How to change or recreate your Desktop folder on Ubuntu

The default location of your Desktop folder is ~/Desktop. You might prefer another location. If you by accident deleted the Dekstop folder, it will be stuck in your Trash folder as you can't put it back.

Thoggen: A GTK+ based simple DVD ripper

Thoggen is a GTK+ based DVD ripper with very simple user interface. The name is based on the fact that it outputs the video to Theora/Ogg format.

Deskbar Applet & Tracker on Ubuntu

I've been using the Gutsy Gibbon on my desktop for just over a week now. I pretty much settled into using it straight after the upgrade fresh install from Feisty. So far I've experienced no real problems with it whatsoever.

Quickly Add Appointments to Google Calendar in Firefox

Google Calendar is simply a great calendar application, and for many of us it has become the logical choice. The only problem is that to add a new appointment you have to open the calendar. There should really be a simpler way.

Tricks and treats for your desktop

Even if you're too old for trick-or-treating this Halloween, you can still get in the spirit of things with these free software games, tools, and applications. Why should kids get to have all the fun?

Quo Vadis, Kubuntu?

Events of the past week, before and after Gutsy’s release, have led me to think deeply about Kubuntu. No, I haven’t been thinking about what new features to implement (not that I could anyway), what bugs to fix (I’ll try, of course) or what Ubuntu features we need to catch up with. No, I was thinking much deeper, less technical, more abstract, more long term. Not that those goals are unimportant. But they will only be important depending on who/what we are and what we have planned.

Taking a Look at Gobuntu 7.10

Gobuntu is a official derivative of Ubuntu composed of only open source software. It was launched with the Ubuntu 7.10 release.

Gobuntu is a GNU/Linux operating system, derived from Ubuntu, that endeavors to adhere to the Free Software Foundations four freedoms and intends to provide a base for other free software platforms to build upon with minimal modification required.

Recover A Password in Linux

After reading this article at HappyLinuxGuy’s Happy Linux Thoughts page, I thought I might share with you a way to recover password on a *nix system. The commands and screenshots here will be Ubuntu oriented, but this basic process should work for any distro.

Enabling the Motion Sensor on the Macbook for Physical Neverball!

How many of you have played Neverball raise your hands? If you actually raised your hand you get a cookie. If you haven’t played Neverball and you have a Macbook you’re going to start playing because this tutorial makes it *so* much more fun! We can make use of the motion sensors built into the Macbook hardware to allow us to play physical neverball.

Stop YouTube Videos from Automatically Playing in Firefox

It drives me crazy that YouTube videos start playing automatically. It's especially annoying when you click on a link from a co-worker and then the phone rings... and then your speakers start blaring a completely inappropriate sound, usually accompanied by terrible dancing.

Tidy up your filesystem with FSlint

Over time, a filesystem accumulates a lot of useless items. FSlint is a nifty little tool that helps you clean your filesystem by pointing out junk in the form of empty directories, corrupt symlinks, files with bad names, duplicate and temp files, and more. However, its usefulness is marred by a virtually total lack of documentation and a GUI that takes some getting used to.

Red Hat's free "Liberation" fonts packaged for Ubuntu

Last night I read a post by Christer Edwards about installing the free Liberation fonts from Red Hat. I remember reading about and installing these fonts when they were first released. I also remember thinking that they do make good free alternatives to some of the more popular commercial fonts [Arial, Times New Roman, Courier New etc.]

I was surprised when reading Christer's instructions that there wasn't a package available to easily install these fonts. With that in mind I made one and uploaded it to my PPA on Launchpad.

Mythbuntu 7.10 hits 20,000 downloads in one week

The Ubuntu based MythTV distribution, Mythubuntu 7.10, released on Monday 25th October 2007, and in less then a week tracked hit it’s 20,000th download.

Ubuntu Bloggers Of The World, Unite!

Though I have a bit more than ten years of experience with Linux, I’ve only been using Ubuntu for less than a week, so I was a bit surprised when I was contacted today by Matthew East of the Ubuntu Documentation Project. He had this to say:

Why Open Source can save Information

Is information safe the way we store it nowadays ?! You might think so, but this article sheds some light on the real truth.

Use Google Linux repositories in Ubuntu

Google’s Linux software repositories make it easier to download and stay up-to-date with current releases of Google Linux applications. Please choose one of the guides below to help configure your system to use these repositories.

Cairo-Clock on Ubuntu 7.10

Cairo-Clock is an analog clock for your desktop which uses a compositing window manager like Compiz for fancy visual effects. It comes with many themes using scalable SVG graphics.

Cairo-Clock has a few requirements:

Enabling the Cube In Compiz-Fusion on Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon”

I’ve been seeing a number of comments on this blog lately concerning the compiz fusion “cube” effects only setting up two workspaces and therefore only allowing more of a toggle option instead of a cube.  I thought I would throw out the method I use to make sure I get the four-panel cube functionality.

Major Linux Distros Shootout..

Today with increasing awareness of Linux Operating System and Open Source Software developers around the world are now taking the challenge to the next level. Linux is the operating system which evolve with a great speed. Well today we got lots of option of Operating System in Open Source World. So now I’ll review 4 of the latest and most promising distross namely Ubuntu 7.10[Gusty Gibbon], open SUSE 10.3, Mandriva One 2008 and Sabayon 3.4 Mini Edition.

Developer Summit Day 2 Report

Day 2 of the Developer Summit was sunny and beautiful, as many took advantage of the rooftop garden near the conference rooms. Starting the sessions today were roundtables about many topics including the community, desktop, server, and others. After these followed the usual sessions, as per today’s schedule.

Participate in UDS without being there

The next Ubuntu Developers Summit to plan Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) is currently being held at the Hotel@MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts and you can participate. Check out the many ways:

Ubuntu Developer Summit : Day 1

I finally have a few minutes to blog about the Ubuntu Developer Summit now on the morning of the second day.  The first day was a blast and a *lot* of information!  Basically, as someone described it at the beginning of the day, is its like “speed dating for ideas”.  We’re basically sitting around tables with the best minds in the Ubuntu community and hashing out ideas for Ubuntu 8.04.

Going all-in with PokerTH

According to Wikipedia, Texas Hold'em is "the most popular poker variant played in casinos in the United States." With the GPL-licensed multiplatform (Linux, Windows, Mac OS X) PokerTH, you can play Texas Hold'em against up to six computer opponents on your desktop, or you can join an Internet server and play against other real players.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron Roadmap

The future version, Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. This distribution will be a LTS (Long Term Support) release, and it is scheduled for April 2008.The implementation roadmap, as recommended on Launchpad, has some nice elements which will make many Ubuntu users happy. Here are some of these things that might get on Hardy Heron:

Restricted Drivers Manager vs Envy

I have done a bit of testing for Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” on some of our classroom machines this week. These machines are Dell Dimension 4600 with ATI Radeon video cards. Well, as has been my experience with ATI and nVidia with Linux they are a pain in the butt. …all ranting aside I wanted to share how I got them to work on Ubuntu 7.10.

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