Online library reaches million book milestone

An international venture called the Universal Library Project has made more than one million books freely available in digitized format. The joint project of researchers from China, India, Egypt, and the US has the eventual aim of digitizing all published works of man, freeing the availability of information from geographic and socioeconomic boundaries, providing a basis for technological advancement, and preserving published works against time and tide.

Linux Photographers, LightZone Is Here!

A free Linux version of the award-winning LightZone photo-editing software has been released yesterday. Light Crafts, the producing company of LightZone, announced yesterday the availability of a beta release for the photo-editing software. With the help of this version, Linux users now have all the LightZone tools for editing and improving digital photos that Windows and Mac users have already had, including the ZoneMapper and Re-Light tools.

Why Ubuntu succeeds: Shuttleworth isn't an uber-geek

I really liked this InformationWeek article with Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu. I liked it in part because I think Mark is an exceptional person. But I also liked it for its insight into why Ubuntu has done so well.

Using camcorder tapes to back up files

DV and MiniDV camcorder tapes can be used for more than just storing audio and video recordings. If you have a camcorder and a FireWire connection to your computer, you can also use them to store files.

For Your Business: GNOME or KDE?

I debated long and hard before deciding to take a stab at this article idea. Because KDE and GNOME users are so furiously loyal to their preferred desktop environment, I had to take into account that no matter how I stated my case, someone was going to come away feeling let down.

A List of 30 Less Popular Linux Applications Available in the Ubuntu Repository.

Have you ever wondered just how many packages are there inside the Ubuntu repository? You know there have to be a lot, but how many exactly? I was wondering the same thing yesterday while searching for a program and today, I had an idea about how to find out the exact number. I’m not sure, however, that it’s an accurate way of finding out how many packages are there.

Tech charities to consider this giving season

As part of my year-end planning I look at what charities to donate to, since charitable contributions are tax-deductible. Here's a list of charities with ties to free software, open source, and information technology.

Ubuntu 2007: The Year in Review

With 2007 coming to an end, I started thinking about the time I’ve spent in the Ubuntu community. This was the first year that I moved from being a user to a contributor.

Advanced Web Statistics -- Distrowatch

For the month of December 2007, the web statistics of Distrowatch show an interesting pattern. This stats shows the number of hits made to Distrowatch from many Operating systems and different Linux Distributions.

Finding PNG Images Larger Than x Pixels Through the Linux Shell

When you are trying to work on changing the design of your website, you have to be concerned with the width of the pictures in your article content. I've got notoriously large screenshots on most of the articles I've written, so if I want to increase the sidebar it's critical to figure out which pictures are going to be too wide to fit in the new design.

XMMS: Just play music

There is an interesting class of programs: audioplayers. What we expected from them? Playing music. What is required for this? Codecs, simple interface, playlist, equalizer. May be themes and control from keyboard. Many things can be applied to it, but audioplayer must stay a-music-player. This is primary task for such kind of program, and afterwards - cataloguer, tag converter, music collection organizer and so on. For this, spartanians and ancient-lovers remembers and likes simple yet powerful XMMS.

Full Circle Magazine Issue #8 released

Full Circle - The Independent Ubuntu Community Magazine is proud to announce the release of issue eight. It contains:

Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course

With the help of community members who slogged over writing, reviewing, editing, proof reading and fixing the layout, the Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course is finally available. The 400 page book provides a thorough overview of the Ubuntu Desktop and is a great resource for Linux and Ubuntu newcomers.

Songbird: An Open Source Music Mashup System

"I can't live without my radio," LL Cool J once declaimed. Me, I can't live without my music library: there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have Miles Davis or Brian Eno (or, when I'm feeling more ruminative, Merzbow) on the speakers. To that end I tried out Songbird, a Mozilla-derive open source music player and web-sharing platform. In time it could be to WMP and even Winamp what Firefox is to IE -- but, again, in time.

Katapulting away from the menu.

One of the programs that, when I first saw it in Kubuntu, I thought that I would never have any use for. After using it for a bit I now miss it on systems that don't have it. That program is called Katapult and it does more than just Katapult you into a program launch.

Ubuntu 7.10 vs. Early Ubuntu 8.04 Benchmarks

Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2 is due out tomorrow, and while we'll have more extensive testing as the Hardy Heron release nears in April, today we are publishing our first -- very initial -- benchmarks of Ubuntu 8.04 using the 12-19-2007 daily build and comparing these results to Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. These tests are focused upon OpenGL gaming, encoding, disk, and memory performance.

Firefox 3 Beta 2 review

Mozilla has released the Firefox 3 Beta 2. As expected, this release is more about polishing the long list of features and improvements introduced during the previous nine milestones (eight alphas and a beta). But, as usual, there’s room for some noticeable changes.

Creating Snapshot Backups Of Your Desktop With Timevault On Ubuntu 7.10

This document describes how to set up, configure and use Timevault on Ubuntu 7.10. The resulting system provides a powerful backup system for desktop usage. TimeVault is a simple front-end for making snapshots of a set of directories.

First look: Firefox 3 beta 2 officially released

Mozilla has announced the official release of Firefox 3 beta 2, the tenth major developer milestone in the Firefox 3 development timeline. The new beta, which is available for download from Mozilla's web site, includes interface improvements and a lot of extra polish.

Ubuntu: Three Things to Watch for 2008

It has been quite some time since I updated this blog. Frankly, I’ve been swamped at my day job. But I’m still using Ubuntu on my Dell PC at home. And I expect big things from Ubuntu and Canonical’s backers in 2008. Here are three Ubuntu trends worth watching in 2008.

Flightgear 1.0.0 Released

After more than 11 years of development, Flightgear 1.0 has arrived. Flightgear can be played on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, as well as other *nix platforms including FreeBSD, Solaris, and IRIX. Distributed under the GPL, Flightgear is one of the first major Free Software games and has become a flight simulator that rivals it's commercial counterparts. It is a stellar example of enthusiasts coming together to create something for the community.

Create an MP3 file server using Amarok and ObsidianMusic

When it comes to playing music in Linux, Amarok is one of the best audio players out there. It offers almost everything you need, from a clean, intuitive interface to a range of useful scripts. You can even put it on a server and give it a Web interface.

Firefox 3 Beta 2 - faster and easier to navigate

I've just downloaded and had a casual fool around with Firefox 3 Beta 2 and I'm told that it has approximately 900 improvements over the previous beta, including fixes for stability, performance, memory usage, platform enhancements and user interface improvements. However, what it boils down to is that it's even faster than the Beta 1 version and it is even easier to navigate.

Firefox 3 Beta 2 now available for download

Firefox 3 Beta 2 is now available for download. This is the tenth developer milestone focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3. Ongoing planning for Firefox 3 can be followed at the Firefox 3 Planning Center, as well as in mozilla.dev.planning and on irc.mozilla.org in #granparadiso.

Direct2Dell: Ubuntu 7.10 Offering - Technical Details

Now that we have shared that Ubuntu 7.10 is available for sale on select Dell systems, I'd like to take the opportunity to give an update on what customers can expect with this offering. Most of the Ubuntu 7.04 technical details are still valid for this release, but there are a number of changes that I'd like to point out:

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