Ubuntu – Extract Archive on Open or Double Click

In Mac OS X, when you double-click a ZIP file its contents are extracted. I wanted similar functionality in Ubuntu. You can use file-roller utility to extract files to the destination folder name as zip file name.

You can set above as a default action, by viewing the property of any zip file in Nautilus and selecting file-roller with -h as command line option.

Zip Prop

Screenshot-Add Application

Screenshot-mockito-1.8.0.zip Properties


Meld – Powerful Diff/Merge for Ubuntu

I was searching for something similar to Araxis Merge for Ubuntu.

I stumbled across, Meld which provides all the features essential in a visual diff tool. Apart from diff feature, it also support version control browsing, displaying which files are modified and allows to compare with previous version, update etc.

Below are some screenshots -

New Compare Dialog –


Version Control Browser -



Ubuntu – Install from USB

I was struggling to install Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) using the USB drive as I was not having any CD media. I tried couple of methods which required me to copy syslinux etc in order to build USB bootable Ubuntu disk from scratch.

There is another way which I just found out, its quite strightforward and works out of box :)

UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without requiring you to burn a CD. You can either let it download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you’ve already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn’t on the list.