Firefox 3 Beta 4 review

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is about to be released (later today or tomorrow), as the twelfth milestone, in what already is the longest development time for a Firefox version since the initial Firefox 1.0 back in 2004. Fortunately, Mozilla has not been shy to set as many milestones as needed, and given the many new features and tweaks Firefox 3 introduces, it seems anything but sensible, specially considering it’s not only about Firefox but Gecko, the web page rendering engine and the Mozilla platform as a whole which affects the many products based on it.

Plasma improvements: KDE 4.0.2 and beyond

When KDE 4.0 was officially released in January, there were a lot of gaping holes in basic functionality. During the past few months, the codebase has matured considerably, and the environment is steadily approaching the point where it will be sufficiently robust for widespread day-to-day use. Although there are still many features missing, version 4.0.2—which was released last week—offers an improved user experience. We tested KDE 4.0.2 with the recently released Kubuntu 8.04 alpha 6.

Amarok 2 feature freeze planned for later this month

Amarok is one of several extremely popular KDE applications that is on its own schedule and didn't issue a major release to coincide with KDE 4.0. The Amarok developers have been working on a major overhaul that will dramatically reinvent the program's user interface and deliver a lot of really compelling new features.

Recording sounds for Impress slides with eVoice

Over the last few years, OpenOffice.org has started to develop a respectable number of extensions, mostly for Writer and Calc, the two most widely used applications. The OpenOffice.org Extensions site lists only a handful that are unique to Impress. The recently released eVoice, which records sounds for direct insertion into a slide, is one of them. Once configured, eVoice is straightforward to learn, and becomes even more useful when you're working with other Impress features.

Flock--Open Source Social Media Browser

If you are a social media hound you probably have a Flickr Uploader, a web browser chock full of extensions, maybe a Twitter client like Twhirl, and a slew of other tools for interacting on the web. Maybe it's time to consolidate all these tools into your web browser. That's where Flock comes in it's a web browser for the collaborative web.

S01E01 - A little less conversation

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

This packed episode is full of:-

A brief into to the cast, some history of how the podcast was conceived.
Discussion on Ubuntu’s Brainstorm site.

Introduction, discussion on why it’s there.
Talk about some of the top ideas

FOSDEM 2008 - Interviews [...]

S01E01 – A little less conversation

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

This packed episode is full of:-

Fix for suspend and hibernation problem for Laptops

You might have noticed that the suspend and hibernation function in ubuntu/kubuntu won’t work. While there’s no official fix, you might find this work around helpful.

Talking Ubuntu Linux: Q&A with System76 President Carl Richell

System76, one of the best-known providers of Ubuntu systems, recently introduced new servers certified to run the operating system. All About Ubuntu caught up with System76 President Carl Richell to discuss his views on the Ubuntu server market. The following interview — more of a quick chat — occurred over email:

Ubuntu at LugRadio Live USA 2008

LugRadio Live USA 2008 is taking place on the 12th and 13th April at The Metreon in San Francisco (101, 4th St., San Francisco, 94103), and there will be a strong Ubuntu presence and an opportunity to meet lots of other Ubuntu fans and some well known Ubuntu celebrities.

Open Source Game Review: Secret Maryo Chronicles

Secret Maryo Chronicles is an open source PC game designed around the original Super Mario World side scroller that takes what was great about that old console game and brings it to the PC, dusts it off and tries to improve on it. While still not completely polished or fully matured, it does offer you a lot of gaming fun. So let's look at a little that it does offer you.

Cool Ubuntu Projects on Launchpad.

For those not familiar, “Launchpad is a free software hosting and development website. We make it easy to collaborate across multiple projects.” More information about Launchpad is here: Collaboration, project management and code hosting for free software https://launchpad.net/+about

Creating Snapshot-Backups with BackerUpper On Ubuntu 7.10

BackerUpper is a tool similar to Apple's TimeMachine. It is intended to create snapshot-backups of selected directories or even your full hard drive. From the BackerUpper project page: "Backerupper is a simple program for backing up selected directories over a local network. Its main intended purpose is backing up a user's personal data." This article shows how to install and use BackerUpper on Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon).

