Free Remote KDE Desktops

People are now providing free remote KDE desktops via NX. I think this is a really cool idea by CosmoPOD, where they provide

Free 1GB online to store and edit your emails, office documents, calander, organizer, photos and files, chat to friends play games surf the web even faster and more from any computer on your own personal online desktop and access it from anywhere in the world.

This is a real boon to people who frequently travel and have access only to a computer with internet connection and are unable to install their favourite operating system.

Tech Tags: linux

BeleniX LiveCD version 0.2 released

BelenixFrom Distrowatch.com: “BeleniX is the first live CD based on the OpenSolaris source base that boots into a full graphical desktop (with XFce). Developed at the India Engineering Centre of Sun Microsystems in Bangalore, BeleniX is trying to popularise OpenSolaris in the growing open source user and developer community in India and abroad.” OSDir provides the screenshots.

But I wonder why they have named it as Belenix. The name suggests that it is some sort of a GNU/Linux distribution. Anyway what other name can they have chosen? Any suggestions?

Podcast for Free Software Blog

Free Software blog now has a podcast.
I have used the Talkr website to publish my RSS feeds as podcasts as well. You can listen to the podcasts by clicking on the link “Listen to this article” after every post. Or you can subscribe to the podcast by using a software. It automatically downloads the podcasts and plays them for you.
I would suggest iPodder for managing your podcasts as it is a free software and is available for Windows 2000/XP, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux.

Tech Tags: linux windows

ODOC: info

info – Read documentation in Info format.

Summary:

Apart from Man pages, some commands and applications come with a detail manual pages, called info pages, which is in info format. This info command provides Menu, Search, Cross-Referance and many other facilities.

Examples:

$ info — List all info pages available in the system.

$ pinfo — Curses based lynx-style info browser.

$ info emacs — Show Emacs info page. (See man emacs, to feel the difference)

Read: info info, info pinfo

Tech Tags: linux

Linux Kernel 2.6.14 released

Linux kernel 2.6.14 was released after two months of development.
Here are some new features added to the new kernel.

  • HostAP – HostAP is one the most popular 802.11 device drivers for linux. It works with cards utilizing the Prism 2/2.5/3 chipset and support Host AP mode, which allows a wireless card to perform all the functions of an access point.
  • FUSE – Filesystem in USEr space provides a simple interface for userspace programs to export a virtual filesystem to the linux kernel. FUSE also aims to provide a secure method for non privileged users to create and mount their own filesystem implementations.
  • Linux port of the Plan9’s 9P protocol – 9P, or the Plan 9 Filesystem Protocol, is a network protocol developed for the Plan 9 distributed operating system as the means of connecting the components of a Plan 9 system (site).
  • Relayfs – Basically relayfs is just a bunch of per-cpu kernel buffers that can be efficiently written into from kernel code. These buffers are represented as files which can be map’ed and directly read from in user space. The purpose of this setup is to provide the simplest possible mechanism allowing potentially large amounts of data to be logged in the kernel and ‘relayed’ to user space.

There are many more added features to the new kernel.

Firefox tabs reordering

I noticed a really cool feature in Firefox 1.5 beta2.
You can drag the tab and reorder the tab anywhere you want it to be. This is a really cool feature I wanted for many days. I always like my tabs to be present in a particular order. I guess this feature was available from Firefox 1.1 DeerPark.

Tech Tags: tab+browsing

ODOC: man

This is my first post of One Day One Command (ODOC) series. I hope this series will help other newbies to learn GNU/Linux the right way (through Shell)

man – Format and display the ‘man’ual pages.

Summary :

Most of the Linux commands come with a specially formatted manuals, which explains “how to use the command and list options etc..”. ‘man’ is used to view the manual page.
This command has a number of useful options like -f, -k, -K, …

Usage:

$ man command

You can also try

$ man man

to read the manual of man.

Tech Tags: linux

Shell Prompt – An Overview

Now I have decided to write articles which will help the new linux user to do things the pro-way i.e. using the shell.
There are many different shells available with the GNU/Linux system.
Sh – The old UNIX shell
Bash – Bourne Again Shell – rewrite of the sh shell
csh – C Shell – similar to C funtions
and so on.

Most GNU/Linux systems come with the default Bash shell and it can be recognised by a $ prompt or a # prompt.
The $ prompt indicates that you are logged in as an ordinary user.
The # prompt indicates that you are logged in as a root user. This is most powerful user, so just be careful with it.
You can log in to the root user at anytime by using the su command.
I think this gives a basic overview of the shell. I have decided to start writing a series which will teach a new command everyday.

Tech Tags: linux terminal

Symphony OS Beta 1 Live CD released

The new Symphony OS Beta 1 Live CD was released and it sure looks promising. Now about the Symphony OS.
From the website http://www.symphonyos.com

Symphony OS is a Desktop computer operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and Knoppix GNU/Linux. Rather than using the KDE or Gnome Desktop environments as most Linux distributions do, the Symphony OS team has created the revolutionary Mezzo Desktop environment. Symphony provides what we consider to be the easiest to use Linux experience there is.

The Symphony OS Project is an Open Source project, not controlled by any business entity, operated by Ryan Quinn and Jason Spisak. In the future we hope to form a non-profit Symphony OS Foundation to further our development goals.