Sunday, May 31, 2009
Oh, it’ll also be able to boot windows for whatever needs it, and this linux is burned into the boot ROM, configuration changes & such can be saved between sessions. It’s the kind of thing that will give linux a lot more exposure to mainstream users.
Picture this: Joe Sixpack needs to check in on his fave blogs and online news but he hasn’t got the time to wait for Windows to boot. He flips on his computer, five seconds later he’s got a browser running and is getting up to date while the guy next to him is still looking at the Windows logo, waiting for his machine to boot.
This is the kind of thing that’s going to help take some of the mystery out of linux for mainstream user types and put Windows farther and farther into the back seat.
This “Instant on” OS will probably be somewhat limited, but it’s also going to be a real safety advantage too… since the software is running from a read-only device, malware-laden sites won’t be able to do squat to the system.
Later, I would expect many more users to opt to have Linux as their main OS with Windows running in a Virtual Machine for the very few apps or games that still don’t run in Linux.
I know one thing for certain, the next time I go shopping for motherboards I’m going to be looking for this kind of feature! Way to go ASUS!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
There are tons of ready-made, user-submitted GDM themes available that we can just download and effortlessly install. In celebration of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope's release, I’ve collected some of the most beautiful GDM themes for Ubuntu enthusiasts to appreciate:
TECH SOURCE FROM BOHOL: 15 Beautiful Ubuntu GDM Themes
Friday, May 29, 2009
Software developers typically consider these questions on the assumption that the criterion for the answer is to maximize developers' profits. The political power of business has led to the government adoption of both this criterion and the answer proposed by the developers: that the program has an owner, typically a corporation associated with its development.
I would like to consider the same question using a different criterion: the prosperity and freedom of the public in general.
This answer cannot be decided by current law—the law should conform to ethics, not the other way around. Nor does current practice decide this question, although it may suggest possible answers. The only way to judge is to see who is helped and who is hurt by recognizing owners of software, why, and how much. In other words, we should perform a cost-benefit analysis on behalf of society as a whole, taking account of individual freedom as well as production of material goods.
In this essay, I will describe the effects of having owners, and show that the results are detrimental. My conclusion is that programmers have the duty to encourage others to share, redistribute, study, and improve the software we write: in other words, to write “free” software.(1)
Why Software Should Be Free - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Dell’s innovative new Latitude 2100 netbook is the company’s first Aussie PC with Linux factory-installed – and while it’s intended for school students, anyone can buy it...
If you like Dell’s netbooks but aren’t so keen on the company’s choice of OS (you can have Windows XP or, err, Windows XP) then the Latitude 2100 could find its way onto your shopping list.
While Dell has offered Linux on many desktops and laptops in overseas markets, the just-launched 10.1 inch netbook is the first Dell PC to be sold in Australia with Linux available as the factory-fitted OS.
The Latitude 2100 netbook is designed specifically for school students, although anyone can buy one...
Jeff Morris, Dell’s Sydney-based regional director of Commercial Client products, confirmed to APCmag this afternoon that although the Latitude 2100 was aimed primarily at the education market it would also be available to anyone who wanted to buy one through dell.com.au.
The entry level system will come with Ubuntu Linux 9, an 80GB hard drive and a three cell battery and sell for $706 including GST (less for schools and education departments buying in volume, of course). Options include a 160GB hard drive, 8GB and 16GB solid state drives and a six cell battery... plus of course Windows XP Home or Vista Home Basic.
Oh, and did we mention it's available in five colours including the bright 'School Bus Yellow'? Ah, those Yanks...
Morris is well aware that the Latitude 2100 carries a slightly higher price than other 10.1 inch netbooks, even when the ‘Microsoft tax’ of a Windows licence is removed from the equation. “If you want a low-cost netbook we have the Inspiron Mini family. But we don’t believe one size fits all, especially not in the education market.”
“They treat treat their notebooks like a corporate fleet – the schools have needs in terms of manageability, life cycle and next-day on-site service and support. There’s obviously a cost associated with that, so the ticket price is higher.”
Morris is also quick to point out that Dell’s US$369 pricing on the Latitude 2100 doesn’t translate directly to the Australian market, even once our 10% sales tax (which is not included in US pricing) is taken into account.
“The poor Aussie dollar has taken a bit of a beating over the last couple of months, and we’ve also got a very different spec for the 2100 here. The US entry-level config starts at 512MB but we felt that wasn’t right for our market because the average here is 1GB, which is a much more realistic starting point. So we went with a 1GB base which still leaves a slot free so customers can take this up to 2GB if they want. The US also has return-to-depot warranty, but based on feedback from our customers prior to launch we went for next business day on-site service.”
