How to download a file concurrently/simultaneously from different sources in Ubuntu

In order to achieve this, you need to download an install Aria2, a lightweight, multi-source download utility. It can be installed from it’s package ‘aria2’ from the universe repositories. [code language=”bash”]sudo apt-get install aria2[/code] Now we need to create a file containing the source URLs for the file(s) we need to download. The source/mirror URLs […]

Stop applications from auto starting in Ubuntu

If you don’t want an application to auto start in Ubuntu, you can use the instructions in this blog post. There are many ways to go about doing this. It can be performed from the terminal or you can use the BUM GUI (Boot-Up Manager) to remove auto-starting applications. For example, say, we want to […]

Resolving the Network Manager bug in Ubuntu 9.10

Due to a bug in Network Manager, establishing PPPoE connections is not possible on a new installation of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala). It is possible to resolve this bug by downloading and installing Network Manager from the Network Manager Team Launchpad Personal Package Archive (PPA). But you need to connect to the internet first, for […]

Get rid of freeze-ups during disk I/O activity in Ubuntu

If you are using Ubuntu(or it’s variants), and your computer locks/freezes up or becomes unusable during copying files or heavy disk activity, this post is for you. Ubuntu currently employs the kernel default I/O scheduler, CFQ or Completely Fair Queuing. It has been known to cause lags and lock-ups during heavy disk activity like copying/moving […]