Since Ubuntu 13.10 Google earth cannot be installed out of the box on Ubuntu 64-bit systems because it requires the deprecated ia32-libs package. The previous solution I wrote about, for Ubuntu 13.10, did not work this time. I got Google Earth to run, but it crashed all the time.
I then found the googleearth-package which downloads the latest stable Google Earth installer from Google and creates a package for you. You can then install and remove the created package at will.
But the easiest solution, Continue reading
I just bought a small Wacom drawing tablet to use as alternative mouse and for my photo editing. According to the manual this tablets, like most on the market, are only compatible with Windows or OS X. To use it, you first need to install some drivers, restart your computer and connect your tablet. Fairly straightforward, isn’t it?
But what if you want to use this on your Linux computer? Continue reading
Google earth cannot be installed on Ubuntu 64-bit systems anymore. It requires the ia32-libs which is unfortunately deprecated in Ubuntu 13.10. Luckily I found a solution by mc4man on the Ubuntu Forums. For my own, and perhaps your convenience, I am repeating the instructions here.
Update: for instructions for Ubuntu 14.04, see here.
I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal about two weeks ago. As usual, there are a number of new or improved features and changes, the arguably most controversial being the Dash’s Amazon integration. What has not changed, unfortunately, is the problem of the global menubar in LibreOffice. Even more unfortunate, the temporary solution using “unity –reset” I wrote about before does not work anymore. Continue reading
Ubuntu has this new overlay-scrollbars for some time now. They look good I think, but unfortunately, they do not play nicely with GRASS GIS.
So what if you want to keep them for most programs, but disable them from specific applications like GRASS? On AskUbuntu you can find different solutions, check it out.
LibreOffice is still not playing nicely with the Unity interface of Ubuntu. For a start, it does not support the global menu. You can enable this by installing the lo-menu package (available in Ubuntu software centre). This doesn’t work for me though; after installing the Window menu disappears. This means loosing access to the split and freeze functions in Calc. Continue reading
I have Ubuntu installed on my laptop using Wubi. Wubi is an easy way of installing Ubuntu next to your Windows. After installing you will have a dual boot system, where you have to choose at start-up between Windows and Ubuntu.
If you are running Ubuntu, you can still access your folders and files on your host (Windows). Look for the folder ‘host’ under your file system. One possible disadvantage is that file permissions are set to root. Continue reading
How to add an application to the Ubuntu dash. When you install a program from the software center it will be automatically available in the Dash. But what if you want to run a program that is not installed the normal way? Continue reading
The development of open source spatial tools is amazing. A while ago I wrote how one could create mobile maps using a range of tools, including GRASS or QGIS, Maptiler, and Mobile Atlas Creator (MOBAC).
If you are using an app that works with MBtiles, there is an easier way, especially if you want to create a map made up of different data layers. Continue reading
Just though I share some first impressions about my upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). The upgrade process itself wasn’t the best experience ever unfortunately. After the upgrade, I couldn’t even start up anymore. As it turns out, during the update process my GRUB bootloader got corrupted. After a bit of searching, I found an easy solution: the Boot-Repair disc. Simply download the ISO and burn it on CD (yes, you do need access to another computer). After booting my computer using the CD, Boot-Repair let me fix the issues with a simple click.
Having that out of the way, I could finally have a look at the changes. Continue reading