Wednesday, December 29, 2010

10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

So you’ve downloaded Ubuntu 10.10, made yourself a freshly minted copy and installed it with haste. Now what?
Here is our guide to the top 10 post-install must-do’s that will help ensure you get off to a marvellous start with the Maverick Meerkat.

1. Run Update Manager

Just because you’ve installed the latest version of Ubuntu doesn’t mean that there won’t be some updates and patches waiting for you. Make sure you run the update manager (if it doesn’t update you first) so that you’re benefitting from the latest fixes and features.

2. Enable graphics card drivers for 3D fun

If you want to use advanced desktop effects such as Compiz (3d Cube, wobbly windows) then you will need to enable the “official” drivers for your graphics card.
Ubuntu should automatically detect and alert you that 3D drivers are available. If so, you will see a ‘circuit board’ icon appear on the top panel. Click this and follow the prompts.
If Ubuntu fails to detect any hardware (do be patient as this isn’t always instant) then you can manually run the ‘hardware configuration tool’ from the System > Preferencesmenu.

3. Set up Ubuntu One file sync

Ubuntu One provides all Ubuntu users with 2GB of free online storage space that allows to back up and sync important files, Firefox bookmarks, Tomboy notes and Evolution contacts between computers – as well as any other file or folder you wish.
Head to Applications > Internet > UbuntuOne to get started.

4. Install Ubuntu Tweak and make your life easier

Ubuntu Tweak is a one-stop shop for managing and installing extra applications, tweaking your desktop (such as putting the window controls back on the right and choosing which icons show on the desktop) and allowing you to keep your system in tip-top shape with the built in system cleaning options.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Evolution and GoDaddy/

I have just spent 2 hours working thru this as I REALLY wanted to give Evolution a go (Thbd is just getting too heavy IMO, they ruined it with TB3!).

Anyway after a lot of trial and error, here is my final solution for Evolution and GoDaddy.

Incoming/Receiving Email
  • Server:
  • Security: SSL Encryption
  • Authorization type: Login

Sending Email SMTP
  • Server Configuration:
  • Security: SSL Encryption
  • Authentication type: Login

Works 100% of time now! :D

Monday, December 20, 2010 - Ubuntu 10.10 for netbooks to have single menu bar design

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, this week announced that the next version of Ubuntu will incorporate a global menu bar for all of its applications. The new universal menubar will only be enabled by default on the netbook edition of Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat". - Ubuntu 10.10 for netbooks to have single menu bar design

Mark Shuttleworth » Blog Archive » A global menu for Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition

In the netbook edition for 10.10, we’re going to have a single menu bar for all applications, in the panel.
Our focus on netbooks has driven much of the desktop design work at Canonical. There are a number of constraints and challenges that are particular to netbooks, and often constraints can be a source of insight and inspiration. In this case, wanting to make the most of vertical space has driven the decision to embrace the single menu approach.

It’s all about vertical pixels

Netbooks are conventionally small-and-wide-screen devices. A common screen format is 1024×600. There’s plenty of horizontal space, but not a lot of vertical space. So we’ve been lead to explore options that really make the most of the vertical space.

This is important because the main thing people do with a netbook is surf the web. And most pages will fit horizontally in a netbook screen, but they require quite a lot of vertical scrolling. The more we can optimise the use of vertical space, the more enjoyable it will be to spend time on the web, with your netbook.

In the first few iterations of Ubuntu’s netbook-oriented UI, we concentrated on collapsing the window title into the top panel. In 10.10, we’re going to put the menu there.

Full article here: Mark Shuttleworth » Blog Archive » A global menu for Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ubuntu 10.10 is Released

Super-fast and great-looking, Ubuntu is a secure, intuitive operating system that powers desktops, servers, netbooks and laptops. Ubuntu is, and always will be, absolutely free.

Ubuntu 10.10 is Released

Monday, November 01, 2010

How to Save $2325 Per Desktop on Business Software - PCWorld Business Center

Giant software companies like Microsoft have gotten where they are today by charging high prices for their products, and many enterprise users simply accept those costs as part of doing business.

Times have changed since the early days of desktop computing, however, and there are now many more alternatives to those pricey packages--including options that are not only free but also open, meaning that users can modify and customize them to suit their own needs.

If you're tired of exorbitant software costs and the vendor lock-in that tends to go with them, then consider some free, open source alternatives. You'll save a bundle, and you'll wonder why you didn't make the switch sooner.

How to Save $2325 Per Desktop on Business Software - PCWorld Business Center

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

These Apps have been tested on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) 32-bit, OpenSUSE 11.3 (GNOME) 32-bit , and Fedora 12 (GNOME) 32-bit. Just Download, Make Executable, and Run!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Command line tricks for smart geeks | TuxRadar Linux

Everyone knows the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything is "42", but for the first time we can reveal the question. It is this: how many command-line tricks must a man memorise? You see, graphical user interfaces are all well and good, but when you want to get real work done it's time to switch to the terminal.
And so, we squeezed our brain cells, dug through dusty piles of old issues of Linux Format, and sat reflecting quietly over many a pint of ale, all with the goal of bringing you this: 42 awesome new command line tricks we think you ought to commit to memory. We've tried to include a few that are easier for our, er, less-experienced readers to enjoy, but we think even the most hardened Linux veteran will learn something new over the next 12,000 words.

So, strap yourself in and get ready for command-line heaven: it's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and we're all out of gum...

(PS: if you're looking for general Linux tips, check out our previous two articles: Linux tips every geek should know and More Linux tips every geek should know. We also have an article with more Bash tips for power users if you're eager to the neighbourhood Bash wiza

Command line tricks for smart geeks | TuxRadar Linux

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

OpenOfffice becomes LibreOffice!

About LibreOffice

LibreOffice is a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It is free software and therefore free to download, use and distribute.

Download LibreOffice

The following software packages are intended to give you a first impression of what LibreOffice is. Currently we are in the process of combining the work of many contributors, and improving how to make the software available to our users. There are known issues, so please consider reading the release notes below for a list of known issues being worked on, the most obvious being the missing language packaging situation.

This beta release is not intended for production use!

LibreOffice Productivity Suite - The Document Foundation: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu!

Having problems installing something on your new Ubuntu operating system? "Where's the EXE?", "Where do I need to extract this to?", "How do I run it?", "Where did it go?" - have you been thinking questions like these?

Don't worry, installing software, themes and other things on Ubuntu is actually very easy!

This guide will help you understand with screenshots, instructional videos and to-the-point language.
Translations: Português (Portuguese), Magyar (Hungarian)
Note: The guide was written for Ubuntu 6.06 - The Dapper Drake using the tools of the Gnome desktop environment as its base. The program names and paths will undoubtedly vary if you're using Kubuntu or Xubuntu.
How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu!

I have installed Linux.. What next?

