Friday, December 11, 2009


What is Moblin™?

The open source Moblin™ project drives new technologies to enable Rich internet content on mobile internet devices, portable media players, digital set top boxes, personal navigation devices and the like via the Linux operating system.

Mobile Linux Development Resources

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 is now out!!!!!!!

Ubuntu 9.10 is now out!!!!!!!

Email and chat

Chat with friends and colleagues through Empathy which integrates: Yahoo, Gmail, MSN, Jabber, AOL, QQ and many more.

Evolution gives you email, an address book and a calendar and works well with colleagues and friends using MS Outlook.

Browse the Internet

Ubuntu includes Mozilla Firefox 3.5 for faster and safer browsing.

For a choice of other open-source web browsers visit the Software Centre and take your pick.


Upload from your camera or phone to F-Spot.

Manage, tag, share and sort your photos.

Upload easily to your favourite social network or photo-sharing sites inlcuding: Flickr, Facebook, Picassa and many others.

Music and videos

Plug in your PSP, iPod, MP3 player and use Rythmbox to download, store, buy and play music.

Share playlists with your friends.

Access directly through Rythmbox to stream your favourite music.

Stream and play video from YouTube, BBC and others.

Office applications

Create professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations with 3.0. is compatible with all office applications including Microsoft Office.

The big difference is that is free (and promises never to introduce Mr Clippy)

Play games

Over 400 completely free and completely cool games. Solitaire is not the only game in town.

Visit the Software Centre to easily browse, select and install games.

Store, sync and share

Integrated "Ubuntu One" technology gives you 2 GB of online storage for free.

Easily share files between your own and your friends' computers.

Upgrade at low cost for more storage if you need it.

Software Center

Instant access to thousands of free and open-source applications

Categories include: Education, Games, Sound and Video, Graphics, Programming and Office.

Simply select the applications you want to use and the Software Center will add them to your computer

No CDs, no licenses, no hassle.


At the core of the Ubuntu philosophy is the belief that computing is for everyone and whatever your circumstances. Ubuntu is one of the most accessible operating systems around and is fully translated into 23 languages with many more to follow.


Download Ubuntu Netbook Remix | Ubuntu

For your netbook - download Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Step 1: Download Ubuntu CD image

If your download doesn’t start in 10 seconds, please click here to retry or choose a different download location.

Please be sure to choose a location near you

Step 2: Create your UNR flash drive

After the ISO file has finished downloading you will have to create a bootable flash drive. Use the link below to find detailed instructions.

How to create a bootable flash drive »

Step 3: Install UNR on your netbook

When the flash drive is ready, simply put it in your USB slot, restart your computer and follow the instructions that will appear on your screen. Don't forget that you can make more copies and pass the flash drive to as many people as you like.

Thanks for downloading. Have fun using Ubuntu Netbook Remix!

Download Ubuntu Netbook Remix | Ubuntu

Top 10 Apps that Boosts Ubuntu’s User Experience — ProgrammerFish - Everything that's programmed!

1) Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak allows changing all the itsy-bitsy pieces of Ubuntu desktop OS. It is the equivalent of TweakUI for Windows. You can achieve the same results by using the gconf-editor tool in Ubuntu. Ubuntu Tweak also helps install third-party upgrades in a simpler fashion so it definitely gives a new boost to your clumsy Ubuntu desktop and increases UserExperience.


Top 10 Apps that Boosts Ubuntu’s User Experience — ProgrammerFish - Everything that's programmed!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

20 Ubuntu Derivatives You Should Know About

Whether you like Ubuntu or not, it is here to stay. Ubuntu has contributed a lot to the Linux community in sparking interest in new Linux users and opening the doors to “ease-of-use” Linux. Their Influence has spread throughout the Linux community sparking new distributions.

Here are 20 of them you should know about:

20 Ubuntu Derivatives You Should Know About

Monday, September 28, 2009

General Troubleshooting in Linux

Troubleshooting in Linux is a breeze if you know which tools to use and how to use them. In this article we learn to do some general Linux troubleshooting on the most common elements of the computer: hardware, programs installed, network, and log files.

General Troubleshooting in Linux

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.

The *box visual style is well known for its minimalistic appearance. Openbox uses the *box visual style, while providing a greater number of options for theme developers than previous *box implementations. The theme documentation describes the full range of options found in Openbox themes.

Openbox lets you bring the latest applications outside of a full desktop environment. Most modern applications have been written with GNOME and KDE in mind. With support for the latest standards, as well as careful adherence to previous standards, Openbox provides an environment where applications work the way they were designed to
Openbox is a highly configurable window manager. It allows you to change almost every aspect of how you interact with your desktop and invent completely new ways to use and control it. It can be like a video game for controlling windows. But Openbox can also be kept extremely simple, as it is in the default setup, meaning that it can suit just about anybody. Openbox gives you control without making you do everything

Openbox makes desktop environments better. By running Openbox inside the GNOME or K desktop environments, you can combine their ease and functionality with the power of Openbox. Your desktop becomes cleaner and faster, and is in your control, when you use Openbox.

Take a look at the getting started guide and change how you manage your desktop.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Karmic Koala Alpha 1 | Ubuntu

The Ubuntu developers are moving quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. The Karmic Koala Alpha 1 is the first alpha release of Ubuntu 9.10, bringing with it the earliest new features for the next version of Ubuntu.

Karmic Koala Alpha 1 | Ubuntu

How to: Easily Share Files with Dropbox - Step-by-step tutorial with screenshots - Softpedia

Online storage services became very popular in the last year or so... especially the ones that offered substantial free storage. Canonical and Mandriva also announced recently that they would offer such services for their operating systems in the next months. To be honest, Ubuntu One from Canonical seems very promising... but until it will be available for everyone, we have a very nice alternative for you: Dropbox!
Dropbox was released one year ago and it allows Linux, Mac and Windows users to share files online or across computers. If you're asking yourselves "Do I really need this?" then you should know that this kind of service can be used to share any type of file, for automatic backups or real-time synchronization.

