gPodder – A Full Featured Podcast Client for Linux

This article was written on October 09, 2007 by CyberNet.

We gave gPodder a quick mention a while ago, but it has improved greatly over the last couple of months. Here’s a quick rundown of gPodder’s most important features.


Channel browser
newitemYou can quickly navigate through your channels by using the channel browser on the left side of the screen. When new episodes are available for download, the number of new episodes will be shown next to the channel’s name. You can also set a channel cover for each RSS feed, either by letting gPodder fetch it or by pointing the application to an image on your hard disk.

synchronizationMP3 player and iPod synchronization
gPodder is among the first Linux applications that fully supports podcast synchronization with iPods (except for the new ones, read this article for details). People with directory-based MP3 players can use gPodder’s synchronization functionality too though.

Bandwidth throttling
throttling I for one like to do other stuff on the internet while gPodder is taking care of my podcasts. If you’re like me, you might want to limit the number of simultaneous downloads and the download rate in Preferences so that it doesn’t consume all your bandwidth.

BitTorrent feed support
If you’re one of the few people who has heard of BitTorrent feeds, you’ll be happy to know that gPodder can handle BitTorrent feeds to some extent. I haven’t tried it, but it’s there.

Although gPodder is among the best Linux podcast clients I’ve ever seen, it does have some drawbacks. The biggest drawback is that if you delete a podcast in gPodder, it doesn’t remove it from your iPod during the next synchronization. This means that you’ll have to do it manually using a tool such as gtkpod. The developer of gPodder is aware of this issue, but a fix for this annoyance has yet to be released.

Windows version?
A Windows port(?) of gPodder is in the works. Unlike the Linux version, it doesn’t support iPod synchronization because the piece of software it relies on to synchronize podcasts to your iPod is currently only available for Linux. There’s no word yet on when and if gPodder for Windows will ever get out of testing phase. You can read this post on the developer’s blog for more details.

How to install
Ubuntu users can download version 0.9.4 (which is not the current version) from the Ubuntu repositories by going to Applications > Add/Remove. If you’re not an Ubuntu user, check out the download page for instructions. The latest greatest gPodder version can be installed from its source. Just extract the package, open a terminal, navigate to the directory where you extracted the package (using ‘cd /path/to/the/directory‘) and finally execute ‘sudo make install‘. If you’re going to install gPodder from its source, make sure that all dependencies have been installed on your system.


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Ubuntu coming to tablets, phones, cars and smart TVs by 2014

Ubuntu Tablet

We’ve already seen Ubuntu running on tablets and smartphones, but not in any official capacity. Rumors had it that Canonical would be making a serious push into the tablet space in early 2011, but that effort never materialized, or at least was never acknowledged. Still, Unity has some finger-friendly streaks and Oneiric added ARM support — so it’s not much of a stretch to see the popular Linux distro on your mobile devices. Well, at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth made that move official by issuing a challenge to the Ubuntu community to start pushing beyond the traditional PC form factor. Few details were given, but Shuttleworth did say that he believes the time is right for the OS to start making moves into the tablet, phone, in-dash infotainment and smart TV spaces. There were no products to announce, but Shuttleworth was confident the OS would be ready and in shipping consumer electronics by the time version 14.04 arrived in April of 2014. Though, we’re sure some prototypes will start showing up sooner rather than later.

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Ubuntu and Dell rekindle their love, in China

Ubuntu on Dell in China

In 2007 Dell started a highly publicized experiment with loading Ubuntu on some of its machines. Suffice to say, it wasn’t a resounding success — despite Michael Dell’s ringing endorsement. Though their relationship seems to have petered out (US customers won’t find a single machine running Canonical’s open-source OS on Dell’s site), the two companies aren’t quite ready file for separation just yet. The two are looking to rekindle their love by heading across the Pacific, to China. Initially the Linux-loaded lappies will be available in 220 retail locations across the country with accompanying branding to promote Ubuntu. Clearly only time will tell if this attempt to save their marriage will be successful, but we’re pretty confident Chinese consumers will be more receptive to an alternative OS than Americans were. One more pic after the break.

Update: Turns out there are still a couple of Ubuntu-equipped machines available in the US, but only to business customers and the landing page that once championed their partnership has disappeared.