This is a discussion on I have installed Linux.. What next? within the Getting started tutorials forums, part of the Linux Getting Started category; I have seen lot of questions like ... I have installed fedora 2/Debian on my PC.

What next?

I have installed Linux.. What next?

Linux Getting Started - Getting started tutorials at - Page 2

Below you will find a list of discussions in the Getting started tutorials forums at the nixCraft Linux Forum. So much to read, so little time! If that is your problem, we have solution.

Read our FAQ and tutorials to help you cut through the clutter of information overload. Only members of "contributors" group can post new tutorials.

Other members can just reply to thread.

Linux Getting Started - Getting started tutorials at - Page 2

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School | Online Colleges

With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for you, so why not latch onto the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google hacks specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.

100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School | Online Colleges

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Customizing Grub2 boot menu - Ubuntu Forums

Customizing Grub2 boot menu

The grub boot menu Ubuntu uses has bothered me since I first saw the SUSE implementation of grub. So, after installing the latest 9.10 beta, I decided it was time to figure out how to get rid of that awful black grub menu. Two days later, here is what I have figured out.

Find an image

I used the cool heron image from a previous release of ubuntu. Find it here. My desktop resolution is 1280X1024 so that's what I trimmed down this image to match.

You'll have to save this image in PNG/TGA format. You'll see why later so just make sure this is the format you use.

Customizing Grub2 boot menu - Ubuntu Forums

Friday, August 27, 2010

What Will Ubuntu 10.10 Look Like? - PCWorld Business Center

When Canonical broke the news recently that Ubuntu 10.10 will include uTouch 1.0, a multitouch and gesture stack, it caused a flurry of excitement about the Linux release's potential for use in tablets.

Thanks to the new technology, users of Ubuntu 10.10--also known as Maverick Meerkat--will be able to switch applications or tabs within an application, for example, using gestures. Android users have already been enjoying the power of touch, of course, but this new technology will bring it to the Linux desktop.

Ubuntu 10.10 is currently in its third alpha release, with the final version expected on October 10. Current home and business users of older versions of Ubuntu will have to decide if the benefits make it worth upgrading the free software.

Though changes will inevitably happen over the next few weeks, here's a summary of some of the key features that are currently expected.

1. Simpler Installer

Ubuntu 10.10 is expected to use a new installer that makes the installation process simpler than ever. Startup options are now placed right in the installer itself, and they include just two options: Try Ubuntu and Install Ubuntu. A simplified partitioner, meanwhile, lets users choose between automatically using the whole disk and manual partitioning, while a new Wireless Network Selection page will be added as well. These features will be particularly helpful for newer Ubuntu users.

2. Processor Support

It sounds like the Maverick Meerkat will not run on processors older than i686, or anything before Intel's P6 microarchitecture. For most business users this probably won't be an issue, but it could affect some occasional users of older machines.

3. Default Environment and Applications

Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3 uses version 2.6.35 of the Linux kernel, which includes numerous security enhancements over previous versions. It also updates the GNOME desktop environment to version 2.31.

Among application changes, meanwhile, is that Firefox 3.6.8 will be the default, as will OpenOffice 3.2.1, for example. Photo tool F-Spot has been replaced with Shotwell, while a new sound indicator has been added to centralize controls for sound. The Evolution mail and collaboration software will be updated to the 2.30 version, which reportedly is much faster than the one in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, or Lucid Lynx.

4. The Ubuntu Software Center

In version 10.10, the Ubuntu Software Center--the tool for browsing, installing and removing software on Ubuntu--will gain "Featured" and "What's New" choice icons on the front page, along with a "History" tab displaying recently installed software. It is also said to be faster and more responsive. Taken together, these improvements promise to make it much easier to track and find new software options.

5. Multitouch

Making the biggest splash, of course, will be the new multitouch and gesture capabilities, which will apparently make it possible for basic gestures to be chained, or composed, into more sophisticated "sentences." Toward that end, Canonical has created an open source gesture recognition engine and defined a gesture API that provides a way for applications to respond to users' gestures.

Canonical is currently targeting the Dell XT2 as a development environment for this new feature, but by release it expects it to be compatible with a range of devices from major manufacturers, and with add-ons like Apple's Magic Trackpad. Needless to say, this will pave the way toward a host of new capabilities on the Linux desktop and beyond.

For more insight into these and other changes in the new version, MaverickMovies on the Ubuntu Wiki offers a number of short video demonstrations.

Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3 is available to download for free from the project's Website, though it's not recommended yet for production systems. Still to come are a beta version and a release candidate of the software.

What Will Ubuntu 10.10 Look Like? - PCWorld Business Center

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux Downloads

We love Linux, and want to make it easier for others to do so, too. This first edition of the Lifehacker Pack for Linux includes our favorite apps that get things done and make your desktop great.

Linux isn't quite like Windows or Mac, as there are many, many distributions, usually running on one of two desktop systems (GNOME or KDE). We've chosen to write this list up from the perspective of a standard, GNOME-based Ubuntu user. Ubuntu is what the Lifehacker editors use, it's what most of our Linux-leaning readers use, and it's generally popular and frequently updated. Many of these apps can be downloaded and installed on other Linux systems, of course—check the Download link, or search out its name in your own system's package installer.

If you are using Ubuntu, you can also install these apps by clicking the "Install in Ubuntu" link after each item. It's a link that prompts your own Ubuntu system to search out and install an app from its own repositories—with your permission, of course. You may be asked on your first install to allow your browser to open up an Ubuntu app to handle the link, but go ahead and agree with it, and you'll be installing apps with one click after that. We've also placed aggregated installer links at the bottom of each section, and a mega-installer at the bottom of the post, so you can install multiple apps at once.

Note: If the packages don't appear to be installing on your system, and you're running Firefox, you may need to install a support package for Firefox 3.6 Do that by opening a terminal and entering the command sudo apt-get install apturl firefox-3.6-gnome-support.

Some other apps (Chrome and Dropbox) require a download, some are pre-installed in Ubuntu, and others may require the enabling of an extra repository or two for certain third-party apps, but we've explained how to do so in a previous Ubuntu feature (short version: open "Software Sources" from the System/Administration menu).

All here: Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux Downloads

Ubuntu: Install Cinelarra: Linux Video Editing « Blogternals

August 28, 2009 by: Allen Sanford

cinelerraCinelerra has three main functions: capturing, compositing, and editing audio and video with sample level accuracy. It’s a movie studio in a box, he best of the best …. Yaddie, Yaddie, Yaddie.

Cinelerra is not community approved and there is no support from the developer. Donations to community websites do not fund Cinelerra development. However there is a community version and here is how you install it on Ubuntu.

buntu: Install Cinelarra: Linux Video Editing « Blogternals: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Moving the /home folder to its own partition « Blogternals

Just a heads up, we talk about and mention Ubuntu in the article but this will really work for any distro. Some of these instructions may vary just a bit for Logical Volumes but you should easily be able to figure out the slight differences.

