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 | Techthrob.com:

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.

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(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