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Ubuntu Gutsy Internet Help

So you just upgraded to Ubuntu Gutsy and you cannot get the Internet to work? You appear to have a LAN connection or Network-Manager is allowing you to connect to your access point, yet when you type in http://www.google.com, the domain will not resolve - it just keeps reading ‘connecting’. Why? Use of of ipv6 - 99% of the time.

Linux device driver project needs more unsupported devices to work on!

Desktop Linux needs drivers. Right? Of course. So why is Novell's Greg Kroah-Hartman, a Linux kernel developer and head of the Linux Driver Project, having to ask people to tell him about devices that need drivers?

Things that control how content is displayed in OpenOffice.org Calc spreadsheets

If you spend all day in spreadsheets, sooner or later you want something to help you spot what's important or different. The motion study expert Frank Gilbreth told factories to paint parts different colors to help factory workers spot the right pieces more quickly; Calc has roughly equivalent features to help point out the different types of data you're working with.

apt:This! Bookmarklet

apt:This! is a Bookmarklet to send package name to The AptURL Protocol Handler. The AptURL Protocol Handler is a program that handles special URLs for installing software on Linux. Ubuntu 7.10+ can use AptURL by default.

Open source vs. commercial software

Open source software initially was a head-scratcher: “How can you make money selling something for free?” But once open source advocates clarified the meaning of free – “Free as in speech, not as in beer” – the open source economy took off.

Music with Ubuntu

What was a big problem, was playing music with my shiny new Ubuntu laptop. In my situation I have a nice stereo set with good speakers. Sitting next to that is my home server, running Ubuntu. I deliberately picked a very small server that does not make noise or suck up much power: the Lex Light.

Ubuntu-based media center Mythbuntu 7.10 released

You probably know by now that Ubuntu comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There's the stripped down Xubuntu for slower-performing systems, Edubuntu for kids and teachers, and Kubuntu with the more Windows-like interface.

A follow up to using Microsoft Exchange in Ubuntu

With the great success of my post a few weeks back: Ubuntu in a Microsoft world: Part 1 - Email and Calendar came a few questions and concerns. The most common one I’d like to address is this:

How can I have my Sent mail go to my “Sent” folder on the Exchange server?

The answer is really simple. Just follow these steps. (In Evolution):

Full Circle Magazine Issue #6 released

The 6th Issue of Full Circle, the Ubuntu Community Magazine has been released!

This issue comes with:

  • Step-by-Step Ubuntu Feisty > Gutsy upgrade
  • How-To : Run Photoshop Plugins in GIMP, Set up Samba and Scribus pt.6.
  • Top 5 - Racing Games.
  • Interview with John Philips (Open Font Library).
  • Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop and more!

7 Firefox extensions (add-ons) I can’t live without

One of the pains of installing so many distros is configuring Firefox exactly as I would want it; especially this means loading the right extensions (add-ons). Seriously, there are some firefox extensions (add-ons) that I can’t live without and the following is the list that I need. It’s personal (of course), suited only to my need, so this list is not normative for anyone.

Edubuntu: The Future

Okay, I admit that I am a bit biased, but after participating in the edubuntu session for Ubuntu Open Week, I decided to install edubuntu 7.10, and I have to say it is really progressing nicely. I’m not exactly new to edubuntu. I have used it in the past and I installed a thin-client recently (7.04) and will set up a new server tomorrow (hopefully) with 7.10 for my school.

Ubuntu not damaging your hard drive (by default)

Linux-hero wrote about how Ubuntu kills your hard drive. The situation is somewhat less clear than you might think from the article, but the basic takeaway message is that Ubuntu doesn't touch your hard drive power management settings by default. In almost all cases, it's more likely to be your BIOS or the firmware on your hard drive.

New Dirs in Gutsy: Documents, Music, Pictures, Blah, Blah

I had mentioned my encounter with some new directories in Ubuntu 7.10, the Gutsy Gibbon: Documents, Music, Pictures, Public, Templates and Videos

These showed up on an upgrade from 7.04 Feisty Fawn and on a fresh install of 7.10. On installs of previous versions, there has been the Desktop folder, and I’ve kept that around as a special dir that is actually linked to the desktop somehow. (Saved items in ~/Desktop will show up on the GNOME desktop.)

GIMP 2.4 Release Notes

General Improvements

Refreshed Look

A whole new default icon theme has been created for 2.4. The icons comply with the Tango style guidelines so GIMP doesn't feel out of place on any of the supported platforms. Regardless of whether you run GIMP under Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X or Linux (GNOME, KDE or Xfce), GIMP provides a polished, consistent look.

Ubuntu: where to from here?

In business, as in many other things in life, it is relatively easy to plan for failure. I guess we all do it in some small way, one of the most common being the way people back up their digital personal files to guard against hardware failure or file corruption. But how does one plan for success?

How Is Ubuntu Doing as a Server Platform?

Canonical jumped into the Unix distribution business in October 2004 and got into Linux server distribution in June 2006. With the launch last week of Ubuntu 7.10 for desktops and servers last week and the upcoming launch in April 2008 of a new Long Term Support variant of Ubuntu, it is reasonable to stop for a second and try to assess how well or poorly Ubuntu is doing on servers.

The State of the Linux Gaming Industry

When I read reports on the Linux gaming industry, I can't help but wonder where the Linux gamers are at? Can we find them on the Nintendo Wii or perhaps the Playstation 3 (PS3)? After all, I have heard that PS3 actually works rather well with Yellow Dog Linux.

AptURL : Web Based Package Installation

Some of you may have seen some recent posts around the Ubuntu Planet about the new AptURL project that is default in Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy”.  I wanted to make a few comments about it myself after tinkering with it a little.  I think the project and idea is pretty cool and I hope it sees some more use.

The AptURL Protocol Handler in Ubuntu 7.10

The AptURL Protocol Handler is a program that handles special URLs for installing packages. This means that special links in web pages can install software. Ubuntu 7.10 has AptURL installed by default. Installing applications does not get any easier than this:

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) in Virtual PC

A new release of Ubuntu has just come out, so let's put it through the paces in Virtual PC 2007! First of all, the old install problems (chronicled here) still exist.  The Ubuntu installer boots up into 24-bit color, which is not supported by Virtual PC.  If you start with the Start Ubuntu in safe graphics mode option, you will be able to see the installer screen just fine (with some ginormous icons), but unfortunately, the mouse is not recognized at all.  I really had hoped this would be fixed!

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