Having the “/home” directory tree mounted on it’s own partition has several advantages amongst them is being able to reinstall the OS (or even a different distro of Linux) without losing all your data.

Different reason have left some of us not installing a separate partition for “/home” when we first installed Ubuntu. Now for what ever reason we need to move “/home” to its own partition.

First, we need to create a partition of sufficient size for your “/home” directory. You do what ever you need to do here before we continue just make sure you have an empty partition somewhere to work with that is big enough and that you know what file format it uses I suggest ext3 or ext4.

Next, mount the new partition:

    mkdir /mnt/myhome
sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/sda5 /mnt/myhome

(You have to change the “sda5″ above to reflect the correct partition label for your situation.)

Now, we copy the files over:
Since the “/home” directory probably has some hardlinks, softlinks, and maybe files and nested directories, a regular copy (cp) will not, I repeat, will not do the job. Therefore, comes a useful trick.

    cd /home/
find . -depth -print0 | cpio --null --sparse -pvd /mnt/newhome/

Check everything at this point, you may have to do some tweaks now or later, or now and later you get the picture but this should have got 99% there.

Next, unmount the new partition.

    sudo umount /mnt/newhome

Make way for the new “home”.

    sudo mv /home /old_home

Since we moved our /home to /old_home, we need to recreate a new /home by doing the following.

    sudo mkdir /home
sudo mount /dev/hda5 /home

(Again, you have to change “sda5″ to whatever the new partition’s label is.)

Meticulously verify that everything works correctly, better to find your mistake now than to land that new job and find you can’t work on the project till you fix your box.

Now, we have to tell Ubuntu to use our new home partition when you boot. Add this line to the “/etc/fstab”

    /dev/sda5 /home ext3 nodev,nosuid 0 2

(Here, change the partition label “sda5″ to the label of the new partition, and you may have to change “ext3″ to whatever filesystem you chose for your new “home”)

Once all this is done, and everything works fine, you can delete the “/old_home” directory by using:

    sudo rm -r /old_home

Enjoy and Have a Good’n!

Moving the /home folder to its own partition « Blogternals

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hack Attack: Top 10 Ubuntu apps and tweaks - Downloads - Lifehacker

When I made the switch to Ubuntu Linux on my desktop computer (that is, if you can call triple-booting Windows XP, Vista, and Ubuntu a "switch"), I was a little worried about finding the applications and tools that would make me as productive working in Ubuntu as I am working on Windows.

After a little searching around the interweb, however, I've been more than impressed with the number of great, full-featured applications available for Linux, many of which outshine their Windows counterparts. And what's best - they're all totally free. Here are my top 10 favorite applications and tweaks that made replacing Windows with Ubuntu a breeze.

Taking a page from Mark Pilgrim's essential software list, I've included the necessary command line code to install most of the applications below; if you don't like Terminal, you can use Ubuntu's very friendly Add/Remove software application interface (Applications -> Add/Remove...). Where I haven't included the apt-get line, follow the instructions in the link.

Full list here: Hack Attack: Top 10 Ubuntu apps and tweaks - Downloads - Lifehacker

Installing Ubuntu (Linux) on your PS3 | Hack N Mod

Installing Ubuntu (Linux) on your PS3
Today, you will learn how to install Ubuntu Gutsy (as a second operating system) on your PlayStation 3 gaming console.

This will not replace the PS3 operating system (called XMB). Ubuntu will run as an alternative OS on your PS3 console.

Ready Are you excited Let’s go! Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon has greatly been improved for the PS3 hardware. It can now recognize all the components of your PS3 console, like the Blu-ray unit, the Gelic network card, USB and Bluetooth ports, and the sound system!

Installing Ubuntu (Linux) on your PS3 | Hack N Mod

How to Install Linux without Formatting or Partitioning | Hack N Mod

A huge reason many people don’t want to try Linux, a free open source OS, is because it typically involves formatting or repartitioning their hard drives.
Learn how to give Ubuntu a try on your Vista or XP machine without altering the original state of your hard drive.
Full article here:
How to Install Linux without Formatting or Partitioning | Hack N Mod

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Jabber is more than Instant messaging. - Gof's weblog

Jabber is more than Instant messaging.

Kopete You probably all know Jabber as an instant messageing protocol. And if you still don't use it, I recommend you to try
But people know less that XMPP (the protocol behind Jabber) is more than just instant messaging. XMPP is a protocol that simply allow you to exchange XML fragments between clients. So possibilities are infinite.
With this post, I want to show to others KDE developers some of the XMPP possibilities that could improve KDE.

Jabber is more than Instant messaging. - Gof's weblog

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

7 Tips to help your friends move to Linux - Linux Magazine Online

One of my favorite geek shirts is my ZaReason 'Friends help friends use Linux' shirt, which I was in the mood to wear last night after I helped my friend move to Linux. My non-technical friend was suffering from a sickly Windows Vista PC. She'd caught herself a nasty virus (she blames an old Red Hot Chili Peppers video, but we'll never know for sure). Other people had suggested that my budget-conscious friend move to Linux.

Tip #1: Don't tell your non-technical friends to move to Linux. Please, just don't do this. If you do this, you set them up to hate it. Your friend might be like my friend, who just wants her email, music, and internet to work. My friend doesn't want to install, configure, or troubleshoot. Yes, she's certainly smart and capable enough, but she's just not interested. She's got two teenagers and some chickens to raise and a business to run, and she'd rather live without her computer than spend hours tweaking it. I told my friend I'd be right over to see whether I could help, and I brought along my laptop, a couple of Linux DVDs, and my external hard drive to rescue her music and photos. Friends help friends move.

Tip #2: Help your friend find her new home. Before any move, it's important to evaluate whether you are in the market for a new house, or whether a repair or remodel will do. My friend didn't love Vista - she loves staying in touch with her friends online, organizing her digital photos, searching the web with the help of her meticulously organized bookmarks, watching videos online, and listening to her music collection while she surfs. My friend is an artist and on a tight budget, so spending money unnecessarily on her computer is... well... unnecessary. With her preferences in mind, my friend agreed that how she uses her system is more important than which system she uses. She agreed that she could would rather move away from Windows than invest any more money or time in it.

Tip #3:Give your friend a map. Show your friend where she is on the map now, and where she could be if she moves to Linux. Tell your friend what Linux is, and what it isn't. My friend and I have known each other for 22 years. We met in the late '80s, back in our glorious punk rock days. I told my friend that she of all people should love the Linux neighborhood -- it's the punk rock operating system, after all. I explained the community philosophy behind Linux: Who wouldn't be impressed by the amazing international network of diverse people who freely contribute their time and energy to create and improve such delicious Linux flavors? I explained what "Linux" means, and that there are many different Linux distros to choose from. And I told my friend what things might frustrate her about Linux, including the learning curve of using new programs and the need to install updates regularly. Then I pointed out that the system she spent her hard-earned money on was currently useless to her and would require even more money and effort before she could use it again.

