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You Tube Problems Resolved on Ubuntu 8.10

Posted by Mike on 21st March 2009

A few weeks ago, I upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10 – Intrepid Ibex.  One thing that I had problems with, and according to my searching many others did too, was playing flash videos like those on You Tube.  It took me some time to resolve it, but the following two guides did the trick.  Not only are they easy to follow, but they did solve my problems with both sound and flash video.

One thing I find when searching forums is that there is a lot of “try this” and “try that.”  That approach can lead to more problems.  It is real useful when the “try this” and “try that” threads get summarized into a tutorial that really works.

I was having two problems with You Tube on my PC.

  1. Sound: I wasn’t getting sound for a lot of different applications, including videos from You Tube. The  Simple guide to Sound Solutions for Hardy,Intrepid and Jaunty Jackalope Users on Ubuntu Geek worked for me.   This guide is truly step-by-step for fixing sound problems.
  2. Flash Video: My flash video in FireFox 3 would just sit there with the circle of dots going round and round in the center of the screen.  I found a guide called Flash not working with Firefox 3 on Ubuntu Intrepid using flashplugin-nonfree after upgrade from Hardy by Jamie Morrison.  It is not as user friendly as the Ubuntu Geek guide, but it worked.  Follow the steps under the Resolution heading.

Hopefully, these two steps will help you like they helped me!

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Running Citrix on Ubuntu Linux

Posted by Mike on 1st March 2009

Yesterday, I did a rather painless upgrade of Linux on my PC from Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.10.  My PC is setup to dual boot, with the other OS being Windows XP Professional.  I keep that around for Citrix, Quickbooks, and testing webpages on Internet Explorer and Opera.   One of the last things to finish for this upgrade was to get Citrix working.

I use Citrix to work remotely for my employer.  I was never able to get Citrix working in Ubuntu 7.10, although it worked just fine in Ubuntu 6.06.  (Something about library incompatabilities.)  As usual, I Googled for help.  This time I found a great tutorial called Running Citrix ICA client on Linux – Ubuntu 8.10.  Unlike many tutorials, this one was straight-forward, to the point, simple, and it worked!  My thanks to Cary Brown.

Now for the big suprise.  Running Citrix on Linux is twice as fast as it was for me on Windows XP!  What a nice surprise.

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