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CellWriter: Open source handwriting recognition for Linux

Handwriting recognition, like its cousins speech recognition and optical character recognition, is a domain still dominated by proprietary products. Where there are Linux solutions, such as the one in Nokia's Maemo Internet tablets, they are often closed source plugins protected by patent claims. Thus I was pleasantly surprised to find CellWriter, a small, straightforward handwriting recognition tool that integrates easily with modern Linux desktops.

Firefox 3 Tab Switcher

One of the things that Alex Faaborg presented back in July was a mockup of what a cool tab switching (Ctrl+Tab) interface would look like in a browser. As it stands right now no versions of Firefox have an advanced interface for switching between tabs, but that could become a thing of the past.

Is Eye Candy bad for Ubuntu/Linux ?

I came across an Article on the relevance of Compiz-Fusion in Linux particularly in Ubuntu. The Author, Matt Hartley, has published two different articles Here and Here to emphasize the same thing. His main argument is that Compiz makes Linux Complicated.

Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 RC

Firefox 2.0 is just over a year old, but the Mozilla developers are out today with the first beta for Mozilla Firefox 3.0. Firefox 3.0 (known as Gran Paradiso) uses the Gecko 1.9 engine, and features a number of improvements including improved add-on support, remote bookmarks, OpenID compliance, AirBag crash reporting integration, microformats support, saving web pages as PDF files, and other reworks that affect the bookmarks, searching, etc.

Skype for Linux 2.0 - with Video support

For the first time every Linux’ Skype client now features full video support. With this feature the Linux client catches up with the Windows and MacOS client. The most important features listed in the changelog are:

VirtualBox: The best virtualization program you've never heard of

If you're like most people, you probably named VMware or Xen first. Many of you probably know of one or more of the following: Parallels, QEMU, KVM, Virtuozzo and OpenVZ. However, few of you probably know about VirtualBox. And chances are if you know about VirtualBox 1.502, you're already running it because it manages the trifecta of being good, free and, sort of, open source.

Freeciv Version 2.1.0 Released

Freeciv is a turn-based strategy game similar to the Civilization series of games.

Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the stone age to the space age…

The latest 2.1.0 release of Freeciv has been in development for almost two years. Packages for Ubuntu 7.10 are available at GetDeb.

A Merry Ubuntu Christmas

This Christmas, give someone the gift of freedom. Give them Ubuntu Linux

The other evening I was sat talking to Becky about Christmas. We were discussing gift ideas for family and friends. As per normal I wasn't very helpful and my mind went blank. I'm not overly good at coming up with ideas for great Christmas presents.

Anyhow, last night I thought about it some more and came up with a cool idea [subjective.] It occurred to me that this year I could give my family and friends something really useful — I could give them an Ubuntu CD! So I visited the Shipit service and placed an order.

It then occurred to me that there may well be other geeks out there struggling to come up with ideas for gifts — so I started thinking about a Christmas marketing campaign for Ubuntu.

Why Gphone Will Use Ubuntu

By now all of you have likely heard of the Google concept call the 'Gphone.' Yet there remains a lot of speculation in regards to its future. Will it will always remain a mobile OS, or will Google ever enter the hardware market remains to be seen? However, I can point you to a few things that I believe will indeed, come to light sooner than later. Some of them might surprise you.

Exciting Features For GNOME 2.22, 2.24

The GNOME team is out with the road-map for GNOME 2.22, 2.24, and future releases. There's quite a few changes planned, but a few in particular had caught our attention.

Ubuntu migration: the sweet taste of freedom at a price

Well the Linux desktop is certainly here and I can prove it because as of today I'm officially an Ubuntu user and even though things aren't perfect, I feel like I've finally escaped from jail. Those of you contemplating the move from Windows, however, had better be prepared to make some compromises and even a few sacrifices.

Kubuntu 7.10 in the eyes of a full-time geek

Jes Hall (canllaith), a KDE developer, has taken Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) through its paces and finds much to like. Amongst other changes in 7.10 she discusses, Jes admits that she enjoys the six month development cycle, saying:

Power-ups for Firefox: Add-ons bring added security and comfort

One big helper for surfing comfort and speed is provided through an add-on called Adblock Plus. As the name suggests, it eliminates ad banners. During installation, the user can subscribe to filter lists that are then automatically updated to recognize and block new domain addresses used to transport ads. The add-on also appends a "Block" tab onto Java and Flash animations and surfaces. One click and that particular object will never appear again.

Clearlooks Compact Gnome Theme

I have been using Ubuntu for quite a while now, but one thing I really dislike is that all the themes are huge space wasters compared to Windows XP. This finally got me angry enough to create a customized version of the Clearlooks theme that tries to be very compact but still maintain its beautiful look. I like the result quite a lot, I have been using this theme for more than two weeks now and it works great. It is especially nice for intense applications like Eclipse.

The Road to Ubuntu - Backup Salvation

After several weeks of anguish I've finally recreated my Windows XP file backup regime under Gutsy Gibbon, overcoming my fear of the Linux command line in the process.

Playing With Themes in Ubuntu 7.10

In July I wrote a post which has been quite popular called: Turning Ubuntu's Brown Eyes Blue. This post was about changing themes in Ubuntu, getting away from the orange and brown colours and using mostly blue. Things have changed quite a bit since July and changing themes in the new Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) is a little bit different, therefore I thought I would offer some fresh advice.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 64

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #64 for the week for the week October 28th - November 3rd, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover the Ubuntu Developer Summit for Hardy Heron, FOSSCamp, the release of Mythbuntu 7.10, Ubuntu-Illinois codesprint, and, as always, much much more!

The year of the Linux desktop has finally arrived

While Windows advocates may smirk and say here we go again, as 2007 draws to a close I get the strong feeling that we may look back upon this year and recognize it with hindsight as the year that the Linux desktop finally arrived. There are a number of events that point to 2007 as being the turning point for Linux and it all started in January with the release of Windows Vista.

Interview with gOS Founder: “Linux For Human Beings (Who Shop At WAL*MART)”

My first impression of gOS is “Gee, I thought I liked Google." To put this into perspective, on the back of my car there is a license plate frame with the words “I’m Feeling Lucky.”

This week, WalMart has begun selling a new computer called the gPC for the price of $199. Instead of using Microsoft Windows, this incredibly inexpensive Linux-based computer runs an operating system which is fittingly called “gOS”.

Securing Ubuntu

Ubuntu 7.10 actually comes with some pretty good security practices already set up for you. For example, the root account is locked and no network services are enabled by default. If you’re planning on making your Ubuntu system publicly accessible, here are some things to consider before you forward a port or public IP address.

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