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Cook your RAW photos into JPEG with Linux

Shooting in RAW format is great for the photography buff. However, when it is time to share with others, post on your photo gallery, or print at the local photo printing shop, you want something more portable. Here we'll look at converting RAW photos (specifically Canon's CRW format) into JPEGs using a batch command-line approach in BASH.

Opera 9.52 Released

We released 9.52 today, which addresses several security and stability issues. This release is a recommended upgrade for all those running the latest stable releases.

Download Pidgin 2.5.0 (Ubuntu)

Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once.

Install Ubuntu With Software RAID 10

The Ubuntu Live CD installer doesn't support software RAID, and the server and alternate CDs only allow you to do RAID levels 0, 1, and 5. Raid 10 is the fastest RAID level that also has good redundancy too. So I was disappointed that Ubuntu didn't have it as a option for my new file server. I didn't want shell out lots of money for a RAID controller, especially since benchmarks show little performance benefit using a Hardware controller configured for RAID 10 in a file server.

Installing and using mozilla prism at ubuntu 8.04

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.

Rip, store, tag and enjoy MP3s on your Ubuntu install

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 Linux - a quick how to on getting more speed from a USB flash drive

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.

Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Mute the Speakers on Linux

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.

Fix: Ubuntu .dmrc permissions error on login

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.

Encrypt Your USB Drive with TrueCrypt

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.

Delete stuck folders and files from your trash in Ubuntu

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 0.6.3 - wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots

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.

GIMP Save for Web plugin

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.

Data Loss in Linux due to Logical Volume Manager

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 was released

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.

More here.

Create a link to a directory on your Desktop

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.

Get Google Gadgets up and running on your Ubuntu install

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.

Auto-Hide Your Mouse Pointer When Idle With “Unclutter”

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!

Improve Application Startup Times With Preload

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”.

An Introduction to IRC on Linux for Beginners

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.

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