and others which you might want to create in the future.
- In the Gateway box you should insert your VPN server IP. If you don't know the IP address you should ask for it from the system administration of the network that you are trying to connect to.
- Fill in the user name and password which was provided to you.
- Press on the "Advanced" button". Check the "Use Point-to-point encryption (MPPE)" check box and press OK.
How to set up a routing for the PPTP VPN connectionNow that we have configured a PPTP VPN connection we might not want to send all the network communication through this connection. We can configure the routing table to send only the network communication which needs to gets to one of the computers behind the VPN connection
- On the same editing window where you inserted the VPN connection setting, switch to the "IPv4 Settings" tab.
- Press the "Routes..." button.
- In this window you can edit the routing table for the VPN connection. Press Add to add a new entry to the table. In my case, my office network uses the 192.168.1.x address which is in the 255.255.255.0 netmask and the address of the network gateway is 192.168.1.1. If you are not sure what to write in the routing table, you should consult the system administration of the network that you are trying to connect to.
Establishing a PPTP VPN connection
- In order to establish a PPTP VPN connection you need to Click on the Network-Manager icon on your desktop bar "Notification Area".
- On the Network Manager menu that was opened, choose "VPN Connections" You will see a new entry with the name of the VPN configuration that you set up. Click on it.
- You will see yellow circles while the network manager tries to establish a connection. In case it managed to establish a VPN connection, you will see a yellow lock on the buttom of the Network-Manager icon.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009 | 1 Comments