Kudos for Kino

Kino is a video editor that allows you to produce your own video masterpieces using only free and open source software. With it, you can capture and edit clips from your video camera, add titles, insert still images, create transitions between scenes, and output the result in a number of formats. Best of all, it's easy to learn to use. But don't rely on the version in your distro -- grab the 1.1.1 release from SourceForge.net and build it yourself.

Adjust the Transparency of Window Decorations with Compiz

By default Compiz in Ubuntu uses the GTK window decorator. You can adjust the transparency level of the GTK Window Decorator window titles by changing a value in the GNOME configuration editor. Note that this only works if you are using a compositing window manager such as Compiz.

Ubuntu Gutsy Makes Automatix Obsolete

According to the NY Times today, "to watch a movie, the Linux user must install necessary codecs, or decoders. One way to do that is to first download a program called Automatix from www.getautomatix.com.”  Apparently, he was not running the Gutsy beta.

All your apt cache belongs to us!

If you are trying to run many linux machines at a time it can become difficult to keep them in sync. One solution that many use is to mirror the repository(s) to a local network to save on internet bandwidth. While this is a solution it does require a lot of setting up, uses a lot of valuable space, takes a lot of time for the initial download and requires you to store programs that your machines will probably never use.

Building More Relationships in Beagle

Today I checked in a few fun changes to Beagle today focused on the idea of emphasizing relationships between entities. It doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun, but its kinda nifty.

How Compiz Fusion enhances Ubuntu's desktop of version 7.10

The beta of Ubuntu's next release (7.10 Gutsy Gibbon) is out - time to review the well discussed decision to incorporate desktop effects by default in this version.

Desktop effects vs. Compiz

Since this topic has caused a lot of confusion lately (especially since Feisty introduced it's Desktop Effects), I feel it's time to shed some light.

Is Ubuntu losing its crown to PCLinuxOS?

Quick. Name the most popular Linux distribution. You probably guessed Ubuntu, Suse or Mandriva ... but what then? Which other Linux distributions are likely to make a top ten list?

Ubuntu Linux, Windows Vista or Mac OSX?

My wife needed a new laptop and, as her birthday was a couple of months away, I began to research what I would get for her. I generally make the technology purchases for our household so I started looking at how she used her current laptop and what would be useful to her. Well, it arrived yesterday and, before I tell you what it is, I’ll tell you how I came to that conclusion.

Ubuntu 7.10: Changing the look

Someone asked in the last post how to change features on the desktop. I'd like to show folks, both old and new, how easy it is on this latest version.

Dell Ubuntu Review

Dell as a pioneer in the industry has recently released first line of consumer desktop computers and notebooks with pre-installed Linux, Ubuntu 7.04. Dell Ubuntu has lots offer, Ubuntu is extremely powerful, practical, absolutely free, and ready-to-run desktop Linux distribution, which is highly compatible for mainstream use.

Using iPods on Linux: What's It Really Like?

As a few of my personal friends – and the crews in various IRC channels I haunt with my entirely off-topic discussions – know, I’ve just recently become the proud owner of not only my very first iPod – but a beautiful 5th generation one at that!

Saving Bandwidth With Apt-Cacher : Revisited

Those of you that are long time readers may remember my previous article on Saving Bandwidth With Multiple Machines Using Apt-Cacher. With the next Ubuntu release coming down the pike in just a few weeks I wanted to revisit this article for those of you that will be upgrading via aptitude. If you have multiple machines you’ll really want to look into setting this up!

Office shootout: OpenOffice.org Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint, round 2

How does the current version of OpenOffice.org (OOo) compare with Microsoft Office in its ability to produce slide presentations? The last time I tried to answer that question, two years ago, both OOo Impress and Microsoft PowerPoint had features that the other lacked. To see how the two programs compare now, I installed Microsoft Office 2007 and OpenOffice.org 2.3, and went through the process of designing a slide show from start to finish. To my surprise, the results were more decisive than in my last comparison. They're not enough to award a knockout victory, but, even based on points, the winner is clear.

How To Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu Guests

I’ve been playing more and more with virtualization lately.  Partly in testing Ubuntu alpha and beta releases but also testing  the folding project installer and compatibility with multiple distributions.  You may have seen my previous tutorials on installing VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.04 or installing VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.10.  This tutorial should maintain compatibility with either host (servers running 7.04 or 7.10) in installing vmware tools within the Ubuntu guests.

