Ubuntu 8.04 vs. Windows Vista Power Usage

In Q4'07 we had looked at Ubuntu's power consumption with all of their Linux releases going back to Ubuntu 5.04. While Linux has improved in recent years when it comes to power efficiency and optimizations, more processes running on the desktop had canceled out any real power improvements.

Install btnx for better mouse control in Ubuntu Hardy

When I installed Hardy, I forgot to copy my awesome xorg.conf which held the configuration to enable all 12 buttons of my Logitech MX1000. Lo and behold, a new method of configuring it has come about, albeit it was around prior to Gutsy.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 88

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 88 for the weeks April 20th - April 26th, 2008 is now available. In this issue we cover: Hardy Heron Release Parties, Ubuntu Open Week, Ubuntu 8.04 press release translations, Forum Interviews & Tutorials, Preinstalled Ubuntu PCs for Russia, Ubuntu UK Poadcast, Full Circle Magazine, Team Meeting Summaries, and much, much more!

Other Ubuntu variants

So Ubuntu Hardy Heron has now arrived, and you can download the new release from the Ubuntu site. The main desktop release tends to overshadow the other projects that are official variants of Ubuntu. If you’re new to the distro, new to Linux in general, or just want a refresher, here’s what is available as well as the standard desktop product.

Hidden Linux: Hardy - The way I like it

I'm not going to rave about 8.04, the latest Ubuntu release. There are already plenty of reviews around (here and here and here) even though the final version only hit the servers last Thursday. Rather, I'm going to go through my post-install routine and show you how I tweak things to set them the way I prefer.

Hardy Heron – my odd first experiences

A Linux Ubuntu 8.04 virgin no longer, I popped my own cherry last night, installing Hardy Heron for the first time, with some odd installation experiences I can only hope aren’t the ‘norm’. So, what happened?

Awesome Winamp Music Visualizations for Ubuntu Linux! (475 visuals!)

Tired of lame GOOM! visualizations in Ubuntu and want something pretty tight? Check out projectM! A week or 2 ago I told people at this post that I would help port over winamp visualizations over to ubuntu and I have finally accomplished that task and created a .deb package for easy installation!

Firefox reached 29% share in Europe

XiTi Monitor has released the latest numbers on browsers utilization in Europe and the rest of the world, announcing it has reached about 29% in March 2008.

Sonata: an elegant music client for MPD

Sonata is a GTK+ music player, written in Python. Actually, it is an MPD client, which is it’s most important advantage. MPD is a daemon that plays your music at background (maybe on a different computer). It can use different front ends, you can use it even from command-line and it continues playing even if your client or X is crashes. Sonata takes advantage of MPD and serves it in a clean and user-friendly interface.

Five Softwares to Install in Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

The much-awaited 8.04 version of the Ubuntu Desktop named ‘Hardy Heron’ was released yesterday. I downloaded the 699 MB ISO and managed to install it today. There have been really worthy improvements. We can only hope that this latest version brings a lot of users into the Linux World.

Ubuntu Forums: New Forum Record

The Hardy release blew away the old record of the most people online at one time on the Ubuntu Forums. 24,125 is 10,000 more people than we had last week, before the release of Ubuntu 8.04. My hat off to the Forums staff, Canonical server team, and Ubuntu-Geek with his great PHP/database-fu.

Set up Compiz Fusion 0.7.4 (included in Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron)

Many people requested an update of my set up guide to the version of Compiz Fusion found in Ubuntu's latest release "Hardy Heron". From the beginning I was reluctant to do that, because the official current stable release is still Compiz 0.6.2 / Compiz Fusion 0.6.0.

Disabling the GMail spam filter and handling it yourself using SpamAssassin

I've been using GMail ever since they decided to allow users to download their mail using POP. I was happy reading my email as usual in mutt. The only problem was that I had to log onto the website once in a while to clear out my spam folder and fish out the false positives.

Is Linux Really Outgrowing Its Stereotypes? Does It Matter?

Last month distro-review ran an article titled 10 ways that Linux is outgrowing the stereotype and becoming the best OS. While I agreed with all 10 points in the article something just didn’t sit right with me. I bookmarked the article and gave it a good long think. My conclusion: the facts are correct but there are problems with both the premise and the goal of the article.

10 must Have Ubuntu app

Day by day Ubuntu get more popular. Lots of new people installed for the 1st time and give it a try. But lots of them use Windows before start using Ubuntu. They don’t even know what property software to use. Here is the list of 10 must have Ubuntu applications who will help for better Ubuntu use.

Exciting arcade action in glorious ASCII!

Low tech games for a high tech world . . . Who says you need a fancy high-end graphics card to play some great Linux games? Heck, who says you need graphics at all?

Creating charts on Web pages with Java and GChart

The Apache-licensed GChart utility lets you quickly generate nice-looking charts on your Web site. GChart is implemented with the Google Web Toolkit (GWT), which we introduced recently. To install GChart, just extract the distribution zip file. You can work with GChart in your own GWT applications by using it in Eclipse.

Ubuntu 8.04: the real deal

Thoughts on a fresh upgrade to the new Ubuntu 8.04, Hardy Heron

What Edubuntu can teach your kids

Edubuntu is a customized version of Ubuntu aimed at children in educational environments. According to the distributions homepage, Edubuntu is "Linux for Young Human Beings." That works out well for me, since I have three of those in my house. I homeschool my children and use Edubuntu on a couple of our computers. My boys love having an operating system that was designed with them in mind, and I appreciate the way its applications encompass the total learning process.

Full Circle Magazine Issue #12 Released

Full Circle - the Independent Magazine for the Ubuntu Linux Community is proud to announce the release of the twelfth issue.

This month:

  • Flavour of the Year - How Ubuntu and Kubuntu have matured in twelve months.
  • How-To : Creating & Distributing Deb files, Ubuntu Disk Usage, Backup with Partimage, Using GIMP Part 1 and Create Your Own Server Part 4.
  • Review of Wiki on a Stick.
  • Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop, Top5 and more!

Download from: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-12/

Ubuntu 8.04 Is Ready to Take On Windows

Ubuntu's deep software catalog, focus on usability and active community combine with long-term support to put desktop Linux's best face forward.

10 Tips for After You Install or Upgrade Ubuntu

Ubuntu is becoming more and more complete and easy to configure. However, like any operating system there’s work to be done after the installation. Here’s a list of 10 tips that you can use after installing or upgrading Ubuntu.

Teeworlds Online 2D Shooter

Teeworlds is an open source 2D platform shooter featuring online play. Your round character will run, jump, and grapple around maps while wielding weapons and avoiding being killed by other players.

Getting data into and out of an OpenOffice.org Base database

The ability to import and export data is crucial to any database management system, and OpenOffice.org Base is no exception. While you may be surprised to discover that OpenOffice.org lacks a dedicated import/export feature, it does allow you to get data into and out of a database in a variety of ways.

Upgrade Your Desktop From Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) To 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron)

This guide shows how you can upgrade your desktop from Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron).

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