Install R on Ubuntu

R is one the best open source programming language used for statistical computing and data analytics.

You can directly install R from its website

Step 1 :Find what distribution of Ubuntu you are using

go to System-Settings -> Details

I am using ubuntu 16.04 LTS ( Xenial )

Step 2 : Got to


Click on Download R for Linux

Step 3 : Click on ubuntu


Step 4 : Choose your .deb file ( I have choosen r-base-core_3.2.5-1xenial_amd64.deb )


Step 5 : Choose open with option and click ok


Step 6 : Click install button. This will install R in your machine


Step 7 : Open a terminal and type R


I am also started diving into R.

Happy learning R !!!!





Amazon search results in Ubuntu 12.10

Ubuntu integrated Amazon search results in Desktop via dash. From 12.10 onward Amazon search results is available by default. Users can search products in Ubuntu dash and click on the product and it will land in Amazon website.

I heave searched “iphone” in Ubuntu 12.10 dash and got below results

Amazon Search in Ubuntu
Amazon Search in Ubuntu

It makes perfect sense to integrate Amazon search results in the Dash, because Dash will find anything anywhere. Technically Dash search is one of the best feature Ubuntu has developed.

I have consolidated few bullet points about Amazon search results in Ubuntu Dash

1.  If you put a string in Dash, first it searches locally and then globally ( Amazon )

2. Ubuntu did not search or display any ads or banners

3. No spyware attached

4. From 12.10 Desktop onward Dash global search is on by default

5. User can easily remove the  Dash global search. (See steps below )

6. Ubuntu will protect your data and will not disclose to anyone

7. In Ubuntu 12.10 user can search only Amazon and in future Ubuntu might include Ebay too

How to remove Amazon Search from Dash

Click “System Settings”

Click “Privacy”

System Settings - Privacy
System Settings – Privacy

There is “ON/OFF” button to handle the online search on or off

set on or off online search Ubuntu
set on or off online search Ubuntu

Ubuntu online search in Dash has been turned off.


It is little controversial to include Amazon search result in Ubuntu and note that these are not Ads but just search results. Some of the free software activists like Richard Stallman publicly criticized Ubuntu integration of Amazon search results. From 12.10 onward Ubuntu made it default but added a feature to remove graphically.

Personally I like this feature and I used to disable it whenever I don’t need it and enable when I need it.

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Ubuntu Online Music Store

Like iTunes,Google play, Amazon, now Ubuntu also has a online music store with Ubuntu One. Ubuntu launched it last week and users can buy music from Ubuntu one site from Desktop or Mobile. Link – Ubuntu One Music Store

Ubuntu one is available in Windows, Ubuntu, Android and iPhone.

Ubuntu music store
Ubuntu music store

Ubuntu has a promotional offer. Screenshot below. So hurry up and buy music from Ubuntu Store !

Ubuntu Music Store – Promotional Offer

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Memory test for Browsers in Ubuntu 12.04

Memory test for Browsers in Ubuntu 12.04

Today I have done an exercise to check how much memory each browser consume in Ubuntu 12.04.

I have tested 3 popular browsers by opening 10 sites in each tab


Opened above 10 tabs in each browser and verified the memory by using System Monitor

1. Mozilla Firefox – Version 14.0.1

Firefox memory consumption

2. Google Chrome – Version 21.0.1180.89

Chrome memory consumption

3. Opera – Version 12.01

Opera Memory Consumption

Firefox – 655 MB

Chrome – 652 MB

Opera – 318 MB

Firefox and Chrome consumes almost same amount of memory while Opera use just around half of others. So Opera is the absolute winner!!!!

So we must give 100% credits to opera. I am running my Ubuntu12.04 in a laptop with 2 GB ram. So if I open 10 tabs in firefox or chrome it will use more than 30% memory !!.

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Force quit Ubuntu 12.04 – System Monitor

How to forcefully quit or kill an application or program.

In Ubuntu 11.10 we have an application “Force Quit” which is not available in Ubuntu 12.04 ( If you need it in Ubuntu 12.04 you can download and install manually using the link –> Force Quit )

So what is the alternative. Use system monitor.

System Monitor

Open System monitor and click Process tab. Locate your application and click “end process” ( This is almost similar to Microsoft windows task manager )

System Monitor Screenshot

Install Gimp 2.8 in Ubuntu

Gimp 2.8

Arguably Gimp is the best image editor in Ubuntu ( You can do a lot more than this )

Currently Ubuntu12.04 is running stable version Gimp 2.6.1. Great news is that Gimp 2.8 is available but not directly available through Ubuntu repository.  So I tried 2.8 version and its much better and lot of performance improvements. single-window mode is the best features of 2.8 version.

Install Gimp 2.8 from terminal

Open a terminal and run below commands

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

Now you have successfully installed Gimp 2.8 !

Open dashboard and type Gimp. See below screen shot of Gimp 2.8 in single-window mode.

Gimp 2.8

Gimp website  —

For Gimp 2.8 features —

Hope Gimp 2.8 will include in the Ubuntu Repository soon. Please share your experience.

Remote desktop in ubuntu 12.04

In Ubuntu 12.04 Remmina Remote Desktop Client is the default remote desktop program. But unfortunately I didn’t work well in Ubuntu 12.04 and lot of issues users are logging.

So install Vinagre ( Website ) – which was available in previous Ubuntu Versions. Ubuntu 12.04 you need to install in Manually.

How to install Vinagre

Method 1 : Using Ubuntu Software Center

Open Ubuntu Software Center and search “Vinagre” or “Remote Desktop Viewer” and Install

Remote Desktop Viewer Ubuntu

Remote Desktop Viewer Ubuntu

Method 1 : Using Terminal

Execute below command in Terminal

sudo apt-get install vinagre

Open a remote desktop connection with Ubuntu


1. Host computer ( Your System ) and Remote System should have vinagre  installed

2. Required IP Address or Remote System host name ( Note :- If Remote System is connecting internet via Router, you need to find Router IP ( or Service Provide IP – This may be static or dynamic ).

3. Desktop Sharing Settings – This must be done for both Host System and Remote System

Open Desktop Sharing

desktop sharing properties








Apply below properties as you require.

setup desktop sharing property ubuntu












Step 1 – Open Vinagre or Remote Desktop Viewer

Step 2 – Click Connect

Step 3 – Choose

Protocol – VNC

Host –  vnc:// ( Where is IP of Remote Computer/Router and yyyy is the port )

Remote Desktop Connection Ubuntu

Click Connect

Now Remote System might have received a request from you. Remote system has to accept the connection by entering password ( if required )

Now you can see and operate Remote System