Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ThunderBird 2.0 Add-ons

Thunderbird 2.0 reached EOL Aug 2009 but Thunderbird 3.0 still does not have all the stuff and attractions for an upgrade, so here I am still using Thunderbird 2.0. What is Thunderbird?

Its an Email client, Calendering, Task and Contact Management. Allows access to Email accounts via POP or IMAP. It also supports GMail accounts, Unix mailbox and Newsgroup account access. A really great application to work with.

Some of the must have add-ons for my Thunderbird 2:
  1. Contacts Sidebar 0.7 - Allows me to forward VCards and access via F4 the addresses, copy and paste info of the VCard into email.
  2. Lightning 0.9 - The calendar and task Manager
  3. FG Printers 0.4.4 - Format printing if the calendars
  4. VCS Support - Allows me to import/export VCS calendars
  5. Automatic Export 0.3.0 - Allows automatic backup of the calendars

Other optional add-on:
  1. Provider for Google Calendar
  2. Bidi Mail UI
  3. PGP
  4. ThunderbrowseLink
There is a great forum at MozillaZine for updates and help.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Linux driver in use

From a terminal window;

To view all device drivers and the module names
$ lspci -k

To view a specific device (e.g. 03:00)
$ lspci -vv -s 03:00

To view all the loaded modules (The letter 'K' is uppercase in Kernel)
$ lsmod
$ lspci -k |grep Kernel

Monday, March 1, 2010

Installing Kubuntu 9.10

Just did a fresh install for Kubuntu 9.10 based on my previous install. Here is a list of steps I took to get my most common applications working.

Post installation recommendations
Start the Kubuntu software(package) installer by Kmenu ->Application ->Systems ->KpackageKit

Choose following packages:

  1. openjdk-6-jre-hotspot
  2. mozilla-thunderbird-
  3. lightning-extension
  4. flashplugin-installer

Install Firefox web browser
Choose Kmenu ->Internet ->Firefox Web Browser Installer

To allow Java applications to run in the web browser, open a terminal and install the openjdk plugin;

$ sudo apt-get install icedtea6-plugin

To get the wireless working, run at terminal this command and reboot. My wireless router for WPA, TKIP did not connect until following steps were taken. Open a terminal and type

$ sudo /etc/init.d/network-manager restart

Install the other stuff for common applications to be used. At the terminal run

$ sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

For multimedia, fonts and assorted codecs support

This will add JRE, mp3, mpeg, odbc, unrar and other useful support.

$ sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

This allows the disk to be encrypted and manage passwords. Additional encryption can be downloaded from http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads or mediafire.

$ sudo apt-get install gdecrypt password-gorilla

Allow secure SSH connection to and from SSH servers.

$ sudo apt-get install ssh sshfs ksshaskpass kdessh

Install the VLC video player to watch CD and DVD movies.

$ sudo apt-get install vlc videolan-doc mozilla-plugin-vlc vlc-plugin-sdl libvcdinfo0

Install basic Thunderbird add-ons to enhance its usage. From a web browser enter the URL https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird

Download and install the following;

  1. Automatic Export
  2. Bidi Mail UI (not needed if installed as earlier)
  3. FG Printers
  4. Lightning (not needed if installed as earlier)
  5. Provider for Google Calendar (not needed if installed as earlier)
  6. Thunderbrowse

To improve web browsing, these are my download addons from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox

  1. FoxTabs
  2. Speed Dials
  3. Zotero
  4. Server spy
  5. Video download helper
  6. Firebug

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