Synology Cloudstation on Kubuntu/KDE Desktop

One of the softwares available for the Synology is Cloudstation that mimics Dropbox functionality but with your own server (in this case your Synology device). For the Cloustation server there are several clients available, and one of them is CloudStation for Linux.

But I run Kubuntu version of Ubuntu with the KDE desktop, and during installation of the CloudStation for Linux/Ubuntu, one of the installation steps by the Cloudstation install program  is to run apt-get where Nautilus, Brasero and a lot of other supporting libraries are required to be installed.

But, as I’ve found out, those packages are only needed for file manager integration, not for the functionality of the CloudStation software.

So just answer NO to the request of packages (you may want to keep a copy of the package list for future installation), and let CloudStation install.

On my KDE 4.11.3 it CloudStation works fine, and it has the Status icon on the Systray, without the required Nautilus libraries. Of course there is no Dolphin integration.

KDE device notifier and Konqueror/Dolphin file manager

This may seem a simple issue, but it took me a while to find why “Open with File Manager” on the device manager opened up the Konqueror file manager instead of Dolphin…

To change it’s easy. Just go to System Settings and Default Aplications. Choose File Manager, and there choose your File Manager of preference.

That’s it.

Kubuntu upgrade from 12.04 to 13.04

Despite Kubuntu 12.04 being a LTS release, and after some weeks upgrading to 13.04 on my personal desktop computer, I decided to do the same on my Work Laptop.

Things didn’t ran as expected…

First the upgrade from 12.04 to 12.10 deleted a bunch of packages, by my command :( and I ended up with no graphical display… A quick look at Xorg.0.log file showed me that my Xorger’s driver for my Intel graphic card was gone.

Anyway, I’ve installed the xservers-xorg-video-intel package and proceeded to upgrade to 13.04.

At the end despite having a graphical desktop, after login on KDE, a qdbus error appeared… qdbus package was missing… (apt-get install qdbus).

Also on 12.04 the transition from the login greeter to the desktop is silky smooth (it is on my desktop), on my laptop it blanks showing a black screen with a mouse cursor, but the desktop shows up abruptly. I don’t have now the KDE logon progress icons…

And finally, DNS settings from my DHCP servers didn’t worked, I had to manually add the dns servers IP to resolv.conf…  This issue was also a missing package, namely dnsmaq. After adding up the nameserver 127.0.0.1 to my /etc/resolv.conf file, everything is up….

Let’s see what is waiting again in the dark…

Firefox Open Download Directory Action on KDE/KUbuntu

I had a bit of a strange issue with FireFox and Kde 4.7 on Kubuntu 11.X.

After downloading a file with Firefox, on the Dowloads Firefox windows, right clicking the downloaded file for the Open Download Directory action, instead of opening the Dolphin File Manager, it opened the KdeSVN application… Very, very annoying.

To solve this you need to reconfigure KDE, probably due to the fact that KDESvn was installed:

1) Goto System Settings
2) Select Default Applications
3) Select FileManagers
4) Deselect and select Dolphin
5) Apply
6) Restart Firefox

It should work now.

[K]Ubuntu on Asus N73SV

So my employer replaced my old work laptop HP nx9420 by a new ASUS N73SV, more precisely N73SV-V1G-TZ393V, which by the way is  a great name (not…). The Asus N73 is the bigger screen brother of the Asus N53.

My old HP was able to do any work I could ask for, but it’s limitations on handling virtual machines where showing up, delaying work significantly. This Asus is a completly different beast. It’s fast, and has 3 SODIMM slots, so right now I have it with 12GB of RAM (8GB are two 4GB of Kingston memory plus the original 4GB of RAM). To open up it, you must remove the keyboard (small tabs near the ESC key, F5, F9, PRTSC and End at the top)  and one SODIMM slot is available right away (on th Q2630 CPU’s). Then after removing some screws (check the manual), the disk bay and remaining memory slot is also available at the bottom by removing the bottom cover.

The first thing to do with it was of course to nuke Windows 7, and after much indecision between KUbuntu and Arch, I installed Kubuntu 11.04 64 bit edition. After some fiddling with partitioning (I just left the original recovery partition), everything installed smoothly. Going to KUbuntu was more for getting a full working computer as fast as I can, without too much fiddling, but I left a partition to try out Arch on my spare time.

So what works out of the box? Well almost everything. Let’s talk about what doesn’t work.

First I’ve followed these instructions on the Ubuntu Help Pages for the N53SV and installed the acpi4asus_dkms, blueetooth driver and Bumblebee for the dual card support.

Still USB3 with USB2 devices doesn’t work, and hibernation/suspension doesn’t work. Regarding USB3 it’s a confirmed bug, so in the near future a solution will be available. Regarding hibernation/suspension I think it’s related to the NVidia card driver, but not sure because the computer does shutdown, but comes up to a black screen.

Also this specific version of the N73SV ha a DVB-T card with the Philips chipset SAA7231. It doesn’t work and there is no driver available because the manufacturer doesn’t won’t to support Linux. There is a two year old drive, but I think I doesn’t work with the recent kernels.

At the end I have a full accelerated desktop, dual monitor support, Wifi, bluetooth, networking, webcam, USB2, TurboBoost and the left media keys working fine.

Moving from the old computer, was just a matter of copying my home directory and following these instructions to re-install all software.

The good:

  • Screen size and quality: Superb
  • Fast, fast, fast
  • Big Hard disk (640GB). Available slot for a second hardisk/SSD
  • Allows a lot of memory: 12GB
  • ExpressGate

The bad:

  • Fiddly keyboard, getting time to get used to.
  • Keyboard sunken a bit when pressing keys.
  • No ExpressCard Slot
  • No eSata port
  • Location of some USB ports at the back is not very practical.

Firefox opens PDF’s files with GIMP

One annoying issue that I had for some time, was that after downloading a PDF file, double clicking on the filename in the FireFox Downloads window, open up GIMP, instead of Acrobat or Okular…

To solve the issue:

1) Get root: sudo -s
2) Goto /usr/share/applications
3) Edit the mimeinfo.cache file
4) Search for pdf
5) You find a line named something like: application/pdf
6) Remove the gimp.desktop from the line, keeping the other applications, or not
7) Save
8) Restart firefox
10) Problem solved

Kubuntu 10.10 with KDE 4.6 and full screen flash video

After upgrading to KDE 4.6 on Kubuntu 10.10 I started to have some problems on startup, namely some Dbus errors, unable to logout, systray applets not starting, and so on. For clearing it up, I erased my profile (mv .kde .kde_old EDIT:  DO THIS ONLY IF you don NOT care about your  KDE data. DO NOT DELETE if you want to revert the operation) and rebooted.

So at logon time a new profile was created, and the errors that I had where gone. The only issue was that I had to configure my workspace again.

Trouble hits when I tried to see a full screen flash video, namely 1080p or 720p and it stutters badly. Previously I had no such problem. Logging out and logging in with my wife’s profile, the issue was gone… Strange indeed… Did a lot of install/remove/install of flash plug-in, but nothing that I did solved the issue. But installing a version of Flash Plugin that I did KNOW for sure that it worked full screen didn’t also solved the issue, I know that my problem was something else..

To keep the story short, as I’m not a great writer or blogger, there is one setting that needs to be changed on KDE to allow full screen flash to work fine (at least for me):

1) Goto System Settings

2) Select Desktop Effects

3) Select Advanced

4) Unselect (! yes unselect) Suspend Desktop effects for full screen windows. Apply and done.

Now it works fine for me. By the way, I’m using an i920 with ATI 4870 proprietary drivers and 64 bit Kubuntu.