KDE 4: My List of Most Awaited Applications

I have been using KDE 4.0 since the day ONE, and of course compared to my KDE 3.5.8 desktop (both on openSUSE 10.3) there are tonnes of features that are currently missing (or in the process of re-invention), especially when it comes to configuring everything that is about the KDE 4 desktop next to that I really dislike the current way of file management …

Dell offers high-end Ubuntu laptop

Increasingly-less-direct box shifter Dell has quietly started to offer Ubuntu Linux on its high-end XPS laptops as an option for those who don't want to pay for Windows Vista.

Mystery infestation strikes Linux/Apache Web sites

According to a press release issued earlier this month by Finjan, a security research firm, compromised Web servers are infecting thousands of visitors daily with malware that turns their Windows machines into unwitting bots to do the bidding of an as yet unidentified criminal organization. Security firms ScanSafe and SecureWorks have since added their own takes on the situation, though with varying estimates on the number of sites affected. All reports thus far say the compromised servers are running Linux and Apache.

Help please: Which Linux distro is best for mom and dad?

As usual, my parents desktop running Windows XP had crasheddue to viruses, notwithstanding the anti-virus softwares. And I was left in lurch on what to do next. I started to wonder if I could install an easy to use version of Linux distro on the PC and ensure that I had a hassle free OS and a friendly PC for my parents.

The article is a quest for this search - with a plea for help from the users of Linux out there!

Full Circle Magazine Issue 9 Released

Full Circle - The Independent Ubuntu Community Magazine is proud to announce the release of issue nine containing:

  • OpenGEU - Step-by-step install from OpenGEU creator Luca De Marini.
  • How-To : Directory Server, Ubuntu on an iBook, Installing the OpenTTD game (Transport Tycoon Deluxe)
  • Create Your Own Server: Part 1
  • Review of KDE 4.0.
  • Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop, Ubuntu Women, Top5 and more!

Random Ubuntu Advocacy

I've received a few emails in the past couple of weeks regarding the availability of a replacement image for the Ubuntu Christmas Campaign image. Feeling a little guilty at not having had something ready, forward planning is something I need to work on, I've now created a set of Ubuntu advocacy images designed to be displayed randomly.

See the demo here. Get the code here.

Review: A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux

With all the people out there willing to offer help on Linux, getting started should be pretty easy. But with many options in introductory books and easy-to-install distributions, choosing a place to start can be the hard part.

Quick Tip: K3b On Ubuntu with Gnome

Serpentine just doesn’t cut it for me when it comes to creating audio CDs, so I installed my favorite CD burning app, K3b and fired away.

OpenOffice.org as a language learning environment

Some days ago I met some old friends at an anniversary. The discussion went from latest activities each of us is doing to foreign languages learning which was someone's favorite. There were mentions about tools and resources you can find on the Internet today to improve your language skills, free online lessons and language tests, literature freely available in every language, even games and chat usage, etc.

Flipping the Linux switch: Misplace a file? Find it quick!

It happens to the best of us. We forget where we put things. Car keys. Flash drives. Yes, sometimes we even forget where certain files are on our computers. We can't really help you with the car keys and flash drives (although we inexplicably find things like that in the refrigerator here), we can help you out with finding missing files.

Installing Apple's Safari Browser On Ubuntu 7.10 With PlayOnLinux

This guide explains how you can install Apple's Safari browser on Ubuntu 7.10. As there is no Linux version of Safari, we will run it under Wine. We will use a tool called PlayOnLinux to install Safari under Wine. With PlayOnLinux you can install lots of Windows games and some Windows applications (such as Office 2003, IE6, MS Money, etc.) on Linux. Installing Safari on Linux is good for people such as web designers who have switched to Linux but still need to test their web sites in other browsers.

Zend Studio weds Eclipse

With today's release of Zend Studio for Eclipse, Zend has made Zend Studio, which we reviewed last year, even better. This release of Zend Studio introduces a number of terrific features and as a whole provides you with the most feature-rich release of Zend Studio to date. One of the notable features is Zend's use of the Eclipse as the base platform.

Studying with Flash-Cards in Ubuntu

For students like me, it may be a busy time for studying at the end of January. I was interesting in trying out some flash-cards for memorizing question and answer format material, but without using lots of small paper cards. It turns out there’s a great flash-card application in the Ubuntu repositories.

