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How to fix XFCE4 Black & White Wallpaper

XFCE4 Wallpaper display in Black and White

After I switched some wallpapers manager apps I got the problem: XFCE4 Wallpaper only display in black and white. I have managed to fix the issue partially, by removing and reinstalling gdk-pixbuf and gdk-pixbuf2 – which I recall threw some errors during the system update. However, all custom (jpeg or png) wallpaper images are displayed in black and white once they are set as wallpaper.
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XBMC Media Center version 11 has been released

XBMC 11.0 Eden has been released
XBMC Media Center is a free and open source (GPL) digital media hub and HTPC (Home theater PC) software, available for Linux, OSX, iOS and Windows.After over a year since Dharma release, here comes the final stable release of XBMC 11.0 Eden.
XBMC 11 “Eden” has been released recently and comes with speed increases, better and simpler library, better unencrypted BluRay support, default skin improvements, better networking support, AirPlay support, upgraded weather service with geoip lookup and much more. The new version also brings support for Apple TV2 and iOS.

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How to install XBMC on Ubuntu 11.04

XBMC

XBMC
XBMC
is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, Windows, and the original Xbox. Since Ubuntu 11.04 natty was released, the XBMC team not has any updates to make it can install from repository. If you want install XBMC (current version is 10.1) on Ubuntu 11.04 (it’s still works well on Natty), let’s follows steps below:

  • Add Stable XBMC Team PPA in to Ubuntu Repository with
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc
  • Don’t update Ubuntu sources list, you will get errors and can’t install xbmc, just go to Update Manager > Settings > Other Software then edit ppa:team-xbmc from natty to maverick because the current PPA of XBMC Team not has natty packages.
  • Update the Ubuntu Repositories then install XBMC
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xbmc

You can install XBMC on Ubuntu 11.04 too with Unstable of XMBC Team ppa:team-xbmc/unstable, but I’m not recommend you to do this, it’s has a lot of errors.
You can install another softwares like XBMC (in this time) on newest Ubuntu version.

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MozillaThunderBird 5 Released! How to install it from PPA?

Mozilla Thunderbird 5

The final version of the desktop email client Thunderbird 5.0 has been released by Mozilla. The latest version of Thunderbird includes more than 390 improvements and performance enhancements that make Thunderbird more responsive, faster to start up and easier to use.
Mozilla decided to bump up the version of Mozilla Thunderbird to 5.0 from 3.1. Such a upgrade was meant to bring Thunderbird in line with the development status of Firefox, which has now reached version 5. Mozilla Thunderbird 5 promises to be a faster, more efficient and feature rich email client than its predecessor.
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RSSOwl is a free and powerful news feed reader

RSSOwl is a free and powerful news feed

In Ubuntu, you had a lot of RSS reader just as: Grr Feed Reader, Yarrsr, Liferea Feed Reader…. I used RSSOwl as my default feed and rss aggregators. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize and search news in a convenient, easy to use interface with endless flexibility.
RSSOwl is a news aggregator for RSS and Atom News feeds. It is written in Java, and is built on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform which uses SWT as a widget toolkit to allow it to fit in with the look and feel of different operating systems while remaining cross-platform. Released under the Eclipse Public License, RSSOwl is free software.

RSSOwl collect data from RSS-compliant sites are called RSS readers or “aggregators“. RSSOwl is such an application. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface, save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more. It’s easy to configure and the best of all: It’s platform-independent.

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