Tip #4: Help your friend pack. I popped a Knoppix DVD into my friend's computer and we both ooh'ed and ahh'ed over the magic that is Knoppix. What a cool distro! We could see all my friend's files and move every single one of them onto my external hard drive without a pesky virus shutting us down. (I also told my friend that Klaus Knopper, the guy behind this really cool distro, writes a column for us every month. How could I not gush about how cool it is that the person behind this magical DVD also answers reader-submitted questions?!) I handed over my Knoppix DVD as the official backup plan for my friend. Now that we'd found a new home and packed her possessions - it was time!

Tip #5: Help your friend move. My friend watched as I popped in the Ubuntu 10.04 DVD and installed it. She saw how easy it is: click, click, click, wait a second, click click, yay! She said I made it look easy. In reality, Ubuntu made me look good -- I just clicked. (Oh dear... moving analogy needed. How's this: Ubuntu was the moving crew and I just barked a few orders.)

Tip #6: Give your friend the grand tour of her new home. I put my friend's saved files onto her new system and showed her where to find them, where to find games and the word processing program, how to install new programs, which programs would edit her images and play her tunes, and how to surf the web. (And look! There's your handy collection of bookmarks I saved along with your photos and music files! Feeling at home already.)

Tip #7: Don't leave 'em hanging! I told my friend to call me if she got stuck, has questions, or needs help. This step is very important! (And it's a lot easier for you to help your friend than for me to help your friend remotely when she calls our editorial number after you leave her hanging -- and believe me, we get these calls.) Remember that your friend has moved away from her comfort zone, as uncomfortable as it might have been! She will need a little time to get used to her new Linux surrounding, and knowing that you didn't leave her alone in a fixer-upper can make the difference between her loving her new system... or hating you.

I checked in with my friend last night and emailed, "Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux - I hope you love it!"

Here's how she responded:
8:07pm: ":) very pleased so far ! stumbling my way through..."

I wrote back, "I won't leave you hanging! Just let me know if you have questions or need troubleshooting."

This morning I woke up to this:
8:07am: "this is really cool rikki ~~i'm lovin' it."

7 Tips to help your friends move to Linux

Monday, August 09, 2010

Build a Linux Media Center PC - How To by ExtremeTech

Media Center PCs have been around for almost a decade—even longer if you count earlier forays like Gateway's Destination PC lineup from the mid-1990s. It's not just about PCs, either. More recently, we've seen set-top box media extenders and media-focused game consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3, as well as targeted peripherals like the Slingbox PRO-HD and the Hauppauge HD PVR. All have garnered their share of fans.

Unfortunately, many media center setups are inflexible. The Apple TV is probably the worst example; it's tough to do much with that box unless you're a slave to the iTunes Store. (Or unless you hack it.) But even Windows 7 and the Xbox 360 can be unnecessarily limiting when it comes to your media.

That's where Linux comes in. Granted, a lot of the fun is thanks to the hobbyist nature of the OS, at least on the consumer end. There's also a distinct feeling of getting something for nothing—and in many cases, better performance than the paid options from Microsoft or Apple.

On the other hand, though Linux-based projects are enjoyable, they can take up a lot of time, and they're not always that useful once finished. Think about it: In today's market, $500 can buy a pretty nice Windows 7 desktop machine with an HDMI port and a wireless card. It wouldn't be much of a gaming box. But you'd have a pretty slick setup for your HDTV—one that's capable of storing all your media files, and one that's much easier to troubleshoot when something goes south.

Even so, choosing Linux offers a number of advantages. In this article, we're going to show you how to build a Linux-based media center that acts as a music, video, and photo server for your entire house. It will display video on a large-screen TV without a hitch. Most importantly, coupled with MythTV, the system will record TV shows and act as a genuine DVR. This last point is key, because many so-called "media center" setups don't actually do this, and just exist to play standalone media files or stream video from the Web.

In fact, Linux has come far enough—and is powerful enough—that we bet you'll want to keep using this machine even after you're done with the project.

Sound good? Let's get started.

Build a Linux Media Center PC - How To by ExtremeTech

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Microsoft Admits Fear of Linux - Business Center - PC World

Microsoft has long pooh-poohed Linux as a desktop competitor. But a recent filing with the Security and Exchange Commission has the company admitting for the first time that Linux represents a significant threat to Windows.
TechFlash reports that in Microsoft's recent annual filing with the SEC, it listed for the first time Ubuntu's maker Canonical, and Linux distributor Red Hat as competitors to its Client division, which makes Windows. Previously, TechFlash says, Red Hat was listed but only as a competitor to its Business and Server & Tools divisions.
Full article here:
Microsoft Admits Fear of Linux - Business Center - PC World

Saturday, August 07, 2010

10 Handy Productivity Tools in Linux

For productivity, Linux can compete with Windows and Mac as Linux has a great set of productivity applications. While some applications run on all platforms, there are others just available exclusively on Linux. Here is a list of 10 apps that are focused on getting things done quickly and effectively.

Daily Artisan » 10 Handy Productivity Tools in Linux

Portable Ubuntu For Windows

There are quite a few possibilities to take the Linux distribution Ubuntu for a test drive. It can be run from Live CDs, run in a virtual machine or installed on a free partition on the computer system even from within Windows (using Wubi). Portable Ubuntu adds another possibility to these choices by offering to run Ubuntu directly in Windows without installation or configuration at all.

The Linux distribution can be downloaded directly from its Sourceforge page. It comes as a 438 Megabyte self extracting executable that requires 1.86 Gigabytes on the computer’s hard drive after extraction. Users can then immediately start Ubuntu in Windows by clicking on the run_portable_ubuntu.bat file that is located in the root directory of the software program. Starting portable Ubuntu in Windows will open a command line window which will remain open all the time. This command line window contains information about background processes and the state of the Ubuntu system.

The Ubuntu dock at the top center of the screen will be opened and displayed giving users access to Applications, Places, System and applications like Firefox. Talking about applications. The usual add / remove applications menu can be accessed in portable Ubuntu to install additional applications on the computer system.
ubuntu portable
One could think that running an operating system inside another operating system would surely demand lots of system resources. This is surprisingly not the case. Running Ubuntu portable requires less than 50 Megabytes of computer memory that are occupied by its processes.

Main question however is why someone would use Ubuntu portable instead of the other options outlined above. One of the main reasons is that it is the least complicated to use. It cannot get easier than extracting and running the Linux distribution. Even Live CDs might require changing the boot sequence from hard drive to CD in order to run the distribution that way.

