Ubuntu equivalents to programs of Windows or Mac

I was searching for Ubuntu softwares from Community Ubuntu Documentation. I found this very helpful doc for all Ubuntu users. It list the best open-source applications available and supported for Ubuntu for new Linux users to explore. Programs are compared to corresponding Windows or Mac program. Other software list are need to be verified in the repositories.

Ubuntu 8.10 Release Schedule

You can find the release schedule of Ubuntu 8.10, The Intrepid Ibex, here.

Sun xVM VirtualBox 1.60 Just Released for Ubuntu Hardy Heron and other Os's!

Sun xVM VirtualBox software is the world's most popular open source virtualization platform because of its fast performance, ease of use, rich functionality, and modular design.

VirtualBox 1.6 is a major update, incorporating over 2000 improvements. Among the highlights:

* The new Sun livery
* Solaris and Mac versions no longer in beta
* Guest Additions for Solaris
* Seamless windowing for Solaris and Linux guests
* SATA support for up to 32 hard disks per VM (first product in the industry to do SATA!)
* PAE support for guests (memory model required by some server OSes)
* Web Services API for remote management
* Significant improvements to scalability

Ubuntu: A Future Social OS?

Like many people, I downloaded and installed the new Ubuntu Hardy Heron release last week. While I was installing my favorite applications and getting everything configured, I realized something: Ubuntu could end up actually delivering on the oft-written about and dreamed of "Web operating system" concept. Many people have opined on this general topic, but it's actually a very difficult challenge to deliver and champion such a product. I'm betting that Canonical, the company that delivers Ubuntu, is capable of coming through.

Installing and tracking software updates with toast

Using toast takes the burden out of building, installing, and keeping track of software built from source. You can use toast to build and maintain software installed in your /home directory as a regular user, or to set up software for all users in /usr/local. toast can obtain packages over HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and via SSH and CVS. It can handle most archive formats, as well as .rpm and .deb packages.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron: Beyond the Hype and into the Dilemma

Stephen King once observed that the first review of his books was important because later ones often borrowed its opinions. Who did the first review of Ubuntu 8.04 – better known as Hardy Heron – is debatable, but something of the same consensus seems to have hit tech journalists, with the majority proclaiming that the release shows that GNU/Linux has finally producer a challenger to Windows.

Highly Addictive Puzzle/Arcade Games for Linux

When I have a few spare time or just want to loosen up a bit, I always indulge myself into playing some computer games. Since most of my extra time is very limited, I usually pick those that are less stressful and less time consuming. I go for the old-fashioned and graphics card-friendly puzzle and arcade games. Call me boring, but these stuff are really addictive and highly entertaining. So, what are these games?

A Look at Free Flash in Ubuntu 8.04

Around the time of the release of Ubuntu 7.10, I tried out the Gnash Flash player included in that release. Because Adobe’s Flash player can not be redistributed in the default Ubuntu installation, a choice of players are offered when you visit a page in Firefox with Flash content. There are three options in Ubuntu 8.04: Adobe Flash, Swfdec (new to this version), and Gnash.

Batch process photos with Phatch

Virtually any photo manager lets you perform mundane tasks like adjusting contrast, adding a watermark, and applying effects to your photos. But even powerful applications like digiKam and F-Spot can't really help you when you need to perform the same action (or a sequence of actions) on dozens or hundreds of photos. For that you need a batch processing utility like Phatch. This nifty tool can perform no fewer than 35 different actions on your photos, and its user-friendly graphical interface makes it easy to create advanced multistep batch rules.

The Perfect SpamSnake - Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

This tutorial shows how to set up an Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04 LTS) based server as a spamfilter in Gateway mode. In the end, you will have a SpamSnake Gateway which will relay clean emails to your MTA. You will also be able to view your incoming queue, train your SpamSnake and carry out a few more advanced operations via MailWatch.

Encrypt and digitally sign mails with Thunderbird and GPG

Encrypt and digitally sign your mails with GPG, Thunderbird and Enigmail on Ubuntu 8.04. If you don’t know, what GPG is, read the introduction from the GPG mini Howto, it won’t take long.

