Changing screen resolution on the fly

If you want to change your screen resolution, while still running Linux but you are not using Gnome or KDE, which gives good options to change screen resolution, you will have to use the xrandr command

Watch and explore outer space with Stellarium, Celestia, and Xplanet

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth spent about $20 million to go into space, and he never got farther away from Earth than a few hundred miles. Using three free software programs, you can look at and virtually travel to places millions of miles away without leaving your GNU/Linux desktop or paying a dime.

Quick Set-up for Ubuntu Packaging

I have been doing a fair amount of packaging lately. I have also been testing Hardy Heron and performing system upgrades/fresh installations. Every time I perform one of these fresh installs I lose my packaging/build environment. Attempting to remember, off the top of my head, which packages to install to reinstate my packaging/build environment causes severe brain pain; so, for future reference I decided to record the process and create a wiki page. By following the instructions on the wiki page I should be able to get my packaging/build environment up and running within minutes.

Hardy Release Parties - Bring. It. On.

24/4/2008. 24th April 2008. April the twenty fourth two thousand and eight. Get that date in your head - it is when the next version of Ubuntu is released - Ubuntu 8.04, the Hardy Heron.

GNOME 2.22 focuses on utilities and standard applications

As you might expect, GNOME 2.22, the latest version of the popular desktop, which was released last week, has some functional tweaks and new default applications. If the release has a focus, it is on utilities, ranging from added features in standard GNOME applications such as Evolution and Archive Manager to improved accessibility and a handful of new applets. Few of these changes are dramatic, but the overall impression is of dozens of small enhancements that nudge GNOME toward greater usability.

UbuntuHQ on Holiday until March 31

I'm on holiday (again!) until March 31, so you'll only see older articles the next few days. Please keep on submitting recent articles yourself!

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Ubuntu Linux Disk Encryption Benchmarks

Introduced in Ubuntu 7.10 was install-time encryption support where using the alternate installer one can fully encrypt their disk in an LVM using dm-crypt. Unfortunately, the Ubiquity installer in Ubuntu 8.04 continues to lack LVM and encryption support, but using Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 6 we have looked at the performance cost of this encrypted configuration on Ubuntu Linux. Rather than looking directly at the disk read/write overhead caused by the encryption process, we have provided some benchmarks to see how the real-world performance is impacted in both gaming and other desktop tasks.

NFS - Creating a Network drive Quick NFS how-to

NFS or Network File System is a great way to share documents, or expand your disk space, using the disk on another server, I am using it to share documents between my office and home, I have my office disk mounted in my home's PC using NFS.

Clone Linux, Windows disks with Clonezilla

Most users know about proprietary software packages such as Norton Ghost that can be used for cloning hard disks for backup or distribution purposes. And a few may know about Partition Image, an open source alternative for saving partition images. But how many users know about Clonezilla, an all-in-one cloning tool that promises both speed and power?

autossh - Automatically restart SSH sessions and tunnels

Autossh is a program to start an instance of ssh and monitor it, restarting it as necessary should it die or stop passing traffic. The idea is from rstunnel (Reliable SSH Tunnel), but implemented in C. Connection monitoring is done using a loop of port forwardings. It backs off on the rate of connection attempts when experiencing rapid failures such as connection refused.

OS X-Like Widgets with Screenlets on Ubuntu (3rd Update)

KDE 4, Windows, and Mac OS all have some sort of desktop widgets. Your Ubuntu desktop can also, using Screenlets. This post will guide you through installing and using Screenlets on Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04.

Make Sunbird shine with extensions

Sunbird, Mozilla's calendar application, supports extensions just as Firefox and Thunderbird do. What kind of extensions work with a calendar? How about being able to get a weather forecast when you're setting up a golf date, or exporting your desktop calendar to a Web service?

QGRUBEditor - A visual GRUB configuration editor

QGRUBEditor is a system tool to view and edit the GRUB boot loader. It offers many features and it is the perfect solution for those who want to change the way GRUB works, without messing with GRUB’s configuration files.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 82

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 82 for the weeks March 9th - March 15th, 2008 is now available. In this issue we cover the Ubuntu 8.04 beta freeze, Ubuntu Classroom team, the return of Ubuntustats.com, LoCo projects from the Jordanian, New Mexico, and UK teams, Ubuntu Studio at Sheffield University, and, as always, much, much more!

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Two PC Action Games Being Ported To Linux

It has been nearly four months since Unreal Tournament 3 first shipped for the PC, while the Linux client is still missing in action due to software legal issues. At the same time, Linux Game Publishing is running late on delivering their Linux ports of both Bandits: Phoenix Rising and X3: Reunion. Over the past couple of quarters it's definitely been an unpleasant time for the Linux commercial gaming scene, but this week there is good news coming out of Finland and that is two games -- both relatively new to the marketplace -- being ported to Linux.

Free/Open-source Word Processors

A word processor, as you may all know, is a computer application that is used for the production (including composition, editing, formatting, and possibly printing) of any sort 0f printable material. It is considered as one of the earliest applications for the personal computer in office productivity.

Recover lost bookmarks in Firefox

This article deals with lost or missing bookmarks, recovery methods and prevention. If changes you make to your bookmarks are not being saved or if you can't add new bookmarks, see the article Bookmarks not saved. If you got a message that your profile was already in use, created a new profile and now your bookmarks and other data are missing, read the article Profile in use.

Howto Install Phatch cross-platform GUI Photo Batch Processor

Phatch is a simple to use cross-platform GUI Photo Batch Processor which handles all popular image formats and can duplicate (sub)folder hierarchies. Phatch can batch resize, rotate, rename, … and more in minutes instead of hours or days if you do it manually. Phatch will also support a console version in the future to batch photos on webservers.

Pimp your Amarok: 13 Scripts You Should Know About

Amarok is a very intuitive and user friendly music player, it makes playing music on your PC even more fun. It has tons of options that would put any other player to shame. Right out of the box it can fetch lyrics, album covers from Amazon, and artist bios from Wikipedia!

Kubuntu KDE4: Rock On!

I just installed a fresh copy of Kubuntu kde4 Hardy Heron on my laptop. Actually, it’s semi-fresh… I installed Ubuntu 7.10 Server Edition, modified the repositories to Hardy Heron, the next release, and performed an upgrade. Then, I installed the “kubuntu-kde4-desktop” package. After an installation of Firefox, Amarok, and KOffice 2, I am ready to go.

Create Games the Easy Way with Pygame

Pygame is a cross-platform set of Python modules designed for writing video games. It includes computer graphics and sound libraries designed to be used with the Python programming language. It is built over the Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL) library, with the intention of allowing real-time computer game development without the restraints and low-level mechanics of the C programming language and its derivatives.

Why I Think Games Aren't a Focus on Linux

It is perhaps a sign of advancement of Linux as a platform that people are starting to seriously ask the question: "Where are the Linux gamers?" Just recently, I've seen Mad Penguin ask it, followed by this indie-game developer's blog. The question also got batted around on Slashdot.

print from Windows to a printer on a Linux print serverPrint from Windows to a printer on a Linux print server

Once you have CUPS installed properly, you can easily print from both Unix and Windows clients.  On Windows (at least Windows XP), open up the Printers list from the Control Panel and click on Add New Printer.  Windows will ask whether it is a local printer or a networked printer.

Ubuntu Linux Server Push Coming In May?

When the next version of Ubuntu Linux ships in April, there’s a reasonable chance that server vendors could start jumping on the Ubuntu bandwagon by May or so. Here’s the scoop.

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