Linux Kernel 2.6.31 installation guide for Ubuntu Linux

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The Ubuntu kernel guys have released an official build of the 2.6.31 Linux Kernel.
The .deb files should work with both Ubuntu and Debian and distributions based on one of the two.

The included kernel files have been compiled using the generic ubuntu configuration.
Note: nVIDIA ForceWare drivers are automaticly installed using DKMS (which is included in Ubuntu 8.10 and higher including 9.04 and 9.10)

The required files can be found at http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.31.5/

Installation Guide

  1. Download linux-headers-2.6.31_all.deb
  2. Download your kernel headers package;
    I386: linux-headers-2.6.31-i386.deb
    AMD64: linux-headers-2.6.31-amd64.deb
  3. Download your kernel compile;
    I386: linux-image-2.6.31-i386.deb
    AMD64: linux-image-2.6.31-amd64.deb
  4. Install the files in the following order:
    1. linux-headers-2.6.31_all.deb
    2. I386: linux-headers-2.6.31-i386.deb or AMD64: linux-headers-2.6.31-amd64.deb
    3. I386: linux-image-2.6.31-i386.deb or AMD64: linux-image-2.6.31-amd64.deb
  5. In the terminal run:
    sudo update-grub
  6. Reboot and select the kernel from the bootloader menu

For those who want to do their “own” compiles, the source is available here.

How-to install the Nimbus theme in Ubuntu

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This article is the followup of Howto install the Sun Nimbus Theme for Gnome

Nimbus is the OpenSolaris Gnome theme.
This guide demonstrates how to install the Nimbus theme in Ubuntu version 8.04, 8.10 , 9.04 and 9.10.

Install the correct repository key
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 0AAFAD78

Add the repository source to sources.list
sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

And add the following sentence

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/merlwiz79/nimbus/ubuntu/ jaunty main

Update the repositories

sudo apt-get update

Install the Nimbus theme

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-nimbus nimbus-icon-theme

Screenshot

Screenshot-nimbus

How-to install Bash 4.0 in Linux

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This guide is for almost every Linux distribution.

Prerequisite is that you have the required build tools installed already.
If not, do the following step:

Debian and Ubuntu users way;

sudo apt-get install build-essential

The Fedora/Red Hat way:

sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools" "Legacy Software Development"

First step is getting the source package

wget http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/bash/bash-4.0.tar.gz
Next step is compiling and installing it;

tar xf bash-4.0.tar.gz
./configure
make
sudo make install

How-to install the Sun Nimbus Theme for Gnome

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I personally prefer the OpenSolaris look for Gnome because it`s more clearly then Ubuntu`s Humanlooks.
It`s possible to install this theme under almost any system running Gnome.

The easiest way is installing the proper package from http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Nimbus+(+Debian+and+Ubuntu+packages+)?content=70212
This site contains the packs for Ubuntu 8.04, 8.10 and Debian (both x86 and x86_64).

Another way is compiling and installing the latest version. This is how it goes!

Install the proper requirements and the source;

apt-get -y install build-essential libgtk2.0-dev intltool icon-naming-utils fakeroot devscripts debhelper build-dep gtk2-engines-clearlooks

wget http://dlc.sun.com/osol/jds/downloads/extras/nimbus/nimbus-0.1.2.tar.bz2

tar -xf nimbus-0.1.2.tar.bz2

Next step; compiling the source

./configure --prefix=/usr/

chmod +x debian/rules
Install the binary;

make clean
make

sudo make install

Select the theme in Gnome.

Thats it!

Linux Kernel 2.6.29 installation guide for Ubuntu and Debian Linux

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The Ubuntu kernel guys have released an “official” build of the 2.6.29 Linux Kernel which came out tonight. The .deb files work for both Ubuntu and Debian!  (and outdated, stable and test releases like Ubuntu 9.04 jaunty jackalope.

The included kernel files have been compiled using the generic ubuntu configuration but lack ubuntu specific drivers.  Note: nVIDIA ForceWare drivers are automaticly installed using DKMS (which is included in Ubuntu 8.10)

The files can be found at http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.29/

Installation Guide

  1. Download http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.29/linux-headers-2.6.29-020629_2.6.29-020629_all.deb
  2. Download your kernel headers package;
    I386:  http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.29/linux-headers-2.6.29-020629-generic_2.6.29-020629_i386.deb
    AMD64: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.29/linux-headers-2.6.29-020629-generic_2.6.29-020629_amd64.deb
  3. Download your kernel compile;
    I386:  http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.29/linux-image-2.6.29-020629-generic_2.6.29-020629_i386.deb
    AMD64: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.29/linux-image-2.6.29-020629-generic_2.6.29-020629_amd64.deb
  4. Install the files in the same order as mentions above! (doing step 1 and 2 the other way around isn`t possible!)
    For lazy guys console freaks; dpkg -i *.deb
    (Notice: the console have to be in the same directory as the downloads and no other .deb packages should be there – else they also get installed)
  5. Reboot and select the kernel from the bootloader menu