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.

Unshaking and refocusing your photos

Whether by wind, vibration, or shaky hand, we have all taken blurry photos. But in the digital era, there is no need to despair -- you can remove shake and blur from your pictures after the fact. Several Linux-friendly utilities can help you.

Brightside extends GNOME window manager

Brightside is a small utility for extending the functionality of Metacity, the default window manager for the GNOME desktop. Now at version 1.4.0, it currently offers two mutually exclusive functions: corner actions that are activated when the mouse cursor moves to one of the desktop's corners, and scrolling with the mouse between desktops.

Pan Windows Larger Than Your Screen

I run the latest Ubuntu live-CDs inside a VirtualBox virtual machine to test them and run the graphical installer. Without this keyboard shortcut, using the installer would be nearly impossible because its window is larger than the 800×600 pixel resolution that VirtualBox uses.

How to clone your bootable Ubuntu install to another drive

If you’ve ever wanted to completely clone your Ubuntu install, with all of the tweaks, files you’ve downloaded and changes you’ve made to it, there’s a fairly simple way to do this. This is great if you want a complete backup, or if you’re looking to move your system to a newer (read: bigger, faster, stronger) hard drive or even just to clone your install to other machines with the same hardware.

Ubuntu Tweak has repository now!

A good news about Ubuntu Tweak: it finally has been added to the Launchpad PPA repository! From now on, you can always follow the newest version of Ubuntu Tweak if you added the source. And another good news is: I’m now in holiday, the development is start again! Here comes the Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.5, just a bug fixed release.

Ubuntu 6.06.2 LTS Released

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.06.2 LTS, the second maintenance release of “Dapper Drake”. This release includes updated Server installation CDs for the i386 and amd64 architectures.

Writing a thesis with LaTeX

A dissertation is composed of two elements: the content and the form. The author is certainly the person best qualified to speak about the content. We, however, will focus on the form. We are going to see how to get a fine composition with low time expenditure using LaTeX.

Top 5 best (free) open source games

Why waste your money on expensive commercial games when you can play for free, and, if you're so inclined, dive into the code and modify the game to suit your exacting requirements? presents its selection of the most addictive, fun and refined Open Source games for January 2008.

Ars Technica reviews KDE 4.0

KDE 4.0 was officially released last week after extensive development. The long-awaited 4.0 release ushers in a new era for the popular open-source desktop environment and adds many intriguing new features and technologies. Unfortunately, the release comes with almost as many new bugs as it does features, and there is much work to be done before it sparkles like the 3.5.x series.

DARPA Urban Challenge Winner Based on Ubuntu

The DARPA’s Urban Challenge is an engineering competition to develop an autonomous vehicle capable of navigating urban streets safely while obeying traffic regulations and covering the 60 mile course in 6 hours or less. The goal is to develop vehicles that can one day self navigate through dangerous urban environments.

Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon development server setup

I know there are plenty of articles and posts for setting up a development server. Yet I still find the need to write up the exact commands and process for my later self to refer to, especially since I haven’t found a clone function in VMware Fusion like the linux version has. A pet “when-I-have-time” project would be to turn these steps into a bash script.

Play Flash and Quicktime files in Ubuntu

I'm starting to wonder if anything about Linux is going to be easy. But I remain undaunted in my efforts to use Ubuntu 7.10, or Gutsy Gibbon, to accomplish the same computing tasks I use Windows for. Now that I've got Flash and Quicktime working in Ubuntu, I feel like I'm nearly there.

Hardy translations now open

Hardy is now open for translation! If you want to help make sure it’s accurately translated into your language, you can start work straight away at:

CrunchBang Linux 7.10.01 Release Notes

A few weeks ago I decided that it might be fun to attempt to remaster Ubuntu. I've been using Ubuntu for a number of years and while I think the distribution is great, my set-up does differ a fair amount from the standard Ubuntu installation. So, remastering Ubuntu into a distribution that more closely matches my set-up seemed like a logical thing to do.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 74

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 74 for the week January 13th - January 19th, 2008 is now available. In this issue: layout contest for, Ubuntu case studies, mugs from Germany for your Loco Team, FOSS in Egypt, and much, much more!

Why Isn't Linux Catching on?

Let’s get right to it: considering the popularity of open source applications and utilities, why hasn’t the open source flagship - the Linux operating system - caught on with mainstream PC users?

PyTube: Download and Convert YouTube Videos to Various Formats

If you needed to convert a YouTube video to, say, 3gp format for your mobile phone a few months back, you would probably have to use several applications ran with impossible to remember options. First, you would have to get the video in .flv format using youtube-dl and convert it to avi, mp4, 3gp and so on with a huge command like ffmpeg -i a1Y73sPHKxw.flv -ab 48 -ar 32010 -b 700 -s 320×240 -vcodec xvid -acodec mp3 video.avi (don’t use it). But fortunately, times change, things evolve and new awesome applications hit the Linux streets (not all the time but still..).

Web 2.0 and open source: We've already won

I've spent the last two weeks on the road, meeting with customers and prospects. It has been enlightening, to say the least. One primary theme has emerged: the Web 2.0 revolution is over. The web has already won. Its chief weapon? Open source.

Beautifulize the Boot Screen with Grub-GFXBoot

As you might have noticed yourself by now, the Grub screen looks quite plain, simple and dull. Even with colours or Grub themes. Gfx Boot is a powered version of GRUB Bootloader and it’s able to load themes instead of 16 colour splashes. Here are a couple of screenshots, just to get an idea about it and maybe make you want to beautifulize grub (yeah, i know it’s not a word but it sounds cool):

Get Your Yahoo! Mail in Mozilla Thunderbird for Free

If you've switched from Yahoo! over to Gmail because you prefer to read your email in a desktop client such as Thunderbird, you probably are wondering how you can do the same thing with Yahoo! for free.

LyX: A text editor that stays out of the way

Did you ever get to struggle against your text editor’s random format feature while trying to write a document? Open Office may be a great project, but when you want to focus on the content, it can be annoying to have your editor format or unformat your text, seemingly at random.

Ubuntu Logo GIMP Brushes

I couldn't find any Ubuntu logo GIMP brushes on the Ubuntu Wiki Artwork/Official page, so I've created some. The brushes are quite large, but now that GIMP supports scalable brushes they can be easily scaled down in size.

AMOR - a creature for your desktop

AMOR stands for Automatic Machine Object Recognition. It is a toolbox built upon Orange which allows end-users as well as computer vision scientist to do object recognition. It features most of the standard object recognition algorithms (SIFT, SVM…).It provides several different characters who prance around your X screen doing tricks and giving you tips.

Customizing the GDM/GNOME Login Screen.

Many customers, particularly those who are security conscious or those who have public terminals like to display a legal notice before users can login.

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