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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

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

Ubuntu 9.10 is now out!!!!!!!
Email and chatChat 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 InternetUbuntu 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. PhotosUpload 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 videosPlug 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 …

Download Ubuntu Netbook Remix | Ubuntu

For your netbook - download Ubuntu Netbook RemixDownload Ubuntu CD imageYou may also want to...Learn more about UNR »Learn more about Ubuntu »Learn how to createa UNR flash drive »Get help and support » Begin download:Ubuntu Netbook RemixIf 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 youDownload location: Please select a locationArmeniaAustraliaAustriaBelgiumBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBulgariaCanadaChinaCroatiaCroatia (Hrvatska)CyprusCzech RepublicEstoniaFinlandFranceGermanyGreat Britain (UK)HungaryIndonesiaIrelandIsraelItalyJapanKorea (South)Korea, Republic ofKuwaitLatviaLesothoLithuaniaMongoliaMozambiqueNamibiaNetherlandsNew ZealandNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaRussian FederationSaudi ArabiaSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSouth AfricaSpainSri LankaSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandTaiwanTurkeyUkraineUnited StatesViet NamZimbabwe Create your UNR flash driveAfter the ISO file has finished…

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

1) Ubuntu TweakUbuntu 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.More:
Top 10 Apps that Boosts Ubuntu’s User Experience — ProgrammerFish - Everything that's programmed!

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

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


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 …

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

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

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

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.

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 partiti…

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 systemsUnlike 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 applica… :: 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 workThe 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 forma…

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

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 + kWhat 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 w…

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?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

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 depe…

Linux Shutdown Management

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

Linux Shutdown Management

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

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…

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…

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 instal…

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.LICENSEUbuntu 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 TweakView of Basic System Information(Distribution, Kernel, CPU, Memory, etc.) GNOME Session ControlAuto Start Program ControlQucik install common usded applicationsA lot of third-party sources to keep application up-to-dateClean unneeded packages or cache to free the disk spaceShow/Hide and Change Splash screenShow/Hide desktop icons or Mounted VolumesShow/Hide/Rename Computer, Home, Trash icon or Network iconTweak Metacity Window Manager’s Style and Behavi…

Top 10 Apps that Boosts Ubuntu’s User Experience

1) Ubuntu TweakUbuntu 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) ScreenletsThe 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.3) HandbrakeHandbrake works with the VLC media player to rip a …

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 Linu…

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? Yes No Maybe Don't know Don't want to!View Results At the other end of the spectrum you have large co…

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 c…

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

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

- Only upgrade this way:

Quote: To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04, pres…

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

Stand for a free society

Stand for a Free SocietyI 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 conceptIt 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 …

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,…


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.
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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.


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

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 lit…

Faces behind Popular Linux Distros | yabBLOG

Faces behind Popular Linux DistrosHave 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

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 availa…

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 ‘net… 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

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

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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: The ArtsartdancedramamusicpaintingphotographyEnglishvocabularyreadingonline booksmindmapvocal toolstypingSocietyhistorygeographygovernmentenvironmentHealthSciencechemistryphysicsastronomybiologygeologyweatherMathematicscalculatorsgraphscomputationsalg…