My Ubuntu Experiment

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.

Online games speedlink!

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.

Making animated banners with GIMP….

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 - Security and system auditing tool

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.

A Merry Ubuntu Christmas - Final Update

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.

Commercial Sound And Music Software For Linux, Part 2

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...

Free/Open-source 3D Graphics Software

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.

Picasa 3.0 on the way

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.

Why amaroK ‘Roks’

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.

Monitoring Real-time user logins in ubuntu

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 Beta 2 in Ubuntu 7.10

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.

Resounding success for Openness

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: Using Linux to create slick drum beats

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 makes Ogg converts (and converts to Oggs)

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.

Ten Firefox themes for kids

Here are ten Firefox themes for web savvy children to enjoy this holiday vacation.

1. Super Mario Galaxy is here but you know how it all started. This Super Mario Bros. 3 theme gets you closer to Mario origins. (*)

First look to Mozilla Labs Weave

The door is open again and registration available for Weave, Mozilla Labs’ application for synchronizing Firefox metadata online.

How a Linux Download Topped YouTube's Hit List

The hottest thing on YouTube this month isn't The Dark Knight trailer or that clip of a baby giving an evil eye. It's video of somebody downloading a copy of Ubuntu, a Linux-based operating system.

How to Use md5sum to Verify Data Integrity

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:

Ubuntu: the Not Universal Operating System?

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.

Syncing your BlackBerry on Linux

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.

Introducing Weave

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.

The benefits of a regular release schedule

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.

Howto Clean up your packages

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.

Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2 Has PulseAudio

The second alpha release of the upcoming Ubuntu 8.04 (codename Hardy Heron) was released last night. This alpha comes with HOT new features and improvements, like PulseAudio as the default sound system, the latest and greatest 2.6.24 Linux kernel and Xorg 7.3, with an emphasis on better autoconfiguration without config files:

Useful and Fun things to do with the Ubuntu Terminal

If you want to have fun with ubuntu terminal this is something for you.

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