The portable application gives access to many Ubuntu applications and features which can be a great way of taking a look at the options the distribution offers.
portable ubuntu
It comes close to the Linux user experience but does not provide it fully. There is still the Windows Taskbar, icons and wallpapers that make the system look much more like a Windows system than a Linux system. Interested users can download it right at the developer’s website at Sourceforge.

Portable Ubuntu For Windows

Brand - Ubuntu Wiki

The new style of Ubuntu is driven by the theme "Light". We've developed a comprehensive set of visual guidelines and treatments that reflect that style, and are updating key assets like the logo accordingly. The new theme takes effect in 10.04 LTS and will define our look and feel for several years.
Ubuntu has seen a tremendous amount of growth and change since it was conceived in 2004. Back then it was a small project with strong ambitions and a handful of developers passionate about delivering a world class Linux Operating System that can compete on every level with Microsoft and Apple. We adopted a style based on the tagline "Linux for Human Beings", and called it "Human". Six years on we have made incredible progress. Ubuntu is a global phenomenon: we have carved out a pervasive culture of quality and design, thoughtful usability and great technology all fused together in a project that maintains the same commitment to community and collaborative development that we embraced back in 2004. 

In 2009, a small team lead by Mark Shuttleworth, conducted a review of our key brand values and identity. Based on that work, a set of visual treatments were produced, and shared with key members of the Ubuntu Art community, spanning the core distributions, derivatives, and aligned efforts like the Forums. Representatives from Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Mythbuntu, SpreadUbuntu and more came to London and worked with the Canonical design team to refine the designs and work together. The results of that work are presented here.

Brand - Ubuntu Wiki

Friday, August 06, 2010

WinFF – FFMPG GUI Based Video Converter For Ubuntu Linux

You might have heard about the well known command line utility called FFMPG which converts videos from one format to another. If you are a developer or system administrator and you develop or administer Linux based apps then you probably know how complex it is to work with the command line utility to convert videos.

WinFF makes it easier, you can easily convert files with the GUI interface rather than stuffing your head with the difficult and long commands of FFMPG. To put in a netshell, it is the graphical interface for FFMPG.

The key features of this tool include the support for multiple formats and multiple languages. Further this tool can also be used on different versions of Windows. It also doesn’t require any external codecs.

The installation of this tool is very simple, just open the terminal and run the following command to install it.

sudo apt-get install winff

Once the installation is over, you can launch it from Applications > Sound &Video > Video Convert WinFF.

Click the Add button, to add the video which you wish to convert, then choose the destination file type from the Convert To drop down box. You can specify the destination folder to save the converted file by using the Output Folder option. The Additional Options section at the botton of the window lets you specify the Video Bitrate , FrameRate and other relevant settings. Once done with all the settings hit the Convert button to convert the file.

WinFF – FFMPG GUI Based Video Converter For Ubuntu Linux

Tux Training » Blog Archive » How to make Ubuntu extremely fast

Old hardware? Want a faster boot up? Need to free some system resources? Want snappier applications? This is for you. Note, I wouldn’t suggest doing anything within this if it doesn’t make sense to you.

Tux Training » Blog Archive » How to make Ubuntu extremely fast

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Ubuntu Manual

Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04 is a comprehensive beginners guide for the Ubuntu operating system. It is written under an open source license and is free for you to download, read, modify and share.

The manual will help you become familiar with everyday tasks such as surfing the web, listening to music and scanning documents. With an emphasis on easy to follow instructions, it is suitable for all levels of experience.

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Easy to understand - our manual has step by step instructions and is jargon-free

A picture is worth a thousand words - lots of screenshots to show you how to do tasks

All in one place - conveniently located in one file, so you don’t have to look all over the web for help

Progressive learning curve - start with the basics, and learn as you work through each chapter

Dozens of languages - translated into more than 52 languages, including localized screenshots

CC-BY-SA licensing - download, modify, reproduce and share as much as you like

No cost - our documents are all written by Ubuntu community members and there is no charge to use them

Printer friendly - we have a version optimized for printing to save the trees

Troubleshooting section - to help you solve common Ubuntu problems quickly

Ubuntu Manual - Home

Enabling Hardware Sensors in Linux

Most computers these days come with a myriad of sensors to monitor the temperature of your computer. These sensors are generally located on the processor and the motherboard, and you might also have sensors on your video card. On top of that, all S.M.A.R.T-enabled hard drives have built-in temperature monitoring.

The temperature of your computer is a vital thing to keep track of – heat and computers don’t mix very well. Unfortunately, Ubuntu doesn’t setup your computer’s sensors automatically; but you can follow these steps to enable the temperature sensors in your computer in Ubuntu, or any other version of Linux. While sensor-monitoring is somewhat hardware dependant, this guide will work for most users. It involves heavy use of the command-line, but don’t worry – I will walk you through it step-by-step.

Enabling Hardware Sensors in Linux |

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Ubuntu Linux Used in the Making of Avatar

Linux infrastructure was heavily used in Avatar's graphics rendering done by Weta Digital.

(C) Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Weta Digital is the digital visual effects company which worked on the visual effects of the flora and fauna of Pandora. To achieve the impressive visual effects, Weta Digital have modified their in-house software Massive and used their 10,000 square foot Data Center with more than 40,000 CPUs.

The Data Center of Weta Digital was re-built in 2008 and consists of 34 racks and more than 4,000 Hewlett-Packard blade servers with a 104TB of RAM. Ubuntu is at the core of all of this, running on all of the rendering nodes, and 90% of the desktops at Weta Digital, according to Paul Gunn, the data center's systems administrator.

The "farm" is in fact an Ubuntu Server farm and does not run Red Hat Linux as previously reported by the Media.

Processing 7 to 8 gigabytes of data per second, running 24 hours a day and 17.28 gigabytes per minute of storage, the computing power and data management put the system in position 193 between top 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Weta Digital was co-founded by Peter Jackson and is located in Wellington, New Zealand. Some of the productions Weta Digital worked on are The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Fantastic Four, Eragon, X-Men and i-Robot.

Ubuntu Linux Used in the Making of Avatar | Jordan Open Source Association

Monday, August 02, 2010

20 Linux System Monitoring Tools Every SysAdmin Should Know

Need to monitor Linux server performance? Try these built-in command and a few add-on tools. Most Linux distributions are equipped with tons of monitoring. These tools provide metrics which can be used to get information about system activities. You can use these tools to find the possible causes of a performance problem. The commands discussed below are some of the most basic commands when it comes to system analysis and debugging server issues such as:
  1. Finding out bottlenecks.
  2. Disk (storage) bottlenecks.
  3. CPU and memory bottlenecks.
  4. Network bottlenecks.
See here : 20 Linux System Monitoring Tools Every SysAdmin Should Know

K3b 2.0 released

K3b 2.0 released

Today the reformed K3b team within the KDE Community is proud to release the final 2.0 of the premier disk recording application, codenamed “Komeback”. Although pre-release versions have already enjoyed widespread adoption, we'd like to recap some of the highlights of this release.

