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What is Open Workbench? Open Workbench is a Project Planning Software comparable to Microsoft Project. There are mixed views on whether it is truly open source or not but as it is considered a very good alternative for Microsoft Project and it is free to download, it is something I as a Project Manager would want to know about. After all some of my clients are going to be using this. :) Now then, as of writing this article Open Workbench is not available from the well publicised site www.openworkbench.org which seems to be down. Instead it is available for download fromhttp://www.itdesign.de/en/products-solutions/open-workbench.html As you will find that the installer is an exe and the product is made for Windows platform and requires Java Runtime Environment, we will need to either use Windows in virtualbox or Wine. I am going to cover below the steps for installing the software on Linux using Wine. Steps to install Open Workbench and JRE on Wine V1.2.2 in Linux Mint: Install JRE in wine Install Open Workbench in wine Configure wine to play well with Open Workbench Configure icon to launch Open Workbench What do we need? We will need to download the installer exe file from http://www.itdesign.de/en/products-solutions/open-workbench.html As the product requires Java Runtime Environment, we will need to download the JRE for windows. We will need access to system32 folder of a WindowsXP machine or in Virtualbox. Step 1: Install JRE in wine You can download the JRE file from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html . Remember, we only need JRE not JDK so click the download button in second column. This will open another page for you to select which JRE package you want to download. Click on the radio-button to accept license agreement and then select Windows x86 Offline for download. I am assuming that your hardware is 32 bit, if not please select Windows x64 but it will not have the offline version and I have no way of checking if it will work or not; so please leave a comment either way as it will help others. a) Copy the downloaded (jre-6u25-windows-i586.exe) file into .wine/drive_C/Program Files. You can do this using GUI on Linux Mint using steps below: Goto MENU-ALL APPLICATIONS-WINE and click on BROWSE C: DRIVE Click on Program Files folder. Paste the copied exe file here. b) Right click on the exe file and select "open with wine windows program loader". c) Follow the installation wizard. Once completed move on to next step. Step 2: Install Open Workbench in wine a) Download the “Open Workbench” installer file(Open_Workbench_Setup_1.1.6.exe) and copy it into .wine/drive_C/Program Files. TIP: You can use Step 1 bullet "a" to reach drive_c and then click on windows folder and then on system32 folder. b) Right click on the exe file and select "open with wine windows program loader". TIP: You can use Step 1 bullet "b" to reach drive_c and then click on windows folder and then on system32 folder. c) Follow the installation wizard. Step 3: Configure wine to play well with Open Workbench Due to some bug identified in Wine V1.2 the odbc32.dll file does not work and gives the error “err:module:attach_process_dlls “odbc32.dll” failed to initialize, aborting” if you try to run file from Terminal. The following workaround is one suggested on Launchpad (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/wine1.2/+bug/572393) and does solve the problem. I have just tried to make it easier to follow the instructions by providing screenshots and explaining each step. On the WindowsXP machine / virtualbox goto following location – C:\WINDOWS\system32 Now copy odbc32.dll and odbcint.dll files onto the Linux machine at this location - .wine/drive_c/windows/system32 . TIP: You can use Step 1 bullet "a" to reach drive_c and then click on windows folder and then on system32 folder. Now goto wine configuration (On Linux Mint: MENU-ALL APPLICATIONS-WINE-CONFIGURE WINE) Click on Libraries tab. From the dropdown select odbc32 and click add. Click OK Step 4: Configure Open Workbench icon to launch the application Open terminal (MENU - TERMINAL) Type: wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Open\ Workbench/bin/npWBench.exe Once Open Workbench is opened we are sure the command works. Select this command and right click and select copy. TIP: You can also press Ctrl+Shift+C to copy the selected text from terminal Close "Open Workbench" and goto icon in MENU-ALL APPLICATIONS-WINE. Right click the "Open Workbench" icon and click on "Edit Properties". In Command click on browse and navigate to following location: .wine/drive_c/Program Files/Open Workbench/bin/ and select the file npWBench.exe. Now click "OK" This is it. You are ready to use Open workbench on Linux using wine.

