When you want to launch a virtual machine in VirtualBox, you must first run VirtualBox and then start the VM. Here is how to create shortcuts to launch virtual machines in VirtualBox without opening the main program window:
The Firefox version which comes in Ubuntu has Pango enabled by default. Pango is a font smoothing library which decreases Firefox speed by up to 45%.
Firefox 3.5 comes with several great new features, like the private browsing mode or the support for open video integration (full review here).
To install the latest Firefox 3.5 (final) or Firefox 3.6 in Ubuntu, open a terminal and:
In case you don't know, GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present on your desktop or the web, and perform useful actions on those items.
New in Gnome Do 0.8.2:
Arista Transcoder is an easy to use multimedia transcoder for the GNOME Desktop.
GIMP, despite it's interface, is the best open-source image editor. But often all you want to do is simply resize a picture or a similar minor task and for that you could use an application such as mtPaint which has a lot of great features such as:
By default, PulseAudio in Ubuntu up to Jaunty is set to work with 2 speakers (front channels). This tutorial will explain how to enable multiple sound channels (5.1, 7.1, etc) in Pulseaudio.
Gimp Save for Web plugin allows to find compromise between minimal file size and acceptable quality of image quickly.
If you set your language to English (US), Gnome Calendar applet starts the week with Sunday, which is ok for USA but not for the rest of us and unfortunately there is no option in the applet to change this.
If you don't know what Emerald is and how to install these themes, see here.
Inkscape 0.47 pre-release is now available for download. In case you do not know, Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
Normally, Gimp panels are de-attached from the main window, so you practically have 3 windows:
I decided to put up this guide which shows how to install the latest Wine release in Ubuntu 9.04 using 3 different methods.
Mumbles tries to bring a more Growl-like interface to Linux notifications. Currently it supports applications such as Firefox, Thunderbird, Amarok, and Twitter's API, among others.
To install the latest Firefox 3.5 (currently Release Candidate 1) or Firefox 3.6 in Ubuntu, open a terminal and:
CenterIM is a lightweight IM client for Linux. Actually, CenterIM is very but very lightweight because it runs in a terminal, but still it has almost all the features you may want in a instant messaging client. It supports all the major protocols such as MSN, Yahoo, AIM, IRC, Jabber, etc. and also it has a built-in RSS feed reader.
This script notifies you when a contact comes online, goes offline, sends you a message, when they have a birthday soon or when a file transfer is completed.
Among the things included in this pack are:
There is hope for Ubuntu users with Intel graphics. As it appears, the current 2D drivers solve most of the recent graphics problems with Intel chips, according to Ubuntu developer Bryce Harrington in a developer mailing list. Jaunty users should profit it from them as well.