Tips & How-To's
Changing file associations and default applications in openSUSE / Gnome
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
A quickie: I wanted to change the default application from Banshee/Totem for my media files to VLC ( since I didn’t have proprietary codecs installed, and VLC does). Searched all of YaST/Settings and couldn’t find where to change the default application. The solution was pretty simple, just right click the file(type), click on Properties,Β and Open-With tab Just choose the default application, or click on Add and select VLC, and you’re done!

[How-To] Get iPhone Internet Tethering Working in Linux
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
I’ve owned couple of mobile phones now, all in increasing number of features. But the one thing that remained common amongst all of them, was the ability to use a tethered Internet connection in both Windows and Linux. Until I got the iPhone, that is. With the iPhone, I could no longer use the iPhone as a modem in Linux. Not anymore. I was recently researching about claims that Ubuntu could sync with the iPhone, even the non-jailbroken ones.

Mission: Get Bluetooth Stereo Headset Working in Linux. Current Status: EPIC FAIL
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
I’ve owned a Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970 for nearly 2 years now ), and my current iPhone 3G. I also use it occasionally on my laptop. It has worked fine in Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7. Getting it to work with Linux, however has been an EPIC FAIL. The last time I tried it was probably a year ago, and I just gave up in frustration and continued to use my EP-630 as the earphone.

Changing the GNOME Menu panel in openSUSE GNOME back to Gnome defaults
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Seems like lot of openSUSE Gnome users don’t like the new Gnome panel, which is radically different interface from the traditional Menu bar with Applications/Places/System entries. Personally I prefer the new style, perhaps because I’m used to the openSUSE Kickoff panel, and I really dig the search feature You can go back to the default Applications / Places / System panel pretty easily. To do this: Right click the bottom panel and choose add a panel Now right click the top panel and choose Add to Panel In the search input box type “menu”, and you will see about six entries, one of which is “Traditional main Menu” Add the menu to the panel, move it to where you like, and delete the “original” menu.

ArchLinux Install & Setup Guide – Part 1 – The actual install
· β˜• 6 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
For some strange reason, recently I got an urge to try out ArchLinux. After much deliberation finally decided to try out ArchLinux again, in VirtualBox. My little install guide I compiled as I was reading through the Official ArchLinux Install Guide + Beginner’s Guide. Please note: This is highly customized according to my requirements and nowhere as thorough /generalized as the official guides. Still, it might help you. Here we go -

Mounting file system created by Wubi in other Linux distros
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
I wasn’t aware of this tiny little thing - the filesystem in the file created by a Wubi install can be easily mounted as a loop device. To do so, just open the Terminal and type the below: mount -o loop This will make the kernel auto detect the filesystem type and try to mount it. Alternatively, if you’re sure of the filesystem type, mention it explicitly

Updating to openSUSE 11.2
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
As mentioned openSUSE 11.2 is now available. If you’re on previous versions of openSUSE you can do an inplace upgrade to 11.2 by using zypper. openSUSE 11.0/openSUSE 11.1 Just change the repos to mention 11.2 instead of 11.0/11.1, as shown in the pic: Once that’s done, open the terminal, and switch to root su root Then refresh the repos zypper ref Finally, do the distribution upgrade

[How-to] Fix β€œE: Unable to parse package file /var/lib/apt/extended_states (1)” error in Synaptic or apt-get
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
This is just a quick tip. If you are getting this error message in Synaptic: E: Unable to parse package file /var/lib/apt/extended_states (1) E: _cache->open() failed, please report or this error in apt-get in command line: Reading package lists… Done Building dependency tree Reading state information… Error! E: Unable to parse package file /var/lib/apt/extended_states (1) and both just fail to open or install, then just execute this in command line (terminal):

openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 And Release Candidates(RC) add boot from USB flash disk option, here’s how to use it
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Howdy folks! Been a loong time since I last posted isn’t it? Just been busy with work & travel (won’t bore you with the details, just check my personal blog). I’ve been looking forward to the upcoming openSUSE 11.2 version ( it’s no secret that I’m a fan of openSUSE), but the main problem for me was that I don’t like holding onto optical media, and have a 8gig USB flash disk, especially for these things.

Start torrent downloads from anywhere using Dropbox and Transmission
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
I’ve been using Dropbox pretty extensively ever since its private beta days and just love its simplicity and ease with which I can keep all my files in sync across multiple computers. Even more awesome is its simple web interface - just upload a file and boom, the file you uploaded gets sync’d across all your computers. This coupled with Transmissionβ€˜s abilityΒ to start downloading torrents automatically when a torrent file is available in a folder means you can start torrent downloads from anywhere, even if your computer is not accessible.