Ubuntu Studio aims to be a multimedia editing flavor of Ubuntu for the Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast or professional who is already familiar with the Ubuntu-Gnome environment. Their ultimate goal is to build a solid Ubuntu distro based on Ubuntu-Gnome by Feisty Fawn. This distro has various packages for audio, graphics and video editing. Take a look at their wiki for more info.
The Open Source Advocate has a thorough usability analysis of Ubuntu and tells us what makes it “ready to use” for us. He takes each step for completing an operation and categorizes them into Very Easy, Easy, Medium, Hard and Very Hard. He also explains what can be made to improve the user experience.
Drupal 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.
Fedora Core 6 is now available as a live CD. This is great news to the old fedora fans out there. Fedora is a project that is sponsored by RedHat and is contributed by many developers around the world. These people create high quality open source software which can be used by anyone. It was a great distro back in those old days. But after Ubuntu came along, it lost its place.
I got mail about a nice website called in pictures from Chris Charuhas. It is a nice site having tutorials about using Office, OpenOffice.org, Dreamweaver, etc. The interesting part of this is that it is fully based on pictures. All the tutorials have nice explanations with screenshots explaining how to do every step. They are easy to understand and I would like to see more such tutorials for other open source softwares.
Performancing 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.
How to think like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python is an excellent book for learning Python for the newbies. Here is another book similar to that for those who want to learn Ruby. How to think like a computer scientist: Learning with Ruby is a book for those newbies who want to learn the basics of Ruby, Objects and how to use them for creating various data structures like linked list, stacks, queues, trees, heaps, maps, etc.
Globulation 2 is an innovative Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game which reduces micro-management by automatically assigning tasks to units. This means the user just has to assign specific number of units for a task and the units automatically do what is best for that job. It has nice AIs with varying levels of difficulties Includes a scripting language for versatile gameplay Nice set of tutorials which walk through the player with the various tasks An integrated map editor allowing you to create your own maps Play in single player, local area network or over the internet with Ysagoon Online Gaming.
Today 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.
Here 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.
Here is a timeline showing all the GNU/Linux distributions.
FrostWire 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).
OpenOffice.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. .
When I tried to post the previous post I tried hard at embedding the Youtube code into this. The Visual MCE editor didn’t accept the code and I couldn’t embed the video. So, I changed my settings to use the old plain editor instead of the WYSIWYG editor. It is there is the Users > Your Profile. Under the Personal Options, uncheck the “Use the visual rich editor when writing” option and Update your profile.
For all those Photoshoppers who think that there is no other tool that can work for them, please take a look at Gimp. This is the Open Source alternative to the costly image manipulation tools. It has all the features of Photoshop and is being used by many people for their artwork. It is also developed at a very rapid pace. The next stable version is going to be 2.4.
MusikCube 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.
Though 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.
In 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.