Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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
Can balance and backup multiple ISPs and connections. Includes traffic priority settings for VoIP and other apps. Can avoid ISP traffic limiting. free download!
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!
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Linux LiveCD Router Firewall Software Appliance
Saturday, July 18, 2009
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to make sure it makes the list.
Before we get on with the list cyberpunkcafe.com 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.
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
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Apps that Boosts Ubuntu’s User Experience | ProgrammerFish - Everything that's programmed!
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
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.
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 | ZDNet.com
60 Best Ubuntu Themes | A New Morning
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 www.whurley.com 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 18.104.22.168 instead of www.google.com. 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 22.214.171.124. 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.
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 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
Friday, July 10, 2009
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:
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
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
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
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:
- 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.
Proprietary software going wrongThe 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 contentExcept 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.
Sounds crazy? This is where Trusted Computing comes in.
- 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.
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 computerThe 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
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
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?
Stand for a free society | www.getgnulinux.org
Sunday, July 05, 2009
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
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
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