Top 100 of the Best (Useful) OpenSource Applications

The following is a list of about 100 of the best OpenSource Applications, that actually help make Linux more usable for people. It is my hope that this list shows potential Linux users that there really is a large, effective, productive and usable range of free, OpenSource applications.

Ubuntu Brainstorm Site Takes the Community Pulse

Ubuntu has launched a new community feedback site, dubbed Brainstorm, where users can post ideas and suggest improvements they'd like to see in the popular Linux distribution. You can also comment and vote on other people's suggestions and ideas for improving Ubuntu.

UbuntuHQ site crash

Today the UbuntuHQ website was down for a few hours, due to an error in the database. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Restore Missing Icons in OpenOffice

After changing your Ubuntu system icon theme you may find that OpenOffice’s toolbar icons have disappeared. There’s an easy fix for this.

Going LoCo for Ubuntu, And Driving Linux Adoption

Since Ubuntu is such a large project, it can be hard to determine how you can help bring new users to the operating system. In my opinion, one of the best ways to help in the advocation effort is through Local Community Teams, simply called “LoCo” for short.

Becoming Root User Without Password In GNU/Linux Ubuntu

Ubuntu has an excellent security tool called sudo that allows the administrator to delegate control of certain commands to certain users. But to use it you must type the sudo word before any command, and validate (and confirm) it with your system account password. But... some users (like me) wants a more faster solution to become root user simply typing the su command.

Making Ubuntu Play Nice in a Windows World

If you’re like me, your Ubuntu machine is on a network that is dominated by Windows machines. Fortunately, Ubuntu comes with some very easy and quick tweaks to help you get along nicely with your Windows counter parts. Here’s how.

Ubuntu Mobile takes on Apple touch interface

Canonical today hoped to preempt all comers today with news of Ubuntu Mobile. Its first Linux variant aimed at handhelds, the software is tailored for the Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) expected to launch in spring based on Intel's Silverthorne technology and is designed to recognize basic iPhone-like gestures such as swiping to scroll through menus and websites.

Ubuntu Brainstorm Launched!

Today a new feedback site is launched at brainstorm.ubuntu.com that will make it easier for users of Ubuntu to suggests ideas for improvements. Voting makes it clear which ideas have the most support in the user community and should be given priority. We have of course been inspired by the IdeaStorm site from our good friends at Dell but modified the concept to fit our needs.

Managing Services in Ubuntu, Part II: Managing Runlevels

In my last post, I gave you a glimpse to runlevels, their purpose, and how they affect the overall operation of your box. Today, in this post, I am going to dig deeper into runlevels, as well as manipulating services in specific runlevels. I’m going to show you why you want to do this, as well as how. We’ll learn about the ‘update-rc.d’ command mainly, spending a great deal of time with examples and demos.

Drastically reduce the Ubuntu launch time with Preload

Preload – is an application that practically pre-loads or better still caches your frequently used applications with the aim of speeding up their load-time. This application that works in the background deploys only unused RAM and does not consume your system memory as imagined.

Use Kaffeine to receive free-to-air TV on your Linux box

Free-to-air (FTA) ethnic television in a variety of languages beamed from satellite straight to your Linux PC? No problem -- here's how.

FTA provides programming that is quite different from the channels beamed by the regular commercial providers. Looking for the latest news from Germany or Spain or Greece? How about a program describing the Canary Islands, the news from Radio France International in Portuguese, or a channel from Argentina dedicated to the tango? Students of languages or Latin American studies, expatriates seeking the flavor of their homeland, people interested in a world news perspective -- all can find interesting programs on FTA at no subscription cost.

Here Come Ubuntu Servers

I believe we’re about to see Ubuntu reach another tipping point, this time on the server. While thousands — perhaps, millions? — of users discover Ubuntu desktops, the Linux operating system is beginning to gain traction on servers as well.