Amarok 2 technical preview really howls

The Amarok developers have announced the availability of an Amarok 2 technical preview, an early pre-release that demonstrates new features that are planned for the next major release the popular open-source media player. Amarok 2 leverages many of the underlying frameworks provided by KDE 4, including the Phonon audio abstraction layer, Solid hardware interface, and Plasma widget library.

Save Time By Adding Directories to $PATH

Almost any Linux enthusiast would say that you can get things done twice as quick using the command line versus any GUI, especially if you know your way around. The Linux Bash shell is very flexible and allows for much tweaking.

Master the KIO slaves

Hard-working KDE Input/Output (KIO) slaves perform much of KDE's functionality. KIO slaves provide consistent access to different resources, such as filesystems, network protocols, and search functions, making them accessible to all KDE applications in a standard way. For example, you can open a remote FTP session and copy, move, rename, or delete files as if they're on your own box, or connect via Secure Shell (SSH) and use remote files as if they were local. Even browsing the Web uses a KIO slave.

Alexandria: Book cataloging the way it should be

GNU/Linux inherits a tradition of small programs that do one thing very well. A modern example of this tradition is Alexandria, a dedicated book cataloger for GNOME. Although a few workarounds would make it almost as useful as KDE's Tellico for other collections, especially music, Alexandria's focus remains squarely on books and their organization by library, status, and ratings. Perhaps its closest analogy is the online LibraryThing, although Alexandria actually predates LibraryThing and is designed for private, desktop use.

Customize The Ubuntu Login Or Shutdown Screen

Many people want to customize their login screens.  Where I work we customize the Novell Login screens and put a default Legal Notice for all the users.  It would be nice to customize the login and shutdown screens for UBUNTU to display custom graphics. Here are the instructions on how to customize the GNOME login screen to display legal notices before users can.

How do I remember all these passwords?

If you are like me, you have a ton of passwords you have to remember. I have different login names and passwords for bank accounts, forums, blogs, email, and other stuff. How do you deal with it all? How can a person possibly remember them all, especially the ones that only get used once every month or two, or just a couple of times in a year?

Backups on Xubuntu with SBackup

The earth is orbited by many satellites, and every year, many more are sent up into space. Considering the amount of satellites, there is an enormous risk that one of those artificials moons suddenly decides to take a stroll and crashes into your home. I think you’ll agree with me that this would be disastrous - all your precious data would be lost! Your holiday pictures, important documents for school/work and your music collection - all gone!

How to Remove KDE 4.0’s Panel

Unlike GNOME’s panels and panel applets, KDE 4.0’s plasma widgets don’t have to be placed in a panel. In fact, you don’t need to have a panel at all. Here’s how to remove the bottom panel in KDE 4.0:

  1. Browse to ~/.kde4/share/config/ and make a backup copy of of the plasma-appletsrc file. This is the file you will need to edit. You can use the backup to restore the panel and your widgets to their previous configuration.
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10 IRC clients for Linux

or many like me IRC is the de-facto chat medium to share information about things we love. Be either Hacking, linux, Ubuntu, games, whatever; there are always channels with like minded people to talk to. With wide variety of IRC Channels comes a wide variety of IRC clients. This is such a list of IRC clients for Linux.

Direct2Dell: Ubuntu 7.10 on XPS M1330, Ubuntu on Dells comes to Spain

Since we've began offering Ubuntu on some consumer systems, two clear areas of feedback from the IdeaStorm community and Direct2Dell readers have been:  offer Ubuntu on more hardware, and offer it worldwide.  This Ubuntu-related post is still the third most commented post in Direct2Dell's history-many  of the 654 comments are asking for it in more countries.

Tweak Firefox's "Responsiveness" Config Setting

Have you ever noticed that sometimes Firefox isn't very responsive while loading a page? As a frequent StumbleUpon user, this behavior grates on my nerves so I went looking for a solution.

When Firefox is loading a page it uses one of two modes: There's a high priority mode that doesn't pay as much attention to your mouse and keyboard, but loads the page faster. There's also a lower priority mode that interrupts the parser more often to respond to input events. It's even documented at Mozillazine.

Yet another Linux to Windows printing tip

Problem: one have a printer shared for networks printing and connected to a windows machine. From the other side, there is Linux-powered machine with CUPS installed and we want to print on windows shared printer.

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