Why Penguin is Linux logo?

Penguin as logo/mascot for Linux was discussed first in early 1996 by several people in the linux-kernel mailing list. The idea of such mascot came from Alan Cox first. Among many other suggestions made by different people there were parodies of other operating system logos, sharks or even eagles. You can find them here. Some of them:

Gosh, gOS is good

Many people still question whether Linux will ever make it fully into mainstream computer acceptance. A $199 computer now available on a major superstore's shelves just in time for Christmas might change all that. Anyone who wants a computer to just to send email and instant messages and watch YouTube videos should like the Everex gPC, which is powered by a nifty Linux distribution called gOS.

Top Ten Reasons Why Ubuntu Is Best for Enterprise Use

Ubuntu is the darling of the Linux desktop space. Voted No. 16 in PC World's Top 100 Products for 2007 and now coming as an option for Dell users straight out of the box, this Linux distribution is increasingly deployed on corporate networks. With a free server edition, a professional support organization and a growing band of enthusiasts in and around the IT divisions of enterprises, there are many reasons to consider Ubuntu when looking for a Linux solution. Here are the top 10 reasons why Ubuntu is best for enterprise use.

150 Extra GIMP Brushes for Ubuntu

I love playing around with GIMP, it's a fantastic piece of software. I use it to design websites and web graphics. I have to admit that it took me a while to really get used to using it. I was used to using Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Fireworks. GIMP in comparison to these seemed archaic and not too user friendly. I can see now that this is not the case and I'm glad that I persevered and continued to use GIMP. GIMP is now my friend.

Macedonia picks Ubuntu for 20,000 PCs

A batch of 7,000 PCs with Ubuntu Linux have been sent to Macedonian schools, the first of a collection that Ubuntu sponsor Canonical expects will reach 20,000.

Howto Add entries in GNOME Menu

If you want to Add entries in your GNOME Menu follow these simple steps: first off, right click your applications menu and hit “Edit Menus” The Menu editor will appear.

Working with vast raster images: NIP2

Problem: one have vast raster image, which is needed to be processed and enhanced. And seeing of intermediate result and possibility of tuning the parameters are required.
Solution: the unique image processing tool for processing museum images - nip2 - helps us, and it incorporated in Debian GNU/Linux distribution.

Online music school saves cash with Linux

WorkshopLive.com is a virtual music school that features dozens of professional instructors teaching lessons online for all levels of expertise, in guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. When WorkshopLive was in the early stages of development, the company had limited funds to devote to hardware, software, and human resources, so CTO Marilyn Hoefner decided to give open source software a try. "We've been extremely happy," Hoefner says.

150 Extra GIMP Brushes for Ubuntu

By default GIMP comes with a rather limited set of brushes. There's a package available from the Ubuntu repositories to install some extra brushes, however this is also a little limited. To this end, I've created a new package containing over 150 additional brushes for GIMP.

Paravirtualized Ubuntu shows early performance promise

Early testing has shown that Ubuntu, when run as a virtual guest taking advantage of the new paravirt-ops paravirtualization interface, delivers as promised: it runs faster and more efficiently that it would as an unmodified guest. Ubuntu, a Linux distribution maintained by corporate sponsor Canonical Ltd., is the first commercially shipping operating system to support the paravirt_ops standard.

Quick PDF sorting and searching: SWISH++

Problem: using SWISH++ it is possible to search and sort PDF-files automatically
Solution: tools like pdftotext, find, scripts on Bash or Perl are required to perform quick and fast search within PDF and indexing PDF documents.

Benchmark Your Linux System with HardInfo

Want to compare your computer’s performance? HardInfo is a system profiler and benchmark for Linux systems. It can gather information about your computer and operating system, perform a varitety of benchmarks, and export the data to HTML.

PSUbuntu: Development help needed!

