New P2P network uses bandwidth as currency

The only real exchange between peers in a traditional peer-to-peer network is limited to the files being transferred. Tribler is a new P2P network that's introducing social networking concepts to facilitate better interactions between users. Using new algorithms and protocols, Tribler users will also be able to cash in on their generous uploads for faster downloads.

About Linux desktop adoption

The topic comes up regularly and since I just installed gutsy on my old laptop (which went pretty smooth) I’m in the mood to add something to it. I will only point out the most important thing else it will be more like writing a book instead of a blog entry.

Stretch your battery life with Powertop

Getting longer battery life out laptop PCs is the holy grail of mobile computing. Powertop is a Linux tool to eek out those precious minutes of battery life by eliminating unnecessary power wasting processes.

Divining from the Entrails of Ubuntu's Gutsy Gibbon

According to the 2007 DesktopLinux.com survey, Ubuntu is the distribution of choice for 30% of GNU/Linux users. The exact figure is questionable, but Ubuntu's dominance is not. For an increasing number of people, Ubuntu is GNU/Linux. Yet, looking at the pre-releases of Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu 7.10, I found myself becoming disturbed by the degree to which this popularity has translated into uncritical acceptance.

Adding a basket tool to OpenOffice.org

No matter whether you are working on an article, an academic paper, or a novel, research is a crucial part of the writing process. And as with any research, you need a place to save your notes, ideas, relevant links, and text snippets. While there are tools like Basket Note Pads and the Zotero Firefox extension, wouldn't it be nice if you could store and manage your stuff directly from within OpenOffice.org? This is not only doable, but also easy to implement using just a Base database and a macro.

Vista Pushes Linux Into Primetime

It is hardly a fluke that Ubuntu really began to attract former Windows users roughly around the same time as Windows Vista came out. Despite the number of Windows migrants who eventually floated back to Windows XP, the fact is that projects like Wubi make it really easy to slide into a Linux mindset.

A new tool to import/export your mail and settings in Evolution

A few days ago I was looking for a guide to export my mail and settings (my accounts, address book, calendar, filters, etc.) to my laptop and I found a few guides. I wondered why, as far as I know, there is no way to export my data in Evolution (my favourite email client)…

openSUSE 10.3 RC1 its here!

I know some of you like openSUSE and maybe dont know about this new Release Candidate, so, here you are lucky bastards!

GNOME 2.20 shows significant improvement

GNOME 2.20 was released yesterday. Even though I use GNOME regularly, I normally don't get excited over new releases, because most seem to offer little more substance than previous versions, with most of the work being done under the hood. This time, though, GNOME has a solid list of new features and upgrades. It's worth taking a look at even if you aren't a fan of this desktop environment.

GNOME 2.20 Released

GNOME 2.20 has been released, this is the version that will be included in Ubuntu 7.10. Here are a few things that caught my eye from the release notes:

Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition

This newbie's guide to Ubuntu - now updated for Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), the latest Ubuntu release, which puts the spotlight on multimedia enablement and desktop effects - lets readers learn by doing. Using immersion-learning techniques favored by language courses, step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, stimulating the brain and increasing the reader's understanding.

Google Summer of Code continues its record of success

A musical notation system for KOffice, a cross-platform kiosk browser, a help system editor for GNOME -- these are just a few of the projects completed in this year's Google Summer of Code (SOC) event, during which Google paid students to work on free and open source software projects. The innovations in this third year appear to have enriched the experience for participants, but not affected the project completion rate.

Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

Mozilla announced plans this week to sink $3 million into a new Mozilla Foundation project designed to enhance the Thunderbird mail client. Early reports indicate that the as-yet-unnamed newly formed company will focus on positioning Thunderbird for use in Internet communications, including Web-based email, IM, and SMS.

Cheesy Photo Booth-Like App for GNOME

Cheese is an application for taking video and pictures with a web camera. It was inspired by Apple’s Photo Booth software, and includes fun effects that can be applied to the video.

A first run with IBM's free office suite

Computer giant IBM yesterday released a free office suite for Windows and Linux machines called Lotus Symphony. Symphony is available from the Symphony website which requires users to register and be logged on to download the software.

UNOFFICIAL: GNOME 2.20 is here!

GNOME 2.20 just came out of the oven and is as crispy as you’d expect it to be after a couple of months of development! This is the second release I take part of (not as a developer but as a translator), and want to take the opportunity to thank all of those who participated in this effort!

Easy blogging with Pivot

The GPL-licensed Pivot blogging software stands out among blogging applications because it requires no database, no extra libraries, and minimal installation effort. While it's still in an early stage of development, its flexibilty and the ease with which it can be set up make it ideal for those new to maintaining their own blogging Web sites.

Theme Applications Running as Root in Ubuntu

Once you start installing new GTK themes in Ubuntu, you will notice that applications that run as root, such as the Synaptic Package Manager, look unthemed and ugly. This is because although the root user is hidden in Ubuntu, it is still technically a separate user with separate appearance settings.

To fix this, run these three commands in a terminal. They will cause your own theme, font, and icon preferences to always be used by the root user:

Linux on cell phones: the trend is up

This summer, in a perfect storm of activity, the cell phone suddenly became a full-fledged wireless computer. Those prime-time TV commercials promoting the iPhone downplay the telephone application to emphasize data-rich Internet media capabilities -- email, Web surfing, GPS navigation, music, photos, and video -- all on a cell phone.

Expert tricks for Nautilus

Nautilus, the official file manager for the GNOME desktop, can help you perform tasks from browsing the filesystem to accessing Samba shares on your local network or FTP sites on the Internet -- and more. Here are a couple of tips and tools that will allow you to open a terminal window from Nautilus and resize and rotate images without opening any other program.

Plasma Testing In Ubuntu

There has been a lot of talk recently about the need for more KDE4 testers. This howto tells you how to get KDE4 installed in Ubuntu Gutsy, importantly with the normally unavailable Plasma widgets from the 'playground' part of KDE, all using Ubuntu's package management, meaning no damage to the system.

nautilus-image-converter : quickly resize or rotate images within nautilus

Not too long ago I blogged about the ability to quickly open a terminal session from within nautilus and a handy right-click.  If you missed it you might want to take a look back here.  In today’s post there is a similar very easy way to quickly resize or rotate images with a simple right-click.

Ubuntu's path to the mainstream user

Last week, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Walter Mossberg, authored a review of the new Dell-Ubuntu system. The piece came across as honest and objective, but more importantly it I took it as a working outline of how the average (see: mainstream) user views Ubuntu.

Theme Applications Running as Root in Ubuntu

Once you start installing new GTK themes in Ubuntu, you will notice that applications that run as root, such as the Synaptic Package Manager, look unthemed and ugly. This is because although the root user is hidden in Ubuntu, it is still technically a separate user with separate appearance settings.

Canonical to Provide Optimized Ubuntu OS Layer for VMware Virtual Appliances

VMWORLD/SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – September 11, 2007 – Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced the availability of its Ubuntu JeOS (Just Enough Operating System) edition.

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