How to: Easily Share Files with Dropbox - Step-by-step tutorial with screenshots - Softpedia

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Boot and Run Ubuntu from a USB Drive | Hack N Mod

Boot and Run Ubuntu from a USB Drive

We’ve shown you how to run XP from a USB drive, and now it’s Ubuntu’s turn. Learn step by step how to prep your drive for Ubuntu. Running an OS from a flash drive can be useful sometimes, you can even recover data from a damaged hard drive.

This tutorial will show you how to install, boot, and run the popular Linux OS, Ubuntu from your flash drive. You will be able to automatically save your changes and settings back to the flash drive and restore them on each boot using a second partition.

You can run Ubuntu with all your settings and files, even if you don’t have your own computer with you. You will have a whole, powerful operating system in your pocket!

Full article here: Boot and Run Ubuntu from a USB Drive | Hack N Mod

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sugar on a Stick - Sugar Labs

Sugar Labs offers ubiquitous access to Sugar in a USB (Universal Serial Bus) flash memory drive (stick). The Sugar on a Stick project gives children access to their Sugar on any computer in their environment with just a USB memory stick. Taking advantage of the Fedora LiveUSB, it's possible to store everything you need to run Sugar on a single USB memory stick (minimum size 1GB). This small USB device can boot into the Sugar learning platform on different computers at home, at school, or at an after-school program, bypassing the software on the those computers. In fact, Sugar on a Stick will work even if the computer does not have a hard-drive. With Sugar on a Stick, the learning experience is the same on any computer: at school, at home, at the library, or an after-school center. SugarLabs3x.jpg

What's exactly on the Stick: The Fedora version contains a compressed copy of Fedora 11 that will boot, run in memory, and maintain changes on a USB flash drive with a standard FAT16 or FAT32 partition. The files coexist with other files the user may have or put on the disk. Different types of configurations are being designed to offer the options to run virtualizations or emulations and to use virtual machines on existing computers, saving the Sugar Home folder (the learner's work) on the Stick for use at another workstation. See our resources page for more information.
For general questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for Sugar on a Stick.
You can learn more from Walter Bender's interview with Xconomy, Wayan Vota's video and Mike Lee's pictures.

Sugar on a Stick - Sugar Labs

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My Ubuntu Tips

by Alan Zisman (c) 2006, 2009

I'm not a Linux guru, just someone who's pretty comfortable working with Windows and Mac OS X systems who wanted to see to how well I could get Ubuntu Linux up and running as a replacement for those systems. There are some nice things about Linux and about Ubuntu in particular that make it a potentially appealing choice:

  • Linux doesn't suffer from the plague of Internet-borne viruses, spyware, and vulnerabilities to hackers that plague Windows systems
  • Unlike the (equally secure) Mac OS X, Linux can be installed onto the hardware that most people already have-- standard PCs. Many Linux-capable computers can be purchased cheaply or even obtained for free. For instance, I'm running Ubuntu Linux on a 2001-era HP Omnibook notebook... this Pentium III-800 MHz system cost US$4100 when new; I bought it recently for CDN$250. With 512 MB RAM and a 20 GB hard drive, it runs Ubuntu quite nicely.
  • Ubuntu is free and comes with a range of equally free applications such as the office suite, The Gimp photo editor, and more. Lots of other free applications and utilities are available for free installation.
However, there are some things about Linux and about Ubuntu in particular that are less appealing to people like me:

  • There are a large number of Linux distributions. While on the one hand, that means there are specialized packages for users with different needs (for instance free distributions vs paid distributions for people or organizations more comfortable with a formal support structure), it can be confusing. Moreover, some applications require different versions for different distributions, or are more easily installed in some distributions than others.
  • Similarly, there are a multiplicity of potential interfaces; two major desktop interfaces: Gnome (used in the standard Ubuntu package) and KDE (used in the Kubuntu varient) and lots of others. This too is both a good thing and a source of confusion. I chose the standard (Gnome-based) Ubuntu, in part simply because I like the way it looks compared to KDE.
  • There may be no Linux drivers for some hardware peripherals, or driver-installation may only be possible with more fussing than many users are comfortable with. When drivers do exist, they may be lacking some of the features of the commercial drivers for Windows or Mac OS X. While Ubuntu's scanner utility recognized the scanner in my HP PSC950 all-in-one, I couldn't actually get it to scan, for instance.
  • There's a down-side to Ubuntu's being free and open source. For licensing reasons, it doesn't include software that isn't also free and open source (under the Gnu Public License- GPL). So free software such as Real Player or Adobe Acrobat isn't included. Even though there are Linux versions of these programs, they aren't open source and licensed under the GPL. Users have to download and install them on their own. Out of the box, Ubuntu is somewhat multi-media challenged- though it's getting better!
Full list here: My Ubuntu Tips :: Ten tips for new Ubuntu users

Ubuntu has become the most popular Linux distribution for new Linux users. It's easy to install, easy to use, and usually "just works." But moving to a different operating system can be confusing, no matter how well-designed it is. Here's a list of tips that might save you some time while you're getting used to Ubuntu.

1. Getting multimedia to work

The default Ubuntu install contains free software only, which means that it doesn't support some popular multimedia formats straight out of the box. This is inconvenient, but the Ubuntu folks have good reasons for not shipping with support for MP3, DVDs, and so forth -- including that software could cause them some legal headaches, or incur some serious fees.

Fortunately, as a user, you don't need to worry about fees (though some of the packages may not be legal due to patent restrictions or restrictions on circumventing copy protection, depending on where you live). The Ubuntu wiki has a page on restricted formats that explains how to get the packages you need. However, if you run Ubuntu on AMD64 or PowerPC hardware, you'll still be out in the cold for some of the packages, since some multimedia formats depend on proprietary software that's not available for those hardware platforms.