Install Open Workbench and JRE on Wine in Linux Mint

What is Open Workbench? Open Workbench is a Project Planning Software comparable to Microsoft Project. There are mixed views on whether it is truly open source or not but as it is considered a very good alternative for Microsoft Project and it is free to download, it is something I
While the majority of settings are covered in my previous post here I found that each time I switched off my printer, it used to change it's IP address and I had to repeat Steps 7 to 16 each time. My printing and scanning needs are pretty limited so I never bothered working out a solution until today and knowing what I now know, it was quite a simple and quick solution I should have done this on the first place. Anyway as they say better late than never. :) So to carry out the magical transformation to your printing experience follow the steps below: On your printer (actual machine not on laptop / computer) go to Settings (Press the button with Wrench and Screwdriver symbol as shown in picture). Using left arrow navigate to Network Settings (Computer and Printer icon) Click OK button. Using down arrow navigate to "General Setup" and click OK button. Printer will show the question "After changing the settings, network may be disconnected. Continue?" and present options Yes and No with No selected (highlighted in Yellow.) Using left arrow move to Yes and press OK. Printer will now show the screen for "Printer Name Setup", do not change anything. Just Click OK to proceed to next screen. Now printer will show screen for TCP/IP screen with two options Auto which is selected by default and highlighted in yellow and Manual. Here using down arrow key select Manual. Click OK button. The screen will show current IP address assigned to printer something like 192.168.1.66. Now I am assuming that you have already followed part 1 of this tutorial so on your laptop open the file epkowa.conf from /etc/sane.d. You can also open this file by typing the following command in terminal gedit /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf Note down the IP address you entered last time 192.168.1.60 below usb and scsi. (Line 12 on my file.) Now on your printer change IP address to match the one on last step. To do so, first click on left arrow on printer to reach the last digit of displayed IP address and then adjust the number using up or down arrow. Once it is same as that on epkowa.conf file (192.168.1.60 in this example), click OK button. Now continue to click OK button on all remaining screens till you reach Network Settings screen (About 5 times) Press OK one final time and that's it you are done. If you are to now switch off and switch on the printer and test scan it should work without any issues. Hope you find this useful.

Part 2 - Configure Epson S515W on Linux Mint / Ubuntu 10.04

While the majority of settings are covered in my previous post here I found that each time I switched off my printer, it used to change it's IP address and I had to repeat Steps 7 to 16 each time. My printing and scanning needs are pretty limited so I
UPDATE While this tutorial will get your printer up and running, you should also follow Part 2 to ensure that it continues to work even after you have restarted your printer. -Ankit Lately I have not done much experiments and hence a stable system. I did not require any changes and all was well and then recently I changed over to Linux Mint which by the way is a UBUNTU derivative, very slick and very cool. Now after this reinstall I was able to get back all my previous installs and everything the usual way but scanning using Epson S515W was not out of the box and below are the steps I followed to get it working: Step 1: Configure Printer Step 2: Test Print a page Step 3 - Install drivers and software for scanner Step 4 - Test Scanner Step 1: Configure Printer This really works quite easily in all Ubuntu installs. Goto System > Administration > Printer Now you can see my printer configured but when you will get this window, you wil only see Print_to_PDF. You should then Click on arrow next to ADD and select Printer. It will open the window below: Again under Network Printer it may not show anything initially but if your printer is on and configured to your wireless router it will identify in a moment or two. If it does not, click on Find Network Printer. Once your printer appears, click on it and then click on "Forward". Step 2: Print a test Page Open the Printer window again from System>Administration>Printer and double click on printer. It should open the following window: Click on "Print Test Page". If it prints the ubuntu test page correctly your printer is configured. Mine was so I will not go more in details of alternative option. If you do want to know more let me know and I will put a post. However if now you will try to scan you will find that scanner either is not identified or if it is it does not complete the scanning and printer gets hanged, so over to next steps then. Step 3 - Install drivers and software for scanner Goto the avasys site that provides downloads and navigate for your model or if you have the same as mine just click on the link below and then goto Downloads and select All In One Printers. On the next page scroll down all the way and select the radio button for your printer. http://avasys.jp/eng/ Now these installs need to happen in a sequence and we don't need all deb files on the next page anyway so I will mention download and install in sequence as it should be done. From the section "Download for Epson Stylus NX510/NX515/SX510W/SX515W/TX550W data package" download the data package iscan-data_1.4.0-1_all.deb. Install this package now. From the section "Download for Epson Stylus NX510/NX515/SX510W/SX515W/TX550W core package" download iscan_2.26.0-3.ltdl7_i386.deb. Install this package now From the section "Download for Epson Stylus NX510/NX515/SX510W/SX515W/TX550W network plugin package" download iscan-network-nt_1.1.0-2_i386.deb Install this package now. Now on your printer(actual machine not on laptop / computer) goto Settings (Press the button with Wrench and Screwdriver symbol as shown in the image Printer Control). Using left arrow navigate to Network Settings (Computer and Printer icon) Click OK button. Using Down Arrow select "Confirm Settings" and click OK button. Press Down Arrow twice and it should show the Printer IP Address. Note it Down. It will be something like 192.168.1.60. Now back on your laptop open terminal and type gksudo nautilus. You will be asked your superuser password. Provide that. It will open the file explorer with admin privileges. Be extremely careful now, you do not want to delete anything in this privilege mode. In the file explorer, click on "File System" and browse to the file path etc>sane.d and open the file named epkowa.conf. (Screenshot below) In the file below usb and scsi add the line net 1865 so for our example this will be net 192.168.1.60 1865. (In gedit it was line 12 for me.) Save and close the file. Close all windows. Step 4 - Test Scanner Now open Menu>All Applications>Graphics>Image Scan! for Linux. This should open the software window. Now click on preview to see that a document preview is produced. If it does you are all set. If not you must check the configuration of epkowa.conf and try again. The preview of my 3.5 year olds drawing from scanner : and the final scan is shown below:

