College computer science students often find it difficult to get started in programming languages like C++ and Java, largley due to the disconnect between simple middle-school languages like logo and advanced object-oriented programming (OOP) languages. To help bridge the gap, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed an OOP language to create computer animations using 3-D models, called Alice.
Ever wondered “what the hell is that mysql server doing”? Search no longer, My top is the answer. Mytop is a clone of top, a utility every sysadmin knows about, but instead of monitoring the system, it follows MySQL threads. In a nutshell, it’s a nifty command line tool that will connect to a MySql server and periodically run the
SHOW PROCESSLIST and
SHOW STATUS commands. It will then provide nice summaries of the results, and let the user apply various filters.
My 71 year-old father has agreed to try Ubuntu on his home PC. He has used Windows for years, but after his XP system became so infected with viruses and other malware that I needed to wipe his system, he's willing to try Linux. I've promised I'll reload XP if this experiment fails.
Season's Greetings to one and all in the Linux community, the technology world, and Internet nation. I've just finished the big paid-work project (mere hours ago), so it will be time again soon to blow the dust off this blog and get back to posting. So, post something, something... I guess I'll make a Christmas tradition out of posting links to online game sites that I've found enjoyable this year.
Ok, this time I’ll show you how to make one of these bad boys, an animated banner logo. Like this or this: [picture]. The first one is actually a bit trickier as it involves a lot more layers than the other one, but I’ll explain that later.
Lynis is an auditing tool which tests and gathers information from Unix based systems. The audience for this tool are security and system auditors, network specialists and system maintainers.
Back in the beginning of November I wrote a post entitled, "A Merry Ubuntu Christmas". The idea of the post was to help spread the word about Ubuntu by asking people to consider giving it on CD as a Christmas gift to family, friends and colleagues.
As promised, the second part of this series presents still more commercially available music and sound software for Linux. Come see (and hear) what your money will buy...
3D computer graphics software refers to programs used to create 3D computer-generated imagery. There are typically many stages in the "pipeline" that studios use to create 3D objects for film and games, and this article only covers some of the software used.
Anyone who uses Picasa to touch up and manage their photos will testify that it is a wonderful piece of software. I can’t think of much that would make it even better, but maybe Google has been thinking hard enough to come up with some more really great features.
Yes, I’m talking about amaroK, the free, open source music player, currently only for Linux and Unix, but soon to be available for Windows and Mac OS X. As the saying goes, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who use amaroK, and those who don’t. amaroK is the ultimate music management software, and for a casual music buff like me, it’s the best you can get out there.
Whowatch is an console, interactive users and process monitoring tool.It displays information about the users currently logged on to the machine, in real-time. Besides standard informations (login name, tty,host, userâs process), the type of the connection (ie. telnet or ssh) is shown.
Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 was released today across all platforms, Windows, Macintosh and Linux, in 25 different languages. Although not quite complete, it does have some impressive new features, such as a new Google Desktop style URL search bar, reduced resource hogging, better handling of passwords and download file types, but more importantly for Linux users, better GTK support.
The hugely popular Economist magazine in its prediction for the year 2008 says that Linux is going to grow big and this time - it is not a fad! With the success of Ubuntu and the various other alternatives to Microsoft software it offers a real cost saving that is making small business and home buyers re-think on blindly investing in Microsoft products...
Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux, although there also appears to be a Windows installer available (it could be dated -I haven't tested it-). 'Its main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming', reads their website, and by god, intuitive it is!
OggConvert is a simple, GUI-based video transcoder that outputs only to the free Theora and Dirac formats. It couldn't be any easier to use, and it's the quickest way to get a feel for the still-new Dirac codec. No need to tweak pages of arcane settings -- just drag, drop, and watch.
Here are ten Firefox themes for web savvy children to enjoy this holiday vacation.
The door is open again and registration available for Weave, Mozilla Labs’ application for synchronizing Firefox metadata online.
First of all, what’s a hash? A hash is the output of a one-way, reproducible function for creating a small fingerprint from a chunk of data. For example, when the popular hash function MD5 is given the word “cat”, it produces the following output every time:
I find it funny to see the number of Ubuntu variants. I can understand that for marketing reasons (Debian doesn’t really know about marketing), it is good to advertise Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc. Even if it’s the same distro and the same packages. But seriously. An Xubuntu EEE now.
If you use Linux on your desktop, and you also happen to have a BlackBerry handheld device, you're probably aware that Research in Motion, the company that develops the BlackBerry platform, offers nothing in the way of support for its devices on Linux -- but the intrepid geeks in the free software world do. Thanks to to the efforts of the Barry and OpenSync projects, I just finished syncing my BlackBerry 8800 with my Evolution contacts on my Ubuntu 7.10 desktop.
As the Web continues to evolve and more of our lives move online, we believe that Web browsers like Firefox can and should do more to broker rich experiences while increasing user control over their data and personal information. One important area for exploration is the blending of the desktop and the Web through deeper integration of the browser with online services.
I have recently read the announcement that Kubuntu 8.04 is NOT going to be an LTS release, thereby deviating from the release schedule of all the other Ubuntu variants. I believe that it would be more beneficial to synchronize the LTS releases between the official Ubuntu variants.
It’s worthwhile to do this every now again again on your ubuntu box when you’ve been installing and uninstalling new apps. This will go through and check which packages have been installed that are no longer needed. It will then remove them for you.