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 OpenOffice.org 3.0

With OpenOffice.org 2.4 just released, OpenOffice.org 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.

Five principles for successful mass collaboration, part 3

Linux has succeeded as a product only because the community that supports it has organised itself systematically to create, share, test, reject, and develop ideas in a way that flouts conventional wisdom. Successful We-Think projects are based on five key principles that were all present in Linux. Earlier I introduced three principles; here are the final two.

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 [...]

Play YouTube Videos from the Totem Movie Player

GNOME’s Totem Movie Player now includes a plugin for searching and playing YouTube videos without leaving the player, and without Flash. It’s installed by default in Ubuntu 8.04, and works fabulously!

Facts on Ubuntu Mobile and Moblin

The photo above is of Matthew Garrett during his presentation on Ubuntu Mobile at Bossaconference 08. I did not know how confused I was about Ubuntu Mobile until I watched the presentation and talked to him about it. Most importantly: Moblin and Ubuntu Mobile are not the same thing and they are not competitors. They do work together but both contribute their own set of components. This is what I have learned:

CrunchBang Linux 8.04.01 Release Notes

This is the third release of CrunchBang Linux. This release is based on the current development version of Ubuntu, "Hardy Heron". As with the previous releases, I have developed CrunchBang Linux for personal use; however, I have released it as a download on the off chance that others may find it useful.

Weekly Wire meets Mark Shuttleworth at OSBC (video)

Last week Weekly Wire (Linux.com) sent Roblimo to San Francisco for the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC). While there, he had a chance to talk briefly with Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth even though Mark was getting full "rock star" treatment from an adoring crowd and was totally mobbed by press and fans whenever he showed his face.

Enable Pidgin Plugins in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

Pidgin is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. By default in Ubuntu 8.04 pidgin instant messenger will come as built-in.If you want to enable Pidgin Plug-ins it is very easy now.

Application/Software management in Ubuntu Gutsy

If you are very new to Ubuntu and have come from Windows where you got most updates by visiting the various vendors of each application and doing so separately; you are in for a shock! Updating your complete Ubuntu system including all the software is as simple as running the update manager. In this simple how-to you will learn how easy it is to install in various different ways and remove software as well.

Best Greasemonkey and Stylish scripts

Best Greasemonkey and Stylish scripts (both are Firefox extensions).

 http://icehot.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/best-greasemonkey-and-stylish-scripts/

More Theme Changes in Ubuntu 8.04

If you’ve been running the Ubuntu 8.04 Beta, you’ll have noticed that the default theme has been changed from the new Human-Murrine back to the same Human theme from previous releases.

Video Collection Managers

I was looking for something to help me manage my movies collection. Ubuntu comes with many collection manager applications. In this post I will talk about three of them.

Mark Shuttleworth: Hammering on the Heron

Reports of beta testing for 8.04 LTS seem very positive all round, to the great credit of the desktop and server teams who have been working so hard to make Hardy Heron rock. I have been running Hardy on my laptop through most of the cycle, but took the plunge on my home firewall and desktop (Kubuntu) machine this weekend.

Howto:Recover and Undelete files in Ubuntu the easy way!

Ive been told its impossible to recover deleted files in Ubuntu or any Linux system on the ext3 Filesystem, this goes to show that you can easily recover files deleted, Bookmark this site for future reference if you ever delete an important file!

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 85

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 85 for the weeks March 30th - April 5th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Hardy FinalFreeze approaching, New MOTU members, Ubuntu Live registration info, Hardy Release Party Flyers, Launchpad OpenID, Forum News, Matt Zimmerman Interview, New Ubuntu related websites, and much, much more!

S01E03 - Help Me

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore present the third episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast.

S01E03 – Help Me

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore present the third episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast. In this episode we talk about:-

Recording Skype calls in Linux

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I use Skype quite a bit. Not only to call family, friends, and clients, but also to record interviews and the occasional podcast. The recording part I had to do under Windows. While I’ve found quite a bit of advice on recording Skype calls in Linux, none of the solutions has ever worked for me.

Hammering on the Heron

Reports of beta testing for 8.04 LTS seem very positive all round, to the great credit of the desktop and server teams who have been working so hard to make Hardy Heron rock. I have been running Hardy on my laptop through most of the cycle, but took the plunge on my home firewall and [...]

Salasaga burns brightly at its start

One of the remaining gaps in the GNU/Linux desktop is an editor for producing Flash content. When viewing Flash files, users can limp along with Adobe's proprietary player or the still-incomplete although free Gnash player, but the best they can do for Flash creation is employ the limited ability of OpenOffice.org Draw to export to the format.

Auto-Hide Your Cluttered Firefox Status Bar Items

One of the reasons that I love Firefox is the dozens of extensions that I have installed to customize the browser, but it seems like every extension includes another icon or widget, and by this point the status bar looks like an instrument panel... so how can I make them hide until I need them?

Texmaker tames LaTeX

Texmaker is an editor for the document markup language LaTeX. It lets you concentrate on the content of a document, while the underlying LaTeX engine takes care of the layout. Whether you are experienced with LaTeX or just starting out, Texmaker makes LaTeX easier to tame. It is GPL-licensed, cross-platform (running on Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X), and extremely stable.

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