Accelerate Ubuntu upgrades with an ISO

This is a fairly useful (and simple, but not very innovative) trick for older machines using Ubuntu, when your network connection might be weak, or when you have a lot of software to install and don’t want to wait on an old CDROM.

UbuntuHQ wishes you a Happy 2008!

We hope you enjoyed reading UbuntuHQ in 2007, and we'll try to improve it in 2008. May the spirit of Ubuntu be with you!

15 must-have Firefox tricks

What good is a browser unless you can tweak it, hack it and bend it to your will? No good at all. The more you can hack it, the better it is. And that means that Firefox must be a great browser. It's infinitely customizable, via editing a text file called userChrome.css, making changes via a command called about:config, and using free add-ons to extend the features of the browser.

Jonathan Jesse: KDE is still alive in the Ubuntu Community

Microphone Support on the MacBook (Skype 2 Supported)

So I posted recently on how to get the camera working in Skype 2 Beta on the MacBook. One of the most common questions after that post was “But how do I get the microphone to work!?” So, I started toggling switches and trying stuff out until I could reproduce working microphone input. I did have this working in the past and I guess I must have lost the settings so I had to find them again…

Microphone on the Macbook

To get started right-click on the volume applet up near the clock and select the “Open Volume Control” option.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 71

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #71, for the weeks December 16th - December 29th, 2007 is now available. In this issue: Dell adds DVD playback, Ubuntu Live Conference proposals, Hardy Alpha 2, Ubuntu Desktop training course, Kubuntu 8.04 LTS status, Full Circle Magazine Issue #8, new Kubuntu members, IRSeek, a new Official Ubuntu Book, and much, much more!!

Has GNOME finally killed off KDE in the Ubuntu interface wars?

Things are not looking good for KDE, following the news that KDE will not be getting long term support (LTS) whereas GNOME will according to Canonical. The Hardy Heron will be assured of LTS status it seems, making Ubuntu 8.04 the second version of this Linux distro to get the Canonical commercial blessing.

Hands-on with the OLPC XO laptop -- and loving it

The XO laptop I received last week as part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project's "Give One Get One" (G1G1) promotion is unlike any other laptop I've ever used, both in appearance and functionality. It's smaller, for one thing. The XO weighs only 3.13 pounds, is 9 inches wide, and approximately an inch thick when closed. But there's a lot more difference between the XO and a normal laptop computer than size.

How to See Where a TinyUrl Is Really Linking To

You've already seen them... links to tinyurl.com left in comments, on blog posts and especially on Twitter. But doesn't it make you slightly uneasy to click on a link without knowing where it's going to take you?

Getting around the Gnome network manager

Know that problem? You are somewhere around and got special network settings like a wlan essid and static ip ressources. Your Gnome network manager which you really like as it finally brought easy wpa2/wpa/wep detection and setup to you prefers dhcp and skips around the networks like mad.

Turn one PC into two for free

How do you like the sound of taking one machine, and having two people logged into it simultaneously? Sounds pretty neat to me – and it’s free too, which is always a tick in the right box.

Starting a new database: spreadsheet or native Base database?

Let's say you've got a bunch of data: addresses, or lists of your DVDs, or whatever. It's not world-changing high-transaction information, but you want it in a good storage format. Do you create a spreadsheet and put your info in that, or do you go straight for the higher-end solution and create a Base database?

Create a TinyUrl the Easy Way in Firefox

Have you ever tried to email or IM somebody a link from a site that has ridiculously long URLs, only to have the link break because it was too long or got cut off? The solution to this problem is to use a service like TinyUrl that turns a really long link into a really short link.

Hands on: Change your PC's graphical look

Fancy an extreme makeover? With Linux you can change the graphical interface.There is no doubt that you get a lot of choice with Linux. This follows through to the desktop environment. While in OS X and Windows you are stuck with whatever Apple or Microsoft gives you, with Linux you can choose your desktop environment.

Power browsing with the best Firefox add-ons

At Tectonic we love Firefox (and so do most of our readers). Over the course of 2007 we reviewed many of the best Firefox extensions available and now, as the year-end closes in, we offer the top-five of these that we could simply not live without.

Upgrade timing demotes KDE variant of Ubuntu Linux

There are two dominant software projects that provide Linux with a graphical user interface, but only one of them will get long-term support in Ubuntu's next version of the open-source operating system.

How to install Epiphany web browser in Ubuntu

Epiphany is the web browser for the GNOME desktop. Its goal is to be simple and easy to use. Epiphany ties together many GNOME components in order to let you focus on the Web content, instead of the browser application. As part of the GNOME project, Epiphany is Free Software.

Samba Project to provide Windows protocol access to all open source developers

Thanks to the Samba project, documentation about Windows networking protocols is now available to free software developers who want it. With the help of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), Samba has hammered out an agreement for obtaining the documentation and has set up the new Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF) to make it accessible to other free software projects.

What is - Gmount-ISO

Why burn a disk when you could mount it? and who wants to remember such command to mount an ISO image: mount -o loop -t iso9660 file.iso /mnt/test, not to mention the long list of mount parameters. Well, I do want to remember such command but I don’t mind having an easy cool tool to mount ISO images.

Linux for everyone

Mark Shuttleworth made news in 2002 when he fulfilled a lifelong ambition and became the first South African to travel into space, paying $20 million to be a civilian cosmonaut on an eight-day flight aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. In 2004, he founded Ubuntu Linux to bring the operating system to people around the world. He is also the founder of HBD Venture Capital and the nonprofit Shuttleworth Foundation.

Ubuntu linux - Gimpshop - Picasa

Of course the ability to edit photographs is important for us photo bloggers, so how do we do this with Ubuntu? The Gimp is the standard image editor in Ubuntu, and comes installed with the cd. It is available for free for Windows and Mac OS X too by the way.

9 Tips for the aspiring Emacs playboy

I consider myself a beginning Lisper. I’ve been developing my software in Emacs for 8 months now. At first, I was clumsy at it. Emacs can be difficult and daunting. The terminology is different from what I’m used to, the key bindings are different, and there are just so many commands, configurations, and modes. But I’ve persevered and I now find myself quite nimble with key bindings and structured editing. And yet there’s still more to learn.

Building A Linux Music Studio

This is a great time to be your own recording and sound engineer. There are all kinds of great digital recording gear, from tiny portable recorders to multi-channel mixer-recorders with CD burners, and Linux has a wealth of good-quality audio recording and editing programs.

Prevent Ubuntu asking for the CD to install packages

Recent releases of Ubuntu have a feature where the installation CD can be used as a repository for installing software, just like any repository on the web. The advantage of this, obviously, is it means that you can save bandwidth for some packages that haven’t been updated since the release, or even sometimes be able to install new packages without an internet connection at all. The main disadvantage - the CD has to be in the drive.

5 essential Firefox add-ons for productive web work

Firefox benefits from a vast community of add-on developers and here are a few that will supercharge your every day browsing experience. One feature that distinguished Firefox early on was its support for tabbed browsing. But the default configuration contains some awkward behaviors when switching between tabs and opening new tabs.

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