More here: :: Ten tips for new Ubuntu users

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

17 Essential Linux Resources That You Shouldn’t Miss | A New Morning

Linux is one of our favorite topics, have covered some nifty topics on linux in the past. Today, we are covering a Wide Collection of Linux Apps which include Image Viewers, Video Editors, News Aggregators, Backup Tools & Guides etc. Credit goes to all the people who have put maximum effort to gather these various application in their own specific categories. You may also want to check out our “Linux” Category for more awesome stuff.

17 Essential Linux Resources That You Shouldn’t Miss | A New Morning

Sunday, August 09, 2009

How to gracefully reboot your Ubuntu/Debian system if all else fails | ArsGeek

There you are, staring at a crashed Gnome session, CTRL-ALT-BKSPC does nothing. ALT-CTRL-F1 won’t bring you to a terminal where you could cd to /etc/init.d and restart gdm. In short, your choices seem to be limited to holding down the power button and chancing file system corruption or nothing.

But wait! There’s two more options that you may not have known about!

Here are two ways to first try and kill just the process on your current terminal (thus allowing you to get back into your machine and at least attempt a ’shutdown -h now’ command) and if that fails, to bring your machine down in a more graceful manner than a hard shutdown.

First, we’ll try and kill all the process on your current terminal. To do this, hold down the following keys -

ALT + SysReq + k

What the heck is a SysReq key? Look for it on your PrtSc or Print Screen key. The k in this instance stands for Kill.

If that doesn’t work for you, it’s time to take drastic action. You’ll now enter a series of keystrokes that will tell your computer to do some housekeeping before shutting down.

ALT + SysReq + r

This stands for Raw keyboard mode.

ALT + SysReq + s

This syncs the disk.

ALT + SysReq + e

This terminates all processes

ALT + SysReq + i

Kill’s all processes that weren’t terminated nicely.

ALT + SysReq + u

Remounts all filesystems as read only.

ALT + SysReq + b


That’s a heck of a lot better than simply holding down the power button and hoping everything works out okay.

How will you ever remember all those keystrokes? There is a long held mnemonic that makes it a bit easier:

Raising Skinny Elephants Is Utterly Boring - RSEIUB

You should use this method only if other methods (mentioned above) fail.

How to gracefully reboot your Ubuntu/Debian system if all else fails | ArsGeek

Thursday, August 06, 2009

5 Excellent Downloadable eBooks To Teach Yourself Linux

So you have heard of all the advantages and geeky babble about how Linux is better and you have finally decided to try it? Just one thing, you don’t know an awful lot about Linux to get you started. How about some free downloadable ebooks to teach yourself Linux, that you can download today? Would that help?linux-penguin

Free – you ask? Yes, free. Welcome to the world of Linux where things are free both as in free speech and also as in free beer (mostly)!

If you are starting out on your journey towards Linux awesomeness, here are a few free downloadable ebooks to teach yourself Linux that should help you along nicely:

5 Excellent Downloadable eBooks To Teach Yourself Linux

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Easy Way To Install Ubuntu Linux On USB Drive

Ubuntu is one of most active group behind modifying linux and making it easy for windows users to accept and try ubuntu linux with more user acceptability.

Out of the all those Ubuntu community has taken the initiative of proving desktop edition of ubuntu linux which can be easily installed and uninstalled from windows itself. The only thing that was quite difficult till now was to install ubuntu linux on a USB portable drive.

But now with uSbuntu Live Creator which is the safest and easiest way to install ubuntu linux on your USB portable drive which enables you to install and run ubuntu directly from your USB drive.

You can install ubuntu on USB drive either from a ubuntu iso image you have, or from a ubuntu installation cd and you don’t have them then you need download the iso image of ubuntu from here.

I would recommend a USB drive of at least 2 GB capacity to install ubuntu linux, uSbuntu live creator will take some amount of time to install ubuntu, but the booting time will depend on the size and speed of your USB drive.

Easy Way To Install Ubuntu Linux On USB Drive

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Linux Shutdown Management

Everything you need to know about shutting down and rebooting Linux from the command line.

Linux Shutdown Management

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

10 outstanding Linux backup utilities - Program - Linux - Builder AU

A dependable backup tool is not a luxury — everyone needs to have one. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune to get the feature set that meets your needs.

Whether you’re in the IT industry or you're a computer power user, you need to have a backup tool at the ready. With this tool, you will need scheduled backups, one-time backups, local backups, remote backups, and many other features.

Plenty of proprietary solutions are out there. Some of them are minimal and cost effective, while others are feature-rich and costly. The open source community is no stranger to the world of backups. Here are 10 excellent backup solutions for the Linux operating system. In fact, some of these are actually cross platform and will back up Linux, Windows and/or Mac.

10 outstanding Linux backup utilities - Program - Linux - Builder AU

Monday, July 27, 2009

Linux LiveCD Router Firewall Software Appliance

Linux LiveCD Router - free Speed-up your Internet connection ! Linux LiveCD Router allows you to share, firewall, balance and optimize your broadband connection. You can use ADSL, Cable Modem, USB 3G Cards, T1, Dial-Up, WiFi.

Can balance and backup multiple ISPs and connections. Includes traffic priority settings for VoIP and other apps. Can avoid ISP traffic limiting. free download!


  • Share and Firewall your broadband or dedicated Internet connection

  • Includes Firewall Shorewall and Masquerading (NAT)

  • Does not require any installation. It is a LiveCD, your computer simply boots straight from the CD (or flash disk). Does not require a hard disk

  • Supports ADSL, Cablemodem, USB 3G Cards, T1, Dial-Up, WiFi

  • Traffic Control, QoS WonderShaper

  • DHCP Client and Server

  • Remote SSH administration

  • Secure Internet Access using OpenVPN

  • Can balance 2 internet connections (multi ISP)

  • Ideal for high speed (5 mbps+) adsl lines - since most WAN ports on integrated routers do not support 5 mbps+ speeds

  • Use standard and low cost computer, networking and wifi hardware

  • Linux Software compatible with Windows and Mac Networks

  • Boot from USB flash new

  • Download it now Free!

