Five fun ways to use a Linux webcam

So you just set up a Linux-compatible webcam. You've tested it with Kopete, and you can send images on MSN and Yahoo! Now what? Here are some fun things you can try.

Take advantage of multiple CPU cores during file compression

With the number of CPU cores in desktop machines moving from two to four and soon eight, the ability to execute computationally expensive tasks in parallel is becoming more important. The mgzip tools that can take advantage of multiple CPU cores during file compression, while pbzip2 uses multiple cores for both compression and decompression.

Backing up in Ubuntu is Finally Made Simple: TimeVault

File backups are a key element for every user and on every computer. Whether it be an office setting or a home desktop machine, backups are essential - your hard drive will fail at some point; you will need a backup, and you'll be kicking yourself if you learn this lesson the hard way.

Installing and managing HP printers (including multi-function) in Ubuntu

The HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project really makes it easy to install and manage HP printers (and their extended functions like scanning and faxing) under Ubuntu. I only wish Samsung and Brother provided the same!

KnowledgeTree Document Management System On Ubuntu 7.10 Server

This guide will walk you through installing the KnowledgeTree Document Management System on Ubuntu 7.10 Server.  This guide does not include any pictures.  I just felt with this type of install, that they were not warranted.

Please note that this installation is performed on a base install of Ubuntu 7.10.  Since the KnowledgeTree stack installer contains its own versions of Apache and MySQL, it will cause problems on an existing LAMP server.

How about the *rise* of *UNIX* ?

A commentary on the rising adoption of UNIX systems worldwide.

12 Must-Have OpenOffice Extensions

Other than being a free complete office suite, OpenOffice allows users to install extensions to improve its functionality and enhance the user experience. Here is a list of useful extensions for you.

Linux Got Game: Alien Arena 2007 Review

Alien Arena 2007 is a free/open-source first-person shooter game based on source code released by id Software. Started by COR Entertainment in 2004, the game combines a 1950s-era sci-fi atmosphere with gameplay similar to the Quake, Doom, and Unreal Tournament series. Alien Arena is primarily an online multiplayer action game, although single player campaigns are also available against bots.

Index and search with KDE's new Strigi

The Strigi project is the core of the index and search technology for KDE 4. Strigi is designed to be small and fast, and it can be installed and used with or without KDE 4, as we'll see.

Survey finds Ubuntu is the fastest-growing Linux distribution

I've written before about the data collected from Alfresco's Open Source Barometer survey. While originally a survey of 10,000 members of Alfresco's "content community" (i.e., those who register with Alfresco to download white papers, documentation, etc.), the survey now includes a swelling population of the community, with 35,000+ members.

Theme Qt3 Applications in GNOME

Applications written with the Qt3 toolkit are usually found in KDE. However, GNOME users may find that there are many non-KDE applications that are using Qt, such as VirtualBox. By default, these applications use an ugly Motif theme. You can fix this without installing any KDE dependencies.

Get the most out of your mouse with btnx

When you have shelled out for a swanky mouse like the Logitech VX Nano, you want to make the most out of your investment, which means making its programmable buttons work. However, many Linux distributions recognize most mice as generic pointing devices, so none of the fancy extra buttons work right out of the box. The btnx utility can help you to turn your mouse into the versatile tool it is meant to be.

How do I backup Thunderbird mail and profile under Linux

Mozilla thunderbird stores your email and profile setting in a special directory called ~/.mozilla-thunderbird i.e. /home/you/.mozilla-thunderbird/. All you have to do is backup this directory.

Fix Dark Video Playback

For a while I had been noticing that video playback in both Totem and VLC was too dark. Using VLC I could manually adjust the brightness to watch videos normally. Today, I found how to fix the problem.

Fluxbuntu: User-friendly Featherweight Linux?

From Techthrob.com:

Fluxbuntu's aim is to be a "lightweight, productive, agile, and efficient" operating system; this review takes a look at Fluxbuntu and whether it lives up to the challenge of creating a user-friendly experience on a tight resources budget. The review discusses included applications, the user interface and ease-of-use, as well as some limitations. 

Media and Ubuntu

After browsing the ubuntuforums.org absolute beginners forums for a few minutes I noticed that alot of people still have trouble with the media on ubuntu. Vlc with it’s full potential, skype, google earth, k3b, amarok with mp3 support, dvd support, xmms with wma support, … are all in this repository, called the medibuntu repo.

Ubuntu Developer Week - Your Shipment Of Win Has Arrived

Some time ago, I saw down with the other two horsemen and we hatched a plan to have a week full of incredible IRC tuition sessions that show how to get involved in Ubuntu as a developer with packaging. Well, this resulted in the incredible wickedness that shall be known to all humanity as Ubuntu Developer Week and it happens from the 18th - 22nd Feb.

A toolbar trinity

Firefox rocks because it acts like a Lego set -- you have your base module, and then you can stick extensions on it. Some of the most obvious extensions are toolbars. Unlike the embedded-application extensions like Chatzilla or FireFTP, toolbars actually modify your interface. A toolbar can contain search engine interfaces, bookmarks, RSS feeds, or extra tools for managing content. A lot of toolbars are very specialized -- tools for multimedia producers, musicians, and even Mormon theology students. Here are three more general toolbars that any net junkie will find useful.

APTonCD - Back Up Your Packages Easily

APTonCD is an application that backs up all of your packages downloaded from apt-get or aptitude onto a CD or a DVD. This is perfect if you ever lose an internet connection or if you want to quickly install new operating systems without having to remember a long list of packages you needed to install.

Desktop Drapes - A Crazy Wallpaper Randomizer

Desktop Drapes is a nifty utility used to randomize your desktop wallpaper. You add a couple pictures to the list, tell it how long to set them for, and you'll get some instant freshness to your desktop.

Cinelerra community forks the video editor

The community surrounding Cinelerra, one of the premier non-linear video editors for Linux, has decided to strike off in its own direction and rewrite Cinelerra under a new codebase.

Canonical to resell Parallels virtualization software through Ubuntu partner repository [old news]

LONDON, February 7, 2008 - Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced the availability of Parallels Workstation for Linux through the Ubuntu Partner Repository – giving Ubuntu users the ability to quickly find, install and run Parallels software.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 77

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 77 for the week February 3rd - February 9th is now available. In this issue we cover MOTU Elections, Clutch BitTorrent WebUI, Parallels in the Ubuntu partner repository, Firefox 3 in 7.10, and much, much more.

Ubuntu Developer Week February 2008

We are pleased to announce the first ever Ubuntu Developer Week . What does this mean? We’ll have one week full of action-packed IRC sessions where you can:

How to get the Debian Menu back in Ubuntu 7.10

I’ve been hearing recently that lots of folks have been facing near insurmountable difficulties in getting Ubuntu 7.10 to display the Debian Menu properly under Applications. I’m here to help you all surmount.

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