Easy Ubuntu 2.3

Easy Ubuntu is an easy way to make Ubuntu usable in few minutes. This is a beginner’s tool using a graphical interface.

Easy Ubuntu allows you to:

  • Add extra repositories for installing a lot of additional software.
  • Install multimedia codecs for reading all videos, musics and DVDs.
  • Activate the “audio preview” feature in Nautilus.
  • Install the most needed Firefox plugins: Flash, Java, Real, videos. Adds Microsoft fonts, GNOME’s Firefox buttons, officials Firefox icons.
  • Install archiving support for RAR and ACE.
  • Install the most used peer-to-peer softwares: aMule (a clone of eMule) and Azureus (for Bittorent).
  • Install the Skype voice-over-IP software. (Warning: at this time Skype is not packaged for Breezy so install don’t work)
  • MSN: Install AMSN cvs with webcam support.
  • Num lock: Active the num lock at system startup.
  • Replace the GNOME foot logo with Ubuntu’s logo.
  • Install the NVIDIA or ATI driver for 3D support.

I guess everyone using Ubuntu must get this and install. Really how easy life has become with free sotwares.

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Ubuntu Linux Installation Guide

After reading the live CD article, I think you must be interested in Linux. Live CDs are useful to try out linux, but as it runs from the CD, it isn’t as fast as a installed version. Also you can’t save any files to your harddisk.
So you think it is time to switch over to installed version of your favourite GNU/Linux. Here is a guide to do how…

I am going to write this guide with Ubuntu 5.10 (breezy) in mind and so you need to download the CD or order for free.

First stage

  • Put the CD in your CDROM drive and boot off it (change your BIOS configuration)
  • After the installer starts, press enter to start.
  • Choose your language, country and keyboard layout. The installer detects some hardware.
  • Now configure your network, if you are on one.

Partitioning the harddisk
This is the most important step and be careful as you can lose your data. Please take a backup of important data.
You have got two choices here

  • Automatically partition an entire disk – will erase the harddisk and install only Ubuntu.
  • Manually partition the disk. Resize your disk so that you get atleast 4GB for your root (/) partition and 256MB for your swap.
  • After finishing with the partition, save it and the installer formats your disk.
  • Then the base system is configured and then the packages are copied to the disk

Installing the boot loader
The bootloader is used to boot into many different operating systems by means of a menu. The installer automatically detects your OS and installs the GRUB loader.
After this, remove your disk and reboot.

Second stage

  • After rebooting, you need to configure your timezone.
  • Enter your full name, username and password. There is no root account in Ubuntu and there is a nice explanation for it.
  • If you have not setup your network, then you can setup your PPP to have a dial-up account for internet.
  • All the set of packages required for a basic desktop installation will be setup.
  • Now you can login to the system with your username/password.

I have written this guide using the Installation guide from the Ubuntu wiki. Hope it was useful for newbies. You can also try this book Beginning Ubuntu Linux by Keir Thomas to know more about Ubuntu Linux.
If at all you encounter any problems, please feel free to post here. Also tell me how good I am at writing such articles?

Comparison of OpenOffice and MS Office

This is a continuation of my previous post about the release of OpenOffice.org 2.0. Here is a nice article which compares MS Office and OpenOffice 2.0. Check this out and choose your best Office application. Also tell me which features of MS Office you seldom use and would you be able to handle your daily office applications without those features?

Tech Tags: openoffice OOo linux GNU/Linux

OpenOffice.org 2.0 released

OpenOffice.orgThe much awaited OpenOffice.org 2.0 was released on 20 Oct, 2005.
OpenOffice.org natively supports the internationally standardised OpenDocument format, which several countries, as well as the U.S. state of Massachusetts, have established as the default for office documents. It is available in 36 languages (more promised) and as usual runs natively on GNU/Linux, Windows, Sun Solaris, Mac OS X and more. This new OpenDocument format prevents vendor lock-in and can be opened by any office application.
In addition to OpenDocument format, it has a new database module, improved PDF support, a superior spreadsheet module, enhanced Desktop integration and many more features.
View some of the nice screenshots here.
So, will the new OpenOffice2.0 be a serious competitor to MS Office and what will be the answer to the OpenDocument Format? We have to wait and watch.

Update: Here is the download link to the OpenOffice 2.0 version.

Update 2: Here is a comparison between OpenOffice and MS Office.

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GNU/Linux – Live CD

I am writing this article for those of you who want to know more about the GNU/Linux system and how they can try it without risking their data.

GNU/Linux is a free (free as in freedom) operating system which can run on many platforms. GNU/Linux has many features like greater security, ability to run on low-end systems and so on. Moreover there are loads of free software preinstalled with a GNU/Linux that it make common tasks that you used to do with your Windows easy with GNU/Linux.
For those of you who would like to try GNU/Linux but would not want to install it before seeing the power of Linux, there is a solution. There are Live CDs of GNU/Linux that can be put in your CDROM drive to boot directly into a feature rich GNU/Linux system.
I would suggest two popular Live CDs

  • Knoppix is based on the Debian system which has more than 2GB of free softwares compressed onto a single CD.
  • Ubuntu is based on the now popular Ubuntu system (which is based on Debian).

So you have chosen your Distribution. Here are the steps to boot into your Linux box.

  1. You just have to download the ISOs of the distribution you like and burn it onto a CD.
  2. Pop it in your CDROM drive and adjust the boot sequence of your system to boot from the CD.
  3. Boot your system and press Enter when shown.
  4. Bingo! You have just booted into your GNU/Linux system.

If you want to return back to Windows, you just have to remove the CD and reboot, and you are back with your old Windows.
Play around with your system and wait for more articles on how to continue from your Live CD to a full fledged installed GNU/Linux system.
If at all you face any problems, feel free to comment here.

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Ballmer believes Vista is secure

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer believes that most of the security flaws has been removed in the forthcoming Windows Vista. He has said that “Most people will trust it from day one on their home computer, and then they will have to decide about their corporate [PC].
I encourage you to get it early but I must be honest among friends”.
Microsoft has already mentioned early that the new Vista will be backward compatible with the older Windows programs. So how could they be so sure of the security it provides. I guess we need to wait and watch.

Ironpython 0.9.3 released

IronPython is the codename for an alpha release of the Python programming language for the .NET platform. It supports an interactive interpreter with fully dynamic compilation. It is well integrated with the rest of the framework and makes all .NET libraries easily available to Python programmers.

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