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.

Displaying System Details On Your Desktop With Conky System Monitor

This document describes how to set up the light-weight Conky system monitor on Ubuntu 7.04. Conky is a desktop widget that is able to display most diverse information like CPU temperature, current used network-bandwith or anything you want. You can customize the whole layout including colors and fonts.

Loop-based Music Composition With Linux, Pt. 2

In this second and final part I'll demonstrate some of the loop-specific tools I've found in Ardour, Reaper, and Audacity. Tutorials and links to project demos are included, so warm up your headphones and let's get loopy.

Desktop tune-up. Four cool Linux tricks

Kick-start your week with four easy (but still cool) tricks on your Linux desktop. Install the media server you've always wanted but never got around to doing, or fine-tune your hardware to squeeze out a few more hours of battery power ... All this an more in this week's How To Roundup. Oh, and send us your favourite Linux tricks.

How To Set Up VMware Tools On Various Linux Distributions

This document explains how to set up the VMware Tools in the following guest operating systems: Ubuntu 7.04, Fedora 7, PCLinuxOS 2007 and Debian Etch. Installing VMware Tools in your guest operating systems will help maximize performance, provide mouse synchronization and copy & paste functionality. This article also shows a way of making VMware Tools start automatically when you start a guest operating system.

Main Menu Applet: Preferences and Administration

The gnome main menu applet was created as another effort for people to try and use awn and get rid of all their gnome bars. Well as another stride in this direction more has been added to this applet.

Considering Trying KDE Again With Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy”

So I keep hearing all these great improvements coming down the pipe for KDE and v4.0.  I know much of it is available in the repositories and while considered beta at this stage when have I been afraid of a little bleeding edge?

Radio Amarok Needs YOU!

Yep, that’s right - We need you! Radio Amarok is currently in it’s Research and Development phase, and we’re looking for Artists to showcase on the station.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 59

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #59 for the week September 23rd - September 29th, 2007. In this issue we cover the Ubuntu 7.10 Beta release, newly approved LoCo team and Ubuntu members , LoCos participating in Ohio LinuxFest 2007, and, as always, much much more!

Ubuntu Human Theme for Awn

Now that I am using Gutsy and a Ubuntu based wallpaper background, I thought I would make a Ubuntu theme for awn and share it with all of you.

Installing Ubuntu Linux 7.04 Feisty Fawn on the PS3

This is a very simple guide that will teach you how to Install Ubuntu linux on the PS3 and to get more out of your powerful system. Firstly, Download the Official PS3 Ubuntu Linux 7.04 Feisty Fawn ISO file and burn it to CD (It is recommended you use a download manager).

Review: Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon (beta)

While I may be taking Seopher.com away from being completely Linux oriented, it's impossible for the impending release of Ubuntu 7.10 to be completely overlooked. Let's take a look at the newly released Gutsy Gibbon Beta to see quite how big a splash the Gibbon is going to make.

Cool resize plugin for GIMP

Some time ago I saw this post about a super horizontal/vertical resize algorithm which preserves the proportions of what is important on an image. Yesterday I was reading unread posts on Planet Ubuntu when I saw this post of Jorge Bernal where he says that already exists a plugin for GIMP of this algorithm (this is why I love free software).

Sharing music tastes

In my last article, I said that musikCube had support for Last.fm through a plugin. You might be wondering what is Last.fm, even if you jumped quickly to their frontpage.Last.fm is, to quote them:

Kubuntu Takes Over the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have two derivatives of Kubuntu, one which is being installed in all their schools and one used by the largest university. The Jornadas de Software Libre conference at The University of La Laguna, took place in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, from the 18th-21st September 2007. It was organised by the university’s Software Libre Office (OSL).

GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

On various women's mailing lists, a subscriber has raised the idea of a distribution developed "for and by women." So far, the idea has met with a cool reception. It might even be a troll. However, if such a distro ever gets underway, it would be very much in the spirit of the community, and might give more women the background and confidence to reduce the gender gap in free software.

Users and Fast User Switcher

 

 

In this screencast we look at creating multiple user accounts with different access rights and use the new fast user switcher to switch between users.

  • Logging in
  • Setting a face (avatar/icon)
  • Removing and adding the fast user switcher applet
  • Creating and modifying users
  • Switching between users
  • Leaving messages for other users in their screensaver

NOTE: I used Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) for this screencast. Gutsy is currently not yet released so I would not recommend running it yet on production systems.

Linux distro for women? Thanks, but no thanks

The idea is floating around again: Let's make a special Linux distribution for women! We're smarter than that, aren't we? I say, let's spare ourselves and the world yet another pointless and less-than-useful version of Linux.

The trouble with artwork and free software licenses

Are you a crafter of icons, sounds, backgrounds and splash screens, or even window manager themes? Selecting the right license for your artwork to coexist with free software is no trivial task. Creative Commons (CC) and Free Software Foundation (FSF) licenses each have their advantages, but they are mutually incompatible. The two groups are beginning to move toward simplifying the situation, but in the meantime there are several things you can do to make license compatibility easier.

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