AstroMenace 1.2 - Real Gaming in Linux

While changing to a great OS like Ubuntu , I had to make some sacrifices , one of them being : less gaming. I'm not seeing I ended my gamer " career" , buy i start to look for smaller web games , or testing the big LINUX games that everybody was talking about. ( Tremoulos,Quake Wars,Nexuiz,Battle For Wesnoth).

Hardy Heron -- Clean or Dirty

As the release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS rapidly approaches, the all important question is beginning to form in everyone's mind. Upgrade, or freshly install.

Open source video editing: what we have now and what we need

Watching the evolution of open source tools for video editing and manipulation over the last 10 years has been less than a thrilling experience. But are things about to change for the better in the near future? Can even the people most disenchanted with the current state of affairs feel tempted to regain a spark of hope?

Tools to access Linux Partitions from Windows

If you dual boot with Windows and Linux, and have data spread across different partitions on Linux and Windows, you should be really in for some issues. It happens sometimes you need to access your files on Linux partitions from Windows, and you realize it isn’t possible easily. Not really, with these tools in hand - it’s very easy for you to access files on your Linux partitions from Windows

Flock 1.1 offers nectar for social butterflies

When we looked at Flock 0.9 last year, the social Web browser showed a lot of potential. Now that it's over the 1.0 hump, the Flock team has made good on the application's promise. Maybe too good -- while Flock serves up a lot of content on a single page, you practically need super-powers to take it all in. Once you cut back on the sensory input a bit though, it's a pretty slick Firefox alternative for anyone with a ton of cyber friends.

Adjust Volume of Individual Applications with PulseAudio

PulseAudio is the new sound server that’s being included in Ubuntu 8.04 and other recent Linux distros. A sound server lets changes be made to sound between the applications and sound hardware layers. Among other features, PulseAudio provides per-application volume controls, a plugin architecture, low-latency, networking features, and good application compatibility.

Dell: No Plans for Ubuntu Linux Servers

Canonical, promoter of Ubuntu Linux, has plenty of momentum on the desktop. But as Canonical gears up for a server push, one key Ubuntu partner plans to sit on the sidelines. Indeed, Dell has no plans to ship Ubuntu on its servers, according to a Dell source who spoke with The VAR Guy today.

Pidgin Flies Between Linux and Windows

We live in a cross-platform world. People work in front of their Windows PCs all day long, then go home to their Mac. Or they code at their Linux terminal then unwind with games on their Windows box. Unfortunately, for as many cross-platform people as there are, it doesn't always seem like there's a lot of software built to follow them from machine to machine. Much of the time, even when a piece of software is available for several operating systems, it doesn't ever work quite the same. Configuration options are different, keystrokes behave differently, and nothing looks quite right.

One exception is Pidgin, the Linux- and Windows-compatible, multi-network IM client built on libpurple, the open source library that started life as "gAIM," an AIM client for Linux users.

Delete Files Permanently & Securely with Shred & SecureDelete

We all know that when you simply delete a file, it’s possible to recover it later. Sometimes this is useful, if you accidentally delete something important; but usually this is a problem, and you really want that file gone forever. This howto will explain how to delete a file in linux securely and permanently, so it can never be recovered.

Ubuntu 7.10 vs. Ubuntu 8.04 Benchmarks

Back in December we looked at the initial Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2 performance by comparing it to Ubuntu 7.10. In that article we had found the performance between the two releases to be roughly the same. Now that we're nearing an end in this development cycle as Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) will be released later this month, we've ran a new set of benchmarks comparing the latest Ubuntu 8.04 packages to the previous Gutsy Gibbon release.

New AbiWord looks solid but suffers from age-old Linux problem

In this age of multi-core processors and 3-D desktops, some people still get work done on old resource-strapped single-core machines, thanks to programs like the AbiWord word processor. The latest stable AbiWord 2.6.0 release was unveiled last month, two years after the software's last stable release. Feature-wise, the little cross-platform word processor has closed the gap with heavyweight Writer, but it suffers from the oldest Linux ill of all -- it's a pain to install.

Language translation from the command line or clipboard

Web-based automatic translators such as are great for getting the gist of what a document is saying, but it can be cumbersome to have to open a new tab in your browser, load that URL, and copy and paste the text you want to translate into your browser. The twandgtw project allows you to get language translations directly from the Linux command line using either local dictionaries or online services.

Xubuntu needs your help!

