Evolution, the favourite Outlook replacement for Linux is now available for Windows. It provides integrated mail, contact management and calendaring. You can download the windows installer for Evolution and it is a big 50meg download. Evolution is an MS Exchange client and should work with Exchange servers. Though I find no use for an email client as of now, I would try it later – when I get my ADSL connection.
This week I had installed Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 and tried really hard at making my SmartLink Internal Modem to work in it. It hadn’t worked in any other distro other than Debian Sarge. I started with a 64 bit version of Ubuntu, but it didn’t help. I followed the instructions in Launchpad and configured the modem. So here are the steps that I followed to make my SmartLink modem work in Ubuntu 6.
Subversion is a popular version management system which is similar to CVS – only better in features. If you are looking for a quick crash course in using Subversion(SVN), then this can help you.
Here is a comprehensive tutorial which teaches the new linux user – who has always used GUI tools to do his stuff. It starts with a nice example which can make a complex C++ program to find out how much space each user uses into a simple one line bash command. Just go and learn shell programming which can really improve productivity.
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs(popularly known as 6.001) has been an important subject in MIT. There has been a text book which has been followed by many universities around the world. If you wanted to know how to program using Lisp/Scheme, then this book is a must have for all the Computer Science Students. Here are a set of video lectures for the book. There are 20 lectures – each about 500mb totalling to around 10GB of video.
You might have used a variety of online services to maintain your todo list. But there are variuos reasons to use a text todo file which is stored on your own PC. You just have to use a single todo.txt file which contains your list of items. Todo.txt shows you how to maintain your todo list. The file contains one item per line. The items can be categorised under variuos projects using the tag p:project.
Mark Pilgrim had recently switched over from his Mac to Ubuntu and has compiled a list of essential software list for his Ubuntu. This is a nice list for all those who wish to switch operating systems
I told previously that I would spend the holidays learning Ruby and Rails, for Rails Day 2006. But, unfortunately I couldn’t learn much to build a really nice app in Rails. And Rails Day 2006 has finally ended. I think the prime reason for my failure was that it was difficult for me to get to learn Ruby. I have been a python guy and love the whitespace and clear syntax it provides.
UnixLite is a lightweight unix/linux compatible operating system written in C++. Just like Linux, it is just a kernel – written from scratch and most of the part is written in C++. However the library used by UnixLite comes from uClibc and applications running comes from the GNU project. UnixLite kernel implements some frequently used system calls of linux, furthermore, it is binary compatible with linux, and some GNU software have been ported to unixlite.
I found this nice Rails Reference from Agile web Development blog. There is also a HTML version and a PDF version. It is a good CheatSheet about 34 pages in the PDF. I think I gotta print it out.
Webrick is the built-in Ruby web server that is the default for each Rails app you create or download
Rails Day 2006 is an event for all Rails enthusiasts to write some nice application using Ruby on Rails. The only catch is that you must do all this in 24 hours. You can have upto 3 members in a team and there are lots of prizes to be won. Just visit the site for the rules. By the way, the contest is on 17th of June. Is there time for me to learn Ruby(from scratch) and also learn Rails and participate in this contest?
Of late I have been using SciTE, a lightweight text editor available for both Windows and Linux. It is based on Scintilla – a free source code editing component for Win32 and GTK+. It features syntax highlighting for many popular languages and also automatic indenting of source code. Also you can export the source code into many formats like: HTML RTF PDF LaTeX XML
Today is the release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS(Long Term Support). There are seperate editions for Desktop, Server, fast and easy install. You will be supported by security updates for 5 years on the server and 3 years for the desktop. There are various features in the new version. Desktop fast and easy graphical installer faster system startup and login simplified menu organisation graphical shutdown process GNOME 2.14.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.2, X.
There has been a long complaint of Linux users that there is no flash player released for the platform.
Are you a device driver developer who longs for a proper device driver development kit for Linux? Here is a Linux Device Driver Kit which is released as a CD image for download. This CD image consists of everything a device driver author would wish for – copy of linux kernel source code, pre-built copies of all of the in-kernel docbook documentation for easy browsing, a full copy of the O’Reilly book, “Linux Device Drivers, third edition”.
Ubuntu fans out there take a look at this Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06 Guide. This is a really nice collection of tips and tricks to use your Ubuntu Dapper release. This is a wiki site, so you too can contribute to this guide.
Elephants Dream is a movie made using open source tools for production. It is done primarily using Blender which is a great open source tool for making 3D modelling and animation. You can download the movie in various qualities and it can be viewed in VLC Media Player or MPlayer. The project files are also released under the Creative Commons License.
Here is a survival guide for the famous editors of all time – vi. This vi survival guide was written in vi and is a nice tutorial to know how to get yourself familiar with the keystrokes required in vi. However I use emacs – which I think is more easier to use than vi or nano.
Mandriva One is a new Live CD that has all the tools required for Office work, Internet, Multimedia, etc. You just have to insert the Mandriva One CD and boot through it. You can also easily install the distro onto your harddisk using a few clicks. It also copies all the files that were created during your live session. Though I am not a fan of Mandriva series, it is the best distro that a newbie can use.