When it comes to releasing operating systems, Ubuntu have it figured out

I know that it might not seem like it at times, but I’m a big Ubuntu fan.  I haven’t fully figured out how and where it fits into my computing ecosystem yet, but I know that it does have a place there.  One aspect of Ubuntu that particularly impresses me is the clear development time-line that is published and adhered to.  You always know what’s coming and when to expect it.

Ubuntuwire: developer services by the community for the community

The UbuntuWire project, created to get developer services to the community by community members, is the culmination of lots of hard work from Ubuntu Developers within the community outside Canonical. The aim is to provide hosting and support for the many community-developed tools that help to make Ubuntu run smoothly, particularly for those working on Ubuntu’s Universe and Multiverse.

How-to Enable Anti-Aliasing in Quake Wars Linux

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is a team based first-person shooter game. It’s also the latest commercial game that runs natively on Linux.

I have been playing the demo for Linux, which includes most of what is in the full game, but only one map. It runs completely smooth on high graphics settings, but it will not let me enable anti-aliasing.

Dell denies ditching Ubuntu

Dell has denied reports that it's withdrawing its range of preinstalled Ubuntu Linux PCs in the UK.
Reports are circulating that the company has pulled its limited range of Ubuntu desktop and laptop PCs because of lack of demand.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 65

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #65 for the week for the week November 4th - November 10th, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover the UbuntuWire Community Network, a Christmas marketing campaign, the Michigan Packaging Jam, and, as always, much much more!

Mandriva 2008 VS Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

For those of you that follow my blog, you must have noticed that I’m a Mandriva user. Recently though, I took an interest in Ubuntu: I installed version 7.04 on a laptop, and it did look interesting, enough to make me doubt my commitment to Mandriva’s products.

A new look at fonts in Ubuntu

I’ve been playing around with fonts in Gutsy recently, so I thought I would document on this blog. As you probably already knew, Microsoft’s TrueType core fonts for the web are available in Ubuntu, in the package msttcorefonts. Just type the following at the command prompt to install:

Debfoster: Remove a package and its dependencies

We recently ran a review on Deborphan. Here is a review on a similar tool: Debfoster. Debfoster exists to tell you which packages are installed on your machine merely as dependencies for other packages. It then gives you the option of removing the package and its dependencies. It also remembers your previous responses so that it does not ask you about the same packages each time.

The Ubuntu Plunge - Day 5: Show Stopper!

It’s the moment I’ve been dreading all week, when I realize that I’ve hit a wall with Ubuntu and can go no further. Today, the wall in question is ACPI support, which in version 7.10 is simply broken.

Give One, Get One : One Laptop Per Child

I find myself today sitting in the Dallas/Ft Worth Airport in Texas waiting for my flight.  I had a few hours to kill so I picked up a copy of Time magazine to help pass the time.  (The one with the iPhone on the cover).  I was surprised to see an advertisement inside for the One Laptop Per Child project and the “Give 1, Get 1” promotion.

FOSS for cartoonists and illustrators

As more and more traditional publishers accept digital images, artists are turning to free and open source software (FOSS) tools to create cartoons and illustrations.

The day of the Linux desktop

I've been hearing the phrase "This is the year of the Linux desktop" for 10 years. For me, it's been a true statement for each of those years, because GNU/Linux has been my primary desktop operating system since 1997. But for most people around the world, this is the year of the the Windows desktop, same as it was last year and the year before.

Automated backups in Linux

One of the hardest things to get most users to do is to backup their computer. This is likely due to a false belief that hardware does not fail, or operating systems do not crash, or user error does not occur. Some might even believe that all data is recoverable, even in the worst possible situations. Sad to say, it's not. Besides, getting into the habit of backing up data is always a good thing, no matter what the system or the reason.

Configuring conditional window transparency in Compiz

Compiz brings a lot of bling to the Linux desktop, but with such an extensive selection of configurable features, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out how to take advantage of specific functionality. Several readers have asked me how to use Compiz to make menus and tooltips transparent, so I figured I'd share this trick with the Open Ended audience.

Why try another Linux distro?

I've been a full-fledged Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon user for more than a week now, I'm completely off Microsoft Windows and I couldn't be happier. For some reason, however, I keep getting emails and posts urging me to try other supposedly superior Linux distributions for newbies - PCLinuxOS and SimplyMEPIS, among others. Intrigued, I have decided to check this out for myself. Is Ubuntu the best or merely the best backed distro?

CellWriter: Open source handwriting recognition for Linux

Handwriting recognition, like its cousins speech recognition and optical character recognition, is a domain still dominated by proprietary products. Where there are Linux solutions, such as the one in Nokia's Maemo Internet tablets, they are often closed source plugins protected by patent claims. Thus I was pleasantly surprised to find CellWriter, a small, straightforward handwriting recognition tool that integrates easily with modern Linux desktops.

How To Make Desktop Applications Start Automatically After Login (GNOME)

You probably know this: you power on your machine, and immediately after you've logged in you manually start your two or three favourite applications. Why not have the system start these applications for you automatically? This short guide shows how to accomplish this under GNOME.

Firefox 3 Tab Switcher

One of the things that Alex Faaborg presented back in July was a mockup of what a cool tab switching (Ctrl+Tab) interface would look like in a browser. As it stands right now no versions of Firefox have an advanced interface for switching between tabs, but that could become a thing of the past.

How to Install Source Files in Ubuntu

For all those who are beginners in any linux(ubuntu) find hard to find the package files of their distro and end up in finding an source package(which is either in tar.gz or .gz).. so now people think how to install these source files. Lets now see how would you be installing source files in ubuntu…

Integrate the Web Platform with Your Desktop - Mozilla Prism

Prism is a cross-platform application that lets you integrate web applications with your desktop.

Prism now provides a cross-platform way to integrate the web platform with the desktop environment, and developers don’t have to lift a finger to desktop-enable their web applications, while users have the choice to use their favorite web apps in their browser, on their desktop of choice, or in both places.

Is Eye Candy bad for Ubuntu/Linux ?

I came across an Article on the relevance of Compiz-Fusion in Linux particularly in Ubuntu. The Author, Matt Hartley, has published two different articles Here and Here to emphasize the same thing. His main argument is that Compiz makes Linux Complicated.

Get even greater control of Firefox tabs

After a recent update of Firefox I found that the Tabs Open Relevant add-on (see review here) had ceased to work. Having grown used to this extension to the point of dependency, I was once again swamped with a vast number of confusingly sorted tabs.

Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 RC

Firefox 2.0 is just over a year old, but the Mozilla developers are out today with the first beta for Mozilla Firefox 3.0. Firefox 3.0 (known as Gran Paradiso) uses the Gecko 1.9 engine, and features a number of improvements including improved add-on support, remote bookmarks, OpenID compliance, AirBag crash reporting integration, microformats support, saving web pages as PDF files, and other reworks that affect the bookmarks, searching, etc.

Basic presentations with LaTeX Beamer

Since slide shows are graphical themselves, most people associate them with GUI programs. Yet you can build slide shows just as effectively with some of the simplest and oldest of GNU/Linux tools. A case in point is LaTeX Beamer, which adds extensions to the classic LaTeX typesetting program to produce PDF presentations. Although LaTeX Beamer is capable of considerable complexity, you need to know surprisingly little in order to produce a slide show.

Skype for Linux 2.0 - with Video support

For the first time every Linux’ Skype client now features full video support. With this feature the Linux client catches up with the Windows and MacOS client. The most important features listed in the changelog are:

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