Drupal 5 released

Drupal LogoDrupal the most popular open source content management system has moved on to version 5 after almost 8 months of development. The most important feature included in this version is the easy to use web based installer. The UI is also greatly improved and is easy to use. This version also allows themers to develop better themes for Drupal.

Drupal also celebrates its 6th birthday with its release of version 5.

Performancing Metrics to go Open Source

Performancing LogoPerformancing is a popular blog network which released Performancing for Firefox – an extension for Firefox for bloggers. It also has various other services for bloggers like Metrics for tracking the visitors of your blog. It also an advertising network called Performancing Partners. Even I use these services and you too can advertise on this blog by clicking on the ad in the sidebar.

There is another good news for the FOSS community as Performancing will be releasing the code for Metrics as Open Source. It is great to see that we get such quality software and hope many developers continue to enhance it.

Liferea – News Reader for Linux

LifereaToday I was analyzing my RSS Feeds and saw that there are about 59 subscribers(thanks to Ubuntu Blog) and saw that there was a Reader called Liferea. I have heard of this before, but didnt give a try. So I thought – why don’t I install it and see how it works out. So I just went to Synaptic and did a quick search for Liferea and installed it.

It is cool and works great. It is actually developed for Linux users who want a good Feed Reader. You have easily customizable panes with 2 or 3 pane mode. Also you can set how many items to save under each feed. Overall: a nice and fast reader to try if you are under linux.

Deb package a day

Debian LogoHere is a nice site which posts one debian package a day. This has detailed explanation of the package and how it can be used. Visitors can also vote for a particular package and also contribute to the list. This also has a category for Ubuntu, but I guess the debs should work on both without much trouble.

FrostWire – Free Gnutella client

FrostWireFrostWire is a fork of the very popular LimeWire Gnutella client. Gnutella is a popular file sharing network. It is a huge network hosting approximately 2.2 million users. It has numerous files ranging from mp3s, movies, ebooks, applications, etc.

FrostWire is a free and open source software without all the nasty nags. It also has a built-in bittorrent client. Here the steps to install FrostWire on your Ubuntu Edgy.First you have to install J2SE Runtime Environment (JRE).

sudo apt-get install sun-java5-jre sun-java5-plugin

Then download the frostwire deb file and install it using dpkg.

wget -c http://www.users.on.net/~stubby/FrostWire-4.10.9-2.i586.deb
sudo dpkg -i FrostWire-4.10.9-2.i586.deb

That was so simple. You can run FrostWire by running Applications -> Internet -> FrostWire

OpenOffice.org 2.1 released

 Use OpenOffice.orgOpenOffice.org has released the 2.1 version of the popular open source multiplatform office suite. The new version has support 64-bit linux and a number of improvements – like multiple monitor support for Impress, improved Calc HTML export and automatic notification of updates.

There are also numerous templates and clip-art available that were submitted for the template contest.
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MusikCube: Open Source MP3 Player

Music Cube LogoMusikCube is an open source MP3 player for the “modern generation”. It helps you just listen to what you want to hear, while offering innovative features not seen elsewhere.

MusikCube is based on an embedded SQL database engine called SQLite. It is a very fast database engine which makes creating Dynamic Playlist easy.

It has an interesting feature where it automatically randomizes the playlist based on your listening habits. The more you listen, the more it becomes smarter.

It also makes transferring audio files to your removable devices. It can automatically detect your MP3 player and can transfer the files to it. Though the interface isn’t like iTunes or Winamp, it looks like a decent player.

But there is only a windows version of it and it can be downloaded from the sourceforge site.

Install Opera on Ubuntu

Opera LogoThough many users prefer Mozilla Firefox, there are people who like Opera for the speed. It has many features that are yet to be seen in Internet Explorer.

The latest version of Opera is 9 and has many unique features that is not yet found in other browsers.

It has a built in Bittorrent downloader, Content blocker(to block images and ads), Widgets – small web applications, download manager, email client, IRC and many such cool features.

Linux users can also download a client for their distribution. Ubuntu users can get a deb file and install it.

Before it you should install libqt3-mt package. Then download the .deb file and install it. All these three can be done by these commands.

sudo apt-get install libqt3-mt
wget http://ftp.wayne.edu/opera/linux/902/final/en/i386/shared/opera_9.02-20060919.6-shared-qt_en_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i opera_9.02-20060919.6-shared-qt_en_i386.deb

To get java working go to Tools->Preferences->Advanced->Content-> Check “Enable Java”. Click the “Enable Java…” button and enter “/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun/jre/lib/i386” (for Sun Java) in the new dialog and then click the “Validate Java Path” button.

Deluge Bittorrent client for Linux

deluge logoIn windows I used to have uTorrent for downloading my torrents. Under Linux I searched for a nice software which doesn’t take too much system resources. Atlast I found Deluge which is written in Python and has a very easy to use interface just like uTorrent.

It shows detailed statistics about the torrent you are downloading, multiple torrents download using the same interface, even a built-in search engine.

If you are using debian/ubuntu, Deluge can be apt-getted easily. Just add the followind lines to your sources.list file. There are two repositories, you can add either one of them.

deb http://deluge.mynimalistic.net/apt dapper main
deb http://espergreen.com/apt dapper main

After adding it, run sudo apt-get install deluge

It requires python-libtorrent_0.4.0 but all the dependencies will be handled by apt-get automatically (why else do you use apt-get).

There are packages for Gentoo and Arch Linux. You can also download the package by visiting the trac page. Ubuntu Forums host a support forum for Deluge. You can ask for help there.

This new version 0.4 supports plugins and various plugins are available for monitoring the network, showing the graphs, monitoring CPU usage.