Alternative web browsers - safer surfing?

Web browsers are like surfboards for internet users. Internet Explorer is still the most widely distributed browser, but it doesn't take much scratching beneath the surface to discover that other programs provide better protection from phishers and other cyber-criminals. As an added bonus, the other programs are also generally easier to use and offer more functionality. The best known alternative browser is Firefox, from Mozilla. It continues to steal market shares from Internet Explorer, not least because it is considered a safer alternative.

How to Burn a CD’s/DVD’s in Ubuntu Linux

GnomeBaker is a Gnome CD/DVD burning application.GnomeBaker is a GTK2/Gnome CD/DVD burning application. I’ve been writing it in my spare time so progress is fairly slow. It’s more of a personal project as I wanted to have a go at developing on Linux and I figured that as I had got this far I may as well let it loose on the world. Maybe someone will like it and use it.

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Gets An XRandR GUI

A week ago, Canonical's Bryce Harrington had pushed an XRandR GUI into Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, which can now be found inside Alpha 6. This utility facilitates the dynamic management of displays using the RandR 1.2 extension, which is similar to URandR, GRandR, and other RandR front-ends. This new package has caught our attention and led us to explore its capabilities for display management.

Ubuntu Hardy Alpha 6 plus some great personal finance software

I meant to post this a few days ago, but Ubuntu has released Alpha 6 of Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron.” Plus if you’re looking for some good financial management software for Linux I may have a program you are looking for.

Great Linux Games you might not know about.

Linux gaming is all around us you just have to know were to look. One of my favorite companies is Introversion they make great games at a great price. They really care about the games they make and all of them have native Linux versions. Uplink is tons of fun let lose that inner hacker.

The Simple Compiz Config Settings Manager

In the first Compiz Fusion update since last October, Compiz Fusion 0.7.2 was released this morning and accompanied by an update to Compiz. This Compiz Fusion update was not only the first in five months, but also it was the first in the 0.7 development series leading up to the stable Compiz/Compiz Fusion 0.8 release. Compiz Fusion 0.7.2 has a number of new plug-ins (11 total) and also some changes to the configuration manager.

Spicebird: Thunderbird, Lightning, and a dash of collaborative flavor

Spicebird is a cross-platform email and collaboration client derived from Mozilla Thunderbird. If you are a fan of Thunderbird, but need more from it than the standard build provides, you may want to give this new bird a try.

Ubuntu Brainstorm: some stats

Because everybody like stats (and because it’s not implemented yet!), here are some numbers for you, concerning the week of the launch (28th feb - 5th march):

Linux crossword puzzle

We know our readers are a multifaceted lot, so when crossword puzzle author Myles Mellor offered to create a Linux-themed puzzle for us, we thought at least some of you would enjoy it. You can complete the puzzle online, but you must have Java enabled in order to see it. Let us know what you think with your comments.

CrunchBang Linux APT Repository

I've set-up an APT repository for CrunchBang Linux. This is something I've been meaning to do for sometime and I'm pleased that I've finally created it; being able to offer new packages and update existing ones should make life a bit easier, not to mention more fun.

Full Circle Podcast #1

We’ve finally got Full Circle Podcast - Episode #1 out!  Yes, the audio quality has increased noticeably!

The podcast is in MP3 and OGG formats. You can either play the podcast in-browser if you have Flash and/or Java, or you can download the podcast with the link underneath the player.

Amazon's Linux answer to iTunes is a winner

Are you a Linux user suffering from iTunes store envy? If so, Amazon has a deal for you. While any good Linux media player, like my own personal favorite Banshee, will let you rip music from CDs, there hasn't been a good source to buy music online for Linux players ... until now.

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