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IRL: Kingston Wi-Drive, Dyson DC35 and being an Ubuntu fanboy

Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.

The lively comments in yesterday’s Nest thermostat post got us thinking: for all our talk of smartphones and Ultrabooks, it’s the mundane, not-glamorous stuff that we’re spending most of our money on. Take Brad, for instance, who had to make room in his iTunes library for the Aladdin soundtrack and had to get creative after maxing out his iPhone’s (non-expandable) storage. Or Zach, who felt not one, but two vacuum cleaners were necessary in his bachelor pad. And at least one of us avoids paying anything by choosing to tinker around in Ubuntu. How’d Brad make do with his 16GB of fixed storage? Why is Zach such a compulsive cleaner? And who’s the Linux fanboy on staff? Meet us after the break to find out.

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WrapUp: Apple Sends Out Invites to Event, Windows Live Mail Getting Unique Gmail Support, and More

This article was written on January 19, 2010 by CyberNet.

Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about. Don’t forget to send in your own tips, or just leave a comment on this page if you think you’ve got something we should include.


apple tablet.jpgApple Sends Press Invites to Upcoming Event
Many of the major press sources have come forward saying that late last night an invitation to Apple’s January 27th came strolling in, entitled “come see our latest creation.” Other rumors are that the event will cover the iPhone 4.0 software (not new hardware), the tablet, and iLife 2010. I’m pretty much at the point where I’m so sick of rumors that I can’t wait for January 27th to come and go.

google docs.jpgUse Google Docs for File Storage
Google Docs is on the verge of becoming more than just a place to save and share documents. In the coming weeks you will have a feature enabled in your account so that you can actually upload files of any type to your account. You’ll have 1GB of free storage for non-document related files, but more storage will always be available at a rate of $0.25 per gigabyte. The per-file size limitation is 250MB, which I’d say is okay compared to some other services, but not overly impressive.

–News in Brief–

ubuntu survey.jpgWhich Third-Party Apps Should Be In Ubuntu
A survey by Canonical asks users what third-party apps they’d like to see be made available for the Ubuntu operating system.

nexus one.jpgNexus One Price Slashed by $100, Early Adopters Refunded $100
Existing T-Mobile customers (that are eligible for an upgrade) can enjoy a $100 price reduction in the cost of the Nexus One.

mobileme app.jpgApple Finally Releases MobileMe Gallery App for iPhone?
Apple is slowly getting around to making their services more iPhone friendly, but how is it that they still don’t have an iPhone-optimized website?

gmail https.jpgGoogle Forcing HTTPS Traffic in Gmail by Default
Gmail users may start to notice that they are always redirected to an HTTPS version of the site when checking their email, but this setting can be disabled if you choose to forfeit the extra security.

Google.jpgGoogle Hacked; Rethinking Approach in China
An announcement by Google stated that hackers targeted and successfully retrieved small amounts of data from a handful of accounts. The attacks originated in China, and has got Google once again questioning whether they should be censoring their results there.

–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–

windows live mail.jpgWindows Live Mail (Wave 4) to Have Awesome Gmail Support?
Is it possible that Windows Live Mail will actually cater to some of Gmail’s unique features like labels, archiving, and stars? Well, maybe. The editor-in-chief at Engadget posted on Twitter that he wanted a desktop app that worked well with all those Gmail-specific features, and Microsoft’s Vice President of Corporate Communications responded with a simple yet mysterious tweet saying “Windows Live Wave 4.”

zscreen.jpgZScreen Quickly Uploads Images, Text, and Files
ZScreen used to be a screenshot-focused utility, and it still is but it’s also expanding its horizons. DownloadSquad noticed that newer versions let you upload text to services like PasteBin, files to Rapidshare, shorten URLs, and of course share images/screenshots. The only thing it lacks in my eyes is an awesome screenshot editor so that you could annotate/modify the image before you send it off to the cloud.

keyboard.jpgMaking the Most of Your Netbook
For some people getting started with a netbook can almost be like switching from using a PC to a Mac. Often times trackpads are smaller, there’s no CD/DVD drive, and you have significantly less screen space to work with. Switching to such a small computer has a learning curve, and Lifehacker’s guide includes some good tips to help ease you in to the world of netbook computing.