Revolutionary New Panel Now Available in Ubuntu 7.10

Gimmie is a unique desktop organizer and panel replacement for the GNOME desktop environment. The easiest way is to use Gimmie is as a panel applet in the GNOME panel, but there is also a stand-alone version as well. Gimmie is even being considered for the next version of GNOME.

In Ubuntu 7.10, the Gimmie panel applet is very simple to install.

Should you Enable Intel’s VT-x in Virtualbox?

Intel VT-x is a set of processor enhancements to improve virtualization performance. In theory, VT-x should allow for near-native speed in a virtual machine. VirtualBox, a popular open source virtualization program, recently added a check box to turn on VT-x or AMD’s AMD-V equivalent. But VirtualBox’s site warns that enabling it may reduce the performance of a virtual machine:

ShipIt prepares to start shipping Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) CDs

If you are an Ubuntu fan you would have tried out their ShipIt service which delivers the Ubuntu CDs for free at your door step. The service is currently down as they are preparing to start the shipment of the upcoming release of Ubuntu which would be Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon).

No More Automatix? Automagic Codec and Flash Install in Ubuntu Gutsy

There is a Macromedia Flash option that will install the Flash pug-in for Mozilla. This was a big deal to me. In the past (and I expected to do this again), I had installed Automatix to get the Flash working as well as the codecs one needs to watch videos and hear music. Automatix worked fine for me but I did think that this is something that I shouldn’t have to do.

So I put a check in the box and clicked the Apply Changes button. Well, faster than I could take a screenshot, Ubuntu found the plugin online, downloaded it and I was good to go. Excellent.

Testing the Gnash Flash Player in Ubuntu 7.10

Gnash is an open source player for Adobe’s Flash format. It can be used as an alternative to Adobe’s proprietary player. The upcoming Ubuntu 7.10 release includes automatic installation of either Adobe Flash or Gnash. I decided to put this feature to the test in Ubuntu 7.10 Beta.

Liquid Rescale Plug-in: step-by-step

On my last post I wrote about the “Liquid Rescale Plug-in” for Gimp and published an image that I resized. Now I’ll show how to make it step-by-step.

Upgrade Problems With Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy”? Try a Different Repository

Many of you know that I’ve been running and testing Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy” since early in the alpha stage. There have been no show stoppers and its been fun to see the development continue to happen, and be able to contribute to that by submitting bugs.

Full Circle Magazine Issue #5 released

Full Circle - the Ubuntu Community Magazine has released issue #5, with great how-tos, interviews and articles.

This issue comes with:

  • Fluxbuntu - Step-by-step Install
  • How-To : Report Bugs with Launchpad, CoLoCo Edubuntu Presentation,
  • From VMware to VirtualBox and Learning Scribus Pt.5.
  • Review of Bridge Construction Kit.
  • Preview of Gusty Gibbon
  • Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop, MyPC, Top5 and more!

Get it while it’s hot! The English language versions can be downloaded here. English language only at the moment, translations on the way.

Open Source Gaming Review: Assault Cube 0.92

Assault Cube is an open source 3d shooter done in the old school deathmatch style of gameplay, but with much newer graphics. Gameplay is especially good in this game due to the way it's implemented. Unlike the original Cube and Cube 2 on which it's built, Action Cube provides you with a much better and fuller gaming experience.

SamePlace: A Jabber client for Firefox

If you spend most of your computing life in Firefox, it makes sense to consolidate other online activities in your browser. There are extensions that can help you to do just that: you can manage your bookmarks with the del.icio.us extension, chat on IRC channels using Chatzilla, and read RSS feeds in Sage. Jabber instant messaging users have their own extension: the SamePlace, a nifty IM client that, besides the basic Jabber functionality, offers a few unique and useful features.

KompoZer revives Mozilla WYSIWYG Web editing software

In proprietary software, Web page design is dominated by Adobe's Dreamweaver and Microsoft's FrontPage. Free software users have witnessed the rise and fall of several Web design apps, but it has been a while since a new one debuted. Now the next new release is here -- KompoZer, heir to the Mozilla Composer legacy and updated for today's technology.

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