Is Firefox Becoming Bloated?

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.

Ubuntu server theme: Soren Hansen

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.

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon: A Quick Look

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:

GooPackage - The Unofficial Google Package Manager/Installer

The open source package manager for Google applications, powered by Mozilla Prism.

Installing the Ubuntu Studio Theme

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:

Ten Firefox extensions to keep your browsing private and secure

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.

Openoffice.org 2.3 color palette

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.

32bit vs 64bit Ubuntu, that is the question…

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…

Canonical launches Ubuntu Linux developers service

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.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 67

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.

GPRS via Bluetooth enabled phone on Ubuntu Linux (and not only)

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:

  • - Bluez-utils (sudo apt-get install bluez-utils) (should be installed by default on Ubuntu)
  • - bluez-pin (sudo apt-get install bluez-pin) (not existing anymore I believe)
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How to Install Adobe Reader 8.1.1 on Debian/Ubuntu Linux

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.

Partitioning, Mount Points and other Gems in Ubuntu 7.10

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.

Foobar2000 under Wine in Ubuntu

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!

KBibTeX: An easy to use and versatile Bibliography Manager for KDE

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…:

Disable Bluetooth on Ubuntu 7.10

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.

Folding 0.5.2 “User Friendly” Release

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.

Is open source software really free?

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.

Ubuntu Package Search

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.

Personal Package Archives 101

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.

GNOME Foundation defends OOXML involvement

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.

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Release Dates

In addition to Ubuntu 6-months stable releases and the next version of ubuntu is 8.04 with Code Name “Hardy Heron” but this release will proudly wear the badge of Long Term Support (LTS) and be supported with security updates for five years on the server and three years on the desktop.

Me and My Wife’s View on Ubuntu 7.10

Ubuntu is highly regarded as the most human-friendly, idiot-proof, and easy-to-use Linux desktop operating system ever. Its straightforward installation and maintenance, paired with its outstanding reliability and hardware support made it popular among new-to-Linux users as well as experts. But has Ubuntu really succeeded in winning the hearts of mainstream audiences?

Change Hidden Settings with Ubuntu Tweak

Don’t like editing configuration files and changing values in gconf-editor? Ubuntu Tweak provides a simple interface for tweaking hidden settings in Ubuntu.

How-to Pause a Linux Process

Linux is much better at multitasking processor-intensive tasks than Windows. I remember how virus scanning used to make by old Windows PC almost unusable. Linux is much better, but occasionally you may need to pause a process that is slowing things down.

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