Ubuntu and KVM Virtualization: Understanding the Long-Term Direction

The next major production release of Ubuntu — version 8.04 LTS, codenamed Hardy Heron — will ship with KVM as its virtualization package. This choice is surprising to those of us who have been watching the Xen virtualization package become the darling of Virtual Machine world. So let’s try to make sense out of the KVM virtual machine and this recent choice by Ubuntu.

Three alternative Linux instant messaging applications

Instant messaging helps us connect with people online in real time. Many Linux users IM with either Pidgin (formerly Gaim) or Kopete, two applications that handle multiple IM protocols. Here are three alternatives to the top names that each focus on one of the major IM protocols, and offer some pretty cool options.

Use your Ubuntu partition to fix a corrupt registry on a Windows XP partition

Here’s the scenario. You have a dual boot machine, Ubuntu on one side, Windows on the other. You’re tooling around, doing your thing and then one day you boot into Windows and get this:

Managing Services in Ubuntu, Part I: An Introduction to Runlevels

As many of you are probably already aware, I’m a Linux trainer for Guru Labs. We do all Linux training, including Red Hat, Fedora, SUSE, and others. If your company is looking for good, solid Linux training, Gurus at Guru Labs are the cream of the crop, and I’d highly recommend it. I’ve been doing a lot of Red Hat training lately, and during the training, I cover how to manage services on a Red Hat system. Lately, I’ve been meaning to translate this over to Ubuntu, and put it in a series of posts. As a result, the subject of this post is all about learning runlevels, and how to manage services effectively, such as Apache, Squid, SSH, and so on, in Ubuntu. So, let’s get started.

Make OpenOffice run faster in Ubuntu

Here we will discuss the procedure to be followed for making OpenOffice run faster in Ubuntu. Some simple steps make OpenOffice snappier. First go to Applications > Office > OpenOffice.org Word Processor.

Hidden Linux : Monitor switch-off

My LCD monitor's tricky to switch on and off. Not only is its power button in an odd place, but it's also small, unlit, and flush-mounted. That means I invariably hit Brightness or Menu when I'm head away from my desk for an extended period. But, no worries. Linux to the rescue...

Take a bunch of free clip art and giving it to every user in OpenOffice.org

I've talked a lot about how IT administrators should take all the free clip art they can download, assemble it and categorize it, and give it to every user to make OpenOffice.org more fun and more usable. I have pointed to the clip art (see the new list at the left side of this blog page about free clip art, templates, and fonts) but have yet to specify how to do it.

Using Ubuntu as an Electronic Document Management System

Over the weekend a client phoned me as she was interested in the Knowledge Tree Document Management System. She runs a small business that provides document creation services for clients in the US and Canada, and needed an effective solution to manage her (electronic) documents. She also emailed this URL: http://www.knowledgetree.com/

New search powers lead Firefox 3

The latest version of web browser Firefox will make changes to the way people search for information online, says its developer. Mozilla has told the BBC's World Service that the new browser has been designed around the importance of search to users.

Ubuntu Mobile

Ubuntu Mobile is an Ubuntu edition that targets an exciting new class of computers called Mobile Internet Devices. Ubuntu Mobile, based on the world’s most popular Linux distribution, and MID hardware from OEMs and ODMs, are redefining what can be done in mobile computing.

Another top 10 Firefox extensions

1. Nighty Tester Tools - It fixes extension compatibility (makes them all work with the latest firefox version), and adds a few extras useful to those that regularly test nightly builds of Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird and Toolkit Seamonkey (umong other things).

2. Better GReader - This extension is for Google Reader, and it Compiles some of the best Greasemonkey user scripts and Stylish skins for Google Reader into one convenient interface.

Turn Ubuntu Blue Using Blubuntu

Spend a lot of time building a non-brown theme whenever you install Ubuntu? There’s a little-known theme called Blubuntu easily installable from the Ubuntu repositories that can switch every aspect of your desktop to blue.

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