Ekushey Fonts for Ubuntu

I’ve been using the Unicode based Bengali fonts of Ekushey for a long time, specially SolaimanLipi which I use almost everywhere. To make these fine fonts easily available on Ubuntu, I’ve made a package of all of them called ttf-ekushey. Users of Ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint can use this package too.

Font list:

  1. SolaimanLipi
  2. Rupali
  3. Ekushey Lohit
  4. Ekushey Sharifa
  5. Ekushey Punarbhaba
  6. Ekushey Sumit
  7. Ekushey Durga
  8. Ekushey Saraswati
  9. Ekushey Puja
  10. Ekushey Azad
  11. Ekushey Godhuli
  12. Ekushey Mohua

(Twelve for now, but whenever they releases a new font I’ll update my package too.)
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Ubuntu Membership

My Ubuntu membership application has been approved today by the Asia and Oceania membership approval board by unanimous votes.

It’s a recognition of significant and sustained contribution to the Ubuntu community, and I’m really glad to get the status. I hope to continue contributing for this great project.

Fixing Delete Key Problem on Acer Extensa

The delete key on my Acer Extensa 5620 wasn’t working on Ubuntu 8.04 out of the box, and I experienced the same problem on Ubuntu 8.10. It’s already filed as Bug 181057 and I hope it’ll be fixed on the next release.

Anyway, here’s how to fix this problem:

  1. Open the following file as root: /etc/X11/xkb/keycodes/xfree86
  2. Find the line <DELE> = 107
  3. Replace it with <DELE> = 242
  4. Find the line <I72> = 242
  5. Replace it with <I72> = 107
  6. Save and reboot, delete key will now work

This problem has been reported on other distributions too, and effects Acer Extensa 5210, 5220, 5620 and possibly other models that I’m not aware of.

BOINC on Linux Howto

After signing up as a BOINC volunteer I received a good number of e-mails from people who ran into problems while trying to install or run the BOINC client on Linux. Sure it isn’t a difficult task, but still it isn’t as straight forward as using it on Windows where you run the installation program and then you’re ready to goto.

I haven’t found much websites that can be helpful for novice Linux users, so here’s my attempt to describe the installation process… the easy way of coarse.

Ubuntu and Debian:

Install the program using the apt-get tool. On the shell, type:

sudo apt-get install boinc-client boinc-manager

This will install both the client and the manager. Now type boincmgr to run the graphical user interface, and follow the instructions to attach new projects to the BOINC core client.

A non-graphical alternative to boincmgr is the boinc_cmd program, which is included in the boinc-client package.

Note that this method is applicable for all Ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint, Fluxbuntu, Elbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and more.

Fedora and Redhat Linux:

Download the latest version from here (check the date).

Once downloaded, type the following on shell:

sudo rpm -Uhv boinc_client-*

Done, now you’re ready to go! Run the BOINC manager attach your projects.

Other Distributions:

Follow these steps:

1) Downlod the the latest version of BOINC from here (.sh file)
2) In order to make the file executable, goto shell, become root, and type:

chmod +x boinc_*

3) Now let’s run it. Type:

sh boinc_*

You’ll now see a new directory on same location named BOINC. Get in and run the binstall.sh file. This script will finish the installation and will provide you information on how to start BOINC manually.

If you’ve any questions, then please post it as a comment. Make sure you submit your e-mail address as well, so that I can get back to you. Thanks!

Ubuntu Bangladesh Gets Official Status

I’m very happy to announce that Ubuntu Bangladesh finally got the “official” status. This news couldn’t come on a better day as we’re celebrating our first birthday today!

Thanks to Jono Bacon and everyone at the Community Committee for approving. I’m hoping for some great days ahead of us. Wish us luck!

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