Linux Guitar Pro Alternative

Today I finally configured my Ubuntu for guitar tabs playing!

Here is the recipe:
– install “tuxguitar” package
– install “timidity” package

Maybe your sound card supports MIDI files better than mine, so you might go with hardware support for playing MIDI files. However, software sequencers do provide better sound and sometimes they are the only choice, as in my case.

For some reason though, timidity daemon isn’t started with boot up, so I had to start it manually. Before launching tuxguitar, launch following command from terminal:

timidity -iA -B2,8 -Os -EFreverb=0

Then run tuxguitar and select Timidity port from the settings as shown in the second picture.

Good luck and enjoy your guitar 🙂

TuxGutar
TuxGuitar settings
Configuring TuxGuitar to use Timidity synthesizer

Eclipse GTK fix for Ubuntu 9.10 / Karmic

If you’ve happen to be using Eclipse based IDE, like Spring Tool Suite, on recently released Ubuntu 9.10, you must have noticed that mouse click on “OK”/”Apply” and some other buttons doesn’t work.

The problem is with SWT/JFace GTK implementation. Anyway, the GTK in Karmic has been changed which resulted in backward incompatibility with the SWT implementation. To temporarily override new settings, you simply need to launch eclipse with GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS=true parameter. Here is a little script that you can put in your eclipse application folder that will do the trick. You can also create a desktop launcher to the script.

#!/usr/bin/env bash
cd `dirname $0`
export GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS=true
./eclipse