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Two games worth trying in linux

 1.Xmoto-lovely 2D racing game .it has several levels and sure you will find it  interesting

2.World of Goo-This game is really a fantastic physics game .This game wakes up the sleeping physics nerves in our brain.

Shooting games - alien arena ,open arena,sauerbraten 



JiajiaX2's first Music Box

my first work










Why you should give the Vim editor a try

I've always been a Vim user, from the moment I had to make a change to a config file on my first Linux distribution (Corel Linux, be advised: stay clear!)

Vim is one of those programs that can amaze you after 10 years of daily use. It's mysteries and powers are only known to the one or two coders that know all of it's source code inside and out. 

Enough, blabber: time for some great gems of Vim ingenuity! 

Keyword completion

While in insert mode (i) press the CTRL+N or CTRL+P to start keyword completion. CTRL+N moves to the next item in the list, CTRL+P to the previous item. Very handy when you have to keep typing some obnoxiously long word such as nantuckednantucked, which yes, I made up.


guu    Change entire line to lowercase

gUU   Change entire line to uppercase

xp      Switch the letter under the cursor with the next letter, easy fro fixign typo's

gf       Open the filename under the cursor

*        Search for the word under the cursor


Recording multiple commands is possible the best Vim feature there is. 

qa   Start recording a macro called 'a', you can use all letters from a - z

After you started recording, simply enter all Vim commands you want your macro to execute. Stop recording by pressing q again.

@a  Execute the commands you recorded in the macro called 'a'




Self-Induced Insomnia

As I sit here contemplating many things about my life, I can't help but realize a common occurrence as of late. It's 3 AM again and I'm still awake. I seem to be finding excuses to stay up until the whee hours of morning. This makes me wonder if "self induced insomnia" is a real thing.


Either way, and perhaps unfortunately for me, I discovered how to blog on this site and so I'm using it as yet another excuse to not sleep. Hopefully expressing myself will be a more worthwhile endeavor than lying and bed and contemplating how much I messed up my own life. Though, what should I blog about?


Though personal blogging is popular, it's also the least original and I have this peculiar feeling that people are sick of reading everyone else's problems. I would blog about computers, but the whole reason I joined this site was to learn more about Linux and computers in general. Perhaps I could blog about video games? That does seem to be something I know a bit about, but how many people here will care?


I suppose the ability to check out games (literally bring them home and play them) is the only worthwhile perk of my job, so maybe I believe I may start posting my rants on certain games. Who knows. Maybe along the way I'll stop making excuses to stay up late and do something worth while.


Probably not, but I can dream. Or perhaps the correct term, thanks to my inability to sleep, should be day dreaming?


Using sudo

Now that We have seen how to configure sudo, how do you use it? Sudo is very easy to use, as you will see. To determine what commands you have available to you via sudo, you can execute:

[ankit@black]$ sudo -l
User ankit may run the following commands on this host:
     (root) /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd, /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysql
     (root) /bin/rpm, /bin/rm, /sbin/linuxconf
     (root) /usr/bin/swatch, /bin/touch
     (root) NOPASSWD: /bin/su
     (Jason) /home/Jason/bin/eggdrop, /home/Jason/bin/irc/ircd

This will show you exactly what commands you can run, and as what user. To use sudo to restart Apache, for example, you would use:

[ankit@black]$ sudo /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd restart

After supplying his password, Apache will restart for Ankit. If he wanted to start eggdrop as Jason, however, he would have to approach it somewhat differently:

[ankit@black]$ sudo -u Jason /home/Jason/bin/eggdrop&

This will launch eggdrop in the background running as Jason's uid. Because sudo will, by default, try to run something as root, you must supply the user's username if it is a non-root user, as is the case here. Observe what happens if Ankit neglects to specify Jason's username:

[ankit@black]$ sudo /home/Jason/bin/eggdrop
Sorry, user ankit is not allowed to execute '/home/Jason/bin/eggdrop' as root

As you can see, sudo is very flexible, and very willing to replace su. In fact, I would even go so far as to make su only available through sudo. In order for su to work for non-root users (ie. allow non-root users to become root or any other user), /bin/su must have the setuid bit enabled, so it can run as root. If you remove the setuid bit from /bin/su, then even if a user knows the root password, they cannot su to root or any other user. Stripping setuid from /bin/su and restricting root logins from the console and via SSH is a very effective means of locking down unauthorized root access on your system. To do this, simply give yourself sudo access to run su (as illustrated with Ankit previously), and strip the setuid bit from /bin/su by executing (as root):

