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
Sun virtualBox one of the best virtualization applications you can use to run multiple operating system in the same time, but it need some dependencies to get better performance in your operating system whatever the operating system is Ubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, Centos, …… I am using it now on Ubuntu.
Ubuntu Swap, ” check your operating system Swap ”
really important because it used as same as your installed memory RAM, check this post for ubuntu Swap improvement, just make sure your swap size at least as same as your installed memory RAM.
for system setting you raise to the half memory you already have, for that if raised more than you have the Swap will help to keep you system stable.
also you can use multiple cores if you have multiple core processor. If you have a decent machine you can active full acceleration.
set the display memory depending in you graphics card performance, if you want to get 3d, 2d visualizations it might slow down the virtual machine.
that’s it for now.
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.
that’s it for now.
Element 1.1 just released today march 28, 2010
Element is an Ubuntu-based distribution for home theatre or media-centre personal computers featuring a ten-foot user interface and designed to be connected to a HDTV for a digital media and Internet experience within the comforts of a living room or entertainment area. Element comes pre-loaded with dozens of applications that will allow listening to, viewing, and managing music, videos, photos, and Internet media.
LinuxNov Review for Element 1.1
Used it on virtual machine “virtual box” as a live session with this hardware specifications
- single core processor 2.1 Ghz
- 1 GB of Ram
- 12 MB of video memory
- with extended hard driver space in case installed it
Booting time was really good, I didn’t expect a quick booting time for live session, I believe it will be much better if you installed on machine not on virtual machine.
A lot of people are really big fans with media centers applications, this one it awesome it’s using xbmc my favorite media center application, it’s really customizable with a lot of themes and extra plugin follow these links for plugins and scripts for xbmc 1 2 .
xbmc website Follow this link
xbmc skins Follow this link
Versions of most important packages:
linux 2.6.31, glibc 2.10.1, gcc 4.4.1, python 2.6.4, pidgin 2.6.5, gtk+ 2.18.3, xfce 4.6.1, xbmc 9.11, firefox 3.5.8, transmission 1.83, decibel-audio-player 1.01, vlc 1.0.2, brasero 2.28.2, element-app-finder 1.0
Using Desktop environment Xfce 4.6.1 awesome modifications for the desktop. for easy access for main applications on the distribution itself such as ” firefox, Home directory, VLC, Xbmc, …”
It’s Awesome distributions specially for multimedia files, watching many movies with different extensions using xbmc and vlc, and for sure it’s customizable to download extra packages or multimedia applications, “maybe you will need to install extra codecs”
Really liked the Xfce desktop environment with this customizations “ middle dock for main applications”
Awesome booting Time
Many windows don’t fit on the screen, maybe cause I am using it on virtual machine with 800X600 resolution
Not all applications are up to date.
Screenshots time :
Please leave your feedback, and enjoy it.
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.
This is your first time you use any linux Distribution “Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, ….”
Some users have a lot of problems when they just starting to use any distributions, beginning with hardware problems, Drivers, Booting, dual Booting, Grub, package dependencies, NTFS mounting for removable hard driver, Graphics card “Nvidia, ATI”, resolutions,………………
so here will mention quickest resources it might help you out with those problems.
1. Display Resolution.
This is really common problem with most old machines, first time you use this distribution even it’s a live session or installed version, maybe you will find you display resolution is 640X400
with this resolution will be really difficult to use.
How to fix it?
- Installing your graphics card driver. “Nvidia, ATI“
- Modifying “xorg.conf” this helps if you want to use dual screens, CRT Display, LCD, for editing resolution
EX. Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor0" VendorName "" ModelName "" HorizSync 30 - 70 VertRefresh 50 - 160 Modeline "1024x768_75.00" 82.00 1024 1088 -hsync +vsync EndSection
2. Grub , Dual boot
this is one of the most common problem happen after installing Linux distribution specially with users already using windows operating system or other operating system on the same machine.
usually using grub version 0.97 , but with the new release grub version 1.97 beta faced a lot of problem, then stable version 1.98 working really good with new features for customization. much more multi booting option.
- Dual Boot, disappear older operating system already installed after installing new distribution
- Modifying menu timer for auto select
- visual customization for the grub
How to fix it?
Grub documentations and wiki are really useful. and really easy to use Here
3. Mounting point, NTFS, FAT, Removable media, Fstab
This is really useful post, I believe it cover all point about Mounting point, removable media, mounting for NTFS, FAT.
That’s it for now.