In today's Ubuntu Newbie Guide part I'm going to tell you about running the Metacity Compositing Manager instead of Compiz Fusion. Why you would want to do that? Because it uses less resources and it may run better for old or incompatible video cards (including Intel). You don’t even need accelerated graphics to run Metacity with compositing and it even works well inside VirtualBox.
VLC 1.0 release candidate was released about a week ago and it's not yet in the Ubuntu repositories, but if you want to use it in Ubuntu, you can add the following repository:
A few days ago I was telling you about sK1, an open-source vector graphics editor similar to CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator but at the time I wrote that post, there weren't any pre-build packages for the latest version and also there were some errors compiling it in Ubuntu 9.04.
GnoMenu is a consolidated menu for gnome that brings eye candy to the world of the Gnome menu's. Fully functional menu, supports themes, for a composited or non composited desktop. It can emulate the look and feel of the most beautiful menus of most modern desktops, and it can also custom menus, due to its powerful theme XML engine.
watsup is a simple application for Ubuntu that monitors system resources and the processes using those resources and you can also use it to kill a process.f
Facebook Notify is a small application which monitors your Facebook profile and notifies you when it changes.
It notifies you when any of the following events occur
* One of your friends changes their status, profile picture, or profile details
* You receive a friend request, event or group invitation
SopCast Player is designed to be an easy to use Linux GUI front-end for the p2p streaming technology developed by SopCast. SopCast Player features an integrated video player, a channel guide, and bookmarks. Once SopCast Player is installed it simply "just works" with no required configuration.
In Ubuntu (and most Linux distributions), your disks are checked every certain number of times your computer starts (using "fsck", "file system consistency check") to detect errors and correct them. If you're in a hurry, you can press the ESC key to skip this checking process and it will scan the disks the next time you start your computer.
aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems.
Gyachi is a Yahoo! client for Linux operating system that supports almost all of the features you would expect to find on the official Windows Yahoo! client: Voice chat, webcams, faders, 'nicknames', audibles, avatars, display images, and more.
Canonical announced yesterday a new Synchronization service for Ubuntu machines. The new tool is called Ubuntu One and it will allow Ubuntu users to synchronize files between multiple computers via the internet and also share files using it's web interface or work remotely with those computers.
Not so long ago I was telling you about the new version 2 of Cairo Dock which was at the time still in beta/rc and that it doesn't look at all like the old 1 branch - this new version is by far the best dock menu application I've seen for any operating system.
- manages your tasks and launchers;
- tasks filtering, grouping (including manual) and sorting;
- launcher to task transition (icons of launchers with running tasks are hidden);
Desktop Drapes is a simple wallpaper manager application for the GNOME desktop. It can automatically pick up any new wallpapers you have added to a directory and randomly change your wallpaper at regular interval, or whenever you fell like it.
The Highly Ubuntu 9.04 integrated GMail Notifier is an e-mail notifier for Ubuntu. Surely some of you might say that there are already some, but there is no such application that does so well in Ubuntu. This is a perfect way of integrating Gmail with the new non-intrusive system notifications of Ubuntu.
An user from the UbuntuForums (blackgr) has made a script that checks your current distribution version (so it works from Hardy to Jaunty and probably Karmic) and them it checks your system for all launchpad sources and will download and install the GPG keys for you.
You can download it from here.
Dynamic Wallpaper is a Linux application that displays a wallpaper in svg format on your desktop based on the weather, moon phase, time of day, etc. and it also supports themes.
For Ubuntu, you can find a .DEB package
You can now reduce the wait for the latest graphic card driver in Ubuntu, which will only be available in a few months. There is an Ubuntu repository periodically updated with the latest open source drivers included in the xorg project.