How a Linux Download Topped YouTube's Hit List

The hottest thing on YouTube this month isn't The Dark Knight trailer or that clip of a baby giving an evil eye. It's video of somebody downloading a copy of Ubuntu, a Linux-based operating system.

How to Use md5sum to Verify Data Integrity

First of all, what’s a hash? A hash is the output of a one-way, reproducible function for creating a small fingerprint from a chunk of data. For example, when the popular hash function MD5 is given the word “cat”, it produces the following output every time:

Ubuntu: the Not Universal Operating System?

I find it funny to see the number of Ubuntu variants. I can understand that for marketing reasons (Debian doesn’t really know about marketing), it is good to advertise Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc. Even if it’s the same distro and the same packages. But seriously. An Xubuntu EEE now.

Syncing your BlackBerry on Linux

If you use Linux on your desktop, and you also happen to have a BlackBerry handheld device, you're probably aware that Research in Motion, the company that develops the BlackBerry platform, offers nothing in the way of support for its devices on Linux -- but the intrepid geeks in the free software world do. Thanks to to the efforts of the Barry and OpenSync projects, I just finished syncing my BlackBerry 8800 with my Evolution contacts on my Ubuntu 7.10 desktop.

Introducing Weave

As the Web continues to evolve and more of our lives move online, we believe that Web browsers like Firefox can and should do more to broker rich experiences while increasing user control over their data and personal information. One important area for exploration is the blending of the desktop and the Web through deeper integration of the browser with online services.

The benefits of a regular release schedule

I have recently read the announcement that Kubuntu 8.04 is NOT going to be an LTS release, thereby deviating from the release schedule of all the other Ubuntu variants. I believe that it would be more beneficial to synchronize the LTS releases between the official Ubuntu variants.

Howto Clean up your packages

It’s worthwhile to do this every now again again on your ubuntu box when you’ve been installing and uninstalling new apps. This will go through and check which packages have been installed that are no longer needed. It will then remove them for you.

Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2 Has PulseAudio

The second alpha release of the upcoming Ubuntu 8.04 (codename Hardy Heron) was released last night. This alpha comes with HOT new features and improvements, like PulseAudio as the default sound system, the latest and greatest 2.6.24 Linux kernel and Xorg 7.3, with an emphasis on better autoconfiguration without config files:

Useful and Fun things to do with the Ubuntu Terminal

If you want to have fun with ubuntu terminal this is something for you.

Online library reaches million book milestone

An international venture called the Universal Library Project has made more than one million books freely available in digitized format. The joint project of researchers from China, India, Egypt, and the US has the eventual aim of digitizing all published works of man, freeing the availability of information from geographic and socioeconomic boundaries, providing a basis for technological advancement, and preserving published works against time and tide.

Linux Photographers, LightZone Is Here!

A free Linux version of the award-winning LightZone photo-editing software has been released yesterday. Light Crafts, the producing company of LightZone, announced yesterday the availability of a beta release for the photo-editing software. With the help of this version, Linux users now have all the LightZone tools for editing and improving digital photos that Windows and Mac users have already had, including the ZoneMapper and Re-Light tools.

Why Ubuntu succeeds: Shuttleworth isn't an uber-geek

I really liked this InformationWeek article with Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu. I liked it in part because I think Mark is an exceptional person. But I also liked it for its insight into why Ubuntu has done so well.

Using camcorder tapes to back up files

DV and MiniDV camcorder tapes can be used for more than just storing audio and video recordings. If you have a camcorder and a FireWire connection to your computer, you can also use them to store files.

For Your Business: GNOME or KDE?

I debated long and hard before deciding to take a stab at this article idea. Because KDE and GNOME users are so furiously loyal to their preferred desktop environment, I had to take into account that no matter how I stated my case, someone was going to come away feeling let down.

A List of 30 Less Popular Linux Applications Available in the Ubuntu Repository.

Have you ever wondered just how many packages are there inside the Ubuntu repository? You know there have to be a lot, but how many exactly? I was wondering the same thing yesterday while searching for a program and today, I had an idea about how to find out the exact number. I’m not sure, however, that it’s an accurate way of finding out how many packages are there.

Tech charities to consider this giving season

As part of my year-end planning I look at what charities to donate to, since charitable contributions are tax-deductible. Here's a list of charities with ties to free software, open source, and information technology.

Ubuntu 2007: The Year in Review

With 2007 coming to an end, I started thinking about the time I’ve spent in the Ubuntu community. This was the first year that I moved from being a user to a contributor.

Advanced Web Statistics -- Distrowatch

For the month of December 2007, the web statistics of Distrowatch show an interesting pattern. This stats shows the number of hits made to Distrowatch from many Operating systems and different Linux Distributions.

Finding PNG Images Larger Than x Pixels Through the Linux Shell

When you are trying to work on changing the design of your website, you have to be concerned with the width of the pictures in your article content. I've got notoriously large screenshots on most of the articles I've written, so if I want to increase the sidebar it's critical to figure out which pictures are going to be too wide to fit in the new design.

XMMS: Just play music

There is an interesting class of programs: audioplayers. What we expected from them? Playing music. What is required for this? Codecs, simple interface, playlist, equalizer. May be themes and control from keyboard. Many things can be applied to it, but audioplayer must stay a-music-player. This is primary task for such kind of program, and afterwards - cataloguer, tag converter, music collection organizer and so on. For this, spartanians and ancient-lovers remembers and likes simple yet powerful XMMS.

Full Circle Magazine Issue #8 released

Full Circle - The Independent Ubuntu Community Magazine is proud to announce the release of issue eight. It contains:

Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course

With the help of community members who slogged over writing, reviewing, editing, proof reading and fixing the layout, the Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course is finally available. The 400 page book provides a thorough overview of the Ubuntu Desktop and is a great resource for Linux and Ubuntu newcomers.

Songbird: An Open Source Music Mashup System

"I can't live without my radio," LL Cool J once declaimed. Me, I can't live without my music library: there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have Miles Davis or Brian Eno (or, when I'm feeling more ruminative, Merzbow) on the speakers. To that end I tried out Songbird, a Mozilla-derive open source music player and web-sharing platform. In time it could be to WMP and even Winamp what Firefox is to IE -- but, again, in time.

Katapulting away from the menu.

One of the programs that, when I first saw it in Kubuntu, I thought that I would never have any use for. After using it for a bit I now miss it on systems that don't have it. That program is called Katapult and it does more than just Katapult you into a program launch.

Ubuntu 7.10 vs. Early Ubuntu 8.04 Benchmarks

Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2 is due out tomorrow, and while we'll have more extensive testing as the Hardy Heron release nears in April, today we are publishing our first -- very initial -- benchmarks of Ubuntu 8.04 using the 12-19-2007 daily build and comparing these results to Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. These tests are focused upon OpenGL gaming, encoding, disk, and memory performance.

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