My desktop wallpaper for April 2013.

I liked a  picture of Red Rose, the way it turned out and I decided to use it as wall paper this month. Screen shot of Desktop is here:

Screenshot from 2013-04-04 12:22:49Presently I am using Ubuntu-Gnome Desktop. It does not have Unity. It is better than Lbuntu. That had many problems in relation to graphics. The original Picture of Red-rose is about 2.3 MB and I shall provide a link asa asked by somebody.

Another good alternative to Ubuntu without Unity is Lubuntu!

Lubuntu Desktop (default theme)Ever since the Unity came on board Ubuntu, clamor for alternatives started. One alternative was Linux Mint with Cinnamon or mate. The option to remove Unity manually from Ubuntu 12.04 did not work as Update Manager messed up and rendered the system unstable. Thus over all Ubuntu now sucks like windows. The very purpose of choosing Ubuntu was stability and speed but it stands defeated with Unity.

The Linux Mint is the best alternative to Ubuntu with Unity Desktop but it had one problem. Ubuntu One, the cloud service of Ubuntu does not work thereon and error remained unresolved. Officially there is no word, either way. Second is the problem with older machines. Dual core machine with 2 Ghz speed are now old machines. Anything less than that is obsolete. Hence Linux Mint, also runs a little slower. Add a decade old LCD Monitor and we have compounded the problem. Alternative is Lubuntu.

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Error in installing Ubuntu One (cloud sync) on Linux Mint 13 Maya with Cinnamon

Trying to install UbuntuOne cloud sync on Linux Mint 13 Maya (Cinnamon) with the following command:

Sudo apt-get install ubuntuone-installer

The installer started well but it hanged in the middle with following message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/bin/ubuntuone-control-panel-qt”, line 29, in
from ubuntuone.controlpanel.gui.qt import main
File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ubuntuone-control-panel/ubuntuone/controlpanel/gui/”, line 26, in
from ubuntuone.controlpanel.backend import UBUNTUONE_LINK
File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ubuntuone-control-panel/ubuntuone/controlpanel/”, line 27, in
from ubuntuone.platform.credentials import CredentialsManagementTool
File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ubuntuone-client/ubuntuone/platform/”, line 34, in
from ubuntu_sso.xdg_base_directory import xdg_home
ImportError: No module named xdg_base_directory

The message above is certainly not readable by humans. Though it appears that some definitions are missing. Can anybody help? I have tried headless install also by following command but it did not improve:

sudo apt-get install ubuntuone-client python-simplejson gir1.2-unity-5.0 -y && sudo wget -O /usr/local/bin/u1sdtool && sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/u1sdtool && cd /tmp && wget && python


And also pasted the out put from above to this file ~/.config/ubuntuone/syncdaemon.conf. but it did not help? Any suggestion or solution?

Photo editor, image viewer, size compression, manipulation or organization in Linux for free!

Pictures, Photographs or images are the second most important data after documents. For professional photographers, documents are secondary. Handling of images in Linux is very simple matter with a variety of open source programs and all are absolutely free. Image organizers, in Linux are far more superior to any other comparable system. Unfortunately there is no comprehensive guide at one place for the beginner or new user. Over years I have been trying various image processing software and here I have attempted to include as many as possible. These can be installed on Ubuntu and its derivatives and all Linux systems (with ‘apt-get’ command or Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager) or by downloading from the source given at the wiki page.

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My solution to IPCError in Ubuntuone cloud sync

IPC Error in Ubuntu one

IPC Error Message in substance means inability to contact IPC Server. In actual practice it can be anything which includes inability to find sync data for some reason.
One hard disk broke down. Well almost. It was an old disk and was often suspected to be slow hence I had backed up entire home folder to a different drive about a week back. This old disk had Linux Mint installed on it. On new disk I had Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04 installed with the same /home partition (old backed up from broken drive to new drive). Now as usual we installed cinnamon and removed Unity. Thereafter when I tried to sync with Ubuntu Cloud, it would start but crash with smallest possible message:


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