Disable Nautilus pop-up on media insert in Ubuntu 8.04

Although the new Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS release is nice and polished, there are a few glitches in how the bundled GNOME environment allows the user to customize some behavior. Settings for how the desktop environment should handle removable media are important for me as I loathe the idea of having to deal with any autorun/auto play or popup nonsense every time I attach removable storage devices.

FusionCharts Free: Cross-platform charts that rock

It has been said that the best things in life are free. While this isn't always true, it applies in this case. If you've struggled with GNUplot, JPgraph or other charting applications, FusionCharts Free is a breath of fresh air. Have you dreamed of finding a charting and graphing application that is simple to install, easy to configure, and drop-dead gorgeous? Stop dreaming and download a copy of FusionCharts Free. You'll be producing professional quality charts and graphs in no time.

USB Ubuntu 8.04 Persistent install via Windows

USB Ubuntu 8.04 Persistent install tutorial for current Windows users. This tutorial covers the process of installing Ubuntu Hardy Heron to a USB flash drive using the Live CD to create the partitions and a Windows host to perform the build. Ubuntu will uses the persistence feature to save and restore changes back to the flash drive. Hence your changes and settings can be saved and restored upon subsequent boots.

UME (Ubuntu Mobile) testing

As you may know, the Ubuntu team is working on a mobile version of the OS for mobile internet devices. But because there isn’t much of this hardware around, the UME builds don’t get the natural community testing that the desktop and server editions do. But if you are interested there is a way you can help!

Play multimedia content with style using Entertainer

Every major operating system has more than one media center solution for users who can't spend a day without watching a movie or listening to music. In Linux we're all familiar with MythTV and Freevo, two media center applications that are so appreciated they even have got their own distributions. Freevo is highly configurable, and Freevo 2 SNV builds look promising. MythTV has everything a personal video recorder needs, from scheduled recordings to weather plugins. The thing is, many people need a media center application just to watch Xvid files, listen to their favorite music, and watch family pictures on their television. If this is the case for you, give Entertainer a try.

Tomboy note-taker keeps you organized

I use Tomboy, an open source notetaking app, to cull and organize the hundreds of bits of information I track, and to prioritize it on to-do lists on the fly. When we first reviewed Tomboy 0.3.5, it had some obvious flaws. The project has had a number of updates since then, and the newest version, 0.10.0, really makes the grade.

First look: OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta a big step forward

It has been almost three years since the release of OpenOffice.org 2.0. During that time we've seen community fragmentation and frustration resulting from Sun's heavy involvement with the office suite's development, and even a third-party online version that provides editing and collaboration features. Now, the open-source office suite is back with a new 3.0 beta release, ushering in a handful of major enhancements, broader file format support, and a solid batch of evolutionary new features. Ars Technica takes the new beta for a spin to see if our productivity increases.

10min: Create Debian packages

Ever wanted to pack your scripts into .deb packages?

Here we go…

You need:

  • ‘devscripts’ package (over apt-get)
  • your script(s)
  • 10 minutes

Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron nests at Fox News

Ubuntu may not be a household word, but the increasingly popular Linux operating system is no stranger at Fox News. A Ubuntu blogger who complained that he couldn’t view video on FoxNews.com got a personal response from David Denis, Fox News Digital’s director of development.

Valve's Source Engine Coming To Linux

There have been rumors since last year that Valve may be serious about porting Source games to Linux after Valve Software began seeking a senior software engineer with the responsibility of porting Windows-based games to the Linux platform. Valve Software has yet to officially announce Linux clients for any of its software, but at Phoronix we have received information confirming that Valve is indeed porting its very popular Source engine to the Linux platform.

Installing Xen On An Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Server From The Ubuntu Repositories

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on an Ubuntu Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04) server system (i386). You can find all the software used here in the Ubuntu repositories, so no external files (apart from a fixed Ubuntu Xen kernel to enable networking for the virtual machines) or compilation are needed.

Free Flash community reacts to Adobe Open Screen Project

From the presentation, you might imagine that Adobe's announcement of the Open Screen Project was major news. According to the news release, the project's goal is "to enable a consistent runtime environment" by relaxing some restrictions on the Flash format and releasing some specifications. However, in the free Flash community, the small group of developers dedicated to producing non-proprietary Flash tools, the reaction to the news was polite at best -- and serves as a much-needed reality check to the over-enthusiastic announcement.

Flyback - Snapshot-based backup tool based on rsync

FlyBack is a snapshot-based backup tool based on rsync It creates successive backup directories mirroring the files you wish to backup, but hard-links unchanged files to the previous backup. This prevents wasting disk space while providing you with full access to all your files without any sort of recovery program. If your machine crashes, just move your external drive to your new machine and copy the latest backup using whatever file browser you normally use.

Installing Four Other Desktop Edition on Ubuntu

Most of us know Ubuntu by it’s default gnome desktop look, but very few have ever tried other forms of desktop environment that are available besides gnome for ubuntu. There are four other main desktop environments for Ubuntu:

A Chat With The Ubuntu UK Podcasters

Last Saturday I received a telephone call from the Ubuntu UK podcast team. We had a chat, it was fun.

PCMan, Specto Reviewed for Linux

It’s rare these days that any one program gets me really excited, as I always feel like I have seen it all. Today, however, I believe I have come upon software concepts that have a lot of potential. Both are very different from one another, yet each is very strong in function in their own way.

S01E05 - Everybody Come Aboard

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore with Laura Cowen present the fifth episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast.

In this episode:-


An interview with Pete Savage.


A chat with Phil Newborough.

Random Ubuntu Advocacy
Crunchbang Linux

We rate our Hardy upgrade experiences.
Following up with our CLI vs GUI discussion with Laura Cowen.

In the news:


S01E05 – Everybody Come Aboard

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore with Laura Cowen present the fifth episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast.

In this episode:-

Banshee + Brasero >> iTunes

Before you flame me, I’ll admit that if you really know and love iTunes (and maybe are tied to the iTunes store) then perhaps iTunes isn’t totally a waste of time. However, for me it is complete garbage. Allow me to tell you a little story.

Indexing offline CD-ROM archives

Suppose you’ve been good (or sort of good anyway), and you have a huge stack of CD-ROMs (or DVDs) with backups and archives of your old files. Great. But how can you find anything? I solved this problem today by making an index of all the files stored on these disks using a few simple GNU command line tools.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron, A Webmaster’s Point of View

Anyone that has been around here reading this blog before will remember that I had migrated from WinXP to various flavors of Linux in an attempt to settle in with an OS (operating system) that would work well with my design work and general duties such as pictures, videos, image editing, graphic creation and site work. A lot of things happened along the way that headed me in the direction I’m in now with Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron.

Install The Fonty Python Font Manager

With the Fonty Python font manager, you can organize your fonts into groups (called “pogs”), and install and uninstall these groups when you need them. When a pog is not installed, you won’t have the fonts it contains filling up your menus.

Fix for Video Playback Problem in Compiz-Fusion

While running Compiz-Fusion, You wouldn’t be able to see any video play while either moving the window, viewing desktops in expo, 3d cube, or any other cool effect for that matter; instead you would see a blue screen, including when viewing in full screen.

OfflineIMAP makes messages and attachments available locally

OfflineIMAP allows you to read your email while you are not connected to the Internet. This is great when you are traveling and really need an attachment from a message but cannot connect to the Internet.

Launchpad Got It Wrong?!

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