Part 1 - Configure Epson S515W on Linux Mint / Ubuntu 10.04

UPDATE While this tutorial will get your printer up and running, you should also follow Part 2 to ensure that it continues to work even after you have restarted your printer. -Ankit Lately I have not done much experiments and hence a stable system. I did not require any changes
While I prefer Maitreya as it can run with Linux as native, quite a few of my friends have asked me if Jagannatha Hora will work on Linux and hence this post. Right, when I tried last time around mid Oct'09, JHora was not working using wine. However, recently things have changed. If you are not aware or have not used Play On Linux then you should try it out. It works. Anyway back to original topic, the steps to install Jagannatha Hora on Kubuntu 10.04 are as below. (I am mighty sure this will work on other linux machines but I have tried it only on Kubuntu 10.04 which is increasingly becoming my OS of choice.) Step 1: Install Play On Linux (POL) Step 2: Download Jagannatha Hora ( JH ) Step 3: Install JH using POL Install Play On Linux (POL) - You can install using Package Manager - Synaptic or KPackagekit but you will most likely get a little older version. I installed using Synaptic but then updated it by downloading directly from the site or follow this link to download the version 3.7.6. This is latest at the time of writing but it may be best to just get it from the website here. Once downloaded and installed, we move to a very simple and straightforward Step 2. Download Jagannatha Hora ( JH ) I am sure if you have come here searching on net, you don't need introduction to this software but in any case I admire the author of this software Mr. P. V. R Narsimha Rao for various reasons. One I consider him my Guru and as I am just a beginner to the world of astrology I find his to book the best reference one can get. I purchased it in 2006 when it was not easily available in UK but now the book itself is included in the software. Though the topic of this post does not require mention of book, I will take a moment to write few words on it. As the author is an engineer from IIT, his approach to subject was structured much like an engineering book. Very logical flow that takes you through the concepts in a way I have not found in any other book till date. It does not mean I don't like other authors. It just means that I recommend this to any beginner as it makes the concepts easy to grasp. OK, now back to topic, if you don't already know, you can get this software by following this link - http://www.vedicastrologer.org/jh/ Once you download the zip file, extract it in the same folder. Just remember where you extracted. The file you have extracted will be named - jh_full_install.exe. Install JH using POL - Open the Play on Linux software. In Kubuntu you will find it by clicking KLauncher -> Applications -> Games. Once it starts, click on "Install".This will open a new window. In this window, click on the line in lower left hand side corner - “Install a .pol or an unsupported application”. This will close the above window and open another window. Please note that if this window does not close, it appears that Play On Linux has hanged. In such case click on cross to close that window and it will show an error message suggesting that “PlayOnLinux” is not responding or something to that effect but you select to force close it and you will still land up on the next window. I found that this problem went away when I installed the latest version 3.7.6. a) In this window select “Manual installation” and click on “Next”. b) On the next window that appears, click “Forward”. c) You will be presented with another window with choices. Default choice being – “Install a program in a new prefix”. Keep it selected or if it is not selected, select it and click on “Forward”, d) Next will be presented a window asking name for wine prefix. Type “Jhora” and click “Forward” e) On the next window, there will be two check-boxes. Leave them un-ticked, do nothing and click Forward. f) Once prefix is created, you will be presented with this window. Browse to the the file extracted in step 2 and then press Forward. g) Now it should start installing and once complete, it will ask if you want it to be shown on desktop. I chose Yes but it will be up to personal preference. Play On Linux can also be used to install Spotify and 7zip, but more importantly you can see that an entry for Jhora has now been created. Finally on desktop you should be able to see the link for JH. You should now be able to use JH without any problems. Hope you found this post useful. -Ankit.