–Tips in Brief–

tab utilities.jpgTab Utilities Extension Improves Firefox Tab Management
This extension will let you choose from an array of tab-related customizations in Firefox.

relations.jpgSites to Check Where Your First/Last Name Comes From
Ever wonder where your name originated from, and what kind of transformations it’s gone through? These sites have the cure for your potent curiosity.

auto mute.jpgAutomatically Mute Your PC When Turning it On
Auto Mute is a free utility that runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit machines giving you the chance to disable sounds when starting up your computer.

android tether.jpgHow to Tether Your Android Phone
This guide walks you through three different alternatives to unleashing the tethering capabilities of your Android-powered phone.

amarok.jpgUpdates to Amarok Media Player
A new version of the Amarok media player includes usability improvements and some “polish.”

emesene-1.jpgEmesene: An MSN Messenger Replacement
You don’t hear a lot about this messenger app since it’s targeted towards MSN Messenger users only, but if you fall into that category the new version includes quite a few enhancements and updates that make it worth checking out.


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Boot Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Ophcrack, and Others From a USB Drive

This article was written on January 11, 2011 by CyberNet.


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A few years ago I used to keep spindles of blank CDs and DVDs next to my computer because I was frequently burning discs, but over the last year or two that has drastically changed. Now I have my discs tucked away since I barely burn one or two discs per year. Since I love playing around with different Linux distributions I went looking for a way to test them all out without needing to use CDs or DVDs.

One tool that has helped me alleviate my reliance on burning discs is UNetbootin. It’s a free utility that supports dozens of different Linux operating systems and makes them runnable off of your USB drive. What’s even better is that it can actually download the ISO file that it needs to deploy to your USB drive for most of the popular Linux variations. Here’s a list of the distributions where automatic downloading is supported, and in the list you’ll notice that there are also some utilities such as Ophcrack thrown into the mix:

  • Arch Linux
  • BackTrack – a utility used for network analysis and penetration testing.
  • CentOS
  • CloneZilla
  • Damn Small Linux
  • Debian
  • Dreamlinux
  • Dr. Web Antivirus – remove malware from Windows installs.
  • Elive
  • Fedora
  • FreeBSD
  • FreeDOS – which can run BIOS flash and other legacy DOS utilities.
  • FreeNAS
  • Frugalware
  • F-Secure Rescue CD – remove malware from Windows installs.
  • Gentoo
  • gNewSense
  • Gujin – a graphical bootloader that can also be used to boot various operating systems and media.
  • Kaspersky Rescue Disk – remove malware from Windows installs.
  • Kubuntu
  • LinuxConsole
  • Linux Mint
  • Mandriva
  • NetBSD
  • NimbleX
  • NTPasswd – a utility which can reset Windows passwords and edit the registry.
  • openSUSE
  • Ophcrack – a utility which can recover Windows passwords.
  • Parted Magic – a partition manager that can resize, repair, backup, and restore partitions.
  • PCLinuxOS
  • Puppy Linux
  • Sabayon Linux
  • Slax
  • SliTaz
  • Smart Boot Manager – which can boot off CD-ROM and floppy drives on computers with a faulty BIOS.
  • Super Grub Disk – a boot utility that can restore and repair overwritten and misconfigured GRUB installs or directly boot various operating systems
  • Super OS
  • SystemRescueCD – a system repair, backup and recovery tool.
  • Ubuntu
  • xPUD
  • Xubuntu
  • Zenwalk

Thanks to UNetbootin you should be able to boot any of the above Linux distros from your USB drive as long as your BIOS supports being able to use the USB drive as a boot drive. The homepage also says that it should work with just about any any Linux ISO that you have saved on your computer regardless of whether it is in the list above.

UNetbootin Homepage (Windows/Linux; Freeware)

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Ubuntu turns 7, Canonical gets to work on Precise Pangolin

Ubuntu LTS

It was exactly seven years ago today that Warty Warthog, the very first release of Ubuntu (despite its 4.10 version number), hit the Internet and became and almost instant success. In those years Canonical has built the world’s most popular desktop Linux distribution and a powerful presence in the server industry thanks to its LTS (Long Term Support) releases. With Oneiric Ocelot in the books, it’s time for the team to set its sights on yet another enterprise-friendly and super stable release, 12.04 LTS — Precise Pangolin. Don’t expect any big new features or drastic UI changes, the LTS releases are all about fine tuning what’s already there. Hit up the source for a few more details on Pangolin and the more coverage link for the original Ubuntu announcement.

