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addrepo - Easiest way to add APT repositories

addrepo is a simple command line interface for easily adding APT repositories to your sources.list.

Comix - A Nifty Linux Comic Book Viewer

Comix: Library View
Comix
is a comic book reader that doubles as a pretty useful generic image viewer. It's written in Python and uses GTK+. It's got a nice sidebar thumbnail viewer, and the library view shown in the image above. It's also able to handle .zip and .tar files natively, which is really useful for those of us who compress our image directories.

Kommando: A floating panel for KDE

Inspired by the command wheel in the Neverwinter Nights online game, Kommando is a floating command panel for KDE. Although Kommando's development is almost as slow as an official Debian release, and is only at version 0.5.2, it is already a configurable and convenient addition to the array of panels available in KDE.

Lotus Notes 8.5 to fully support Ubuntu Linux 7.10 in mid-2008

Is Linux on the enterprise desktop finally ready for prime time? IBM apparently thinks so as it prepares to deliver its next versions of Lotus Notes enterprise collaboration software and Lotus Symphony office productivity applications for the first time with full support for Ubuntu Linux 7.10 sometime in the second half of this year.

Hardy Heron, new themes and graphic tools for Ubuntu 8.04

Hardy Heron Roadmap has over 130 new ideas that have been proposed thus far. I’ve examined each one of these ideas in detail, threw out the ones that weren’t interesting to me, wrote an explanation for each, and sorted the list into three categories:

Technology: 8 Ways to Get Help with Ubuntu Linux

No matter what operating system you use, be it Windows, Mac OS, or Linux, you're inevitably going to run into some problems. But, especially with Ubuntu Linux, there's a wealth of information to help get you through your crisis. Below are eight ways to get help when you have a problem with Ubuntu.

Four productivity-boosting Firefox extensions

I've been using Firefox as my primary browser for so long that Internet Explorer looks strange to me on those odd occasions when Windows Update or some other automatic Windows setting opens it. There are lots of reasons Firefox is my browser of choice, not the least of which are the great free add-ons for the program that neither IE nor any other browser can match.

KDE 4: My List of Most Awaited Applications

I have been using KDE 4.0 since the day ONE, and of course compared to my KDE 3.5.8 desktop (both on openSUSE 10.3) there are tonnes of features that are currently missing (or in the process of re-invention), especially when it comes to configuring everything that is about the KDE 4 desktop next to that I really dislike the current way of file management …

Dell offers high-end Ubuntu laptop

Increasingly-less-direct box shifter Dell has quietly started to offer Ubuntu Linux on its high-end XPS laptops as an option for those who don't want to pay for Windows Vista.

Mystery infestation strikes Linux/Apache Web sites

According to a press release issued earlier this month by Finjan, a security research firm, compromised Web servers are infecting thousands of visitors daily with malware that turns their Windows machines into unwitting bots to do the bidding of an as yet unidentified criminal organization. Security firms ScanSafe and SecureWorks have since added their own takes on the situation, though with varying estimates on the number of sites affected. All reports thus far say the compromised servers are running Linux and Apache.

Help please: Which Linux distro is best for mom and dad?

As usual, my parents desktop running Windows XP had crasheddue to viruses, notwithstanding the anti-virus softwares. And I was left in lurch on what to do next. I started to wonder if I could install an easy to use version of Linux distro on the PC and ensure that I had a hassle free OS and a friendly PC for my parents.

The article is a quest for this search - with a plea for help from the users of Linux out there!

Full Circle Magazine Issue 9 Released

Full Circle - The Independent Ubuntu Community Magazine is proud to announce the release of issue nine containing:

  • OpenGEU - Step-by-step install from OpenGEU creator Luca De Marini.
  • How-To : Directory Server, Ubuntu on an iBook, Installing the OpenTTD game (Transport Tycoon Deluxe)
  • Create Your Own Server: Part 1
  • Review of KDE 4.0.
  • Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop, Ubuntu Women, Top5 and more!

Random Ubuntu Advocacy

I've received a few emails in the past couple of weeks regarding the availability of a replacement image for the Ubuntu Christmas Campaign image. Feeling a little guilty at not having had something ready, forward planning is something I need to work on, I've now created a set of Ubuntu advocacy images designed to be displayed randomly.

See the demo here. Get the code here.

OpenOffice.org as a language learning environment

Some days ago I met some old friends at an anniversary. The discussion went from latest activities each of us is doing to foreign languages learning which was someone's favorite. There were mentions about tools and resources you can find on the Internet today to improve your language skills, free online lessons and language tests, literature freely available in every language, even games and chat usage, etc.

Master the KIO slaves

Hard-working KDE Input/Output (KIO) slaves perform much of KDE's functionality. KIO slaves provide consistent access to different resources, such as filesystems, network protocols, and search functions, making them accessible to all KDE applications in a standard way. For example, you can open a remote FTP session and copy, move, rename, or delete files as if they're on your own box, or connect via Secure Shell (SSH) and use remote files as if they were local. Even browsing the Web uses a KIO slave.

Alexandria: Book cataloging the way it should be

GNU/Linux inherits a tradition of small programs that do one thing very well. A modern example of this tradition is Alexandria, a dedicated book cataloger for GNOME. Although a few workarounds would make it almost as useful as KDE's Tellico for other collections, especially music, Alexandria's focus remains squarely on books and their organization by library, status, and ratings. Perhaps its closest analogy is the online LibraryThing, although Alexandria actually predates LibraryThing and is designed for private, desktop use.

Customize The Ubuntu Login Or Shutdown Screen

Many people want to customize their login screens.  Where I work we customize the Novell Login screens and put a default Legal Notice for all the users.  It would be nice to customize the login and shutdown screens for UBUNTU to display custom graphics. Here are the instructions on how to customize the GNOME login screen to display legal notices before users can.

How do I remember all these passwords?

If you are like me, you have a ton of passwords you have to remember. I have different login names and passwords for bank accounts, forums, blogs, email, and other stuff. How do you deal with it all? How can a person possibly remember them all, especially the ones that only get used once every month or two, or just a couple of times in a year?

Backups on Xubuntu with SBackup

The earth is orbited by many satellites, and every year, many more are sent up into space. Considering the amount of satellites, there is an enormous risk that one of those artificials moons suddenly decides to take a stroll and crashes into your home. I think you’ll agree with me that this would be disastrous - all your precious data would be lost! Your holiday pictures, important documents for school/work and your music collection - all gone!

Direct2Dell: Ubuntu 7.10 on XPS M1330, Ubuntu on Dells comes to Spain

Since we've began offering Ubuntu on some consumer systems, two clear areas of feedback from the IdeaStorm community and Direct2Dell readers have been:  offer Ubuntu on more hardware, and offer it worldwide.  This Ubuntu-related post is still the third most commented post in Direct2Dell's history-many  of the 654 comments are asking for it in more countries.

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