K3b 2.0 marks the last milestone in the effort to port one of the most popular disk recording applications to KDE's current Platform 4. Although some parts still use legacy libraries, the application takes advantage of the new platform and integrates better with it. Solid, the KDE hardware layer, is now used for hardware detection.

On the interface front K3b 2.0 is a direct port of its KDE3 predecessor. The overall look remains the same but it now uses modern widgets. For example, file browser shows a list of KDE's global Places and takes advantage of the breadcrumb bar. The icons have also been updated to match the rest of the Oxygen theme.

With a few exceptions, K3b keeps feature-parity with 1.0.x series, but it also introduces a number of new features. Perhaps the biggest among these is support for Blu-ray drives. Additionally a lot of work have been put into improving the overall user experience. Some work-flows have been merged abstracting it for all kinds of media.

K3b team has worked hard to achieve maximum stability of the application, with over 250 bugs being closed during the pre-release period. This process will continue as bug-fixing versions will be released during development of K3b 2.1.

Changelog (since 1.0.5)

  • Port to KDE Platform 4
  • Always allow manual writing speed selection
  • Use proper toolbars instead of the toolboxes -> nicer laying out with different styles
  • Merged CD and DVD copy dialogs
  • Merged CD and DVD image burning dialogs
  • Merged CD-RW erasing and DVD formatting dialogs
  • Merged Data CD and Data DVD projects into one plain data project with Blu-ray support
  • Merged eMovix CD and eMovix DVD projects
  • Removed CD copy option "prefer CD-Text". K3b will now ask individually (there is no need to do this if no mounting is involved)
  • Allow importing of arbitrary sessions into a data project, thus continuing other than the last session
  • "Clear project" now only clears the added data but leaves the settings as they were (bug 147838)
  • Added support for files bigger than 4GB via mkisofs 2.01.01a32 and above Do only reload the medium for verification if necessary (depends on the writer)
  • Support for Blu-ray writing
  • Support for DVD and Blu-ray writing via cdrecord
  • New audio ripping pattern %e which is replaced by the file extension
  • Better support for RTL languages

Sources from now on available from the K3b download page...

K3b - The CD Kreator

Friday, July 30, 2010

Freeware Utilities - Downloadpedia

Here is the list of the free utilities compiled in categories according to alphabetical order. These utilities represent an excellent alternative to the commercial programs, some of them are even better.

Freeware Utilities - Downloadpedia

ImageMagick: Convert, Edit, and Compose Images

ImageMagick® is a software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in a variety of formats (over 100) including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF. Use ImageMagick to translate, flip, mirror, rotate, scale, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves.
The functionality of ImageMagick is typically utilized from the command line or you can use the features from programs written in your favorite programming language. Choose from these interfaces: G2F (Ada), MagickCore (C), MagickWand (C), ChMagick (Ch), ImageMagickObject (COM+), Magick++ (C++), JMagick (Java), L-Magick (Lisp), NMagick (Neko/haXe), MagickNet (.NET), PascalMagick (Pascal), PerlMagick (Perl), MagickWand for PHP (PHP), IMagick (PHP), PythonMagick (Python), RMagick (Ruby), or TclMagick (Tcl/TK). With a language interface, use ImageMagick to modify or create images dynamically and automagically.
ImageMagick is free software delivered as a ready-to-run binary distribution or as source code that you may freely use, copy, modify, and distribute. Its license is compatible with the GPL. It runs on all major operating systems.

ImageMagick: Convert, Edit, and Compose Images

GNOME 3 not ready yet, release pushed back to 2011

The developers behind the GNOME project have gathered in the Netherlands this week for the annual GUADEC conference. During a meeting that took place at the event, the GNOME release team made the difficult decision to delay the launch of GNOME 3, the next major version of the popular open source desktop environment.

The new version has been deemed unready for mass consumption and will need another round of refinements before it can achieve the level of maturity and robustness that is expected by the software's users. Although the news will likely disappoint some enthusiasts, it is consistent with the GNOME development community's conservative approach to release management and strong emphasis on predictability.

GNOME consists of open source applications and development frameworks that form a complete desktop computing stack. It provides a number of the core components that make up the default user experience in many mainstream Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and Fedora. GNOME is developed on a time-based six-month release cycle, which means that there are two incremental releases every year.

Original GNOME 3 release schedule

The predictability of the consistent release cycle is one of the major factors that has driven GNOME adoption among commercial desktop Linux distributors, but the incremental development model has largely precluded radical changes. The idea of a major 3.0 update had been discussed for quite some time, but did not initially attract much support from key decision makers.

Some GNOME developers, however, feared that the project's reduction in forward momentum was leading to a decline in innovation and a state of "decadence." These concerns prompted a renewal of interest in overhauling the GNOME user experience, a movement that culminated in 2008 with the formation of a GNOME 3 roadmap and development plan.

GNOME 3 was originally intended to launch in March of 2010, but the developers prepared for the possibility that it would not be ready in time. They decided to move forward with their plans to release a new major version, but with the understanding that they would release a normal incremental update instead if 3.0 wasn't sufficiently mature.

That is exactly what happened when the release team assessed the suitability of 3.0 in preparation for the March release. They decided to push it up another cycle and aim for a September launch. This week at GUADEC, they have once again concluded that version 3 is not yet ready. We will see another standard incremental update in September and the GNOME 3 release will be pushed back another cycle, with the aim of getting it out the door in March 2011.

A sensible release management strategy

The continued delays are not particularly troubling and a lot of progress has been made on the new GNOME 3.0 technologies over the past six months. The GNOME Shell, a new desktop user interface that is built with JavaScript and the Clutter framework, has seen an especially rapid pace of evolution and many improvements during the current development cycle. A lot of the transitional work that is taking place under the hood, such as the shift from the legacy GConf configuration system to the modern GSettings framework, is also proceeding faster than some observers anticipated.

Many Linux enthusiasts likely remember the problems that plagued the competing KDE desktop environment when its fourth major version was released in 2008. KDE 4 was launched prematurely in a partially completed state because its developers hoped that users would help identify weaknesses and accelerate the completion of the software. The plan backfired, partly because mixed messages from KDE's developers broadly distorted the expectations of the software's users.

It seems clear that the GNOME developers are carefully working to avoid falling into the same trap. They aren't going to release GNOME 3 until it's mature enough for practical day-to-day use. All things considered, the GNOME release management strategy looks sound and well-reasoned. The ongoing incremental releases have allowed the existing GNOME environment to move forward during the protracted period of development for version 3.0, ensuring that regular users won't suffer any ill effects from the delays.

