Open source vs. commercial software

Open source software initially was a head-scratcher: “How can you make money selling something for free?” But once open source advocates clarified the meaning of free – “Free as in speech, not as in beer” – the open source economy took off.

Xubuntu 7.10 (gutsy gibbon) Screenshots Tour

Xubuntu is a complete GNU/Linux based operating system with an Ubuntu base. It is lighter on system requirements and tends to be more efficient than Ubuntu with GNOME or KDE, since it uses the Xfce Desktop environment, which makes it ideal for old or low-end machines, thin-client networks, or for those who would like to get more performance out of their hardware.

This screenshots tour includes internet, multimedia,graphics,system applications,network application and other applications click on the image for complete Gallery.

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Use Delicious as a Reading List the Easy Way

How often do you find a great article without the time to read it, so you bookmark it and completely forget about it? This happened to me constantly until I found the Readeroo extension for Firefox, which lets me queue pages for easy retrieval later.

Fun With Conky, part 2

As you will recall from my earlier blog entry, I have been having fun with Conky, a lightweight system monitor that displays output to your desktop. Since I have upgraded to Gutsy, and therefore the latest repo version of Conky (1.4.7), I have had the opportunity to play with some newly available wireless variables. These were first pointed out to me by Mike, to whom I give credit and thanks.

Music with Ubuntu

What was a big problem, was playing music with my shiny new Ubuntu laptop. In my situation I have a nice stereo set with good speakers. Sitting next to that is my home server, running Ubuntu. I deliberately picked a very small server that does not make noise or suck up much power: the Lex Light.

How to Enable More Compiz effect in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

One of the changes made in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon is Compiz enabled by default on installation. However the Compiz desktop effect setting are modest at best when enabled out-from-the-box in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon.

Ubuntu-based media center Mythbuntu 7.10 released

You probably know by now that Ubuntu comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There's the stripped down Xubuntu for slower-performing systems, Edubuntu for kids and teachers, and Kubuntu with the more Windows-like interface.

A follow up to using Microsoft Exchange in Ubuntu

With the great success of my post a few weeks back: Ubuntu in a Microsoft world: Part 1 - Email and Calendar came a few questions and concerns. The most common one I’d like to address is this:

How can I have my Sent mail go to my “Sent” folder on the Exchange server?

The answer is really simple. Just follow these steps. (In Evolution):

Full Circle Magazine Issue #6 released

The 6th Issue of Full Circle, the Ubuntu Community Magazine has been released!

This issue comes with:

  • Step-by-Step Ubuntu Feisty > Gutsy upgrade
  • How-To : Run Photoshop Plugins in GIMP, Set up Samba and Scribus pt.6.
  • Top 5 - Racing Games.
  • Interview with John Philips (Open Font Library).
  • Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop and more!

Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Canonical this month released Ubuntu 7.10, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon. Like the Feisty Fawn release before it, Gutsy is a bleeding-edge distribution with a focus on new features and the newest free software applications. It's a speedy operating system with great new features and only a few minor issues.

7 Firefox extensions (add-ons) I can’t live without

One of the pains of installing so many distros is configuring Firefox exactly as I would want it; especially this means loading the right extensions (add-ons). Seriously, there are some firefox extensions (add-ons) that I can’t live without and the following is the list that I need. It’s personal (of course), suited only to my need, so this list is not normative for anyone.

Howto Set-up a Crontab File

Yesterday I mainly worked on some PHP backup scripts [not very exciting, but necessary.] The scripts are run at regular intervals and perform various data backups across numerous domains. To accomplish this I set-up some cron jobs that will automatically execute the scripts at set intervals.

This is not the first time that I've had to set-up cron jobs [I've got several that date back a few years.] I think that having the ability to set-up scheduled tasks is really quite important. Therefore I thought I'd blog about it for future reference.

Get USB devices mounted on your Virtualbox XP machine in Gutsy (Ubuntu 7.10)

There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to mount your USB devices in your virtual machines. Well, maybe there are lots of things that are more frustrating but this morning my inability to do something that should be simple, easy and fun was driving me nuts.

So I figured out how to do it. It’s not terribly pretty but here’s what you need to do.