[root@black]# chmod u-s /bin/su
[root@black]# ls -l /bin/su
-rwxr-xr-x      1 root     root      18172 June 4 05:29 /bin/su*

Now if you try to run the command su - as a non-root user, even if you type in the right password for root, you will not change to root. In order for someone to use su, they must exist in sudoers with the appropriate permissions, and must run su through sudo like this:

[ankit@black]$ sudo su -

I find this a much better approach to restricting access to root. By having su as a setuid application, any user on the system can attempt to execute su; if they have the root password or can guess it, they can become root. By having su access restricted through sudo, and with the setuid bit removed, the chances of breaking into root are much more limited. Think of it this way. If someone can compromise your box and obtain shell access as the user "apache" or "nobody", with su setuid, they can attempt to login as root, and if they find the password, there's no stopping them. With su being stripped of the setuid bit, even if someone obtains shell access as the user "apache", they are limited only to being able to do what the user "apache" has rights to. Even if they know your root password, they cannot su to root. They would need to guess Ankit's password in order to become Ankit, who could then become root via sudo. But even then, they could not use su to become Ankit, they would have to log into the system as Ankit.

To take the illustration further, this would mean they would need local console access to login as Ankit (if they had his password), or via SSH (since Ankit knows better than to run telnet). But Ankit's smart. He hasn't gone through the trouble of setting up sudo to let something like this stop him. He's also configured SSH to reject all password logins and only allow key-based authentication. Without Ankit's private key, no one is logging into his account via SSH. So even if your Apache server, or sendmail server, or DNS server, allowed someone to obtain shell access to your system with an unprivileged account, the damage they could do would be minimal. Without su being available to them as an unprivileged user, without having local console access, and without being able to log in to a user's account via SSH without having his private key, an attacker must resort to more difficult means of attacking your server to obtain root access. You can rest assured that you haven't made his job any easier by taking a few simple steps to protect yourself.


Compiling Boxee on openSUSE 11.*

Having used Miro before, I liked the ability to play videos from different sources in a single program without having to visit every site. Miro was recently updated to version 2.0 and I could not find an RPM for openSUSE 11.0. The Packman repository had and RPM for 11.1 and not 11.0  :-(. Attempts at compiling from source failed..

News about Boxee everywhere. I decided to give it a try. Took a while to get it right.  Posting my experience here.


Download boxee source rev from Requires registration. Usage requires registration anyway!

Build Requirements

glew and glew-devel

and maybe more.. autoconf..etc., Install missing ones using YaST . An rpm -q package name will tell if it is installed or not.


Move to the downloaded folder. Uncompress and untar using

#in my case

cd /home/vimal/Software

tar -jxvf boxee-

cd boxee-

#since there was no configure script present, I did an autoconf to generate it


#i could only compile and run Boxee from the current folder. I could not get it installed in the final step. Hence, did not specify --prefix to configure

#run configure now

#followed by make

#and make again!

#for  reasons unknown, Boxee was not compiled in the first make. There were no errors either.  Issuing make again fixed the problem. This was an accidental find!

At this point the Boxee binary should exist in the directory and it can be launched by



  1. It takes a really long time to compile. If you have a dual core cpu, make -j2 really speeds up the compilation. This tip was from the README. 
  2. I disabled vertical sync. Otherwise, the response was very slow. This can be set from within the program under
    Settings ->Appearance->Screen
    or by editing ~/.boxee/UserData/guisettings.xml
    change  value under to 0
  3. Fullscreen and windowed mode can be toggled using \ 
  4. If you have a Wii, and bluetooth on your PC, you can use the wii remote with Boxee. Check out

 Boxee in Action


No Gaming on

I've noticed a distinct lack of gaming sections on this site.  Sure, the Linux gaming scene isn't exactly thriving, but then those who do use Linux for gaming haven't got an appropriate section.

The areas I'm referring to are the Software Directory and the Answers section, particularly the latter as there are so many other categories.  In fact it's almost notable by its absence.  The only place which does have a place for games is the Forum, where it appears to be one of the busier topics.

The Software Directory really could do with it so we can build a list of what games are actually out there that are natively compatible with Linux.  And while we're on the subject of the Software Directory, it could really do with subcategories.  I've added PostgreSQL to the Applications section, but someone may be looking for a disk partitioner.  They aren't really related, yet they are in the same section.  Plus, Applications is very generic, and probably needs replacing with several other sections.