Xubuntu needs your help in testing some changes that were just made. Once the new daily builds come out for today, I’d really appreciate if you could download, burn, and test them. Give ‘er a real good scrub down and make sure to report your bugs on

There are a number of things you might want to test specifically:

  • If you have a laptop, please test the xfce4-battery-plugin. Does it report the correct values?
  • Open up thunderbird and ensure spell checking works. If it doesn’t, let us know (by either filing a bug or commenting on the existing bug) what your locale is.
  • Do all the other applications you generally expect spell checking still provide it? (make sure you haven’t accidentaly disabled it before you report a bug).

Fourth Brainstorm update

It's already more than one month since the launch, and Ubuntu Brainstorm continues to grow! And here is another update to the website.

  • As pointed out by one user, the "Implemented ideas" list was not clear enough. Now, the implemented ideas will be classified by release, and the ones concerning the website itself will be put apart.
  • Many of you, such as treynolen on "Create way to dispute "duplicate" flag on brainstorm", are not happy with the current duplicate handling system. That's also our perception: the duplicate system is fine, but not sufficient: there should be a way to group similar, but not duplicate ideas. Thus, we will think of a similar idea handling system on top of the current duplicate system. But don't expect it too soon, as it may require some work!

Why do people make software for free?

When I first tell people about open source software, one of the most common questions I get is this: "I just don't understand why people would create software if they don't get paid for it! How does that work?" This question makes sense, because we all know that people need to make money to provide for their families. And every good capitalist knows that the profit incentive is what drives people to create and innovate. This is true for many industries, but it does not explain why open source software is created. Here is how I answer this question:

Using GNOMEvfs to manipulate files

While KDE users get to boss KIO slaves for easier access to system and network resources, humble GNOME users can perform similar feats with its virtual file system, called GnomeVFS, which is an extension of the physical filesystem on a disk. Using GnomeVFS, users can work with non-local data that can come from unusual places, such as within compressed gzip archives.

Google Gadgets and Web Widgets on Your Desktop with Screenlets

With the newest version of Screenlets, 0.1, you can now run not only Python Screenlets but also Google Gadgets, other web widgets, and web applications. If you want to get started with Screenlets, I’ve previously written a guide about installing and configuring it: OS X-Like Widgets with Screenlets on Ubuntu.

Install Cinelerra in ubuntu gutsy gibbon

Cinelerra is a free and open source software non-linear video editing system for the Linux operating system. (However, it has also been successfully ported to Mac OS X.) It is produced by Heroine Virtual, and is distributed under the GNU General Public License. Cinelerra also includes a video compositing engine, allowing the user to perform common compositing operations such as keying and mattes.

How to Auto Login To Ubuntu?

If you just dropped Windows XP for Ubuntu on your machine, chances are you’re wondering how to set up automatic user logging in on Ubuntu. Setting up autologin in Ubuntu is quite easy and you can do the same in a matter of a few clicks.

Recover Deleted Files with Foremost

Ever deleted an important file? I haven’t recently done this on Linux, but when I used Windows I had a utility for recovering deleted files. Ubuntu Unleashed reported on some data recovery methods on Ubuntu, so I decided to try one of them out.

Get .docx Working in Linux

Occasionally I receive a file in .docx format, which for me was useless; and I’ve had to ask the sender to give me the document in .doc format instead. However, there’s a better solution for those of us who encounter the .docx format. It does take a couple of minutes to set up, but is easy to use thereafter.

Mark Shuttleworth: Playing nicely with Windows

Windows is a very important platform, and our justifiable pride in Linux and the GNU stack shouldn’t blind us to the importance of delivering software that is widely useful. I believe in bringing free software to people in a way that is exciting and empowering to them, and one of the key ways to do that is to show them amazing free software running on their familiar platform, whether that’s Windows or the MacOS.

Mount ISO’s easely in gnome - nautilus

If you simply wish to right click and .iso and select mount follow this simple guide on how to use nautilus scripts to accomplish this. Firstly create two scripts with mount_iso and unmount_iso:

Dual Monitor Setup On Ubuntu 7.10

This is a Howto about getting 2 (or with small modifications more) monitors working on Ubuntu 7.10 as a single big screen.

Test-driving 3.0

With 2.4 just released, 3.0 (OOo3) has already passed its feature freeze, and is scheduled for release in September. Based on recent development builds, what can you expect? In the Base, Draw, and Math applications, very little change, at least so far. But in the core programs of Writer, Impress, and Calc, some long-awaited new features are arriving. Combined with the improvements in the charting system that are the major feature of the 2.4 release, these new features promise to increase both usability and functionality, although some of the changes do not go far enough.

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