Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Install AMD Catalyst 12.10 Driver On Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 13

AMD Catalyst 12.10 has just been released which brings some few changes and improvements compared to previous version (12.9). As usual, there is no release notes for the AMD Catalyst 12.10 driver for Linux and to know its effectiveness, the user has to test it. In this article, we will see how to install the driver in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04 and Linux Mint 13 or older.

Current Driver Removal

Open the terminal and issue these commands:

sudo sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh

sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev* xorg-driver-fglrx

AMD Catalyst 12.10 Installation

Via the terminal, run these commands:

sudo apt-get install unzip

cd /tmp && wget -c http://goo.gl/Bbeki -O catalyst-12.10-x86.x86_64.zip

unzip catalyst-12.10-x86.x86_64.zip

chmod +x amd-driver-installer-catalyst-12.10-x86.x86_64.run

sudo sh amd-driver-installer-catalyst-12.10-x86.x86_64.run

Then follow setup instructions:

Finally, run this command:

sudo aticonfig --initial -f

If you prefer to install from PPA, you can run these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer

If you failed in installing the driver, you can check this guide.

Testing Geary 0.2 in Ubuntu 12.10, a Lightweight eMail Client

For many years, Thunderbird is my default mail client in Ubuntu. The truth is that I’ve tried other options, which, especially in low resource teams, Thunderbird consumes too, and I’ve tried to find an alternative, but none convince me.
For some time, I think Ubuntu in particular lacks a simple email client, while powerful, and with a minimalist design yet elegant. I do not think to send an email or check your inbox, necessary, use an Internet browser, either Firefox, Chromium, or any other, nor is it necessary to use clients like Thunderbird, despite the power offered. In general, with a simple interface to do these things is enough.

Well, Geary, a mail client is deployed from its initial state to achieve this goal, a thin client.
Geary is an email client designed for GNOME so you can read your mail simply and effortlessly. Its interface is based on conversations, so you can read a full conversation without going by clicking on e-mail.

About Geary 0.2

geary 0.2 ubuntu 12.10 12.04 Testing Geary 0.2 in Ubuntu 12.10, a Lightweight eMail Client
Geary 0.2 is in the early stages of development, and currently, its features are limited. in fact, the version available on the 0.2 released in October 2012, you can only use a single email account, which is already a limitation considerable, since most of us have two or more accounts. However, Geary developers have planned to implement the search in mail, support for multiple accounts (fundamental) and designing an extensible architecture via supplements (like thunderbird) so that other developers can add all kinds of modular features.
Geary is developed in Vala, and has seamless integration with both GNOME and Ubuntu. But can also be used as a Debian other distributions, Fedora and more .

Install Geary 0.2 on Ubuntu 12.10/12.04

Geary 0.2 is not in the official Ubuntu repositories, but you can easily install on your ubuntu computer by adding the following PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install geary

How to Use Geary 0.2

The first time you use Geary 0.2, you’ll see a dialog box like the one shown in the following image, where it asks for the minimum necessary to set up your email account. And from there, and you can use it.


Geary complies perfectly with the design for which it was developed, simple, easy and light. In fact, Geary consumes a fifth of Thunderbid resources, and it operates perfectly in the Ubuntu desktop, even with a team of reduced performance. The truth is that I like, and do not rule out using it in parallel with Thunderbird for one of my accounts, for which more use, and leave the rest of Thunderbird accounts.

Puppy Linux 5.4 "Precise"

Barry Kauler has announced the release of Puppy Linux 5.4 "Precise" edition, a small Linux distribution built from Ubuntu 12.04.1 and compatible with Ubuntu 12.04 DEB packages: "This is it, the very first official release of Precise Puppy. Precise Puppy is built from Ubuntu 'Precise Pangolin' 12.04.1+ binary DEB packages, hence has binary compatibility with Ubuntu and access to the vast Ubuntu package repository. Couple that with Puppy's tiny size, speed and ease of use, and this is one incredible pup. It is assigned version 5.4 to indicate its position relative to the other puppies, such as Wary 5.3 and Slacko 5.3.3 (5.4 coming soon). A lot of work has happened at the 'Woof level' since the release of Wary 5.3 in April 2012 - of particular importance to Precise are the many enhancements to the Puppy Package Manager (PPM)." See the release announcement and release notes for more information. Download: precise-5.4.iso (158MB, MD5).

Zenwalk Linux 7.2 "Live"

The "Live" edition of Zenwalk Linux (also known as "Zenlive" and based on the latest version of Slackware Linux), version 7.2, has been released: "I am happy to finally announce the release of Zenlive 7.2 - just a few days after Zenwalk Linux 7.2 standard edition was official launched. A lot of fine-tuning and testing was necessary and a lot of packages have been upgraded since the last beta 3 to reflect recent changes in upstream Zenwalk. Under the hood: new xz compression Squashfs 4.0 (now in vanilla kernel); all new simple installer and live scripts; on-the-fly optional live module activation during the running live session; persistent changes feature is now supported, even over network shares; additional packages for more functionality; additional language packs and full Japanese language input support...." Read the full release announcement for further details. Download the live DVD image from here: zenlive-7.2-dvd.iso (922MB, MD5).