Unfortunately I have no experience of Joomla (which is what this site appears to be based on), so I'm not sure how configurable it is.


Checking out for the first time.

All I can say is, great job with the new site. is finally the portal to Linux that it should have been over a decade ago. 



How to Install Flock on Ubuntu

This is the quick-and-dirty way to install Flock on Ubuntu and it involves installation to the /home folder.  This will allow the browser to update using regular user permissions; ie the user will not have to run this browser as root (sudo) to update the program.  It will update similarly to the way it updates in Windows.

  1. Download the browser from here.
  2. Copy the downloaded tar file to your /home directory.
  3. Right-click on the archive, and choose "extract here".
  4. A folder will be created in the /home directory.
  5. To create an entry in your menu, (I'm assuming the user is using Gnome), right click on the application menu, navigate to the "internet" menu, and click "new item".  In this "item", name it.  Then click on "browse" to create a command for it.  Go to /home/flock and click on "flock-browser".  Click "open" and the command box will be populated.  To create an icon for this menu item, click on the launchpad looking thing-o button.  This opens a window that shows you the available icons.  The proper icon won't be there, so click on "browse".  Go to /home/flock again, and this time, click on the folder labeled "icons".  Click "open" and now you'll be able to pick which icon you want.  You can further customize this by adding a saying like "Browse the social web" or something.
  6. You're pretty much done.  All that needs to be done is to grab all the plugins from Firefox and copy them to Flock.  To do this, type this command: "sudo ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/plugins /home/flock/plugins".
  7. You're done! Now you should be able to use Flock just like Firefox.  Don't forget to sign in to your blog, twitter, flickr, facebook, etc so you can use it to it's fullest.  I also recommend going to the Mozilla Addons page to get adblock, flashblock and other addons you can't live without.  Also, you can go here and get flock-only extensions.
And there you have it.  Please see this post for some more information on installation.  If you do it this way, however, you won't be able to update via the automatic updater unless you run it as root.

Netbooks and Linux

I managed to get an Acer Aspire One a couple months back for £150 brand new.  I was interested to see what Acer's Linpus Lite was like and what I found was shocking.

Acer's edition of Linpus Lite is a horrifically simplified interface, almost as if it were designed for children.  A few big icons in 4 categories, and that's it.  I never did find out if I could actually install anything else.  I was also astonished to find that Firefox was only version 2, and so was OpenOffice.  Overall, it was a very disappointing experience, and naturally I wiped the whole thing off and installed the awesome Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

Now I can begin to understand why so many consumers have returned their Linux netbooks and asked for Windows instead: because the version of Linux they were given was awful!  I cringe at the thought of the number of people who finally decided to give Linux a try, and their first and only experience of using it was Linpus.  Linux's reputation must have taken a beating.  I'm quite sure that the returns would have been dramatically reduced if UNR had been installed instead.  It's far more user-friendly, looks better, performs better, comes with a lot more software, is more configurable and has a huge repository of software to install at the user's will.

 I really hope Acer will ditch the monstrosity they currently use and help restore Linux's reputation to that of a fast, stable, agile and capable platform.

On a related point, I'm also disappointed with many manufacturers who offer Linux netbooks with a lower spec than their Windows counterparts.  They half the memory, or offer 8Gb SSD harddrive instead of 120Gb, or exclude Bluetooth.  Why?  Linux may not be as resource-hungry as Windows, but the public's impression will be that they won't be getting a good machine if they buy a Linux version.  No wonder Windows has won the netbook market: the industry has failed to deliver the right spec and the right OS.


Windows 7

A few boring hours today so I decided to give the Windows 7 RC a shot. I've never really used Vista and while I use Win XP at work, this was all a rather new experience to me. Since it is currently free-as-in-beer until March or so (which is a looong time in the beer world) I didn't feel that bad about embracing the monopolists for a short while.

 So after roughly an hour of installation including partitioning and updating I  booted into Windows 7. Frankly, my first impression was that it seems pretty good. I know there's been a lot of flaming over this, but the interface reminds me a great deal of KDE4 and that's entirely a good thing in my book. Still haven't figured out how to disable that annoying double-click-to-do-anything feauture though. 

First problem: No sound. Woo, 

I've heard a lot about it looking and feeling similar to KDE4, and since I've been following that project for quite some time 

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