    Download LiveCD-Router-20.iso (90 MBytes) (does not include the web management interface) free download!
    You simply download it and burn it to a CDrom. Then you just boot it and use it. No need to install!
    README Changelog Documentation FAQ Subscribe to new releases

    Linux LiveCD Router Firewall Software Appliance

    Saturday, July 18, 2009

    Fresh Free Open Source Games for Linux, Windows and Mac 2009 Edition

    A little more than a year has passed since created the original "Fresh Free Open Source Games for Linux and Windows list". Which is a list that showcases the new and ongoing development of great free open source games. During the past year developers have been relentlessly pounding out new games and adding to their existing code base all in an effort to entertain the gamers.

    So without further ado i would like to introduce the "fresh free open source games list 2009 edition". Once again this is not your average top 10 Linux, windows and mac games list. Most games on this list are in a beta /stable state so they will be totally playable. The majority of these games are cross platform so everyone will be able to enjoy. If anyone knows of any more fresh free open source games that we should should be showcasing in the next list or adding to this one, please send us an email at and we will try to make sure it makes the list.

    Before we get on with the list would like to thank all developers for the great entertainment and joy they have brought everyone though there ongoing efforts.

    Once again here are the fresh free games in no particular order at Cyber Punk Cafe.

    Build Your Own Open-Source DVR | Hack N Mod

    An oldie but a goodie, this tutorial shows you how to build a nice DVR, using open source software, a PC and a TV tuner card, perfect for those who wish to record and save video without the hassles of DRM. Essentially, it’s like building your own Tivo to record and playback your favorite shows on demand.

    First things first, depending on your budget you either need to dedicate a PC to the task or use old hardware you have lying around; but beware that you need a beefier system if you plan on recording several streams at the same time. If money is not a problem, ideally you would get a low-noise living room case and start from the ground up but just about any 2-3 year old system will do.
    Then you need to pick out a TV tuner card. Head over to MythTV’s compatibility site to make sure the card works with the system, but anything with DVB Linux drivers will work. After you’ve lined up the hardware, head over to MythTV’s site and download the their latest ISO, burn onto a CD and start installing.
    MythTV is an all-inclusive Linux distro which handles every aspect of the DVR system, but there are other variants that work on OS X and Windows. It has a 10-foot interface, which means that it works perfect from a distance, such as your couch. I would also recommend getting a wireless remote, but a regular keyboard and mouse will do just fine.
    Once you’ve set everything up, you will have a very powerful DVR, with remote recording capabilities, DVD playback and archiving features, amongst other TiVo lacking functions. Don’t forget to subscribe to HacknMod and stay updated with daily hacks.

    Build Your Own Open-Source DVR | Hack N Mod

    Sunday, July 12, 2009

    GNOME + Do = Crazy Delicious

    Simple, sleek, swift, smart. Do.

    GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present on your desktop or the web, and perform useful actions on those items.

    GNOME Do is inspired by Quicksilver & GNOME Launch Box.

    Download Do

    GNOME + Do = Crazy Delicious

    Ubuntu Tweak--Let's tweak ubuntu!

    Ubuntu Tweak is an application designed to config Ubuntu easier for everyone.

    It provided many usefull desktop and system options that the default desktop environment isn’t provided.

    At present, It is only designed for Ubuntu GNOME Desktop, and often follows the newest Ubuntu distribution.


    Ubuntu Tweak is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation. More information can see at the the package’s LICENSE.

    Features of Ubuntu Tweak

    • View of Basic System Information(Distribution, Kernel, CPU, Memory, etc.)
    • GNOME Session Control
    • Auto Start Program Control
    • Qucik install common usded applications
    • A lot of third-party sources to keep application up-to-date
    • Clean unneeded packages or cache to free the disk space
    • Show/Hide and Change Splash screen
    • Show/Hide desktop icons or Mounted Volumes
    • Show/Hide/Rename Computer, Home, Trash icon or Network icon
    • Tweak Metacity Window Manager’s Style and Behavior
    • Compiz Fusion settings, Screen Edge Settings, Window Effects Settings, Menu Effect Settings
    • Set the Shortcuts to let qucikly access your favourite applications
    • GNOME Panel Settings
    • Nautilus Settings
    • Advanced Power Management Settings
    • System Security Settings

    Ubuntu Tweak--Let's tweak ubuntu!

    Top 10 Apps that Boosts Ubuntu’s User Experience

    1) Ubuntu Tweak

    Ubuntu Tweak allows changing all the itsy-bitsy pieces of Ubuntu desktop OS. It is the equivalent of TweakUI for Windows. You can achieve the same results by using the gconf-editor tool in Ubuntu. Ubuntu Tweak also helps install third-party upgrades in a simpler fashion so it definitely gives a new boost to your clumsy Ubuntu desktop and increases UserExperience.



    2) Screenlets

    The Screenlets application provides access to hundreds of Google Gadgets and other open source widgets, like Remember the Milk or Google Calendar. Ubuntu can also hide the Screenlets until a key is pressed – to get it done you will also need to install the compizconfig-settings-manager package.

    This is what they say:

    Screenlets are small owner-drawn applications (written in Python) that can be described as “the virtual representation of things lying/standing around on your desk”. Sticknotes, clocks, rulers, … the possibilities are endless.

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    3) Handbrake

    Handbrake works with the VLC media player to rip a DVD into a video format file.

    This is what they say:

    HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder



    4) Yakuake

    Yakuake is a terminal application with tabbing features that is fast with custom coloring and shading and offers an integrated experience. It has been coded for KDE-based systems but it will run on Ubuntu. You may want to make this program start up with system startup.


    UPDATE: They are updating their website which currently says:

    The website is under heavy construction. Please be patient! The version 3.0 of YaKuake is on its way with great new features.

    5) UNetbootin

    UNetbootin turns any Linux operating system distribution into something that boots from a USB stick. You can custom-make your own operating system with a chosen kernel and UNetbootin makes the process very easy.



    6) Songbird

    Songbird is an attractive and adaptable music app for Ubuntu. It can manage your iPod, grab album art, play streaming web tracks and has a host of add-ons that are able to mash up web data and you may also customize how this app looks and feels.