Mobile broadband is off the menu, however, as Morris says that “mobile broadband is not something that schools are deploying”. It all comes back to the Latitude 2100 being designed with schools in mind, which has shaped the netbook’s somewhat rugged nature. It’s not a ruggedised netbook per se but is more likely to survive handle knocks and tumbles than its siblings.
“So the case is a little thicker and the LCD back is thicker to take that sort of pressure. The ridged rubberised skin helps kids grip it and prevents it from sliding off the desk, and it wont show scratches like a nice shiny LCD back panel.”
Dell also left vents off the 2100’s underbelly “so if it was put down on any spilled liquid its not going to intrude into the chassis. There’s a fan which blows air out to the side but because the case is thicker there’s more airflow so it helps keep the netbook cool. It doesn’t get as warm to the touch as some of the others.”
Kensington locks on either side of the chassis provide the anchor points for the Latitude L2100's shoulder strap
Another innovative design touch is the pair of Kensington locks, one on either side of the chassis, which act as anchor points for carry straps. Dell has a short handle plus a longer shoulder strap, both of which remove the need for a carry case.
While the Latitude 2100 may please the Penguinistas, however, Dell still has no announced plans to offer Linux on its more mainstream consumer desktops or laptops – the official line remains that it’s “under consideration”.
Dell launches $700 Ubuntu Linux netbook onto Australian market
Ever wished that you had new mails notifications right on your desktop? Ever wished you knew the weather info right on your desktop? Ever wished you had your hardware information right on your desktop? Ever wished your desktop was productive and beautiful at the same time? Ever wished you didn’t have to use Mac4Lin theme to hide the ‘ugliness’ of Ubuntu’s native appearance? Ever wished you had a desktop that looked as beautiful as mine? Let’s fulfil your wish:
I have already talked about how to make your Ubuntu desktop look beautiful and productive. This time I will focus mostly on Conky. Conky is a lightweight system monitor for X. Not only monitoring system, with a little bit of scripting, it can be useful to know your new mails, weather info etc.
Here I’ve attached all the required files, attached my Conky configuration file and explained how to make your desktop look similar to mine.
Gmail, Weather, Beauty on your Ubuntu Desktop | Quick Tweaks
Monday, May 25, 2009
Hardy Theme 2.0
Burnt Orange Ice
Roy (Windows Royale)
Darker Ice Murrina
Ubuntu Themes: 15 Awesome Themes for Linux
Download TimeVault 0.7.5 for Linux - TimeVault is a simple front-end for making snapshots of a set of directories. - Softpedia
TimeVault is a simple front-end for making snapshots of a set of directories. It tries to be the best backup software for GNOME/Ubuntu users. Snapshots are a copy of a directory structure or file at a certain point in time. Restore functionality is integrated into Nautilus - previous versions of a file or directory that has a snapshot can be accessed by examining the properties and selecting the 'Previous Versions' tab.
Snapshots are protected from accidental deletion or modification since they are read-only by default. The super-user can delete intermediate snapshots to save space, but files and directories that existed before or after the deletion will still be accessible.
What is a Snapshot?
A snapshot is a copy of a directory at a certain point in time. Snapshots don't use space for the files that haven't changed but instead simply increment the link count for them. On Linux, when a file is deleted, the link count is decremented, but it isn't actually removed until the link count hits zero.
Only files are hard-linked this way. Directories have to be recreated for technical reasons (since a hard-link is actually the file it points to, you would find yourself in a completely different path if directories were hard-linked).
Download TimeVault 0.7.5 for Linux - TimeVault is a simple front-end for making snapshots of a set of directories. - Softpedia
Sunday, May 24, 2009
- Use Your computer as a Home Theater PC. I personally use XBMC for this, but there are many other options including MythTV, Elisa, Entertainer, Freevo, GeeXboX and LinuxMCE.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Jumi includes custom code into Joomla! by many ways: directly, from a file or from a databes record.
Jumi includes custom code into many Joomla! places: modules position, articles or into its own pages.
Three things should be considered first.
- Size of USB drive
- Type of Distribution
We will use an application called UNetbootin to install the Linux into the flash drive. We can let the program download a distro or select the image file(.iso) of an already downloaded distro. Download UNetbootin here: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ and install it.
Whole article here: How to Install Portable Linux Into Usb Drive | ProgrammerFish - Everything that's programmed!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Below, we have compiled a list of 21 add ons that are incredibly useful to enhance your productivity, keeping you focused and easing routine tasks of surfing the web.
1. Try Again
This add-on will keep on trying to load the web page you requested in case a page not found or network timeout error is encountered.
2. URL Fixer
This nifty add-on will keep an eye on what you type in address bar and once you make a typo, it’ll automatically fix it e.g. typing .cmo instead of .com or missing h in http etc.
See all of them here: 21 Incredible Firefox Add-ons to Boost your Productivity
Canonical has begun beta-testing a file-synchronization service called Ubuntu One for its Ubuntu Linux desktop operating system.
