Install Skype in Ubuntu

How to install Skype in Ubuntu.

Step 1:

Either google “Skype” or click  Download Skype ( Note that Skype website automatically identify your operating system )

Download Skype

Click Download now button and Choose your Linux Distribution ( I Chosen Ubuntu 10.04 32-bit. Note that if your Ubuntu version is higher than 10.04 you need to choose 10.04 package. Skype package is still old for Ubuntu )

Step 2:

Locate your downloaded file skype-ubuntu_4.0.0.7-1_i386.deb file ( My system it was in Downloads folder ). Right click and open with Ubuntu Software Center and Install.

skype install Ubuntu

Latest version Skype 4.0 successfully installed.

Skype 4.0 for Ubuntu/Linux














If you are using Ubuntu 12.04, Search Skype in HUD. Open skype and enjoy video and audio chatting free of cost !

Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 12.04 – 3 Steps

Installing and Launching Google Earth in Ubuntu in just 3 steps


Download Google Earth package for Ubuntu.

( Direct link – )

Download google earth

Choose 32-bit or 64-bit .deb file for Ubuntu and click “Agree and Download”

( How to find your system is 32-bit or 64 – Read 32-bit or 64 )

Download google earth

Step 2

Go to Download folder and locate google-earth-stable_current_i386 ( Since I have Chosen 32-bit deb file )

Right click and Choose “Open with Ubuntu Software Center”

Click Install

Step 3

Launch google earth

Go to HUD search ( Click top of  Ubuntu icon in left menu bar ) and enter “google earth”

Google Earth Launch
google earth in Ubuntu

Show Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04

Show Desktop Icon in Ubuntu 12.04

I am still surprised why Ubuntu 12.04 doesn’t have show desktop icon by default ( Basic Configuration ) . It is little annoyed user need it to explicitly install a utility for show desktop icon in Unity. Though it has a keyboard shortcut to achieve this, but many people either not use keyboard short cuts or more mouse savvy.

Show Desktop Icon – MyUnity utlity

MyUnity is an unofficial Unity configurator. You can install it via Ubuntu Dashboard  or Ubuntu Software Center or Terminal

1) Ubuntu Dashboard

MyUnity after Installation

2. Ubuntu Software Center

MyUnity in Ubuntu Software Center

3. Terminal

sudo apt-get  install myunity

Show Desktop Icon – Keyboard Short Cut

Super Key + D  ( Super key is also known as Windows Key )

Some systems it will not work. So you can customize key board short Cut

Go to Dashboard enter ‘Keyboard’. Open Keyboard.

Shortcuts –> Navigation –>  Hide all normal windows and assign a shortcut you wish to. I have chosen Ctrl+Alt+M.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Some more options are available by using compiz manager, ubuntu tweak  etc.

Hope Canonical will include Show Desktop Icon in Ubuntu default repository officially in future release.

Firefox 13 available for Ubuntu 12.04

Finally Firefox 13 officially available in Ubuntu 12.04.

firefox 13 in ubuntu 12.04

It is available through standard repository ( update manager ) or you can download it from Mozilla website

Firefox 13 also available for previous Ubuntu versions like 11.10, 11.04, 10.04 etc

Performance and Stability

Personally I was a Ubuntu user since 7.04 ( Buggy Windows Vista forced me to move on to Ubuntu. Thanks to Microsoft ! ). Since then Firefox is the official browser in Ubuntu. Looks much better in performance and stability. ( I faced a lot more issues in Firefox in previous versions )

The best thing I noticed is Web Developer tools. very nice tools for developers.

Tools –>Web Developer –> Web Console, Inspect, Error console, Style Editor etc

Try Firefox 13 today and share your experience.

Install LAMP on Ubuntu Desktop

Step by step instructions for Installing LAMP on Ubuntu Desktop

LAMP stands for Linux (Ubuntu operating system), Apache ( Web server ), MySQL ( Database ), Php or Perl or Python ( Programming Language).  By default LAMP consists Php.
I have used Ubuntu 12.04 ( Precise Pangolin ) Desktop.LAMP installation in linux distro is pretty straight forward.


1. Sudo privileges to install
2. Internet connection

Step 1 –  Open a terminal

Step 2 –  Installation

Enter below command

$ sudo apt-get install lamp-server^  

( Note that caret(^) is required. Caret denotes it is part of tasksel packages)
It will prompt for MySQL administration password. Please remember the password. We need it to log into mysql.
After a few LAMP installation completed.
Following softwares installaed

1. Apache 2.2.22
2. Php 5.3.10
3. MySQL 5.5.22

Step 3 – Find and verify the versions installed

a) Verify Apache version

$ apache2 -v
Server version: Apache/2.2.22 (Ubuntu)
Server built:   Feb 13 2012 01:37:27

b) Verify Php version

$ php -version
PHP 5.3.10-1ubuntu3.1 with Suhosin-Patch (cli) (built: May  4 2012 02:21:57)
Copyright (c) 1997-2012 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.3.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2012 Zend Technologies

c) Verify MySQL version

$ mysql
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 55
Server version: 5.5.22-0ubuntu1 (Ubuntu)

Step 4 –  Connect to MySQL

Enter the below command and provide the password we supplied at the time of installation.

$ mysql -b -h localhost -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 56
Server version: 5.5.22-0ubuntu1 (Ubuntu)

Copyright (c) 2000, 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type ‘help;’ or ‘\h’ for help. Type ‘\c’ to clear the current input statement.

mysql> use mysql;
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Database changed
mysql> show tables;
| Tables_in_mysql           |
| columns_priv              |
| db                        |
| event                     |
| func                      |
| general_log               |
| help_category             |
| help_keyword              |
| help_relation             |
| help_topic                |
| host                      |
| ndb_binlog_index          |
| plugin                    |
| proc                      |
| procs_priv                |
| proxies_priv              |
| servers                   |
| slow_log                  |
| tables_priv               |
| time_zone                 |
| time_zone_leap_second     |
| time_zone_name            |
| time_zone_transition      |
| time_zone_transition_type |
| user                      |
24 rows in set (0.01 sec)

Step 5 – Test Apache installation

a) Open a web browser

b) Enter below url


If browser displays below texts then Apache is working is fine

It works!

This is the default web page for this server.

The web server software is running but no content has been added, yet.

You can start building websites using LAMP packages.

Step 6 – Test Php installation

Open a text editor and enter below text and save as “one.php”

echo “;;

Now open a browser and type below url and press enter or refresh

see the result as shown