Month: December 2009

Pulse Problems on Karmic

After installing Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10), I was thrilled about the sound working so much better.  The latest version of Skype supported pulse directly, and everything seemed to be great.

But then, the sound quit working suddenly, and nothing would bring it back.  I checked the Alsa volume settings, I tinkered with several of the config files, and I compared to the configuration with the live CD.

Finally, what solved my problem was:

  • deleted (backed up) ~/.pulse
  • rebooted
  • turned up my volume with the applet by the clock
  • ran speaker-test
  • I heard noise!

I will continue to keep my eye out for what is breaking the sound, but at least I have a solution.  Please let me know if anyone else has this problem.

Here are some of the links that I checked:

Eclipse on Karmic (Ubuntu 9.10)

After installing Ubuntu 9.10, I realized that they have updated the version of Eclipse in the repositories.  So, I was able to install it with apt-get rather than download it manually.  Here is the version information from the About screen:

Eclipse SDK
Version: 3.5.1
Build id: M20090917-0800
(c) Copyright Eclipse contributors and others 2000, 2009.  All rights reserved.

Eclipse SDK
Version: 3.5.1Build id: M20090917-0800
(c) Copyright Eclipse contributors and others 2000, 2009.  All rights reserved.Visit

The one thing I had to add was the plugins that I use.  First, I found a blog post with instructions on adding a repository with additional plugins via packages.  To use it, add this repository to your software sources:

deb karmic main

This command will import the key:

wget -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update

So, with that said, here are the packages that I installed:

  • eclipse
  • eclipse-rcp
  • eclipse-platform
  • eclipse-emf
  • eclipse-platform-data
  • eclipse-pde
  • eclipse-plugin-cvs
  • eclipse-wtp
  • eclipse-dtp
  • eclipse-jdt
  • eclipse-gef

Then, I added the following update sites to Eclipse.  Open the preferences with the menu: Window > Preferences.  Then, go to Install/Update > Available Software Sites.

I added Visual Swing.  See this earlier post for more information.  Here is the update site:


For MyLyn, I found a conversation that recommended the following two sites:


To install the plugins, go to Help > Install New Software.