The closed beta test began Monday for invited members of the Ubuntu user community, with further testers able to sign up by requesting an invitation, Canonical said.
Ubuntu One offers file synchronization for systems running Ubuntu 9.04, code-named Jaunty Jackalope, and is intended to be available to the general public in time for the launch of Ubuntu 9.10, code-named Karmic Koala, in October, Canonical said.
The system is integrated into Ubuntu's Gnome desktop software via a downloadable client, and once installed creates an Ubuntu One folder in the user's home directory, Canonical said.
When modifications are made to any of the files stored in this folder, the modifications are automatically uploaded to the Web service and propagated to the user's other computers, according to the company.
Users currently get 2GB of storage for free, or 10GB for $10 per month, although Canonical said this pricing could change.
Individual folders can be shared with a third party via a right-click contextual menu. Once the folder is shared, it appears on the recipient's desktop in a "Shared With Me" folder.
Ubuntu One also provides a web interface that can be used to manage and access files without the need to use the client software.
Unlike competing services such as Dropbox, Ubuntu One supports only a single operating system, although Canonical said third-party developers could adapt the Ubuntu One client to other platforms such as Mac OS X or Windows. Dropbox supports Windows, Mac and Linux clients.
Canonical said it plans to add more features, such as synchronization of application data and preferences, as well as support for the KDE desktop software.
Ubuntu gets Web-based file sync and sharing | Business Tech - CNET News
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Many of the steps to an Ubuntu Linux server setup are either trivial (e.g., selecting a language) or similar to the desktop installation process (e.g., choosing a time zone or providing information to set up a default user account). Others, however, are very different from the Ubuntu desktop setup process, and some require your careful attention.
At almost every step of the server installation process, you'll see a "go back" option on the screen. Choosing this option will not actually take you to the previous step; it will, rather, take you to a list of every step in the server installation process, listed sequentially. To make matters even more confusing, selecting an installation step from this list will not always give you the same view as you get by sticking with the default installation screens all the way through.
This fact can make some steps a bit more confusing; dropping back into the disk partitioning process from this list, for example, requires extra care to avoid making some regrettable (and irreversible) changes to a system's disk partitions. In other cases, however, using this list actually opens up some additional, and potentially very useful, server installation options -- more on this in a moment.
Step-By-Step: Moving Your Server To Linux | Hardware & Software | bMighty.com
You're probably familiar with the popular proprietary commercial package Norton Ghost®, and its OpenSource counterpart, Partition Image. The problem with these software packages is that it takes a lot of time to massively clone systems to many computers. You've probably also heard of Symantec's solution to this problem, Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition® with multicasting. Well, now there is an OpenSource clone system (OCS) solution called Clonezilla with unicasting and multicasting!
Clonezilla, based on DRBL, Partition Image, ntfsclone, partclone, and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk. This increases the clone efficiency. At the NCHC's Classroom C, Clonezilla SE was used to clone 41 computers simultaneously. It took only about 10 minutes to clone a 5.6 GBytes system image to all 41 computers via multicasting!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Bacula supports Linux, UNIX and Windows backup clients, and a range of professional backup devices including tape libraries. Administrators and operators can configure the system via a command line console, GUI or web interface; its back-end is a catalog of information stored by MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQLite.
Bacula, the Open Source, Enterprise ready, Network Backup Tool for Linux, Unix, and Windows
(Click here for a larger view of Dell's Inspiron Mini 10v)
Unlike the similar Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook announced in February, which starts at $350, or Dell's earlier Mini 12 model, the Mini 10v uses the 1.6Ghz Atom N270 processor typically found on netbooks. With the Mini 10 (pictured below, at right) and Mini 12, Dell had instead turned to Intel's Z5xx Atom CPUs ("Silverthorne").
720P HD-ready Mini 10
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Because the Z5xx Atoms are smaller, use less power, and mate with an integrated chipset that saves even more power, they run cooler and last longer on batteries, says Dell. In addition, the N270 lacks the Z5xx-series' 720P HD video capability. Consequently, the Mini 10v also lacks the Mini 10's integrated HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) port and optional, not-yet-shipping HD tuner. Dell also plans to add a 2GB RAM option for the Mini 10, but not the 10v.
Although the screen is the same size, the Mini 10v is not an edge-to-edge display like the Mini 10, and its resolution tops out at 1024 x 576 pixels instead of the Mini 10's optional 720P display, which supports 1366 x 768 resolution. Otherwise the two netbooks are almost identical.
The Mini 10v offers 1GB of RAM, a 10/100 Ethernet port, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, a memory card reader, three USB ports, and audio I/O. The netbook is offered with either Ubuntu Linux 8.04 or Windows XP Home, installed on 120GB or 160GB SATA hard disk drives.
