I’d like to take a moment of your time to discuss a recent disturbing trend the staff has been noticing on the forums, and also take this as an opportunity to raise awareness of this situation through education.
This post is an adaptation of one post I made on my portuguese blog. It may contain some write errors (especially on manicurist part). One day I was talking with my friend (and GSoC Guy) Lucas Veloso, and I solved a problem that bother many Linux users: the use of “win key”.
Legend has it that a Moleskine notebook and a pen were the tools of choice for Chatwin and Hemingway -- but that's because they didn't have Writer’s Café. Designed specifically for writing professionals, this application suite includes a few clever features that make it a must-have tool, whether you write for a living or for fun. Although the Writer's Café developers state that it's most suited for writing fiction, novels, and short stories, you can easily use it for all kinds of writing activities.
I have used X10 modules on assorted lights and devices for home automation for several years, and although the remote control facet has always worked well, tying the system into my Linux boxes has never been easy. Numerous small, typically one-person X10 controller projects have come and gone. But one application has survived: Heyu. It runs on desktop Linux machines without requiring the overhead of a Web or database server, and it enables direct X10 control, event scheduling, and more.
Every year since 2004 has been touted as the year of the Linux desktop. That year where Linux of some flavor makes huge inroads into the home and work desktop scene. Every year these predictions have fallen short. Now 2008 being the year of the Linux desktop stories are already making the rounds.
I found an interesting post on the Ubuntu Forums explaining some malicious commands in Linux. It was in response to recent posts that have been attempting to trick new users into running commands that cause damage. The Linux command line is very powerful, which means there are a lot of ways to mess up a system.
Most of you reading this are likely doing so with the now popular Web browser lovingly known as Firefox. Born out of the frustration to need something with less bloat, Firefox fit the bill with flying colors. These days, however, this is looking less and less like what we can expect from them in the future.
Continuing our Server Team theme again this week we are talking with Soren Hansen. Soren is working in Canonical’s server efforts (most notably he’s working on getting ebox ready for Ubuntu Server) , and is the latest addition to the Ubuntu Core Developer ranks.
The open source package manager for Google applications, powered by Mozilla Prism.
Most people lock their doors and windows, use a paper shredder to protect themselves from identity theft, and install antivirus software on their computers. Yet they routinely surf the Internet without giving a second thought to whether their browser is secure and their personal information safe. Unfortunately, it's easy for someone with nefarious intentions to use a Web site to glean data from -- or introduce spyware to -- your computer. Even worse, sometimes all you have to do is randomly click on a site to have your data probed in a most unwelcome way.
You can add custom colors with > Tools > Options > Openoffice.org > Colors. In this process, OOo crashed down on me this morning (I’m running Gutsy and using OOo from Ubuntu repos). It would run again, reopen the files, but all the color palette for text or objects was gone gone gone.
Recently I’ve seen a good bit of discussion regarding 32bit vs 64bit installations of Ubuntu. We’ve even had long conversations at the office on the matter as well. For a long time I’ve simply installed 32bit on my Core2Duo machine, even though it supports the 64bit installation. I just didn’t see a lot of reason to make the step forward. Well, I thought I’d type up some of my thoughts on the matter and get some of the community thoughts…
A new software development collaborative service for Ubuntu Linux is being launched today to give developers a consolidated arena to build code for Ubuntu on the desktop, server and for mobile applications.
The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #66, for the week November 18th - November 17th, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover Macedonia Students Use Ubuntu, New MOTU’s, Azureaus Gets Fix, Launchpad News, Ubuntu Forum News, and much, much more.
Two days ago we had several power cuts that completely managed to scrag my hard drives in logan and cerebro (the Fileserver), Ho hum… Time for a re-install, I guess. Good job the data on the file server was on a separate hard drive. Having done some research since the first install, now might be the time to add some security to the systems by utilizing several partitions to protect the data. The idea being that if the system goes down I can work on that and configuration as well as user data remains safe.
I’ve been very happy with all the recent feedback I’ve had on the folding project. I’ve been getting a lot of emails regarding use and feedback, and I really appreciate it. Based on much of this feedback I’m release version 0.5.2, which has some updates that I hope you’ll enjoy.
When it comes to FOSS, or Free Open Source Software, the general conception is that it’s available at absolutely no cost to you. But is it really? That depends on a lot of things actually. The true cost of FOSS is actually dependent on a much larger and more complex array of economical factors than most people realize. In the end, the cost of FOSS goes far beyond the standard money you see change hands, and the true costs may surprise you.
I’m so contempt with using Google that I never change this search option bar in Firefox. Never even bothered clicking it, though I know its handy for accessing Wiki or Amazon and so on but I always found it easier to type the search term in precisely and get to whatever I wish using Google.
Interested in creating your own Ubuntu packages using Launchpad’s Personal Package Archives?
Next week sees the second Personal Package Archives 101 session. Launchpad developer Celso Providelo (cprov) and MOTU member Jordan Mantha (Laserjock) will take you through the basics of Personal Package Archives and, if there’s time, take questions.
The GNOME Foundation has issued a statement in response to recent accusations that it has been supporting the acceptance of Microsoft's Office Open XML format (OOXML) as an ECMA standard at the expense of the Open Document Format (ODF), the open standard used by OpenOffice.org, KOffice and other free software office applications. However, whether the statement's attempt at logical rebuttal will do anything to reduce the emotions or altruism behind the criticisms is anybody's guess.