Archive for the ‘Distro’ Category

Byebye Mandriva…

Friday, May 14th, 2010

According to some sources, Mandriva is up for sale?

It’s a pity that fragmentation of opensource linux operating systems has increased the popularity of some distributions such as Ubuntu and diminished the light of other distributions such as Mandriva.

But without competition, there will be no evolution.

Download the possibly last Mandriva distro before the company is sold…

http://www.mandriva.com/

News Source : Mandriva Up For Sale via Slashdot.

Android vs iPhone Parody Picture on Flash Development

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

This picture was seen at CNET’s REHASHPLUS Blog

For those whom are oblivious to what the above poster meant…

Here are some clues.

Android seems to be friendlier than its fruity competitor.

Adobe ceases efforts to bring Flash to IPhone

Adobe says bye to Apple, goes to Android

Adobe Flash Project Manager gives up on IPhone Packager

Adobe Ditching Flash for the IPhone

I think we get the point.

Yay for Android, Nay for IPhone.

Maemo + Moblin = Meego

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Meego is an operating system framework which is collaborated by both Nokia and Intel, combining their efforts from Maemo and Moblin respectively.

It is opensource and a large part of this framework focuses on the user interface, which is mainly large icons with an easy point & click user navigation interface. The outlook of the interface resembles most of what Intel have had for Moblin.

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Relocating windows buttons in Ubuntu themes

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Much has been discussed recently over the location of windows buttons [ Maximize, Minimize, Close. etc ] in the upcoming release of Ubuntu Lucid [10.04].

Two school of thoughts in argument over if Ubuntu should look more like “Windows” or should it emulate the “Mac” when it comes to the window buttons placement…

At SGLNX, we shall quell this rhetorical debate….. by letting the users decide what to put on the top-left or the top-right for every window in Ubuntu. The solution is actually simple and a no-brainer.

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Running Linux on laptops not battery efficient? Check again!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

On most distros installations, there is a package “laptop-mode” tools included.

The package is meant to ensure power saving features on laptops.

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Optimize HD video playback for Nvidia ION in Linux

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The Nvidia ION powered Intel Atom processor netbooks and nettops are the rage these days.

Affordable, lightweight and powerful graphics processor.

The Nvidia ION is actually an Intel Atom CPU coupled with a Nvidia 9400m graphics chipset.

Most linux distributions install fine on most netbooks and nettops. However, their default video player may not be optimized for the Nvidia ION chipsets. For HD video playback, without tweaking the parameters of the video player application, the end result may be lacklustre and the playback may even be not in sync or skipping frames.

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Canonical To port iTunes And Photoshop To Ubuntu

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Ubuntuforums had an official post from Canonical asking users to submit recommended apps in a survey site.

In the survey, a preselected list of apps for voting includes closed-sourced applications such as ITunes, Photoshop, Spotify and Pandora.

Would the upcoming Ubuntu distro include these applications if the demand is large enough? Will Canonical implementation be Wine-based of the popular applications originally created on only the Windows platform? Or will it be coded natively on Linux?

If these closed source apps are created originally for Windows, eg Apple’s ITunes and Adobe’s Photoshop, how is Canonical going to convince them to code for Linux?

Many argue the fact that opensource linux OS users aren’t a large significant market and therefore many paid apps are not developed for the linux platform. But the recent rise of popularity of Ubuntu and its variants may just shake up the market share of users on linux and attract such developers to write apps for the rising numbers of Linux users.

Source : WebUpd8 Canonical To Bring Closed Source Apps Like iTunes And Photoshop To Ubuntu?!?!.

SuperGamer: Open Source Linux Games Bootable on ISO

Monday, January 18th, 2010

ARE YOU SOMEONE WHOM:

1) is sick of dual booting just to play games using Windows?

2) Prefers not to corrupt hardened linux workstation with linux games?

3) Complains of not having enough games on linux?

Supergamer is a permanent fix if you answered YES to any of the question!

Fierce Looking Desktop Background

SuperGamer is a games oriented Live CD/DVD Linux OS. It has all the normal Linux desktop applications such as the Firefox Browser, OpenOffice.org, etc., but also has a great many native to Linux games added, as well as some demos of proprietary games.

Here is the list of games it comes pre-installed with :

Quake Wars
Doom 3
Prey
Unreal Tournament
Quake 4
Savage 2
Postal 2
Enemy Territory
Penumbra Black Plague
Sauerbraten
Urban Terror
Soldier Of Fortune
Torcs
Tremulous
AlienArena
True Combat
America’s Army
Nexus
OpenArena
PlaneShift
Drop Team
Frets On Fire
Chromium B.S.U.
Mad Bomber
X-Moto
BZ Flag
Mega Mario
Glaxium
GL-117
NeverBall
NeverPutt
Super Tux
PPRacer

Download torrent here

or

Purchase the Live-DVD direct from On-Disk if you feel 8 gigabytes will take too long to download.

Source : Linux Journal

Or visit Supergamer website!

You might also wanna read up what Distrowatch has to say about the Supergamer linux distribution here.

Detect monitoring voltage, temperature, fan-rpm sensor values with linux lm-sensors!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

What is lm_sensors?

By Wikipedia’s definition of lm_sensors :

lm_sensors (Linux-monitoring sensors), a free open source software-tool for Linux, provides tools and drivers for monitoring temperatures, voltage, and fans. It also monitors chassis intrusion detection.

lm-sensors is already included in many popular linux distribution repositories.

For Gnome desktop users, values obtained from the lm_sensors can be placed in the “top panel” by installing “sensors-applet”.

Here is a good “lm-sensors” guide for Ubuntu users to add lm-sensors to your customized installation [ for both Gnome and KDE users ]

For those with bleeding edge hardware, the usual repositories lm-sensors package may not yet support all the latest sensors on their mainboards and graphics card.
However, there has been some new developments in the detection of new yet to be supported sensors that can be installed with a simple script.

More on this lm-sensors update here from Phoronix.

Source: Phoronix

via LM_Sensors Gets A New Configuration Utility.

Easy way to reinstall all previously installed packages on new linux distro release version

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

As a linux distro gets updated with a new version, it is always a good idea to do a fresh install than to do an upgrade [which may cause some unforeseen problems].

But with the frequent updates of newer versions of distros such as Ubuntu [every 6 months], it gets a bit tiring to re-install from scratch and do “apt-get” commands for all the packages required for customization and personalization of the OS. To make matters worse, it is hard to remember each and every package that was installed previously.

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