Category: Free Software and Tools

Some free software and tools you just wouldn’t miss if you knew of they’re existence… everything here maybe for very newbye people but it is for sure usefull to a LOT of people….

How to create / manipulate a .deb file of a compiled application

Debian package

First of all, as I mentioned in the title, this post is about how to create or manipulate deb files of an already compiled application. In this topic I’m not going to explain you how to create a deb starting from source code :)

I’ll try to give you every possible indication in this article, if you miss some information but find the article interesting, please comment and ask me how to make things I failed to explain.

Not going to tell you what a .deb file is and what it is for, but you should really know that a deb is just a common archive in an .ar format, camouflaged with another name. So, right clicking on the deb file and choosing to open it with a common compressed files manager (such as file roller in gnome and OpenGEU) will work and show you the contents of the file. Now, you can modify an already existent deb file or create one from scratch. Should you prefer the second option, don’t be scared, it really is a simple task.


Avant Window Navigator: a Bazar of new funcionalityes!

Well, before I start this review, you sure know AWN, do you?

Since AWN moved to Bazaar, it started having a bunch of new outstanding funcionalityes. A lot of bugs have been solved and a lot of new bugs appeared. I’m bug hunting a great number of bugs there in Launchpad, you should download this wonderful dock for Linux and try bughunting yourself as many bugs as you can! Sure the developers will fix them out if they’re pointed out by users. (more…)

Evolvotron for Ubuntu in Getdeb due to my request! Hyppy!

Just a short post to tell you that now you can find the wonderful evolvotron in getdeb too!

evolvotron in getdeb

I wrote them a letter asking for it to be available in they’re site and here’s my letter and the answer (I reveived it 17/08/2007, sorry for posting it only today I have been too busy..):

sorry for the late reply.

The package is ready:

Best regards,

7 Aug 2007 12:55:21 -0000, thedarkmaster <>:

GetDeb contact message

Hello everyone, I just wanted to ask you if an Evolvotron package for Ubuntu could be created here. You know, there’s isn’t any at this time, looks like they don’t even know about evolvotron and this is a really killer application for me and others professional graphic artists. A debian version exsists but it requires dependendencyes on libc6 not satisfied in Ubuntu Feisty or any other, so it cannot install. I would donate for sure if you could make this great effort for the community §:)
Here’s the site of the evolvotron projet.

Well, what can I say? I’m very happy for this! Now it is even simpler to download and install this wonderful software :D !!!

Wubi, will say Goobye to Microsoft? Not really…

Well, the title kinda says it all if someone already knows this news… what are we talking about, you may ask instead? I’ll explain.


Lately there has been a pair of new strange softwares for Windows XP, very strange and unusual softwares indeed…. the first to appear has been Wubi and it was an incredible new to me. I tryed it on one of my friend’s PC with windows, call him Ciro. Ciro was afraid of partitioning the windows (NTFS) partition, because he basically knows almost nothing about informatics and he thought that the windows partition may have been erased or that the PC would have runt slower ( O_o !!!!!). Yes, really. Useless to explain him it was impossible, you know how this things work, I believe.

Now, Ciro did like my beryl effects on Ubuntu Feisty and his brother was on the way to destroy the entire HD and install Ubuntu just to have Beryl and to say goodbye to DRMs (One of his friends copyed him a number of MP3s with DRM and he was shocked that his PC was unable to play ’em… of course I told him, they belong to your friend! You can’t exchange a drm protected mp3 without cracking it… and on and on with the lesson… :( ….)

So I told the 2 brothers about Wubi, I just discovered it and tried it out on my virtual machine with a licensed winXP on it. They where enthusiast. Why is that? What does Wubi do?

1) It is a program installable in XP. You run it, tell him how much hard disk space to use, which language, which username and pass to use and which ubuntu distribution to use and it downloads Ubuntu and sets it up for you (You can also give Wubi a predownloaded iso file if you prefer or have no connection on the PC you’re installing Ubuntu into, and that was my case, but you’ll need the alternate iso). (more…)

“Wine Doors, ArtRage 2 Free and Linux: automated install!” Gone Sticky

Andy RageArtRage2 logo

I posted the GOOD NEWS about ArtRage and Wine-Doors in the AmbientDesign Forum, here:

Now Andy Rage replied me very cheerfully that the post has gone in the technical forum and sticky :D

This is such a useful post I felt it deserved to go in the Technical forum and made sticky so it stays at the top!

Thanks for that, DarkMaster. Excellent post.”

Well, I’m happy that I’ve been useful for this wonderful project and for every Linux user willing to have a freeware yet powerful Painting Program available for Linux! There are none at the moment, designed natively for Linux :(

The Full Version will be available in Wine-Doors too very soon! Stay tuned dudes ;D !

How to use Photoshop plugins in Linux with The Gimp and PSPI

Well, we all know that one of the biggest lacks of The Gimp is that it misses a good number of plugins. Photoshop is the one software that everyone loves and use when they have to apply any sort of mutation / transformation to its images, or when it has to create oustanding new graphics with the help of well projected plugins. For photoshop there are hundreds of plugins around.

Is this a problem for the Gimp then? Not at all. Many of you may not know it but The Gimp supports a large number of photoshop plugins, both in the Windows version and in the Linux version, thanks to this wonderful tool called PSPI. Now let’s see how to use it and what we can do with our new toy. Paying nothing, of course…. (more…)