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Great Firefox Extension - It's All Text!

I just came across a great Firefox extension called "It's All Text!". Any HTML textarea you see while browsing gets a little edit button on the bottom right corner - clicking it launches your favorite editor (the frst time you use it, it brings you to the preferences screen). For me, that's GNU Emacs.

AMOR: a desktop companion

AMOR is a nice toy which is absolutely senseless. It displays a tiny figure on your desktop, running on top of your windows or falling down to the bottom. It is a KDE application, but it should be no problem to use it in Gnome (as I do).

Tour of GNOME Online Desktop

Here’s a tour of the pre-alpha demo release of GNOME Online Desktop included in Fedora 8. Learn more about what it does and how you can get involved in the project.

Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, SimplyMEPIS - 3 distros, 9 wireless stories

Just as as I was getting comfortable using Ubuntu on my desktop, enthusiastic readers have assailed me with stories about how I should give other Linux distros a try - particularly the KDE pair PCLinuxOS and SimplyMEPIS. I'm lucky to have four different computers at my immediate disposal so I tried the live CDs of the three distros on three of them to see how plug and play they were for wireless networking. The results were quite surprising.

Rockbox: an open-source portable music platform

You think portable music players are an untouchabe package ?!

If you do then think again, because the amazing Rockbox changed that ...

Why Penguin is Linux logo?

Penguin as logo/mascot for Linux was discussed first in early 1996 by several people in the linux-kernel mailing list. The idea of such mascot came from Alan Cox first. Among many other suggestions made by different people there were parodies of other operating system logos, sharks or even eagles. You can find them here. Some of them:

Top Ten Reasons Why Ubuntu Is Best for Enterprise Use

Ubuntu is the darling of the Linux desktop space. Voted No. 16 in PC World's Top 100 Products for 2007 and now coming as an option for Dell users straight out of the box, this Linux distribution is increasingly deployed on corporate networks. With a free server edition, a professional support organization and a growing band of enthusiasts in and around the IT divisions of enterprises, there are many reasons to consider Ubuntu when looking for a Linux solution. Here are the top 10 reasons why Ubuntu is best for enterprise use.

Macedonia picks Ubuntu for 20,000 PCs

A batch of 7,000 PCs with Ubuntu Linux have been sent to Macedonian schools, the first of a collection that Ubuntu sponsor Canonical expects will reach 20,000.

Online music school saves cash with Linux

WorkshopLive.com is a virtual music school that features dozens of professional instructors teaching lessons online for all levels of expertise, in guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. When WorkshopLive was in the early stages of development, the company had limited funds to devote to hardware, software, and human resources, so CTO Marilyn Hoefner decided to give open source software a try. "We've been extremely happy," Hoefner says.

150 Extra GIMP Brushes for Ubuntu

By default GIMP comes with a rather limited set of brushes. There's a package available from the Ubuntu repositories to install some extra brushes, however this is also a little limited. To this end, I've created a new package containing over 150 additional brushes for GIMP.

Paravirtualized Ubuntu shows early performance promise

Early testing has shown that Ubuntu, when run as a virtual guest taking advantage of the new paravirt-ops paravirtualization interface, delivers as promised: it runs faster and more efficiently that it would as an unmodified guest. Ubuntu, a Linux distribution maintained by corporate sponsor Canonical Ltd., is the first commercially shipping operating system to support the paravirt_ops standard.

PSUbuntu: Development help needed!

Along with a couple of other Canonical guys, notably Ben for the kernel and Matthias for the compiler and libraries, I'm one of the Ubuntu developers who's been putting effort into making Ubuntu work on the PS3 over the last two releases. (In other words, installation problems are normally my fault ... yes, I'm working on new custom builds of 7.10 at the moment!)

Ubuntu Tweak

Did you notice in Gutsy you can’t drag the Home folder to the Desktop anymore?

I added the Home folder using g-conf by going to /apps/nautilus/desktop/ and clicking the “home_icon_visible” checkbox. But using g-conf in my opnion isn’t acceptable for a beginner (although you may want to try things to learn and gain more experience with your computing). :-)

Ubuntu scores first major pre-installed server win

Ubuntu is extremely popular on the desktop, but it's made comparatively little progress on servers. That's about to change. Dell is expected to announce in the first quarter of 2008 that it has certified Ubuntu Linux for its server lines.

Portrait: Alien Arena creator John Diamond

John Diamond is the creator and lead developer of the popular free software game Alien Arena. He turned his hobbies and a talent for coding into a small business.

Miro 1.0 is available! Better than Joost, free and no DRM to muck up your world

Miro (formerly Democracy Player) has reached 1.o! This is a fantastic, open source, online video/tv player that’s available for Linux, Windows or OSX. It uses the VLC engine and can play just about any format under the sun.

Linux and Windows: virtualize, Wine or dual boot route?

As I've mentioned in previous articles I currently have all the applications I need on my Ubuntu Linux desktop so I never need to use Windows. However, there are unfortunately still plenty of applications that some users need which are not available under Linux and have no equivalent. Adobe's Flash and Photoshop spring to mind, Turbotax is another that some miss, how about iTunes? Luckily for those users there are at least three options that will allow them to run the software they need while retaining Linux on their desktop. But which is the best one?

KStars Images Challenge!

Ever wanted to contribute to KStars, but don't have programming skills? Now you can.

We'd like to have more images available in the Details window for objects in the sky. Right now, we have most of the Messier images, and Glenn Becker recently contributed about 40 additional images for NGC objects from the Herschel 400 list. We need a lot more! For example, we need images for all of the planets.

Does Ubuntu Need a New Flavor Aimed At Developers?

I asked this question over at the Ubuntu Forums, but I wanted to elaborate more on the subject here. In case you don’t know what Ubuntu is, it is one of the many distributions of Linux. Ubuntu, just like Linux, also has many flavors. There is Linux Mint (a distro aimed at noobs), Ubuntu Studio (a distro aimed at the arts), Mythbuntu, and more.

OLPC XO laptops publicly available today

Beginning today, anyone interested in getting an XO computer through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program has a chance to grab one. The Give One, Get One (G1G1) program is open to US and Canadian residents who want to purchase one XO laptop for themselves for $399.

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