Xubuntu 7.10: Solid as usual

In Linux-land this week, it was pretty much Ubuntu Gutsy, Ubuntu Gutsy, and Ubuntu 7.10. (And KDE 4 Beta 3.) Nothing else was on Digg, and little else on Tuxmachines, on October 18. As usual, the GNOME side of Ubuntu got all the new features (and the hype that comes with them), but the new additions, Gobuntu and Fluxbuntu, didn't seem to receive as much attention. As is tradition, neither did Xubuntu.

Edubuntu: The Future

Okay, I admit that I am a bit biased, but after participating in the edubuntu session for Ubuntu Open Week, I decided to install edubuntu 7.10, and I have to say it is really progressing nicely. I’m not exactly new to edubuntu. I have used it in the past and I installed a thin-client recently (7.04) and will set up a new server tomorrow (hopefully) with 7.10 for my school.

Hide Partition Icons From Your Ubuntu Desktop

Ubuntu will place icons for other partitions on your desktop. Do you like a clean desktop, or just don’t always need access those other partitions? Changing a value in the GNOME Configuration Editor will stop partitions from being displayed on your desktop.

Enabling Suspend on the Macbook : Ubuntu 7.10

In continued testing on my macbook it appears that I have suspend working solidly. If you enjoy this feature you may want to look into this tutorial. I have never really used suspend/hibernate much in the past because it has been buggy, but now that it appears to be working well I think I may give it a try.

Ubuntu not damaging your hard drive (by default)

Linux-hero wrote about how Ubuntu kills your hard drive. The situation is somewhat less clear than you might think from the article, but the basic takeaway message is that Ubuntu doesn't touch your hard drive power management settings by default. In almost all cases, it's more likely to be your BIOS or the firmware on your hard drive.

Learn and teach geometry and algebra with GeoGebra

GeoGebra, a GPL-licensed teaching and learning tool that integrates geometry, algebra, and calculus, benefits both teachers and students alike. Developed by Markus Hohenwarter at Florida Atlantic University, GeoGebra constructs geometrical figures and demonstrates the relationship between geometry and algebra. GeoGebra can help you create interactive demonstrations and precise images of geometric figures for inclusion in teaching and testing materials.

New Dirs in Gutsy: Documents, Music, Pictures, Blah, Blah

I had mentioned my encounter with some new directories in Ubuntu 7.10, the Gutsy Gibbon: Documents, Music, Pictures, Public, Templates and Videos

These showed up on an upgrade from 7.04 Feisty Fawn and on a fresh install of 7.10. On installs of previous versions, there has been the Desktop folder, and I’ve kept that around as a special dir that is actually linked to the desktop somehow. (Saved items in ~/Desktop will show up on the GNOME desktop.)

Make Firefox Only Auto-Complete Manually Typed URLs

After I started testing out the last tip about enabling inline auto-completion in the address bar, it occurred to me that although links from my browser history kept showing up in the list, I'd probably never type those in.

Kivio: Powerful, easy to use Linux flowcharting

So often we hear that Linux is lacking in key applications, but if there is one area in which there is a strong replacement for a key Windows application, it is flowcharting.

CyberNotes: Share a Firefox Profile Between Ubuntu and Windows

One of the new things in Ubuntu 7.10 is the ability to read and write to NTFS formatted drives, which is great for Windows XP and Vista users. What that means is that you can create a Firefox profile in Windows and set it up so that Ubuntu uses the exact same profile.

Civilization IV on Linux, Updated How-to

This is the second edition of my Civilization IV (Civ 4) on Linux how-to. With this guide you can run Civ 4 almost flawlessly on Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution using Wine.

At the time when Civ 4 was released, DirectX 9 was not well enough supported in Wine to run it. In the first how-to I got Civ 4 running just after DX9 support was added to Wine. Since then Wine has continued to improve and I got a computer with a better Nvidia graphics card.

How To Enable Wireless Networking on the Macbook : Ubuntu 7.10

With the new release of Ubuntu 7.10 I figured I should go back and revisit some of my macbook specific tutorials.  Today I’ll touch on configuring / enabling wireless on the macbook (second-gen) in Ubuntu 7.10.

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