Review

Makagiga: More tools than you can shake a stick at

While it's unclear what Maka stands for, the "giga" part of Makagiga most likely refers to the number of tools this application has on offer. It comes with a to-do manager, RSS reader, a basic photo viewer/editor, a text editor, miscellaneous widgets, and much more. Makagiga is written in Java, so it runs on any platform with Java Runtime Environment. Better yet, you can download a portable version of Makagiga that runs equally well on Linux and Windows, so it makes an ideal companion for use on the move.

PDF Viewers for Linux Compared

PDF documents are at present the most popular form of distributing documents throughout the Internet and a presentation tool at the same time. They owe their popularity not only to well defined standard embracing text, pictures and hyperlinks, but foremost to the fact that once created they can be read under nearly every operating system and its underlying platform. Of course, to open a PDF document one has to have an appropriate application.

Cowsay: a configurable talking and thinking cow

Cowsay is a useless but very fun text filter written in Perl. If you send some text into cowsay, you get an ASCII cow saying your text. For example, cowsay Hello, World! prints this:

Linux Media Player Roundup - Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of our Linux Media Player Roundup. Today we'll be covering even more media players that are available for Linux, and even touching on a couple that do more than just play music, they also play your movies and dvd's.

Ubuntu 7.10 & Fedora 8 Performance Compared

Back in March we had compared the performance of Ubuntu and Fedora as we tested Ubuntu 6.10 and Fedora 6 along with development versions of Ubuntu 7.04 and Fedora 7. During those benchmarks, Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 5 had a slight lead over Fedora but the race was extremely close. In August we compared Ubuntu and Fedora again along with Xubuntu, Mandriva, and SimplyMEPIS, but using older PC hardware. In these benchmarks, the results were also close but Mandriva was the leader. Now with the release of Fedora 8 last week, we have run a new set of benchmarks comparing it to the month-old Ubuntu 7.10.

Book Review: The Official Ubuntu Book

Now, Linux enthusiast Jono Bacon and a team of writers have come out with a book to get the beginner started with Ubuntu. The second edition of The Official Ubuntu Book is a complete guide to using a system running Ubuntu Linux.

Mandriva 2008 VS Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

For those of you that follow my blog, you must have noticed that I’m a Mandriva user. Recently though, I took an interest in Ubuntu: I installed version 7.04 on a laptop, and it did look interesting, enough to make me doubt my commitment to Mandriva’s products.

Green OS Ubuntu Alternative

I was intrigued by the recent appearance of yet another Ubuntu derived linux flavour, GreenOS or gOS which has got some publicity due to being installed on a few super cheap desktop PC’s being sold by Walmart in America.

First Look: The 'Social Web Browser' Flock Hits Primetime

It may be almost a year late, but Flock, the browser dedicated to social networking, has finally released version 1.0. The results are surprisingly compelling.

The Ubuntu Plunge - Day 2: Customization

I'm feeling spoiled. After years of enduring one questionable Microsoft UI decision after another, I'm having a blast tweaking and re-skinning gnome under Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon.” To be sure, it's a buggy process. I've crashed X a few times and left myself with a hung shell on more than one occasion (had to jump out to the terminal and do a forced shutdown via CTRL-ALT-DEL). And I've also had my share of application weirdness (OpenOffice tends to choke on certain “incomplete” themes).

We're only Human after all: a review of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

A new breed of ape

Ubuntu 7.10, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon, emerged from the jungles last month and has been beating its chest ever since. Touted as the easiest-to-use desktop Linux distro yet, 7.10 hopes to bring the power of Linux to the masses.

Is Compiz-Fusion A Good Reason To Try Linux?

I cannot count how many times I receive e-mails where I hear about the poor soul who opted to take whichever distro for a test drive, only to discover that Compiz, Beryl, and these days; Compiz-Fusion has left the user scratching their head. To be clear, I believe you should be using Linux for intelligent reasons: secure, free and customized to suit your needs.

Ubuntu Server: Attractive Choice, Paltry Documentation

So in this two-part series we're going to dig into the newly-released Ubuntu Server 7.10, take a look at its feature set and system requirements, and decide if it is a worthy contender in the Linux server stack category. I've been running it long to enough to say that it has some very attractive features, and it does a number of things better than anyone else. But it has a major flaw, the same flaw that has bedeviled Ubuntu since its inception: incomplete and hard-to-find documentation, especially Ubuntu-specific documentation.

Linux Media Player Roundup - Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our Linux Media Player Roundup. Today we'll be covering a few more Linux Media Players and showing you each of them, and what makes them special. But first, I'd like to add a few clarifications from part 1.

Torus-trooper: a shoot-’em-up in a tunnel

Torus-trooper is a pretty nice abstract shoot-’em-up taking place in what could be called a space tunnel. You drive some kind of ship or car who has to stay on the sides of the tunnel, and shoot bad enemies. This game is pretty neat and original in several ways:

A Visual Critique of Ubuntu

Recently, I stumbled cross a rather stinging, yet even even-handed, critique of Ubuntu's Gnome-based UI implementation. In a series of blog posts, Farhad Shakiba - a self-described "unemployed software engineer, hardware engineer, artist, writer and body sculptor" - proceeds to pick-apart the Ubuntu desktop, providing copious real-world examples of where the distro falls short of delivering a commercial-grade user experience.

Book review: The Essential Blender

The Essential Blender from No Starch Press is both a reference and instructional guide to Blender, the open source 3-D modeling, rendering, and animation tool. It walks readers through Blender's capabilities by alternating hands-on tutorials with broader, topical chapters that discuss the key concepts and how Blender implements them. Despite a few flaws, it's a good resource for those struggling with the software.

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 7.10

This document describes how to set up an Ubuntu Studio 7.10 desktop. The result is a fast, secure and extendable system with focus on multimedia creation - the real-time (RT) kernel is installed by default. It provides all you need for daily work and entertainment.

Thoggen: A GTK+ based simple DVD ripper

Thoggen is a GTK+ based DVD ripper with very simple user interface. The name is based on the fact that it outputs the video to Theora/Ogg format.

Deskbar Applet & Tracker on Ubuntu

I've been using the Gutsy Gibbon on my desktop for just over a week now. I pretty much settled into using it straight after the upgrade fresh install from Feisty. So far I've experienced no real problems with it whatsoever.

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