    7) Conky

    This application is controlled by text files and you can mix and match the features and data you want displayed. Conky can make available any data you want on the desktop and can keep it updated.


    8 ) VirtualBox

    VirtualBox provides a trimmed-down version of XP that is easy for a newbie yet very customizable as a taskbar in your Ubuntu desktop is much like VMWare but the only difference is that it’s OpenSource. Its primarily for the enterprise users but could be used on any machine for virtualizing. So if you are not yet ready for migration to Ubuntu then you can get a taste of it by installing it on top on VirtualBox i.e. your virtualized Ubuntu experience.



    9) DropBox

    DropBox integrates as a folder in your home directory and synchronizes the files with a 2 GB free account and offers access and notifications from system tray.



    10) GNOME Do

    GNOME Do is a productivity tool and application launcher for Ubuntu. You can assign keyboard shortcuts to open applications, use terminal commands, update Twitter, etc. GNOME Do also includes a desktop clock.



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    Linux games - Lots of great choices

    All right, it's time to talk about Linux games, once again.

    In this article, I'm going to present a whole variety of Linux games, across a range of genres. I'm going to review several titles in detail, complete with screenshots and grades. Next, I will talk about non-native Linux games, which can still be enjoyed using certain tools and methods. We will talk about the tools and methods, too. We'll also talk about mini-games that come bundled with distributions, Flash games, online game repositories, and more.

    It should be interesting. If you're a gamer, spend 5-6 minutes of your time reading. I promise you, you'll like it.

    So, if you are new to Linux and wondering if you can enjoy games on Linux, the answer is: very much so yes. Follow me.

    First, a philosophical intro ...

    Linux gaming is kind of a black sheep of the open-source world, a thoroughly under-appreciated and under-advertised part of the Linux sphere. Which is a shame, because most computer users, especially younger people, are quite interested in computer games and would do a lot for these games, including mastering a whole new operating system, if it promised them free, high-quality games.

    Today, Linux gaming lags far behind Windows and keeps many people from trying out Linux for just this reason. A few years ago, the main obstacle was the choice of software, the hardware compatibility and the difficulty of installation. Now that these issues are slowly and successfully being solved, a new major issue arises - the gaming.

    Personally, I have no problem with playing games on both Windows and Linux, as I believe that users should be able to enjoy the best of both worlds, but the gaming is currently highly unbalanced, in favor of Windows. A part of this inequality can also be blamed on public relations.

    Many Linux users do not put up enough effort advertising Linux gaming. It exists. And it's quite good. It is not yet its counterpart in the Windows world, but it's getting better and better daily. There are more games, better games, being created for Linux all the time.

    So let's see what a Linux gamer should expect from his/her box!

    Linux games - Lots of great choices

    Could you switch over to being 100% open source? | Hardware 2.0 |

    Whether it’s down to the sagging economy or the slow but inevitable death of XP, I’m hearing from many people who are looking to jump off the Microsoft software bandwagon and pitch up with the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) movement. But could you realistically move your home or business PCs over to open source software and make a 100% switch?

    This question intrigues me, and I think that ultimately there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to it. I think that some people could, others can’t, and others could, but simply won’t.

    At one end of the spectrum you have the home user who spends 90% of their PC time on the Internet. These folks could switch to FOSS in a heartbeat. Even if they do more, like write lists, maybe compile a few reports, and maybe even mess about with photos and a bit of video, switching to FOSS would be a doddle.

    Could you switch over to being 100% open source?

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    At the other end of the spectrum you have large corporations running highly-complex systems. For these entities, changing anything is a major issue.

    Then you have everyone else.

    Read full article here: Could you switch over to being 100% open source? | Hardware 2.0 |

    60 Best Ubuntu Themes | A New Morning

    I recently had a chance to install Ubuntu on my home PC and since I’m a fan of good themes and love to customize my desktop, I started searching for the best Ubuntu / Gnome Themes. I downloaded loads of them, bookmarked and saved the pages for further use. I confronted Dark, colored, light each with a different perspective. So after a good long list, here’s what I found and think are one of the best Ubuntu / Gnome themes.

    60 Best Ubuntu Themes | A New Morning

    A Day Without Open Source — TalkBMC

    I was at a conference when two techies walked into the open bar, one an open source supporter and one staunchly anti. They got into it a bit after a few drinks, and Mr. Anti commented loudly, “I wish open source would just go away! It causes more trouble than it's worth.” Statements I obviously have issues with. Now, I know most people don’t understand the role of open source software in our world, or just how many services that we take for granted would disappear without it. If you’re a card-carrying member of the community, you probably know where I’m headed.

    Say at the stroke of midnight, all open source software magically vanished. What would still work tomorrow?

    For starters, the Internet would “disappear” for the average user. Most Domain Name Servers (DNS) are run on open source software like BIND, which turns into the IP address of the appropriate server. The majority of basic Internet users would be literally lost in translation. Of course, BIND isn't the only open source software for DNS. And not all DNS solutions are open source.

    So assume DNS still works or perhaps you memorized instead of Even with name servers functioning, Google would drop off of the face of the Internet. Google is primarily powered by Linux—arguably the most popular open source operating system on the planet. No worries. You'll just pop over to Yahoo!, right? Wrong. Yahoo! is one of the largest consumers of another popular open source operating system: FreeBSD. Now you’ve resigned yourself to trying We all know they're not running open source, and they've been working hard on that search feature for quite some time.

    Ok, MSN is up and running, now execute a search. I heard a sweet Shakira remix on the radio this morning; I’m going to search for that. MSN returns a list of sites offering the song . . . I’m clicking on them . . . and . . . nothing. No dancing? No Latin rhythms? Over 60% of all Internet sites are powered by Apache, an open source web server. Before I even click on a link, my chances of success have been reduced to 4 in 10.

    Of the 118,023,363 sites surveyed by NetCraft so far in the month of May, just over 70 million of them wouldn't work if open source software were to disappear. Of course, Apache isn't the only open source web server and . . . you know the rest. I could go on and on about how none of your online transactions would be secure without OpenSSH and OpenSSl and all the other services users access every day that wouldn’t exist in this scenario.

