Every year since 2004 has been touted as the year of the Linux desktop. That year where Linux of some flavor makes huge inroads into the home and work desktop scene. Every year these predictions have fallen short. Now 2008 being the year of the Linux desktop stories are already making the rounds.
I found an interesting post on the Ubuntu Forums explaining some malicious commands in Linux. It was in response to recent posts that have been attempting to trick new users into running commands that cause damage. The Linux command line is very powerful, which means there are a lot of ways to mess up a system.
One of the biggest complaints a Firefox evangelist encounters is "it doesn't act or feel like browser X." Internet Explorer users complain that Firefox doesn't look like what they're used to. Opera, Safari, and Netscape users complain that it's missing many of their favorite features. And the social networking gurus point to the powerful social networking features Flock boasts and Firefox lacks. However, all these users overlook one of the most powerful features of Firefox: support for third-party add-ons, which can make emulating the features of other browsers extremely simple.
When I first updated to Gutsy, everything was working like a charm. Then one day flash videos no longer played with sound. I cast about for a bit trying to figure out what exactly happened.
Most of you reading this are likely doing so with the now popular Web browser lovingly known as Firefox. Born out of the frustration to need something with less bloat, Firefox fit the bill with flying colors. These days, however, this is looking less and less like what we can expect from them in the future.
Continuing our Server Team theme again this week we are talking with Soren Hansen. Soren is working in Canonical’s server efforts (most notably he’s working on getting ebox ready for Ubuntu Server) , and is the latest addition to the Ubuntu Core Developer ranks.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I know that I enjoyed the days off of school, and thankfully having nothing better to do than finally install the latest Ubuntu: 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon." So onwards now, lets see how it fared:
The open source package manager for Google applications, powered by Mozilla Prism.
Ubuntu Studio is a multimedia creation focused distribution based on Ubuntu. It’s black and blue theme may appeal to you more the Ubuntu’s default brown. The Ubuntu Studio theme is easy to install in Ubuntu. Just run this command to install all the pieces:
Most people lock their doors and windows, use a paper shredder to protect themselves from identity theft, and install antivirus software on their computers. Yet they routinely surf the Internet without giving a second thought to whether their browser is secure and their personal information safe. Unfortunately, it's easy for someone with nefarious intentions to use a Web site to glean data from -- or introduce spyware to -- your computer. Even worse, sometimes all you have to do is randomly click on a site to have your data probed in a most unwelcome way.
You can add custom colors with > Tools > Options > Openoffice.org > Colors. In this process, OOo crashed down on me this morning (I’m running Gutsy and using OOo from Ubuntu repos). It would run again, reopen the files, but all the color palette for text or objects was gone gone gone.
Recently I’ve seen a good bit of discussion regarding 32bit vs 64bit installations of Ubuntu. We’ve even had long conversations at the office on the matter as well. For a long time I’ve simply installed 32bit on my Core2Duo machine, even though it supports the 64bit installation. I just didn’t see a lot of reason to make the step forward. Well, I thought I’d type up some of my thoughts on the matter and get some of the community thoughts…
A new software development collaborative service for Ubuntu Linux is being launched today to give developers a consolidated arena to build code for Ubuntu on the desktop, server and for mobile applications.
The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #66, for the week November 18th - November 17th, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover Macedonia Students Use Ubuntu, New MOTU’s, Azureaus Gets Fix, Launchpad News, Ubuntu Forum News, and much, much more.
This will be a small guide on how to connect to internet using a GPRS over a Bluetooth enabled Phone.
1) First you need to install the necessary tools:
Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software by Adobe Systems. These applications use Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) as their native file format.Adobe Reader (formerly called Acrobat Reader) is available as a no-charge download from Adobe’s web site, and allows the viewing and printing of PDF files.
Two days ago we had several power cuts that completely managed to scrag my hard drives in logan and cerebro (the Fileserver), Ho hum… Time for a re-install, I guess. Good job the data on the file server was on a separate hard drive. Having done some research since the first install, now might be the time to add some security to the systems by utilizing several partitions to protect the data. The idea being that if the system goes down I can work on that and configuration as well as user data remains safe.
The newest version of Wine (Windows API Linux emulator) allows one to run foobar2000 with most of its plugins in Linux. At last ColumnsUI works correctly! There are a few inconveniences, of course, but more on that later. Let’s check them then!
So you work in a scientific environment and wonder how to organize bibliographic data, downloaded articles/preprints and links to online papers in such a way that…:
I’ve been troubleshooting some oddities on my machine this afternoon and one thing I’ve done to try and find some conflicts is remove some often unneeded kernel modules. I thought I would outline quickly how to disable and permanently remove the bluetooth module for those that don’t use it. I realize I don’t think I’ve used the bluetooth system on my machine for months, so I may as well just disable the module permanently.
I’ve been very happy with all the recent feedback I’ve had on the folding project. I’ve been getting a lot of emails regarding use and feedback, and I really appreciate it. Based on much of this feedback I’m release version 0.5.2, which has some updates that I hope you’ll enjoy.
When it comes to FOSS, or Free Open Source Software, the general conception is that it’s available at absolutely no cost to you. But is it really? That depends on a lot of things actually. The true cost of FOSS is actually dependent on a much larger and more complex array of economical factors than most people realize. In the end, the cost of FOSS goes far beyond the standard money you see change hands, and the true costs may surprise you.
I’m so contempt with using Google that I never change this search option bar in Firefox. Never even bothered clicking it, though I know its handy for accessing Wiki or Amazon and so on but I always found it easier to type the search term in precisely and get to whatever I wish using Google.
Interested in creating your own Ubuntu packages using Launchpad’s Personal Package Archives?
Next week sees the second Personal Package Archives 101 session. Launchpad developer Celso Providelo (cprov) and MOTU member Jordan Mantha (Laserjock) will take you through the basics of Personal Package Archives and, if there’s time, take questions.
The GNOME Foundation has issued a statement in response to recent accusations that it has been supporting the acceptance of Microsoft's Office Open XML format (OOXML) as an ECMA standard at the expense of the Open Document Format (ODF), the open standard used by OpenOffice.org, KOffice and other free software office applications. However, whether the statement's attempt at logical rebuttal will do anything to reduce the emotions or altruism behind the criticisms is anybody's guess.