Along with a couple of other Canonical guys, notably Ben for the kernel and Matthias for the compiler and libraries, I'm one of the Ubuntu developers who's been putting effort into making Ubuntu work on the PS3 over the last two releases. (In other words, installation problems are normally my fault ... yes, I'm working on new custom builds of 7.10 at the moment!)

Ubuntu Tweak

Did you notice in Gutsy you can’t drag the Home folder to the Desktop anymore?

I added the Home folder using g-conf by going to /apps/nautilus/desktop/ and clicking the “home_icon_visible” checkbox. But using g-conf in my opnion isn’t acceptable for a beginner (although you may want to try things to learn and gain more experience with your computing). :-)

Ubuntu scores first major pre-installed server win

Ubuntu is extremely popular on the desktop, but it's made comparatively little progress on servers. That's about to change. Dell is expected to announce in the first quarter of 2008 that it has certified Ubuntu Linux for its server lines.

Using restricted formats with Gutsy

Even when you have decided you would go with free formats and applications, you can end up owning a device that only plays restricted multimedia formats (and do not wish to spend more money until its time to get a another one reading free and open-source formats), want to watch a DVD you’ve rented or bought, some videos on the intatubes, use some Microsoft fonts to share work documents with colleagues etc. The world is not perfect :)

Solving resource contention problems with fuser

Have you ever tried to unmount your USB thumb drive only to get the message "device is busy"? Like me, you probably thought, "I know I closed that file manager window. What's keeping it busy now?" fuser is a command that can answer that question for you, along with similar questions about what processes are using what files or sockets.

Ubuntu desktop eye-candy with AWN

Tired of the regulation grey bars at the top and bottom of your Gnome desktop and hankering after something a little cooler? Say something a little bit more like the dock in Apple's OSX? Then give AWN a run and get all the bouncing icons you can handle.

Save Pages for Later With Reading List Extension for Firefox

I spend an enormous amount of time browsing the web looking for new ideas to write about, so one of the biggest problems for me is tagging articles for more careful reading later. Also, I'm sure any moment I'm going to reach a page that says "You've reached the end of the internet, now go outside".

Makagiga: More tools than you can shake a stick at

While it's unclear what Maka stands for, the "giga" part of Makagiga most likely refers to the number of tools this application has on offer. It comes with a to-do manager, RSS reader, a basic photo viewer/editor, a text editor, miscellaneous widgets, and much more. Makagiga is written in Java, so it runs on any platform with Java Runtime Environment. Better yet, you can download a portable version of Makagiga that runs equally well on Linux and Windows, so it makes an ideal companion for use on the move.

Portrait: Alien Arena creator John Diamond

John Diamond is the creator and lead developer of the popular free software game Alien Arena. He turned his hobbies and a talent for coding into a small business.

GPW: generate pronounceable passwords

Passwords can be a headache to remember, especially good, long passwords. Well, luckily for us Tom Van Vleck agrees, so he wrote a program to make pronounceable passwords up to 99 characters long.

Miro 1.0 is available! Better than Joost, free and no DRM to muck up your world

Miro (formerly Democracy Player) has reached 1.o! This is a fantastic, open source, online video/tv player that’s available for Linux, Windows or OSX. It uses the VLC engine and can play just about any format under the sun.

Linux and Windows: virtualize, Wine or dual boot route?

As I've mentioned in previous articles I currently have all the applications I need on my Ubuntu Linux desktop so I never need to use Windows. However, there are unfortunately still plenty of applications that some users need which are not available under Linux and have no equivalent. Adobe's Flash and Photoshop spring to mind, Turbotax is another that some miss, how about iTunes? Luckily for those users there are at least three options that will allow them to run the software they need while retaining Linux on their desktop. But which is the best one?

KStars Images Challenge!

Ever wanted to contribute to KStars, but don't have programming skills? Now you can.

We'd like to have more images available in the Details window for objects in the sky. Right now, we have most of the Messier images, and Glenn Becker recently contributed about 40 additional images for NGC objects from the Herschel 400 list. We need a lot more! For example, we need images for all of the planets.

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