    Open source is not a new trend. It’s not a fad. It’s everywhere, whether you recognize it or not. From the embedded Linux in new wireless routers to Firefox, the world's most popular open source browser, open source powers the Internet and countless other technologies.

    You already know I’m a true believer, but what do you all think? I’d like to hear your thoughts on how the disappearance of open source would affect you.

    A Day Without Open Source — TalkBMC

    10 Tips for After You Install or Upgrade Ubuntu

    Ubuntu is becoming more and more complete and easy to configure.

    However, like any operating system there’s work to be done after the installation. Here’s a list of 10 tips that you can use after installing or upgrading Ubuntu.

    10 Tips for After You Install or Upgrade Ubuntu | Tombuntu

    Glest - The Free Real-Time Strategy Game


    Glest is a free 3D real-time strategy game, where you control the armies of two different factions: Tech, which is mainly composed of warriors and mechanical devices, and Magic, that prefers mages and summoned creatures in the battlefield. Glest is not just a game, but also an engine to make strategy games, based on XML and a set of tools. A few mods already exist. Operating system: OS Portable (Source code to work with many OS platforms), Linux, Win2K, WinXP

    Glest - The Free Real-Time Strategy Game

    I will use Google...

    Friday, July 10, 2009

    Upgrading Ubuntu to Intrepid Ibex from Hardy Heron - Ubuntu Forums

    First, before upgrading read these:

    a) run the update manager to make sure that all the updates have been applied to your system.

    b) read the release notes.

    c) Read the other stickes in this forum.

    d) Back up all your data. There is no guarantee that all will go well.

    e) Backing up with rsync - tutorial links. (see post #20)

    f) Remember that this software is still beta at this time. It is not for production machines.

    g) For more information about upgrading to Intrepid Ibex, click here.

    h) Test the Live CD for a while to make sure that your hardware will work with it. Use all the applications that you will use when you install it.

    i) Have a copy of Hardy Heron, in case the upgrade or clean install fails. That way you can reinstall it and have a working system.
    __________________________________________________ __________________________________

    Second, this upgrade only applies to Ubuntu and Xubuntu Hardy Heron, 8.04.

    - Only upgrade this way:

    To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04, press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager -d" (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release '8.10' is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
    __________________________________________________ __________________________________

    Third, this upgrade only applies to Kubuntu Hardy Heron, 8.04:

    Open the Run Command dialog by pressing Alt+F2.

    Type kdesu "adept_manager --dist-upgrade-devel" in the command box and press the OK button.
    __________________________________________________ ___________________________________

    Fourth, this upgrade applies only to the alternate cd:


    1. Download and burn the alternate installation CD.
    2. Insert it into your CD-ROM drive.
    3. A dialog will be displayed offering you the opportunity to upgrade using that CD.
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
    __________________________________________________ ___________________________________

    Fifth, for a network upgrade, click here and go to network Upgrade for either Desktops or Servers.

    __________________________________________________ __________________________________

    Sixth, to do a clean install instead of an upgrade, click here.

    Upgrading Ubuntu to Intrepid Ibex from Hardy Heron - Ubuntu Forums

    Wednesday, July 08, 2009

    Sexy Green Geek

    Are you a green geek? Would you like to be one? There’s always more we can do to help the environment, or at least reduce our environmental footprints. Tina at MakeUseOf wrote a really good article about the meaning of environmental footprint and mentioned a lot of great non-technical steps we can take to reduce ours. But what about us, geeks, living surrounded by machinery? What can we do? Well, the Green Festival was in Washington, DC recently, so I headed over and learned quite a bit while I was there. This is going to be a three-part series, focusing on the three parts of being environmentally friendly: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This one is focusing on reduction.

    Whole thing here: Sexy Green Geek

    Tuesday, July 07, 2009

    Stand for a free society

    Stand for a Free Society

    I come up with new words, phrases, analogies, all kinds of fun stuff in the English language and people paraphrase what I had to say and make money talking about some of the same things that I did.
    If I try to lock down what I talk about and write about, the same way as a proprietary software company does, then the whole industry of speaking, writing, media, would be overly litigious, and transaction costs would be prohibitive.Don Marti, 2005 interview
    There is much more to software than being trustworthy (being "Open-Source"): what really counts is the freedoms you get over it. Can you learn from it? Can you build upon it? Can you distribute it? That's what we refer to as "free software".

    Not a crazy concept

    It sounds peculiar to many users that software should be free as in freedom, since none of Microsoft's products are. Yet our society works with many free things in it, for example:
    Though no one has a proprietary lock on yoga, it is still a thriving $30 billion business in the United States.
    Venkatesh Hariharan [1]
    • No chef would ever forbid you to modify his recipe and make derivatives out of it. The food industry thrives despite being required by law to list ingredients on product labels.
    • A fair law court system permits anyone to read through all the trial hearings and arguments. Not only the result (the final deliberations), but also the process is fully open.
    Free software is free as in "free speech", as in a "free market": all are necessary for a free society. Unconvinced? Let us look at proprietary software a little closer.

    Proprietary software going wrong

    The limits of proprietary software go beyond the security issue (see our article on source code): today proprietary software interferes with the spread of culture and information. This happens mainly through two technologies:

    • Digital Restrictions Management 1 (DRM)

      The main idea of DRM 1 is to restrict access to files. Users encounter this when, for example, they purchase music through iTunes, and then can only play their music with one player, from one brand. With this method, companies fight copyright infringement, but they also severely restrain users' access to their files.
      DRM is control over content
      Except that the control is not in the hands of the end-user. The original purpose of DRM is understandable, but the implications over the flow of information and culture within a society are frightening.
      • Imagine a book that automatically became glued shut after you read it once.
      • Imagine documents that self-destructed if you tried to take them out of the room.
      • Imagine telephones that only worked if the person you were ringing was renting the same make and model.
      Sounds crazy? This is where Trusted Computing comes in.