Jagannath Hora on Linux - Play on Linux Magic

While I prefer Maitreya as it can run with Linux as native, quite a few of my friends have asked me if Jagannatha Hora will work on Linux and hence this post. Right, when I tried last time around mid Oct'09, JHora was not working using wine. However, recently things
First I must thank the Maitreya developers for coming up with such a wonderful Vedic Astrology software that works on Linux. I am not aware of any other vedic astrology software that works on Linux. Next I have to say that the install instructions on the site (and in the tarball) are not written with a newbie in mind and I had to struggle a bit before I could get it to work. The compiling of source code is really similar for I guess all source codes in general on linux and in particular in Ubuntu / Kubuntu but thing is when you are new to the platform and probably have almost all required software in repositories you rarely come across a situation where you need to compile from a source code to install your favourite software. Anyway so without wasting time in chit-chat, below is the step by step installation of Maitreya 6 on Ubuntu / Kubuntu: 1. Download Maitreya 6 tarball. 2. Prepare the system for installing 3. Install wxWidgets 2.8 Dependencies 4. Configure and Build 5. Install 6. Create a desktop icon Download Maitreya 6 tarball - From your browser goto http://maitreya.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/maitreya/ and click on the link "Download GNU tarball". This will download the maitreya.tar.gz file on your system. Prepare the system for installing - I used the instructions from ubuntu help documentation that can be found here. However, I have documented the step that I used in sequence to achieve the objective. Open the terminal. Type - sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall You will be asked for the password. Enter it. Once system completes the above instruction and is ready to take next instruction then Type: sudo apt-get install cvs subversion git-core mercurial Next type: sudo chown yourusername /usr/local/src Please note that here you need to put the your user name so don't just copy paste. So if say user name is "ankit" , you will type sudo chown ankit /usr/local/src Next Type: sudo chmod u+rwx /usr/local/src Now the system is prepared for installing. Install wxWidgets 2.8 Dependencies - As mentioned on Maitreya site, the software depends on wxWidgets 2.8 and corresponding packages must be installed. On the site itself is given the code that needs to copied onto the terminal to achieve this. Either from the site or from below select the text. sudo apt-get install libwxbase2.8-0 libwxbase2.8-dev libwxgtk2.8-0 libwxgtk2.8-dev wx2.8-headers wx2.8-i18n Press Ctrl+C Goto Terminal window and press Ctrl+Shift+V or click on Edit from top menu and select Paste. Press enter. You may have to provide password. This should now install wxWidgets 2.8 Over to next step. Configure and Build - There are few things that should be done before we start to configure the downloaded source code. First goto the folder where maitreya.tar.gz file was downloaded in Step 1. Now right click and select "Extract Archive To". Select the location /usr/local/src This will extract a folder named maiterya into the location /usr/local/src The content downloaded may change in future but at the time of writing this article it has two folders maitreya5 and maitreya6. All next steps will assume that folders name maitreya6 is present in your download but if not you will just have to replace with whatever folder is inside the extracted maitreya folder. Goto your termincal window and type: cd /usr/local/src/maitreya/maitreya6/trunk Now type `./configure`. If it gives some bash error like permission denied or file does not exist etc try `sh ./confgure`. This is what worked from me though everywhere instructions were to just use without sh. It will take a bit of time but it should complete without any error and end with some instructions about using "make". Now type `make` on terminal. It should be done with no errors if all steps were followed correctly so far. Over to next step. Install - Again there were options around using sudo make install but the ubuntu help I have referred to (link above), suggested that checkinstall is better and it also creates a .deb file and I like the idea so that next time if I have to reinstall I don't need to do all this circus so I used the following and would recommend the same. So in terminal window type sudo checkinstall. When you run it it will ask some questions like doc-pak is not there, do you want to create?(Y) just type Y. Then it shows some options and asks if you want to edit. I typed 2 to edit name and entered Maitreya. It threw a warning that maitreya 6-1_i386 is not complaint with debian standard or something to that effect and I just pressed enter. After this it was all fine and finally a message was shown telling a debian package has been created and to remove use dpkg ... The software should now be installed and you can test it by clicking the file named Maitreya6 at Location - /usr/local/src/maitreya/maitreya6/trunk/src/gui. However if you want to access it easily from desktop there is just one more step. Create a desktop icon - To create a desktop icon goto the folder /usr/local/src/maitreya/maitreya6/trunk and copy the file maitreya6.desktop and paste in on desktop. This is it you have now installed the Maitreya software !!!

Install Maitreya - Vedic Astrology Software on Ubuntu / Kbuntu

First I must thank the Maitreya developers for coming up with such a wonderful Vedic Astrology software that works on Linux. I am not aware of any other vedic astrology software that works on Linux. Next I have to say that the install instructions on the site (and in the