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Create a multiboot usb disc


Ever wanted to try out lots of different LiveCD’s on your thumb drive without the hassle of installing them one at a time? Say hello to MultiBoot LiveUSB which does just that. You just drag and drop as many .iso files as your drive can handle onto the application window and you’re done!

Upon booting from your USB stick, MultiBootdisplays a graphical menu for you to select which OS you want to boot into. Log out, restart and then pick another! It’s a great way to try out various OSes on your netbook without the need of an external DVD drive.

The main benefits of using – as well as installing from – a Live USB is speed. Unbridled speed. I installed Ubuntu from a USB drive a few days back and it was took less than 5 minutes from boot to restart. You’ll also find using a ‘live USB’ desktop much more responsive too as there is no disc to spin and seek from.

Using MultiBoot LiveUSB

It should go without saying that in order to cram lots of different OSes onto a USB drive it needs to be a bit roomy. To use Multiboot to any extent you’ll need a USB stick, SDHC card, compact flash, USB external hard drive, etc of at least 2GB.

MultiBoot supports all main Ubuntu versions and associated spins Xubuntu, Kubuntu & Lubuntu. Most other Ubuntu-based derivatives work well as does pretty much every other OS that is available as a live CD.


Installing MultiBoot LiveUSB is a bit of a faff. You need to download this .tar.gz, extract it and then double click on the script inside. This will prompt you for your root password and then proceed to install.

Once installed MultiBoot can be run from the Applications > Accessories sub-menu and the rest really is as easy as it sounds.


I had to battle to get MultiBoot working at first; the application requires that a USB drive be formatted in FAT32. This can easily be done using the Disk Utility app in the System menu however MultiBoot refused to recognise that I had a drive connected. A lot of pulling out/plugging back in later and it did eventually notice it.


Full Circle Magazine

Full circle magazine is a free magazine of the Ubuntu community. The FC community has also released the Full Circle Podcast #3 along with the magazine issue #35

We’ve got a review of the coveted Motorola Droid (Milestone for those of you in Europe), an Android app review, as well as tips on running Google Sketchup in Wine for you.  In addition to all that, we have:

* Command and Conquer.
* How-To : Program in Python – Part 9, Digitally Retouching a Photo in GIMP – Part 2, and Installing Google SketchUp using Wine.
* Review – Motorola Milestone/Droid.
* MOTU Interview – Pedro Fragoso.
* Top 5 – Android Applications.
* Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Games, My Opinion, My Story, and all the usual goodness!

Get it here:


FCP #3: Hail the Mental Mongoose

FCP #3 is also out !  For the podcast show notes, links, and to listen, visit

Create Ubuntu Live USB Drive easily with uSbuntu

uSbuntu is a tool that let you create Live USB Drive Ubuntu system using iso image files. The tool is inuitive to use and it can be downloaded from any of these sites :

  1. Official website
  2. Mirror 1 (softpedia)
  3. Mirror 1 (4shared)
  4. Mirror 1 (softronic)


uSbuntu works on Windows XP as well as Vista operating system and can work with any USB drive with 1GB or more space. The creator of uSbuntu has stated that the project would be evolved to support other Linux distribution too under the name LiLi (Linux USB Live Creator) which can be downloaded from

Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10) FAQ

I found a very good Ubuntu Karmic FAQ from Mackenzie’s blog. Here is all the information you need to know about Karmic before you install it. Karmic Koala (or Ubuntu 9.10) is one of the best operating system to be released by Canonical.

  1. How should I download?
    • Torrents, to keep the strain off the servers. There are IPv6 torrent files available as well, as a test so Canonical can see how many Ubuntu users are on IPv6 and thus how much support to give it. They don’t list KTorrent as one of the clients that can do the IPv6 torrents, but I’m using it right now.
    • Or if you have a Beta or RC .iso sitting around zsync to the final
  2. I have a netbook. What are my options?
  3. How’s audio?
  4. Where did Add/Remove go?
  5. Does Ubuntu Software Center sell proprietary software? I heard it did.
    • Not yet. There are plans in about a year to allow those commercial developers who are willing to support Linux to sell apps through it.
  6. Can I use Ubuntu One with Kubuntu?
  7. Why Empathy? I like Pidgin!
    • You’re welcome to keep using Pidgin, but here are a few things Empathy has going for it:
      • It’s the GNOME default
      • It can do audio/video chat
      • The Telepathy framework lets it integrate better into the rest of the desktop
      • As Jono mentioned you can do desktop sharing through it
  8. What happened to GDM theming?
    • The new GDM uses the GTK theme for the gdm user. To change it, you’ll need to run gksudo -u gdm gnome-appearance-properties and select a new theme
  9. Wasn’t Gwibber supposed to be included?
    • Gwibber 2.0 was not ready in time. It is available in Universe.
  10. New theme yet?
    • Yes! Softer icons, chocolate highlights, and orange wallpaper
  11. Can Amarok play CDs yet?
    • Yes
  12. Do Intel graphics not-suck this time?
    • Yes, they’re very nice actually! Thanks to KMS, Intel graphics users can expect instantaneous resume from suspend!
  13. How’s Kubuntu’s network manager?
    • It works this time
  14. I upgraded from Jaunty and now have no sound. What do I do?
    • Run uname -r. Does it say “2.6.31-14-generic”? If it still says 2.6.28-16-generic, you’re not running Karmic’s kernel. Some people are having trouble with GRUB not showing new kernels. Try running sudo update-grub and then rebooting.

Main article from Mackenzie Morgan’s blog Edited as per the license terms. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Get Ubuntu cds free of cost

Do you have a slow internet connection? Cannot download the Ubuntu image, don’t worry!! You can get an Ubuntu cd delivered to your doorstep absolutely free of cost (and yes, no shipping charge and no cd cost too)!! This is probably one of the reasons Ubuntu is the mostly used GNU/Linux distro.

Ubuntu free CD

An Ubuntu free CD

So what should you do to get a free cd?

1. Go to

2. Click on Request a cd of Ubuntu desktop edition or server edition.

3. To get your free cd, you need to have a launchpad account. If you have one, just enter the required information and proceed. If you don’t have one, follow the steps given to create one and then login using that account.

4. Enter your name, address and required information correctly and request for a cd. Normally, it takes about 3 weeks to get a cd, depending upon your location.

You may even order order cds in bulk by clicking on the special request button. Then specify the number of cds and state the reason why you want to. But remember, use this service with responsibility. All of your cd request may not be fulfilled (it depends upon your purpose). If you are a teacher, wishing to distribute cds to your students, more cd request may be fulfilled. If you do it just for fun, the request may not be accepted at all.

You can order free Kubuntu (Ubuntu on KDE) at and Edubuntu (Ubuntu for education) at