Download YouTube videos the command line way in openSUSE linux

We can use a small nifty command line utility called youtube-dl to download our favorite YouTube videos in different resolutions as supported by YouTube. It can even download the videos that require users to sigining in to Google (for age or other restrictions) without logging in. I use openSUSE 13.1 presently and will show the steps for downloading a video in openSUSE 13.1. This utility can easily be installed in openSUSE 13.1 systems through Yast software installer. Since it is a command line tool, the method is similar in other distros as well.

Once you have youtube-dl installed in your system,  first copy the video url from YouTube (See screenshot below )
Then open terminal and type:
youtube-dl -F “video url” (See screenshot below)
The -F flag is used to list out all the available formats and resolution of the video against some numbers. In this example, the highest resolution is (1280×720) is defined by the number 22.
We will download in this resolution by typing
youtube-dl -f 22 “video url”
(Please note:The flag  -f is used not -F)
The video will be downloaded and stored in the default video directory. Enjoy!



openSUSE 13.2 releasing this November


The wait for the next release of openSUSE version is almost over as the openSUSE 13.2 is scheduled to be released on November 4th 2014. The Release Candidate is already available for download for those who are willing to try the distro in its latest avatar. openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. You can surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, play videos or music and have a lot of fun.

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Box bumped up free Cloud Storage to 10GB!

Cloud storage giant Box  has bumped up the free storage quota to 10GB from earlier quota of 5GB. Now users can get more space for their cloud storage requirement for personal use. The leader in cloud storage Dropbox   still provides 2GB of free space but they offers the options of referral links to earn bonus spaces. Box offers apps for Windows, iOS and Android devices to get access to your files anytime , anywhere and from any devices. Watch the video below for Box in action:

Get 20GB of Cloud storage from this DropBox alternative free!

Get started with 15GB free cloud storage

A new cloud storage service called Copy  with features comparable to other existing and famous services has been launched with a very good storage capacity of 15GB to start with.  Copy provides an alternative to the already very popular services like Dropbox. It also provides access to the cloud storage via various devices viz., Windows, Linux, iOS (Copy for iOS app)  and Android (Copy for Android app). A photo backup service is also included which they call “Photocopy”.  Copy allows files to be shared privately or publicly. Copy also provides seamless syncing with variuos devices using the apps for different platforms.  

As a launching offer, Copy is allowing bonus spaces to be earned via a referral system where both parties earn a huge bonus of 5GB of extra storage.  Copy for companies extends the benefits of this new cloud stoarge service to businesses where teamwork can be extended to the cloud. 

Click Here to get your copy of Copy Cloud and earn an extra 5GB bonus along with the starter 15GB space.

Galaxy Note ICS 4 Update available in India now!

Hi, I just received OTA update notification for my Galaxy Note GT-N7000 via OTA. I am downloading the update which is 319.21MB in size. The update provides TouchWiz 4.0 interface and Premium Suite. The following are the initial screenshots of the notification. So India Galaxy Note users have all reasons to cheer and hope for a better upgraded Note!

Indic Language support across platforms

This computer age requires us to write using a PC/Mobile device every now and then. Most of us can type in the default English language input methods supported across platforms. Now a days, the operating system environments are  expanding horizons where we find many flavors of OS across devices. The most common environments being the Microsoft’s Windows, Apple’s Mac OS and various GNU/Linux based distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Linux Mint, Archlinux and so on.On the mobile devices front, Apple’s IOS and Google’s Android are now the leading OS. Symbian, Blackberry OS and Windows Mobile are the other notable operating systems that power our mobile phones and Tablets. When we talk about input methods, many of us don’t even think beyond the default option of English input. But we can very easily enable support for our own native languages. There are many software solutions which allow us to type in many Indic languages, e.g., Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali and many more. I will briefly introduce some of the methods for input in Indian languages in different platforms (I don’t have a Mac, so I will not talk about it Winking smile). 

Microsoft Windows is undoubtedly the most widespread OS and there are several free and paid solutions available. Notable among them are:

Lipikaar (Visit for more details and download) provides a software for windows and a free Firefox browser add-on to enable Indian Language input (See this link ). Lipikaar interface is very simple and the phonetic input does not require one to have special training.

Avro Keyboard:  This is a free software and works quite well. Download this free tool from : 

Baraha: Baraha comes in Free and Paid Versions(with premium features). The free version is sufficient for basic Indian Language input. Downloads and details can be obtained from the Baraha Website :

GNU/Linux environment also have many solutions. The Ibus Input Method is the one I prefer to use when it comes to input in my own Assamese Language in openSUSE 12.1 OS. The m17n library provides language support for many Indian languages and this library can be used with Ibus to get Indian language support under GNU/Linux.

In Ubuntu, Ibus, Ibus-gtk, m17n-library, and the m17n contributed packages can be installed via the software center. I installed these packages in my openSUSE 12.1 system using the Yast Software Management Tool. After successful installation of these packages, a reboot is required to use the Ibus input method.