    • Trusted Computing (TC)

      Trusted Computing (sometimes more accurately called "Treacherous Computing") means a computer can only run "Trusted" Software. It is meant to be an uncircumventable protection against nuisances (like viruses or spyware) and copyright violations (people copying proprietary software).
      Trusted Computing is control over the computer
      The critical thing about Trusted Computing is that you cannot decide what is trustworthy and what is not. For example, your computer might refuse to run programs that are not certified by the software company –programs that could enable you to take documents out of the office, or play your neighbour's DVD, or send your essay to someone not using the same program.
      A whole range of possibilities opens up for companies that benefit from restricting your computing (such as proprietary software and recording companies). It is suddenly possible to rent DVDs that only play two times, or music you can only listen to during September, or information you can read but can't save or copy. All of a sudden, Trusted Computing and DRM enable remote control over content.
      Trusted Computing, in effect, enables the publisher to write their own copyright law.

    The wider impact

    Many cultural products are now emerging "triple protected", not only by copyright and code, but also by contracts or licenses for which users waive all remaining rights.
    Increasingly, copyright is replaced with click-through end-user licenses for digital content, using contract law to establish the absolute property rights that copyright laws were originally intended to deny to publishers.Rosemary Bechler, Unbounded Freedom
    Computing is not just about calculations anymore. We use software to communicate: to share information, ideas and culture. Software is in our phones, cars, media players, TVs, and gets to govern just about every new device around us.
    DRM Randall Munroe, xkcd
    Software is increasingly used to enforce rules. Rules that may or may not be the law. Rules that may or may not be fair. If the software is not free there will be no space for the user to influence these rules.
    Trusted Computing and DRM pave the way for a society in which culture and information are not simply turned into products (they are right now, and that is fine), but into consumable products.
    Code is power. Most of today's work documents are written and encoded with secret algorithms in proprietary software. What will be of tomorrow's books, photos, films, essays, animations, music, news? Proprietary programs such as Windows have no transparency. A free culture and a free society cannot grow from such software.
    May we suggest you switch to Linux?
    1 Note that DRM is often referred to as "Digital Rights Management", although it has little to do with rights – "Digital Restrictions Management" is a more accurate name.

    Stand for a free society |

    Sunday, July 05, 2009

    Migrating from Windows to Linux v1.79

    There are many articles written about the reasons why users may wish to convert to Linux. Frequently cited reasons include the favorable licensing terms, the freely distributable software (with source code), support from the Linux community, improved security, open file formats, the fact that Linux can run on a wide variety of platforms, etc. However, unless a desktop user is provided with real alternatives to the existing software he or she currently uses, migration to a different operating system is going to be very difficult.

    This collection of articles aims to dispel the myth that Linux isn't ready for the desktop user to move away from the Microsoft world. If you are contemplating switching from Windows to Linux, please be assured that many of your favorite desktop applications have Linux equivalents, often with a comparable feature set.

    For each Linux application, we have compiled a portal page providing an overview of the software, a screenshot of the application in action, a comprehensive list of its features, and links to sites offering information and support on the software such as forums, tutorials, and reviews.

    Unlike their Window counterparts, the vast majority of the Linux applications listed below are available to download without charge (a few of the Linux equivalents are commercial, or released under a proprietory license). Popular Linux distributions conveniently include many of the software applications listed below (see our Linux Distribution Guide if you are unsure what is meant by the term distribution, or if you would like more information on what they offer).

    Linux Equivalents to Windows Software - LinuxLinks News

    Friday, July 03, 2009


    Duplicity backs directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. Because duplicity uses librsync, the incremental archives are space efficient and only record the parts of files that have changed since the last backup. Because duplicity uses GnuPG to encrypt and/or sign these archives, they will be safe from spying and/or modification by the server.
    screenshot credit

    The duplicity package also includes the rdiffdir utility. Rdiffdir is an extension of librsync's rdiff to directories---it can be used to produce signatures and deltas of directories as well as regular files. These signatures and deltas are in GNU tar format.


    Wednesday, July 01, 2009

    The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

    This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

    I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

    The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    Best ‘readme’ File Ever!!! | Tech Pedia

    I got to confess! I never read readme files, ever. Even for hardware or software installations, I prefer to figure it out by myself. But, things might just change for me in the future. A readme file from gnome-cups-manager had me in a fix over the things I could have missed earlier. If you’re not aware, the readme file is for a Gnome graphical front-end for a tool used to manage print queues and adding printers/etc.

    Once upon a time there was a printer who lived in the woods. He was a lonely printer, because nobody knew how to configure him. He hoped and hoped for someone to play with.
    One day, the wind passed by the printer’s cottage. “Whoosh,” said the wind. The printer became excited. Maybe the wind would be his friend!
    “Will you be my friend?” the printer asked.
    “Whoosh,” said the wind.
    “What does that mean?” asked the printer.
    “Whoosh,” said the wind, and with that it was gone.
    The printer was confused. He spent the rest of the day thinking and jamming paper (for that is what little printers do when they are confused).
    The next day a storm came. The rain came pouring down, darkening the morning sky and destroying the printer’s garden. The little printer was upset. “Why are you being so mean to me?” he asked.
    “Pitter Patter, Pitter Patter,” said the rain.
    “Will you be my friend?” the printer asked shyly.
    “Pitter Patter, Pitter Patter,” said the rain, and then it left and the sun came out.
    The printer was sad. He spent the rest of the day inside, sobbing and blinking lights cryptically (for that is what little printers do when they are sad).
    Then one day, a little girl stumbled into the printer’s clearing in the woods. The printer looked at this curious sight. He didn’t know what to think.
    The little girl looked up at him. “Will you be my friend?” she asked.
    “Yes,” said the printer.
    “What is your name?” asked the little girl.
    “HP 4100TN”, replied the printer.
    “My name is gnome-cups-manager” said the little girl.
    The printer was happy. He spent the rest of the day playing games and printing documents, for that is what little printers do when they are happy.

