To get set up for Android App development, I’m following the instructions from Google here.

I installed Eclipse through the Ubuntu Software Center (searched for “eclipse” and clicked install).

Also had to install eclipse-jdt (Java Development Tools) through the Synaptic Package Manager.

Also had to install eclipse-pdt (Plugin Development Tools) through Package Manager.

(Edit 11/11/2010: When going through this process again with Ubuntu 10.4, I used the Ubuntu Software Center instead of the Synaptic Package Manager. Also, I must have meant eclipse-pde - Plugin Development Environment, as I can’t find eclipse-pdt listed as an available package.)

Through Eclipses “Help -> Install New Software” dialog, I had to add the basic software source for eclipse (don’t know why this isn’t set up by default) which is:

and install “WST Server Adapters” which is apparently a prerequisite for the ADT plugin. Learned that from this site.

Now to try installing the android plugin (ADT) by adding to the eclipse list of software sources.

Looks like that did it! ADT is installed… (now what’s next?)

Here’s something I’ve wanted to do for ages in Windows: starting Explorer in a specific directory from a shortcut. The command-line is this:

C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe /n,/e,c:\somepath

Note that the commas are necessary. Refer to this knowledge base article for info on the commane-line switches.

Found this link about creating a shortcut to launch a VirtualBox machine directly without having to first load the VirtualBox GUI. In short, the linux command-line is:

VBoxManage startvm <your virtual machine name>

Just discovered a website called the Bigisi Project, which provides some really high-quality themes for Gnome/Ubuntu. Check it out.

After mucking around with Amarok for about half an hour, I remembered that by default, Ubuntu doesn’t include support for “non-free” codecs like mp3 or dvd playback. You have to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package to enable these abilities. Full terminal command is:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

It’s easy enough to do, but annoying that this isn’t included by default. Still, it’s a small price to pay to use free (as in speech) software. Especially when it’s also free (as in beer).