Introducing Songbird

Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that’s under active development. It is powerd by Mozila and it is goal is to help enable new ways to playback, manage, and discover music.




Ubuntu package available by getdeb.net:


Integrated Services

  • mashTape

    mashTapeDiscover Flickr photos, YouTube videos, last.fm biographies, Google news (and more) for the currently playing artist.

  • Last.fm Scrobbling

    Last.fm ScrobblingIntegrated Last.fm support allows you to scrobble, love, and ban your tracks.

  • Concert Tickets

    Concert TicketsDiscover upcoming shows in your area based on the artists in your library. Event listings powered by Songkick.


  • Media Importing

    Add media to Songbird by importing from your file system or iTunes.

  • Media Playback

    Songbird supports MP3, FLAC, and Vorbis on all platforms; WMA and WMA DRM on Windows; and AAC and Fairplay on Windows and Mac.

  • GStreamer

    Songbird now uses GStreamer as our main media playback system, across all platforms.

  • Smart Playlists

    Create dynamic playlists that automatically update based on criteria you set.

  • Web Browser

    Songbird includes an integrated web browser with features like bookmarking, tabbed browsing, and more.

  • Cross Platform

    Songbird runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.

  • Multi-language Support

    Over 25 completed, community-contributed localizations and growing!

  • Automatic Updates

    Always stay up to date using Songbird’s built-in automatic updates.

  • Setup Assistant

    Quickly setup Songbird for the first time.

  • Custom UI

    Make Songbird your own by choosing from dozens of different skins feathers.

  • Library Management

    Browse, organize, sort and search your media.

  • Developer Support

    Songbird is getting better everyday thanks to its open platform and growing developer community.

In Beta

  • Device Support

    Songbird’s device support is limited. The Device Support wiki has additional details about what’s supported. Apple iPhones, iPod Touch and Microsoft Zune devices are not yet supported.

  • Album Artwork

    Display the currently playing track’s album art and write new artwork back to the file. We still need to support album art fetching.

  • Subscriptions

    Subscribe to music blogs and download music directly to your library. We’re working on ways to improve this feature.

  • Performance & Stability

    Improving the performance and stability of Songbird is an ongoing focus. Each release we set aside dedicated cycles to ensure we’re making progress.

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And I made my first GDM…

I was fooling around when I decided that I need a GDM that goes with the theme am using on my Ibex so I searched for a tutorial on how to make a GDM and started working…

It is based on a GDM I had for a long time called debian elegant from http://zuhika.fw.hu/,

I also used an Ubuntu sticker from http://deviantdark.deviantart.com/art/Ubuntu-Stickers-63103968

I hope you like it as I do :)

I uploaded it to gnome look you can find it at this link



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Blackbuntu Theme Mix

This is suggestion of a colmplete pack for theming you Ubuntu to have a smooth and elegant black look and feel:

  • GDM: Of course you need an elegant GDM like the one I’ve just created ;) . DOWNLOAD IT and you can install it by going to:

System –> Administration –> Login Window

Go to “Local” tab and press “Add”, Navigate to the place where you downloaded the GDM archive. select it and close. now you have the GDM is installed you can select it from the dialogue and close.



  • Icon pack: Human – O2 is a very nice Icon pack with many options, DOWNLOAD IT then extract the archive file you will find a “install.sh” file double click on it and follow the instructions to install it I have chosen the Manilla folders…


  • GTK-2 : you will like the moomex theme when you see it, DOWNLOAD IT and install it by going to:

System –> Preferences –> Appearance

Click on install, Navigate to the place where you downloaded the theme archive. add it then the theme will suggest a font accept it, and we’re set…


  • Emerald theme: am using a theme called radial, DOWNLOAD IT and install it using Emerald theme manager.
  • Wallpaper can be found here.


I like it very much, hope you too will like it :)

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changing icon themes in OpenOffice.org 3.0

Open Office 3.0 is now out with many new improvements for more about the new features you can visit this link, and also it can be downloaded from this link. but am here now to give a tip on how can enhance the look of your Open Office on Ubuntu, so lets start:

First you need to go synaptic:

System --> Administration --> Synaptic Package Manager

then you need to search for

openoffice.org style

or something like that, now you will find many packages like tango, crystal, galaxy, industrial…

download anyone you like and then open openoffice and go to:

Tools –> Options –> OpenOffice.org –> view

then in the field

icon size and style

you can choose the styles you previously downloaded am using crystal :)

here are some screen shots for my open office:

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Adha Mobarak


Wish all happy Eid and Adha Mobarak :-)

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Windows Vista Source Code …

A friend of mine passed this image to me, and I could not believe how descriptive it is alt.


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