Sunday, May 20, 2007

A Great Repository

Janvitus' Repository (uPure64) has Avant Window Navigator, and it's a repository, so it's better. If you want to have Affinity, however, there's no debian package under AMD64.

Follow the instructions here to add to your sources.list. English is below the Italian.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Get flash 9 working (very easy) with nspluginwrapper

Since the readers of this blog are all AMD64 users (in general), I would like to mention how I got flash to work under AMD64. It's not that hard, but it seems that sometimes the instructions are confusing or hard to find. This is going to be pretty much a blatant copy of what was on the Ubuntu Forums post here.

Ok. We need some basic 32-bit libraries available from the Ubuntu repositories. In a terminal:

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs ia32-libs-gtk linux32 lib32asound2

Now, if Janvitus' Repository isn't changed since I write this, type in this:

wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Now type in:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

And in the text editor that opens up add on the bottom:

deb feisty-janvitus main-amd64
deb-src feisty-janvitus main-amd64

Save the file, close it and then type into terminal:

sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install nspluginwrapper gsfonts-x11

After everything is installed, download adobe flash player 9 from this website:


Double-click on the downloaded flash player archive and extract it somewhere. Then open up the extracted folder and:
move the 2 files “” and “flashplayer.xpt” from that folder into the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins folder (quote from article)
Now I had problems about permissions when moving, and had to run a command in order to do it:

sudo mv [and now drag both files into the terminal window, then type this>>] /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

So it should look something like this:

gavin@gavin-desktop:~$ sudo mv '/home/gavin/Desktop/install_flash_player_9_linux/' '/home/gavin/Desktop/install_flash_player_9_linux/flashplayer.xpt' /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

Of course your username would be replaced with mine. After that is typed in, hit enter.

Now, finally, we are almost done. Type in:

nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

You shouldn't receive any error messages if you've done the right things.

Now open up your Home folder and choose in the view menu > Show hidden files. In the folder .mozilla/plugins/ you should see the file “”, created from the previous command.

Copy it into the folder /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ and copy it into the folder /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/

Now try it out by going to Youtube or a flash-based website. If youtube doesn't work, try closing the browser and reopening it, it might work the second time.

If something goes wrong, visit the forum post and if you fix it comment on this blog so I can edit my post. Thanks! Good luck.

Monday, April 9, 2007

New Web Hosting Service

Thanks to a message from jms1989 on Ubuntu forums, I am now using which is MUCH better. Now you can just click on the links to download!


I am going to add a counter to the blog so I can see how many people are using this deb... In other news, I am now using feisty so the name will evenually have to change ;)


Saturday, March 17, 2007


Project Home Page


Affinty is a desktop search tool, which hopes to provide a quick way to get at all the different information on your desktop. It achieves this by having various back-ends, but implemented through one standard interface.

My March 17th SVN build: affinity-search


Project Home Page


Avant Window Navigator (Awn) is a dock-like bar which sits at the bottom of the screen (in all its composited-goodness) tracking open windows.

My March 17th SVN build: avant-window-navigator