Archive for the ‘Google Tools for Linux’ Category

John The Ripper (JTR) is one of best password cracker ever built. At the first time, it’s design to detect the weakness of UNIX password. Now, it’s available for Unix, Linux, Windows, DOS, BeOS and Open-VMS. It supports several crypt password hash types in Unix, Kerberos AFS and windows NT/2000/XP LM hashes.

John The Ripper is a free and open source and distributed in source code file but for easy installation you can buy John The Ripper Pro.

 Before we start, you have to download JTR from http://www.openwall.com/john/g/john-1.7.9.tar.gz and put it in your selected folder.

 In this tutorial, I put JTR under /opt folder.
Type ‘sudo tar xvzf‘ following by JTR file name. The name can be different depend on which version that you have. I type: sudo tar xvzf john-1.7.9.tar.gz


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Google Desktop is web based search data application. Although it’s still in beta version for Linux but I think it’s very useful for us to find any informations that stay in our computer.

Step 1. Download the package

Go to http://desktop.google.com/linux/ and click ‘Download Google Desktop‘ to download the program.The file size is 7.5MB.

  • Choose Debian/Ubuntu format.


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Picasa is an free pictures organizer from Google. Now it’s available for Linux. You can create Web Album, Email, Print, Blog, Collage (It’s cool), Export (resize & change the quality) to a new file.

Other things that you can do:

  • Find the pictures you forgot you had

  • Move and re-name pictures from inside Picasa

  • Add a star rating

  • Keep one pictures in multiple albums

  • Password protect collections

  • Amazing effects turn so-so pictures into works of art

  • Write captions that stay with the picture

  • Zoom. Pan. Tilt. Get the angle you intended

  • It has RGB histogram, a real-time graph that shows the intensity of colors in your pictures.

  • Create slide show.

  • Export pictures to popular photo processing website.

  • Burn to CD or DVD.

  • Give gift CDs with slide shows.

  • Create a network back backup of your pictures.

  • Turn your photo into a movie.

  • Make a personalized desktop picture or screen saver.

  • Create a poster.


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Google Earth is a great program to see a place from satellite. It’s designed for Windows before but it’s also available for Linux.

You can download the program from www.google.com. It’s in linux installer format, so you don’t have to compile it again.

Step 1. Installation Process

After you downloaded the program, go to its directory and run the installer.

taufanlubis@toshiba:~/MyData/Packages$ ls -lh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

-rwxrwxrwx 1 taufanlubis taufanlubis 22M 2007-10-20 15:06 GoogleEarthLinux.bin


taufanlubis@toshiba:~/MyData/Packages$ sudo ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin

[sudo] password for taufanlubis:

Verifying archive integrity… All good.

Uncompressing Google Earth for GNU/Linux……………………………………………………..


Then, click ‘Begin Install’ button.

Installing mimetypes…

Installing desktop menu entries…

Installing desktop icon…


You will get the screen above after the installation process is done.

You can run it from Applications > Internet > Google Earth.

Type your destination at ‘Fly to’ text box. For example, I stay in Bogor, Indonesia. So, I just type ‘bogor, indonesia’ in ‘Fly to text box’. But, make sure that you connected to the internet otherwise the google earth will not work.


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