"GNOME is driven by its goals to provide a quality free software desktop, and we feel that our users and downstream community are better served by holding the GNOME 3.0 release until March 2011," GNOME's release team said in an official statement. "This gives adequate time not only for feature development, but user feedback and testing."

First impressions are very important in software. When introducing a completely new user interface, it's important to make sure that it has the highest possible level of fit and finish right out of the starting gate. If users have a bad first experience, they might simply never accept the changes. As such, it's unsurprising that the GNOME developers are being cautious about the completeness of GNOME 3.

Although it's not ready for official release, users who want to get an early look at some of the key features of GNOME 3 can still choose to install the software themselves. I've been using the GNOME Shell package archive from Launchpad to periodically test the new user interface on Ubuntu, for example. We will be taking a closer look at the software and report on some of the new features in the coming months as the developers prepare for the official release.

GNOME 3 not ready yet, release pushed back to 2011

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Top Ten Apps That Make Linux Fun To Use

Many Linux enthusiasts associate desktop Linux with their repetitive daily routine. Same old, same old.

Looking to mix things up a little, I thought it’d be fun to take a more entertaining look at what we can do with our Linux boxes. I’m listing ten noteworthy Linux applications that I find very fun to use.

After all, Linux is more than a mere efficient platform. It can also provide a great deal of entertainment as well.

Top Ten Apps That Make Linux Fun To Use

Linux Music Players: Amarok vs. Clementine —

The recent history of the Amarok music player is like a scaled-down version of KDE's recent past. Like KDE 4, the Amarok 2 series was greeted with a user revolt that has only gradually quieted. And just like KDE 4 inspired Trinity KDE for those who preferred KDE 3, so Amarok 2 inspired Clementine, a fork of Amarok 1.4.

The supporters of both Trinity KDE and Clementine make similar claims for their preferences: in both cases, the retro-apps are described as faster, easier to use, and outfitted with a better feature set than the most recent versions. But is that so?

An examination of basic features suggests that reality -- as usual -- is more complex than the claims. For one thing, Clementine is only at version 0.4 -- hardly, really, out of alpha release. Its feature set is incomplete, so it is handicapped in a comparison from the start.

For another, despite Clementine's unfinished state, both music players fulfill their functions extremely well. In fact, although each has details that the other lacks, their feature sets have yet to diverge in many areas. What a feature by feature comparison shows is not radical differences so much as differences in emphasis, and in what users are assumed to want.

Amarok vs. Clementine: Interface and Usability

Open Amarok and Clementine side by side, and the philosophical differences become apparent immediately.

The difference goes far beyond the fact that Clementine uses two panes -- one for music sources and one for playlists -- while Amarok adds a third pane for context information. The number of panes does indicate a difference in assumptions about what users have want, but it is the least of the differences.

Instead, the largest difference is that Amarok's design philosophy is influenced by the current interface design theories, while Clementine's are more oriented towards stone geeks, including every detail imaginable.

Some Clementine users will point to this difference by making disparaging comparisons between Amarok and OS X or Windows. However, for practical purposes, what matters is that the two music players display different assumptions about what average users want.

For instance, in Clementine, the playlist offers ever bit of information about selected tracks that is available. The default settings are Artist, Album, Length and Track (although I suspect that Title was meant to be there, too), and via the context menu, you can add another thirteen columns, including file length and the date it was created.

Similarly, Clementine's default track controls include an equalizer and block organizer. Moreover, they are placed at the bottom of the playlist, where they can easily be mixed, alongside some basic tag controls.

Amarok's approach, though, is minimalist. It identifies tracks by album, track number, title, and length, and does not allow additional information to be added. Just as importantly, its controls for playing a track are promoted to just below the menu, and take up the entire width of the window, making them hard to miss. Tag controls are separated out, and controls for the entire playlist -- as opposed to the track -- are at the bottom of the playlist pane.

The same difference is seen in the identification for the current track: Amarok simply highlights it, while Clementine highlights it and adds a notice to the bottom of the sources pane that always displays.

amarok linux music player


There are other differences, too, such as Amarok's use of retractable lists for pane views, which require more mouse clicks than Clementine's tabs when you are changing views. However, the most noticeable difference is that Amarok is more streamlined (or slicker, if you happen not to like the design decisions) while Clementine has spent less time on such concerns.

Verdict: Tie. Despite the fact that interface designers insist on the superiority of their strictures, whether you prefer a minimalist interface or a more geeky one is largely a matter of preference. Some users might become frustrated if Amarok's display does not include a feature they prefer, but just as many may find Clementine cluttered.

Amarok vs. Clementine: Editing Tags

The metatags on tracks and albums are essential for searching local libraries and -- in Amarok's case -- for creating automated playlists (see below). For these purposes, the ability to edit tags is essential in any music player.

Linux Music Players: Amarok vs. Clementine

Friday, July 23, 2010


Mythbuntu is a community supported add-on for Ubuntu focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV based PVR system. It can be used to prepare a standalone system or for integration with an existing MythTV network.

Unlike similar projects, Mythbuntu keeps close ties with Ubuntu and all development is given back to Ubuntu. This architecture allows simple conversions from a standard desktop to a Mythbuntu machine and vice versa.

The development cycle of Mythbuntu closely follows that of Ubuntu, releasing every six months along side Ubuntu releases.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

The 10 most useful Linux commands - Program - Linux - Builder AU

Maybe the command line isn’t your favourite place to hang out, but to be an effective Linux admin, you need to be able to wield a few essential commands. These 10 commands are guaranteed to simplify your Linux admin life.
I understand that many of you don’t want to use the command line in Linux (or in any operating system, for that matter). But the truth is, to be a good administrator, you have to know the command line. Why? Well, with Windows there are times when the command line is the only thing that can save your skin. With Linux, the command line is vast, reliable, flexible, fast ... I could go on and on.

And of the 2119 possible commands from the /usr/bin directory (in Mandriva Spring 2008) and the 388 possible commands from /usr/sbin/, a few are indispensable. Here are 10 of them that might make your Linux admin life — or your introduction to Linux — a whole lot simpler.

I could make this easy and go with the most used commands (cd, ls, rm) but instead, I am going to go with the most useful commands, and I'll keep it as distribution-neutral as I can.

Read them here: The 10 most useful Linux commands - Program - Linux - Builder AU

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Linux Tips, Tricks, Tools News and Howtos

It’s easy to learn the basics of video editing, especially in Linux! This software is based on the FFMPEG and MLT frameworks so it can handle almost any video file format you throw at it. This quick tutorial will teach you how to put together a video complete with titles, transitions and effects, the program I used is called Kdenlive; It’s like Sony Vegas, except it’s free and open-source!