The Mini 10v offers a new passion purple color choice
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Like the Mini 10, but unlike the Mini 9, the Mini 10v lacks an ExpressCard slot for a 3G modem. However, the device's 802.11a/g/n and optional Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities are said to be provided via PCI Mini Card slots. Like the Mini 10, the 10v features a keyboard that's "92 percent the size of a standard keyboard."
Dell Inspiron Mini 10v
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Features and specifications listed by Dell for its Inspiron Mini 10v include the following:
- Processor -- Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz)
- Memory -- 1GB of RAM (soldered-in, not expandable)
- Display -- 10.1-inch display with 1024 x 576 resolution
- Camera -- 1.3 megapixel webcam
- Storage -- 120GB or 160GB HDD; 8GB or 16GB SDD
- Networking -- 10/100 Ethernet port
- 802.11g or 802.11a/g/n wireless networking
- Bluetooth 2.1 (optional)
- 802.11g or 802.11a/g/n wireless networking
- Audio/Video I/O -- VGA out; headphone out; mic in
- 3 x USB
- SD/SDHC/MMC/MS card reader
- 2 x PCI Mini card slots (occupied by WiFi and Bluetooth cards)
- SD/SDHC/MMC/MS card reader
- Dimensions -- 10.26 x 7.19 x 1.11 inches (261 x 182 x 28.33mm)
- Weight -- 2.6 pounds (1.2kg) with three-cell battery
- Obsidian Black
- Alpine White
- Cherry Red
- Ice Blue
- Promise Pink
- Jade Green
- Passion Purple
- Obsidian Black
- Operating system -- Ubuntu Linux 8.04; Windows XP Home SP3
The Mini 10v is on sale now, starting at $300, says Dell. More information may be found here. A Dell blog on the netbook may be found here.
Dell spins lower-cost netbook
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The Wireless Extension (WE) is a generic API allowing a driver to expose to the user space configuration and statistics specific to common Wireless LANs. The beauty of it is that a single set of tool can support all the variations of Wireless LANs, regardless of their type (as long as the driver support Wireless Extension). Another advantage is these parameters may be changed on the fly without restarting the driver (or Linux).
The Wireless Tools (WT) is a set of tools allowing to manipulate the Wireless Extensions. They use a textual interface and are rather crude, but aim to support the full Wireless Extension. There are many other tools you can use with Wireless Extensions, however Wireless Tools is the reference implementation.
- iwconfig manipulate the basic wireless parameters
- iwlist allow to initiate scanning and list frequencies, bit-rates, encryption keys...
- iwspy allow to get per node link quality
- iwpriv allow to manipulate the Wireless Extensions specific to a driver (private)
- ifrename allow to name interfaces based on various static criteria
Wireless configuration can also be done using the Hotplug or uDev scripts and distribution specific support, this enable the proper support of any removable wireless interface (Pcmcia, CardBus, USB...).
Any versions of the Pcmcia package offer the possibility to do wireless configuration of Pcmcia and Cardbus card through thefile wireless.opts. This allow to fully integrate wireless settings in the Pcmcia scheme mechansism. However, this method is now deprecated in favor of distribution specific methods.
Please note that the Wireless Tools (starting with version 19) supports fully IEEE 802.11 parameters and devices, support older style of devices and most proprietary protocols, and are prepared to handle HiperLan as well. More recent versions of course adds more 802.11 support.
But, unfortunately not all drivers support all these features...
read full article here : Wireless Tools for Linux
Thursday, May 07, 2009
FlyBack presents a chronological view of a file system, allowing individual files or directories to be previewed or retrieved one at a time.
FlyBack presents the user with a typical file manager style view of their file system, but with additional controls allowing the user to go forward or backward in time.
Apple's Time Machine is a great feature in their OS, and Linux has almost all of the required technology already built in to recreate it. This is a simple GUI to make it easy to use.
flyback - Google Code
However, the Linux community has excelled in making the switch for beginners as easy as possible by providing guides, howtos, tweaks, and general advocacy articles. When I first made the switch 3 years ago, I found the community welcoming me with open hands on forums, IRC channels, and E-mail, I was surprised how helpful these penguins were!
For this, I feel obliged to give back to the community that has always been there for me. To pass down the torch to newer Linux generations. Over here I compiled a list of 7 habits that I wish someone told me when I started out.
I believe that getting into these habits will make the Linux experience more secure, convenient, educational, and ultimately more enjoyable.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Linux Users
AssaultCube, formerly ActionCube, is a free first-person-shooter based on the game Cube. Set in a realistic looking environment, while gameplay stays fast and arcade. This game is all about team oriented multiplayer fun.
Operating System: 64-bit MS Windows, All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), OS Portable (Source code to work with many OS platforms), Linux, OS X, Vista, Win2K, WinXP, Microsoft Windows Server 2003