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.

“Service” Tool Available on Ubuntu 7.10

I spent the day teaching a class on Redhat Enterprise Linux 5 and in doing so got in the habit of using some Redhat specific commands. After class when I got back on my Ubuntu laptop I attempted to restart a service using “service network restart”. Instead of complaining about the service command not being found it instructed me that if I wanted that tool I would need to install the sysvconfig.

Does Ubuntu Need a New Flavor Aimed At Developers?

I asked this question over at the Ubuntu Forums, but I wanted to elaborate more on the subject here. In case you don’t know what Ubuntu is, it is one of the many distributions of Linux. Ubuntu, just like Linux, also has many flavors. There is Linux Mint (a distro aimed at noobs), Ubuntu Studio (a distro aimed at the arts), Mythbuntu, and more.

Getting Up and Going with Wine on Ubuntu

Wine is a free compatibility layer that allows some Windows programs to be used under Linux and other Unices. It is not perfect, but may work out of the box for some of those applications you need. As was revealed in the 2007 Desktop Linux survey at DesktopLinux.com, the majority of Linux users who run Windows programs on Linux use Wine. However, seeing as the default interface is primarily a CLI, it can be confusing to use to new Ubuntu users to use. Here we will simply install Wine and install K-Meleon 1.1 as an example.

Emulate Google’s Android Mobile Stack in Linux

Android is software stack for mobile devices from Google. It’s open source and based on the Linux kernel. 

The Android platform is a software stack for mobile devices including an operating system, middleware and key applications. Developers can create applications for the platform using the Android SDK. Applications are written using the Java programming language and run on Dalvik, a custom virtual machine designed for embedded use which runs on top of a Linux kernel.

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Samba Standalone Server With tdbsam Backend

This tutorial explains the installation of a Samba fileserver on Ubuntu 7.10 and how to configure it to share files over the SMB protocol as well as how to add users. Samba is configured as standalone server, not as a domain controller. For this setup, I will use the Ubuntu Server installation CD but the same installation procedure will work on an Ubuntu desktop as well.

Expand the Add Bookmark Dialog in Firefox by Default

If you are reading this article you are probably annoyed that every single time you add a bookmark in Firefox you have to click on the expand button to show the folder list before you can actually locate the folder to put the bookmark in.

PDF Viewers for Linux Compared

PDF documents are at present the most popular form of distributing documents throughout the Internet and a presentation tool at the same time. They owe their popularity not only to well defined standard embracing text, pictures and hyperlinks, but foremost to the fact that once created they can be read under nearly every operating system and its underlying platform. Of course, to open a PDF document one has to have an appropriate application.

Fix for Master password expose for Pidgin

Pidgin is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. Pidgin stores you passwords in plain text in ~/.purple/accounts.xml. Someone can easily boot into recovery mode while you are away and find your passwords in plain text.

OLPC XO laptops publicly available today

Beginning today, anyone interested in getting an XO computer through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program has a chance to grab one. The Give One, Get One (G1G1) program is open to US and Canadian residents who want to purchase one XO laptop for themselves for $399.

Cowsay: a configurable talking and thinking cow

Cowsay is a useless but very fun text filter written in Perl. If you send some text into cowsay, you get an ASCII cow saying your text. For example, cowsay Hello, World! prints this:

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