Interesting and Useful Terminal Commands

A user a the Ubuntu Forums has compiled a list of interesting and useful terminal commands that can be used in Ubuntu:

Ubuntu Gutsy ready for beta

The Ubuntu Linux team is planning to release a beta of Gutsy Gibbon (7.10), the latest version of its OS tomorrow. Progress on the latest release looks promising.

Miro (Democracy Player) for Linux Reviewed

I have watched Miro (formally known as Democracy Player) grow and mature over the last few years, and I have to admit, it's become quite the addition to my Linux desktop. But how are the users reacting to the name change, and are they offering the content that users are into? Today, we will examine this and explore how Miro could go even further. I would point out that this is not so much a review, but a deeper look at the product and the mission as open source software.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 58

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #58 for the week September 16th - September 22th, 2007. In this issue we cover the Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 beta release, new MOTU members, new Launchpad release, Software Freedom Day organized by the Ubuntu Nicaragua Team, and, as always, much much more!

There's a new GNOME in town

GNOME 2.20 was officially released last week after six months of development. The new version includes strong incremental improvements that contribute to a better user experience and provide more flexibility and integration opportunities for third-party software developers.

Ubuntu Desktop not used in business

I got a telling reponse from Canonical when I approached its Public Relations team looking for case studies of businesses that had switched from Windows:

Getting your mail from KMail (Kontact) to Evolution

Ok, KMail (Kontact) has no export options. You can however create several mboxes, copy your mail into them and import the mboxes into Evolution one by one. This can be quite time consuming.

NERO game evolves to version 2.0

Last year, we reviewed Neuro-Evolving Robotic Operatives (NERO), a unique game in which players train forces of autonomous bots, then pit those forces against each other in hands-off, artificial intelligence (AI)-only competitions. NERO spawned a new major release a few weeks ago, and like its eponymous operatives, it has learned some new moves over time.

Drag and Drop Files Out of GNOME Archiver

One last minute feature added to GNOME 2.20 was XDS, the Direct Save Protocol. XDS is a framework for drag and drop functionality between applications. Previously Nautilus, the GNOME file manager, lacked any drag and drop support beyond moving files between Nautilus windows. With XDS, Nautilus can drag and drop with other applications.

Gmail Manager extension lets you manage multiple accounts

Nowadays, many people maintain separate email accounts for work, for family and friends, to post into forums, and so on. I use several Gmail accounts, and I find it a challenge to read all those accounts without having to set up a POP client or disconnecting and connecting to the Gmail Web site with a browser over and over again. Gmail Manager is an OS-independent Firefox extension that can help anyone with that problem. With it, you can manage multiple accounts and be notified as soon as you receive a new message in any of them.

Network Analysis With Wireshark On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer (or "packet sniffer") that can be used for network analysis, troubleshooting, software development, education, etc. This guide shows how to install and use it on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop to analyze the traffic on the local network card.

"What is open source?"

I was on the Novell campus a few weeks ago attending the Utah Open Source Conference. One of the days I went to the Novell cafeteria for lunch. While I was filling my plate with food, a young man next to me asked, "So do you work here?". I replied with "No, I'm here attending the open source conference." A few seconds later I was hit with a question that I was not prepared to answer.

Ubuntu Popularity: Blessing or Curse?

According to the 2007 DesktopLinux.com survey, Ubuntu is the distribution of choice for 30% of GNU/Linux users. The exact figure is questionable, but Ubuntu's dominance is not. For an increasing number of people, Ubuntu is GNU/Linux. Yet, looking at the pre-releases of Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu 7.10, I found myself becoming disturbed by the degree to which this popularity has translated into uncritical acceptance.

Play videos within rar files without unpacking/extracting them in Ubuntu!

If you download your movies and tv series only as scene releases, then you'll have to extract the release's video file from its multiple rar files. That can take some time... Not a horrible long time. You can live with it... But I learned a cool thing and thought I could share it just because I have nothing better to do.

You'll need the packages "unrar" and "vlc" (or "mplayer" or any other video player you may prefer)...

Introducing Linux Multimedia Studio For Ubuntu!


Damn!, just found a sweet application on getdeb.net, its truly chillin for you dj's out there and people that like to mess around with beats like I do. It looks like you can now create great music with Ubuntu Linux. Check it...

LMMS aims to be a free alternative to popular (but commercial and closed- source) programs like FruityLoops, Cubase and Logic giving you the ability of producing music with your computer by creating cool loops, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples, having more fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more...

Default Wallpaper for Ubuntu 7.10

The look of the default Ubuntu wallpaper has not changed much in the last few releases. As of now, this will be the default for the upcoming 7.10 release. You may notice like I did that it is darker than previous wallpapers. A few people are not liking it, this tread on the Ubuntu forums has been started to discuss the wallpaper choice.

OpenXML (docx,…) suport in OpenOffice

I’m starting to get .docx in my mail lately ( against my will…) and not using Microsoft Office and not beeing able to ask people to send at least .doc, I had to do some search to give some support do OpenOffice to this “format”.

Make Ubuntu look like fedora with the Nodoka Theme


I really dont like fedora, but its theme is nice and crisp, check it out, if you dont like it rm -rf :)

This is a quick 5 step install, check it...

Dave Shields On Package Management: Apt-Get It or For-get It

Here is all you need to know about package management on Linux. By package management I mean how you install, update, or remove a package.

The most concise expression is: [1]

Apt-get it or for-get it.

Put another way:

If you cannot install a package using apt-get then you should forget about it. If the author doesn’t provide it so it can be installed with apt-get, then it’s not yet ready for serious consideration, so you shouldn’t waste your time on it if you have to use another package manager.

Compiz in Ubuntu Update

Rather than reply to the comments left on my last post I’ve decided to write this so more people will see the answers. First of all, my source of info is me. I’m on the compiz team in Ubuntu.

Uboontu.com: The Ubuntu Search Engine

Thanks to all feedback received the page was improved and now is better placed — www.uboontu.com is easier to remember (an obvious sort of fusion between Ubuntu and Google’s name as it describes well the search engine).

Installing The IBM Lotus Symphony Beta 1 Office Suite On Ubuntu 7.04

This document describes how to set up IBM Lotus Symphony Beta 1 on Ubuntu 7.04. IBM Lotus Symphony is an office-suite that is based on OpenOffice.org (a fork of v1.x) and ported to Lotus Expeditor (IBM's enhancement of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform). It contains programs for word processing, spreadsheet and presentation.

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Default Wallpaper Chosen - What do you think?

The final deadline for Gutsy Gibbon's artwork was on September 20th. This is most likely the wallpaper we'll be seeing in the final release. What does everyone think? What would a first-time user think? Is it too dark/brown? ...or is it just right?

How To Mount Your iPhone Filesystem On Ubuntu

Do you want to browse your iPhones’ filesystem on your Ubuntu machine? Follow these instructions and you’ll have it working in no time flat.

This article assumes your iPhone is “out of jail” and has Installer.app installed. If you have not already gotten this part taken care of, click here for steps you need to follow first.

gEdit and smooth FTP saving!

I just found out that there is a setting in gconf-editor that allows you to use gedit to save to ftp sites with ease. By default, if you peruse an ftp site with nautilus and open a text file on that ftp site, you can’t just click file and save to save the remote file. This was such a pain and what kept me using kate. My troubles end today.

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