Install Thunderbird and Enigmail, start Thunderbird and create or add an email address. For the following operations, navigate to: OpenPGP -> Key Management

Set Up A Linux Playstation 3 Media Server (Ubuntu Hardy Heron)

The Sony Play station 3 is a DLNA compatible device, DLNA is a framework where home electronics can share digital media and content seamlessly. This tutorial will provide instructions on setting up your Ubuntu hardy computer to share your video, music and photos, allowing you to play them through your DLNA compatible devices. Although several other open source media servers exist, i chose to use Fuppes due to its built in support for transcoding.

YouTube tools for the Linux desktop

You can see YouTube videos everywhere nowadays: on blogs, Google search results, even some news sites. From time to time, you can even manage to find something interesting. This article will show you some Linux tools you can use to save and convert YouTube videos.

Install Cairo-Dock

Cairo-Dock is a system dock similar to Awn and the dock in Mac OS X. It’s not as fancy as Awn, but Cairo-Dock is very configurable and supports some slick graphical effects.

How to install Ubuntu's world clock applet in Xubuntu

One of the visual improvements in this new version of Ubuntu is on the clock that sits on the Gnome panel. It now shows much more information. Apart from time and date, it now shows the weather conditions for your current location. It was disappointing to see that Xubuntu didn’t have it by default, so I have written a very easy and small guide on how to install it in Xubuntu.

Mozilla Prism in Ubuntu!

After seeing a screenshot on the desktop tour in the Ubuntu web site, I noticed something interesting… A screenshot showed some icons for Google Apps in the Add/Remove application.  I thought to myself, “How can this be?”

12 of the Best Media Players for Linux

One of the many perks of being a Linux user is that you have plenty of excellent software to choose from. This is especially true if you are in search for an essential application like a media player because there are definitely loads of options. However, this could sometimes be a disadvantage particularly to new-to-Linux users for the reason that they could get overwhelmed with the many choices they have.

Ubuntu's OpenGL face browser will bring bling to GDM

The GNOME Display Manager (GDM) is a component of the GNOME desktop environment that provides a graphical login prompt. It is used on many Linux distributions and is often the first interactive part of the desktop that users experience after the computer finishes booting. GDM is themable, and is often customized by distributors to include branding, but has changed little over the years.

Getting started with Linux virtualization

With all the Linux distributions available, trying out more than one can be tempting. By installing a virtual environment, you can run several operating systems on your machine, keeping them completely isolated from each other in their own sandboxes. Here's a look at how get started with three popular virtualization environments: VMware, VirtualBox, and QEMU.

Is Ubuntu selling out or growing up?

Sometimes I wonder whether Ubuntu is really an open source software company any more. Yes, yes, I realize Ubuntu is not a company at all but a free Linux distribution, GPL'd and open source by definition. But still, the Ubuntu distro is sponsored by a traditional for profit company, Canonical Ltd, and it is very fair to say that the distro would not exist without the company. Ubuntu describes itself on its web site as "a community developed and supported project," but in reality it has no separate existence from Canonical and that firm's owner and founder Mark Shuttleworth.

Choosing a font manager

With libraries of thousands of fonts to handle, designers need a way to quickly locate fonts and organize them into meaningful categories -- such as by the project that requires them -- and to disable fonts when they are not in use so that they don't clog system memory. Although as recently as two years ago the GNU/Linux desktop lacked a font manager that met all these needs, it now has four that either meet them or are likely to.

The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron)

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Kubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. Kubuntu 8.04 LTS is derived from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and uses the KDE desktop instead of the GNOME desktop.

Six Twitter clients for the Linux desktop and one for the road

Twitter is a popular social networking utility that's gaining popularity as a micro-blogging tool. Registered users can post messages -- also called Tweets -- via the Web interface, but many prefer to use desktop applications that offer additional functionality and move Tweeting out of the browser entirely.

Site Redesign & Fonts by Manfred Klein

I have been working on a small redesign of my website, again. Visually speaking, not much has changed; I have dropped the off-white background colour in favour of pure white, updated my Ubuntu advertisement, and changed the font used in my logo.

Improve Google Earth’s Appearance

Google Earth has an official version for Linux and it runs natively unlike Picasa, which uses WINE. But you wouldn’t know looking at Google Earth’s interface in Linux; it looks like an ugly WINE application. I’ve got a how-to if you haven’t yet installed Google Earth.

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