Linux Mint 9 default wallpaper posted on linux mint blog by Clem, looks really good wallpapers I always liked linux mint desktop backgrounds. Linux mint suppose to be released on two days from now according to this post Linux Mint 9 ETA
Bored a little bit, so I decided to install FBS “first person shoot ” Games, I really liked Nexuiz it’s FBS game you can play it as a single player or a multiplayer for servers or you can host your own server. Graphics and visualizations for this game is really good. Had a lot of fun with this game even more than Alien Arena. big fan of both game.
Nexuiz 2.5.2 on ubuntu 10.04 LTS working really good, even i don’t have a really good hardware specifications. I included a video while i play and how it was working in this post.
To Download Nexuiz follow this link
Tell me your feedback, and what are your favorite FBS games.
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Phoronix it’s a cool way to benchmark and test your system, with a lot of different testing suites, also this applications is opensource licensed under the GNU GPLv3.
Different testing suites such as ” disk suite, disk SSD testing, encoding, GUI testing, Ioquake3 game engine testing, software gaming, Database testing, Darwin, Gaming benchmarking, …….. ”
- 130+ Test Profiles
- 60+ Test Suites
- Extensible Testing Architecture
- Optional Linux-based LiveDVD/USB Testing Distribution (PTS Desktop Live)
- Automated Test Installation
- Dependency Management Support
- Module-based Plug-In Architecture
- PNG, JPG, GIF, Adobe SWF, SVG Graph Rendering Support
- Automated Batch Mode Support
- Global Database For Result Uploads, Benchmark Comparisons
- Detailed Software, Hardware Detection
- System Monitoring Support
- GTK2 Graphical User Interface + Command-Line Interface
You can get a great benchmark comparison between different operating system with same hardware specifications, and able to make side by side comparisons. Phoronix working on many platforms ” Linux, Mac OS X, windows 7, BSD, Open Solaris ”
System logs able to achieve system log such as “Xorg.0.log, Ispci, dmesg,… ”
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Maemo 5 is open source operating system, this platform working on many devices such as Nokia 770 internet Tablet, N800, N810 internet tablet, and Nokia N900. Maemo platform developed by Nokia depending on my linux Kernel, Gnome, Denbian, …..
Maemo platform developed really quickly, with maemo 3 release webcam and VOIP using Wireless LAN supported, then with Meamo 4 developed the Mozilla technology based on internet web browser, finger touch-UI, full QWERTY keypad, google talk supported, and GPS on board. And finally with the last release Meamo 5 supporting redesigned finger-touch UI, cellular phones. and supporting live multitasking on the dashboard. such installing full Debian operating system on the Nokia N900 working in the same time with Maemo 5 by multitasking.
anyway guys, Here is the list of multimedia applications tested on Maemo 5:
Jamaendo Player V0.2.5-2
This application is a streaming media player that plays music from jamendo.com
Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.
MediaBox Media Center V2010.01.05
Media Center for Nokia Internet Tablets
MediaBox Media Center was built to handle large collections of media and lets you browse and play your music and videos and show your photos either from your memory cards, or remotely over the network via UPnP/DLNA.
Voice Recorder, A simple graphical utility for recording audio from microphone.
Client for Libre.fm-compatible radio services
Vagalume is a Last.fm/Libre.fm client designed for the GNOME desktop environment. It’s small and provides the basic Last.fm features, such as scrobbling, tags, recommendations, etc.
Knots 2 V0.2.8-5
Stream media from your desktop computer
Access your media collection automatically from anywhere. Stream high quality video through wlan or lower quality video through 3G. Requires additional software for your desktop computer. Please see http://wiki.maemo.org/Knots2 for instructions. Supported operating systems: – Windows XP/Vista/7 – OS X 10.5 Leopard or newer – Linux – FreeBSD
Extra Decoders Support V0.3.4-1
Support for additional video and audio decoders in the Media Player
Uses GStreamer decoders and tracker mimetype registering tool * AC-3 audio in video files support * Vorbis OGG and FLAC support (via ogg-support) * Musepack support * Flash video support * RealMedia formats support * Matroska container support (most video formats used for Matroska unsupported!) * MPEG2 Transport Stream support
Video resolution over 848×480 pixels is still unsupported!
It’s quite easier to use keyboard instead of the mouse sometimes, some changes comes up with the new release of Gnome GDM 2.30 for Nautilus. we already reviewed how to move “close, minimize, and maximize” button to right hand side of the title bar in this post. This tested on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, also it’s working on other platforms as long as the gnome GDM 2.30 installed.
So here you can find many shortcuts will help you to easily navigate and use your file browser.
