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Replacing repositories for old Ubuntu versions

Ok, I may be outdated regarding my Ubuntu version, but there are two reasons for this (fairly good from my point of view!): (i) I did not like the appearance of Ubuntu 11, and (ii) I have everything set up working in 10.10 than I do not want to change (at least before I finish […]

VStar conflicts with java used

VStar is a multi-platform variable star visualisation and analysis tool, developed under the CitizenSky project and the AAVSO. Its use is straightforward if java is installed. But you should be carefull what java you are using… I tried to use VStar in two different machines running Ubuntu 10.10 64bit and Fedora 14 32bit and the […]

Installing matplotlib-1.1.0 in Ubuntu 10.10 (64bit)

Ubuntu 10.10 includes matplotlib-0.99 in their repositories, which is not the latest one, so you don’t get the latest cool features (like gridspec)! But as I need some of its features I decided to go on and install the latest version matplotlib-1.1.0, only 20 days after its launch ! First of all it cannot be […]

Installing IRAF on Ubuntu

Installing IRAF can always be a huge problem. Many pages exist explaining all the necessary steps to install it but I have never tried to follow these (like Rubab’s tutorials for 32 and 64 bit Ubuntu/Debian, Michael Hutchinson’s tutorial for 64 bit Ubuntu – these tutorials explain how to install 32 bit IRAF in 64 […]

Period04 and .sh files

If you have any difficulty to find it just go here: Period04 “Period04 is a computer program especially dedicated to the statistical analysis of large astronomical time series containing gaps. The program offers tools to extract the individual frequencies from the multiperiodic content of time series and provides a flexible interface to perform multiple-frequency fits.” […]

Lost sticky notes in Ubuntu!

Just happened on Ubuntu 8.10 (intrepid ibex)… 🙁 “If disk usage reaches 100%, when you exit your gnome session, all your sticky notes will be erased. Next time you log in, they’re all gone.” link source