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Vodafone brings ARM and Ubuntu together for South African Webbook

Vodafone Webbook

If you don’t know what Ubuntu is by now, we’re not sure what tech blog you’re reading — ’cause it sure isn’t this one. Ok, so finding a computer with the world’s most popular Linux distro preloaded on it isn’t exactly easy (there aren’t any lurking in your local Best Buy, that’s for sure). But, tracking down a machine running the Ocelot in South Africa will be getting a bit simpler. The country’s Vodafone affiliate, Vodacom, launched the Webbook — a 10-inch laptop running Ubuntu 11.10 on a Cortex A8-based Freescale i.MX51 processor (likely 800MHz). Inside is also 512MB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage, enough for basic browsing. The Webbook is available now, starting at R1,499 (about $190) for just the device, and climbing up to R1,899 (about $245) for the Webbook, modem and 100MB of monthly data for 12 months. There’s also an on-contract option, which nets you the pile of hardware, plus 500MB of data for R189 a month and a two year commitment. Check out the pair of press releases after the break, as well as one more photo of the device

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Ubuntu 11.10 ‘Oneiric Ocelot’ now available to download

In case you haven’t been keeping an eye on the countdown, we thought we’d remind you that Ubuntu 11.10 — otherwise known as Oneiric Ocelot — is now available to download (completely free of charge, of course). That brings with it an updated version of the Unity interface that includes features like a new alt + tab switcher and “Lenses” with some expanded functionality instead of the previous “Places” feature — not to mention full support for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other script languages. Did we mention it also now has its own soundtrack? Head on past the break for a taste, and hit the source link below for a nifty web-based preview of the OS before you download.

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Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Available

This article was written on April 24, 2008 by CyberNet.

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A huge milestone for Ubuntu was just released! Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron is only the second release of the popular Linux operating system to offer Long Term Support (LTS). The last version was 6.06 which is coming up on two years old, but they are still supporting it until June 2009 for the desktop and June 2011 for the server. With Ubuntu 8.04 support will continue until April 2011 for the desktop, and April 2013 for the server. As you can imagine this is extremely important in the corporate world where IT departments can’t afford to hassle with upgrading the operating system every six months.

So what does Ubuntu 8.04 bring to the table? Quite a bit actually. Here’s a recap of what’s new:

  • Wubi – Install and uninstall Ubuntu in Windows as if it were a simple Windows application. It does not need a dedicated partition to operate, but it is still able to offer a dual-boot setup.
  • PulseAudio – Mix audio from multiple applications together, adjust the volume for each specific application, and more.
  • Xorg 7.3 – Includes a new Screen Resolution utility that allows users to dynamically configure the resolution, refresh rate, and rotation of a second monitor. This will be particularly handy for laptop users that connect to a projector or external monitor.
  • Firefox 3 (Beta 5) – Integrates much better into the operating system.
  • Brasero – CD/DVD burning application
  • Transmission – BitTorrent client
  • World Clock Applet – The GNOME panel clock can display the time and weather of multiple locations around the world.
  • Vinagre – Remote desktop (VNC) client
  • Totem – Movie player that includes a plugin for directly searching and playing YouTube videos.
  • Inkscape – Native PDF support that provides an easy way to edit text and graphics in PDF documents.

And that’s just for Ubuntu! Don’t forget to check out some of the other variants:

  • Kubuntu 8.04 – A KDE version of Ubuntu. There’s now a “cutting edge” version available that includes KDE 4.0!
  • Edubuntu 8.04 – Designed for the education setting, and includes iTalc classroom management software allowing for teacher sharing, monitoring, and control of networked workstations.
  • Xubuntu 8.04 – Xubuntu uses the Xfce desktop environment which is geared towards less-powerful computers. Have an old computer sitting around? Put it to work with this Ubuntu variant!

Unfortunately Ubuntu 8.04 doesn’t have the desktop redesign that was initially planned, but it is currently scheduled for this fall with the Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex release. Can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us!

Go get Ubuntu 8.04, and remember that free CD’s are available upon request.

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