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.

Skype's beta videophone for Linux looks pretty good

Skype recently released Skype 2.0 beta for Linux, which includes the ability to make video calls, a feature the Windows and Mac versions have had for some time. I tried the beta on two systems running Ubuntu 7.10 -- my desktop PC with a USB webcam and a MacBook Pro with its onboard iSight webcam -- with mixed results.

Howto Install Sofa Media Center in Ubuntu

Sofa is a media center aimed at easy usage, minimal configuration and total integration with the Gnome desktop environment and existing multimedia applications.

Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (Ubuntu 7.10)

This document describes how to install a mail server based on Postfix that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. I'll also demonstrate the installation and configuration of Courier (Courier-POP3, Courier-IMAP), so that Courier can authenticate against the same MySQL database Postfix uses.

Ubuntu Customization Guide v2

Changes are part of Nature so as with Technology.. Though this cannot be True for Windows and Mac cause the life cycle of a single Version is too much which is not the case with Linux.. Open Source evolve at very rapid rate and with evolution comes new & special changes … Today with a hike in Linux acceptance its pretty hard for competitors to provide similar solutions at free of cost. Open Source is known for User Interaction with Operating System which cannot be done with other OS

November 2007 Ubuntu Community Report

Ladies and Gentleman, the November 2007 Community Report is now available! Go and read it to find out what many of the Ubuntu teams have worked on this month. Rock and roll.

Vista and Kubuntu - easy installs, uneasy comparisons

Today I've finished installations of two very different operating systems, Vista and Kubuntu. Both are essentially trying to accomplish the same thing, which is to provide desktop users a satisfying and relatively seemless desktop computing experience. Both succeed to a certain degree and both fail in some important areas. The question is why?

DirectX 9.0c on Linux with Wine

Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms.

Firefox, apply directly to the forehead

Over the past few years, like lots of Linux users, I have become increasingly frustrated with the performance of Firefox in Linux. Though I haven't been as vocal as others of the state of Firefox, it was clear that most of us were just sick and tired of Firefox being a "good Windows browser that happened to run in Linux."

OpenOffice’s presentation view

Currently OpenOffice’s presentation program Impress lacks a presentation view with notes and so on for a second monitor during presentations. But the feature is in active development, and first results are visible.

Searching Ubuntu

This isn’t about literally searching your install of Ubuntu, this is about searching the Internet for help.  For example, if I search Google for Ubuntu games, I get a general mish mash.  I get a Digg story on the Top 10 Ubuntu Linux Games.  Better yet though, I can use a customized search just for Ubuntu.

Running IE On Linux -- And Running Windows XP For Free (Sort Of)

Yes, I know the headline sounds like the fodder for a joke: "Run IE on Linux? Why would you want to?" But there are circumstances where it's unavoidable -- compatibility testing, or accessing IE-only sites without dual-booting -- and in the last few weeks I've come across a couple of interesting approaches to this issue.

Play Pac-man (and more!) on your PC

If you have a fondness for old arcade games and want to play them again, try the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME), a free emulator that lets you recreate the look and feel of old arcade game systems in software. While it's written for Windows, you can run this open source application under Linux.

Howto Install Firefox 3 Beta 1 in Ubuntu

Mozilla has officially released the first beta test version of Firefox 3. Here’s how to try it out for yourself in Ubuntu.

Review: Firefox 3 Beta 1 -- Packed With New Features And Rock Solid

Firefox 3 Beta 1 sports usability enhancements that make it a big step forward over previous versions. It's proven stable enough to use as a production browser -- on some machines. On other machines, it's a pig.

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