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Install Claws Mail on Ubuntu

How to install Claws Mail, "the user-friendly, lightweight, and fast e-mail client" on Ubuntu:

Ubuntu 13.10 includes an upgrade to Apache 2.4 that has major gotchas

That is, this update will break your sites.

The main breaking changes:

Place chat room tabs vertically in Konversation IRC client

Konversation is the best of the IRC clients i could find for Ubuntu, as in, it is the least annoying. But if you have as many IRC chat room tabs open as i usually have, the default configuration of having them across the bottom makes the name of each tab impossible to read very quickly.

Fortunately, this is configurable.

Settings > Configure Konversation

Interface, Tabs, and under Look, Placement: Left

Two main issues remaining to be fixed in Drubuntu: NetworkManager conflict and file permissions

Need to fix in Drubuntu

  1. (Some) Drush scripts writing with no read permissions
  2. NetworkManager rewriting /etc/resolv.conf

this line needs to be added at the top via sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf:

See for the lasting fix.

Encryption on Ubuntu: Just the commands

For set-up, see

encfs ~/.ncryptd ~/ncryptd

where ncryptd is the name of your directory. Note the dot (.) in front of ncryptd in the first parameter of the encfs command; the encrypted version is an entirely different directory and could have a completely fidderent name from the directory you decrypt it into.

Ubuntu Usability

  • The mouse should not disappear off the screen, ever. Makes it very hard to orient by zipping it to one corner, because it disappears. This is literally covered in usability 101 - buttons on the sides of a screen can get infinite size for free. (Note: current problems here may be the result of the dual monitor setup. #firstworldproblems)
  • Unity's start menu thing opens to cartoonishly big icons and font, but the default size for the rather important x (close) and expand buttons on the menu bar are miniscule.

Ubuntu's native Terminal not scrolling back through output on remote server

any idea why my terminal wouldn't have backscroll when i'm connected to the server?

Settings work as expected locally (scroll back 4,000 lines) but not at all when connected to a remote server.

After trying most of the results for 'terminal' in Ubuntu's package manager, i didn't have an answer to this question, but i did have a solution.

Calendar, To Do tasks, and contact management Free Software

For contacts (address book), the current plan is still to find people to port Sbook to Linux to do at least as much as it currently does on Mac OS X.

Thunderbird/Sunbird are the fallback of choice for calendar (i've already uninstalled Evolution, it's that bad), but i don't know how to sync them except by actually entering all data in Google Calendar which is an ugh (but what i currently do).

And trying out Getting Things Gnome

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