Mozilla Prism is a software from Mozilla labs that allows you to integrate the web applications into the native desktop. So it means those web applications(facebook, myspace, and others) will be acting just like a native software. Cool isn't it? And right now, I'm going to give you some tutorials to install Prism inside Ubuntu 8.04. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.
A short while back, I decided I needed to get a handle on my music collection. I’ve got random MP3s from years back, purchased MP3s, CDs and even an old 8 track or two. There are many ways to do go about this but after throwing out the 8 tracks, here’s what I did to get organized.
Readyboost for Vista is a feature added to the OS where you can encourage your limping Vista install to jog a bit faster by essentially using a smallish USB drive as disk cache. There’s also some Vista Voodoo with Superfetch going on there. While Ubuntu (the distro that I use) and other distros don’t really use Superfetch, you can still get an advantage using the disk cache functionality - particularly if you’re running on a system that doesn’t have a ton of RAM available.
After writing about how to create a shortcut or hotkey to mute the speakers in Windows, I got a couple of requests for how to do the same thing in Linux, which turns out to be really simple if you are running the latest version of Ubuntu or Gnome.
I thought this would be valuable to some of you that are new to Ubuntu. Being rather new to this Ubuntu Linux thing myself, I have struggled to get the terminal commands for fixing the .dmrc permissions issue just right.
Last week, on the new MacHaxor site, I explained how to create an encrypted disk image on a mac, but there are similar tools available for Linux. TrueCrypt allows you to make all kinds of encrypted containers, but one of the most interesting is a hidden partition.
Every now and again, I’ll find myself with some files sitting around in my trash that I can’t delete. This can be particularily problematic when I’ve got several gigs worth of stale ISOs sitting there giving me an error like: 'Error removing file: Permission denied'
Webilder delivers stunning wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots. You choose what keywords (tags) to watch for, and photos are automatically downloaded to your computer.
Save for Web allows to find compromise between minimal file size and acceptable quality of image quickly. While adjusting various settings, you may explore how image quality and file size change. Options to reduce file size of an image include setting compression quality, number or colors, resizing, cropping, Exif information removal, etc.
Logical Volume Manager or LVM for Linux operating system does the great work for maintaining the disk drives and similar mass-storage devices. Particularly for the RAID systems, use of LVM has great advantages. The Linux flavor like RedHat will allow you to create LVM volumes on top of the RAID volumes.
Banshee 1.2 has a dedicated Internet Radio station library, where you can add your favorite internet radio stations, play them, and even organize them into playlists. Get your news fix, or listen to streaming music all day, all quickly accessible from within Banshee.
I remember it took me some time to understand how this worked… so I want to let you know how you can add a link to a generic directory on your Desktop. It’s really easy to do that, but it can be quite of tricky because it’s a different way from Window’s one.
Not too long ago Google released their gadgets for Linux. Those fine folks at GetDeb.net have compiled an easy to use .deb file for us Debian based Linux folk to use. It’s quite simple - here’s what you do.
There was some recent discussion on one of the local User Group lists this week about “What is your favorite underdog OSS application?” This discussion brought out quite a few of the little never-heard-of applications, yet many of them have proven to be really useful! If you’ve never spent an hour or two poking around the less-popular section of the repositories you’ll be surprised what you find in there!
If your computer habits are anything like mine you probably have a set of applications that you use nearly every time you log in to the machine. Let me guess.. Firefox? Pidgin perhaps? Thunderbird or Evolution? You may have more or less, but it is common for a user to use the same applications regularly. Wouldn’t it be nice if those commonly used applications could startup faster? That is possible with a tool called “Preload”.
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a protocol for text-based internet chat created by Jarkko Oikarinen in 1988. Ever since it was developed, IRC gained more and more popularity and currently it's one of the standard ways for projects and distributions to provide online help, for developers to meet and discuss aspects regarding their work.
USB flash drives are really cheap these days, so I decided to create a portable environment that contains all my favorite applications, as well as Java IDEs and utilities. This is attractive since I can boot up any computer with this thumb drive, and have the same environment to work with. Besides, it is kind of cool.
ISO Master is a graphical editor for ISO images with support for ISO9660, RockRidge, and Joliet file names. It is useful for extracting, deleting, or adding files and directories to or from an ISO image. It is based on the bkisofs and GTK2 libraries.
I have started using Ubuntu 8.04 in few days ago and found it Great. So, now I’ve moved my development environment from windows and working in Ubuntu. Here I am just explaining what steps I had to take for this jump. Also have a listing of some development related softwares/tools which I am using as replacement of windows applications.
Richard recently asked for instructions for enabling wmv files to be played on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron). This is important since TASI has uploaded its summer school videos in wmv format. After reinstalling Ubuntu, I followed the instructions at Ubuntu Geek and that seems to have worked well. Here’s a summary.