F3 : Extra pane ” This options is new with Gnome 2.30 ”
Ctrl+S : Select Pattern [enter pattern]
Alt+ENTER : File/Folder Properties
Shift+Ctrl+N : Create New Folder
Ctrl+1 : Toggle View As Icons
Ctrl+2 : Toggle View As List
Shift+Right Arrow : Open Directory (List View)
Shift+Left Arrow : Close Directory (List View)
F2 : Rename File
Ctrl+A : Select All
Ctrl+T : Delete (to Trash)
Ctrl+W : Close Window
Ctrl+Shift+W : Close All Nautilus Windows
Ctrl+R : Reload Nautilus Window
Alt+Up Arrow : Open Parent
Alt+Left Arrow : Back
Alt+Right Arrow : Forward
Alt+Home : Home Folder
Ctrl+L : Location Bar
F9 : Toggle Sidepane
Ctrl+H : Show Hidden Files
Ctrl++ : Zoom In
Ctrl+- : Zoom Out
Ctrl+0 : Normal Size
With the new release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS many changes comes up, using it for 3 days so far and it’s working great, even after I installed many applications still working great, really nice looking themes with it ” Radiance and Ambiance “.
so here are things I like about Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
that help you to split your windows. using extra pane to activate it press F3 or go to view and choose extra pane.
The good thing about it you use it to easily move or copy files and folder form pane to other.
2. Social Drop down menu
a quick access to change your empathy or Pidgin status, also access your empathy accounts, Gwibber accounts and ubuntu one.
also you update your twitter, facebook, or any other social media by typing there any thing there it will be automatically updated by Gwibber to you active accounts there.
3. Gwibber Social broadcast messages
you connect to your social websites easily using Gwibber such as Facebook, Twitter, Identi.ca, Flickr, Digg, Feedfriend,….
I had a lot of problem with in ubuntu 10.04 beta 1, but now it working great. I love it.
4. Ubuntu one Music Store
5. Themes and background
” Radiance and Ambiance ” new themes comes with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, both of them looks really good. comes with a really cool wallpapers collection. this link for who want to download ubuntu 10.04 LTS wallpaper.
6. Booting time and ext4 performance
Really awesome booting time, even after I installed many applications still booting time is great. processing time for many applications is quick. installed on ext4 formate partition. I used to use ext3 on ubuntu 9.10. but with this release ext4 performing really well.
That’s it for now. enjoy Ubuntu 10.04 LTS it’s for HUmans :)
Ubuntu fans every where, now you can choose your flavor for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS distributions, with more new distributions releases based on ubuntu 10.04 LTS for your Desktop, Netbook, light wight distribution with simple desktop interface like Xfce, Gnome, or with extra options for glassy windows and fading wobbly for that you will need a decent machine. Studio release, educational release.
With the main Distribution: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
check the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS tour here
7 Distribution based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS released so far. so here we go
Is really good choice for children, kids, teacher, school, comes with a lot of installed educational applications.
Edubuntu is an educational operating system that is a part of the Ubuntu family. It aims to make Ubuntu, the popular Linux-based operating system, a great choice for the computing needs of children, students, parents, teachers, and schools.
Mythbuntu is a community supported add-on for Ubuntu focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV based PVR system. It can be used to prepare a standalone system or for integration with an existing MythTV network. Unlike similar projects, Mythbuntu keeps close ties with Ubuntu and all development is given back to Ubuntu. This architecture allows simple conversions from a standard desktop to a Mythbuntu machine and vice versa. The development cycle of Mythbuntu closely follows that of Ubuntu, releasing every six months along side Ubuntu releases.
One of the most popular distribution based on ubuntu with KDE 4.4.2 desktop, also comes with two version for desktop and netbook
Version 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) of the very best Free-Libre Open-Source data recovery software toolkit based on Ubuntu is out.
This release of Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features a full command-line environment with up-to-date versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue, Photorec, The Sleuth Kit and Gnu-fdisk. Packages new to the Rescue Remix include aoetools, array-info, ext3-grep, gptsync, kpartx, and scrounge-ntfs.
This is still beta version last release so far 10.04 beta 3, using LXDE desktop, you can use this distribution on old machines, with really low hardware specifications.
The Lubuntu Lucid Beta 3 is now available released by Julien Lavergne. We are now close to the final release, this beta should be the last one before final release. The status of this final release is not determined yet (“beta stable”, “rc final” …), that’s why its a beta and not a rc like other *buntu. However, final release is still planned for the end of this month, or in very early May.
Gnome desktop with a lot of really good applications for editing and modifying multimedia files.
Ubuntu Studio. A multimedia creation flavor of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu Studio is aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video and graphic enthusiast as well as professional.
