Get Kannada Language displayed properly in Gentoo and Sabayon
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya
Well I was browsing through some Kannada sites the other day and all I got was big blocks. Turned out that Gentoo and Sabayon didn’t have support for displaying Kannada characters, though, I had no such problems with Hindi & Bengali characters [amongst others]. Changing the Character encoding in Firefox to Auto-detect or Unicode didn’t work either. After doing a bit of searching, found the solution. So open the terminal, switch to root user and type

If Amarok 2.0 doesn’t add any songs to your playlist or collection…..
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya
Here’s a short tip: If Amarok 2.0 doesn’t add any songs to your playlist or collection, or the collection scan is getting hung at up 47% or 79% try installing mysql. Since Amarok 2 now makes use of mysql as its backend, it expects mysql to be installed(nope, mysql-client won’t do either). As a result, after scanning, it cannot add the songs to the collection database and the process just stops.

[How-To] Enabling Font Anti-Aliasing (aka ClearType) in KDE
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya

While going through some of KDE settings I found this simple way to enable Anti Aliasing for Fonts (also known as ClearType in Windows). This will definitely make your fonts more pleasing to look at.

For this, just launch KDE settings - this is generally known as Configure Desktop in openSUSE or System Settings in Kubuntu.

Mounting & Accessing Windows Shared Folders on Linux
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya

Well recently I’d bought an external 750GB USB hard disk, as I was running out of space on my laptop. Now this drive requires an external power source, so I just cant lug it everywhere with my laptop in my room so I thought I’ll connect this to my other laptop, and share the drive (the other laptop is my office one, runs on Windows) and I could access this drive over WiFi. While accessing the drive contents via Dolphin was pretty easy thanks to the smb kparts (ie, to access just type smb:/// oh btw this works in Gnome 2.23 as well) trying to access the drive in Amarok via smb kparts would result in Amarok crashing. Hence I decided to mount it. I was sorta stuck, as I read the man pages for mount which mentioned smbfs is available but then mount kept throwing β€˜unknown filesystem type smbfs”.

Make Use of PeerGuardian 2’s IP Filter in KTorrent
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya

PeerGuardian 2, is an awesome IP filtering software. Though its FOSS, it there isn’t a Linux port of it yet. But don’t worry, if you’re using KTorrent, you can make use of PeerGuardian’s filters.Β  Let me show how you can do so.

Mounting and Burning .iso, .mdf, .nrg(Nero) files and CD Images in Linux in 1-click
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya

A while ago, I’d written a post on howto mount CD images, such as .iso, .mdf files etc via the command prompt using the mount command. In the post, among the comments, Sumeet had asked if there was a way to do all of this without having to type lengthy commands. Well yes there is! And it can’t get simpler than this!

[How To] Mount FAT32/NTFS Partitions with read and write support in linux using command-line
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Bharath
Previously I’d posted on auto-mounting partitions at startup using pysdm. This post shows how you can do so by making use of mount command. Below steps require root priviliges, so switch to root or prefix sudo to the commands. For mounting NTFS drives with read and write support, open the terminal and type <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">mount -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222 /dev/device_name /where_you_want_to_mount</span> mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/device_name /where_you_want_to_mount/ Editor’s note: ntfs has been superseded by ntfs-3g and will mount with read/write privileges.

[How-To] Display A List of All Partitions, Device Info and Filesystem Type In Linux
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya

In my previous posts I’d written on how to mount your partitions using the mount command. In the post I’d mentioned that you’d have to mention the partition that you want to mount by specifying /dev/device_name as part of the command. The question that would come to your mind is, How do I know which of my partition is on what device? So let me show how to find out which partition is on what device!

[How To] Fix MBR after installing/uninstalling Windows/Linux in a dual boot
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Bharath

Many, who do a dual boot with any Linux and Windows will face the problem of Master Boot Record (MBR). In easier words, one of them (Windows or Linux) wont boot after installing/uninstalling the other. This is a small guide I hope many would find it useful.


[How to] Tackling Screen Resolution Problems in Linux
· β˜• 4 min read · ✍️ Bharath

Many of us may feel screen resolution as the biggest pest in any OS. If we don’t get the screen resolution we want we get real fed up with the UI (dont we?). Personally, I very much hate if screen resolution gets screwed up and also have faced a lot of problems on that.

So I thought I would make a post on the common problems I faced in ubuntu and I hope it would be useful for other distros too.