    Best ‘readme’ File Ever!!! | Tech Pedia

    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    Faces behind Popular Linux Distros | yabBLOG

    Faces behind Popular Linux Distros

    Have you ever wondered who are the people behind Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware,..? Stop wondering and have a look at faces behind popular Linux Distros.


    Mark Richard Shuttleworth (born 18 September 1973) is a South African entrepreneur who was the second self-funded space tourist and first African in space. Shuttleworth founded Canonical Ltd. and as of 2008, provides leadership for the Ubuntu operating system.

    Faces behind Popular Linux Distros | yabBLOG

    Monday, June 22, 2009

    10 Special Purpose Linux Distributions |

    One of the several advantages of having many Linux distributions is that there is always one distribution that meets specific needs for a group of users with similar interests. Whether you are a student or a scientist or someone who believes in some religion; you could use one of these special purpose distribution and share with people with similar interest instead of creating and customizing something from scratch.

    Today we will share with you 10 such distribution (among many) that are fairly popular for specialized task or interest: 10 Special Purpose Linux Distributions |

    Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FOSS, or FLOSS)? Look at the Numbers!

    This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software (abbreviated as OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS) is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures. This paper’s goal is to show that you should consider using OSS/FS when acquiring software.

    This paper examines market share, reliability, performance, scalability, security, and total cost of ownership. It also has sections on non-quantitative issues, unnecessary fears, OSS/FS on the desktop, usage reports, governments and OSS/FS, other sites providing related information, and ends with some conclusions. An appendix gives more background information about OSS/FS. You can view this paper at (HTML format).

    A short presentation (briefing) based on this paper is also available. Palm PDA users may wish to use Plucker to view this longer report. Old archived copies and a list of changes are also available.

    Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FOSS, or FLOSS)? Look at the Numbers!

    Sunday, June 21, 2009

    Firefox CAN be faster - 4 easy tricks

    Now that we all know the hidden pages in Firefox, it’s time to go a bit deeper into tweaking your browser for optimal use. All of the operations will be made in the about:config page, so save your important stuff, open up a new tab, write about:config in the address bar and be prepared. I have gathered four tricks that will improve your Firefox experience, and here they are.

    1. Fetch only pages that you click
    Firefox mostly resembles to Google from this point of view. It has a built-in feature (enabled by default) that will pre-download the pages behind the links it thinks you MIGHT click. Google anticipates you might click the first result from the page, but how in the world can Firefox anticipate the link you’re going to click? Anyway, in my opinion this is just useless bandwidth usage, CPU power and HDD space. You’re practically downloading and storing pages you are not viewing. Here’s how you stop that in three simple steps.

    In the about:config list, filter up your search after ‘network’ so it would be easier for you. Then, find through the remaining list options the key that says network.prefetch-next. It should be set to TRUE. Double click it, and it will turn to false. There we go, now Firefox will stop acting creepy and will only fetch what you click ;)

    2. Limit the RAM usage
    Although it’s not taking up THAT much memory as other browser, shortly, it still does. But you have a way to control that. It’s just a simple configuration setting and you’ll get the numbers to be more comfortable. Filter up your search after “browser.cache” and select browser.cache.memory.capacity from the remaining options. I believe the default setting goes all the way up to 50000, but there’s no need for that. You have to adjust the value depending on the amount of RAM memory you have installed. For RAM sizes between 512MB and 1GB, start with 15000. For RAM sizes between 128MB and 512M, try 5000, and you will be happy of the result.

    3. Reducing the RAM usage even more when Firefox gets minimized
    I got an extremely low usage on this one. Somewhere around 10MB, so it’s definitely a must-do. Basically, this will move Firefox to your hard drive when you minimize it, and as a result it will take up much less memory. It won’t even go back to the same high usage after you restore it. Even if Firefox will be located in your HDD instead of your RAM, I can assure you the restoration speed will be the same, with no delays.
    All you have to do is right click your about:config page, select New and click Boolean. A box will appear and you will have to enter config.trim_on_minimize as value. The boolean value should be set to TRUE in the next screen, and that’s it. Test it after restarting Firefox.

    4. Make pages load faster
    Most browsers are configured for dial-up users. Tweak the settings for your optimal use. Filter out the list after “network” then search for the key that says network.http.pipelining and set it to TRUE. You may alter the key below (network.http.pipelining.maxrequests) and change it into a higher value - 10 for example. Voila, your pages will load much faster now.

    This is just about it, and if you guys have any other tricks for improving the Firefox experience, we’ll be glad to hear them.
    Firefox CAN be faster - 4 easy tricks

    Thursday, June 18, 2009 is a volunteer cooperative association dedicated to education, collaboration, and advocacy for the creation of FreeNetworks. You can show solidarity and support the cause by building a network that follows our peering guidelines, and identify it to your users as a FreeNetwork.

    Linux Links - The Linux Portal

    Comprehensive links to information and resources about the Linux Operating System.

    Linux Links - The Linux Portal

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    10 ways Linux can breath life into your old PCs

    Yesterday, I was trying to figure out what to do with a spare Athlon XP 1600+ box that I have. I wrote down some of my ideas and threw in some others I’ve used in the past. If you’re looking for ways to reuse that old PC, just peruse this list.

    (Great stuff here and how can you NOT like the site name: I Can Has Linux?)

    I Can Has Linux? » Blog Archive » 10 ways Linux can breath life into your old PCs

    Saturday, June 13, 2009

    Facebook | Username

    Starting NOW, you can choose a username for your Facebook account to easily direct friends, family, and coworkers to your profile.

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    Welcome to Open Source Educational Software for Linux

    This is a compilation of Free and Open Source Educational software for Linux and is available on CD at These Free and Open Source programs can also be downloaded from the latest copy of this document at Files can be accessed using the category index below or accessed via the file tree structure of the CD image using a file or web browser. Many of the applications are self extracting archives which then install the software. Several applications are packaged into archives which have to be opened first before installation proceeds. Tools to create archives and extract files are located in the misc tools folder.

    The open source software categories on the OSLINUX CD are:

    Welcome to Open Source Educational Software for Linux