We provide a suite of the best open-source applications available for multimedia creation. Completely free to use, modify and redistribute. Your only limitation is your imagination.
That’s it for now. will keep you up to date
10 free GNU/Linux Administration Books
Linux based distributions have a lot of different administration options and privilege options, Books listed here will help you with administrations privilege for different distributions debian, fedora, redhat, ubuntu, gentoo, opensuse, mandriva, …..
Also other books for security administrations, and files system directory hierarchy, software help you to secure you system, securing VPN servers,…
## so here we go…
This documentation will attempt to summarize the installation and configuration, as well as the day-to-day administrative and maintenance procedures that should be followed to keep a Linux-based server or desktop system up and running. It is geared to an audience of both corporate as well as home users. It is not intended to be a full overview of Unix operations, as there are several good texts available as well as on-line documentation which can be referred to in cases where more detailed information is required.
The Linux System Administrator’s Guide, describes the system administration aspects of using Linux. It is intended for people who know next to nothing about system administration (those saying “what is it?”), but who have already mastered at least the basics of normal usage. This manual doesn’t tell you how to install Linux; that is described in the Installation and Getting Started document. See below for more information about Linux manuals.
The filesystem standard has been designed to be used by Unix distribution developers, package developers, and system implementors. However, it is primarily intended to be a reference and is not a tutorial on how to manage a Unix filesystem or directory hierarchy.
There are numerous definitions for “computer security”, and most of them are correct. Essentially computer security means enforcement of usage policies, this must be done since people and software have flaws that can result in accidents, but also because someone may want to steal your information, use your resources inappropriately or simply deny you the use of your resources.
This manual assumes the reader is familiar with using a Unix system and/or understands Debian User Reference Manual. Additional reading for System Administrator is Debian GNU/Linux Network Administrator’s Manual. Both of these are available from the Debian Documentation Project. Another useful book is “Linux System Administrator’s Guide” by Lars Wirzenius, available from Linux Documentation Project, http://metalab.unc.edu/LDP/ .
The target audience of the book is anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of how computer systems work, as well as anyone who is likely to become involved with the technical aspects of computer intrusion or system analysis. These are not only system administrators, incident responders, other computer security professionals, or forensic analysts, but also anyone who is concerned about the impact of computer forensics on privacy.
Call it the Linux fallacy. It’s the conventional wisdom that says Linux/UNIX gives you lots of power and reliability in exchange for far more complex and costly systems management. But in fact Linux/UNIX shouldn’t be a tradeoff–as long as you also implement a set of proven best practices.
The GNU/Linux systems have reached an important level of maturity, allowing to integrate them in almost any kind of work environment, from a desktop PC to the sever facilities of a big company.
In the course Systems Administration. It is an attempt to give you an overview of the course and more importantly of computing, Linux and Systems Administration.
Many students commented that they felt lost in the detail of Linux without having an overall picture of how it fits together. Hopefully this chapter will go some way towards solving this problem, and will provide some sort of small map and compass so you have an idea of where you are and where you are going.
The aim of this book is to get you up to speed with GNU/Linux and to deliver a fun and productive environment. It guides you through the many different regions of a GNU/Linux system with a focus on getting your desktop environment to do what you want it to do. It is comprehensive with basic support for the user who installs and maintains the system themselves (whether in the home, office, club, or school). It provides insights and step-by-step procedures that deal with specific tasks in setting your system up and maintaining it. The book covers many of the core features of a GNU/Linux system and you will gain the knowledge to enjoy and use one of the most comprehensive and useful developments in the history of computing.
After you installed the new version, you maybe will say ” damn where is my bookmark !!!!? ” you forget it with old version usually happen :(
so, Before upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS which will release on April 29, their are 5 things recommended to do with the distribution you already have. whatever is the distributions is ubuntu 9.10, older versions, or other distribution.
1. Bookmark ” Favorite “ Backup
Most users using Firefox web browser, Google Chrome, Chromium ” based web browser on chrome ” , Opera, …
go to bookmarks then organize bookmarks then you will find export bookmarks. I recommend to export it as HTML file, to easily use it on any other web browser.
also you can export addons if you want. this applications is recommend to backup addons ” FEBE ”
Go to tools, then bookmark manager, then press export it will export it as HTML .
Go to Bookmark, then book mark manager, export it as well.
2. Evolution mail, Thunderbird Backup
If you want to keep your saved messages, you can easily backing it up. go to file, then backup options it will back all messages on archiving file I believe it tar.gz
3. Backup installed packages, and specific file on file system directory.
Many file you may be forget for your webcam, documents files, multimedia files, ….
