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.

OSX Tiger vs. Vista vs. Ubuntu Security: a 15 Point Report Card

When shopping for a new computer, your mind is probably spinning with considerations: price, reliability, speed, software capabilities, security, and other specs. Perhaps the hardest part is choosing an operating system on which everything will run. To get a good idea of what capabilities Apple’s OSX Tiger/Leopard, Windows Vista, and Ubuntu Linux have to offer, check out our 15 point report card that compares the levels of protection you’ll get with each of them.

How To Install Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 7.10

It was recently pointed out to me on one of our local mailing lists that my previous tutorial on installing Adobe’s Acrobat reader for Firefox no longer worked. It seems that those packages have been pulled from the repository since that writing. I wanted to take a few minutes and give an update on a different method of installing Adobe’s Acrobat reader.

How to enable CD ripping and mp3 encoding with Sound Juicer in Ubuntu 7.10

I’ve been using Sound Juicer in previous Ubuntu releases to rip my CD’s and encode them as CD quality mp3’s for a while now so I can retain my one legal backup copy of them. When I did a fresh install of Gutsy however, I suddenly could not rip CD’s to mp3 formats. This was critical for me to accomplish for two reasons. First, most of my music players only work with mp3’s and second, a friend was in desperate need of Vivaldi.

How to pimp out your Ubuntu desktop

Yeah, another of *those* tutorials. If you use Ubuntu 7.10, and you want those wobbly windows and Avant, read on and get a shiny, bling-filled desktop with convenient controls to turn everything on and off.
The first step is to edit your sources. As of version 7.10, Ubuntu's repositories come with Compiz Fusion, so just add the avant repo. First, launch a terminal and use this command:

Developer Summit Day 1 finishes

The Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) for 8.04 (Hardy Heron), currently underway in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has just finished the first day.

Like previous summits, this UDS starts the first day with an intro talk and then breaks into seperate sessions, usually in tracks such as Server, Mobile, Edubuntu, etc. For a look at what was discussed today, see the day’s schedule.

Laptop Hardrive Killer Bug - How to discover whether you are affected

Your harddisk shouldn’t spin-down/spin-up and/or park/unpark too much causing the mechanics of the harddrive to slowly detiorate. If this is happening you should see your Load_Cycle_Count increasing too fast.

The following things might cause aggressive power management :

The Battle For Wesnoth

The Battle for Wesnoth is not your typical run-of-the-mill TBS game. The genre turn-based strategy, or TBS, is very self-explanatory. It is, simply put, a game where-as the game flow is broken down into turns or rounds and the game plays from there on. Although there are many other fantasy-themed titles floating around the Internet, this one does stand out of the crowd with its many intriguing features.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 63

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #63 for the week for the week October 21st - October 28st, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover new MOTU Team members and MOTU council changes, the release of Full Circle Magazine #6, the release of Launchpad 1.1.10, the Ubunteros Tribe on TribalWars, Ubuntu Forum News, and, as always, much much more!

Ubuntu Gutsy Internet Help

So you just upgraded to Ubuntu Gutsy and you cannot get the Internet to work? You appear to have a LAN connection or Network-Manager is allowing you to connect to your access point, yet when you type in http://www.google.com, the domain will not resolve - it just keeps reading ‘connecting’. Why? Use of of ipv6 - 99% of the time.

Linux device driver project needs more unsupported devices to work on!

Desktop Linux needs drivers. Right? Of course. So why is Novell's Greg Kroah-Hartman, a Linux kernel developer and head of the Linux Driver Project, having to ask people to tell him about devices that need drivers?

Things that control how content is displayed in OpenOffice.org Calc spreadsheets

If you spend all day in spreadsheets, sooner or later you want something to help you spot what's important or different. The motion study expert Frank Gilbreth told factories to paint parts different colors to help factory workers spot the right pieces more quickly; Calc has roughly equivalent features to help point out the different types of data you're working with.

How to Setup a Web-based BitTorrent Client

How many times have you been stuck at work when the latest episode of a podcast such as LugRadio has become available for download, or the latest version of your favourite Linux distribution has been released? Wouldn’t it be really useful if you could access a server at home through your web browser and order it to download that file, so that it’s waiting for you when you get there?

Font Management In Linux, Part 2

Last week we learned some useful tips about font management in Linux. Today we're going to learn a few more ways to preview fonts, how to view font character maps, how to manage console fonts, and how to design your own fonts.

apt:This! Bookmarklet

apt:This! is a Bookmarklet to send package name to The AptURL Protocol Handler. The AptURL Protocol Handler is a program that handles special URLs for installing software on Linux. Ubuntu 7.10+ can use AptURL by default.

10 flaws in Ubuntu 7.10

So I have been running Ubuntu 7.10 on one of my desktops for a while now, and I have to say that generally speaking I’m satisfied with what it has to offer. But with that said I have experienced a couple of minor things that are missing or that I feel don’t work as I want.

Ajust LCD brightness from command line

As many other Ubuntu users several days ago I've upgraded my Feisty to Gutsy at my Dell Inspiron 1501. Unfortunately many things that worked for me in Feisty doesn't work in Gutsy just after upgrading. Among them are: suspend/hibernate and brightness adjustment. At this moment I'm trying to get these features working and certainly share results here but not workable brightness adjustment really disturbed me.

Alternative Installation Methods for Gutsy

Ubuntu can be installed using other methods as well, which might prove handy in some circumstances. For example, let's say you want to install Ubuntu on a computer that has no CD/DVD-ROM drive. What do you do? Well, you can install Ubuntu from another machine on the network (if there is one) that will provide the installation files to other computers on the LAN, or you can install it from the hard drive if there is no LAN. For the latter solution, you will need an active Internet connection to download the Ubuntu ISO image or you can use an external hard drive as well.

aMSN - an alternative to Pidgin for Windows Live Messenger

One of the frustrating things about IM networks is that you can’t really choose what networks your friends use and you can end up stuck with whatever they are using. Aside from not talking to your friends on IM, there’s not a lot you can do other than grudgingly get an account on said service and bite the bullet.

Can’t Think of a Color Scheme? Agave Can

How many times were you sitting in your chair stumped about what colors to use on a website? Or maybe you just want to refresh the look of your desktop with a new color scheme? Perhaps you just need to find the perfect color for that page background.

Tweak Ubuntu Software Sources To Stay Bleeding Edge

If you’re reading this, you’re probably already ahead of the pack since you run something other than Windows. If you are also running Gutsy Gibbon, now you can leap ahead and get updates anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before everyone else.

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