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Oct 292009

The snapshot before the LTS version of Ubuntu is out now! Karmic Koala would be supported for about another year after which one will have to upgrade to  Lucid Lynx, which would be coming out in April 2010, this the name Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

Karmic has been functional on my machines since Alpha 3 – so no surprises await me as of today. But I would be posting some observations and neat tricks that one can use with Karmic Koala and Ubuntu Linux in general.

The first trick is to use a torrent for downloading the .iso image instead of downloading it directly from some mirror. The advantage of doing that is that you get much faster download rates when using P2P networks for downloading the .iso image, this is especially true for a week since the release, since the mirrors literally crawl to a halt from all the traffic following the release.

Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10): Header used during release

Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10): Header used during release

The listing of all the torrents for Ubuntu 9.10 codenamed Karmic Koala can be found at:

Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10) : List of releases on bit torrent

If you come across some performance issues, you can always take your questions to Ubuntu Forums, where you can search if someone has already resolved that issue, and if not, post a query.

Oct 262009

Its not quite obvious how to change the default size of gnome-terminal from the gconf-editor menu. The terminal itself is a subset of xterm. Gnome-terminal is an xterm emulator, and it follows a termcap file for this.

On gnome based distributions (Fedora/SUSE/Debian/Ubuntu etc.) do the following:

sudo gedit /usr/share/vte/termcap/xterm

There’s a lot of stuff in this file you probably don’t want to touch, but you can change the line that describes the terminal geometry:

xterm-xfree86|xterm-new|xterm terminal emulator (XFree86):\

:co#80 specifies 80 columns, and li#24 specifies 24 lines. Change this to 100 and 30 or whatever you want.


Now all terminals should open for this default size.

Adopted from a post on Fedora Forums.
Oct 082009

Getting the changes in .bashrc to take effect immediately, all you need to do is execute either of these following commands in the terminal –

source ~/.bashrc



That’s it. The changes made to .bashrc file will take effect.