I also use my own language (Assamese, অসমীয়া) in my Android phone. Android offers a lot of apps through the Google Play store (formerly known as the Android Market). Though the number of apps is fewer as compared to Apple’s App store,  there are lot of apps; paid as well as free. The Multiling Keyboard (search Play Store to get download options) is a very good free app which makes it very easy to input in many languages including Indian Languages such as Hindi, Bengali and Assamese. The functionality of the app can be extended using various freely available plugins for the app.

I hope this brief introduction about options for input in our own languages for various platforms will at least make the readers aware of the software solutions available. Please give them a try!

Install apache server with php and mysql support on openSUSE12.1

We will use the easiest no frills method to do this. The inbuilt server environment of openSUSE is also very good and robust. But that requires time to properly set up and requires installation of various dependencies and php modules. To make things easier we will use the XAMPP package (xampp-linux-1.7.7.tar.gz to be precise, the latest stable version). For this we will need the XAMPP for Linux package which can be downloaded from This is a standalone package which can be easily removed afterwards without harming the system.

First, download the latest stable version of XAMPP for Linux from the above website. I am using openSUSE12.1 KDE. Go to the directory using the Dolphin File Manger where the package is downloaded and then open the terminal by right clicking on an empty space in that directory, then choosing actions>open terminal here. The terminal window will open.

Type: su


and then enter your root password at the prompt.

Then type: tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.7.7.tar.gz -C /opt

Press ENTER.

The above command will extract the contents of the package to the /opt directory.

Do not use any GUI tools to extract the contents of the XAMPP package. That will not be a successful install.

To Start the server, type : /opt/lampp/lampp start and Press ENTER.

Lampp will start within a few moments by starting Apache and MySQL. To stop the server; type: /opt/lampp/lampp stop

Check the working of the server by going to http://localhost in your browser. The newly installed XAMPP server has some security weaknesses. These can be fixed as follows.

 Type:/opt/lampp/lampp security and HIT ENTER.

 Follow the prompts in the terminal window (which are quite self explanatory) to fix security issues.

 Now, XAMPP is installed successfully and secured!

To remove the XAMPP simply type: rm -rf /opt/lampp and Press ENTER. XAMPP will be removed completely from the openSUSE box. 

This tutorial is made from the Guides available at

The video shows these steps in action!

VLC 2.0.1 Twoflower has Landed in Packman Repo in openSUSE12.1

Vlc player version 2.0.1 has finally arrived at Packman repository. The version 2.0.1 arrived in the official vlc repo much earlier but the upgrade from the vlc repo resulted in conflicts for many users. Now since it is available in the Packman repoistory, the upgrade process should smoother now. Vlc player takes care of all the multimedia playback needs and has got better with the new version. Screen-shots below:

Hope this version gives the user a rich multimedia experience on openSUSE 12.1

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Write in Indian Languages using IBus in openSUSE 12.1

There are different types of input methods available in GNU/Linux OS:most common being the SCIM (Smart Common Input Method) and the IBus (Intelligent Input Bus) Method. Both the methods have their share of advantages and disadvantages. These methods also support multilingual input. IBus method can be used with conjunction with m17n database to input Indic languages such as Assamese (অসমীয়া), Bengali (বাংলা) and Hindi (हिन्दी), etc. This method supports transliteration (similar to phonetic) To set-up IBus in openSUSE 12.1 to input in languages like our Assamese (অসমীয়া) follow the following steps:

  1. Install ibus, ibus-gtk, ibus-m17n and m17n-contrib library using Software Management in Yast.
  2. Reboot/Re-login.
  3. Run Ibus from the application launcher.
  4. Ibus will configure itself on the first run to start at boot.
  5. Right-click on the Ibus icon on the system tray and select preferences>Input Method>Add your preferred Languages (see screenshot below).
  6. Enable or diasble Ibus by typing “Control+space”.
  7. You can change Languages by hitting “Alt+Shift(left)”.
IBus Preferences
Ibus Preferences

Now you can easily type in your own languages in LibreOffice, Web, Kwrite, Gedit or any application. 

অসমীয়া ভাষাত openSUSE 12.1 লিনাক্স্ OS আৰু IBus Input ব্যবহাৰ কৰি টাইপ্ কৰাৰ উদাহৰণ ।

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Write in Indian Languages Free with Firefox and Lipikaar (লিপিকাৰ)

Lipikaar provides a free Firefox extension which enables writing in many Indian languages including Assamese and Sanskrit. The extension is free and installs similar to other Firefox extensions.To get this extension, in Firefox menu bar click on “Tools–>Get add on” and then search for Lipikaar. Install the extension and complete the process by restarting Firefox. The preferred writing language can be selected from the Preferences Section in Lipikaar Extension window.

Lipikaar can be used to update facebook status, post to twitter or writing your WordPress blog in Indian Languages in a very easy to use manner. It uses phonetic input which is very easy to make use of. There are other free software available to input in Indian Languages but most of them are Microsoft Windows platform dependent. Even Lipikaar has a full software for Microsoft Windows. This Firefox extension, being a browser based technology, is platform independent and presently available for Firefox under both Windows and Linux.

লিপিকাৰ ব্যবহাৰ কৰি অসমীয়াত টাইপ্ কৰাৰ উদাহৰণ ।

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