4. Backup Compiz Fusion
If you are using Compiz fusion make sure you backed up your compiz fusion profile, to easily get same look next time you are going to use compiz.
5. Time to destroy Ubuntu
install any package you didn’t want to try it with this version just for fun. install extra compiz fusion plugin till message comes up telling you ” you have serious kernal error you have to restart ” , share with us what you will do with your own release before installing the new release.
webcam applications for capture photos, videos, multiple photos, and security cameras
One of the most common application located on gnome project, first it was written by google summer code project. really liked effects you can add using cheese ” noir, edge,warp,dice,hulk,….
also you can use this applications for talking multiple photos or videos, customize to specific resolution you want, working in many different distributions you can find many download options for debian based distributions, fedora, ubuntu, mint, …..
2. Camera Monitor
simple tool notify you if your camera is on or off. designed to work on gnome desktop work as well on KDE and Xfce
simply you can install it by terminal
sudo apt-get install cameramonitor
camorama is a program i wrote to learn gtk and v4l. as you can see, i am still learning . it is pretty simple at the moment, and i hope to make it much more complete. i also plan to make it more generic, as i initially wrote it with only my own creative webcam 3 in mind. hopefully it will work with other cameras. i will test on anything i can get my hands on, but that might take a while. right now you can change the video settings using the gui and apply some crappy filters i wrote to mess around with. it runs at a reasonable speed, but i would like to get the fps up as high as possible. still figuring that out. as for requirements, you will need at least gnome 2 and v4l. i haven’t used anything else crazy, and that should do it.
4. Gnome Security Camera “Gspy”
Gspy retrieves images from a video4linux device and processes these into a daily mpeg movie on the disk drive. Each image is recorded with a time stamp to insure accurate real world correlation. Special motion detection algorithms are used to reduce the size of the daily movies by eliminating pictures with similar content as well as the normal compression obtained via the mpeg process. The result is a time lapse video per day with nonlinear time compression using only the images of interest. This program will only run on Linux machines which support a video4linux-device in 640×480 capture size. This software has been tested with the 2.4.0-test1 kernel, 2.4.0-test4 and the 2.2.16 kernel with the usb backport patch. You should have the Berkeley MPEG Tools installed if you wish to generate the MPEG files. Gspy can be used without the MPEG tools, as it will fill a directory with jpg images that can be processed or viewed at a later time. Versions from 0.1.6 include a user defined command that is executed on each alarm. This command string can include a token(s) “%f%” that will get replaced with the alarm picture filename. Typical uses would be to copy the alarm picture to a remote site using ftp or scp, email the picture to someone, play a sound annoucement… “Step away from the keyboard!”, turn on lights using a parallel port or X10 interface, or ???. Have FUN
My favorite webcam application for KDE, support many webcams, able to capture photos, videos, multiple photos. you can easily share your photos and videos directly from the application to facebook and twitter.
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Radiance theme ” light theme” for ubuntu 10.04 beta 1
Looks really good, also, their some reported bugs about this theme. please if you got any problem or any kind of crashes report it so the ubuntu community able to fix it on next release. enjoy it.
Already reviewed ubuntu 10.04 alpha 3 here, as you will see in this post a big difference between ubuntu 10.04 alpha 3 and beta 1 version, New default theme that mentioned on ubuntu fresh look post ….
this is the hardware specification used to run this version of ubuntu 10.04
- 1 core processor 2.1 Ghz
- 1 GB of ram
- 12 Mb of video memory
with this hardware spec it was working great guys, so i believe if you have a decent machine it will work better.
Installation process :
Installed on Virtual machine “sun virtualbox”
First Boot after completing the installation
“Close, minimize, maximize” button in the left side of the title bar
More option added to right click menu for sharing to ubuntu one, moving to and copy to even it’s a file or folder
Pitivi default video editor
New look for Ubuntu software center
Yahoo is the default search engine for firefox 3.6, but it’s up to you can change it later to any other search engine
Terminal background color looks really good specially with this theme, also it’s up to you can change it later.
New menu to control your chat account what ever it’s ” pidgin or empathy” , controlling Gwibber, and ubuntu one
Gwibber works really good here , I faced many problem with using it on ubuntu 10.04 alpha 3 version. but it’s working great now even it’s a development version till now.
Sound preference with better control access menu.
Overall after the installation:
It was working really good, much better than the older version “alpha 3″
Ubuntu 10.04 beta 2 will release at 8th of April, and the final version will release 29th of April.
with first installation on virtualbox with 16 mb of video memory it was working a little bit slower.
Please guys leave your feedback, try to install it in your machine and report any bugs you faced so the development community able to fix many bugs for next release.