Linux Tips, Tricks, Tools News and Howtos

Friday, July 16, 2010

7 Apps Every Open Source Enthusiast Should Brag About

During my years of Linux advocacy, I am usually asked a very basic question “what makes Linux better than [insert OS here].” The answer is a result of years of developing and honing the perfect answer to a non-technical person. I usually start with explaining that there are two fundamental schools of thought in the programming world. One that conceals and forbids any changes in functionality, while the other is open and encourages customization to fit ones needs. The conversation naturally goes from there to giving examples of Open Source programs this person might be using unwittingly. Here are 7 programs that the whole Open Source community is very proud of.

Daily Artisan » 7 Apps Every Open Source Enthusiast Should Brag About

Resources - The Community's Center for Security

Welcome to's WebLinks Resource Archives. Scroll down and find resources ranging from Cryptography to Security sources, to Network Security and everything in between. Many articles are on the older side, but are still very useful. But don't stop here.

When your done in this section, take a look at our Features section including some of our most recent and detailed HowTos. Or why not check on recent Advisories to track your distribution of choice.

Whether you're new to Linux and security, or you're a seasoned developer you'll find a wealth of security information for Open Source here at If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to email us at

Resources - The Community's Center for Security

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ubuntu Tweak - Let's rock with Ubuntu

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

It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn't provide.

With its help, you will enjoy with the experience of Ubuntu!

Download Now!

Ubuntu Tweak - Let's rock with Ubuntu

Saturday, July 10, 2010

7 Tasks You Shouldn’t Use a GUI For

Sometimes the GUI is just too slow. Learn how to resize images, add drop shadows, splice mp3s, clone hard drives and more with the command line.
Here are a few tasks that you might want to consider using the command line for.

7 Tasks You Shouldn’t Use a GUI For

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

5+1 GUI tips to make Ubuntu still easier | yabBLOG

Many new comers are afraid of that “haunted Terminal”. Why open a console when you can do it via GUI? This article is not against the use of terminal but for noobs (and pros too) these GUI tips may prove more productive. How many times have you thought to “configure the boot menu” or “change mount points” but afraid of it because you have to enter that “Haunted Manson”.

1, 2, 3 are packages and can be installed via Synaptic Package Manager (another helpful GUI for managing packages) and then searching for it.

5+1 GUI tips to make Ubuntu still easier | yabBLOG

Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop Customization Guide - Step by step tutorial with screenshots - Softpedia

At the request of our readers and because today is Independence Day in the United States, we have decided to revive our old desktop customization tutorial for the Ubuntu OS and other major Linux distributions powered by the GNOME desktop environment.

This step-by-step tutorial was created for the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) operating system and it will teach you how to change the looks of your Linux desktop into an eye-candy, practical, simple and modern one. In other words, to pimp your desktop and change its looks

Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop Customization Guide - Step by step tutorial with screenshots - Softpedia

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Meet Shotwell - The F-Spot Replacement For Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat"

Finally! The much discussed about F-Spot vs Shotwell battle is over. The new default image organizer app for Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 is going to be Shotwell. This is a much needed change and F-Spot was simply not enough. Most of the times when I tried F-Spot, it just keeps crashing on me. Shotwell on a other hand feels a lot more solid and is better integrated with GNOME desktop. Shotwell is also completely devoid of Mono.

What's new in Shotwell 0.5.2?
  • Shotwell recently released the Shotwell version 0.5.2. And here are the features.
  • Photos can be tagged and organized by tag, creating a new tool for managing your photo collection.
  • Printing support.
  • Photos can be published to Google's Picasa Web Albums service.
  • Photos can be set as your desktop background directly from Shotwell.
  • Photo import runs in the background, making imports smoother and more fluid.
  • Rock solid and feels a lot more responsive and light.
Full article here: Meet Shotwell - The F-Spot Replacement For Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" | Tech Drive-in

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Open source nettop designed from survey requests

The Open-PC project, which developed an open source Linux PC based on community survey requests, says its KDE-flavored nettop will ship next month. The Open-PC is equipped with a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom N330 with 3GB RAM, but the nettop's high $500 price has stirred some controversy.

Open source nettop designed from survey requests

Friday, May 14, 2010

Home » Blogs » 's blog Canonical's Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition features three years of support, an online music store, a new look and social network integration

Long-term support (LTS) version of popular desktop operating system generally available on 29 April

LONDON, April 27, 2010: Canonical announced today the upcoming release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition, the latest version of the popular Linux desktop distribution, which includes three years of support through free security and maintenance updates. It will be available for free download on Thursday 29 April and will be pre-installed on a range of machines from a number of manufacturers in Summer 2010.
The desktop edition of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will feature extensive design work, faster boot speed, social network integration, online services and the Ubuntu One Music Store.

"Ubuntu 10.04 LTS challenges the perceptions of the Linux desktop, bringing a whole new category of users to the world of Ubuntu," said Jane Silber, CEO, Canonical. "Changes like the new look and feel and the addition of a music store, layered on top of our relentless focus on delivering an intuitive and attractive user experience for new and existing Ubuntu users -- these are the bridging elements to the mainstream market that our community, our partners and our users really want. Long-term support makes Ubuntu 10.04 LTS very attractive to corporate IT as well." 
New in 10.04 LTS:
  • Boot speed: Noticeably quicker on almost any machine and super-fast on SSD-based machines such as netbooks, which means users can speed straight to the browser for fast web access.
  • Social from the start: The new 'Me Menu' in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS consolidates the process of accessing and updating social networks including Facebook, Digg, Twitter and The Me Menu also integrates chat channels so users can talk with friends or colleagues on Google Talk, MSN, IRC and nearly every network.
  • Ubuntu One: Enhanced desktop integration for the online service means files and folders can be shared and saved on the cloud more easily. Bookmark and contacts sharing has been added, speeding the move from personal computer to personal computing.
  • Ubuntu One Music Store: Music from the world's largest labels and greatest bands available direct to Ubuntu users through the default music player. Purchase tracks, store in Ubuntu One and share DRM-free music from one location across multiple computers and devices.
  • Ubuntu Software Centre 2.0: An easy way to find new software, and keep track of it once it's installed in a new, sleeker interface. Users can also single out software provided by Ubuntu, by Canonical partners or by developers who use Canonical's Launchpad Personal Package Archive (PPA) hosting service.
  • Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition (UNE): As well as benefiting from the improvements in the Desktop Edition, netbook users will see even faster boot speeds on SSD-based devices, faster suspend/resume that will extend battery life -  and the industry-leading interface for these smaller screens.


Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition and Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition are entirely free of charge and will be widely available for download from on Thursday 29 April 2010.
At that time, users can upgrade directly to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS from the previous Ubuntu 8.04 LTS version as well as the Ubuntu 9.10 release from October 2009.
Useful links:
  • Ubuntu One offers 2 GB storage for free, and 50 GB for $10 per month. See
  • Ubuntu One Music Store can be accessed via the Rhythmbox Music Player in Ubuntu
  • Canonical provides support products for desktop and notebook users priced from $55 per year. Information at

About Canonical

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.
Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit