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Install 64-bit upstream Vuze (aka azureus) on Ubuntu 9.04 April 28, 2009

Posted by claudio in Uncategorized.
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logo-azureusOn our 64-bit series, we continue today with Vuze. There is a slightly older version on the Ubuntu repositories, so if you just want a running vuze, you can be happy and stop reading.

However, if you prefer to use the upstream latest version (vuze has its own update mechanism) on Ubuntu 64-bit, this is what you can do:

1. Create a local directory for applications. I use ~/bin.

mkdir ~/bin

2. Download and uncompress vuze.
cd ~/bin
tar xvjf  Vuze_Installer.tar.bz2

(Alternatively you can use the Archive Manager and copy the vuze directory to bin in your home directory).

3. Download swt (SWT binary and source, Linux (x86_64/GTK 2)) for Linux 64-bit. Open it with the Archive Manager and copy swt.jar to ~/bin/vuze (~ is your Home Directory). (The download page is rather confusing, make sure you download swt and not eclipse).

4. Create a launcher for  vuze by right clicking on Applications and choosing “Edit Menus”. The command is “/home//bin/vuze/azureus %f” and the icon can be found in “/home//bin/vuze/”

That’s it.

Vuze 4.2

Install 64-bit Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu (updated to 11.04) April 26, 2009

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FlashEDIT: Update to Flash 11 beta 1

EDIT: This howto –while referring to the directory “.mozilla”– works without adaptation for chromium (that reads ~/.mozilla/plugins).

Now that there is a java browser plugin and a working wine for 64-bit on the Ubuntu repositories, there is not much holding back 64-bit Linux on the desktop. Maybe the only thing missing is the Adobe Flash player. Most of the time Flash is just annoying, nevertheless sometimes needed. Luckily, there is now a Flash Player release for 64-bit Linux (however, still beta alpha beta but stable so far). I am pretty sure the instructions are identical for other Linux distributions.

To install it:

1.  The beta of Flash 11 64-bit can be found here (the “Download plug-in for Linux 64-bit” link).

The alpha program has been opened and closed several times (was here and here), but at the moment of writing is open again: download the flash binary here. Because of the intermittent presence of the binary, I put a copy of the latest version here (the md5 checksum is 49b55c7eb8044453e5f6f2e4b3cb4084) and keep my fingers crossed for html5 :). NB: The screenshot is from a previous release, however the actual binary *is* the latest.

2. Unpackage it using a terminal (with the assumption your firefox downloads into your Desktop as default):
cd Desktop
tar xvzf flashplayer11_b1_install_lin_64_071311.tar.gz

(The name of the tar.gz file may change when a new version is released, change accordingly).

3. Create a plugin directory in your $HOME (instead of a system directory):

mkdir -p .mozilla/plugins

4. Move the file to the plugin directory:
mv Desktop/libflashplayer.so .mozilla/plugins

(You may safely ignore the other contents. Place the contents in ~/.local/share if needed).

5. Restart firefox. Go to about:plugins to see if it’s enabled:
That’s it.

Edit: Alternatively, you can use the graphical approach:

1. Download the binary (see the command line instructions above).
2. Select “Open with ” in firefox (you have to click on open to enable the ok button) and clck on OK.
3. The archive manager will open and show you the libflashplayer.so file.
4. Click on extra and a save window will open.
5. Type ctrl + h to show hidden files. Go to .mozilla (dubble click).
6. If no “plugins” directory is present, click on “Create Folder” on the top right and type as name “plugins” (without the quotes). Press Ener.
7. Click on Extract.
8. Click on Close on the windows showing the result.
9. Close the archive manager.
10. Restart firefox.

Lotus Notes 8 on Ubuntu 64-bit November 9, 2007

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Ok, let’s be clear. Lotus Notes sucks. However, on my workplace all mail and calendar (meetings!) are administered through Lotus Notes on Windows. I run GNU/Linux (Ubuntu). All the hassle show how close source software sucks if you have configuration slightly different that expected by the seller. I am not running Windows or 32-bit RedHat. This post is a work in progress and will be adapted.

This is what I did to get the client running on Ubuntu 7.10 amd64: (more…)


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