Command line mp3 player in Linux

This post is after about a month long hibernation from my blog.
I made my mind up to listen songs as i usually do (it contributes to my hobby). In fact, i was suffering with a headburst headache, so i thought songs might be the stress buster and good entertainer too. What striked my mind was why couldn’t i play the tracks on command line rather playing’em in traditional RhythmBox or Amarok etc. The way i thought, the way i found…some googling let me find such a tool named mpg123, which is nothing but a command line player cum MPEG streamer.
Installation on Ubuntu/Debian: sudo apt-get install mpg123
Installation on RedHat/Fedora/Cent OS: For this, we have to first enable the rpmforge repo and try
yum install mpg123
and you are done.

Go to the shell; Move into your songs folder; and type in mpg123 * as below:
neeraj@nee-pc:/media/LEISURE/fun/songs$ mpg123 *
Just press Ctrl+C , if you want to switch onto the next song in the folder.
Have a glimpse of the mpg123 on my UbuntuBox:


Play files on the shell itself

Type man mpg123 and you will see what else can you do with this versatile thing.
Thanks GNU.


proftpd: A unique ftp server on my UbuntuBox

This was basically a novice step by me to setup an ftp server locally, but i succeed! Proftpd is the professional FTP daemon. It can be found in Synaptic package of Ubuntu or can be downloaded via apt-get. Just install it and use standalone server.

Launch it through console (see manual pages for documentation):

neeraj@nee-pc:~$ proftpd

and check through your browser whether it’s running or not. Type ftp://localhost/ in the address bar and assign username and password (the same you use to login into your system)there in the dialoguebox. You must see a window like this:

Local file transfer protocol
Local file transfer protocol

I tried to access it on other computer on my LAN through my ip:


and it was working perfectly fine. So..are you gaming to set up your own ftp?? what say??

Turned my Ubuntu’s desktop as Fedora’s!

I always had a willing to turn my desktop as fedora’s desktop. In my UbuntuBox, the desktop doesn’t show the computer’s icon, the Home folder or the trash. But now, all are there in one go. Have a look:

All icons

All icons

What say?? All you have to do is to install Ubuntu Tweak. Launch it from Applications-> System Tools-> Ubuntu Tweak.

Tweak your Ubuntu

Tweak your Ubuntu

Go under the tab Desktop->Icons and do whatever you want. That’s it! It has so many other features, explore as much as you can! Cool na! 🙂

Artha – Open Thesaurus

Although Ubuntu and several other Linux Distros provide it’s own dictionary which connects online to give you the results. Meanwhile i was thinking of something like Wordweb in windows. I found one mail regarding the same ..i managed somehow to install Artha on my works good..and i love it…

The open dictionary
The open dictionary

Introducing Karmic Koala: Ubuntu 9.10

The next release of Ubuntu Linux is going to be called “Karmic Koala”. Here is a list of features to look forward to
One big change is that Empathy will be the new chat program (instead of Pidgin). Empathy supports audio and video chat.
Here’s the full release schedule for Karmic Koala — October 29th, 2009 is the planned date of the final release.
The alpha version is available for download here.

Live desktop sharing through Yuuguu

Certainly, i was thinking about the desktop sharing on windows, i used to do this with what is called “Netmeeting” wayback in 2006.
Now when i am using Linux, why can’t i do the same on my UbuntuBox. It is possible and today i installed Yuuguu
It requires jre (Java runtime environment) to be installed on the system and the browser must be java enabled. It took about 15 minutes to install all these along with Yuuguu on my system. Now it’s working fine.
Have a look on my Yuuguu:

Yuuguu works!

Yuuguu works!

The Desktop sharing thing is very very cool. There are other things which are yet to explore. I send my thanks to my colleague Narendra for online help in testing. I will surely recommend it to the project managers.
I am waiting for the Yuuguu release which supports IRC account also.